1 Day 1 World Project: 11am – 12pm

Lisa’s 1 Day 1 World Project has reached it’s final hour – it doesn’t really seem like 24 weeks, but I guess it must be!

I worked at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery again today, and arrived to find that Mark was still busy installing the new exhibition – Organic Intimacy, curated by Sara Lindsay. I was given the task of finishing installing the work of Ruth Hadlow, which entailed attaching many pieces of paper to the wall with tiny pins, which are tapped in place with a small hammer. My 11am to 12pm hour was divided between a restorative cup of coffee with Mark, and working on the installation.

The final touch was to hang threads loosely across the face of the grid, which required a lot of walking across the room and contemplating the effect before I was satisfied. Way more fun than stuffing envelopes or filing!

1 Day 1 World: 6am – 7am

I woke up early enough to rejoin Lisa’s 1 Day 1 World Project, so I took some photos. Not especially interesting ones, as dawn is not really my time of day, but still…

 

 

It wasn’t much lighter in my west-facing room at 7 than it was just after 6, but it was daylight. I went to the window hoping to see a bird, or a neighborhood cat, but there was nothing going on out there at all. There are some daffodils in flower in the pots over the way, just to show that it is spring in Canberra. In a few days, I pack up and take the bus/train/train home to western Victoria. Maybe I’ll find something better to photograph on the way…

1 Day 1 World Project: 10pm – 11pm

Like Lisa in Edmond, Washington State, who came up with the 1 Day 1 World Project, I tend to think that 10pm is time for bed. Last night I was up a bit later, because Bryan had been out to play practice again (it will be  performed next month). There was Nothing On TV or at least, nothing I wanted to see, and it was too cold to be anywhere but by the fire. So I put a music DVD (Nirvana, on the In Utero tour) on and did some drawing with pigma pens and watercolour, and then switched to spinning alpaca fleece into yarn. It looks like steel wool, but it’s as soft as down.

10 o’clock was time to pack up and get ready for bed.

First things first, put tht kettle on to fill my hot water bottle. The digital kettle tells me how cold the water is before heating it to my required 80C. (That’s 50F to 170F). Much better!10pm 7

However cold and wet it is outside, a hot hot  water bottle and a pile of pillows and blankets will make a snuggly nest from which to survey the moonlit cloudy winter sky. I wish I could show you a photo of those moonlit clouds, but I don’t have the camera for the job. They were like a great sheet of old fashioned cotton wool, eerily backlit and very beautiful when viewed from a warm bed!

1 Day 1 World: 9pm – 10pm

The later the hour, the colder and darker it is! So, once more, Bryan was at play practice, and Morgen and myself were by the fire. I was knitting, and watching the rest of “House of Five Leaves” before returning it to the library today.9pm 1 At 9pm, the last episode had just finished.9pm 2

The weather has been unhelpful with regards to getting the washing dry, so there’s almost always some of it in the lounge at this time of year.9pm 3

It’s nor really what I want to look at – after the DVD finished, I folded both the clothes and the rack, and put them away.9pm 4

Much better!9pm 5

By now, Bryan was home and in the shower, and the TV was off, so Morgen was waiting impatiently for her supper. She knows what comes next!9pm 6

Instead of hopping into bed, I  played with the camera for a while. That’s a not-yet-finished light shade, made of wire and silk tulle, which I dyed with eucalyptus detritus. I’d hung it from the ceiling , out of the way, and then discovered that it makes marvelous shadows when I light a couple of candles. 9pm 7

And here are the candles, sitting on a mirror tile and accompanied by a strange winged entity that came home with me from the op shop/thrift store last week. It’s pink with orange wings, and therefore irresistible to me!

Another exciting winter evening in southern Australia!

1 Day 1 World: 7pm -8pm

It was a dark and stormy night…At 7 pm on Monday, Bryan had just left to go to play practice, leaving Morgen and me to ourselves for the evening. Of course, Morgen had claimed my chair – it’s the closest to the fire.

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It was the winter Solstice a few days ago, so we can look forward to the daylight hours (slowly) increasing from now on. Today has been bitterly cold (at least by Australian standards!) and wildly windy, resulting in parts of trees having to be cleared from roads, and a friend’s trampoline ended up on the far side of their shed…good days to stay inside by the fire with a cup of tea!7pm 3

While Morgen was hogging the fire last night, I did some more work on a stack of altered postcards, ready to be laminated and then bound into a book.

