Friday, January 17, 2014

Stops along the way

The wedding wasn't until 3 so that gave us time to have a bit more of a look around King Island.

Daisies are such happy flowers and were blooming happily along the roadways. Perhaps they are a pest but they are certainly pretty.
The Roaring Forties are strong westerly winds found in the Southern Hemisphere, generally between the latitudes of 40 and 50 degrees.The strong west-to-east air currents are caused by the combination of air being displaced from the Equator towards the South Pole and the Earth's rotation, and there are few landmasses to serve as windbreaks.
The Roaring Forties were a major aid to ships sailing from Europe to the East Indies or Australasia during the Age of Sail, and in modern usage is favoured by yachtsmen on round-the-world voyages and competitions. The boundaries of the Roaring Forties are not consistent, and shift north or south depending on the season.

From the FAQ's about King Island...
Why does everyone keep pointing at me when I’m driving around King Island?
They’re not pointing, they’re ‘waving’. The King Island wave is compulsory when driving on the island and failure to comply can result in a withdrawal of your cheese privileges. The range of waves varies from the classic single finger raise to a full eight finger salute. At no time during the performance of the ‘wave’ should you remove either hand from the steering wheel.

"Wild" turkeys abounded!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

We visited Grassy

The township of Grassy, on the island's east coast is approximately 32 km south east of Currie. It was a thriving mining town where scheelite was extracted from an open cut mine until 1974 when two underground mines were brought into production. After the mine closed in 1990, the mine site was rehabilitated, the town sold and the pit was allowed to flood. In recent years the Grassy population has increased again and consists of local families, sea-changers, a campus of Ballarat & Clarendon College and holiday makers. The town boasts a large, heated indoor Swimming Pool, Laundromat, the Grassy Supermarket opposite King's Cuisine at the Grassy Club, the Grassy Emporium, E J Motors and Fuel, Kelp Craft and King Island Holiday Village for accommodation in the town, and a bed & breakfast and art gallery at the Portside Links, near the harbour. There is a free barbecue, sheltered eating spot and public toilets in upper Blackwood Street Grassy. Grassy is also known for the penguin rookery near the port (safe harbour) and platypus at the Upper Grassy Dam. The MV Searoad Mersey services the island with a weekly shipping service between Melbourne, Devonport and Grassy Harbour.[10]

All this makes it sound like a thriving metropolis.... amazing!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Learning to draw

My first attempt at drawing a face - it is for another project class- Life Book 14.
I am really happy with it and am now contemplating drawing more faces and experimenting a little more.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


So many reports of how cold it was going to be were proved accurate.
One didn't stay outside long enough to check on the usual measures of how you know it's really cold- things like frozen dog pee etc- it was far to cold to even bother with that.
The wind blew and sucked the air out of your lungs. It was a shocker.
The temperatures listed are Fahrenheit not Celsius.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Catching up

 I spent time with Michele working through our goals for the new year, and i enjoyed and learnt so much from doing the Art Journal calendar challenge last year that I decided I would do it again this year.
My book has begun with my word for the year and then a page with my goals and the list of 14 in 14.

I've managed to keep up to date with it and will have to create the pages for my 14 in 14 achievements.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Begin as I hope to go on...

Happy New Year!

I spent time thinking of my One Word for 2014…  

What do I want to focus on this coming year? 
Who do I want to be? 

My word came to me while reflecting and chatting about 2013. 
All that matters about the word is that it has personal meaning for me. In choosing it it can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought, a feeling, an action, a character trait. 
The word  stands as a reminder, a nudge. 
Something I can reflect on, that will challenge and inspire. A touchstone to return to time and time again to help  stay the course this year…

And so to my word...

  •  bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established.
  • to think of something in combination 
  • to come together to form a single unit
  • to put together to form a new and longer whole
Associate, hook up, bridge, join, relate, affix and then there are all these .....

1. connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?"; "Tie the ropes together"; "Link arms"
(synonym) link, tie, link up
2. make a logical or causal connection; "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all"
(synonym) associate, tie in, relate, link, colligate, link up
3. be or become joined or united or linked; "The two streets connect to become a highway"; "Our paths joined"; "The travelers linked up again at the airport"
(synonym) link, link up, join, unite
4. join by means of communication equipment; "The telephone company finally put in lines to connect the towns in this area"
(hypernym)  bring together
5. land on or hit solidly; "The brick connected on her head, knocking her out"
(hypernym) hit, strike, impinge on, run into, collide with
6. join for the purpose of communication; "Operator, could you connect me to the Raffles in Singapore?"
7. be scheduled so as to provide continuing service, as in transportation; "The local train does not connect with the Amtrak train"; "The planes don't connect and you will have to wait for four hours"
(hypernym) be
8. establish a rapport or relationship; "The President of this university really connects with the faculty"
(hypernym) relate
(verb-group) get in touch, touch base
9. establish communication with someone; "did you finally connect with your long-lost cousin?"
(synonym) get in touch, touch base
(hypernym) interact
10. plug into an outlet; "Please plug in the toaster!"; "Connect the TV so we can watch the football game tonight"
(synonym) plug in
(hypernym) insert, infix, enter, introduce
11. hit or play a ball successfully; "The batter connected for a home run"
(hypernym) hit