So Many Tears…

Art has a wonderful ability to transport us to a place in our mind’s eye…

A place where we can explore the meaning the artist is endeavouring to convey and perhaps even challenging our own bias or prejudice.

Currently, there is an exhibition of wonderful sculptures, hand-crafted by talented artist’s of all backgrounds, in a picturesque harbourside park with sweeping views of the city and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. We spent a morning wandering around Clarke Reserve at Woolwich, an old historic harbour suburb where the exhibition is being held, viewing and photographing the many artworks on display.

For us, one stood out…

 “So Many Tears” by Keith Chidzey”

In creating this work, Keith used two old wharf timbers and embedded glass tears into the wood.

It was simple, poignant, and a very moving tribute to the artist’s great-uncle, Private Ryles, who perished in the mud of Passchendaele, Belgium, over 100-years ago.

The choice of the wharf timbers is to recognise they most likely witnessed the embarkation of Australian Troops onto ships from the many wharfs dotted around the harbour. Loved ones waving, wiping away their tears as they strained to catch one more glimpse as the troop ship pulled away from the wooden dock.

 “We shall remember them…”

Each of the timbers has a carved relief, one of a slouch hat; the other with the inscription on Private Ryle’s headstone where he lays in the cemetery at Tyne Cot.

And, sensitively, one of the timbers is facing the sunset, the other the sunrise.

We reflected on this wonderful piece of artwork, its simplicity amplifying the ultimate sacrifice that too many of our fellow countrymen and women made so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today; to be able to sit in a quiet reserve on Sydney Harbour’s foreshore in relative safety and free from the anxiety that conflict and war brings.

Bravo Keith, you have created far more than a wonderful sculpture to be admired, it is a wonderful tribute to your great-uncle, to all those who served, and to those who currently serve.

“We shall remember them…”

 Photos: Baz – The Landy, & Janet-Planet, Sydney Harbour, Australia

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The loss of a loved one

The enormity of losing a loved one, a friend, is only surpassed by the haplessness one feels that they did not hear or recognise those faint cries for help…

Six years have now passed since we lost a very dear friend, a sister, a daughter.

The Fawthrop Sisters...
The Fawthrop Sisters…Marion, Janet, Mary and Leah

Marion, one of four Fawthrop girls and Janet’s sister, suffered greatly from a terrible affliction called Meniere’s disease. Tragically, just ahead of her 50th birthday the pain of Meniere’s, which had come and gone throughout her life, became far too much to bear any longer and she sought the refuge, the comfort of another world where she could be freed from the bondage of the pain it caused her.

In those early times following Marion’s passing we all shed many tears, and a day never passes where Marion isn’t still a part of our lives, a casual smile here, your mind’s eye seeing her dressed up in all her finery.

Marion loved to dress up, to party.

Millie Marion
Millie Marion

And still, there are those moments where the tears well in our eyes…

Please take the time to understand the suffering that people afflicted with Meniere’s experience, and if you are able, please support either the Australian Meniere’s Research Foundation, or perhaps locate one in the country you live in.

 

Millie Marion
Millie Marion

Personally, I take great comfort knowing that wherever Marion is, she will be dressed to the ‘nines, holding court, a small glass of champagne in one hand, and a packet of fags in the other. It wouldn’t be any other way – and crikey, ain’t that the truth…

Baz, The Landy…

The Pain of the loss of a loved one (Meniere’s disease)

The enormity of losing a loved one, a friend, is only surpassed by the haplessness one feels that they did not hear or recognise those faint cries for help…

Five years have now passed since we lost a very dear friend, a sister, a daughter.

The Fawthrop Sisters...
The Fawthrop Sisters…Marion, Janet, Mary and Leah

Marion, one of four Fawthrop girls and Janet’s sister, suffered greatly from a terrible affliction called Meniere’s disease. Tragically, just ahead of her 50th birthday the pain of Meniere’s, which had come and gone throughout her life, became far too much to bear any longer and she sought the refuge, the comfort of another world where she could be freed from the bondage of the pain it caused her.

