I grew a couple of sunflowers over summer, but other than being good for photos they weren't that great! Hardly any of the seeds took, the few that did got eaten by caterpillars and the two that made it seemed to need a lot of water or they went all sad and droopy. But I enjoyed watching them unfold and open up. They lasted about a week and now they are all crispy and finished. I'll scattered the seeds and see what happens but I am not going to try very hard with them again!
Summer is officially finished now and we're on to autumn. I love this time of year, watching the shadows get longer, cool air at night, and that feeling of starting to get excited about wearing scarves and cardigans. This was a really good summer. I was happily funemployed*, so staying home a lot, spending my time growing tomatoes, learning how compost works, taking photos of plants and shells, reading books, and looking at clouds. What more could anyone ask for? It's been a really happy time but now I am looking forward to the next season and to different kinds of things. I took so many photos over summer, and I never know which ones to post - there are so many it takes me ages to decide which ones to post, so then I don't post at all! I need to work on that this year, somehow.
Happy start of autumn everyone!
*I totally recommend the book Funemployed by Justin Heazlewood. A great read for anyone in the arts in Australia.
Apparently the year of the sheep (or goat) is going to be more chilled out than last year, the year of the horse. It's going to be calmer and more nurturing than last year, which kind of bolted away from us and made crazy stuff happen. These photos were taken at the Chinese New Year fair last week in Northbridge. Here's a greeting I found when googling the year of the goat:
Wishing you a goat year, in life goat eyebrows and snorting, in business goat self-satisfying, in career goat pass wide road, and may worries goat be always far away. This goat year make a goat fortune, everyday a cheerful goat!
So there you go. Happy goat eyebrows to you this year!
Did you see the Giants last weekend? Did you love it?
I went on the Friday morning, just to have a quick look, and ended up staying all day, following the Little Girl Giant around. It was one of those things you can't really capture with photographs. The excitement and buzz, kids shouting "she's moving!!!", the beautiful music, getting sprayed by water from the boat... and that inexplicable feeling when she looks at you, tilts her head, and blinks. I was taken away by it all.
The crowds were large on Friday, but really well behaved. Everything was organised flawlessly. I didn't get to see the Diver on the move (I saw him asleep at the train station though) but it must have been an amazing site given he was even taller than the Little Girl.
After it was all over, I felt kind of sad. Like when a friend comes to visit but inevitably has to leave. But I hope the Little Girl is enjoying a new adventure in a different city now. Maybe having a rest, taking in some scenery, making new friends... and maybe one day she'll visit us again?