23.03.2018 – Only 2 days left!

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Mike’s having fun at the George Day stand catching up prior customers and people he knows.  There’s only the weekend left to come to the RAC Caravan & Camping Show at Claremont Showgrounds!

Just watch out for open windows on vehicles – Yesterday Mike was in his usual “charge” mode and walked into one.  Made a nice mess of the side of his forehead.  One would think he would know his way around caravan and motor homes by now?

21-25.03.2018 – RAC Perth Caravan & Camping Show

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Anyone wishing to see Mike about a caravan or motorhome – this is a good time!

Mike will be on the George Day Caravan & Motorhome stand at the RAC Perth Caravan & Camping Show.  Come and see what the show specials are and say ‘Hello’ to Mike.

04.03.2018 – The Everglades, Leura

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“The Everglades” at Leura in the Blue Mountains is the former 1923 home of Georgina Stonier who named it.  Mr and Mrs Van de Veldes took ownership in 1930 and employed landscape gardener Paul Sorensen to produce Australia’s most spectacular inter-war period gardens.

The Everglades’ Tea Rooms are within the Art Deco home which can be explored also. The “His” and “Hers” bathrooms a bit ‘over the top’!

Views of the gardens from the home and from look-outs across the mountains are beautiful.  The above photo is take at “The Grotto” – man made during the Van de Veldes’ ownership.

The Art Deco theme of the house is carried outside, to the railing at one of the look-outs and within the walls of a courtyard at the rear of the home.  Within the walls are wrought iron features picturing the exploits of the Van de Valdes’ terriers chasing the garden’s peacocks with Mr Van de Valdes holding a golf club.

There is a separate building to the house – a squash court – where artists have exhibitions.  The exhibition we saw this day was fantastic.

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04.03.2018 – Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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Now based back in Penrith for a short while, this weekend we went to Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains to visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery, run by the National Trust.

Our guide was very informative and we enjoyed listening to all the history.  Norman lived from 1879-1969.

The land and buildings was the artist’s home with his second wife from 1901.  It is set on 45 acres – plus the purchase of extra land when he and his friends built a building near the home for his etching studio.  After it was completed, he discovered the building wasn’t on his land and purchased the land from the owner before the owner found out Norman had build on it!

Norman made many sculptures and had them positioned so they could be seen from rooms inside the home.  He was working on the one above and solved his problem of what to use as the water spout by taking the shower head from the family home.  Great for the fountain, not so good for the shower.

We walked around the grounds to view the painting studio, etching studio and the home with gallery and shop, run by the National Trust.  A pathway led us between more sculptures down steps to a ‘swimming pool’ Norman had made.  Now empty and with grass at the bottom, we could imagine how magnificent it would have been back in the day to swim there and look out from the escarpment across the valley and mountains.

Norman Lindsay was prolific in producing oil and water colour paintings, pen and ink drawing, etchings and sculptures plus was a published author, and made replicas of ships.  He produced (at short notice) every week  a drawing for “The Bulletin” for about 50 years.   His book “The Magic Pudding” has been in continuous reprinting for almost 100 years.  How anyone could do so much in one lifetime is amazing.

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