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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Handmade House in Bush, "Kangaroos, Wombats are Next Door"

We had a great time in an all-handmade house in the "BUSH" (= "wild or uncultivated country," in Australian English). Thirty years ago, like pioneers, my dear friend's sibling built up the house brick by brick with friends' help on a hill. What I loved most was that the house has all 19th century setting in it -- no electricity! As if we were time slipping back to a frontier time!

We had to drive down to Town to buy food, see people, sheep or cows. The trees are alive and the creatures that share it all with us are very generous! Can you imagine? Oh, everything antique in the house, around the house amused visitors such as a kitchen, an attic bedroom, a loo, furniture, coal irons, oil lamps, a white tin pail bucket etc, etc, Hail the builders' frontier spirit!
Here, a kitchen has a very old fashioned atmosphere I've loved. What would you like to cook for dinner? 



Tada~~, see this wonderful and super-solid brick house with a chimney and water tanks! 
I've also learned how much important water is in bush. We tried to save it as much as possible. Rain water was quite tasty. 
Come in, Friends!  
Now, let me take you to upstairs. Watch your steps (no handle!). I've loved this attic bedroom so much. You cannot imagine how much I got excited to sketch this room and its light! Hope you can feel the mood.

BTW, an out side of the house, I picked up a small animal's skull, old and broken. I googled a rabbit, a possum, a kangaroo, a wombat, a flying fox, a sheep, a dingo, a cat, but none of them seems to match that skull (*or simply because my lack of knowledge of animal anatomy...) Mystery?! Does anyone have an idea?  
In the bush, kangaroos and wombats are next doors. I've found that kangaroos' grey is camouflaging them in the bush, because gum trees and eucalyptus tree trunks are grey! It was very hard to tell kangaroos in trees. Some brave kangaroos came to the house, just under our window or even at a door! Wow!! They quickly skipped away from us, when we looked at them. So, all my sketched kangaroos are back figures.
In bush walking, the friends said, "Wombats put (their pulled down) trees over their holes and cover it." Oh, I see. But trees were too big and too clear. I said, "Well, in my eyes, it's more like showing off their house number plates, not cover-up!" We giggled!
When a night came, so many stars came up. Those dark starry skies were incredible. Interestingly, when the bright moon rose, the stars lost shining and the dark sky got brighter.  
Then, a chimney was so pleasant in eye and for heart. Come closer and make yourself at home. Relax! (*Under a lamp, in the nearly darkness, I made this image! But an enhanced value worked well. Hurray!) 
Each of us said, "I want to stay here more and don't want to go back to Sydney!" at the end of holidays.
It was wonderful to stay in a countryside. My picture book mentor Ann James is so glad to know this experience has enriched my images. Great inspirations for illustration!! Friends, go to the "bush" and sketch anything that interests you!
Although this Easter holiday was marvelous, please give my hands more blog holiday leave. Thank you for your kind understanding.
Friends, Happy Painting!





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34 comments:

  1. I felt very welcome at this home that you took me round. I felt the old atmosphere from your sketches. Wonderful post. Take care of those hands xx

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    1. Thank u, Polly! Good to hear you felt the welcome and the old atmospher. Come over! It's the place over Blue Mountains in NSW. Cheers, Sadami

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  2. Lovely to see your drawings from your holiday, you have given us a taste of life in the bush.

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    1. Thank u, Ann! Too good to miss it! Come over. I want to take you to there, when you come to NSW. Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Fantásticos todos los dibujos y acuarelas, y gracias por mostrar toda tu experiencia como "pionera" en esa casa tan bella, unas vacaciones muy fructíferas y relajantes, Sadami.
    Abrazo.

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    1. Oh, gracias, Carmen. Sí, debería venir a casa. Quiero llevarte hasta allí, cuando vengas a Nueva Gales del sur. Vamos a esbozar juntos!!
      Abrazos, Sadami

      Oh, thank you, Carmen. Yes, you should come over. I want to take you to there, when you come to NSW. Let's sketch together!!
      Hugs, Sadami

      >>> Carmen said...
      Fantastic all drawings and watercolors, and thanks for showing all your experience as a "pioneer" in that beautiful House, a very fruitful and relaxing, holiday Sadami.
      Hug.

