Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Heavenly List Love ....



What I love about where I live
so here goes... 

I love that it is warm enough that I can drink tea like this all year round
I have no clue whatsoever how any of you live in a place
where it actually gets cold... 
just don't think I would ever man up enough to ever go outside
and would probably spend half my life putting on and taking off 5 million layers of clothes
just to take out the trash
for me it is fruit teas, sunshine and warmth the whole way...

I love that I live so close to the water
that every day on my way home from the dreaded school drop off
which is dreaded because it would appear that dads and drop off zones just don't mix
anyway ...
after experiencing the horror of dads who see the drop off zone
like some grand dodgem type experience
I get to drive home and look out over the gorgeous bay
and the sun is all glittering on it and all lovely
and if you don't look too closely you can ignore the mudflats if it is low tide

and I love the tidal swimming pool that is still a feature of the waterfront
after I have no clue how many years
and  people fish along the path
even though I don't think anyone has actually caught a fish there in years
it is just so hopeful... or delusional
depending on whether you are having a good day or a bad one
today is am going with hopeful....



I love that the jacaranda trees are all in bloom at the moment
so I get to drive across a carpet of bluey purple
I feel quite special driving as the trees strew their blooms in my path
only fitting I think

I also love the jasmine that is finally blooming
and making the whole house smell pretty special
and happily covering the slight tang of dust in the air
due to a bit of a housework strike that has been going on

last but not least I love that I live in a place
where the fruit is tropical and wonderful and fills everywhere with gorgeous smells
and the markets are full of locally produced wonders
at the moment it is all about the first mangoes, the tang of passionfruit
early red papaya and the last of the crazy sweet strawberries
any trip to the market is just a joy of sweet summery wonderful
which is absolutely heavenly... which fits in nicely with the Celestial theme over at APR
I am going for the tenuous link prize two weeks running over at APR...

so head on over to APR and Artsyville 
to see what heavenly lists are on people's minds...

My last two posts have been ...

and yes I know this is a kookaburra and not a chicken
read the post!!!!


33 comments:

Terrie Purkey said...

Yep, sounds like you live in a bit of heaven - BUT, so do I - all the way on the other side of the world. You'll just have to read my list to find out all the great things about Seattle :) But, I wasn't clever enough to tie my city with celestial ... pretty darn good!

Lynn Fisher said...

Beautiful art, photos...and list! I love tea too...but hot! (Love that cup btw) : )

Textile Recycler said...

What lovely, serene and comforting list...

Bev said...

oh i agree, i love that i live where its warm and near the ocean and lakes and i get depressed when its overcast and raining, would not make a good pommie lol and also i am a wuss when it comes to really cold, i would be a bear and hibenate in my cave lol

hugz bev

Linda Brightwingsofsummer said...

Love your posts - I almost need a thermos of tea, and a picnic lunch to really sit and savour them - by the mudflats / oh um water view - of course! Missing my home grown red pawpaw now...
cheers,
Linda

Jennifer McLean said...

I love hearing how and where you live. Your tenuous "celestial" connection is inspired! lol. Gotta love an artist who thinks outside the box.

Now I really, really want a mango smoothy, but I'd shiver for an hour if I did!!

Dion Dior said...

Oh Fletch...what a beautiful ode to my home land. i really needed this vision in my head. I just got back from two horrible days in the hospital with my little guy, It's bitter cold, the Iowa winter is fast approaching, I'm exhausted, traumatized, and now thanks to you, I'm desperately homesick for tropical Australia. But at least I'll sleep well with envisioned scent of sea breeze and mangoes. Hugs & gratitude. Xx

Frances Traina said...

wonderful List! I am so glad you have jasmine to enjoy:)) I used to have bushes of jasmine on my front lawn in Florida. I would come home at night, get out of the car and the smell would just envelope me! heaven must smell like jasmine:) loved the list. Cold weather takes some getting used to. I am back here in NY three years and I STILL get chilly at the slightest dip in temperature. Or else I'm just getting old ;)

*jean* said...

o it sounds so heavenly...especially when winter is looming here...i can't imagine living so close to the ocean and having fruit everywhere..i'll trade you snow and cold for warm and fruit...and tea, of course...and dads & drop offs are no different here...how fast can we zoom through and push the kids out the door, am i right?? xo

*jean* said...

and as always, i love your painting

Sandra Busby said...

Humph! I have suddenly gone off you as I sit looking out at the howling wind, wrapping my wooly cardigan ever closer around me. Yes, our friendship is now wobbling! And I suppose that all of the men where you live look like they do on 'Home and Away' - All buff and totally dreamy? Hmm.. yes, I am liking you less and less! Tuh! it is so not fair!! But I might be willing to forgive you for being so lucky if you send me a Mango through the post - or possibly Home and Aways Romio? Yes - he'll do! I wonder if he will fit in a post box!
Lovely tea drawings by the way. I was wondering when the tea-bags would come out again!

Em said...

