Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wallaby visitors and other matters

Fiona and I usually start the day with a weak lemon juice; as we drink this we choose our daily inspirational word; and we look out across the back yard and the valley below.  Yesterday we were fortunate to see three wallabies grazing on the bushes on our terraces. It is such a joy to have these visits.
©2012 Barry Smith - One of our little visitors
Today we had chores to do on the 'flat'. We refer to the coast as 'the flat' as we live in 'the mountains'. We  attended the opening of a new service centre for vision impaired people in Maroochydore. Fiona had lent some of her books and paper art works that are made from rusted braille paper that she sources from Vision Australia.

©2012 Barry Smith  - Fiona explains the braille paper art
We then went on to Cooroy for a lunch meeting. After the meeting we checked out the town and discovered an 'antique' shop. We were in search of more EPNS objects to recycle for metal. Initially there did not seem to much on display but when we explained to the young woman what we wanted and what it would be used for she opened her storage cupboards and invited us to sort through them. And she offered us a bargain basement price per piece. We came away with the stash below - twenty pieces in all - an amazing hoard  - it will keep me going for a while.

©2012 Barry Smith  - A great hoard of EPNS object for recycling 
I have been selling a quite a number of pieces through my Shop lately so yesterday I set aside a few hours to cut and beat to replenish items. In the process I came across a couple of pieces of metal that would make great earring leaf forms - but the metal was quite narrow (about 1.5cm wide) - so I decided to make some long slender earring leaf forms. The leaf forms below are about .7cm wide and about 7.5cm long. They are quite light and the form is delicate. The beating of these forms was delicate but I enjoyed the challenge - I like it when I can take a form and stretch the boundaries a bit.

©2012 Barry Smith - Slender silver plate earring leaf forms
©2012 Barry Smith - Sense of size - leaf forms and pen
©2012 Barry Smith - Slender brass earring leaf forms
I will give the leaf forms a trim and polish in the next couple of days.


  1. Nice haul, like the thin leaf forms.

  2. What a great stash, and I, too like the thin leaves. And nice to have critters coming for breakfast. I, too, start my day with lemon juice.... maybe I should add in the word ritual, I like that idea.

  3. Wow Lemon and water to start your day! Not 3 cups of coffee??? :) Nice stash and awesome you're selling a lot on your site.

  4. we've been trying to drink a glass of lemon water each morning too, alas in vain :( it's really really healthy ... good on you and F.

    and doubly good with the SSSSSTASH!!! that's pure WICKED!! and i am drooling!

    it's lovely to back into bloggie land after such a long absence to read your post ... today's post is so relaxing :)


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