Spring Time!

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The first day of Spring and a gorgeous day to open all the windows and let the fresh air stream in.

A lovely day to attend a garden collage workshop at Heritage Hill.

Walking in the garden and sketching a picture.

Being inspired to create my own spring picture by a pot with a small green shrub and violets in it.

Enjoying the sunshine, the intense blue sky, my own garden, and some time to sit and journal.

I came across this beautiful quote:

 “I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” ~Anne Lamott.

This Spring I will take time to look and listen.

Spring time a delightful time to go outside and play!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Farmer’s Market to Archibald Prize Exhibition.

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This weekend I had nothing planed. I was still feeling tired, and couldn’t contemplate a full weekend. My plans was to  go with the flow. However I just hate wasting my weekends, as I work so many of them. Saturday morning was a late morning visit to the Farmer’s market, which including relaxing having a coffee and listening to the music. I also brought these lovely flowers, and  a few other things.

 

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After a lazy Sunday morning sleep in, I decided I really wanted to do something with my day. The boys weren’t interested. I enjoy visiting art galleries. So I decided to go for an adventure by myself. I put my summer dress on and headed out, and for a while the sun was even shining. I ventured down to the  Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, to see the Archibald Prize 2014 Exhibition. This is an exhibition exclusively to portraits, and includes some very prominent Australian artists. It is so delightful to see the variety of creative ways they do these portraits from traditional to bizarre. I think what I love best is reading what the artist words about the person they chose and how they were trying to capture them in their work. I really enjoyed the exhibition.

After that I slowly walked through the Mornington Rose Garden. How lovely all those roses looked. I just sat there for a while so I could soak in all their beauty. It was a beautiful peaceful garden to take time out in and relax, and even smell the roses. Some of them smell real good.

It was a very enjoyable day. It was a day that left me feeling good, and uplifted.  A day for me an Artist’s date.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

 

 

Frugal Artist’s Dates

coffeeThis week I took myself to the local library for my Artist’s Date. Often my local library will have library talks and demonstrations. These talks are often free and part of the library membership. They will invite guests to come and speak about what they do or books they have written. Many different topics get covered. The talk I went to was all about coffee, and was super informative, and included a demonstration on how to make coffee. I have a coffee machine at home, and have been making yukky coffees for many years. Basically I have been doing a lot of the wrong things. However now I have been  creating tastier smoother yummy coffees. I have been practicing everyday since the library talk, putting all the advice into practice. Most of all I have been relaxing and  enjoying a delicious coffee every morning which was made by me for me!

Whilst one of my favourite things to do is go on an adventure walk. I just pick a place and walk parks and streets and admire all the beauty I see. I often find a place to just sit and relax. A place to simply sit and dream. Dream about what a wonderful day it is, and what a lovely life I live. I also dream about projects I want to start, places I want to visit, activities I want to do, even meals I would like to cook. Having a quiet place to sit allows dreams to appear. I also notice whilst I am on my adventure walk I am more observant and curious. I tend to see more and wonder more. Life seems more vibrant and alive in these moments. I love my adventure walks!

restandsitI have also been enjoying playing with photo’s.  I now wish I had a better camera, however the only thing I can do at the moment is make the best of what I have. I have also been working on an Artist’s Date Pinterest Board, that has been a lot of fun too.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Saturday Morning Musings!

IMG_4043Another Saturday morning has come around and I am afraid it is an intense weekend of working so not much time for playing. So many people work weekends now so I don’t feel so bad about it. It still somehow feels like I am missing out. I think it is that Monday to Friday attitude, Yey, it is the weekend, we get to relax and play. So I celebrated my days off on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday included an adventure walk around the lake with Little Miss Popularity and a visit to the lovely Wilson’s Botanical Park. Whilst Thursday was my Artist’s Date to Heritage Hill Museum and Historical Gardens. This lovely place is hidden away in the suburban streets of Dandenong. It is amazing what treasures can be found hidden in our suburbs. They hide among the drudgery of suburban streets and I often don’t notice them until  I  go exploring.  It was a lovely old house called the Benga House, which I did a tour through the maid’s room, kitchen, and laundry experiencing what it must have been like to be the maid of the house, and how life would have been in those times. Then walking through the house I was able to enjoy three of the art exhibitions. It was a lovely quiet space to be in, and stand back taking in the stories of the pieces of works. Out side was lovely the garden surroundings , unfortunately it was too windy to sit and enjoy. I wanted to take more pictures especially of the house however my camera battery decided to die. That is ok, I at least got this one of the gardens. It was a lovely day out and I enjoyed my solo excursion out very much.  It is a wonderful thing to take time out and re-fill the well. What wonderful things will you do this weekend ? Or are you like me and working this weekend?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

 

Me The Beautiful Fire Goat(Sheep) in 2014.

