This month Cottesloe beach is hosting Sculptures by the Sea which is exactly what it sounds like. At a guess I’d say there are about 50 pieces of art up, scattered over the beach and foreshore, and it’s a lot of fun to wander through them taking pictures.
My favourite actually has an Indonesian title: “mengenang”, which means remembrance. It’s made up of tall bamboo poles, each with a wind-chime-thing at the top, and each pole represents the life of someone who died in the ’02,’05 bombings in Bali. The ‘meaning’ kind of irked me. I’d been running around the sculpture feeling free and perfectly happy and, well, the little sign kind of ruined that. But at least there are the right number of poles (I had cynically feared they would only represent the Australians) and it’s not my art so who am I to say how it should be displayed. Maybe it will bring comfort to some people. Maybe it already has.
This is a really amazing exhibition. It almost (but not quite) makes up for missing Fringe and Womad. And I still have plenty of really cool sculptures left to photograph 🙂
Okay so I will confess that this week has been harder. I didn’t write on Friday or Saturday or Monday and yesterday I didn’t manage the 1,667 words needed to stop falling further behind. But do not lose hope! We had a friend visiting on the weekend and I plan to fully make up for all the non-weekend writing of last weekend, this weekend. (Also, I discovered the Supernatural transcripts online and accidentally read three seasons in three days but I’m sure that’s irrelevant…)
So on this magical non writing weekend, what did we do? Mostly we spent our time hiding in bookshops in Fremantle (where it unexpectedly rained!) and in Kings Park which was delightfully sunny. It was also Remembrance Day and the War Memorial is in Kings Park so we got to hear The Last Post played by someone from army.
I have decided to enter NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve never done it before and I am approaching it with a not insignificant amount of trepidation. I’ve got some characters and a vague outline of a plot but I’m having trouble working out some crucial plot details.
Other life things: my brother has returned home, getting wisdom teeth out is actually really painful, and I dip-dyed my hair purple.
Last night we went to Cottesloe beach for dinner and it was beautiful:
We went to Fremantle yesterday. It’s a good place for shopping and sitting and drinking coffee. I think it may be the only place in Perth designed for people rather than cars.
It’s a nice place to be.
There are only a few weeks until I go away and I have a lot to do before then. Each day seems to stretch out forever though and no matter how much time I seem to waste my work is progressing at such a rate that I will finish it all on time. This week has lasted forever and yet I can’t really believe we’re almost at the end of July. Is this what growing up is all about? The nonsensicalness of time? Who knows.
Mid-week I was panicky that I hadn’t done enough work and everything was falling apart. At the end of the week I can look back and see that actually this week was quite successful. Now how do I manage to stop myself from panicking next week when I’m sure it’s all falling apart again? If anyone has worked this mystery out, please let me know.
In any case, here’s to a relaxing weekend, folks!
My parents have been visiting from Adelaide this week so I’ve been a tourist in my temporary home town. We’ve been to the beach, wine tasting, out to dinner, everywhere! I’m enjoying testing out the settings of my camera. Here are a few of my favourite pictures from around Perth this week.