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  4. Wonderful sketches Sadami. Thanks for the tour. Hope you are well.

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    1. Thank u, caring Carol! We need to get out of City life sometimes. Let's enjoy painting and life!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  5. It seems you had such a wonderful holiday! I love how expressive your work became while out of your city. That's how I feel when I'm away from my regular environment. Happy painting to you too, Sadami!

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    1. Thank u, sweet Dora. Yes, my drawings have come back to life, true. You are right. We need to get out of City life sometimes.
      Thank goodness, unlike the States, we do not have bears in Australia. Let's enjoy painting!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  6. Hi Sadami! Glad to see you posting again, and thank you for taking us to stay with you at this picturesque house full of character. Isn't it amazing how little we need to survive and how overcrowded with stuff our lives are... I love the paintings of the stove and the bedroom - lovely atmosphere!

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    1. Thank u, sweet Blaga! Yes, really the eye pleasant house and like you say we need only a little to live on (*sounds like "How Much Land Does A Man Need" by Leo Tolstoy)! A following post, I'd upload watercolour work based on my photo references. Look forward to it!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  7. Maravillosos apuntes, nos haces llegar todo el encanto de vivir en el campo y en otra epoca. Aunque para ser sincera me resulta muy dificil imaginar la vida sin electricidad.Un abrazo

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    1. Tina dulce, gracias. Seguro que se puede vivir sin electricidad. No es tan difícil, realmente. No veo tv mucho y puede mantener lejos de computadora/internet. Sólo el tema podría ser "aligeramiento" en la noche. Entonces, el reloj de mi cuerpo vuelve a muy saludable. Me despierto en el amanecer y quiero dormir después del atardecer... 9 o 10 es muy tarde.
      Un abrazo, Sadami

      Oh, sweet Tina, thank you. Sure you can live without electricity. Not so hard, really. I do not watch a tv much and can keep away from internet/computer. Only the issue could be "lightening" at night. So, my body clock goes back to very healthy. I wake up at sun rise and want to sleep after sunset ... 9 or 10 is very late.
      A hug, Sadami

      >>> Tina said...
      Wonderful notes, we do get all the charm of living in the countryside and in another era. Although to be honest find me very a difficult imagine life without electricity.A hug

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  8. Sadami, qué maravilla la experiencia que has vivido!! Es fantástico descubrir el placer del olor a las cosas de antes, sin que sea todo distorsionado por la polución de los elementos que hoy nos rodean. Una aventura llena de viejos recuerdos que muchos ya no han vivido y difícilmente vivirán. Es un placer que has podido disfrutar en este siglo y que has dibujado sin prisas. Tranquilamente. Sin luz eléctrica, al lado del fuego de una chimenea, en una casa de campo, natural y rodeada de animales, que tal vez sean corrientes en Australia, pero que nos parecen extraños aquí. Me habría encantado vivir esa pequeña aventura.
    Tus dibujos son geniales. Maravillosos!
    Me alegro de que lo hayas pasado tan bien. Te felicito!!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Oh, gracias, Joshemari!! ¿Joshemari, has experimentado el estilo de vida que hice esta vez?Sí, como dijiste, es muy importante para nosotros experimentar la vida de esa antigua y preciosos. Paradójicamente, es, en efecto, muy rico para el corazón y el alma. Hoy en día, velocidad cambiante de la sociedad está loco rápido y no hay mucha gente lidiar con eso. Es triste y extraño que la gente mire "pequeñas ventanas" para 24 hrs en sus manos o en vueltas y no disfrutarán el sonido del viento, la belleza de la naturaleza y olvidar cómo jugar con los niños. Tecnología informática es una espada de doble filo.
      Mi mentor ilustrados me alienta a seguir dibujos de imágenes de las experiencias. ¡¡Lo haré!! Usted, también, disfrutar de dibujo y pintura. La acuarela se vuelve más libre y animado. Siempre miro adelante a su próximo trabajo!!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, thank you, Joshemari!! Joshemari, have you experienced the life style I did this time?Yes, like you said, it's very precious and important for us to experience that old fashioned life. Paradoxically, it is, indeed, very rich for heart and soul. Today, society's changing speed is crazy fast and not many people cope with it. It is sad and odd that people are looking at "tiny windows" for 24 hrs at their hands or on laps and will not enjoy the sound of wind, the beauty of nature and forget how to play with children. Computer technology is a double edged sword.
      My picture book mentor encourages me to keep drawings of images from the experiences. I will!! You, too, enjoy drawing and painting. Your watercolour gets more free and lively. I always look forward to your next work!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      Sadami, how wonderful the experience that you haven't lived! It's great to discover the pleasure of the smell of things before, it is all distorted by the pollution of the elements that surround us today. An adventure full of old memories that many have not lived and live hard. It is a pleasure that has enjoyed in this century and that have drawn no hurry. Calmly. Without power, beside the fire in a fireplace, in a country house, natural light and surrounded by animals, which may be current in Australia, but that seem strange here. I would have loved this little adventure.
      Your drawings are great. Wonderful!
      I am glad that you have had as well. I congratulate you!
      A hug.

