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Writers Residency 19 July – 30 August 2010

Au Revoir Montsalvat

It is fitting (for me) that the form of my Montsalvat residency was a welcome and farewell from the full moon and that the last actual day was a sunny spring-truly-is-on-its-way day. This leaves me with warmth on my cheeks … Continue reading

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Why it is an art

From MSS 1005 Vol 8 held in the state Library of NSW, Mitchell Wing Godfrey Miller: Letter to Arthur Fenwick ‘In the dull days when I am shut out and lost, as I have these two months been, from the … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Gardener

It is the last week of my Montsalvat residency and I am solving mysteries one by one.  I previously discovered who provided the floral gesture in the bluestone block and yesterday I discovered the mysterious gardener. It all came about … Continue reading

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Ideas

The Australian Federal election looms upon us all this Saturday. I’ve missed the big ideas talks possibly because my head has been happily in the clouds of research. Were there any that went beyond the campaign boundaries? One party is … Continue reading

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Arches, columns & trunks

I like the fact that Sue’s Tower, Montsalvat sits squarely over arches. Not quite the arches Miller photographed in the Middle East but arches nevertheless. In sighting Millers enlarged photographs, in a private collection on another rainy Melbourne day, I … Continue reading

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Forget me nots

The sun is in and out today making the sky a bright aqua dissolving into grey-chill cloud cover. My gumboots, recommended by a friend as a necessary item here, are my treasured companions. This does of course suggest that I … Continue reading

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Daffodils & Ducklings

Today I feel like this daffodil. This is not a productive way to meet the sun or talk to the muse or as Elizabeth Gilbert in her Ted talk, ‘Nurturing Creativity’, reveals, the disembodied genius known in Ancient Greece as … Continue reading

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Interludes

I’ve returned to Montsalvat this week with a welcoming sun warming my window and allowing me, for the first time, to have my door open and heater off (door closed rapidly a little later due to incoming European wasps!). The … Continue reading

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Kookaburra Laugh

I left Montsalvat, for the night, at late dusk yesterday. As I passed the upper pond, parallel to the drive, a line of at least six geese were standing at attention. It felt almost proper to salute them each in … Continue reading

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Peacocks and Place

On my first night at Montsalvat I was greeted in the late evening by the music of the Shakuhachi flute floating out and down the hill to me – it made my first evening complete. This morning I met the … Continue reading

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