Saturday, July 2, 2011

Wintry Week

It was a wintry week and perfect for working with wool. Amazingly, I finished a little jumper for my granddaughter before Winter is over. Robyn Alexander from Colour Streams has a beautiful series of needle felted handbags "Printemps" and while their name may suggest Spring, I have really enjoyed working on   "Ebony Rose " from this collection this week

I keep checking the calendar and yes it is July already - EOFYS celebrations (End of Financial year parties), Rotary clubs' changeovers, end of school term, school reports, and  grandchildren's dance concerts! Everyone seems happy this week for one reason or another. It was a busy week for me, but we fitted in an offbeat  movie about Empress Wu's court. The movie was "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame". I am not sure if there is a name for a genre which is a mixture of Hecule Poirot and Kung Fu films, but it gets a good review.
Quite a week of Chinese history - we also went to a beautiful performance "The Last Emperor" by the Liaoning Chinese Ballet (choreographed by Ivan Cavallari). Perhaps it wasn't the best technical ballet performance, but Pu Yi's sad demise was retold with graceful athleticism and magnificent costumes in emotionally charged and hauntingly stark scenes. If you get a chance to see either the  film or the ballet, you'll enjoy it - both part of the celebrations of the Year of Chinese Culture in Australia.

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