In those early times following Marion’s passing we all shed many tears, and a day never passes where Marion isn’t still a part of our lives, a casual smile here, your mind’s eye seeing her dressed up in all her finery.

Marion loved to dress up, to party.

Millie Marion
Millie Marion

And still, there are those moments where the tears well in our eyes…

Marion was a great lover of the Arts and had many friends in the art world.  And it is something that runs in the family, as Leah, the youngest of the girl’s is a wonderful artist, having studied artistic photography, among other things…

As a tribute to Marion, Leah came up with the idea of creating Marion’s Artree, where works of art with a Christmas theme, along with Christmas decorations are handmade by artists’, craft workers and designers.

Christmas Decorations
Christmas Decorations

People whom Marion touched, and others whom she never knew generously donating their time and works for sale, with proceeds going to advance Meniere’s Research.

Please take the time to understand the suffering that people afflicted with Meniere’s experience, and if you are able, please support either the Australian Meniere’s Research Foundation, or perhaps locate one in the country you live in.

Leah and Janet’s Facebook Page, Marion’s Artree, provides more detail…

And bravo, Leah and Janet, and mother, Clare, you have all shown tremendous courage these past few years. We can’t bring Millie-Marion back, but she is always with us, and what a great way to bring an awareness of Meniere’s disease and to help and support others who also suffer…

Millie Marion
Millie Marion

Personally, I take great comfort knowing that wherever Marion is, she will be dressed to the ‘nines, holding court, a small glass of champagne in one hand, and a packet of fags in the other. It wouldn’t be any other way – and crikey, ain’t that the truth…

Baz, The Landy…

Crikey – Win an authentic Aussie Akubra Hat (Design a Logo)

Outback Australia
Old Cars in Outback Australia

At the risk of looking like I am casting off an old friend, a tried and trusted travelling companion, who has stood by me through thick and thin, good and bad…the highs and lows!

I’m selling The Landy…

Yep, that’s right, trading it in for a fancy new Toyota…

The Landy - Out and About
The Landy – Out and About

Phew…that rolled off the tongue just a little too easy.

Crikey, just having a read over that and realised you might have been thinking what is Baz doing with Janet, or heaven forbid, TomO.

Nah, rest assured, I have no better outback travelling companions in the world, besides Janet’s camp oven scones are to die for and TomO’s energy is infectious.

Camp Oven Scones
Janet’s camp oven scones

But after a number of years of great service and tours and despite a couple of teething problems here and there, it’s time to retire The Landy…

As we are running out of driveway space both The Landy and Red Rover are under the auctioneer’s hammer…

Okay, shoosh, I might keep Red Rover, but crikey, don’t tell Janet…

Red Rover, The other Defender
Red Rover, The other Defender

But therein lies a bit of a dilemma for me.

I have been called Baz – The Landy for as long as I can remember.

When we take delivery of our brand new Toyota 79 Series Dual-Cab, which, incidentally is still on the boat in a shipping container coming from Japan, what will I call myself and the vehicle?

I mean “Baz, The Toyota” or “Baz, The Toy” doesn’t quite work…

Um… Baz, The Toy, hey?

Seriously, great real…

Just keep calling me, Baz -The Landy, okay.

In fact, you can call me anything you like, just don’t call me cheap!

Yes, hold your horses, I’m getting to the how you can win bit.  strewth, talk about an impatient mob. 

I have to come up with a name for the new truck, which will look just like this one once completed and in the same colour…

Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab
Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

So here is the deal…

How about you blokes’ and sheilas’ that pop into here to see what I’m raving on about from time to time suggest some names for the new Truck.

And if you’re artistic, how about designing a logo that can go on the gull-wing doors of the canopy.

A logo that represents what we are about and reflecting our interest in travelling the Australian Outback..

By the Billabong, Outback Australia
By the Billabong, Outback Australia

Yeah, good point, I’m not sure either on “what we are about” so I can see how it might be hard for you – just wing it, okay!

