Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Arty Farty Friends

Finally!  After two postponements and a false start, I got to Maryborough with my arty farty friend, The Artist.

She was right on time, and on this very hot day, we drove to Maryborough and straight to the Art Gallery, which is called Gatakers Artspace and is situated on Kent Street.

The Artist introduced me to all of the staff and then showed me around the floor space.  We then made inquiries as to what props and other resources were available to us for the exhibition.

We discussed some ideas over coffee and scones in a little coffee house/book store.

The Artist took me to the art supplies store where I met an incredibly talented artist by the name of Bette Phillips.  She creates the most amazing pastel paintings.  The photos of her art on the website really do not do them justice.

In particular, I love her Wine and Music collection.

Then we drove around Maryborough looking at some Art Deco architecture and taking a few shots before heading to The Muddy Waters Cafe for lunch where we shared a smoked salmon pizza and wine and discussed some more ideas for the exhibition.

There were some fabulous photo opportunities on the old wharf there.  After the floods in January, there is only a small section of the old wharf left, which is fenced off for safety reasons

Part of the old wharf on the Mary River.

An old rusty mooring ballard.
We visited the Golf Club, where one of The Artist's works is hanging in the entrance and then drove around some more for other photo opportunities.

Art Deco style home.
On the way home, we drove past the cemetery and decided that there would be some Art Deco headstones that I could photograph, but decided to do that another time because it was getting quite late and it was VERY hot.

All in all, I had a really good day.  I met some lovely people.  I saw some fabulous pieces of art.  I learnt a lot about my friend, the Artist.  I discovered some parts of Maryborough that I didn't know existed, including Baddow House, which I will talk more about in tomorrow's post.

It's just the start, of what I expect to be, a big year ahead.  So much to do, so little time!

Thank you, Universe, for my arty farty friend.

Nite all.


Anonymous said...

Dear Rqqzy...FYI my forebears came to Maryborough by sailing ship from Scotland and
settled in Maryborough. Anyone named Hardwick
there is likely to be a relative of mine. If you DO go to the cemetery could you photograph
any graves with that name PLEASE. They owned a
brickworks at Mirani as well. xxGrannymus

Age said...

Very interesting Grannymus!! I have discovered, just recently, that my father's side of the family came from Bundaberg and Maryborough! So I will have a few names to look for :o)

I will also, most definitely, look for the Hardwick name while I am there.