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Have you been here all day? No, but most of the afternoon… It was the first sunny winter’s day that I have seen for sometime and I wanted to sell some books and records. Why do you want to sell them? Because I am a writer and a critic and I have so-so many and I need to make more room in my apartment.
I love your wee shop, it is jammed full of treasures… Yes, I sometimes think I should re name it Aladdin’s Cave! Has your week yielded any treasures? Yes, my family is safe. The (MH17) plane tragedy this week was terrible, just devastating. I had family that flew the exact same route, the day before… my sister-in-law is Dutch. When I heard the news, I didn’t know if it was the plane they were on. My heart goes out to all those who did lose a loved one on that plane.
I write a blog about marvellous people who live in Melbourne, may I take your photo? We don’t live in Melbourne…. Oh, where are you visiting from and why are you here? We are from Chicago, but are living in Kentucky and we are here for a conference, an international conference about teaching and the arts, which was held at the MCG. Wow, that is a great place for a conference. People conference there every week for AFL matches during the winter…did you get see a football game? No….but I love really like cricket so it was lots of fun to take a tour of the museum. What else have you liked about Melbourne? We have loved the food, and how the city is laid out. It is very easy to get around. Thanks for chatting and for the photo. Safe travels.
Heidi Gallery, about 25 minutes drive from the city, with a dear friend, to see Emily Floyd’s Far Rainbow exhibition. There are always lots of lovely interesting people wandering around Heidi, which is where I spoke with Eunice: Did you come to Heidi to see the Emily Lloyd exhibition? I have always want to come to Heidi and was keen to see Far Rainbow, but I came today to see Stephen Banham‘s talk on typography. He is such a great speaker. Is typography your “thing”? I work as a graphic designer, and yes I love typography. I also love visual art, and galleries in general. One of my favourite artists right now is Edward Hopper, the American artist.Today was a wet and sorry day in Melbourne, bringing to mind a saying that my mother (and/or her sister) recite annually, around this time of the year, “As the days lengthen the cold strengthens“. Each year the saying seems so apt, it is almost a surprise and I find myself in a weird time warp, my brain numbed by cold and wondering…”yes…how wise, gosh…how true! In an attempt to outrun the grey today I decided to head to
Not so long ago I accepted a great new job offer and I was also lucky enough to be able to squeeze in a holiday before I was needed to start. (Whoop!).
When I first arrived in NY I was exhausted and wondered why I had chosen such a fast paced place to rest. But after a trip to Martha’s Vineyard (such a beautiful special place) I returned to the city ready for the noise. And noisy it is, but “that” energy which everyone talks about is special, and you really do start to feel like “it” is possible… like the song… it is where dreams are made of…
It was not my first time to New York, but this trip was by far the longest time I had spent exploring the city, Long Island and surrounds. And along with 1000s of others, I enjoyed touring galleries, roof top bars; seeing broadway shows (OMG – go to Queen of the Night!), shopping, subways riding, taxi hailing and of course people watching.
I liked the locals, who were all lovely to me (a special shout out to lovely Caper and Aaron who guided me through Central Park to reach a meeting on time) and Central Park remains a standout and one of my favourite hangs in the city.
Now I am back, I will hit the Melbourne streets to share more images and stories of Melbourne inspiring residents but until then, here are a few NYC portraits…
I don’t think there is a baby in your pram?
No, well….we call it our fruit baby.
A fruit baby?
Yes, it is full of organic fruit. We work for a service that sources and delivers produce to homes across New York.
I bet you would see some nice places.
We do! We just delivered to John Legend’s place.
Do you enjoy living in Brooklyn?
Yes, I love it.
Will you return to live in Australia?
Yes, one day. But probably not to Queensland. I would probably look to live in Melbourne or in Sydney. My partner is an architect and I think there would be more work in those cities for him, also people say Melbourne is more like New York.
Hey there, great outfits!
Can I please take your picture?
Sure… is here okay?
My friend’s boy Ed (who I was babysitting for the afternoon) basically toddled over and fell over in front of this women, then giggled and stared up at her and waved.
Oh…..Isn’t. He. Just. Adorable!!! What a faaaaaantastic way to get a lady’s attention. So clever and soooo original….come here liiiittle one and speak to meeeeee!
This lead to another great conversation with a local in NY. Those New Yorkers sure do love a baby! See next pic for more NY York baby love.
Next baby stop was Gabriel and his drumming band-mate, who serenaded their new young fan with a pretty song – and much to the delight of many a female fans became drawn to the scene.
Hi, great costume…
Thanks, I was just in the Body Electric show – at the Metro.
I was in the crowd. It was fun…kind of a hipster Rock Eisteddfod! What was your favourite part of the eve?
I used to be in Saturday’s class, but the class disbanded and tonight I got to watch my old class mates perform which was really nice – to cheer them on. Oh and it was great to perform tonight at The Metro, of course! It is the last night it is open as a Melbourne venue, so it was nice to be part of that history.