Put your thinking caps on, send me your thoughts on a name in the comments section following, and if you have a logo in mind email it to me at thelandy@optusnet.com.au

The only condition on the logo is it must be as Australian as a Chiko Roll, okay?

Hurry up then, go back and click on the link if you don’t know what a chiko roll is…

But I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are the best thing since sliced bread…

Yes, I know, some of you don’t live in Australia, strewth we can’t all be that lucky, but just use some imagination.

And yeah, sure, have a couple of cocktails and grab the kids colouring in crayons, whatever works best… at least I’ve given you a new reason to throw a couple back!

Janet, TomO and I will review them and decide on the winning name and logo…

Winning?

Yeah, you’ve put the cocktail down now we’ve got to this bit, haven’t you?

So here we go, I will send the winner of the name and the winner of the logo the following…

  • A jar of our prized Australian Vegemite,
  • A packet of Tim Tams, okay two packets and a gym membership to work em’ back off your hips,
  • A bottle of our famous Bundy Rum that will clinch it for some of you, and
  • An autographed picture of me in my budgie smugglers, sorry just kiddin’ -I’ve handed so many out recently I’ve run out.

But, that’s not all, so I’ll tell you what

Because I’m a bloody good bloke, if you come up with the winning logo design I’m going to throw in an authentic Akubra Outback Club Hat“.

Strewth, they’re worth a small fortune and you’ll be the envy of all, but hey, you lot are worth it…well some of you maybe

Of course, I will ensure there are plenty of pictures taken of the new truck Out and About in the Australian Outback with the winners’ entries blazoned all over it.

And, just for the record, ’cause I don’t want the art police pulling me over in the outback accusing me of stealing your design, I get to emblazon it over the vehicle, okay! that sorts out the LA Law and Boston Legal wannabes

So get cracking you lot…

Appropriately, we will decide the winners sitting around an outback camp fire on our upcoming trip to the Outback in September…

Around the fire - Trilby Station, Outback Australia
Around the fire – Outback Australia

So you’ve got about a month, and hey, don’t be like TomO with his homework and leave it till the last night, okay!

And if you are willing how about re-blogging this among your mates or sharing it with your friends on facebook, they might be interested! if you’ve got any mates or friends to share it with

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and enjoy yourself…

Baz - The Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers!)
Baz – The “Toy” Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers?)

 

photos by: Baz-The Landy, Janet Planet and TOmO

Crikey – Win an authentic Aussie Akubra Hat (Design a Logo)

Outback Australia
Old Cars in Outback Australia

 

At the risk of looking like I am casting off an old friend, a tried and trusted travelling companion, who has stood by me through thick and thin, good and bad…the highs and lows!

I’m selling The Landy…

Yep, that’s right, trading it in for a fancy new Toyota…

The Landy - Out and About
The Landy – Out and About

Phew…that rolled off the tongue just a little too easy.

Crikey, just having a read over that and realised you might have been thinking what is Baz doing with Janet, or heaven forbid, TomO.

Nah, rest assured, I have no better outback travelling companions in the world, besides Janet’s camp oven scones are to die for and TomO’s energy is infectious.

Camp Oven Scones
Janet’s camp oven scones

But after a number of years of great service and tours and despite a couple of teething problems here and there, it’s time to retire The Landy…

As we are running out of driveway space both The Landy and Red Rover are under the auctioneer’s hammer…

Okay, shoosh, I might keep Red Rover, but crikey, don’t tell Janet…

Red Rover, The other Defender
Red Rover, The other Defender

But therein lies a bit of a dilemma for me.

I have been called Baz – The Landy for as long as I can remember.

When we take delivery of our brand new Toyota 79 Series Dual-Cab, which, incidentally is still on the boat in a shipping container coming from Japan, what will I call myself and the vehicle?

I mean “Baz, The Toyota” or “Baz, The Toy” doesn’t quite work…

Um… Baz, The Toy, hey?

