Bendigo, Victoria

On the Labour Day long weekend in March, Tim and I stayed for three days in Bendigo.  We have been to Bendigo a number of times before, as it is an easy 2 hour train ride from Melbourne, and just has a vibe that we love. My photos are a little eclectic because I have photos of the usual touristy things from other visits.  Some of these photos come from our walking tour with Jill and Pete, two fabulous local guides; others come from our ramblings through Bendigo during our stay.  I hope that you enjoy these photos for a little taste of Bendigo. First up, there are the fruit bats that hang upside down from the trees in their thousands in Rosalind Park, and make the most ungodly twittering noise, while they fan themselves with a wing to keep cool:
The Bendigo bats are well travelled - scientists tagged three bats that they dubbed Byron, Bradley and Borat to track their travels.  All of them flew for miles, and Byron and Bradley returned to Rosalind Park after their adventures.  Sadly, Borat…

Buda Historic Home and Garden, Castlemaine

On the Labour Day weekend, Tim and I visited Buda Historic Home and Garden in Castlemaine.  Buda was occupied for over a hundred years, from 1863 to 1981, by Ernest Leviny and his family. 

Ernest was a Hungarian-born silversmith and jeweller. Ernest and his wife, Bertha had 10 children.  Of his six daughters, only one married, and the rest of them spent most of their lives at Buda.

The Leviny women were talented artists in a number of different fields, including embroidery, enamelling, painting and woodcarving.  Examples of their work and Ernest's silversmithing are exhibited in the house.  I was excited to learn that the Leviny daughters knew Margaret Preston, and there a number of Margaret Preston prints on the walls at Buda.  I am a fan of Margaret Preston's art, and I am currently reading this excellent biography about Margaret Preston.  The tie-in to Buda therefore delighted me.

These two photos are of the servant's kitchen - I think it looks charmingly homey.

The ground…

200 Years of Australian Fashion - National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria (Ian Potter Centre) is currently hosting an exhibition called 200 Years of Australian Fashion.  It features fashions through the last 200 years in Australia, from the seemingly child-sized gowns of the late 19th century (people must have been small then!) to the present day.

It was interesting to see how once, Australians relied very heavily on European influences in clothing, regardless of its suitability to our climate, but over the years, have moved away to clothes than reflect our climate,  our lifestyle and our national identity.

These images feature a few of my favourites pieces from the exhibition - I hope you enjoy them too.

200 Years of Australian Fashion National Gallery of Victoria (Ian Potter Centre) Federation Square Melbourne VIC 3000

Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei Exhibition - National Gallery of Victoria

Recently, I went with my friend Sandra to the Andy Warhol - Ai Weiwei Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.  These two artists were paired because of a number of parallel factors in their lives - New York, China, cats, photography and modern art.

There were plenty of familiar Warhol works to see, like Liz:

and Elvis:


 and Campbell's soup cans:

I also learned that Warhol loved cats and had many of them, all of which were called Sam:

From Weiwei, there were several interactive displays of balloons that were blown about by a fan as you as you walked through them:

There was also a room full of photos of bunches of flowers that Weiwei over the course of two years or so had put in the basket of a bicycle outside of his Chinese apartment in protest at being monitored by the authorities:

and a dazzling display of metallic bicycles:

One of my favourite parts of the Exhibition was a room that was all about cats - ostensibly for the children, but it provided a lot more information ab…

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, Barwon Park Mansion, Winchelsea