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Today was my Artist’s Date, I took myself of to a library talk the Chinese New Year Horoscope and The Year of The Horse 2014. It was so interesting finding out about the Chinese calendar and how it is base on the lunar cycle. It was also a delight to listen to what the year of the horse had to offer. Things I learned was it was about taking action, moving forward and pushing boundaries.  For me it is about getting out of my comfort zone and embracing life to the fullest. It is about setting goals, making a plan and taking action. So when I got home from the talk, I got out my art journal, did a drawing of a goat, and penned all the wonderful notes I could about being a fire goat in 2014.

On top of all this I got a fortune cookie and it had this message for me:  Things will turn towards the bright side.

Life already feels like it is getting brighter and brighter each day, and I move forward with great optimism.

So this Year of the Horse 2014,  Take Action and Move Forward.

Wishing you all a wonderful Day!

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon

 


Ten Blessings For The Week

ten blessingThe past week has gone by so quickly, and it has been full of wonderful moments and lots of joy. It has been a week of wind, rain and then beautiful sunshine. So here are my Ten Blessings for the previous week.

1. I am so blessed that the rain has watered my beautiful garden, especially my vegetable patch. I love the garden looking so green and bright. I love the way rain drops sparkle when the sun comes out briefly. I felt comforted by the rain at night as I snuggled under my blankets and drifted off to sleep.

2. I am so blessed for the sunshine last Friday, that made my day bright and warm, I was able to get out in my garden and plant my tomato plants. I was able to potter in the garden. It felt so good and nurturing being out in nature.

3. I am so blessed for the people who work at Australian Hearing , who take such good care of myself and my son Mighty Mouse, doing his hearing test, checking his equipment and booking appointments. They are always so welcoming and helpful.

4. I am so blessed for online learning, so easy to learn at home on the computer at a time that suits me, it reminds me how helpful computers and the internet can be in making my life easier and some things like convenient access to   education and learning packages .

5. I am so blessed for access to Freegal Music  through my local library I was able to down load another three beautiful relaxing meditations.

6. I am so blessed for the wonderful samples of shampoo, foundation and dishwashing tablets that came in the mail I love trying out new products. Also for the wonderful children’s book that I one, it will make a very good Christmas Present for Mighty Mouse.

7. I am so blessed for the opportunity to go to work a couple of days and earn some income, it also makes me feel blessed that Hubby is getting some work after a short break off work. After having our income reduced for a while, I have become more appreciative of the money we earn and more aware of where we are spending it, that is not so wasteful.

8. I am so blessed that we could take our dog Little Miss Popularity to the vet and could afford to have her treated and get her medicine. She is a very important part of our family and I don’t like seeing her being sick, so it feels good knowing we can do something to make her feel better.

9. I am so blessed that Mighty Mouse could go to an amazing super hero holiday programme day, and Mr. Serious had a friend over from school. I love seeing the boys enjoy life and socialize.

10. Finally I am so blessed that I could go to the local art exhibition Kevin Hill’s ‘Top Ten Australian Artists’,   for my Artist’s Date, the art was of a superb quality with amazing colourful unique paintings from ten different Artist’s .

IMG_0586 Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you!  for all the wonderful blessings from the previous week.

I have recently been doing the Ten Blessings exercise daily. It is reminds me to be grateful for all the wonder and abundance that I do have in my life and also to say thank-you and be appreciative.

Another exercise I have been doing is thinking of the one thing about my day that I feel most grateful for and saying thank-you before I go to sleep each night.

What were your Ten Blessings of the Week?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Ten Blessings!

ten blessingThis weeks Ten Blessings is a little late. I did take time out on Monday morning in a lovely book shop cafe to reflect on the previous week. My ten blessings for the previous week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to be alive and breathing, it is so wonderful to be living.
  2. I am so blessed that it has rained that much, the dams are filling, and my garden is green and watered. I really appreciate rainy days when I think back on the time we were in drought.
  3. I am so blessed that my brother came over to hangout with my son Mr. Serious, so young Mighty Mouse could go to his cub’s event. It is so nice to feel supported.
  4. I am so blessed that I finally found a sleeping bag at the right rating for my son camp trip, online at a discounted price.
  5. I am so blessed to have spent my Thursday night at a Toastmasters meeting listening to some wonderful speeches and for myself completing another speech. I am so proud of myself.
  6. I am so blessed to have spent Friday evening watching a funny family movie with my husband and son’s.
  7. I am so blessed to spend a day out with my son, going out for morning tea, having coffee and cake, and spending a day shopping for clothes. I was very enthusiastic even if he wasn’t.
  8. I am so blessed for yummy  bananas, I just love eating them, and strawberries.
  9. I am so blessed for enjoyable walks with Miss Popularity, even though they were  quick walks last week often interrupted by the rain. It was still nice to get out and get some fresh air.
  10. I am so blessed to get 45 minutes at the Art for Everyone exhibition on the Sunday morning.
    A glimpse of  the art exhibition.

    A glimpse of the art exhibition.

    I visited the art exhibition for my Artist Date, it was very short however I had to go to work. I saw lots of beautiful interesting paintings and lots of different styles of art. It really started my day off with lots of brightness.

