Thursday, January 30, 2020

Mini Mega Model Museum - Melbourne Museum

On this week’s Adventure Day my two eldest granddaughters joined me on my adventure. After our train trip into the city, first up was a short visit to the National Gallery of Victoria. 
We love the water wall at the entrance of the National Gallery

This was Mikayla’s first visit and she loved the water wall at the entrance. 
The Great Wall with it's amazing stained-glass ceiling
She was also very impressed with the Great Hall with its spectacular stained-glass ceiling. I agreed with Clare and Mikayla that this beautiful hall has a very calming feel. Next it was down to Southbank for our lunch then it was off to Walkers donuts, which is a regular place we visit seeing their surname is Walker. 
Clare and Mikayla are partial to a Walkers Donut
Next was onto a tram to Melbourne Museum to visit the “Mini Mega Model Museum”. This is a temporary exhibition that features a world of over 300 astounding models and miniatures from the museums own collection. The amazing pieces of work ranged from a giant mosquito, a Colosseum made out of cork, a very detailed miniature carousel and the most amazing dollhouse I could ever imagine seeing. 

It was unanimous that the dollhouse was all of our favourite. 
One very impressive doll house

Incredible detail

The carousel not only had incredible detail but was made with lots of recycled items. 
The dollhouse is named Pendle Hall, a Georgian Mansion: 1940’s - 1980’s. It was made by Felicity Clemens from Tasmania. 

“Felicity felt her daughters little dollhouse was to plain. 
So, she improved it. Hugely. For 40 years.”

Then it was time to head home on the train. Unfortunately, it was almost peak time and there were no seats available. But the girls loved that idea and spent the trip home giggling every time the train jerked and they wobbled around on their unstable feet. 

It was such a great Adventure Day. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

What to do with old x-rays?

Happy New Year everyone. I can't believe I haven't posted since October last year.
Amongst other things I've been getting my house ready to sell this year.
Today I tackled some miscellaneous stuff that was being stored in the linen closet. One was a very big pile of old x-rays. While I'm doing a lot of clearing out I'm trying to do it as environmentally friendly as I possibly can, so now what to do with these x-rays?
After a bit of googling I've found out a lot about X-rays that I never knew.
X-rays are perfect to recycle as they contain silver in the form of halides. X-ray films can be processed in a refinery in temperatures over 1,000 degrees Celsius. The silver is extracted and converted into a pure form of silver. The extracted silver is used to make jewellery, solid silver, silver plating of utensils and electrical components.
They can also be used by crafters to make templates for patchworkers, stencils and lots of other pieces of art by clever creatives.
So now what am I going to do with the heap I have?
I am going to keep a few to make some into stencils. The rest I am going to take to be recycled. I know in my area, Nillumbik Shire will accept them at the Recycle and Recovery Centre and they can also be taken to Evandale Farm for recycling.
It certainly is a great feeling knowing that when you need to dispose of something it can be recycled in some way.

What to do with old X-rays?

On the new house front I'm in a holding pattern at the moment. There is now a fence up in front of my block while all the infrastructure is being put in place all over the estate. So with all this work progressing closer to my block I now have a hill where my house will be.

I have a hill !!