Seriously, great real…

Just keep calling me, Baz -The Landy, okay.

In fact, you can call me anything you like, just don’t call me cheap!

Yes, hold your horses, I’m getting to the how you can win bit.  strewth, talk about an impatient mob. 

I have to come up with a name for the new truck, which will look just like this one once completed and in the same colour…

Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab
Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

So here is the deal…

How about you blokes’ and sheilas’ that pop into here to see what I’m raving on about from time to time suggest some names for the new Truck.

And if you’re artistic, how about designing a logo that can go on the gull-wing doors of the canopy.

A logo that represents what we are about and reflecting our interest in travelling the Australian Outback..

By the Billabong, Outback Australia
By the Billabong, Outback Australia

Yeah, good point, I’m not sure either on “what we are about” so I can see how it might be hard for you – just wing it, okay!

Put your thinking caps on, send me your thoughts on a name in the comments section following, and if you have a logo in mind email it to me at thelandy@optusnet.com.au

The only condition on the logo is it must be as Australian as a Chiko Roll, okay?

Hurry up then, go back and click on the link if you don’t know what a chiko roll is…

But I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are the best thing since sliced bread…

Yes, I know, some of you don’t live in Australia, strewth we can’t all be that lucky, but just use some imagination.

And yeah, sure, have a couple of cocktails and grab the kids colouring in crayons, whatever works best… at least I’ve given you a new reason to throw a couple back!

Janet, TomO and I will review them and decide on the winning name and logo…

Winning?

Yeah, you’ve put the cocktail down now we’ve got to this bit, haven’t you?

So here we go, I will send the winner of the name and the winner of the logo the following…

  • A jar of our prized Australian Vegemite,
  • A packet of Tim Tams, okay two packets and a gym membership to work em’ back off your hips,
  • A bottle of our famous Bundy Rum that will clinch it for some of you, and
  • An autographed picture of me in my budgie smugglers, sorry just kiddin’ -I’ve handed so many out recently I’ve run out.

But, that’s not all, so I’ll tell you what

Because I’m a bloody good bloke, if you come up with the winning logo design I’m going to throw in an authentic Akubra Outback Club Hat“.

Strewth, they’re worth a small fortune and you’ll be the envy of all, but hey, you lot are worth it…well some of you maybe

Of course, I will ensure there are plenty of pictures taken of the new truck Out and About in the Australian Outback with the winners’ entries blazoned all over it.

And, just for the record, ’cause I don’t want the art police pulling me over in the outback accusing me of stealing your design, I get to emblazon it over the vehicle, okay! that sorts out the LA Law and Boston Legal wannabes

So get cracking you lot…

Appropriately, we will decide the winners sitting around an outback camp fire on our upcoming trip to the Outback in September…

Around the fire - Trilby Station, Outback Australia
Around the fire – Outback Australia

So you’ve got about a month, and hey, don’t be like TomO with his homework and leave it till the last night, okay!

And if you are willing how about re-blogging this among your mates or sharing it with your friends on facebook, they might be interested! if you’ve got any mates or friends to share it with

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and enjoy yourself…

Baz - The Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers!)
Baz – The “Toy” Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers?)

 

photos by: Baz-The Landy, Janet Planet and TOmO

Crikey – Win an authentic Aussie Akubra Hat (Design a Logo)

Outback Australia
Old Cars in Outback Australia

At the risk of looking like I am casting off an old friend, a tried and trusted travelling companion, who has stood by me through thick and thin, good and bad…the highs and lows!

I’m selling The Landy…

Yep, that’s right, trading it in for a fancy new Toyota…

The Landy - Out and About
The Landy – Out and About

Phew…that rolled off the tongue just a little too easy.

Crikey, just having a read over that and realised you might have been thinking what is Baz doing with Janet, or heaven forbid, TomO.

Nah, rest assured, I have no better outback travelling companions in the world, besides Janet’s camp oven scones are to die for and TomO’s energy is infectious.

