Our snow bush, this week, as we hope to see some Winter (officially 1st June).
After a cold blast for a few days about a month ago, Autumn disappeared and Summer revisited.
I enjoy the fresh air in the cooler months, and I am dreaming of some real snow, and the wearing of warm caps, scarves and gloves:
Snow when we visited Ottawa in January, 2010...
This is the frozen Rideau canal, at the point where it joins the Ottawa River.
The Canadian Houses of Parliament are on the hill to the left.
Now, you can see why I want it to turn cold.
The lovely Val, of Valerie's Own Sewing Blog, sent me this fantastic vintage Vogue pattern for a cosy car coat - who remembers them?
I found a great faux fur leopard at Spotlight, and am about to embark on the Great Fur Coat Sewing Adventure.
Wish me luck...
For those who are sewists, Val's blog is full of clever ideas and information, and recently I was the lucky winner of one of her regular giveaways:
Thank you dear Val, and I am looking forward to more creative sewing with these two.
This week I bought the newly released Australian Notebooks, by Australia's much-loved Betty Churcher.
This book is an absolute joy to read and cherish, and Betty's warm and lovely personality shines from every page.
Betty Churcher is a former director of the National Gallery of Australia, has written numerous books on various aspects of art, and presented several successful television art programs.
She grew up in Brisbane, became a painter, won a scholarship to Europe, was a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, and a Master of Arts from the Courtauld Institute.
Now in her twilight years, Betty says this is her last book.
In it, she revisits her favourite works in the major State galleries of Australia, beginning with our own Qld. Art Gallery, which she regularly visited as a small child.
She loved Blandford Fletcher's 'Evicted' 1887, and always asked her parents to take her to see it. She writes with great affection and insight about this, and several other popular works at the gallery, and for me, as a gallery guide, the book is a wonderful resource, full of information showing how to encourage a love of the visual arts in the audience.
When I'm not rabbiting on about art, I am off singing.
It being Friday, I have been to choir rehearsal ....
"How can I keep from Singing?"
I love that we sing this nearly every week, and I'll tell you a secret:
whenever I go under a general anaesthetic for surgery, I sing it in my head...
Have a very special weekend