After that, I went back to my knitting, which is the perfect activity for a wild winter night by the fire.

1 Day 1 World Project: 6 -7pm

I’m still in Canberra until early tomorrow morning. It’s going to be cold and dark when I have to leave here to catch my bus, and it’s cold and dark by 6pm as well…Although the sun came out in the afternoon yesterday, there wasn’t enough sunshine to dry the washing, so as darkness fell, Zoe brought the damp things inside to dry on the stair rail below the heater. Juniper thought she might help…

This afternoon, once the fog cleared and the sun came out, we went for a walk and bought a clothes horse, to take the pressure off the railing…

1 Day 1 World Project: 5 – 6pm

This week I’m in Canberra, Australia’s (bush) capital, where even foreign Embassies are homes among the gum trees, and the sports fields are populated with cockatoos, galahs and grass parrots. It is also where my daughter, her partner and Juniper live (along with Maisey, Daisy and Zelda, Juniper’s fur sisters). At five o’clock last night, evening was already drawing in, grey and cold.

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A few minutes later, Juniper had just awoken from a long winter’s nap, and Zoe called me upstairs to see the beautiful sunset-

which made up for a rather cold grey wintery day. We stayed out on the balcony just long enough to take photos, before taking refuge back in the nice warm room again.5pm 4

1 Day 1 world Project: 4 – 5 pm.

I had a nice quiet day at home today. Unlike Lisa,who has her son Ryan to think up interesting places to be in the week’s specified time period, not much was going on between 4 and 5 pm. Which is fine by me.

I made a cake – two cakes at once, actually. I have two fabulous old bar tins, ‘sourced’ from op shops/thrift stores, and they are the perfect size to turn one batch of basic butter cake into two – one for now, one for the freezer. I put some roasted rhubarb, quince and strawberries in the middle, and garnished the ‘one for now’ with slices of fresh fig. I can’t wait to get the proper food out of the way so I can eat cake. Yum.IMG_0490

It’s the third day of winter, according to the calendar, and by 5 o’clock it’s almost dark and distinctly gloomy outside, but it’s all cosy in our lounge, with the fire burning and plenty of cushions on the chairs.

Next week I’ll have to remember to take my photos a day earlier, so I can keep posting on the same day. I’m not sure how I’ll go once the hours get past bed time!

1 Day 1 World Project: 3 -4 pm

If I’m at home and not too busy, every day somewhere between 3 and 4 pm it is “Chai O’clock” for me. If I’m in a hurry I just use a tea bag (one of three or four varieties – can’t have too many!), but today I made my chai properly, in a saucepan on the stove.3 - 4 1

The saucepan belonged to my Grandma. She gave it to my kids to play with, but I requisitioned it, because it was a perfectly good double-boiler! The lid came later, from an op shop/thrift store. I bought it thinking I could re-use the bakelite knob, only to find it was irrevocably attached to the lid, and the lid was a perfect fit for Granny’s old pot. Win!3 - 4 2

Loose chai  – dried fermented tea leaves and a variety of whole spices simmer in the pot, wafting delicious aromas into the air. Just add milk and a smidgen of sugar…3 - 4 3

When I use a tea bag, I use a mug, but a pretty vintage cup makes everything taste even better! The cup doesn’t actually match the saucer, but they get along fine anyway.

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I had to add this last shot so you can see how very pretty the saucer is! Chai O’clock – the best hour of the day…don’t you think?

1 Day 1 World: 2pm – 3pm

My third contribution to Lisa’s 1 Day 1 World Project – I was at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery again today, as we were celebrating the Makers Market exhibition with sparkling wine, cupcakes and strawberries. We had a slightly chaotic time getting it all ready, but it all looked beautiful by 2 o’clock, when the guests began to arrive.2pm

Three of the Gallery’s volunteers have a cabinet each to show our wares – Jiah (Elephant and Rose), me (Sukie’s Original) and Jade (Zooblast Knits), plus staff member Deb, with beautiful felted wraps (don’t think about the polyester stuff used in kids craft – this is something else entirely!) I forgot to count, but we had a good turn out and lots of admiration for our work. By 2.45, the table full of goodies was nearly empty and it was time to wash up and restore order. 2.45pm