Monday, April 28, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Thug :: mindless idiot

  2. Slurp :: ee

  3. Alley :: cat

  4. Sweater vest :: jumper

  5. Targeted :: bull's eye

  6. Snazzy :: Canon 5D

  7. Oy! :: Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oy Oy Oy!

  8. Jury duty :: never done it

  9. Low fat :: cheese, ugh!

  10. Responsibility :: duty

from here

And, for the first time in I don't know how long...... it's cold!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

This week's collaboration

With Janet
The idea this week was to show the different seasons on opposite sides of the world. There were a few possibilities but this is the one we chose. The U shape makes this one.

Going and growing, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.


Family dinner in honour of moi. Very nice it was too.

Birthday cake, of course.

The obligatory birthday cake snap.

I spent a bit of time playing around trying to take "ghost" pictures with my brother's kids. They thought the results were a bit mystifying but hilarious nonetheless. Little buggers wouldn't keep still for me though.

Ghostly kids

Clare always seems to end up with weird things on her head at these gatherings. Lunacy runs in the family. Paula and Pete, doing their best to ignore it all.

Studiously ignoring the family lunatic.

A Flickr project this week is shooting through holes. I took this one of Paula through a plastic monkey from one of the kids' games. I really like how this turned out.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt

This week's theme is "unique/funny signs". Had to go with the Seville butcher shop.

It's a team effort now., originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

Friday, April 25, 2008


1. When I fell in love I made the biggest mistake of my life!
2. It'll be another six months before when the flowers bloom and it heats up outside!
3. Oh no! The internet connection is down, DISASTER!!!!!
4. Black Books is the craziest tv show ever.
5. Cheese and fresh bread make a great meal!
6. I'd like to be competent in a garden.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to losing the hangover, except I have to go keep Bronnie company at her son's 18th b'day party, tomorrow my plans include family dinner for my birthday and Sunday, I want to do nothing, but I'll have to work!


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Another year older and deeper in debt

Phone has a birthday, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

Where do the years go?
Work as usual today. A few people are coming over tonight and we're having pizza and champagne. The boys will probably play pool while the girls will drink the champers :) Tomorrow is a public holiday so there'll be plenty of time to recover :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I was out at Warburton for my semi-regular "pick up Georgia and babysit" session. #1 niece, Holly, met me at Clare and Georgia's place as she wanted to use their computer to do some job searching. When I got back from picking up Georgia (and her friend/shadow Soul) Holly was about ready to leave. But her car wouldn't start. And it was blocking mine. Uh oh. We managed to get it out of the way enough for me to get out but, as far as I know, Holly's car is still there. I think she may have run it out of gas just quietly. That's LP gas, not petrol. Bit trickier. Hopefully she's found someone to fix the problem by now.
Anyway, on the way to pick up the G I'd noticed this carpet of Autumn leaves outside someone's house. On the way back I stopped and got Georgia to drop and toss a few around while I went snap happy with the camera. Trying to get "that" shot for a possible collaboration with Janet.
Speaking of Madame Snape - cool mention in the Poppet lady's blog. Well done!!
Anyway, here are some Leaf Tossing pics:

Leaf tossing

Falling leaves

Leaf tossing. Round two

Monday, April 21, 2008

Too many people....

Friday night was Laura's 21st birthday party at Ruby's, a club in Belgrave. Full of youngsters! It was good to catch up with her and Kylie though, haven't really seen much of them since they moved out last month.
Saturday we had Laurie's sister and her two daughters (one adult, one child) staying with us. A few other people came over for a bbq in the evening. Argumentative lot. One of those nights when everyone was disagreeing with each others' opinions, just for the hell of it, or so it seemed to me.
Yesterday when I got home from work the house was empty. Not a single soul around. Perfect.

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Questioning :: asking

  2. Immunity :: from prosecution

  3. Online dating :: at your own risk

  4. Calcium :: cheese

  5. Dressing :: gown

  6. Bucket :: list

  7. Stain :: remover

  8. Advanced :: Book Exchange

  9. Dramatic :: play

  10. Self-medication :: alcohol

from here

Sunday, April 20, 2008

3 from 5

Saints 123 defeated Essendon 87. :)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains, where the spirits go

This week's collaboration with Madame Snape. Our theme is based on a couple of lines from Misty Mountain Hop by Led Zeppelin. We made a couple of alternatives (Janet has some excellent mountain shots!) but decided that this is the one.
So ..... baby, baby, baby, do you like it?

Walkin' in the park just the other day, baby,
What do ya, what do ya think I saw?
Crowds of people sittin' on the grass with flowers in their hair said,
"Hey, Boy, do you wanna score?"
And you know how it is.
I really don't know what time it was, woh, oh,oh
so I asked them if I could stay awhile.

I didn't notice but it had got very dark and I was really
Really out of my mind.
Just then a policeman stepped up to me and asked us, said, "Please,hey,
would we care to all get in line, Get in line."
Well, you know, they asked us to stay for tea and have some fun; Oh, oh,oh.
he said that his friends would all drop by, ooh.

