Sunday, March 10, 2013

away...


For the first time ever
all four Sams Creekians ventured off to the big smoke of Sydney for a couple of days...


 In fact this was a trip of firsts:

first train journey for the kidlets....


... their first ferry ride and first glimpses of Sydney icons...


 

and visiting big ships 


on a late summer's day Sydney is as pretty as a picture 
and Taronga Zoo is not only a good place to spy animals...


while in town I managed to introduce the kidlets to the Art Gallery of NSW...


where I had my first glimpse of a wonderful piece by Janet Laurence...

 

(me likey very much)


It's almost impossible for all four of us to get away together - 
it took something pretty special...


you see - our littlest gidget fishlet qualified as the youngest member 
of the South East Swimming Association 2013 team 
for the Speedo Sprints State Titles at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

(I told you she is little but she is mighty... )

there she is waaaaaaay down below - her name up in lights


it was quite an experience for a small gal from the bush

(and I don't just mean EJ!)


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18 comments:

  1. i remember when i was a minion at the Adelaide Festival Centre Gallery, back in another lifetime [ie the 80s]
    and Janet Laurence made a sizeable installation of huge drawings. she has what it counts, not just talent/commitment as an artist but also the ability to enthuse and organise other people and realise BIG things.
    suspect interesting combinations of talent and tenacity may also be afoot in your wee goldfish.

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    1. love love love the laurence.... she's the real deal alrighty

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  2. love seeing the country kids in the big cite, and congratulations, ej. must look at janet's work-unknown to me.

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    1. laurence is my fav aussie artist.... she creates the most wonderful things...

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  3. Wow! So great for EJ and what fun for you guys to all get to go away together:)
    Love that art piece of Janet Laurence's. Very feather and nesty;) x

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    1. feathery, nesty, glassy and leafy....

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  4. "In Memory of Nature" by Janet Laurence
    http://www.janetlaurence.com/in-memory-of-nature/
    provides solace in the madness of this big city, it came out" WAITING - A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants at the Botanic Gardens a few Biennales ago
    http://talkingplants.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/biennales-perfect-botanical-fit.html

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    1. thanks Mo for popping the details here --- I hope everyone checks out the links --- is goooooood

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  5. What an adventure! Just what I envisage for our little girls first visit to the big city. And how great for EJ!

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    1. I didn't say it up there ^^^ but the little gidget fishlet actually had a podium finish at the state school Regional Championships a few days before her big SOPAC swim..... so she's off to the school state titles (PSSA state championships) in a couple of weeks time (and here we were thinking that this might be her one and only big time swim - so we'd better not let her miss her moment in the spotlight.... and she goes and gets an even BIGGER honour!)

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  6. Hi Ronnie,
    How wonderful to get away together. Congratulations EJ!
    I heard Janet Laurence speak about her art practice at the FEHVA festival at Byron Bay in 2006, so inspiring it opened my eyes to what was possible in art.

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    1. I've been a laurence fan for some time - I remember seeing her 'edge of trees' piece years ago (http://www.janetlaurence.com/edge-of-the-trees/) and doing the 'yessssssss!' head nod thing.... wonderful wonderful work and turn of mind...

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  7. yay!
    what a wonderful trip
    thanks so mch

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    1. it was a wonderful short trip... tarrrr

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  8. A wonderful family trip away ronnie, and congrats to EJ - I love seeing new talent emerge.

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    1. I don't know if EJ will emerge as a swimmer.... its not really likely (she's tiny.... we train in a 25m pool which is only open during the summer months... and we live in the country - so everything is against her as a swimmer) ..... but the main thing is - she is gaining this amazing experience - meeting lovely people - being hailed a little sport hero in her small town.... no matter what happens, that's pretty special....

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  9. How exciting! What an amazing time you all must have had...especially the gidget fishlet. Thanks for sharing the day with us.

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thanks for all your lovely comments - your words are greatly appreciated xx