It was a chilly, early, start this morning. Not quite dawn and rather Grey. My dog Ralf looks at the cases with disdain. He walks around them and then retires to the settee in resignation rather than follow me around, as is the norm. More than once I have left him in the shed by mistake because of his sulking on the settee. As I write I’m in the air winging my way to Alice Springs. It’s difficult to explain just how sensational the scenery below me is. Red, black and cream swirls across the landscape that blend subtly into a bright blue sky. I can’t pick an horizon, as the land blends into the blue with sheer mist. I only filmed a little but I intend to take my still camera on the flight home. I landed in Alice Springs and was really surprised at just how green the fields either side of the airstrip were. I offered to take photos for a couple as they got off the plane, then ended up being official photographer for numerous other couples. I was met at the airport and delivered to my hotel right in the center of town. How lucky…. It wasn’t long before I was off on foot falcon to take in the scenery. The main street with its open cafes and tourist shop is a lure for almost everyone. The local aboriginal community, workers on their lunch break and of course the tourists. Dressed in tourist outback garb, they are easily distinguishable. I can pick an American from a German from and Englishman etc. Just how functional is all that garb. Khaki shorts with big pockets, sleeveless vests to match with even more pockets… I’ve never seen them bulging yet.! Of course there is the camera bag, the scarf around the neck and very expensive boots that are the opposing accompaniment to the new leather or rabbit fur hat. Not too often do you see the genuine akubra The aboriginal women and children seemed to spend considerable time in the mall as many of them were still there some hours later when I went back with the cine camera. The aboriginal situation is sad and visually confrontational. Two of our sons are aboriginal. We had a great deal to do with the community in Adelaide and the situation here is different. I love to people watch so I sat and had a coffee in one of the café’s and took in the ambiance
. Tomorrow will be a busy day. 20 students all doing something different, I sure need my skates on… but I enjoy it immensely. Tonight is revision of class, run through everything and then maybe a movie….
Off to Alice Springs this weekend. Everything is packed and ready for an early start in the morning. I hope to take some interesting vision, however, I may have to wait until I get home to share it. So for my friends overseas. I have included a map to show just where Alice Springs is. I'm really looking forward to the experience.
Just got home from taking teenage Grandchildren and their friends out to dinner. It's rather a nice experience.
Finished this little quilt today. I call these
layer portraits because I choose how many layers of shading I wish to put into the portrait. This is a miniature so I only chose four layers.
I decided to quilt the background quite heavily and then write small sayings in the border... but I didn't want them to be too noticeable so I chose a fine thread and color that blended quite well with the fabric.
What is Layering? I change the photo to black and white first.
By manipulating the photo in a computer program I divide it into layers, from 2 to 8 layers and make my pattern from there. I will add a description tomorrow when I have more time
I'm trying to work out a way to add a few more hours into the day.... spent the day finishing contracts for 2008/9 I've been working on new notes for all my classes. Gees, they have ended up as small books. However, I know they are appreciated. I'm about to put up a barrier at the door so I can get some work done...!!! does anyone know where you buy that yellow police tape? I could do with an apartment by the beach to sit and write. No interruptions. "Mum can you babysit today", "Mum can you take up these pants" "Mum come to town with me" "Mum can you scan these for my assignment" In the meantime, I need to check out the camera angles of shots taken by son Jamie at the swimming championships in Melbourne. (He did the underwater ones with the divers) I don't know what he's doing this week. I should finish the quilting the miniature portrait this week.... and then I'm off to Alice Springs. Life's sure interesting...
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
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