CUWAM- Family Ties

Through the haze of an ill-health, of the post autumn, pre winter variety, I set aside time to write.

The week that was saw my right toe undergo an ultrasound, my electric heater turned on for the first time all the while familiarising myself with the array of odd ball reality contestants on both MasterChef and The Voice….Yes I am now on first name basis with ALL of them…just what me name drop…’ Fililipo…he is great with bread’…’ Lakyn’s song choice….terrible.What was he thinking?’

An exciting week you ask?

Not really

To much reality TV is not good for ANYBODY!

Suffering from a common cold does strange things to you…And I can only look back on the last few days and blame a mixture of Panadol, caffeine and sleep deprivation on my willingness to watch Masterchef reruns from 11am till 8.30pm yesterday.

What was I thinking?

Don’t worry…through blocked ears I can just make out your response….’ You weren’t!’

There was but a few moments of respite…and these moments were truly magical, inspiring and capable of reminding me that there is good in the world….that life is not just made up of cook-offs and singing duels.

My Mum had her first ever art exhibition, displaying an array of her work, oil paintings, prints and sketches at the heritage listed Wollongong Court House. Van Gogh, Matisse, Modigliani…move over….S.M.Boyle has arrived on the scene. Finding inspiration in the natural world, familiar settings, found object…S.M.Boyle paints….and paints and paints…

The exhibition was well received, many of her works sold, to friends, family and the general public.

Cudos to my Dad, who supported and encouraged S.M.Boyle along every step of the creative journey…What was most refreshing to witness post exhibition opening night, as we sat down for a Chinese feast, was my Father tucking into San Choy Bow with gusto ( a new taste sensation that he loved) and then following this up with his request that we all eat ice cream at Cold Rock Ice Creamery?! An ice cream joint which encourages you to  choose it, mix it, smash it, love it??


And still more joy…High tea with my Aunt at the Victoria Rooms, Darlinghurst.

Taking time out of the everyday, for a tea ceremony, for conversation, good food, fine company….time stood still as we chatted and nibbled on sandwiches ( minus crusts), scones with jam and cream, sweet treats and chocolates.

And whilst Sunday came around with a thud, my heavy head resting on a pillow, my aching body horizontal on the bed….Masterchef playing over and over again….it was the catch up with family that got me through…Fleeting moments of joy, the effects of which will be long lasting….






3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jen
    May 28, 2012 @ 07:21:50

    Hey, i will give you something to do as you watch Masterchef – spot the familiar piece os set design.


  2. Sandra Stephen Boyle
    May 29, 2012 @ 04:07:35

    It was a great night for all. Appreciated you and Aunty Robyn coming all that way.


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