Saturday, 25 October 2008

Sculpture By The Sea

Bondi Beach Lifeguard Tower
Bondi Icebergs
Beautiful and sunny, interesting and fun, healthy and tiring. That about sums it up. We walked from Bondi to Tamarama on the coastal walk today, the annual Sculpture By The Sea exhibition is in full swing and I think every person went to see it today. We couldn't have picked a better day though, it was so beautiful and warm after such a cold and miserable week. I even got a little sunburnt by accident.

I think we walked about 3 or 4km. Luca thought it was fantastic and was making a few people laugh along the way calling out "wow" and "look mummy and daddy, that is so cool". He was finding small sculptures in the bushes and was completely exhausted by the end, he walked the whole way. We shouldn't have taken Remi in the stroller, we should have carried him in the baby pouch or baby backpack, there were quite a few stairs -he was very comfortable in the stroller though. Mid-way we stopped in the park area on top of the headland and had a bite to eat and a drink. The park had about 30 sculptures scattered around it which Luca really wanted to climb on. Only a few of the sculptures were allowed to be climbed on, the rest weren't.

By the end, we were so tired that we caught a bus back to Bondi and got some lunch in the late afternoon. We had a quick play in the park and home we came. I will mark it in my calendar again for next year, it was the best sculpture exhibition I have ever seen. There was not one piece that I disliked.

It is strange how it feels like another world over on the East side of the City. I live in my little bubble here on the Northern Beaches, only venturing afar on the odd occasion, and I think that makes these outings feel like I am on holidays in some foreign country. It makes me want to travel again(I think it has been way too long since we went o/s).

I'm off to bed now to dream of faraway places- I am wiped out.

::BEWARE:: There are a ton of photos below.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Alphabet Soup

I haven't been slacking off, really! I have been very busy actually. This painting was completed and delivered this afternoon to Luca's Kindy as part of the fundraising for the upcoming Art Show. This time though, it is just the kids artworks that we will be seeing. I have donated this painting for them to do a silent auction with. Hopefully they make a lot of money from it.

It took me a week to do from start to finish. It wouldn't have taken that long if I wasn't distracted by my boys, but that is part of being a work at home mum I guess. It seems as though I work better under pressure with a short deadline. Although it does stress me out a bit. It was really fun to do, and something that I hadn't done before (sticking the letters on and making it 3D), so that was fun. The colours remind me of gelato, mmm mmmmmm!!!

This month has been pretty full of creativeness all around. Luca has been painting along side me while I am painting. He has never really been into painting that much, until now that is. He can't get enough of painting, drawing, writing letters and numbers, it's really wonderful to see his little brain working overtime and absorbing life as we know it.
Last weekend we did a really lovely walk up to the headland just near our house. Lucky us got to see the whales frolicking in the ocean, we watched for about an hour.
The same day Remi had his first go in a swing and loved it. SO CUTE!!!
They were even climbing trees together.
And just because he is lovely, here is another one.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Amazon delivers again

Someone looks happy about his new books. We read them as soon as they arrived yesterday, and again at bed time last night. This boy can't get enough of reading and spelling - he is absorbing everything like a sponge.

I thought I had better make some quick purchases before the Aussie Dollar takes another dive. I love receiving books from Amazon. I accidentally ordered the two Lotta Jansdotter books twice, so my sister got a little gift as well. The Martha Stewart Cookie Book was just an impulse buy, I saw her showing it on MARTHA and couldn't resist. I tell you, if a cookbook has beautiful pictures, I will buy it! I have already flicked through all of the books and bookmarked tons of pages. They are all great books, buy them!