While I was preparing for the craft fair, my journal was neglected!! This is my first 'getting back into playing' page. I started off by loosely painting some faces and then worked more into the ones that interested me. I'm reading a book of short stories set in India (the anger of aubergines by Bulbul Sharma), and I think the atmosphere of it has sneaked into this page.
I've been really struggling with writing (poetry), possibly sending out work has made me too worried about the finished thing, so I'm going back to basics, here's a couple of not quite haiku...
Hard as rock round and green as peas baby mangoes.
clattering at the kitchen sink indigo sky descending
The last couple of months I've been very focused on getting work ready for the craft fair, it finally came around on Sunday. Here's a shot of my stall.
We made some cards and bookmarks from the kids prints, here's my daughter looking after them. I really need to make some more of these...bird fridge magnets!
We had a nice day, I managed to sneak off a few times and look at some of the other stalls. Now I'm looking forward to a month or two of being a bit more experimental, doing open-ended work, following my nose just to see where I end up.
I finished this painting about a week ago, it's called the hopeful gardener. She's dropping seeds into the soil and telling the bird not to eat them! I feel a lot like her about my efforts in the garden! This is my first year of seriously attempting a veggie garden. I've planted things before and even had some success (mainly basil) but it's been a bit haphazard and disheartening when things don't grow because it's the wrong climate and I don't know what I'm doing...
bok choi seedlings So now I'm using Leonie Norrington's book as my bible - if she says it's easy to grow here I might have half a chance! The garden has changed a bit since these photos as I've had to put a knee-high fence around it to keep the bush chooks (scrub fowl) out. The bush chooks are about the size of a chicken, black with orange feet and a wierd call that's a cross between a screech and a gobble. They must come scrabbling for bugs in the soil and throw the mulch around - they've got into my veggie patch about 5 times now - I started off with 5 capsicum seedlings but only 2 survived. The basil seedlings have been flattened 3 times and I've had to replant again... Sometimes I wonder why I'm trying to squeeze another thing into my life! but the first thing I do in the morning is check out the veggie patch!!
My home computer is on the blink again, shutting down and sending error messages, so I might not be around much until that's fixed. Funny that my partners computer (that only he uses) hardly ever breaks down, but mine (that is hammered by the kids) seems to crash every six months. In some ways it's a good thing, it's school holidays and the kids have been much more creative in using their time since it crashed. They all have to have their hour's turn - morning and afternoon if they're allowed, and tend to watch each others turn, which doesn't leave much time for anything else. Now they've been playing boardgames, making cards, and more trips to the park than ever!
Hope your holidays are going well, and hope to be back here soon!
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