Monday, March 29, 2010

Giveaway winner and a change of routine


First things first. For the last 10 days I have been running a giveaway on the blog. Ten commenters, numbered 1 to 10. Random number generated at random.org was 5 so the winner is ....Linda from Remote Treechanger. Congratulations Linda, I'll be in touch.

Last few days has been out of routine. On Friday, I left the family and drove myself to Canberra to see the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition at the National Gallery. It's been a very popular exhibition, with truly amazing paintings including Van Gogh's Starry Night which is so beautiful it brought me to tears. In the end, I bought a print from an artist I'd never heard of, Vilhelm Hammershoi. The work (above) is called Rest, and I stood in front of this painting for ages fascinated by it. A very different take on portraiture. It was an amazing exhibition, get to it if you can. Much cheaper than a trip to Paris!

After staying with some dear friends in Canberra on Friday night, I drove then to Sydney for a school reunion. I'd never done a reunion before. I'm glad I went. It was an emotional night, catching up with people from so long ago, cringing and laughing at the things you said and did as a teenager. I found everyone's stories of triumph and tragedy (and nearly everyone had a bit of both) fascinating. I came away feeling a bit drained, with a very sore jaw from talking and laughing so much. Most of all I came away with renewed thankfulness for the many, many blessings in my life.

3 comments:

Linda said...

Wow Paola, thank you very much! I need a lift right now, I'll look forward to it!

I liked the picture when I came across it in your post. I heard about the queue on the first day of the exhibition. Will have to click on the Starry Night link.

I am 46 and I think a reunion like that would be good, seems a hard age to get grips on things, being around lots of peers would have to be a good thing to see who you are through seeing them. I hope that makes sense.

Paola said...

You're welcome Linda. I understand what you mean by seeing "who you are through seeing them". I really couldn't put it any better...

Linda said...

Have noticed more poplars around Tintaldra etc.

Lovely parcel, thank you again.

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