Monday, March 23, 2009

Playing Statues.

Siena, January 2009.

I really like photographing public art and monuments. The other day I spent some time wandering through the gardens south of the Yarra, and I found plenty of willing subjects..


Water Nymph


I wonder what Queen Victoria would make of 2009 Melbourne?

King George V

(was he the mad one?? Why was he mad? I bet it was arsenic poisoning.)

xox Liz.

All about Eve (OK, all about Elizabeth).

Stolen from Jesska - a quiz!

The rules are:
1. Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question you dislike with a question of your own invention; add a question of your own.
2. Tag eight other un-tagged people.

What is your current obsession?
Neko Case's new album Middle Cyclone, particularly This Tornado Loves You. Sigh. Australia loves you, Neko - come visit us soon!

What are you wearing right now?
A black dress with a deep v-neck (saucy!) a yellow short-sleeved cardigan and flat silver shoes.

Do you nap a lot?
Yes. I got into this habit when I lived in Italy, and now it's quite common for me to get home from work and nap for a couple of hours before dinner.

Who was the last person you hugged?

I can't remember! Either Holly or Elissa - possibly both ladies at once in a big group hug.

If you were a tree, what tree would you be?
I've always loved Norfolk pines - and I'm lucky, because I have one of my very own in my backyard!

What’s for dinner?
I don't know - you'll have to ask my housemate.

What was the last thing you bought?
A pair of earrings from Global Limits in Elgin St, and some mini pastries from Brunetti's.

What are you listening to right now?

See my answer to the first question..

What is your favourite weather?
I'm stealing Jesska's answer: "Summer for the beach, Autumn for the leaves, Winter for the knitting and Spring for the flowers. Yep, pretty much all of it."

What’s on your beside table?
I have no bedside table, but on the floor next to my bed are books, a pair of undies, my diary, a pen and a dirty cup.

Say something to the person/s who tagged you.
Hi Jess! I hope you're enjoying this lovely sunny afternoon.

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?
A House In Virginia (Brendan Benson reference!!). Seriously, that's my dream house. Listen to the song and you'll understand.

Where are you typing from right now?
An internet cafe in Nicholson St. Thankfully the noisy network gamers have left..

A book you're currently reading?
I Peed On Fellini, by David Stratton. I really enjoy watching him on TV, so I'm disappointed that his autobiography is not very interesting or well-written.

What would you like to have in your hands right now?
Hmmm. A new iPod Touch? Can I be so materialistic? I could be soppy and say the hand of a handsome man..

What is your favourite tea flavour?

Spicy chai, the kind with white pepper.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
I'd really like to go to LA and spend some time hanging out with my sister-in-law (am I allowed to call her that? I think I am!). Even just for an hour, that would be fantastic.

What did you want to become as a child?
Hello, I've spent the last six years at university with no end in sight yet. I STILL don't know.

If you could have any kind of bed, what would it look like?
I'd like a huge bed with a white-painted wrought iron frame. It'd have a huge squashy doona, and lots of pillows, and sheets that stay laundry-fresh ALL the time and which NEVER need washing. I hate having to cart my sheets to the laundromat and then back again.

Commit No Nuisance.

On Friday I met up with my dear old dad for a few hours before he headed out to the airport and on to Dallas (!!!).

We had proper Aussie fish and chips for lunch and then wandered around the city for a while.

Dad sticks up two fingers to the establishment in Chinatown.

I can't remember where this wombat is - Federation Square? - but he sure is cute.

Dad taking advantage of the free wifi in Federation Square to check his email - AGAIN. I swear, he's worse than a teenager with that thing. (...yes. I'm jealous.)

This man was curled up on a ledge under a tree, fast asleep. On a more solemn note, the state of Melbourne's trees is really sad. The massive Norfolk pine in my backyard is shedding needles at a huge rate and, as you can see, the trees in Federation Square are badly affected. Let's hope for some decent rain soon!

After Dad and I parted ways, I crossed the Yarra and headed south for the calm, quiet, green shade of the Royal Botanical Gardens. More next post!