Because I am early…

By Vita Forest


Arriving early I walk through Hyde Park, hear the busker singing loudly of love, admire the arrangement of winter plantings, ringing the fountain with tight purple and green ornamental cabbages.  See a backpacker taking an entire park bench for his pleasure, reclining on top of a sleeping bag, resplendent in his happiness as he luxuriates in the winter sunshine, backpack at his feet.  I look at the statues in the fountain and think of Greek Gods and how we will be into them next term.  I think of Alexander on his Outing getting stuck down a hole in this general vicinity and being raised up again with water from that very fountain.   I see the cathedral with its circles and triangles and gothic spires and think, I should really try and draw that someday.

I walk through the tunnel of fig trees and turn back to see the Archibald Fountain shining, being the light at the end of the tunnel, sun hitting the sparkling water and remember how I had drawn that tunnel of trees long ago, at high school, the branches arching up to meet above the paving stones drawn into the distance with excellent perspective.  Remembering how at night the trees were filled with fairy lights and then reading the sign that warns the unwary stroller of the possibility of “tree failure” if there be storms.  Just imagine.


I walk behind a shrieking girl clinging onto her Dad as he stomps along, daughter’s hands clasped around his waist, yelling “Where is she?  Where is she?”  Daughter hysterical with delight as yet again he turns to find she isn’t there.

Because I am early, I cross the road and take the boardwalk over the water on top of the indoor pool.  Remember how once water lilies grew in this pool, reeds, bulrushes.  What happened to them?  I wonder, and how long ago was that?  But still, the boardwalk is there, reminding the walker of jetties, piers, ferry wharves, the sea.  The museum floats upside in the water as I walk toward it on the boardwalk that I choose to take, up high above the footpath, above the pool, above the street.  I take these adventures where I can find them.

I am still too early so I sit in the sun and watch a toddler marvelling at the world – A stick!  Another one!  I can scrape them in the dirt!  Wow!  His Dad crouching down beside him, seeing the world through his son’s eyes.  And later they mount the boardwalk, enjoying the slight ringing of their feet on the wood and the boy is almost stunned when the fountain shoots sudden water out from under his feet arching out from the wood and into the pool.

Can the world get any more amazing?


 

 

This week

By Vita Forest

Queensland Bottle Tree, Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney


This week I have been

READING 

  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (finished at last).
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (highly recommended by Sui-Sui, I have just started).
  • The Art of Frugal Hedonism by Annie Raser-Rolland and Adam Grubb (now I know what to call myself!)

SKETCHING a Queensland Bottle tree at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Succulents at the Royal Botanical Gardens


VISITING The Powerhouse Museum with my class (great fun!! My little group just loved revisiting their early childhood in The Wiggles exhibition). 

MAKING an astronaut/aviatrix costume (my sewing machine and table are covered in silver glitter – looks like Tinkerbell has been for a visit).


EATING Belgian Chocolate gelato in Chatswood with my kids – sensational!

WALKING with my kids on a gelato expedition and later in the brisk winter air with Vastra and Saskia.

FINDING that our dance performance group is “all coming together”.

DIRECTING a little play with my class and watching them shine!

This week

By Vita Forest

Fig tree on the way to Bush Bank Steam Mill, Kiama


This week I have been

READING

  • reports!
  • and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (nearly finished)

WRITING

VISITING

  • Vivid in Sydney
  • Gerroa with Sui-Sui and Alessandro and

REVISITING

Bombo headland

  • Bombo Headland
  • Kiama

Dry stone walls, Kiama

  • Gerringong (for a mighty fine burger – thanks Betty and Bob for the tip!)
  • Minnamurra Rainforest and

Suspension bridge at Minnamurra Rainforest

    DISCOVERING a new place in Kiama (my children were most surprised such a place exists)  – the ruin of the Bush Bank Steam Mill

    Bush Bank Steam Mill ruin

    SEEING lots of wildlife including

    • two lots of whales off the coast!  (From Gerringong and Bombo)
    • Fairy wrens at Bombo

    Jenny wren at Bombo Beach

    • Lyrebirds at Minnamurra Rainforest
    • Cows at Kiama (maybe not so wild)

    Cows with a view, Kiama

    • Wattlebirds, lorrikeets, king parrots, rosellas and more

    EATING lots of delicious cooking at the holiday home in Gerroa

    RELAXING after some very busy times at school

    This week

    By Vita Forest

    Winter banksia flowers near The Coal Loader


    This week I have been

    READING school reports!

    WRITING school reports!

    WATCHING 

    •  War on Waste on ABC
    • Mary Poppins with young Lucy singing and dancing
    • Wicked at Chatswood Concourse

    MAKING 

    • Winter soup
    • Silver space silhouettes for a dance costume 

    SKETCHING at The Coal Loader at Waverton with my good ol sketch pals

      CELEBRATING some good news for Saskia

      DANCING around the living room with Lucy choosing songs to use in my  class play

      FEELING rather exhausted 

      Near The Coal Loader

      This week

      By Vita Forest

      From Clive Park

      This week I have been

      WRITING Lex and Ruby

      READING Lucy’s assignment pitching a movie based on the life of Lin Manuel Miranda – very entertaining!

      MARKING mountains of assessments… (it’s report time)

      WALKING as a break from all the marking

      MAKING bacon, eggs, mushrooms and toast for Sunday brunch

      VISITING Clive Park in Northbridge again to show my kids this lovely spot


      TRYING to decide who to cast in my class play.  Decisions!  Decisions!

       

      This week

      By Vita Forest


      This week I have been

      WRITING

      READING Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

      WATCHING Dance Academy Season 3 (Aaah!)

      WALKING with Saskia and Rowdy from Neutral Bay to Mosman Bay around the headlands and

      SEEING this sign at Kurraba St Wharf and


      VISITING the pool at Cremorne Point (alas not for a swim) and

      ADMIRING the banksia flowers along the path and


      SEEING this winsome little creature in the Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens at Cremorne


      PICNICKING at Clive Park in Northbridge with some bookish friends and

      ADMIRING the view (friends, food, books and beautiful places!) and


      CELEBRATING the good life.


       

      This week

      By Vita Forest

      Indigo Slam, Chippendale


      This week I have been

      WRITING

      READING Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (it is a ripper!)

      WATCHING Viceroy’s House (recommended).

      VISITING Chippendale Green for some sketching.  (I sketched Indigo Slam designed by William Smart.  An architecture student came over and chatted as I sketched and told me that all the furniture inside was specially designed too – including a table that seats 100 people!  This is a house that is designed to last one hundred years – fantastic!)

      At Central Park, Chippendale


      MEETING up with Vastra and Saskia at a favourite local restaurant where my favourite dessert was back on the menu (Flan Catalan – mmm!)

      ENJOYING the autumn sunshine in Sydney.