Kathleen O’Connor, West Australian Artist

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Self portrait, Kathleen O’Connor, part of the On Heads exhibition at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.
Kathleen O’Connor (1876 – 1968), daughter of the famous West Australian engineer C.Y.O’Connor, was born in New Zealand but came to WA in 1891, later going to Europe to study Art. She was influenced by the Impressionists but developed her own style. This self portrait is different from so many of her paintings which are vividly coloured and large and bold. My favourite is Afternoon Tea, Paris. Her works hang in national, state and regional galleries.

Another of my favourite Australian artist, Margaret Preston, again on a food theme! This is Thea Proctor’s Tea Party, 1924.

The Bunbury Regional Art Gallery is in the former St Patrick’s Convent. We went to Bunbury especially to see the exhibition.

From the gallery to a cafe on the Back Beach for lunch. Spectacular view. I grew up in this region and this was a favourite swimming beach.

After a long hot summer it is suddenly cool enough to change sandals for espadrilles and even cool enough for a scarf! Love cooler weather clothes.

The 8th of June was World Oceans Day. Please consider using less plastic bags.

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Citrus Time

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It’s officially winter and the lime tree is doing well. Our favourite salmon dish is a generous squeeze of lime and a splash of maple syrup on the salmon fillets a few hours before roasting then some more lime as it goes in the oven for about fifteen minutes. Delicious!

I like using seasonal produce so made a batch of Jamie Oliver’s Lemon Butter Biscuits. They went very quickly.

Cool enough in the evenings for a roasted shoulder of pork.

Hand surgery during the week and pleased with how this plastic sleeve meant I could shower. Very clever.

Did you know yesterday was Leave The Office Earlier Day? Good advice as it is a long weekend in Western Australia!

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Beautiful Bali (2)

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Innovative and really attractive restaurant interiors, a variety of interesting and well balanced menus, lovely flowers and some gorgeous  crockery add to the pleasure of eating in Bali. Restaurants to meet all price points and always charming service. Love eating in Bali!

Cool breezes and views stretching for miles from the roof terrace at our villa. I like to spot the kites.

My favourite thing to do several times a day is to swim. So relaxing.

Some very tempting shopping. I bought these great tassels and a couple of shirts which are well made and fit well.

Bali is the perfect break! Eat, sleep, swim and explore this lush island.

Tomorrow is Paper Plane Day. Start folding that paper!

 

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Beautiful Bali (1)

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A lovely break in beautiful Bali. We’ve stayed in the same group of villas many times.
Spacious, comfortable accommodation, good facilities, and very helpful, friendly staff.
So relaxing.




Bali has so many amazing restaurants. We ate at old favourites and tried some new ones, too.
Good food, interesting decor and great service.




Regular visits to a nearby place for reflexology.
In-room reflexology for my husband and a pedicure for me….very indulgent, very nice.
Talked into the purple nail polish and love it!




Tropical lush gardens. These lanterns hang along walkways and remind me of bird cages.
Lots of exotic heliconias.

Tomorrow is Maritime Day. Does that float your boat?

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Some Gardening, Some Cooking

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These hippeastra have bloomed for months.

Clivias are blooming, too.

Bought a worm composting farm and dug it into a garden bed in dappled light.

It’s citrus time in Western Australia, so I made a Lime Cake. This recipe has olive oil instead of butter and was very moist.

Neighbours put out a basket of oranges at their gate so I made an Orange Cake. It was very good.

Another neighbour gave me some lemons, so we had Lemon Delicious Puddings.

These Brussels Sprouts were oven roasted in olive oil. I stirred through sweet chilli sauce and put them back in the oven for 15 minutes. They tasted wonderful!

Cooler weather means our son uses the slow cooker to make delicious ragu. He serves it with pasta or couscous. The smell wafts enticingly throughout the house for hours before we eat it!

A recent article in delicious.com.au (A Wasted Opportunity) talks about the cultural, environmental and economic problem of food waste in Australia. I have redoubled my efforts to not throw out food, so more Bread and Butter pudding.

How did you celebrate International Nurses Day?

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Making Furniture

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A new birdcage but nowhere to put it. Tried several places, on shelves, on a cupboard and on a bench and nothing looked quite right. Decided to measure up and make my own display unit.

Did some measurements and sketched a plan. Took the plan to Bunnings, an Australia wide hardware store. Bought the planks and took them to the Chop Shop in the back of the store where Brad cut them to size.

Painted the pieces in Dulux Antique USA.

After the second coat of paint our son drilled and screwed the unit together. My husband held the pieces in place. He counter-sank the screw holes, I filled them and later, sanded and retouched the paint.

Very pleased with this new piece of furniture.

It’s International Iris Day today. Mine are looking good, but it’s too soon for them to flower

 

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Birdcage Cushion

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Couldn’t resist the birdcage image!

Washed and ironed the linen cushion cover and then pinned on the pompom edging.

Machine stitched the pompoms on, using a large zigzag stitch. Hand stitched zippered edge which was hard as I have a sore finger. The pompom edging stretches a little bit.

The finished cushion.

Couple of pompoms left over, so I cut them from the edging. I made the tassel from embroidery thread looped five times. After I stitched one end together and snipped straight across the other end, I stitched the pompoms together on to the top of the tassel. Added a wooden bead to cover the stitching and some others for decoration then attached it to the laminated bookmark. The lovely floral bookmark is from Yas Imamura’s Quill & Fox.

Yesterday was International Firefighters Day.

 

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PERTH GARDEN FESTIVAL

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The Perth Garden Festival features garden displays, landscaping, floral displays, garden related products for sale and sustainable living ideas. I went with my Mother and niece and we had a lovely day. We looked at the displays, talked to lots of experts, enjoyed cooking demonstrations, talks about controlling pests naturally and also a talk about roses.

These grass trees thrive in the poor Western Australian soil and look great in the bush and in suburban gardens.

This hybrid tea rose is called Grandma’s Rose. It is very pretty and very fragrant.

Gorgeous vase of banksia and eucalypts. These plants are native to Australia.

Inspiring displays.

The Festival was held at McCallum Park which has many mature trees for shade, including this Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

Today is International Jazz Day. Did you celebrate?

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WORLD READING DAY

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Except in the UK and Ireland.

We are a family of keen readers. We had shelves built on three walls of this upstairs room and all the shelves are full. I think we need to curate this collection!

Some recent holiday reading.

We have another break coming up and have already bought a pile of books to read, ready to pack when the time comes.

Just finished this bookclub book, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood and really enjoyed it. Based on historical fact and rounded out with some fiction, it was a good read.

Tomorrow, the 25th of April is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, when we remember those who courageously fought to keep Australia and New Zealand free. These biscuits were made from oatmeal, flour, sugar and golden syrup to  stay fresh for long periods. They were sent by sea to the Middle East and France to the soldiers and all those men and women who supported them and we eat them on Anzac Day. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corp.

Read a great book for World Book Day!

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Australind and Picnic

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Easter Long Weekend

My Mother’s Chicago Peace rose and her ivy leaf pelargonium which is a beautiful deep purple. We spent a lovely day with her in Australind.

Louis, our Groodle.

Picnic in the park with friends on Sunday. It was a lovely afternoon.

This covered tray is very good for picnics.

Did you know it was World Heritage Day yesterday?

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