Light the flame

Being sick is no fun!  I’ve had the flu this week despite my best efforts to stay well so only now feel like I’m back in the land of the living.  I hope you’ve been in a healthier state than me this week.

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Fire twirler image via Winter Solstice Festival

A few local things to mention – applications are now open for Leader Local Grants.  $1000 grants are available if you’ve got a great idea that will benefit the local community.  Applications close on 14 July so you’ve got a month to send yours in.

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Image via Amanda Addams Auctions

I also noticed that local auction house Amanda Addams is interested in expressions of interest regarding selling their business after 30 years in the trade.  I often think that my third career will be in art and antiques so if there are any like-minded people out there with an entrepreneurial bent, this would be a great opportunity for the next generation of people interested in all things vintage and antique.

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Larry the dog image via Pamela Irving

There are a number of upcoming exhibitions and events I also wanted to mention today.  In time for the Winter solstice is the Mid-Winter exhibition at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in Ivanhoe which opens on 21 June, Irreverent Tales by Pamela Irving (Larry the dog sculptor) opens at Whitehorse Artspace in Box Hill on 22 June and Skin Thing at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre opens on the 23 June while Technician’s Choice is currently on.  Speaking of the solstice, there is a Winter Solstice Festival including bonfire at Edendale Farm in Eltham this Saturday night and I believe tickets are still available for this event.

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Image via Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

I’ve mentioned before that things have gotten increasingly sophisticated in the suburbs and there will also be a live music Parlour Gig with Benny Walker at Greenhills Neighbourhood House in Greensborough on 24 June, where my friend local writer Jenni Mazaraki works.

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Image via Lumiere Art & Co.

Finally, if you’re interested Lumiere Art & Co. is holding its Collingwood Store sale tomorrow from 9 – 3 pm at 76 Cromwell Street along with a number of other boutique retailers and designers.  I particularly like their beautiful shibori linen bed throws which are hand dyed.  Stay warm and stay well!

The island of Equanimity

I’m wishing I was there at the moment.  Mr Rosanna and I have had a lot of change over the past year with jobs, juggling work and family life and a new transition again in the past month with him starting a new job after many years in his old one.  He was lucky enough to have time at home with our children last year – an opportunity not all Dads get – as well as the chance to step back and work out where to from here.  I think it’s something women get to do if they have children and I’ve seen many of my peers see life very differently after having children and contemplate whether they return to their old job (if they can) or try something completely new and different.  Necessity is the mother of all invention.IMG_5597

When change is thrust upon you, it can come as a shock and I’m reeling from changes in my workplace this week.  I’ve known change was coming but the nature of it has still been a surprise and it’s taken a little while for my emotions to catch up.  We are all human and it’s hard not to take things personally as much as I know that it’s only my ego that’s hurting at the moment!  The ability to remain calm and composed is a real skill and considered one of the sublime states of Buddhism, which teaches you to take a step back, hold your emotions in your arms and rock them like a baby so that you can maintain equilibrium – easy to know in theory but much harder to practise in reality…It’s also the end of term and I’m grateful that Easter is coming up soon.IMG_5619

It’s got cold and wet, particularly further up north, and daylight savings comes to an end this weekend, which always makes me feel a bit mellow although I have ‘winter’ friends who love being able to dress up in layers once the weather turns.  The Heide Makers Market is on tomorrow (April Fool’s Day!) and if you haven’t been, this will be the last one for the season.  My friend, ceramic artist Lene Kuhl Jakobsen has had a stall there selling these gorgeous hand made plant pots – this one is now adorning my desk at work and it makes me happy to see it there every day when I come into the office.

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Image via www.banyule.vic.gov.au

Given my current feeling, the aptly named Turbulence exhibition has opened at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in Ivanhoe and is a response to global climate change and environmental sustainability.  It features work by Banyule-based artists from the Textile Art Community, sound artist Alice Bennett and environmental artist Felicity Gordon.

Have a wonderful weekend – I’m hoping to find my inner calm over the next few days.