Winter holidays

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Andrew Roger’s Maze

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This sculpture’s sensor sets off cello and other sounds as people pass

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IMG_2671IMG_2662IMG_2661IMG_2667IMG_2650IMG_2672IMG_2673Having time off from blogging has inspired me to catch up on lots of jobs that had been put aside, things to do later. The satisfaction is enormous. I have found a new Danish computer man, Thomas, who helped me solve a couple of things that will allow me to do some tidying up on the computer and also to understand some of the simple things that seem obvious to everyone else.

The TV aerial needed adjustment since we’ve gone from analogue to digital. Every storm or rainy night left us with a black screen. It is quite a treat to see a session without having to fill in the blanks.

The garden too has benefitted from the installation of a watering system, ready for next summer.

Having the children introduced us to predawn starts to the day again. I have included some photos of our visit to McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, where we used to live in the caretaker’s cottage. The boys enjoy running around finding their favourite sculptures. I love to see the growth of the trees we planted. The sculpture park is on 40 acres with lots of sculptures scattered around the park. There is a biannual sculpture prize of $100,000. Shall introduce you to more sculptures as time goes by.

Troubling times for those around us makes us realise how fragile life can be. Our neighbour is in intensive care after a very severe car accident. Another larger car swerved onto her side of the road. It took an hour and a half to cut her out of the car, before she was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital in the city. Her injuries are massive, and we’ll wait to see if she’ll survive. It makes us grateful for every day, as none of us know what the future holds.

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25 thoughts on “Winter holidays

    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thanks MT, glad you like the photos, and Yvonne is now out of the coma and things are looking positive for her. Long rehab ahead, but she asked for a cigarette! The family said, ‘she’s back!’

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  1. Outlier Babe

    Late to the party, as often, and really just repeating everyone else: Entranced by the sculpture park, consider you ever so fortunate to have lived there, wish I could visit, think your grandsons are adorable, and am very sorry about your neighbor. Enjoyed the later post of the park, as well.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      I love hearing from you and thank you for your ever welcome comments. Maybe you will visit one day? Yes, we think the boys are very special too! No good news about our neighbour, but we’ll wait and see… Thank you for your good cheer!

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  2. hilarycustancegreen

    More sculpture please. This is what I was doing from the 1970s on for twenty odd years. I love it and miss it. What a wonderful place to have looked after.
    I wish your friend well. The human frame is incredibly resilient and the medical profession will give her their utmost.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thrilled that you like to see sculptures Hilary and to know you have worked in this area.
      I shall try and get more up from time to time! Thanks for your good wishes for Yvonne. ❤

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  3. bkpyett Post author

    HJ, lovely to read your comment. Thank you too for your good wishes for Yvonne, and your supportive ones for the blog! I just loved your latest bird photo on yours!!

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  4. avian101

    I’m glad to hear that you’re having a great time with your grandchildren. Added to your catching up with so many things that blogging have kept you from doing. But I do miss reading your blogs. Don’t hurry to blog, take your time and enjoy. 🙂

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  5. joannesisco

    I love the sculptures – especially the red man and the tubular art. I’m imagining that it makes sounds in the wind. The entire park must be a really interesting place to visit!

    Best wishes to your neighbour. These events are very sobering especially when they occur close to us. I hope she makes a steady and strong recovery.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thanks Joanne, yes, the tubular sculpture has sensors that set off the noise and it’s very popular, and won the peoples’ choice in the last competition. Thanks too for your good wishes for Yvonne. ❤

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Lovely to hear from you Maggie. McClelland is like a jewel in the suburbs, with some wild parts but many manicured. I shall hopefully do more on my next visit. Thanks for your thoughts for Yvonne too! ❤

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  6. bkpyett Post author

    Sarah, thank you for your kind thoughts! Yes, it was a magical place to live, and great that we are living nearby and can see our trees grow and enjoy the grounds.

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  7. raroto

    Hello again Barbara, good to have you back! 🙂
    Nice to know you’ve been enjoying the time off from WP.
    Taken aback about your neighbor’s accident tho. Do hope she pulls through.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Good to be back, shall take things slowly, as I’m spending some time writing and can’t manage everything. I did miss you all though! Shall let you know how Yvonne goes, it’s a great shock, especially for her four children and husband.

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  8. simon682

    I love the sculpture park photographs. The red man is something that would have drawn me as a child…would draw me as an adult. And you lived there and looked after it? Best wishes for your neighbour. Life is fragile and needs to be filled with love and art (and good food). Lets hope she rallies and makes a full recovery.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Lovely to hear from you Simon. My camera ran out of battery at the park, so shall be back to take more photos. It’s always wonderful to see the changes. Yvonne is in a coma, so only time will tell. Thanks for your good wishes.

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