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27 August 2008 @ 10:24 pm
ARGH!  
James has had flu since the weekend. I have a rough, sore claggy throat. GLARE!

In happier news, I live in the best suburb ever.

I came home to find a lump of something cold wrapped in plastic in the letterbox. I checked for cables*, then lifted it out. It was a lump of clay. There was a brochure to explain it. This years public art festival is celebrating the horse, and they would like everyone to sculpt little horses, which will then be fired and displayed in October.

In addition, we will have horse and cart rides on October 11 and a horse parade on October 18!

Now all I need to do is not succumb to the flu, and learn how to sculpt in the next few days!

* My family do law and politics and I am from the 70s and 80s, this is automatic, much the same way that years of living in Australia sees me shake out my shoes every morning.
 
 
 
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on August 27th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
There is a bit of the Flu going around Adelaide at the moment.

But this time last year we had Sydney people bring it to us, so it was our turn to send it back ;-)

runs and ducks for cover
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
You smell! And they were CANBERRA people!
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Meredythmeredyth_13 on August 27th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Poor James. :( *offers the standard remedy - tea and sympathy*

Ah yes, a nice lump of C4 in the mailbox is always an attention getter. >.> Do you know, except for my gumboots, which lived in the stables, I have very rarely shaken my shoes out, and I've lived on properties most of my life. Maybe us bush kids just aren't as fussed by something in our shoes, or figure that anything in there is going to suffer when we stick out feet in anyway. :D

You could settle for just sculpting a horseshoe, and declare is an existential interpretation of the horse, depicted by it's most basic symbol of servitude to mankind ...

I never did understand existential, anyway. *wink*

Do you know, I saw a house advertised on realestate.com.au today - using the tag line 'Go to the NGV and see the exhibition, then buy this house'

I just thought that might make you smile. Be well. That's not a suggestion.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
Heh! I must say that the one house I would buy in Sydney is a Deco mansion that looks like a cruise ship ...

The horseshoe idea has merit!
Bubbaabsynthedrinker on August 27th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
I laughed and understood looking for cables. How sad that is.

*My family did banking for "Prominent Italian Families"

Peace,
Bubba
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Ha! Yes, one warning is enough for a lifetime of mild caution XXX
parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on August 27th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
i wish i could come home to find a lump of clay in my mailbox. that's so cool!

*wonders off to search for local pottery class*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
We have a local drag show, too, and a French grocer. Truly a suburb of greatness.
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Libbylibby_drew on August 27th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I could sculpt a horsie. But I might be inspired to sculpt something else.

I have no idea what.

None.

;-p
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
You could sculpt one that belonged to a horsie, but I'm not sure there's enough clay.
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down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on August 27th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
*pours virtual tea laced with lemon and honey*

I love the idea of sculpting little horses. All you need to do is roll a series of cylinders and stick 'em together.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
I will pull out some of my old animal husbandry texts and study anatomy! And then roll some cylinders together ...
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AutumnHearti_autumnheart on August 27th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
That is really quite kooky, even for your suburb!

Be careful of air bubbles in the joints between the legs and the body: I did a whole set of pottery horses in art class way back in early high school and pretty much all their legs exploded off in the kiln :(

I hope the two of you feel better soon!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I am trying not to need a day off work, because we are understaffed and deadline is hell, but Friday may not be optional if J is any guide.

You should come round in October! I think it will be fun!
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Bryoneybryoneybrynn on August 27th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Oh! I'm just enough of a fluff-ball to think it's totally adorable that they're getting everyone to sculpt little horses - hurray for community! *is lame like that* Plus, Oct 11 is my fifth wedding anniversary, which has nothing to do with you or horses or the arts but it makes me smile when my anniversary coincides with other cool things. :)

I hope J feels better soon and you, vitamin C and bed rest!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
I think it's very cool, though, knowing my neighbours, there will be many very anatomically correct stallions.
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trichinopoly ash: self: beehivealdehyde on August 27th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
that is the coolest thing ever! i wish my neighbourhood would engage in interesting things like that :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
It makes up for the fact you can;t chain your bike outside without having it stolen!
khatehkhateh on August 27th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful! If that were to happen where I live, we'd have a few well-organized groups stealing them and selling them two corners down ^_^
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 28th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Our thieves only steal bicycles, and power tools from sheds ;-)
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beatnikspinster on August 27th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Oh suck. Sorry about your throat/possible flu. :( Best of luck fighting it. *hands you lozenges*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 28th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the virtual lozenges, have been sucking on their actual friends.
maya231maya231 on August 27th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Heal up. Your art project sounds fun--maybe we'll warrant a pic when it's done? :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 28th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
If it's good, there will be a pic. If it's rubbish, there will be an amusing anecdote about my lack of talent ;-)
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violetagevioletage on August 28th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
ugh, this flu thing must be international or sommat cause i have it too and it is no fun!

Horse sculpting sounds like it may be fraught with hilarity and i would totally have checked for wires too.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 28th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
*Sends you lozenges and tissues for the runny nose that will follow in a few days*

I am hoping to discover inner talent. That or an amusing way to depict my lack of talent!
AMY 凛☆ラブ☆アタックtomatoe18 on August 28th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Get better soon, you and James both. *sends another one of those warm and fluffy hugs*

I remember when I had the flu, I was working on the HD Inspired fic, and I nearly collapsed a few times staying up to type. ^^;;

I checked for cables

Cables? As in, what cables? :O (Sorry, you know I'm from the 80s and 90s. So, yes. I don't know these things and need to be told.)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 28th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear! And yes, I reached the collapsing stage today. Bleargh.

As for the cables ... when I was a wee lass terrorism was different. It usually came with Irish accents in my part of the world and was generally directed at political figures or senior members of the legal fraternity. Most of the time it was quite distant, bomb threats on the tube and tragic attacks in Northern Ireland, but on a couple of notable occasions it was relatively close, and it was explained to me that one should always check suspicious packages and so on. Lumps of clay in the letterbox are weird enough to warrant a check ;-)
grey_hunter on August 28th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Wow. Now I'm wishing I lived there. I always wanted to try sculpting ever since I was small and my dad took me to the house of a potter who also did artsy things out of clay.

still don't understand that about the cables, though
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 28th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
You'd love it here, if you like small houses and railways!

And I grew up in the age of IRA bombing campaigns, when semtex and cables often arrived in the post.
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spark_of_chaos: coloured cakespark_of_chaos on August 28th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
:sends you the anti-flu charms:

Other than that, public arts festival!!! :wants it:
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 28th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, alas, is flu.

But I'll take loads of pix of the festival. I am already excited!
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prilbrumprilbrum on August 29th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
What a wonderful idea!! The horse sculpting, that is. I hope you feel better soon.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 29th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'll take photos and you can either marvel at my secret genius or, more likely, have a jolly good giggle at my ineptitude.