A fly in the ointment, with a spanner

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The exhibition is disappointingly on hold for the moment as I wait to see if a fly in the ointment with a spanner in the works at the library can be sorted out - will write more detail once I know whether a bureaucratic mis-communication has put paid to our arrangement or not.

A little packet arrived today from my dear friend in the Yukon. She had been visiting Sitka and was interested in learning about the influence of the Russians who were there between 1740 and 1867. She bought a 'tea brick' which was how they packaged tea for transport from China/Russia...amazingly compressed and hard and you flake or chip off tea leaves for your cup or pot.  It had a beautiful design stamped into both front and back.(Coincidentally I had just been in a teapot shop today drooling- naturally the one I liked was over $100.00.)
Neatly folded so it fit perfectly on top of the box inside the outer wrapping was a brochure from Australian Customs saying they had opened the packet, and listing the items which may NOT be sent into Australia. So let me get this straight. Customs sends a list of what may NOT be sent into Australia to the person receiving it, ie who DIDN’T send it, and in fact will only receive the brochure if the item is something ALLOWED, otherwise THEY WOULDN’T LET IT IN!!! Sheesh!

I’ve included a few images from the Pony Club nearby, and several more paintings. Also a photo of one of the most wonderful creatures I know, a gecko. It was under a piece of firewood. Exquisite.This was a city/parkscape...then I decided to look at it through different windows and framed by different frames, the ways a landscape is viewed by the different people who live in it.

This one is elements of Nova Scotia- autumn trees, round bales in white plastic, harbour, lighthouse, little houses with eyebrows over the windows, ploughed and planted fields and winter coming.

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