Canberra Day Thirty Nine

[Wednesday 19th October, 2016]

New day, new plan. We parked near the glassworks in Kingston on Saturday during our ride and it seemed like a good place to check out. We stopped off at a glassworks in the north island of New Zealand when we were there a few years ago and were so amazed at the fabulous creations the artist made there. We brought a vase home which featured a landscape of the area blown into the design, which I still love! Too good to use! So this was an interesting comparison. It is housed in the original power plant and still has the massive coal hoppers, and the building is the oldest permanent building in Canberra apparently. This is a very different space to the arty crafty boutique single man operation we saw. There were at least 4 kilns running when I was there, and 4 artists working on their products: shot glasses, vases, and some fascinating looking things that has a purpose not obvious to me. I sat and watched for ages, it’s incredible to see the red glowing glass coming out of the kiln (or whatever its called) and going clear, then adding colours…brilliant! Then there’s the whole cold work room, but sadly no one was there working on the grinders and what not. You can do a class, I’m definitely tempted; we’ll see.

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A group project: one person rolling the pipe back and forwards to keep the soft glass from settling in one direction, one person blowing from the back and one person using the thick wet fireproof cloth to shape and mould the glass!

I did another ride to and from my tourist destination today, and added in a loop around the lake through the ever beautiful Jerrabomberra wetlands and home; 20km all up. That’s a good addition to my New Zealand preparation! I’m getting better at accepting the option of riding instead of getting in the car, which shows I’m getting a bit more flexible, which shows I’m going better. All great news to me when I think about it! I drove out to Rodney’s nursery at Piallago to try the steak and kidney pie I’d seen on the menu on Sunday but it was very disappointing! 1 piece of kidney, 3 bits of steak then a whole potato and a rasher of bacon with loads of gravy! More accurately described as potato and bacon pie! Oh well. Nap time, hubby working late because of his client, off to the gospel meeting by myself for the first time and got there and on time! Quick catch up and late dinner at home, then bed. The days go so quickly!

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