Why don't you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see,
and baby, baby, baby, do you like it?
There you sit, sitting spare like a book on a shelf rustin',
ah, not trying to fight it.
You really don't care if they're comin'; oh, oh,
I know that it's all a state of mind.

If you go down in the streets today, baby, you better,
you better open your eyes.
Folk down there really don't care, really don't care, don't care , really don't , which, which way the pressure lies,
so I've decided what I'm gonna do now.
So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
where the spirits go now,

over the hills where the spirits fly.
I really don't know.

Saturday Photo Hunt

This week's theme is "thirteen".

Thirteen, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

Friday, April 18, 2008

1. The last time I lost my temper I probably scared someone!
2. Poverty (ie, mine) is what I'm fed up with!
3. The next book I'd like to read is any of the millions on my TBR list.
4. Travelling the world is what I'm looking forward to.
5. If you can't get rid of the skeleton[s] in your closet, take them out for a walk!
6. The best thing I got in the mail recently was hahahahahaha. The last time I got something good in the mail was a couple of Led Zep Cds from Janet!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to A Saints win and Laura's 21st b'day bash, tomorrow my plans include working without, hopefully, too much of a hangover and Sunday, I want to not do a whole lot!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Just close your eyes and let it sweep over you...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Just thought I'd share this evening's light...

The front room (pool room/library)

Caught my eye for some reason

From the front deck

This evening

Monday, April 14, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Silence :: Don't walk away in silence (from Atmosphere by Joy Division)

  2. Wall :: The (Pink Floyd)

  3. Killed :: off. (Saints' finals chances??)

  4. Wishful :: thinking

  5. Poodle :: dog

  6. Sullen :: surly

  7. Do not disturb :: please

  8. Philadephia :: city

  9. Anticipation :: waiting

  10. Sidewalk :: pavement

from here

Sunday, April 13, 2008

This week's collaboration

Week 3 and we're (that'd be me and Janet) flying! Right around the world.

Bridging the world, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.


Saturday, April 12, 2008

42 points


Hahaha, too cute!!

Couple of little girls, probably aged about 8 or 9, just came into the shop asking for a business card each. Our business cards are actually bookmarks and we have tons of them. I said, "Sure, here you go, what do you want them for?"
The reply: "Oh, we've just got new purses and want to fill them up."
Dead serious they were.

Saturday Photo Hunt

This week's theme is "twisted".

Green tree snake, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.


I just heard someone say that on the radio. Really.

Friday, April 11, 2008

1. I love springtime in anytime, anywhere!
2. Anything from the coffee group are foods I love to eat for breakfast.
3. It seems I'm always searching for money, meaning, happiness, the perfect photograph, keys
4. A well-earned yawn is a great way to end the day.
5. I think I suck!
6. Conversation is what I've been craving lately.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to laundry :(, tomorrow my plans include desperately hoping the Saints can beat Geelong and Sunday, I want to maybe, perhaps, find time to go for a walk!


Thursday, April 10, 2008

The corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets

Hmmm, why is this photo unavailable? Flickr is not well these days. Wonder if it's got anything to do with the introduction of video???

Probably the busiest corner in the whole city!

Why you should..... (wait for the punchline)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Ship Song

The official video:

A lovely live version:

More on The Cavester

Nick Cave, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

The day started with a train ride into the city. I haven't been on a train in a while. Nothing really changes though.
The first thing we (Clare and I) had to do was find a clothes shop. I'd sat on a nail or something and ripped a big hole in my favourite linen pants :( So I bought a new pair of jeans and wore them immediately.
We wandered along Swanston Street for a while, me acting the tourist with my camera.
Then we crossed the river and headed down to Southbank, along the south side of the Yarra River and mecca for yuppies everywhere. Strolled through the Arts Centre's Sunday market and then went in search of lunch. Clare had gnocchi and salad. I had a plate of Indian bits and pieces. It was nice at the time but I've had heartburn ever since.
Then we headed off to the Arts Centre. Clare suddenly stopped going "Oh shit!". She'd forgotten the tickets!!!!!!! Really. Never seen her look so pale and sick. We went up to the reception area where the show was and they were able to confirm that she had, in fact, bought tickets (credit cards are handy sometimes) and we were given "lost ticket" vouchers. Phew!!!!!
From there we went into the Nick Cave exhibition. Fascinating. It covered Nick's career from the early days with Boys Next Door right through to the present day. Lots of photographs everywhere. Bits and pieces relating to his influences, some books from his library. (A few bobs' worth there I must say!) The main focus, however, was on his notebooks. He uses these to write songs (and two novels) in. All hand written. Fascinating to see the development of his lyrics from initial couplets or verses to the finished piece.
Then we went up to the ANZ Pavilion on the top floor of the Arts Centre where the Conversation was to be held. Had a glass of champers while waiting to get in. All very civilised.
Then: The Conversation. So interesting. He was actually very funny. Lots of serious musings too but a lot of humour. The host started the ball rolling with a few questions. She was a bit of a dipstick though and her questions were naff. For example, Nick had spoken about going to Art School early on and failing second year, which seemed to have devastated him at the time. Stupid woman began her next question with "So, if you had been an artist..." I mean, he is an artist. The look on his face was priceless. From then on it was questions from the audience. He talked a lot about not having a muse as such but, rather, that writing was his job. Go to the office, sit down, write. I'm not sure that would have been the case in his earlier days when he was full of drugs and drink. Clare commented to me later that it's only a job if you're being paid for it. The unpublished writer is not looked upon as 'employed' as such. Good point.
He also spoke about fame and how he's quite happy to be able to operate more or less as normal, except perhaps in Australia. He doesn't have the papparazzi following him around at every turn and he's thankful for that. I think also, he has nothing to hide either. He's never tried to pretend that he lives a normal life with no vices or whatever. There's nothing new the papparazzi could uncover. And, also, he's straight these days so no more scandalous behaviour. Plus, he's 50.
There was also a funny story told about sitting outside his trailer at Glastonbury, or some other huge music festival (he couldn't remember which). He saw a bloke, in a big hat, walking across the mud towards him. He thought it was some roadie coming to hassle him about something or other. Anyway, the bloke reached and him held out his hand to shake, saying "thanks for the use of your song" or something like that. It was Bob Dylan. Nick wasn't sure if Bob actually knew who he was. The way the story was told was very funny. Loses a lot in the translation to here.
The four songs he sang, with long-time band member Mick Harvey accompanying him, were beautifully done. I was so pleased that they did The Ship Song, one of my all time favourite Nick Cave songs.
It was all over too soon. An hour and a half all up. I could have sat there all day listening to him.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Nick Cave

