As you can imagine, I’ve been spending a bit of time sitting on a bench overlooking the bay and gazing out at the horizon. Skinny flat white in one hand and my camera in the other. A lot of cargo ships still go in and out of the heads, and the birdlife has been wonderful.
I’ve also been re-organising my garage to accommodate a few wood-working tools – I bought myself a router table. A retirement gift to myself! I am now fully equipped to cut my own painting panels to the size I want, cover them in canvass and produce/ design my own frames. With the congregation’s very kind gift I went on-line and purchased some painting stuff. Paint, Gesso and canvass. I’m all set now for the next few months.
And, because, like everyone else, I’ve been confined to a 5km excursion limit, I’ve walked the local streets and returned home with armfuls of discarded timber on the nature-strip which I am cutting and trimming and using to make my frames. Also, the house next door was recently demolished, and the ‘wrecker-man’ let me take away as many red gum stumps as I wanted for just $50. Such beautiful wood. Lots of nails to remove but that’s ok.
So there you have it. Retirement has begun and a new pattern of daily life is starting to unfold. Desleigh thought you might like to see my latest painting mounted inside what is called a floating frame. I think it creates a nice effect. I was trying to capture a sense of what life means for me – a constant journey toward enlightenment.
Miss you all. Take care.