The end of autumn brings great shows and beautiful colour, winter brings its own pleasures. And a few ideas for getting out of town & into nature…

My May-June Autumn-Winter newsletter – click on the link to view the full arts newsletter –
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May-June 2017 Pop-Up Arts News. Autumn in full colour & hello winter
Now heading into winter, with a few remaining autumn colours to carry us over the line, I love the way the light changes with the seasons. Now becoming crisper and cleaner and brighter – outlines seem sharper. I’ve been lucky to have a few days away here and there over the last few months. In early April it was a drive to Capertee Valley near Lithgow (did you know this is the world’s second largest canyon? second only to the Grand Canyon? and the historic Royal Hotel in the little town offers good food and accommodation). We did a tour of the nearby ghost town of Glen Davis (a photographers dream) and horseriding at nearbyTuron Gates, with beautiful trails that included a few river crossings – our horses sure-footed on the slippery cold river stones. A few weeks ago six of us stayed in a waterfront cottage in Patonga – one of Sydney’s secret places for sure. The hike across to Pearl Beach stunning! And steep! The ferry trip Patonga to Palm Beach a treat. Most recently houseminding for friends in Church Point on Pittwater was a peaceful and refreshing escape from Darlinghurst – we had pretty views across to Scotland Island in one direction and to the mainland point in the other. There is easy access to many lovely – and more steep – walks, either by foot or a little further in the car, especially if you want to explore Kuringai Chase National Park (and you should). You really don’t have to travel far from this city to experience incredible natural beauty – being in nature restores the soul, as does being away from traffic sounds.
That said at the end of July I am heading off to Spain for one of my own adventures – a 3 week archaeological dig organised through ArchaeoSpain. I’ll be with a group sifting through the ruins of the Roman Fortress Pulpon, about 100km east from Madrid. Afterwards I’ll tour a little to the south of Spain (Granada, Cordoba, Seville) before flying to Switzerland and meeting up with friends, including one of my daughters. So I hope to get another newsletter out before I go…
In Sydney we have four of my favourite annual Festivals – two finish this Sunday 28 May – Head On Photo Festival and Sydney Writers Festival. Vivid opens today and runs until 17 June – hard to avoid the crowds but there are some tricks. And the Sydney Film Festival Opens 07 June. Below are a few recommendations of exhibitions to see, all in Sydney this time around. You’ve really got no reason to be at home – except for some good TV series viewing…
Best of wishes and thanks for reading. I love hearing from you so email me if you like.

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