09 February 2011

a view from above - circles











Since my fingers seem to be incapable of drawing, I found myself in an impromtu moment (15 minutes before leaving for the Yarra Valley wine region for our anniversary!!) capturing a few circles. It was uber fun, despite terrible lighting. Here's a list of what you're looking at (left to right).
1. My absolute fave, the kitchen door knob. Looks like a paper mache planet!
2. A good ol vegemite lid. For those you unaware of Australia's favourite spread (certainly not mine, can't stand the stuff!), it's a thick dark brown gooey smelly yeasty sludge that folk slather on their toast, on crackers or in sandwiches. Yuk!
3. This type of wafer with cracked pepper or herbs has taken off here in a big way recently. They were always available in good delicatessens, but every single company out there seems to be producing them. Very fabulous with Tasmanian smoked salmon, Maggie Beer pear paste (South Australian) and King Island (a brilliant foodie island between Victoria & Tasmania) blue vein cheese.
4. Just to add a bit of colour. We do all love a container of coloured paper clips!
5. One of three beautifully crafted hand held wooden percussion objects brought home from the Bauhaus Museum in Berlin many years ago. Wish I had remembered to write down who made them. The ball in the middle rotates, and the whole thing is kinda representative of a wooden flying saucer. Nice.
6. Died paper twine left over from Xmas. Perfect for all matter of things.
7. The top of the head of a set of babushka dolls of Russian presidents. Guess who this one might be?!
8. An inside peek of a glass candle holder. I do like a captured bubble in the sun.
9. Jelly! Mango & pears.
10. One of those castor cups to put under your chair/couch to avoid scratching the floor. Never used because they were too big. This one comes complete with a hair.
11. Candle in a glass. Lucky you can't see the charred pantry moths in the bottom. Silly bastards, do they not know that flame & wax = impending horrid death?
12. There's not a lot of these left around the neighbourhood. A metal garbage bin survives the wheely bins. Goes exceptionally well with a Hills Hoist.
13. An Aerogard lid. Yet another Australian iconic product, to help keep the mozzies (mosquitoes) from sucking your blood dry! More than happy to spray myself with this stuff and reduce my life span, than to be bitten by these opportunistic little critters (just like pantry moths) - as they come from far & wide for my blood.
14. M's new plunger juicer - fresh orange juice for brekky.
15. A rather disgusting (now that I look at it this closely) kitchen sink plug. The texture here looks a little like a mushroom - though definitely more rubbery and devoid of flavour.

15 comments:

barbarabeesblog said...

Hi Helen, congrats to your anniversary (how long?) and a very joyful trip!
I really like your collection and your kitchen door know looks a planet - its my favourite, next to yelly and garbage bin (would love to have one) and your juicer.
Liked your description of vegemite its so awful as if you spreading a bouillon cube on bread!
And had a lot of fun reading what you wrote about the mosquitoes. Because I regret to say that I am the best defense against mosquitoes - for the others - because they all pounce on me.

helicopter6 said...

Hi Barbara. We were celebrating 8 years, and drank about 8 years worth of wine over lunch and dinner! Still suffering!! In my mind vegemite would be exactly like spreading a bouillon cube on bread - it's actually a vegetable yeast and very salty. Blerrr. And I think you need to come to Australia during summer so the mozzies stay away from me - I promise to give you soothing cream for the itching!

holly aka golly said...

Helen, I think the mango -pear jelly is my favorite! Congratulations on your anniversary! By the way, mosquitoes absolutely adore me too, my hubby is never, ever bitten when I'm around. Love that you call them mozzies.

helicopter6 said...

Goodness, I can't imagine what would happen if the three of us were together... there would be a mozzie convention!

barbarabeesblog said...

I would say the mozzies would celebrate this day as National Day and name it after us!

helicopter6 said...

Love it.

Kylie said...

I love it! What a great idea and how visually stunning is this?! Happy anniversary too Helen! Kx

helicopter6 said...

Thanks so much Kylie. I just love how it came together so quickly and more importantly, left me smiling. Would really really really love a proper camera with a soopa doopa macro lens! The project also makes me want to play with some nice wet watercolour studies of these. Will see what happens!

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

happy anniversary! sounds like you had a great time :)
this is a brilliant idea and it looks cool.

helicopter6 said...

Thankya m'am! (I'm still recovering!!)

holly aka golly said...

Helen, I must confess that we call my mother mozzie (we're a nick-naming kind of family) and I had no idea that it had any meaning at all. I can't wait to tell her that she's a mosquito! :)

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

this is really cool! i can't believe you pulled it off 15 mins before leaving on your getaway goodness. that's talent!

i wasn't at all sure about what i was looking at and tried to guess, pretty much got everyone wrong. haha...for sure thinking no. 1 was a planet indeed! this would make for an interesting feature on your blog or in a magazine. it's really cleverly executed.

enjoy your lovely anniv. weekend adventure! ♥

helicopter6 said...

Holly, I'm sure she'll be delighted!! Cute nickname by the way.
Lynn, I went crazy snap happy for 15min, then when we returned I cropped/prepared them in photoshop - so all in all, it took a bit longer! Thanks so much for the encouragement, and I'm glad you got most of them wrong... that was kinda the idea behind it. As soon as I snapped the door handle and saw the result I immediately started looking at everything around me completely differently.

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

extra brill! i love imagining you running around in a snap happy craze, so good. ♥

helicopter6 said...

It was kinda hilarious Lynn. My partner was somewhat amused but happy I was having 'a moment'!