Sunday, 22 June 2008

Our Melbourne















We went for a walk on Saturday around the newest part of Melbourne. It's an on going redevelopment known as Docklands. The area used to consist of dilapidated old wharves and warehouses. It's now been rebuilt with very unusual apartment blocks and a vast array of restaurants. It's an on going project that will take some time to complete. They've tried to save as much of the old part as possible as we don't have a lot of history being such a young country. The area has many art sculptures and lots of different textures. We're even getting the equivalent of the London Eye ferris wheel. They now have a row of glass trees that have tiny lights in the ends of the branches to light up the leaves at night. It's a constantly changing scene with art works coming and going on a regular basis. It's a regular home to the anti whaling ship, the Sea Shepherd, which berths there between confrontations with the Japanese whaling ships.
It's a great place to visit. Would I want to live there? I don't think so. Give me a home among the gum trees anyday.


Vintage Board Book Workshop

Today, Sunday, was the vintage board book workshop. As you can see from the faces and all heads down, there was incredible concentration. The ladies really took the job on board as we had a lot to do in such a short time. They all went home with their books assembled and some pages decorated. I took photos but they turned out blurry, so I have to wait till we get together again to show off their wonderful efforts. Well done girls.



17 comments:

Sam Marshall said...

Cool photos, Ro! The ladies look as though they are having the best time ever!!!!

Robyn said...

I enjoyed the Dockland tour, thank you Ro. Those carved wood panels are gorgeous!So simple yet so effective.

misty said...

such a wonderful tour guide you are! I love your city, but would take where you live over it anyday! Your house is so lovely and in such a beautiful place.

Alison Gibbs said...

What great photos of Melbourne Ro.
Alison

Jackie said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures of Melbourne. I will nevr visit there but your pictures ahve given me a view!

Jackie said...

What a lot of typos! Must be the wine. sorry.

kate - art vein vessel said...
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kate@artveinvessel said...

Melbourne looks lovely but I really love the photos of your forest. What a wonderful spot and how lucky you are to live there. Love your blog and your work. May I add it to my link list? And thanks for your kind words about my reliquaries...

Judy said...

Great photos Ro.
Sounds like the class went well.
Glad you didn't burn the place down.

Marilyn Rock said...

Terrific pictures; thanks for the tour :) Your workshop pictures are great; the ladies surely are engaged. I can't wait to see pictures of the project :)

Waltraud said...

Wonderful fotos, hope I can visit this town once in my life.

Jo Horswill said...

Great photo's, love all the textures and shapes. The light is so bright! down in the Docklands area. I agree with you Ro, "give me a home amongst the gumtrees" anyday...

azirca said...

Oh, I adore those white tree sculpture thingies, so neat! How cool would a photo of those look with some blackbirds perched in them?

Mary lin Huskamp said...

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures! The class looks inspiring and fun!

Marylin

MargaretR said...

Like Robyn the carved wood really impressed me more than anything in your lovely photos of Melbourne.

artbyjune said...

Hi Ro. I loved the photos of Melbourne. I'd like to visit there one day. I managed a fortnight in Sydney about 10 years ago. Marvellous!

I love your paper art too.

sharon young said...

Fantastic tour of Melbourne, RO, you took some great shots, lovely textures and patterns. Good to see the anti whaling ship in the dock.
Your students look as if they had a great workshop.