Akari Writes Her Own Adventures

I am sure you remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books, where you’re chased by a tiger.  You can escape it by leaping into the ocean 50 feet below (go to page 48) or face the tiger with your homemade slingshot (go to page 128). Akari (my Mazda 3) loves driving through roads with avenues … Continue reading Akari Writes Her Own Adventures

Faded Central Victorian Beauty

"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.... -Audrey Hepburn I beg to differ... there are many beauties..... such as... Fading Victoria

Honouring The Pioneers

Henry Lawson's The Drover's Wife is an Australian classic that depicts life for the early Australian pioneers. McCubbin’s monumental painting The pioneer reflects the self-conscious nationalism of the years immediately following Federation. Each panel is ‘read’ to link the progress of toil on this land across time. The first panel shows a pioneering couple in … Continue reading Honouring The Pioneers

Cemetery Exploring With Akari

Workers and players have earned their repose. Soon on their names all in vain we shall call, For even the grandest old landmarks must fall. Just a warm hand-clasp ere one disappears--- These are the last of the old pioneers. John Sandes Turn off the Castlemaine to Maldon road onto the gravel Sandy Creek road … Continue reading Cemetery Exploring With Akari

The Perfect Hideaway

Now that I am the age I am I totally get why my parents enjoyed their Sunday drives. Mum would fill the cake tin, make a flask of tea and out we would go. Mum and Dad regularly explored the rabbit warren of our immediate world in Gippsland. Now, like them, I have become addicted … Continue reading The Perfect Hideaway

The Etcher’s Secret

Last night, or maybe it was early this morning, Jack Frost, the master etcher, made an ice etching for me, leaving it, for me to find, in a metal bucket on my deck. "All who see it are astounded and think it must be the work of spirits". In awe I  asked the master etcher … Continue reading The Etcher’s Secret

The Past Dwells Here

An entire past comes to dwell here! Gaston Bachelard 'Poetics of Space' In the summer of 2011, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on Scotland's west coast, excavations revealed the only known Viking boat burial to be excavated on the British mainland in modern times. The vessel survived in the form of more than 200 rivets, many … Continue reading The Past Dwells Here

The Humblest Dwelling Has Beauty

If we look at it intimately, the humblest dwelling has beauty! This house, as I see it, is a sort of airy structure that moves about on the breath of time. It really is open to the breath of another time. Bachelard 'Poetics of Space'

Interpreting Spaces

In an age of so much homogenised space, so much shoddy, cramped, dimly lit, low ceilinged space, these resting places offer a fresh way of interpreting and understanding space. In an era suffused by television and video games, fluorescent lighting and plastic floors, air conditioning and badly built houses these memorials demonstrate the poetry of space … Continue reading Interpreting Spaces

Peeking at Abandoned/Overlooked Central Victoria

Sometimes, when Akari asks 'where does that road go?' we go to places where there is nothing, yet there is everything. Places are never really empty! Abandoned Places Lost Baringhup 33 Abandoned Places in Australia Decay Down Under Inside Australia's Ghost Towns Abandoned Places Photography of Mark Hassed Beautiful Abandoned Places

Local Cemetery Exploration

This Sutton Grange Cemetery enjoys scenic views across to Mount Alexander and the green stone quarry of special significance to the aboriginal people who first lived here. What used to be a thriving town during the prosperous days of the early 19th century, Sutton Grange has now been reduced to a population of around 150 people, … Continue reading Local Cemetery Exploration

Waltz With Matilda

Inexplicably, driving with Akari out to Moliagul, photographing an old thunder box (outdoor toilet) and a long abandoned house, filled me with the urge to wander further with my dogs sniff mapping. It made me think of swagmen and the much loved Waltzing Matilda. Once a jolly swagman camped by a Billabong Under the shade … Continue reading Waltz With Matilda

Headstone Story Boards

A storyboard helps you: Define the parameters of a story within available resources and time Organize and focus a story Figure out what medium to use for each part of the story Akari, my adventuring little Mazda 3, seemed determined to increase my knowledge of this region, a region I was drawn to when my … Continue reading Headstone Story Boards

Akari’s Mystery Tour

Definition: a mystery tour is a short journey that people make for pleasure without knowing where they are going Akari, my 2008 Mazda 3, specialises in magical mystery tours that feed the soul and the creative spirit. Akari knows all about duende, that raw, tempestuous creative energy that flamenco guitarists, gypsies and dancers are familiar with. Her … Continue reading Akari’s Mystery Tour

Harsh Times on the Goldfields

Life in the 1850's in Hobart Town was not easy. Like my great grandfather it is  likely that this family were drawn to the Victorian goldfields, from Hobart, lured by the prospect of finding gold and making a fortune. Disease was rife upon the goldfields, where poor sanitation meant that refuse and excrement were liable to … Continue reading Harsh Times on the Goldfields