Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Braving the cold

Jeepers - it sure is cold today but given the wild weather that's lashed the east coast of Australia, I think we've been relatively lucky here in Melbourne.  It is actually Winter Solstice Saturday week (18 June) and tickets are already on sale for the annual Winter Solstice Melbourne event at Montsalvat in Eltham, who are not having just one but two Festive Fires (the second on 25 June) this winter.
Hurstbridge Heritage Trail logo via The Artisan Hills website
I've been putting on my warmest clothes and there are a couple of textile-inspired events taking place at the moment.  It was great to see my friend, textile artist Teresa Bennett featured in the Heidelberg Leader this week as her recycled artwork is on display until 30 June in the TACTILE exhibition at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, along with other artist friends in the Textile Art Community.
Melba Estate image via Coombe Yarra Valley website
There's also a Twilight Textiles talk on 14 June about making local clothes from your own backyard at the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria in North Carlton while it's also World Wide Knit in Public Day on 18 June and locally, there are a number of events that have already started in Banyule.
Image via Banyule Homestead Matters blog
The Hurstbridge Heritage Trail launch in 'The Artisan Hills' is tomorrow and I was also reading about the Dame Nellie Melba Estate Tours at Coombe Yarra Valley, which will be taking place next month - I'd never heard about Coombe House until now - it looks absolutely beautiful!  While here in Banyule, there's also been publicity about the Banyule Homestead and it being turned into a wedding/event venue known as The Voeux ('the wish') in 2017, which would be pretty amazing if they can provide adequate onsite parking, given it's located in a residential street.
Olive Cotton 'Tea cup ballet' image via Wikipedia
I've also been taken back in time looking at the Max and Olive photographic exhibition that is currently on at the Ian Potter Museum featuring the work of Australian artists Max Dupain and Olive Cotton taken in the late 1930s - I've long loved some of their most famous black and white images above and below.
Max Dupain 'Sunbaker' image via Wikipedia
Finally I was at my hairdressers today in East Kew and there is another competitor for Ora Cafe a bit further up Willsmere Road called Willo - so new I don't think there's a Facebook page for it.  It looked fabulous and there is another new cafe for nearby Balwyn as well in White Mojo.
Willo Cafe - East Kew

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