Southern Cross Creations
An Australian Woman's Journal
Journal Archive: November 2003
25 November 2003
While I take a break from fibrework, have a look at these textile creations by my friend Eunice who lives downriver. Her latest full sized quilt has an Egyptian theme.
She made the wall hanging of Eyptian geese to accompany the quilt.
And here is Eunice, at home. Besides her textile creations, she makes leaded
glass windows, maintains a garden, publishes the Valley Vibes (a 12 page community
newspaper) and has been elected Secretary for the Walsh River Community Centre
for a number of years. Eunice has helped find and apply for grants that benefit
our community centre. I appreciate her hard work, resourcefulness and creativity.
16 November 2003
Our very Dry Season dictates careful use of water plus preparations in case
of bush fire.Yesterday a smother of smoke blew in, reminded us of scary possibilities
before dissipating. We've been weeding and mowing, clearing around the buildings.
Kneeling on the ground to reach weeds clustering under small trees. Kneeling
encourages a certain humility and provides an opportunity to appreciate cool
scented gum trees shed their bark, discarded veils dropped to the ground. They
lift bare limbs in extravagent dance, luminous, breathtaking. Cluster of figs,
silver halos disappearing behind emerging leaves, cover the native fig trees.
Blossoms erupt on the bare tips of frangipani branches. Rainbow lorikeets and
other honeyeaters drink and flutter in the bird bath. A small centipede (about
5 cm or 2 inches) hesitates when revealed under an old flower pot. Irrepressible
life in a challenging environment.
The warming sun curtails our maintenance work. We walk the dog
before the day gets too hot, then head to the shade in the house for breakfast.
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