Make Art, Not War

Federal Election time in Australia. Meh. We don’t even have a reality TV moron to spice things up – we just have politicians. The real problem is that the two major parties are starting to look worryingly like each other as well. I’m sick of the pathetic knee-jerk slogans – stop the boats, back to basics : the latter always used in educational matters, as if any of these idiots even know what the basics are. Not since Whitlam have the arts even been regarded as fundamental in education. As soon as the conseravtives took over, waving slates and chalk and chanting “back to basics!” the arts have been shoved in a corner, becoming more and more the refugees of Australian culture, thrown  scraps and set adrift in leaky boats. Yet those in the arts retain their grip on our senses, with music, books, art, films and other brave sttempts to remind who we truly are. Imagine what they could do in a society that realises how lucky it is to have them?

But this election year, there is a small glimmer of hope. It’s cslled The Arts Party and it wants your vote to triple funding for the arts and make Big Corp pay up to chnnel more money into our cultural renaissence. It even has a poet in residence composing haiku.

Want one million votes

For the balance of power

Wear an Arts T-Shirt

OK, it sounds more like an ad than poetry but all artists have a sense of  humour that can’t be kept down. And that’s what we need. More art, more humour, more music, more books, more films – more encouragment and a better environment for Australians who want to make art, not war.

You’ll find the Arts Party here I hope they get their million votes, and more, because that is one way to tell these politicians that It’s Time.

 

Can there be too many mangos?

In short, yes! This is how our mango tree looked a few weeks ago.

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garden laden mango tree

Loads of green mangos, waiting to ripen. It looked like the lushest bounty imaginable.

Do you remember that Whomping Willow in the Harry Potter films? How it suddenly threw off every leaf as if it had become extremely irritated with them? Well, mango trees seemed to do the same thing. The mangos ripened practically over night – might have been something to do with the big heatwaves we have been experiencing – and next thing you know…

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As if the groaning weight of all that fruit just proves too much for the tree to bear, down it all comes. We have been picking as as much as we can, peeling, cutting and freezing (mangos are good for the skin, by the way, my hands have never been so soft) but there’s just so much! The birds love it, we have had some delightful parrots in the garden lately, but even they have struggled to cope with the glut and there are half eaten fruit everywhere.

The rainbow lorikeets are so gorgeous, I have been trying to capture them on camera, through the back porch window.

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Not as close as I was hoping to get, they spotted me hanging over the windowsill with my camera very quickly.

Between us we are clearing up the mango glut – but there is still some way to go…

Summer in the Garden

Some delightful discoveries blooming in the garden as summer gets into full swing…

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These amazing tree orchids popped up – not sure of the variety, but they smell divine.

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A tumble of vine blossoms that I was delighted to discover are called Black Eyed Susans – that sounds so Old South and What Katy Did!

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Agapanthus everywhere – one of my favourite mad garden things.’

green mangos

The mango trees are heavy laden – right now we are trying to figure out how to cover and ripen them and save a few from the possums!

tall redgum

This magnificent red gum is just awe inspiring.

Living your life as a work of art

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I have always admired people who make art of living, but Jeni Bernard and Barney White have created a living work of art that literally rolls around the world. They do not travel in a house on wheels, their house is a wheel, a single wheel set in motion by their own acrobatic movements inside.

Acrojou has created and performed six different shows in nine countries, and it is an incredible spectacle, as this extraordinary circus rolls into town and people gather to watch the acrobats. It is an incredible physical feat as well, propelling the wheel house around Europe.

Here are some more links to stories about Acrojou and the wheel house:

Acrojou Circus Theatre in Sideshow circus magazine

The Wheel House at JunkCulture

Living is Queasy in a Circle Wheel House (Quite the pun, ABC News)