Many weekends I spend just pottering about: not the one just gone.
One Saturday I had a long lunch at a girlfriend's house, came home in time for dinner and then B and I watched La dolce vita (1960) after about a 20 year gap: I couldn't remember any of it except the scene with Anita Ekberg jumping around in the Trevi Fountain ( most people think this is the whole movie - it's only one sequence out of about seven) and the sequence where the paparazzo engulf a village because two children report they have seen the Virgin Mary. While I was watching I was thinking nothing really has changed in terms of the media and the obsession to be the first with the story and the celebrity worship. It is a fabulous movie and a great companion piece to The great beauty, (2013) which was ( partly) inspired by it.
Yesterday we went to the Ian Potter museum to see The Piranesi Effect show, and then down to the State Library to look at the collection of Piranesi drawings, which are beautiful and gobsmacking. If you are into intricate etchings and prints of Roman buildings done in the eighteenth century you will adore this show. I also loved how buzzy and vibrant the Library was - being middle-aged I remember Melbourne on a Sunday used to resemble a graveyard - not any more.
Also at Ian Potter was a most fascinating exhibit of archaelogical dig finds belonging to Melbourne University, dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The antiquity of these objects makes my head nearly explode. There was a big display of JUGLETS, a word I hadn't heard before: a juglet in this case was a little clay jug about the size of a perfume bottle, used to hold oil or yes, perfume.
|Juglet excavated in Jericho, dated 1500-1700 BC, thank you Ian Potter Museum website for the photo|
I am jumping all over the place here but we parked up the end of Swanston Street opposite Newman College and walked down town. The amazing Burley Griffin spire is being restored. ( I only learned yesterday it is a BG spire - now of course it seems obvious). It also looks like a rocket ship about to take off.
And what about this darling little slice of a house we walked past? Right opposite the university.
I could live there easily, unlike most other place in the city: because look at that gigantic garden!
I'm always imagining myself living in other people's houses ( doesn't everybody?)
The day ended with spagetti and meatballs made by me and then a lovely walk at nightfall with my Tuesday walking companion - it got very chilly and dark and I am really glad summer is over.