There is something magical about the graceful fall of the wispy white flakes as they catch the wind and drift about transforming the ordinary into a Winter Wonderland.
The cold continued its onslaught over the weekend, with overnight temperatures plummeting well below zero. Our tiny dam and Buddha fountain freezing over completely, a first for us. This sharp end to Winter will ensure a bevvy of action in the Spring as the bulbs start to raise their heads from the earth and the vegetation awakens from its deep slumber. Lots to look forward to now on as the days grow sunnier and the sun hangs in the sky for a little longer promising brighter days ahead.
Had a restful weekend, a much needed restful weekend. There has been a lot going on lately with people clearly affected by the long period of dark weather and lack of sun. Well, that's what I am putting it down to anyway. Lots of people experiencing there own levels of funk which is never a lot of fun.
I went to the eye specialist on Friday to have a cyst checked out, turns out that I have probably had it all of my life and it is a pretty odd one, just behind my right iris. Craig and I laughed that it maybe my third eye, my shining! Don't mess with it I say, it could result in unwanted side effects. Anyway, I don't need to do anything with it but monitor it for now, which was a relief. Just another enjoyable part of getting older really, won't be the last weird thing to happen to my body I'm sure.
Zoe and I ventured out to see the college production over the weekend, which galvanized the fact that there are some seriously talented young individuals in Ballarat. But on the flip side, there are some individuals that are definitely tone deaf and giving them a microphone is just asking for an ear raping. But you take what you get with high school productions; the good, the bad and the ear rapers. Overall I think it was one of the better productions I have seen from Zoe's school and hats off to the main character who played the rouse-a-bout, bravo indeed.
Naturally, I managed to squeeze in some movie time, what kind of a restful weekend would it be for me without movies? Not that restful at all!
Release Date: 2012
Running Time: 104 mins
Director Pablo Berger brings together all of the beauty of silent film and stunning cinematography in this visual delight Blancanieves. Filmed in moody black and white, this is an original and interesting twist on the Grim Brothers fairy tale Snow White.
Set in 1920's Spain, we follow the unfortunate life of Carmen as she goes through a series of adventures, mostly harrowing, which ultimately lead her to fulfill her destiny and follow in her bullfighting father's footsteps.
The evil step mother takes on a ghoulish and even more sinister role, portrayed perfectly by Maribel Verdu; the dwarves are an adorable mish-mash of theatrical bull fighters and Carmen's father is given great depth by Daniel Gimenez Cacho.
This is an artful and beautifully executed piece in every way, a visual masterpiece and one to put on your must see list.
FINAL SAY: Silent beauty
4.5 Chili Peppers