Tuesday, October 11, 2011

another long weekend...home and an exhibition

Lucky old Canberra had another long weekend...two in a row...we're a bit spoilt aren't we :)  But then again we have politicians to contend with on far too many weeks of the year so I guess it evens out.  I did a lot of stuff around the house and went to an exhibition, because you know I love both of those things.
The exhibition was the Fred Williams Retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia...seriously one of my favourite places in the universe. And I have to say that I think this was one of the best exhibitions I've seen for a while. Did you know that Fred Williams was the first Australian ever to have a solo exhibition at MoMA? No, I didn't either.  Beautiful, beautiful work...the colours were spectacular.
Click on the NGA link above to see lots more.
I came home with stuff...thank goodness the 100 day challenge is well and truly over! The exhibition catalogue was a must...Buffy says hi...and that's the last orchid spray there too.
An elk necklace...I have been after one of these for ages so I had to get it when I saw it. I have no idea what it was doing with Fred's stuff but I didn't question :) And a fridge magnet. I love fridge magnets. Do you?
My very good friends Chris and Terry came and helped take the faded green fibreglassy stuff off the pergola (I have no idea what it's called apart from ugly). Well to be honest, Terry did the hard bit while Chris and I fetched and carried. It didn't take long. Terry's toolkit rivals a Bunnings warehouse with a gadget for every house or garden issue imaginable. The courtyard looks so much better...
Now the wisteria just needs to do it's work and get over the pergola. It will let so much more light into the living room in winter now too without the horrible green stuff. I also picked up the drill once or twice myself over the weekend...attached a hose reel to the back wall and moved the automatic water timer thingy to a more convenient position...and look...a coat rack courtesy of Ikea, me and a power tool. 
Quite pleased. Probably shouldn't have left my boots lying higgedly piggedly on the floor though. Never mind.


  1. What a great looking exhibition. I wasn't aware it was on. I do love a good exh cataloge and very much approve of your purchases. Elk make such pretty things.
    Nice to see the slayer too, it seems like its been a while :)
    Your courtyard is gorgeous! So nice and green. I do love wisteria and it will look amazing when it covers the pergola.
    I have been thinking about a blossom tree for your front garden idea. Some of the weeping cherries are gorgeous but then a fruit tree is nice to have too :)

  2. Looks like a great exhibition - wonderful paintings. LOVE your Elk necklace. Can't wait for your wisteria to 'do its thing' - is going to look marvellous :)

  3. I love the wisteria and the removal of the green stuff was an excellent idea. I think the boots needed to remain, just so we know you are human. The hooks are fab and as for the necklace. Elk, what can I say, all their stuff is great. You are lucky to have access to the gallery.

  4. Oh, I'm a huge Fred Williams fan, Kerry - lucky you! Such exhibitions rarely make it to Hobart. And yep, I'm another Elk fan. I love your coat rack - go you! J x

  5. Necklace - Yes !
    I'm glad that you have been to a nice exhibition. I have some on my mind too, here in Stockholm. Maybe I will show it later...


  6. All the most stylish images have shoes or boots deliberately lying higgledy piggledy like yours. I'm sure you did this just for the shot. Can just imagine you with that drill!
    I'd have come home with the catalogue too, ready to savor every page.

  7. The grey cat, the orchids, the buddha, the rug -- we have similar tastes :-)

  8. Cool colors and textures! Love that cat!

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