Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

VISITORS

We had our lovely friends, Peter and Margaret come to stay for a week. They are from the Hunter Valley region of NSW (famous for its wine). While they were here we visited a mutual friend in hospital and went shopping for a camera. We had many lunches out at Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast, took in a few movies and visited an Art Gallery. (I didn't get any blogging done, too busy having fun)
We had lunch at Cleveland. We ordered calamari rings but they threw in a few baby octopus too. TOH* wasn't impressed.

 Another day we took Margaret and Peter to the Queensland Art Gallery. 

 They were keen to see the Yirrkala Drawings because Margaret and Peter used to teach aboriginals  in the Northern Territory and they are very interested in the people's culture.

"Yirrkala Drawings’ is the first major exhibition of a group of crayon drawings on brown paper by senior Aboriginal leaders and bark painters from Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land; 365 drawings were produced in 1946–47 with materials provided by young anthropologists Ronald M and Catherine H Berndt. These brilliant, exuberant drawings — 81 of which are included in the exhibition — express the intricacies of Yolngu culture, clan relationships and connection to country, in dynamic lines infilled with rich colour. Developed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in conjunction with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre at Yirrkala and the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia."

 The totems had intricate patterns

TOH was reading a book next to me one day and he asked, "What is a Rubenesque woman?"I explained that it is a woman with the similar shape of the women that artist Rubens painted, well rounded and voluptuous. So while we were at the gallery we sought out one of Rubens' women. Now TOH knows.

On the way out I admired the architecture and was taken by the juxtaposition of the statue and the person standing. We left the cultural centre and walked under the Victoria Bridge to South Bank, had lunch and caught the bus home for a nap.

*The Other Half

28 comments:

  1. I am with TOH on the baby octopus Diane, The Art Gallery sounds impressive. So nice to have friends visit.

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  2. How lovely your friends visited. The art exhibits looked wonderful, the octopus well, not too keen on octopus ;)

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  3. Reminds me of the first time I became aware of Reuben's. We went to a gallery in Brussels. It has really stuck in my mind.

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  4. Yep, the baby octopus doesn't look all that great to me either! Your friends, Peter and Margaret had interesting careers and super that you all visited the relevant art gallery. I am SO impressed with the last photo, Diane. Truly artistic composition on your part!

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  5. Hallo Diane!
    I have not blogged in over a year, and have not read any either. We have moved out to our summer house. It is only +8 degrees C and blows ice cold northerly wind, so I sit at the computer and try to find something to do.
    So fun that you will continue with your adventure. See you again soon
    Elisabeth / Petit Eykiss

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  6. Glad you had friends visit, neat to see the sights. Now the food, I don't know?? :)

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  7. Great to have visitors stay.
    Did you buy a camera, I wonder!

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  8. love the museum and the totems and the last photo is beautiful.
    YUCK and YUCK on the calimari and octopus, it looks like it has already been eaten...

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  9. i'd not like the baby octopi, either! glad you had a week full of fun and friends.

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  10. Me too on the octopus.. eeew! but on the other hand you can never go wrong with an art gallery, always interesting things to see.. which reminds me it's time for a visit to ours :)Sounds like you had an enjoyable visit Diane.

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  11. I love aboriginal artwork and paintings ! My son brought me a wooden plate and a table set like piece. Beautiful !
    Apparently your TOH is not so interested in Rubenesque forms and prefers the skinnier version, lol !

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  12. That is nice to have friends over. The art gallery looks great and the Rubens picture is a good example of the way he saw women.

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  13. Interestig museum, the octopuc is not so small.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  14. I have not tried octopus, do you like it? The totems are neat. I like the last shot, great composition! Have a happy week!

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  15. I can see I am in the minority, but I would have tasted the octopus! What a nice visit with your friends -- art and good food with good company. I like your last photo, too.

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  16. Oh my gosh. Octopus. My stomach just turned over. Really? Course I'm not brave. I won't even try the suchi. Or whatever it's called. Fun week you had.

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  17. No---I wouldn't be too happy with Octopus either....Hmmmm...

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your friends... I'm sure they enjoyed every minute of their time with you two.

    Guess I have been a Rubenesque woman my entire adult life... Ha ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  18. I don't eat seafood and baby octopus is just yuck and gross.

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  19. I can understand why you weren't able to do any blogging with all the things you did with your friends. I have to agree with Bill -- I wouldn't be impressed with baby octopus either.

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  20. Hi Diane, I've never tried baby octopus and that photo doesn't inspire me to [chuckle].
    Sounds like you gave your friends a super holiday. Love the art gallery displays and, yes, I do admire the composition of your last photo :D)

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  21. Great pictures - I do like photographs taken in galleries, they always seem to contain an element of calm and culture, like a wind-borne aroma floating from a cultural barbecue

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  22. Seems you had a wonderful time with your Margaret and Peter. The Queensland Art Gallery looks to be well worth the visit.

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  23. Friends visits also give us the chance to visit anew or revisit interesting places and also dine out as you did Diane. Enjoyed the museum visit through yiur ohoto tour and wondered about the films you saw and what camera was bought. Expect that you will be telling about these in a future post.

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  24. TOH gets a gong for his reaction to the octopus, though I agree with Sandra that calamari is equally yucky.
    I also agree with many other commentors that the last shot is brilliant.

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  25. What a fun week. Lucky guests, lucky hosts!

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  26. Such interesting things to view - hope you are enjoying your visitors!

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  27. I watch a delayed telecast of MKR from Australia, and love it. A couple cooked Calamarie.

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  28. We had a lovely stay with Dianne and Bill. I took my computer and had many lessons from Diane which has taken me to another step on the ladder so to speak. They assisted us with the purchase of a new camera which I haven't had much time as yet to explore. Loved the warmer weather and our visit to the Museum as well as going to 2 films! Going out for lunch is lots of fun when you have good company. I gave my octopus to Diane and Bill! Love the Blog Diane. Love Margaret and Peter

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