More often than not you will
find me in my overalls and I recommend them to anyone who is inclined to
develop a masonic waist line. They are
immensely practical and stay up without the need for a belt or braces. One can wear all or nothing underneath and
don a woollen pullover if it is cold.
Washing does not need special care and touch – they are
indestructible. No ironing is
required. Blundstone work boots are an
For the fashion conscious one
can buy them in blue, grey and khaki.
This fashion statement always receives comment by the café latté
set. My preferred dress, never the less,
is practical in pursuits of my domestic responsibilities about which many of my
readers will be familiar and supportive.
My follies: let me mention my follies except classic cars with which I
will deal with another day.
Music, things mechanical,
electronic and fine arts are in my DNA.
I am interested in man’s finest achievements in these fields. So we have spent our children’s inheritance,
so to speak, and furnished our Victorian home with early Victorian and French
period furniture particularly Louis XVI style and earlier – yes, a folly to
some. But we find the ambiance very
agreeable and so do our guests I believe.
(My unpleasant recent experience as an Executor made me decide to sort
out our estate now. The auction houses
did not want to know about all of the usual stuff nor did the op. shops. So the tip fees were high! I decided my mess
was my responsibility.)
We have clocks: an English long
case clock c1822, a German regulator c1890, and three French mantel clocks from
1860. My friend, Rod Highgate, who I
would recommend to anyone interested in antique clock repair and restoration,
is also a very highly qualified musician, a pianist and clarinettist. http://www.antiquesplus.com.au/index.cfm/dealer/1769-antique-clock-warehouse/items/category/86-horology
He asked me if his friend, Ms Yiyun Gu
(Yvonne) a lovely young Chinese lady could play our precious Steinway grand –
of course we said yes. She was trained
in China as a classical concert pianist who was trained from a very early age
and has a Masters degree in Music from Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (also
has a Master’s in Commerce!). We were
delighted and highly honoured. She
played a Chopin Nocturne and Sonata by Beethoven. What a great talent, and what a memorable
afternoon! She said it had a
particularly light touch. I recommend
her to play at any Lodge for special functions. The quality of the piano could be a limitation.
and email yiyungu5 @ gmail.com
We need to be happy and communicate
happiness to others. But you need to
work on it with like minded family members, friends and associates. I recommend that you put out of you mind any
bogans you encounter. Life is too short
to concern yourself with them. I exhort
you to discover, explore and enjoy the finer things in life, don’t take
yourself too seriously and also to be practical: remember the overalls.
Yours fraternally ,.