A wander …

… through the MOMA exhibition at the NGV.

Those film filters that make you look younger, or rather a wobbly hand!

Love the fountains and the facade of this beauty.

Looking up, in the garden behind the gallery.

So many things I loved seeing, this little beauty was high in the list.

Bleeding Takari II by El Anatsui made with bottle caps and seals from liquor bottles flattened and wired together. I couldn’t stop looking at it, seeing it undulate down the wall.

Eagle claw and bean necklace by Georgia O’Keefe.

It is just charcoal, I could not get past that it was just charcoal. The more I looked and thought I’d seen the blackest part there was more. I was mesmerised.

Matisse’s La Japonaise

The colours were bright and new even though it was 113 years old. I took this photo because I’d just growled at people taking photos in the gallery and I thought of my friend Helen. She hates selfies in the gallery, use your eyes people!

Simultaneous contrasts: Sun and Moon by Robert Delaunay

I came at this front on, then up so close my toes were nearly touching the wall and looking up high at the painting. I loved how it looked when I stood there. I also loved the pure colours when seen here side on and up.

Snow flurry by Alexander Calder

Again I was mesmerised, I wanted everyone to leave so they didn’t get in my way when I stood back and watched this slowly turning, drifting.

What a lovely way to spend a Friday evening.

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Look up!!!

Sunset on the road from Warrandyte back to Kangaroo Ground.

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Looking …

… up.

I love, love, love clouds.

Looking up makes me happy.

This was taken on a Friday morning as I got out of the car at work.

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A friend …

… sent this to me and it made me grin.

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Do you ever wonder about …

.. other people and their lives? Anywhere? Even just on the other side of your own city … something I wondered about when on the other side of Melbourne driving about noticing the houses, I realised it was something I didn’t do at all.

It reminded me of a flight to London as we flew over one of the Stans, I looked out the window and saw nothing but mountains and dusty roads. Roads that led to little villages, to single houses or pairs of houses.

Later as I looked out into the darkness I saw lights … who was with those lights? What was their life like?

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A pop in …

… to Ballarat to visit a friend. She needed some real life hugs.

First stop coffee and some treats for morning tea.

Amusing myself on the drive.

Mammatus clouds, joy!!!

Cold blue sky winter’s day in downtown Ballarat.

A pressed metal roof in our lunch cafe.

Looking fabulous we were, shadows on sandstone.

Looking up as always.

Miss Molly loving some attention.

Miss Molly waving us goodbye, MooMoo in the window muttering thank goodness they’re off!

Sun going down on the way back home.

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A summer weekend in Rome

Many years ago I was on a long holiday … I wandered around parts of Europe enjoying not working after many years of working in schools. This was my first lot of Long Service Leave, a chance to holiday the world on full pay.

This post appeared in my memories section the other week and it had me searching for photos and remembering a wonderful hot weekend spent with friends wandering Rome.

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I was staying in a small flat on via Giulia in Rome, just around the corner from Palazzo Farnese and Camp de’ Fiori. It was the best place to stay, central, easy working for so many things and a little electric bus that ran past to all sorts of places. Shame I was so ‘frightened’ and ‘nervous’ about speaking no Italian that I didn’t use the bus for at least a week – the anxiety and mind wandering to places that made no sense at all.

The view up my street, the view out of my window and the view up to the blue sky from the courtyard.

Shiny faces of a hot night walking in Rome, a delicious dinner and then a wander.

A random finding of a cat sanctuary, I am not sure I could find it again, we wandered and turned corners and crossed roads and meandered up streets.

Braver than me she was. There were so many cats, they were everywhere just sitting on stones and in amongst the temple ruins. A surprising site indeed.

I noticed as soon as I arrived in Rome that parking was different, you find a spot whether it be for parking or not and you parked. This is a car on the steps of a church. Which amused us greatly.

Walking up the stone stairs to the apartment … wondering who else has walked theses stairs and who has worn them down.

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