Camp Oven Scones
Janet’s camp oven scones

But after a number of years of great service and tours and despite a couple of teething problems here and there, it’s time to retire The Landy…

As we are running out of driveway space both The Landy and Red Rover are under the auctioneer’s hammer…

Okay, shoosh, I might keep Red Rover, but crikey, don’t tell Janet…

Red Rover, The other Defender
Red Rover, The other Defender

But therein lies a bit of a dilemma for me.

I have been called Baz – The Landy for as long as I can remember.

When we take delivery of our brand new Toyota 79 Series Dual-Cab, which, incidentally is still on the boat in a shipping container coming from Japan, what will I call myself and the vehicle?

I mean “Baz, The Toyota” or “Baz, The Toy” doesn’t quite work…

Um… Baz, The Toy, hey?

Seriously, great real…

Just keep calling me, Baz -The Landy, okay.

In fact, you can call me anything you like, just don’t call me cheap!

Yes, hold your horses, I’m getting to the how you can win bit.  strewth, talk about an impatient mob. 

I have to come up with a name for the new truck, which will look just like this one once completed and in the same colour…

Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab
Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

So here is the deal…

How about you blokes’ and sheilas’ that pop into here to see what I’m raving on about from time to time suggest some names for the new Truck.

And if you’re artistic, how about designing a logo that can go on the gull-wing doors of the canopy.

A logo that represents what we are about and reflecting our interest in travelling the Australian Outback..

By the Billabong, Outback Australia
By the Billabong, Outback Australia

Yeah, good point, I’m not sure either on “what we are about” so I can see how it might be hard for you – just wing it, okay!

Put your thinking caps on, send me your thoughts on a name in the comments section following, and if you have a logo in mind email it to me at thelandy@optusnet.com.au

The only condition on the logo is it must be as Australian as a Chiko Roll, okay?

Hurry up then, go back and click on the link if you don’t know what a chiko roll is…

But I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are the best thing since sliced bread…

Yes, I know, some of you don’t live in Australia, strewth we can’t all be that lucky, but just use some imagination.

And yeah, sure, have a couple of cocktails and grab the kids colouring in crayons, whatever works best… at least I’ve given you a new reason to throw a couple back!

Janet, TomO and I will review them and decide on the winning name and logo…

Winning?

Yeah, you’ve put the cocktail down now we’ve got to this bit, haven’t you?

So here we go, I will send the winner of the name and the winner of the logo the following…

  • A jar of our prized Australian Vegemite,
  • A packet of Tim Tams, okay two packets and a gym membership to work em’ back off your hips,
  • A bottle of our famous Bundy Rum that will clinch it for some of you, and
  • An autographed picture of me in my budgie smugglers, sorry just kiddin’ -I’ve handed so many out recently I’ve run out.

But, that’s not all, so I’ll tell you what

Because I’m a bloody good bloke, if you come up with the winning logo design I’m going to throw in an authentic Akubra Outback Club Hat“.

Strewth, they’re worth a small fortune and you’ll be the envy of all, but hey, you lot are worth it…well some of you maybe

Of course, I will ensure there are plenty of pictures taken of the new truck Out and About in the Australian Outback with the winners’ entries blazoned all over it.

And, just for the record, ’cause I don’t want the art police pulling me over in the outback accusing me of stealing your design, I get to emblazon it over the vehicle, okay! that sorts out the LA Law and Boston Legal wannabes

So get cracking you lot…

Appropriately, we will decide the winners sitting around an outback camp fire on our upcoming trip to the Outback in September…

Around the fire - Trilby Station, Outback Australia
Around the fire – Outback Australia

So you’ve got about a month, and hey, don’t be like TomO with his homework and leave it till the last night, okay!

And if you are willing how about re-blogging this among your mates or sharing it with your friends on facebook, they might be interested! if you’ve got any mates or friends to share it with

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and enjoy yourself…

Baz - The Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers!)
Baz – The “Toy” Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers?)

 

photos by: Baz-The Landy, Janet Planet and TOmO