My Day In Numbers

0 – Episodes left in Game Of Thrones

“You know nothing, Jon Snow”. Ygrette was sooo right. Snow, ya dipstick. Talk about conned.

4 – Assignments submitted 2 weeks ahead of schedule.

A few profanities were thrown at the computer and there may have been a meltdown, but you know what? The old girl’s still got it.

5 – exservicemen have committed suicide since Anzac Day

( and 1 on active service but you didn’t hear it from me).

Appalling.

6 – Months of Retirement. 💖

15 – Days and I’m off again

Off to the hinterland to review a $3k a week house with log fire and spa, located near wineries and two distilleries. Tough one but someone has to do it. See Retirement

20 – Years since release of Ten Things I Hate About You.

Have you been to one of the special screenings? Oh, Heath, you were something else. Sigh…….

42 – % of Homeless in Australia are women due primarily to Domestic Violence.

Take a bow, Australia. You must be so bloody proud. NOT.

60 – years of age.

It’s just a number and still no grey. Well, a wisp only, though my eyebrows are fading. Bloody awful to think my first tattoo may be a new set of eyebrows. Thinking Baby Jane….

75 – years since D Day.

This was something we commemorated when I was at school. My daughters know the 6th of June as Queensland Day. Not sure what it is we are celebrating: incompetent pollies, brown paper bags full of cash, destruction of the reef, coal mines owned by Indian interests, fracking in our farmland, and my favourite, the developers who do secret deals to build 3600 units by reclaiming mangroves in the dugong breeding waters off the coast. Yay, Qld Day!

76 – Seats won by the Liberals in the recent Elections

Not a political comment. Just concerned about a society full of Snowflakes……

80 – years

The Archibald Prize – The Everyman’s Art Award.

The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. It garners a great deal of interest each year because of the subject matter, regardless of the painting style.

1942 Winner, Jim Gordon VC, by William Dargie

All finalists will be on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from May 11, 2019 to September 8, 2019. ( Add to To Do List : Book Tickets).

2011 Winner, Margaret Olley by Ben Quilty

As a prelude to the announcement of this award the Packing Room Prize is chosen by the Art Gallery of NSW staff who receive, unpack and hang the Archibald Prize entries — with the head packer having 52 per cent of the vote. 

The winner of this award was announced earlier this week with a portrait of actor David Wenham by Tessa MacKay. Just love it!

David Wenham (born 21 September 1965) is an Australian actor who has appeared in movies, television series and theatre productions. He is known in Hollywood for his roles as Faramir in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Carl in Van Helsing, Dilios in 300 and its sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, Al Parker in Top of the Lake, and Lieutenant John Scarfield in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

He is best known in Australia for his role as Diver Dan in SeaChange.

And Diver, I can never forgive you for walking out on Laura the way you did………………

PS. Disappearing for a few weeks. I have some major commitments which require focus, and God knows focus isn’t my strong point, and then I’m flying out to put a dent in the Bucket List. Retirement’s tough.

Little Library Update and Rocks.

The Little Library in the park near my home continues to gain momentum.

Because of my gallivanting over recent weeks I lost touch over the Christmas school holidays and was pleasantly surprised to find no vandalism and a stash of new books upon my return.

I even came across a lass who was reading and swinging her child at the same time. Now that’s dedication.

Indeed one of the local mothers encouraged the ankle biters to visit the park and the Little Library by planting hand painted rocks amongst the books as well as around the playground and surrounds.

Apparently this is a thing. The rocks are hidden in parks, with photos posted on a Facebook page so other parents can take their children to find the rocks, then re-hide them somewhere else. The trend started in America (where else?) and has spread all over the world.

I think I’de be tempted to go searching for these cuties.

This new global craze has kids getting outdoors to play hide and seek with hand-painted rocks. It has been praised as a cheap and easy way to get Little People away from technology and outside. Way to go, Mums!

I’ve been photographing Little Libraries on my travels. I hope someone may be inspired to organise something along the same lines within their own community. One friend is initiating a simple shelf of books for swapping purposes within her retirement village. Yee Haa! See, it’s not about being flash, it’s all about the service and community.

In The Blue Earth Cafe At Bodalla, NSW
Ainslie Shopping Centre, Canberra
In a playground in Mollymook, NSW