On Sunday morning I walked down the hill to the little red bridge that crosses Rapid Creek - from there I usually take a walk round the park (especially when the kids were younger it was a regular trip). But on Sunday I walked along the path beside the creek - it has a rural feel with a couple of horses and cows in the paddocks along there - tho they were hiding on Sunday morning!! Maybe I'll get some photos of them next time.
I do love my regular walk by the beach, but I've decided to challenge myself to take my camera on a different walk at least once a month through the 48 walks project...
So it seems that the things I'm doing in life are the things that turn up in my artwork - drinking tea...
flags/hangings in progress
pottering in the garden, or bringing pots in from the garden to draw...
this tiny one inspired by Alison's umbrella from 48 walks
Cups of tea turns out to be a good thing!! as the first members show of the year at Tactile Arts is themed 'the art of tea' and will coincide with the Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser - more info on this closer to the time April I think!
The next exhibition that I need to get working on has an animal theme, so I need to start paying attention to animals...dogs down at the beach, horses in the paddock near the creek, my own cat like a tiger in our jungly garden, and of course birds everywhere. Perhaps to choose my walks with that subject in mind, perhaps to get my sketchbook out more often.
Better late than never, here are a couple of shots from my regular walk down the beach last weekend.
a collection of odd thongs on the fence!
a new view, where a derelict house has recently been knocked down, will be interesting to see what will be built here.
It's lovely to be part of the 48 walks project, there was a wonderful post on facebook last week, which reminded me not to take my mobility for granted, and what a joy it is to be able to take these walks.
I think my motto this year should be 'don't panic'.
It's taking a while to get used to my new job, and some days I'd like to run back to the old one where I felt comfortable (after 19 years!). I've also been beating myself up about not getting any painting done with my extra day at home - although I know the school hols always throws a spanner in the works - the last two Mondays I've got all the gear out, paints and canvases, sketch books and art books for inspiration...and then sat there for half an hour or more before I could overcome the inertia, the fear and put paint to canvas. So here they are, small ones, but at least a start!!
Walk 3 is a conglomeration of 2 walks!
Last weekend the new moon brought super high tides, we've also had a ton of rain, so on Saturday after dinner I ducked down to the beach to see how high, and was there any flooding... Well the tide was high, waves were flying over the edge and across the footpaths, half of Darwin was there to look...daring teenagers were standing near the edge and getting soaked, lots of people taking photos and lots of families walking... a real festival atmosphere!
Of course I didn't take my camera with me, so I went back on Monday morning and took a few shots.
Think Like a Freak by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
The Tell-tale Heart by Jill Dawson
The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
David and Goliath - Underdogs, misfits... by Malcolm Gladwell
Matisse the master by Hilary Spurling
A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Good News Bad News by Maggie Groff
The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz
Giving up the ghost - memoir by Hilary Mantel The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Books I'm reading 2013
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
The Unknown Matisse by Hilary Spurling
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Life after life by Kate Atkinson
Astray by Emma Donoghue
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
Mindset by Dr Carole Dweck
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks The South Bank Show - final cut (interviews) by Melvyn Bragg The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
Books I'm reading 2012
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure by Joanne Harris
When god was a rabbit by Sarah Winman
The Mind and Times of Reg Mombassa by Murray Waldren
Believing the lie by Elizabeth George
All that I am by Anna Funder
Paper Bliss (craftin!) by Skye Rogers
Obliquity (non-fiction) by John Kay
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Night Street by Kristel Thornell
It takes a village by Christine Stinson
The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
Bird by Bird - some instructions on writing and life by Anne Lamott (again already!)
An awkward truth - the bombing of Darwin by Peter Grose
Talking about Detective Ficiton by PD James
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Failure is an option by Terry Robson
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill
Haiku Mind by Patricia Donegan
Bird by Bird - some instructions on writing and life by Anne Lamott
Lessons in letting go - Confessions of a hoarder by Corinne Grant
Books I'm reading
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Margaret Olley Far From A Still Life by Meg Stewart
Bird Cloud a memoir by Annie Proulx
The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton Solo by Rana Dasgupta
The 100 Thing Challenge by Dave Bruno
Animal Vegetable Mineral (again) by Barbara Kingsolver The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose Blink by Malcolm Gladwell Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 2010
To Heaven by Water by Justin Cartwright
The Outsider by Albert Camus
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
Dirt Music by Tim Winton
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Anger of Aubergines (short stories) by Bulbul Sharma
The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Emily Carr a biography by Maria Tippett
High Tide In Tucson (essays) by Barbara Kingsolver