Nick Cave, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

April 6th 2008. A Conversation With Nick Cave. He answered questions from the MC and from the audience, about his music, his muse, fame, family, his writings, all sorts of things. It was fascinating. Very funny at times too. He, along with Mick Harvey, sang four songs, including The Ship Song - one of my all time favourites. Beautiful song. He saw me taking the photo - I'm not sure if this look is disapproving or just an attempt at a cheesy grin.

Big day

Today I'm off into the city with Clare to attend A Conversation with Nick Cave at the Arts Centre. First we're going to a photography exhibition, at the same place, all about Nick. I'm so looking forward to it all. Haven't been into the city in quite a while.
I'm taking the camera in the hope that pics are allowed. The aim is to get a pic of Nick with Phone. I doubt that'll happen but, ya never know.... Hahaha, wishful thinking in the extreme.
Anyway, at least I'll get some shots of Melbourne in all its glory.
Have a good one yourself.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Collaboration - week 2

Janet and I are doing a weekly collaboration on Flickr. This week is all about reading Lord of the Rings. Tolkien.
I took the pic on the left of someone (Bilbo) reading the first page of chapter 1. Janet took the pic on the right of someone (also Bilbo) reading the book to show the cover.
Don't know about you, but I think this is just so cool. The match up of the photographs is pretty damn good if you ask me. Janet saw my pic and set hers up to match. I think she did an excellent job! I thought last week's match up was tops but this one is even better.
I'm excited by this project!!
I'm even more excited because I now have internet access at home. Woohoo!

Bilbo reminiscing, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

There was a football game last night.

7 goals to one in the first quarter and I thought it was going to be an easy win for the Sainters. Ha! They obviously thought they'd done enough and went home at quarter time. I don't know what the final score was, I turned the TV off and went to bed before the end. Painful.

Saturday Photo Hunt

This week's theme is "glass" - here's the mother of all glasses!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Stuff Portrait Friday -Triangle

SPF is about triangles this week. I'd forgotten about it until I saw Janet's pic. I'm a day late but, if I don't adjust the time/date to my time/date you'll all never know.

Triangle, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

Friday, April 04, 2008

1. Tonight I saw oooh, what will I see tonight?
2. A good beat makes me wanna dance!
3. Splitting a few appetizers between friends is the start of a good night.
4. Madame Snape is someone I'd like to get to know better.
5. The smell of lilac reminds me so much of springtime!
6. I bought a bottle of Stoli and that made it all better.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to the Saints winning, tomorrow my plans include just work and Sunday, I am going to see Nick Cave chatting about his music at the Arts Centre. Woohoo!

The place to be.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


The plan was to see the quack to see what drugs are available to fight this bloody addiction but I couldn't get an appointment till next week. So next week it is.
So I visited some friends and got sucked into playing Wii games. Haha, too much fun! I aced them at tennis but I suck at bowling. Got this major fade to the left happening. We all sucked at golf!
Annie has a phone the same as mine except it's pink, so Phone had a girlfriend for the day. :) You can see their day out here if you're so inclined.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Recent faves

The blanks are pics by people who have opted out of BigHugeLabs, the home of fdflickr toys, which is what's used to make the mosaic. A shame really. Nevermind, each to his/her own.

Recent faves, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Stuffed :: get

  2. Gills :: fish

  3. Distance :: miles

  4. Panties :: undies

  5. Checkered :: flag

  6. Fill in :: Friday

  7. Taunting :: bully

  8. Diner :: Cafe

  9. Pizza :: yum

  10. Best friend :: Bronnie

from here (Thanks to Shirl, via Roscoe, for the new link)