Thursday, December 08, 2016

The local cafe

Having settled into our holiday house, one of the first items on the agenda is find our 'local' cafe. Whether we're in the area for a day, a weekend, a week or longer, it's always nice to feel like you belong somewhere.

Let's have a look at the options where we're staying at the moment before we pick our favourite, shall we?

This cafe's been around for a while, opening originally in 2011. I'm not big on purple*, and it looks a little ladylike for my tastes, so let's move on.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature cafe in colours or purple, white and black. A table is set for coffee and there's a handbag and shopping on the floor next to one of the chairs.
The Transport Cafe opened the same year, and is more my style, but may be a bit utilitarian for a holiday pick. I'm sure there are other options in town...
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature cafe with a concrete floor and a bright red planter box filled with plants. On the wall above the table is a vintage model Routemaster bus.
Pavilion on the Park is set in a vintage VERO Zerlegbar house, and has been managed by the current owners since 2013.
Vintage three-quarter ince scale VERO Zerlegbar dolls house, decorated as an ice cream cafe.
It's a lovely spot to visit for an ice cream or light snack on a sunny day, but feels too touristy to be a real local haunt.
Interior view of a vintage three-quarter ince scale VERO Zerlegbar dolls house, decorated as an ice cream cafe.
Now the Buzz Bar Cafe is more like it. Although it only opened in this form in 2013, it's already renowned. It's buzzing (sorry, couldn't resist), the coffee's great, the staff are friendly and treat you like a regular even if it's your first visit.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature cafe counter with various plates of  cakes behind the sneeze guard.
Corner of a modern one-twelfth scale miniature cafe with a yellow table under a window. Ont he table is a laptop, mug of coffee and a wallet.
Next door a new cafe is under construction, but it doesn't look like much has happened there for quite a while...
Various one-twelfth scale stools and tables arranged on a desktop, with a wooden counter with the word 'Coffee' on it at the back.
Here's another contender. Good Brother Cafe is funky and seems to do a mean brunch (always important on our list of priorities!)
Corner of a modern one-twelfth scale miniature cafe with a black wall and a cardboard stag head mounted on it. Underneath it is a table set for breakfast.
On the other hand, this place looks very ordinary, like something you'd find at the mall, where they serve 'expresso'. And it's quite empty...
Corner of a modern one-twelfth scale miniature cafe with french cafe chairs and a black and white photo of a metro station entry on the wood-panelled walls.
Down a laneway we stumble across Hideout Cafe, a small hole-in-the-wall place which looks intriguing.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature hole-in-the-wall cafe with chairs and tables spilling into the laneway.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature table with coffee, a newspaper and a handbag on it outsise a hole-in-the-wall cafe.
(And is apparently open into the evening, which is quite rare in cafes around here).

I think we've found our top three, but we'd better just quickly check the other options in case we're wrong, don't you think?

It looks like we were right: the only other two cafes in town are both in the mall: one is fake rustic and tucked into the corner of a public area, so feels very exposed to passers by.
 And the other is a sickly-sweet cupcake cafe.
Both seem popular with local business people, which is definitely not the vibe we're after on holiday.

Looks like we've made our decision! Good Brother for brunches. Hideout for afternoon coffees and evening drinks. And Buzz Bar Cafe for pretty much everything.

Now is it coffee time?


(*And not just because it's a complete beast to photograph correctly...)

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A batch of baches*

Continuing from yesterday's post, The next-oldest holiday home scene was from November 2011. I struggled to get it to work properly, left it for a couple of days in the hope that inspiration would strike, and then gave up...
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature holiday house lounge, with a small table with a glass of wine and a book next to the sofa.
This fresh green corner, however was a quick build in April 2012.
Corner of a one-twelfth scale modern miniature holiday house with a green fluffy rug, bean bag and a shelf holding towels and books.
In June that year I finally tracked down and bought a Brio bungalow, one of my 'holy grail houses',

