Hong Kong and the Art Fair 2012

We are in Hong Kong.  It is hot, humid and sticky.  It is the weekend of the Hong Kong Art Fair and this last week has been full on with heaps of exhibition openings, dinners and parties.  The big boys have been moving into town, making big statements with their galleries and on the periphery,Continue reading “Hong Kong and the Art Fair 2012”

A day in Istanbul. Part 2.

Ayasofya or Hagia Sofia The day is bright outside after the mysterious dark of the Cistern and for a minute we sit soaking up the warmth of the spring time sun.  Now we are going to visit the Ayasofya across the road and we look dubiously at the long queue at the gates, but itContinue reading “A day in Istanbul. Part 2.”

One wonderful day in Istanbul. Part 1

We have one lovely day in Istanbul to do Everything.  We are up with the early morning traffic, which isn’t loud, because we have a pedestrian street outside, but there is stirring in the city and it’s too exciting to lie still.  We are up and trying out our winsey shower space and we doContinue reading “One wonderful day in Istanbul. Part 1”

Istanbul and the carpet man

Istanbul!  Magic carpets, Aladdin’s lamp, minarets, domes, turbans, spices.  Yes.  It is all here.  How wonderful to be here.  I have dreamt of this magical place forever and now here we are. On our last trip back from Hong Kong, we stopped over at the airport on our way to Venice. As we wandered aroundContinue reading “Istanbul and the carpet man”

Venice on May day weekend

Already we are leaving Italy.  It is only for a month but what a wrench.  It has stopped raining and at last the sun is shining again and the skies are filled with swooping swallows.    We are full of joy when we see the swallows.  They never seem to touch the ground, finding theirContinue reading “Venice on May day weekend”

From Hong Kong to Italy

We are in bella Italia.  Our little mountain house in Pieve dei Monti di Villa with its new roof and new fireplace is as snug as a cave.  Cosying up at night on the big fat cushy lounge, watching the flames crackle and lick up the chimney, toasting a wonderful life with local red wineContinue reading “From Hong Kong to Italy”

The Artist

We left Australia two days ago.  Today we are sitting on the verandah of a little bamboo hut, wind sifting through the leaves of the giant banyan tree in whose elegant web of roots we nestle.  The waves are lapping insistently on the sand and children are running and laughing, in the distance some awfulContinue reading “The Artist”

The Murray River

We had the amazing good fortune to have a river boat on the Murray river for three fantastic days, (My cousin has Moama on Murray holiday resort with luxury house boats for rent). Michael was our River Captain and other than a sharp learning curve steering this great unwieldy ship around bends and boats andContinue reading “The Murray River”

Australia

Mountains of spray spiraling in the threshing wind. Running, screaming, laughing, captured  by waves as they leap over the pathways, dripping in wet, tramping eventually in soggy sand in dusk, dusk exacerbated by gloomy clouds sitting on the last of the sunset. We have been in Australia for the last month and today we extendedContinue reading “Australia”

Thank you 2011

It has been an amazing year.  We have loved it.  We have been living in Hong Kong for the most part of it; Thailand for a month, Italy over the summer and autumn.  Our boys have accomplished great things, placing their feet firmly on their journey and our art has thrived and we have someContinue reading “Thank you 2011”