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  9. Wow! What a fantastic adventure! Thank you for showing us around. It looks so wild and unspoilt. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful journey and sketches. Have a nice week! :-)

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    1. Hi, busy Anna,Thank u for a kind comment from a precious time. You, too, enjoy drawing and life fully! Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. Hi Sadami, what lovely sketches here, and such a delightful journey!

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    1. Thank u, Linda, your blog is lovely and great. Please take care and connect others more and more. I heartily hope you will enjoy life fully!! Best wishes, kind regards, Sadami

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  11. Just Lovely!!! thank you so much for sharing thru the wonderful sketches :)

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    1. Thank u, Meera, just like you do sketching India! Let's enjoy drawing more at anytime. Cheers, Sadami

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  12. Sounds like you had an amazing time in your hand built house. I loved that you took us for a tour of the home and the surroundings. As beautiful as it is, I'm not sure I could live without electricity. :) Love all your sketches.

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    1. Thank u, sweet Carol! Sure, you can survive without electricity -- just do "relax" yourself. I'm not a big fan for tv. So, that was no problem. Carol, come and stay with us! It was too dark under a lamp after a sunset. So, we enjoyed games, chat and readings.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  13. Hello Sadami! maravilloso todo lo tuyo, eres un master! Hace tiempo que no visitaba tu blog y estoy realmente encantado. Un abrazo. Regards,

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    1. ¡ Eduardo dulce, muchas gracias! Venga y quédese con nosotros! Estaba demasiado oscuro bajo una lámpara después de una puesta de sol. Así, disfrutamos de las lecturas, chat y juegos. Muy relajante!!
      Salud, Sadami

      Oh, sweet Eduardo, thank you so much! Come and stay with us! It was too dark under a lamp after a sunset. So, we enjoyed games, chat and readings. Very relaxing!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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      Hello Sadami! wonderful all yours, you're a master! Time ago that not visiting your blog and am really delighted. A hug. Regards,

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  14. Thank you for the lovely tour through the Australian bush, Sadami! It must have been a wonderful time to go back to nature like this!

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    1. Thank u, Judy. Yes, indeed! You have to come and experience it one day. Best wishes, Sadami

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  15. Rhonda said...
    Thank you so much for taking us along on your Easter holiday to the bush - the wonderful sketches and words made me feel as if I was there, far from any city :)

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    1. Oh, so sorry, Rhonda, I accidently deleted your comment!! I reply to you.
      "Yes, you have to come over here and let's enjoy drawing more!! Sounds you, too, enjoy staying in a nice place(beach!)" Cheers, Sadami

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  16. fantastic sketches glad you had a good trip ...your direct sketches sound good sadami ...i love the old economical stoves ... beautiful light in the bedroom

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    1. Thank u, Jane! The stove and the bedroom seem to win viewers' hearts.You always cheer me up, whilst challenge the new techniques, I admrie!! Keep up your wonderful work. Best wishes, Sadami

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  17. Staying in an old house and live like the old pioneers sounds like something I would love to do... I love all these sketches Sadami. I have missed so much of your work but I have caught up... I'm ready for more of your adventures!!!
    I hope you are well....

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    1. Hi, sweet Hilda, thank u! We can enjoy adventures at anywhere and any time. A publishing team and I will prepare for lay out and printing. You, too, enjoy drawing!! The hands seem to have calmed down, but I sprained the ankle badly at a beach -- hilarious. I'm behaving a good girl.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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