Lawrie's 2005 Annual Letter
Hi, I hope this year has treated you well, and that you've been having fun!
For me its been another years with things much the same. I'm tired of work
and frustrated by the bureacracy, but am still doing a fair bit of
dancing, getting to festivals and enjoying folk concerts, and managing to get
out and enjoy the mountains and coastline - my favorite environs.
So here's my years highlights in pictures ....
Starting late last year with my Christmas visit to Melbourne & Geelong, are a
picture of my Auntie Pat & Uncle Hans at Point Roadnight near Aireys Inlet,
and my bother David with the Kayak he built at Mt Martha beach.
Next is a photo of Warren & Lynne at Cabrita Beach in far north NSW from when I
visited the Gold Coast for the AusCERT conference in May.
I got out into the countryside a bit either walking or driving. First here
is a picture of the post-bushfire devestation at Mt Stromlo observatory,
sadly still in a battle with insurers. Then views from the top of Mt
Franklin back east towards Canberra in April, and from Square Rock in
Namadgi south-west towards the Brindabellas in Oct.
I managed a few days skiing this year, which I greatly enjoyed. The photos
are of me at the top of Karels downhill skiing at Thredbo in Aug, and
cross-country skiing above Charlotte Pass in Oct with David V. Then of
course Floriade was in full bloom Sept-Oct, the photo shows the Don Quixote
Next page, the wooden frog was by Lake Guyatt in Sale, where I had lunch on
the way home in Feb. I got to the Conflux2 SF con in Canberra in April,
caught up with friends, & admired Bob Eggleton painting a dragon. I got to a
number of folk festivals, and my pick of the new acts this year was
"Fellowship of the Strings" - shown with 150+ strings on stage at Majors
Then there is my own very modest courtyard garden floral display in Oct.
The aquaphonium was at the National Folk Festival at Easter, an amazing
water driven sound sculpture! Likewise the awesome Tibetian sand mandala,
which the monks so briefly created as an offering for peace.
As always, dancing was a major social activity. I enjoyed many of the
regular monthly Earthly Delights dances. Above I'm with Madelaine at the
Mid-Winter dance, and with Trish at the Pride and Prejudice Ball in Oct.
Below I'm dancing Dargeson with Linda at the Trans-Pacific Ball in Feb. I
also did a lot of ceroc, and danced in the GDS competition in July. The team
routine Amelia & I designed won which was great. We also dancing ceroc
freestyle (photo). And I got to a couple of the GALA Events social ballroom
dances, including the Star Wars theme dance shown.
I danced a number of display with the
Monaro Colonial Dancers, as seen in these photos from Cobargo in Feb,
the Tulip Farm in Sept, and Majors Creek in Nov. We're off to Tasmania next
Jan to dance at the Cygnet and Tamar festivals there, and even got an
artsACT grant to help out which was a real buzz!
Thats about it for now, hope it gives some idea of my many and various
I hope you're keeping well, and look forward to hearing your news.
May your life be filled with peace and joy this Christmas and New Year
14 Dec 2005.
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And a few more photos that I didn't get room to squeeze into the
From the same day trip with my Auntie Pat & Uncle Hans is a photo from the
headland at Aireys Inlet (which I've used on my eCard this year). And a
couple more photos of Floriade from the lookout up at the entry gate, and of
the "Rock Around the Clock" entry at Gnomestock!
Then a couple more Earthly Delights ball photos - the costumes at the Pride
and Prejudice Ball, and lots of Alices, playing cards & Rabbit Amy from the
Mad Hatters Ball. And below is a photo of the Dread Pirate Will spiriting
away maid Amy from the Pirates Ball! And there is the view out from the top of
the Majors Creek Falls, where I spent a very pleasant few hours admiring the
view on the Monday after the folk festival in Nov.
Also catching up with friends, see Jim William singing the Blues with
friends at his 50th birthday party, and Ingrid raising a glass in the
courtyard at Jill Gordan's 10 years there party. Lastly, but never the least
is an orcish Martin Pearson at his Tolkien show at the Muse in July.
Thats really it - I had fun selecting these out, hope you liked them!