Sunday, February 08, 2009

I Love a Sunburnt Country

Ok - nothing to say about Global Warming - but one has to pause at the dreadful loss of life (as well as property and livestock) in the south while there are torrential rains in the north. The pictures from Victoria are really so shocking - with at least 25 people confirmed dead (even though it will take some time longer to confirm the identity of those people).

The two extreme natures of life in Australia bring to mind the poem by Dorothea Mackellar:

My Country

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies -
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops,
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die –
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land –
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand –
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.
What can I say but - pray for rain - lots of it over Victoria and NSW and for the rains to stop in northern QLD.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Creative ideas

Look at this little piece on Youtube which I saw on Teesha Moore's blog. It's brilliant!

Monday, February 02, 2009

More Steampunk thoughts

Well - thinking about all that I forgot - there is of course The Time Machine (both the H.G. Wells book and movie). The 2002 version with Guy Pearce has a great scene where he inserts his brass knob into the time machine (located in his very victorian glasshouse) and everything starts to light up and spin etc.

ok - I just published this and didn't mean to - so sorry for anyone who subscribes via feeds and will get 7000 updates!

Other favourite things/people that I think fit well into the steampunk genre are of course Michael de Meng - particularly with pieces like this.

And here are some pics of a few things I think I could put together into a nice little steampunk inspired display.