Monthly Archives: October 2019

The Tree Of Life – #Inktober2019 Day 30

On Day 30 I was lucky to go to another exhibition – this time to Made Here By Hand at Midland Junction Arts Centre. It was a display of artworks created by workshop participants.

One participant had created a beautiful, intricate piece of textile art called The Tree Of Life.

It reminded me that tree of life symbolism has a very long history, crossing many cultures.ย  The Tree Of Life symbolises many things including:

  • Connection to all things
  • No one is an island
  • Continuity through generations
  • Growth
  • Strength
  • Rebirth
  • Immortality.

Celtic people had a profound appreciation for what trees provided – food,ย  shelter, warmth, home for many animals and insects, and special powers to take care ofย  all life on Earth.

I think we need more Celtic like reverence for trees.


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Celtic Tree Of Life – #Inktober2019 Day 30

Frilly Knickers – #Inktober2019 Day 29

Frilly Knickers – Thysanotus Multiflorus – or Fringe Lily – are now blooming in the reserve behind our garden.ย  They are a clumping grass like perennial with attractive narrow, bluish-green leaves and masses of beautiful, delicate, purple fringed flowers.

Fringe Lily is native to Western Australia and, happily, not threatened.

The one I photographed has many buds yet to bloom.


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Frilly Knickers – #Inktober2019 Day29

Degreening – #Inktober2019 Day 28

Sadly, deforestration is a major environmental issue in Australia as well as in many other countries.

Way back in 1971 Dr Seuss’s book The Lorax was published.ย  It chronicles the plight of the environment. Loraxย is the character who “speaks for the trees” and confronts theย Once-ler, who causes environmental destruction.

The advice of the Lorax is still pertinent…


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Degreening – #Inktober2019 Day 28


Open Studios – #Inktober2019 Day 27

What could be better than spending time with friends in the Perth Hills visiting Mundaring Hills Open Studios?!

This year 49 artists participated over a 2 week period.ย  On Day 27 of Inktober we only got to a handful of studios but still enjoyed colourful, creative mosaics, wonderful sculptures made from found / discarded objects, interesting prints, imaginative paintings of animals and more. My sketch does not do justice to any we saw so take a look here to see the real deal.


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Mundaring Hills Open Studios – #Inktober2019 Day 27


Gidgie Show Day – #Inktober2019 Day 26

The rural town of Gidgiegannup is only 40 kilometres from Perth city in Western Australia so its annual show is a great opportunity for city and country folk to check out rural crafts and skills in the hills environment.

On Day 26 we attended the 73rd Gidgie Show with friends.

We always admire the farriers shoeing Clydesdales for their skill, strength and endurance – and the Clydesdales for their sheer size, looks and patience!


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The Grass Is Greener – #Inktober2019 Day 25

The grass is greener … where you water it.

In our case we water our vegetables, plants and trees and the grass grows although we have no lawn.ย  At least our chickens get to enjoy the grass.

Due to water restrictions in Western Australia limiting the days on which we can use our reticulation, hand watering is now almost a daily task as we move into late Spring.

I like the double meaning of the phrase – it’s an incentive to work with what you already have.


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The Grass Is Greener – #Inktober2019 Day 25

The Flower Blossoms – #Inktober2019 Day 24

The flower blossoms and the bee comes.

An abundance of native flowers, trees and bushes are blooming all around us in the Perth Hills of Western Australia.ย  The blooms are attracting many bees.ย  The air is humming around us and our vegetable patch is thriving as the bees stop by to partake of the nectar to be found there too.

Happy environment, happy bees, happy us!


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The Flower Blooms – #Inktober2019 Day 24