Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fly July

It's July already and time seems to be just flying by. School finished for Ella on Friday and she's on holiday now for two weeks.  One of the last projects her class had for the term was to imagine (and photograph) themselves reading in some strange places. Ella and I had some fun after school one afternoon thinking up some weird places to read.

I did think Ella was enormously clever striking this perfectly balanced pose (below) without a waver (on her way down out of the little maple tree).

So on her first day of the holiday we headed into the National Gallery of Australia to participate in some workshops led by members of the Balinese community in Canberra (in celebration of the current Bali: Island of the Gods exhibition at the NGA).

The children were taught about the daily offering ceremonies and then had a go at making their own versions - sadly without the fresh palm leaves and flowers that they use in Bali.

There were some lovely Balinese ladies there too constructing elaborate temple offerings and keeping an eye on the traditional dance lessons. There was also the charming Made from the Indonesian embassy who demonstrated the instruments of the gamelan orchestra and helped us master the more intricate folding and cutting techniques for the offerings.

Claire's birthday is in July too so we made it a (big) girls night out on Saturday - just to celebrate. The boys stayed back at our place feeding all the collective young ones take away Turkish and being altogether  wonderful "babysitters".

We ended up at the lovely new "Lucky's Bar" at the QT Hotel at New Acton. The original plan was to hit the very hipster bar at Hotel Hotel but unfortunately we picked the night of "Hustle and Scout" (Fashion and Forage Festival) at New Acton/Nishi and the whole area was a glorious lively bunfight. We were very lucky to find our space (eventually) in this classy little speakeasy for our big night out!!

Claire had some wonderful news for our birthday this year so she's still over the moon about it (as are we!!)

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