pale pink forest
a day's march
Greetings gorgeous ones!
I want to share some photos from one of my highlights at high school.
We did the musical "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves". This was a high class production for our little PNG school. We were coached by a director who had been a professional actor before she was a wife of an MAF pilot (Missionary Aviation Fellowship - the mission organisation my parents worked for). The flats were painted from cardboard boxes by a professional set designer who happened to be visiting his sister in PNG at the time! Or at least that is my memory of it.
I was Morgiana, the slave heroine. (Second from left in back row with pink veil) My sister was the captain of the robber band ...played to the hilt from all her 6' 2" height! (First from left in back row with red turban and beard).
|People hid in the urns and eavesdropped, then had boiling oil poured on them to kill them! Blood thirsty!|
On the second night I lost my voice and couldn't hit the top note in my solo in the finale. My sister, who has a similar voice, was standing next to me with a beard, so she did it for me as we prearranged.
|Gorgeous costumes leant to us by very generous Sikh parents. I remember mine was wondrous silk.|
The famous scene where I kill my sister not with the dagger I hold, but with the curse I uttered many years before. She is doing a stage dive for which she had much coaching, how to fall from her great height. They carried her off and I couldn't watch, I always got the giggles because she was so long she sagged and dragged on the ground.
|I think I was trying to look implacable! Sister against sister!|
Do you have favourite theatrical memories?
we are all individuals
living our dance
on this earth
we may feel close to others
for a time
but that will change
we can only really live
our own lives
and share it with others
as we inevitably
spend time apart
we can see it
as time to explore new avenues
which we can share
when we return
depths will be found
as we allow ourselves
to respect ourselves
to forge bonds
leaving a child
to manage on their own
can support and nourish them
can strengthen their internal ability
to stand up for themselves
to say I can do this!
and the parent
also has their courage tested
leaving their child
trusting that those around
will care for their precious one
the parent finds
they are required
the painful stretching
of those bonds
almost to breaking point
but which when required
will be found to have strengthened
allowing even faster
and more significant
let's celebrate our soulful dance
this interlocking puzzle
together we are an amazing picture
of so many beings
Art by Mr Actor
I liked this so much I have hung it in my kitchen on a twig. Mind you, the twig is the star in my eyes!
I love how it blows with the wind.
This is now hanging in my laundry window to be admired!
This was in the same dye bath and picked up some tan dye I suspect, along with some onion leaves and copper pennies. Love the green from the copper!
Eucalyptus trees really are magic!
Til next time, enjoy your creating!
Sometimes I think I could just take photos of grasses for the rest of the year and be content.
They fill something in my aesthetic soul. I think it's the line. In the following photos I was enjoying the backlit flowers/grassheads.
haloed fuzzy heads
crowned by light
Linking to Wednesday Around the World
Over Christmas I was so privileged to spend some time with my parents, accompanied by Mr Actor.
As we took our morning walk around their retirement complex he took some photos. I wish you could hear the bell birds chiming with abandon. A constant soundtrack at their place.
I must say I was taken aback at the following photo as I noticed the march of time across my neck and the example of my parents lined up beside me giving an idea of where I was heading.
But then I looked again, and I saw the photo from another angle.
How privileged to take a walk with my parents.
What a lovely shot of the generations lined up.
Didn't Mr Actor capture us well.
How lovely to see the world from his point of view.
I love my parents dearly and think they look wonderful, so ergo ipso etc. I do too!
We all periodically have moments where we have a double take and realise what we actually look like. Where we need a moment for our mind's self image to catch up with reality.
This was one of those moments for me.
I've recently become enamoured with India Flint and have been reading her book Second Skin about all things fabric, eco and dyeing.
So I've been experimenting with some fabric and leaves.
Here I am in my grey silk blouse which I customised with some gum leaf prints. Can you see the brown prints?
Mum stood me in front of the tree to see the similarity. I almost disappear! Glamorous camouflage!
I also love this linen skirt I found recently at my secondhand store. So interesting with diagonal shapes and dangly beads.
More on natural dyeing in this post.
Til next time, keep creating.
PS I have my parents' permission to use their image and talk about aging,
a reality that comes to us all...if we are lucky :-)
Wisteria don't just have flowers. I adore their seedpods too. Don't you?
Reminds me a little of a waterslide.
Can't you imagine the ants in the rain!
you release your seed
smooth and spent
swinging in the wind
you hang, a bauble
a perfect spiral
There is a light shining in our life...actually more than one!
Here are our Christmas candles in front of our antique chiming clock which fills our house with sublime music. These photos were taken with my new to me Canon 1200D. My first DSLR camera. A gift to myself for all the work I've done this year. It only has a kit lens and I'm still learning all the buttons, but it still takes better macro shots so I see some fun times ahead!
This year holds some pretty special potential as we have decided to continue homeschooling not just Mr Actor but Mr Artist is trying it out for first term as well. I'm really looking forward to the change in our life that not rushing back and forth to school will bring.
Mr Actor and I have been on the FODMAP diet for a few months now, and finding it very beneficial. So much so that he has gained back all the lost weight and is now workingh on muscle development...a chin-up is the current goal!
So we head away from the Sun as you head towards it after the Summer/Winter solstice. It's always a bittersweet moment for me, although the true heat is still to come.
I am focussing on the statement "It is what it is, and I am what I am" to help me accept my foibles and try not to control people and circumstances too much, thus exhausting myself.
I am trying to just accept and move on without too many head miles. Not something that comes naturally AT ALL!
I feel the need to focus on the shine in my sons and my family. Concentrate on the beauty that beams from them if I hone in on it. Suddenly difficulties fall away as I let go of perfection...perfection in schooling, in emotions, in outcomes, in behaviour. I focus on what is and accept that, knowing these things will work their way through in time without fussing from me.
My kids are extreeemely capable as all kids are if only I will trust them. Didn't they learn a difficult gymnastic trick like walking, and learning a whole language without much help from me?
I focus on the positive qualities and refuse to become negative and down in the dumps about perceived differences and disabilities. This is something parents I've met can get in a panic about, myself included. Why set our special kids up to be measured by an external standard which leaves them falling short and focussing on negativity and stress. Let's celebrate their specialness, their uniqueness and run with that.
I believe in them and their spark.
Wouldn't we all love others to do that to us?
I believe in your spark also.
Til next time, keep on creating!
Just a quick glance at my Christmas outfit photographed so beautifully by Mr Actor on the bush track behind my sister's house in Sydney, where we had a gorgeous Christmas feast. Thanks Sis!
Evidence of recent bushfire.
I handstitched this dress to be a stage outfit but couldn't perform at the last minute, so decided to stage it at Christmas lunch!
Closeup of the silver sparkly fabric and the massive-costume-statement-can't-miss-it necklace!
(Most people said the fabric looked like chainmail)
It was a bit more tenty than I planned as the fabric stretches so much, but it was light and drapey enough to be cool in the heat. The sparkles lift it.
A fun outfit that had many positive comments! And we did enjoy our bush walk...to walk off the first course ready for desert!
Hope you are all nicely recovered from any overindulgence ;-)
'Til next time, keep on creating!
Linking up with I Will Wear What I Like because I do!