This Easter we had hot cross buns and choccies but otherwise we were very untraditional.
The youngest decided he wanted a cooking class - and to start off in the advanced section making a yum cha for Easter. His father seized on this enthusiasm and they spent two days cooking. It was a great success.
And while they cooked all Good Friday, I went off and spent the day with friends making traditional quince paste from their many, many baskets of quinces. Their tree is prolific! I have a bowl of fruit to make into quince jelly sometime this week.
Random mosaics of leaves and nuts and debris from summer lie everywhere now. I find a lot to enjoy.
Ballarat seems to have had a liking for public mosaic works. I've been told of a replica of the Queen's crown, which was demolished before I came here. There is the local 'curious' house covered with bits and pieces, the many tiled paths and entrance ways etc. I'm looking out for more since I found this Olympic beauty on a Yacht club wall.
Ballan has a fascinating little house and garden that was a cafe/art gallery until recently. Does anyone know of other mosaic work out in public around here?
I took to the Golden Plains Arts Trail a couple of weeks ago. Lots of artisans/arts people opened their studios and workshops from Linton and Smythesdale through to Teesdale and Meredith and around Dereel and Garibaldi. The generosity of the people who opened their work spaces for the day made it memorable.
This is the view from the Clyde Park Vineyard
I hadn't realised how cramped I was feeling until I sat down here and started to breathe in the space and light.
I live in Ballarat, an old goldfields town, in the central west of Victoria, but southerly in relation to the world. I love Chinese architecture, the post-goldfields towns and countryside of central Victoria, and I love the practice and the art of history. This year I'm beginning a research project on Ballarat in the 1870s.