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18 in 18

This year I am intending to broaden out my horizons by doing different things. You can check out the list in the original post. They are not wildly adventurous things ~ I am not intending to do 9 different types of extreme sports. In fact sport of any stripe doesn’t get a mention! The intention was to extend the range of activities that I already do, to make me think outside the box.

And that’s how it turned out in January. Here’s an update of what I have crossed off the list so far.

I’ve had one (out of four) short trips away, to stay at the delightful, but busy, seaside town of Lorne, along the Great Ocean Road. Magnificent views, and very steep hills!

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I’ve made one (out of five) things for other people. My friend Denise and I had a delightful afternoon making cushion covers for her dining chairs. My help was also her Christmas present 😊

It has been rather hot to have the oven on, but I did get a plum cake cooked. That’s one cake (out of 8) cooked. Looks fancy with the icing sugar, and it tasted okay too.

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Looking for music has made me aware of the music around me. I have found one and have leads I wish to follow up, to make up my nine for the year. I may even surpass my target. Any suggestions? Darlingside was the group I came upon. I love the fiddle mandolin they use. If you like them too, do read about them on their website. It made me smile.

I am a fifth of the way through reading ten biographies or memoirs. But that’s not surprising, I am an avid reader. (I am going to post about my favourite books from 2017, hopefully before 2018 ends!)

Woman on the mountain by Sharon Munro was one of those books you read at a holiday home. The title sums it up….she lives an isolated, sustainable life on a mountain in the Australian Alps. She writes charmingly about the wild life around her, including the snakes, about bushfires and solar panels and how she got to the mountain in the first place.

In Four quarters of light Brian Keenan was searching during his four months of travel through Alaska for an answer to how wilderness impacts on people, especially their inner life. What does wilderness teach us about ourselves?

My intention when I decided to visit 12 art galleries and exhibitions during the year was to extend my knowledge of galleries, with an eye to finding some that might want me to exhibit. The two that I have visited aren’t new ones, but, hey, I make the rules, I can break the rules. I went to the Incinerator Gallery to see an exhibition of quilts put on by the Essendon Quilters, a local quitting group. The was other Romancing the Skull at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. I blogged about it here.

I am on track for movies ~ two out of 13. 3 billboards outside Ebbing Missouri and The Post. Both highly recommended.

The hills in Lorne were certainly different places to walk, and I also walked around Carlton admiring the terrace houses and then to Royal Park. So two out of 14 done. Wth this category I want to explore new places, the places that I have thought “I must go and walk around there” but never quite made it. I hope to knock a few (well, 12 more!) off the list this year.

Visiting 16 different places is another one to make me go beyond what I know. So I took the 96 tram to St Kilda. Not a big adventure, but now I know what the houses that I see so often from the car look like from behind.

Sketching outdoors can make you feel rather exposed as passerbys can, and do, look and comment. Usually it’s positive, like the guy in the coffee shop who said “You’re an artist!” I hope I got the punctuation right and he wasn’t saying “You’re an artist???” So, to have sketched in public three times is an achievement. I did some sketches down at Lorne, once in a cafe and then with my friend Janey at the NGV, along with about 100 other people! They were all following the lead of the artist while Janey and I did our own thing. I found this imperious chap.

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Lastly, my letter writing. I sent off some postcards just before New Year, so I am not counting those. However, I have sent off 3 cards and letters, only 15 more to go. 💌

So, off to a good start. Now to keep up the moment and not let these things drown in the sea of ordinary life. How are your goals going? Still active or going under?!

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By anne54

Botanic artist

18 replies on “18 in 18”

For a good long walk closer to home than Lorne, I’d recommend the Williamstown to Cheetham Wetlands Bay Trail, starting at the Williamstown Surf Lifesaving Club and going down through the Jawbone Reserve. For even more fun, I’d take the ferry across Hobsons Bay to Gem Pier and walk through via Parker and Giffard Streets. I used to do it all the time on a Sunday morning on my bike, and I carried on all the way down to Point Cook, but that’s a long way on foot!

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Thanks for reminding me about it Kate. It’s a fascinating, but rather unknown, area down that way. I have never done the full walk, but have come in a various points. It’s now on my brainstorming list.

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The trick with 18 in 18, for me certainly, is to choose things that I want to do more of, rather than things that I should be doing. That makes it much easier to be inspired to get out and do them! Enjoy your slothful time ~ too hot to do anything else, I would think.

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I’m really enjoying reading about other people’s goals whilst not having any of my own! Sounds like you’ve done lots of interesting things already this year. I think being creative in public is a great thing to do, even if it does make you feel a little exposed. I always try to knit or crochet on train journeys and it rarely fails to elicit a conversation with at least one person.

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And they are all things that I want to do (except maybe clean out some cupboards…..that one is still stuck on zero!). I hope I can keep up my good start. Thanks for cheering me on!

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going good my friend…I chose as you may remember 3 words – and I have been thinking about them, and actually researching them for art related matters – more later, possibly when I have got more to say 🙂

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