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Lotus Leaf Painting

I can't tell you how excited I was to be painting lotus leaves in Bangkok! Yes, moi who looks enviously at all my arty friends  with a 'I wish I could paint!' longing, 
has found my inner creative!
With a little help from my new found friends at Himapan Gallery
here I am about to 'show and tell' with you my latest artwork, 
and anyone can do this!



Let's backtrack just a little. I'm in Bangkok, my husband is busy with work 
morning, noon and night. 
So having visited Bangkok many times, I was looking for something different to fill my days. A quick internet search and I found the Himapan Gallery. Who are doing a roaring trade to mostly expats
 with lotus leaf painting workshops.



The lotus leaves were an almost perfect match for what I needed at home. I'd had had an interior decorator suggest that  I bring the garden indoors by throwing open the bi-fold doors 
and adding some garden style artwork to the interior,  even suggesting a palm tree, or the like on the wall. 
Which …

A rainy day in Bangkok!

DH: "So how was your day?" Me: "Eventful" DH: "Why, what happened?" Me to Mr I've been in a meeting all day: "I nearly drowned" DH:"Don't exaggerate..."

So it appears that not only did the Bangkok rain today go largely unnoticed by those in meetings... but it was totally unexpected!
Within minutes the roads turned into rivers...

Apparently the rainy season doesn't start until May!
The flash floods came out of nowhere ruining shoes and lunch plans...
Dare I mention Global Warming?

It didn't take long for cars and lorries to grind to a halt.  I did admire both the Thai inability to let a little bit of rain stop their travel plans  and secondly the way they willingly helped each other out  thigh deep in grotty water!

After an extended lunch break it seemed I either made a dash for it ie run no-where very fast or bunker down to stay for breakfast...

I decided to go for a swim... We got half way to the Mass Rapid Transit Network MRT Underground whe…

My Bangkok cushions made in China!

Outside my front door is a rather ugly bench 
covering the electricity meter.
It had a cushion on it made in Shenzhen, China.
However, even on a Melbourne porch, away from direct sunlight,
things don't last long in Australia, especially when the fabric was 
Made in China!

So it was time to pimp my cushion
This is the Tale of Two Cities; 
of my Jim Thompson Thai cushions 
made in China! 

I am writing this from Bangkok where on my last visit 
I found the fabric at 
the Jim Thompson factory outlet.

Jim Thompson was an American businessman 
who made Thai silk famous to the west. 
His mysterious disappearance in 1967
remains unsolved...

The JT outlet store is floor upon floor, 
and roll upon roll, of stunningly gorgeous Thai silks.
Choosing which colour was the hard part.
I start by picking out a couple of really cheap cushions,
matching the fabric as best I can, to what I think will go with my 
Bushland Colorbond paint at home!


I had the original large cushion cover with me as
it was my intention to get the …

My Sunday Photo

I saw this on a car in Melbourne this week and loved the reflections in the bonnet... and seeing the first of the autumn leaves trapped in the grill around the word  ESCAPE!

....writing this from Bangkok!
Linking with thanks to the following: My Sunday Photo Weekend Reflections



Neighbours, Everybody needs good neighbours....

This week we're celebrating thirty years  of our local Melbourne TV show, Neighbours.

But how true to Aussie life is Neighbours?!

"Neighboursis set in Ramsay Street, a residential cul-de-sac in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough. Exploring the trials and tribulations of families and friends, Neighbours brings the perfect blend of soap and sunshine to audiences in Australia and beyond". For more See Here"Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours With a little understanding, you can find the perfect blend Neighbours, should be there for one another That's when good neighbours become good friends..."



If you're from one of the 50 countries that broadcasts the show
 then chances are you'll be familiar with the 
Neighbours theme tune music (shown here in blue)
and can sing-a-long!



'Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours Just a friendly wave each morning, helps to make a better day Neighbours, need to get to know each other Next door is only …

Just another hard day at the office....

Just sharing a few of my favourites... Shhhh, let's get wordless...





Linking with the following Wordless Wednesday
Thursday Favorite Things
Fabulous Friday

Thank you Maria for inviting me to link with Fabulous Friday
I did not make the Office it is my favourite place on the Mornington Penninsula, Vic
but it would be very easy to recreate your own "office" somewhere special to you.
I hope this inspires you.
With thanks to all the wonderful hosts. Thank you in advance for your comments  which I love to read.  I will always try to return the visit! If you are not on Google+ you can always contact me via my e-mail link on the sidebar 

Roadtrip Melbourne to Sydney...

'She drives me crazy...'It's a flippin' long way to Sydney! 871 km's to be precise.
It feels even longer when your eighteen year old son
is behind the wheel, learning to drive!


In Victoria, Australia all learner drivers under 21 years old must complete 120 hours accompanied driving before they can take their driving test. Each State is different on all sorts of things,   driving rules and regulations are no different.



So whilst we in Melbourne
can whizz along at the frightening 120 kms per hour speed limit,  the moment Fangio crosses the border into New South Wales  he must reduce his speed to 90kms per hour.

(For more on Learning to Drive in Victoria, Australia
click here)



Thus making a long way,  even longer,  and perhaps, 
making it faster to go by snail?

Don't get me wrong,
I am fully supportive of the Learner driver program in Australia. It appears to be one of the most rigorous in the world. I'm all for road safety.


I was just questioning my judgement in saying  'let&#…