    Exibition Buildings Carlton Garden's

    Exibition Buildings Carlton Garden’s

    I love the old exhibition building it is so grand and beautiful.

It has been a busy start to the week and looks like being a busy week.

Whilst Monday morning walking through the city always something interesting to see.

Street Art!

Street Art!

What was your ten blessings for the week or day?

 
Wishing you all a wonderful day and week ahead.

Artist’s Date and Creativity Time.

ImageThis weeks Artist’s Date was spent making bath bombs. As much as I love those Lush bath bombs, they are just costing me too much money. So I decided I would make my own, at a fraction of the cost. These bath bombs are made using geranium and rose hip tea.  I found the recipe at the following web site:  

Now I look forward to having a luxurious bath and enjoying my bath bomb.

I chose geranium essential oil and diluted it in almond oil. Geranium can be described as  having a flowery perfume, and has an uplifting and calming effect. It also helps to lift your spirits and relieve nervous tension. Spiritually it can be used to release negative emotions and memories. It is also great for promoting radiant and beautiful skin. Sounds perfect for a bath bomb.

Please note :Geranium is on essential oil you should avoid if you are pregnant.

A basket of bath bombs, made by me for me to enjoy!

A basket of bath bombs, made by me for me to enjoy!

Todays  question on the NaBloPoMo is as follows:  What is your favourite way to cool off? At the moment it is cold and I just want to warm up, so during the summer time I like cool showers to cool down and during the winter months I like showers to warm up.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Artist’s Date to Old Treasury Building

Old Treasury Building Museum.

Old Treasury Building Museum.

I love exploring, and it occurred to me I do not think I have ever been to the Old Treasury Building Museum. Exploring old buildings and history sounded like a good idea for an Artist’s Date.

It was free entry into the Old Treasury Building Displays.

It was free entry into the Old Treasury Building Displays.

It was a lovely building and had some special rooms inside. I spent most of my time exploring the Trams: Moving Pictures display. I love Melbourne Trams, the exhibition displayed some pictures of Trams from the ‘Transporting Art Program’, which apparently ran from the 1970’s to the 1990’s which saw selected artist’s turn Trams into public art works. They created some groovy looking Trams.

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Then I had a look around found a little bit about the history of Melbourne and Gold. There was so much to see that I ran out of time.

It was also free entry into the Old Treasury Building Museum and I just did the self guided tour.

I so felt like a tourist. It was me, the tourists and all the school children. I love the idea of being a tourist in my own town. It then creates opportunities to see and explore so many more places of interest and buildings. It is also so informative and interesting. I loved the tram display it had a little bit about Trams and history, and the Trams and art was just great.    As part of learning when I was in school we went on excursions,  it reminded me I can still do that, I just have to make it happen.

 

One of Melbourne's Modern Trams

One of Melbourne’s Modern Trams

Have you been on an Artist’s Date recently? What did you do? Please leave a comment.

 

Links:

Old treasury Building : http://www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au

http://melbournecurious.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/moh-old-treasury-building.html

http://melbournedaily.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/old-treasury-building-melbourne.html

http://richmondrambles.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/old-treasury-building.html

Artist’s Date at Australian Gardens.

The perfect place for a pleaseant walk.

The perfect place for a pleaseant walk.

 

What an opportunity, a couple of hours of alone time, so ventured out for my Artist’s Date. It was a beautiful blue sky, sunny winters day, with a cold chilly bite to the air. It was such a lovely day, I could not resist going to the picturesque Australian Gardens. I my way in I was treated to an art show of botanic artworks. I loved how some of pictures had the plants underneath them, and I could compare. I thought the art works represented the real plant flora very accurately.
How could I resist the call from the chairs to come and sit.

How could I resist the call from the chairs to come and sit.

 

I then strolled along the path, enjoying the scenery, the man made river until I got to the lake. There were chairs along the lake are asking me to take a seat and enjoy the scene. So I did, I sat and dreamed. I sat and wrote in my tiny journal. I sat and enjoyed the sunshine on my face and the soft cool breeze. I sat and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I sat and enjoyed the quiet sound of moving water in the distances and a flock of noisy cockatoos far away in the trees.   It was the perfect space to spend some self-time and refill the well. I savoured my time in this special place, nature is so healing, and so relaxing. This places offers both it is so interesting and yet so peaceful and calm. I always delight in coming here. 

A beautiful place to sit!

A beautiful place to sit!

 So think about a place and time, that you could take yourself on an Artist’s Date and refill your own well.
Would love to hear about your Artist’s Date experiences, or even just a place you like to go to again and again for time out, or just to be in a special space.

Wishing you a great day!

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Resources:

Australian Gardens and Art,  http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/calendar/article.asp?Item=26553

Australian Gardens web site:      http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/visit-cranbourne/attractions/australian-garden

https://happysuburbanchick.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/australian-gardens

http://heathhill.blogspot.com.au/2008/09/australian-garden-cranbourne-victoria.html

http://www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/melbourneplaygrounds-info.php?id=21095