Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Poor Christchurch, Poor Libya

While Christchurch churches topple and citizens pull each other out from under piles of rubble, Libyans risk life and limb to topple a President who hires mercenaries to shoot them.  It is hard to think of anything else with such news on the airwaves.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Out with the vinyl

Vinyl in ...
Vinyl out ...
(as well as the hardboard under the vinyl and the many many many staples that held it in place. Almost enough to take to the waste metal handlers.)
It turned out that the dining room had been varnished in a previous life.

The sun room had been varnished as well and it had also had carpet stuck to it at one stage, the remnants of which remained. What a mess.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hawkesbury River Oyster Leases

I drew this on the train between Hornsby and Woy Woy today, on my way between my new house and art school.
The Hawksbury River is very picturesque with oyster leases along its banks. When we stopped at the Hawkesbury River station an elderly fellow on the train said he remembered the days when the windows of the train could be opened and vendors at Hawkesbury Station would sell oysters to the passengers for a shilling a dozen.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Temperatures and heat waves

Last week while Sydney sweltered  in the heat wave that delivered 40C temperatures for several days in a row, I sweltered under my own internal heat wave.  I never knew a sinus infection could ground one so thoroughly.

After picking up the keys for my new abode I unpacked the mattress from the car then took to my bed, or rather took to my mattress.  I lay for 6 days contemplating my new walls from mattress level, incapable of doing more than reaching for a glass of water. By the time the antibiotics were starting to work my intentions of painting the walls had evaporated entirely.They seem just fine as they are, at least from mattress level.