I decorated it as an 'original' holiday house near the ski fields.
Vintage three-quarter-inch scale Brio dolls house lounge with a divan with cushions on it.
Vintage three-quarter-inch scale Brio dolls house lounge.
Vintage three-quarter-inch scale Brio dolls house bedroom with Lundby furniture.
 And that Boxing Day, I pretended I was in a holiday house down the coast,
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature room setting with breakfast set out on a low bench below a picture of the greek islands.
rather than in chilly and grey Canberra.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature room setting with breakfast set out on a low bench below a picture of the greek islands.
A year later, in December 2013, my thoughts turned to holidaying at the coast once again (which is a bit odd as I hate the beach in summer)
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature sunroom in a holiday house, with a Christmas tree in one corner.
...and I ended up building a rather large scene over four days,
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature vintage kitchen dresser with wine and glasses and a platter of seafood laid out.
starting from two pieces of scrapbook paper which turned into the kitchen lino and the feature wall paper
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature dining table with a cream lace cloth and red fold-up chairs set around it.
in what became known as The Seaside Shack (and which I ended up recreating for an exhibition at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery two years later!)
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature window overlooking the beach, with red and white bunting strung across it.
It was over a year before a holiday house scene popped up again, in January 2015.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature radio in front of a wall of random tiles in shades of blue.
And it was a basic one indeed, inspired by a picture of some random blue tiles I pulled out of a magazine.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature kitchen cabinet and cafe chair in front of a wall of random tiles in shades of blue.
The blue theme continued in June that year, with another holiday house near the ski fields
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature lounge with a bus destination roll poster and a yellow dipped vase.
(although it looks like the person staying there has other things on their mind than skiing!)
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature lounge with a typewriter sitting on a pallet coffee table.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature lounge in teal, yellow and black, with a typewriter sitting on a pallet coffee table.
The following month I created another (quite different) ski lodge scene...
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature lounge scene with concrete floor, white panelled walls, white Eames chairs and a red perspex coffee table.
and kept the colour theme going for yet another month as I made some scenes as part of my entry into the ProBlogger/ Virgin Australia Top Travel Tips competition (hotels are sort of holiday houses, aren't they?)
Modern one-tweltfh scale miniature hotel lobby in red, white and black. On the coffee table are a selection of postcards, a glass of wine and a travel magazine.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature noguchi coffee table with a selection of postcards, a glass of wine and a travel magazine on it.
I'm still quite chuffed that I managed to show each of my travel tips in a miniature setting, but also that each room is themed around a major city somewhere in the world.
And I do believe that's it.

Apart from Margell Public School, of course.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature vintage armchair with crochet afghan over the back next to an old chest coffee table with a vase of sunflowers on it.
 Who could forget Margell?
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature day bed with knitting and a knitting pattern on it,, behind an old chest coffee table with a potted orchid on it.
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature futon bed with a suitcase in front of it. On the bed is a pile of folded striped linen.
And THAT party?
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature holiday house with glasses, plates and food set up on a trestle table next to a bench with bottles of alcohol arranged on it.
(*New Zealand word for small holiday homes)

Monday, December 05, 2016

In a holiday mood

I planned to work on Saturday's scene yesterday, but decided starting the end-of-year big clean early (since I missed last year's and the year before's), and so ended up doing nothing mini-wise, but a great deal otherwise.

I planned to work on Saturday's scene after work today, but ended up visiting friends and running errands instead.

I then planned to start a series of 'round up' posts: I figured the end of my tenth year of blogging was a good time to do some cleaning up and add more meaningful tags to a pile of my posts, so they can be found more easily (and I'm just talking about by me!) I also thought that doing this would highlight some older scenes which newer readers may have missed.

I was half way through the first round of this massive task, when my computer decided to hang on me: and as it was past my bedtime I decided I really didn't fancy staying up an extra hour or two to finish the first round-up post, so would have to put it off until tomorrow.

I believe that a blog post without a picture is a pity, so here's the first of my 'holiday house' scenes, originally posted back in 2007:
Modern one-twelfth scale miniature balcony near the sea, with a director's chair  and sunhat.
(I actually made the scene well before I started blogging...)

Sunday, December 04, 2016

And I think it's gonna be a long long time...

My friend Tina and I went on an art date yesterday and visited Beaver Galleries to check out their Small Works 2016 exhibition.

As I hoped, there was a new Alex Asch to drool over:
Woman standing in front of a miniature building in an art gallery.
(I tried to take some photos of the inside, but there are much better ones in an album on his Facebook page...)
View through the window of a miniature building.
Facade of a miniature building in an art gallery.
(I ignored the little voice inside my head evilly suggesting that it would be a perfect 'Well done, you got a fabulous ongoing job and a pay rise' gift to myself...)

Other favourite pieces in the Small Works exhibition included Bunretsu (schism) by Kenji Uranishi: 
Woman looking at small porcelain buildings in a gallery.
 which reminded me of Le Corbusier apartment buildings,
Small porcelain building-shaped works in a gallery.
and this (actually quite large) gold pear by Nick Wirdnam, which I would have brought home to add to my collection, had I had a spare $2,700 banging round.
Large black and gold pear and apple on display in a gallery.
 I also loved these small folded book pieces by Maryann Mussared:
Small folded book art on display in a gallery.
but wasn't tempted by them as I already own a (larger) piece by her.

Other pieces for sale in the gallery shop, that I would have been tempted by if I had pots of money include City of the Dead by Ruth Oliphant:
 (I do love her work).
And I think Reader kneeling by Patricia Lawrence would look perfect on my front porch, don't you?
Large statue of a girl reading displayed in a gallery garden.
Oh well, dreams are free...