Thursday, November 25, 2010

Off to the desert!

We’ve just come back from a few days in Alice Springs, checking out the town and surrounds, which in just a few short weeks is going to be our new home! Yep, Central Australia here we come! Its all very exciting! The Engineer (in collaboration with the sun) will be working on solving the world’s energy problems, and me and the little lady…well, we haven’t quite worked out what we’ll be doing there yet!

The desert certainly did a good job of wooing us though – after all the near record rainfall it was a mild 28 degrees, the Todd river was flowing, the hills were covered in green (!!!), and purple and yellow wildflowers were sprouting everywhere! Somehow I don’t think January is going to be quite like that, but it was magic and any small anxieties I had about leaving the big smoke dissipated within 5 minutes of arriving.

So, I will be hanging up the overalls for a while, and I must confess that I am quite excited about the prospect of a break from making - its been an exhausting couple of years! I will still be doing some work to finish off my Australia Council project, and a few other projects that are already underway, but it will be nice to pull back a little and soak up some new scenery, some new experiences and some new adventures.

The next few weeks are all about the mammoth task of packing up my studio and our house….or I could just keep sitting here blogging. Four posts in one day…I think that’s more than I’ve done all year!

I believe this is called procrastination.

Chop chop!

12 comments:

Anna Davern said...

Oh Em Gee!!!!!!!!!!!

carole epp said...

wow i had no idea! has it been that long since we chatted? congrats on the move. so exciting. when you have minute we must skype.
hugs

Pru Morrison said...

chooksie, I'm gonna miss you but what an adventure!course I'll be visiting when the dust settles and there's room for my boney arse

Marie-Andrée Côté said...

Very nice and creative!
http://marie-andreecote.blogspot.com/

reb said...

Wow, that is exciting! I hope you plan to keep blogging about the whole experience though!? Good Luck Lady!

Anonymous said...

OMG Mel !!! Wow... such exciting news...still here in Quebec ourselves and made an offer on a house here... love the roo...keep in touch...

Sophie Milne said...

Imagine the desert will have an amazing effect on your work Mel. Best of luck with it all. Enjoy a break and I look forward to seeing what emerges in the future.

= mr uxn design = kris said...

HI MEL,

I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR THE MOVE TO ALICE SPRINGS. I TRAVELED AUSTRALIA QUITE WELL; I HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE, BUT I HEARD IT MUST BE WONDERFUL. AN OASIS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT.

I JUST REALIZED ---- ;) U SHOULD ALREADY BE THERE. WHAT DO YOU DO - HOW DO YOU LIKE IT THERE???

HUGS FROM CALIFORNIA
KRIS

http://mruxndesign.blogspot.com/

Anne-Berte said...

Hei Feffakooken ;) I saw your ceramic in a norwegian magazin and have your blog as a favorite. I get very inspired of the things you make. Happy New Year from Anne-Berte

Alexis Tacey said...

Dear Mel

I just read your note about moving to the NT. What an amazing contrast to living/working in Brissie. Hope you are well and I too look forward to seeing how your work evolves.

It has been a remarkable week in Toowoomba with a very heavy heart. However, seeing your work has lifted the spirits and is always inspiring!
Love
Alexis

Welcome said...

Love your work. Is this plate or others available on line? Good luck with the move! Jeanette

Welcome said...

Love this piece and all your work! Is it available on line somewhere? Good luck with the move. happy trails! Jeanette