It’s a lovely sentiment and it’s actually La Trobe University’s motto in French Qui cherche trouve, which is on the coat of arms. This coat of arms in rusted iron (below) is on display in one of the heritage buildings near my office outside what used to be the horse stables and features the heath floral emblem representing Victoria, scallop shells for the La Trobe family and the open book – all that’s missing is the wedge-tailed eagle at the top. Apparently it symbolises the journey of learning and the desired outcome, but perhaps the outcome possibly being different as a result of going on the journey.
The University is turning 50 on Wednesday 8 March and to celebrate, there will be a Lawn Lunch on Sunday 5 March from noon – 5pm on the Academic Lawn of the Bundoora campus grounds. It will feature an afternoon program of music, film, food, drinks and author conversations with tickets now on sale ($20 General Admission/$10 Concession). If you’re a past student, staff member or friend of the University, then this event is your chance to catch up with old friends and reminisce about your time at La Trobe.Tickets include food from one of nine social enterprise catering partners (including among them the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Lentil as Anything). You’ll also get a glass of beer, wine or soft drink on entry as well as a memorabilia bag. The grounds at La Trobe are looking pretty spectacular at the moment so it will be a great day out if the sun is shining. There are some other exciting events taking place at the University in its 50th year which I will post about later on.
Speaking of beautiful outdoor areas, Art by Twilight is on this Friday at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen if you’re after a cool summer night of art and music while the Heide Makers Market is being held next Saturday 11 February. If you’re wanting to beautify your own outdoor area, I do love some of the garden art made of corten steel by Broadcroft Design, who are based on the Sunshine Coast.