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Autumn arts news. I haven’t written in a while…
Hi everyone and welcome to my Autumn Newsletter and the first for 2019.
The end of 2018 got away a little – there was a spot of ill health (well recovered now). followed by adventurous travels to Paris and Greece (Athens, Milos, Crete), followed by fab exhibitions that kept me too busy to write about them, then my other work days as a nurse in a little Sydney private hospital that is not without drama. Summer was wonderful and not quite long enough with family visits, books to read, movies to see, tv series to binge out on, new music to discover and podcasts to tune into when cooking. I loved swimming when I could over summer discovering a few new spots and enjoying other favourites. And walking of course – around the city, the harbour, in the bush, out of town. So here we are beginning Autumn – a season I love for all the good things it brings with it – the cool of a morning, beautiful clean light, coloured leaves on the trees and crunchy drifts of them piled high on the ground, new veges to plant out in the garden, March celebrating International Women’s Day and Art Month Sydney. Below are a few art ideas for around town and a little beyond – and what I love is they are all free – so I hope you find something here to help colour your autumn too. And If anyone has any secret Sydney shares, books, podcasts, pretty swimming spots or tv series to suggest, send them through. I love hearing from you.
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|March and the beginning of a new season – Autumn can be so pretty…
Hi everyone and welcome back to my Pop-Up Arts News.
After a long hot summer of swimming and festivals, family and work schedules, the year ahead has much more to give – there are more festivals, adventures, movies, bingey TV, books, walks, drives, travels, life and nature to jump into. Autumn has plenty going on: March is Art Month Sydney, Africultures Festival, WOMADelaide, Byron Bluesfest (I love all the fab music that comes to Sydney after these Festivals); April is a trip to Perth for a nephew’s wedding and some travels around. It’s also the kickoff for Sydney Writers Festival at their new Carriageworks venue. And then May – one of the prettiest months in Sydney right up there with November – brings with it Head On Photo Festival (even with the extended deadline I still missed getting in my 3 photo submissions!).
So here we go and thanks for reading.
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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.