Sunday, February 28, 2010
The Essence of Me
Centred and calm
Within a world of turmoil
I am open and alive
To the beauty of possibility around me
A peace descends
And feeds my soul with energy
A shiny world opens it's arms wide
And prepares to envelop me in it's wisdom.
Tina Gates 2009
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Yesterday, I decided to make a little fairy house in the garden - it was so nice to get out into the fresh air...I made a little fairy bed also. This little guy was very inquisitive - he and his mate come and visit every day...i adore the warbling noises they make when they talk to one another. This one is very trusting - he takes food out of my hand.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
So, it was with mixed feelings that we visited...I didn't really know how I would feel, but as we turned onto the road that leads to Marysville, I was gladdened by the sight of acres of gum trees with new, green growth...
Entering the township was sad...most of the old buildings in the little main street were all gone...miraculously, the bakery survived unscathed (how does that happen?), so that is where we ate our lunch.
My very favourite place in Marysville is Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, which is a magical, beautiful oasis. Ironically, when I first heard about the fires in Marysville, it was Bruno's that I cried about...but the good news is that 60% of his sculptures have survived. His home and art gallery were completely destroyed.
When we arrived, Bruno himself was in the garden, working hard at replanting...he is such a wonderful man, and I felt very privileged to have met him...the garden is still beautiful, and it will return one day to it's former glory, I'm sure...but I still managed to feel the spirituality of the place...it used to be surrounded by a canopy of trees, but they have all burned, and he lost a lot of very old trees and plants...
I realise I have posted a lot of photos, but I simply couldn't show you any less...I love them all...
Bruno has a website if you would like to see some more pictures and read about how he's recovering from the terrible fires...http://www.brunosart.com/
In the photos, in the background, you can see the mountains, where the trees have been completely incinerated...it will be a long time before they rejuvenate...so sad.
Lady of Shalot - I have this painting...adore...
We left Marysville and went home via another favourite place of mine called Warburton, which is about 45 minutes from where I live...it is also a mystical place which has a beautiful river running through the middle of it...I sometimes drive here by myself and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful town.
I have taken some photos of a local house in Warburton that belongs to an eccentric artist affectionately known as Boinga Bob...his home is magical, and he is somewhat of a local legend.
I have a few different places I call my 'soul' places to visit...you know, somewhere you feel you are 'home'. I need to go to these places from time to time to feed and nuture my soul...it is something I make sure I do for myself...there is indeed magical powers in these beautiful places...Abby was so inspired after visiting Bruno's she couldn't wait to come home and create something...Magic!
Friday, February 12, 2010
"If music be the food of love, play on." William Shakespeare