I have decided that for the next four weeks I will explore the contents of my sewing table and cupboard. I’ve always enjoyed sewing, and over the years have gathered up a collection of "stuff" which, once I thought about it, has a few photographic possibilities. This week the button jar was sorted out, into colours (yes, really!) and types. I have some which I think belonged to my aunt and perhaps, via her, even my grandmother. I played around in Photoshop with blend modes and the free transform tool on a duplicate layer, and scrapped a couple of versions before finally being happy with this one. There was only one fancy white button amongst all the old shirt buttons in the jar, but I quite like the contrast, which seems to emphasise the plain ones just as it does the fancy one. I didn't recognise the fancy one, so maybe it was Grandma's.
A month ago our three pots of tulips were still collections of stumpy little bluish green leaves, but now, in the pot up on the top deck, where it is warmer, there are already two flowers. They are not quite open yet, but the creamy white petals are trying hard. I love tulips. To me they are the most elegant of all the spring flowers. They have no scent, sadly, but I think they are very beautiful. The three pots are in various places in the garden, so as the season gathers momentum we should have a succession of blooms. The days are growing longer, getting up in the dark is never much fun,
Our accommodation in Perth has wooden blinds at the windows. All the window and doors are fitted with insect screens to keep the annoying flies out in summer. Although there were none during our visit, as it is winter now, come summer every household will be grateful for these screens. The shadows of the blinds and the screens made interesting patterns on the wide window reveal, and a little tweak on the control cords provided the horizontal lines to balance the image. Even though it is winter in Perth the mild days there were certainly a lovely change from the very wintery chill we left behind in Christchurch.
Each morning I made my coffee in a coffee press rather than the little machine I have at home. I'd get to almost the last drop and start rolling the cup to watch the patterns developing. My husband would give me another one of those looks he saves for these occasions, then shrug! But each day they were different. Reading the coffee grinds might let me into the secret of the universe.........some people read tea leaves.........and others just wash their cups!
Growing along the front fence of the house where we were staying are several star jasmine plants. In summer they will be covered in tiny fragrant blooms, but in winter there are no flowers. I found just one seed head remaining. It had already split open, ready for the wind or the birds to carry the seeds off. I managed to get there first, lucky me. The pod is about 100mm or 4 " long and packed so beautifully with the seeds and the "fluff" in neat rows. As soon as I picked out one seed the fluff opened to display the silky threads. The slightest breath moved it on the kitchen bench as I photographed it, with the pod in the background.
After we had spent a few days in Perth we drove south to the Margaret River area. The coast line is stunning, and we stayed near Yallingup, right on Smiths Beach. Even in winter the surfy vibe is evident, with a few hardy souls braving the cool mornings and many more in the evenings. It was fun to watch them from the balcony overlooking the beach, wine glass in hand, as the sun slid into the Indian Ocean. This image is the detail of a sun lounger, and the pattern reminded me of the work of Maurits Cornelis Escher, the Dutch Graphic artist, born in 1898, whose work often makes you wonder if you are sure which way is up, or down.
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.