Thursday, November 25, 2021

Queenscliff Day 3

The Saturday was a busy day. In the morning we had a local brunch in Queenscliff and a mooch around the shops. There is a fantastic gallery we nearly always end up visiting but never buy anything. It specialises in glass sculptors and very costly they are too. 

I'm not sure what this life sized Wombat lamp is made of but I thought reader Wombat would appreciate the photo. Lousy photo, I know.


Something was plonked in front of this sign and along with it being down low, hard to photograph.


Sister had asked what we were doing for the day and our plan was to meet our friend in Geelong and visit the newish library and the art gallery. Sister, who was very busy and in a state of high concentration with exam marking asked if we could take Jo into Geelong for some kind of performance class from 1.30 until 3.30. We agreed and we picked her up at 12 and drove to Geelong and she marched us off to her favourite Vietnamese place for lunch, except she couldn't find it. She walks very fast and we breathlessly tried to keep up. We went somewhere else, which was fine. The way she walked was along Little Malop Street, through a shopping centre, across the busy Malop Street and into another shopping centre. Little Malop is super trendy with lots of bars and cafes and very restricted traffic. Who would have thought. Nice discovery. We made our way back to where her studio was and left her there for two hours. 

This looked like an old fire station but the door was too narrow for a fire appliance. It was just a warehouse it seems, now a rather well regarded bar.


We met our friend and walked in the light rain to the Geelong Library. It's an interesting building and has a wonderful cafe terrace, closed because of you know what, but the terrace itself was still open. There are nice views over Johnston Park below and the Geelong skyline. Ten years ago there would not have been one highrise building to be seen. 


The roof of Geelong Station can be seen. 





I used the toilet in the library and thought I had been transported to Portugal. 

We walked back to art gallery which we really enjoyed when we last visited. This time there were two paid exhibitions and very little space for free viewing. One was a Frederick McCubbin exhibition and the other the Archibald portrait prize contenders. I was a bit annoyed. we ummed and ahhed about paying to see the Archibald exhibition but decided not to. I remember once seeing the same for free at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

We went for some afternoon tea and by that time Jo had finished her class. This neon sign above our table amused us. 

We dropped Jo home having decided we needed a night in and would have take away pizza. Sister called and said she had a large lasagne if we would like to join them but we were whacked and declined her offer. Pizza it was, just one hundred metres away to pick up. 

26 comments:

  1. It looks and sounds like a lovely day - but I can understand you being whacked.
    Have you ever been tempted by the glass sculptures despite the price?

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    1. EC, it was too much for R. He said he was not doing holidays like this again. I could be tempted but I haven't seen anything yet to pay a few hundred dollars for.

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  2. Don't you want to just buy something that's very expensive just because you love it? Thinking about the glass sculptures. I was in an art gallery in Mayfair on Saturday. I was very tempted to buy a painting that I liked very much. Most of the work was six figures but I saw one for £1500. So by comparison it was cheap. I did come to my senses in the end and left without purchasing the painting!

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    1. Marie, I think we end up coming to our senses and realise art, especially in galleries, is overpriced.

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  3. Geelong seems to have come into its own. Quite the trendy place. I enjoy looking at tiles that I would never dream of having in my house but admire their beauty and intricacy.

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    1. Caro, apparently such tiles are a trend. We saw some wonderful tiles in Portugal, just everywhere. But I wouldn't have them at home either.

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  4. When I worked in Geelong decades ago, it had the advantage of not being a crowded capital city and could therefore protect and preserve its old architecture and facilities. But super trendy it was not.

    I must visit again and enjoy the new Geelong.

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    1. Hels, which street corner did you work at? I am sorry to disappoint you, but it is like a mini Melbourne now, with lots of buses and no trams. Way too congested for my liking.

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  5. One hundred metres away and one hundred metres back! Hell, where did you find the energy to do that Andrew? I would have gone for your sister's lasagne.

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    1. YP, I had to work off the effects of the pizza before I ate it. Fortunately the 100 metres was flat ground.

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  6. Had to google Frederick McCubbin, but that ok.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, he is a good artist and we have seen many of his paintings for free.

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  7. A busy day you had and one you sound as if you enjoyed - walking fast is not for me..

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    1. Margaret, Jo did pick up on the way back that we were slower than she was and slowed down. Looking back, it was a good day, but yes, hard work at the time.

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  8. I do like your names. Malop, Geelong, and Bendigo, are all so evocative.

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    1. Cro, I know the origins of many of our place names, but not those ones. Malop is a strange one.

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  9. Marge? I wonder if Homer was eating the sandwich.

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    1. Kirk, I didn't even connect to The Simpsons. Maybe that is what the sign is about? I've not watched The Simpsons. Is it something Homer would have said?

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  10. love that Simpsons quote. I never pay to see art exhibitions, usually I don't understand what I'm looking at, so I just wait until a few are in the paper or on TV. I haven't had lasagna in years. I prefer my own home made , but it takes too much work to bother with now there's only me to eat it.

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    1. Gee River, you comment came after Kirk's. So it is a Simpson reference. That makes sense.

      A decent sized lasagne can be divided into three, two frozen for future meals as meals for one person. R makes a large enough one for two meals for us. One half gets frozen.

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  11. The Simpsons creator is from Oregon. Portland just opened a Flanders Crossing bridge, with a plaque featuring Simpsons character Ned Flanders (Hi Didley Ho, Neighborino), who was named after the Portland street.

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    1. Strayer, I like that a cartoon show is taken seriously and commemorated.

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  12. Sounds relaxing, I don't know how people keep up with kids.

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    1. TP, many years later I do have some sympathy for our grandparents.

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  13. That wombat lamp is very sweet.
    Nice sign in the last photo and those really do look like Portuguese tiles.

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    1. Sami, R tells me the tiles are a bit of a decorating craze at the moment.

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