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Posted by admin on January 8, 2014

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that! We have had a lovely festive season with friends and family, and I hope that you did too. 

 

I have been thinking about a new body of work using road kill bones. I see so much of our native animals killed on our roads and highways, that I thought of making a bone china installation piece immortalising the animals killed.  Bone china is made from bone, so I thought I would use the bones of animals killed on the road. I will have to find out what permits I need, as I don't think anyone can take roadkill.

This morning I processed 2 trays of mangoes, some for drying and some for freezing. They are cheap and plentiful at the moment, so it is a good time to preserve them for eating later in the year. A favourite for the boys is a banana and mango smoothie. We have so many bananas ripening at the moment, the chooks, ducks and turkeys get a good feed too.

The weather has been incredibly hot up here at the moment. We are hanging out for some rain and hope that this heat will build up into rain. It is a bit worrying when every year we keep breaking the hottest temperature or year on record. The US at the moment is suffering from extreme cold. I suppose this is something we will all have to get used to and prepare for - the unpredictable weather extremes of climate change.

Oh, bring on the rain, my trees need a drink!

Last month saw in the passing of a good friend and fellow artist. She was taken too early from this life, and it brings into sharp focus the realisation that life needs to be lived now, not tomorrow, or next year, or when you retire. You never know when your number is up. Her funeral was a beautiful affair, with hundreds of people jammed into the Chapel, wanting to pay their respects. I felt honoured to be able to give say few words about her valuable contribution to the YVA, but I wished I could have kept it together a bit more, I was a blubbering mess. All that emotion just bubbled up from within and I could not stop it and I realised that I haven't got over my sisters death a couple of years ago. Nobody could accuse me of the speech not being heartfelt.

Just as I feel so sad about one life gone, another one arrives! I found out another good friend of mine is pregnant - the cycle of life goes on.

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