Your art has me all swoony. I love your style!

cold = hot tea and lots of it. ;)

I want to go to Australia sooo badly. So very badly. This is lovely.

(And I love the idea of hopeful or delusional .. that made me laugh out loud and then go hmmmm.)

TwinkleToes2day said...

Gosh, constant warmth...are you sure that's not a myth or are you too, hopeful or delusional, haha.... I'm just jealous after having temperatures dip to -4c over the past few days. So the tipple of choice is always hot tea. Your fruit tea bags do look very tempting too. Good news is, it's supposed to rise to +3c by the weekend. Yay, get the bbq back out of storage. :0)

Kalycakes said...

Bahahaha ... Glad to know dad's the world over are a menace to school parking lots everywhere! I giggle snorted over that ones because it's so darn true! Love the list!

Annie Pazoo said...

I agree with all of the above. Beautiful art, Tracey, and your neighborhood sounds delightful. Quite more lovely and exciting than DC in my opinion.

~*~Patty S said...

Where you live indeed sounds very special indeed, you are not only a talented artist but a gifted wordsmith as well!

I thought of you when I had a cup of Apricot Passion fruit Tea Tracey...just the smell of it is wonderful
AND
I found out it stains watercolor paper beautifully too...and another bonus will be the dried teabags :)

thank you for a special visit today
oxo

Tricia said...

Thanks for the visit to my blog! I loved reading through your posts and looking at your artwork. Your header image of the tea is lovely. Jacarandas are my favorite trees! So, so pretty.

Kamana said...

how lovely to meet you! your art is a delight and i am enjoying your space here.

Jez said...

OK so you've made me REALLY, REALLY envious. But still I love the changing seasons, and the wonderful ever-changing cloud formations we have in England, and wouldn't change for anything. Your photo montage is fascinating.

VonnyK said...

I love the fact that I am lucky enough to be able to share all of those things too. This really is the lucky country. Even with the kookaburras!!
Love your pic as always.
Von

Currie Silver said...

Even if you've really stretched the theme, yet again, I am deLIGHTed with your post. I think what is often most impressive is how we each and all bring meaning to our art and your story of where you live and HOW you feel about it really led me to considering where I live, which is nearly always a version of sweet spring and sweltering summer, save for little cold BRRRRRRR snaps in December/January. I think it's pretty heavenly here, too, come to think of it!!
BRAVA!!! You make me smile!!

T.L. Holmes Williams said...

So poetic! Thank you for sharing :)

WrightStuff said...

Ah... it does sound such bliss...

I'd love to live close to the sea - balm for the soul.

Mary Akinyemi said...

Hehe, I love tea too. I've kind of fallen into a habit this winter. It involves taking off all my winter clothes, popping into my pjs, making a hot cup of tea and settling down in my parlour to watch the episodes of Friends for the day. My ideal winding down routine! :)

MAReee Xx

Fallingladies said...

Even though i love my valley, i would really love to be near the sea! Andyou make the tropical bits where you are sound sooo good... Jacaranda and jasmine! Mmmm

amy said...

Well yes, I didn't add "cold snowy winters" to my list of what I love. :-) I really detest the winter, it's a time of Great Coldness and Very Little Light, and it wears on me. I would switch to "near the beach but never cold" in a heartbeat, but if I had to give up the coastal location to get warm, I'm not sure I could.

Love your list. Mmmmmmangoes.

aimee said...

yaYYYYYYY you did a list this week! i knew it would be terrific. let me tell you i'd be right there with the dads curdling up at the drop off zone -- I am terrified of ours, so much that we walk to school every.single.day.

Rita said...

I love your heavenly list. You live in such a different world. I love learning all about it. :) :)

lessandragr said...

I hate the way this comment section erases your comment if you make a mistake typing in your ID!

Anyhow, as I was saying - what was I saying? I love your sketches whether they are "deep" or "shallow" :) Did you live in US Florida or is there a Florida in Australia? I grew up in Miami, Fl

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I agree. i love the cold weather, but not so cold that you can't enjoy the outdoors. Blessings!

minnemie said...

OH I am terribly late making the rounds, but here I am anyway, drooling over your GUAVA TEA! I have never seen tea in guava flavor over here in the States, but that pink yummy fruit was my absolute, hands-down favorite growing up in South Africa AND I MISS IT!!! (sob) And then I read about your Jacaranda trees in full bloom and that did it: full-bloom homesick pity party kicked in. (My hometown is locally referred to as The Jacaranda City.) OH DO draw us (me)some Jacarandas, Tracy!

Molly said...

warm weather and beautiful water views-- sounds perfect!

Leonie said...

I'm so so late to the party, but I wanted to stop by and comment (better late than never, right?) I so enjoy your illustrations, they're so full of life! And I love a blossoming jacaranda tree - I miss them now that I'm back in Europe. I wonder if I could convince one to grow in England's climate?

Your list basically sums up why I frequently wish I was back in the wonderful land of Oz, and it's great to read your list and see you enjoy it :)