Dave and I went for coffee first at All Press-a lovely coffee shop and coffee roaster in Collingwood.
From there we went to the Heide Museum of Modern Art, established by John and Sidney Reed who were patrons of the arts here in the mid to late 1900’s. The land which houses the museum was a dairy farm, and the Reeds purchased it to create a haven for artists as well as the museum buildings for exhibits. There are 3 buildings for the exhibits and beautiful grounds for walking which include an outdoor sculpture garden.One featured artist was American, Diane Arbus, a photographer, whose pictures focus on marginalized people in the U.S. from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. I found that to be so interesting!
The Reeds assisted mostly Australian artists, some of whom lived and created their art on the premises.
I loved the fact that they were cat lovers and had a cattery of 3 Siamese cats!
We ate a nice lunch at the cafe’ there.
Looking forward to dinner out with Leah and Dave tonight!
In closing the word portion of my blog, I want to thank my sons and their partners again for this amazing trip-John and Andrea, and Dave and Leah. Thank you Dave and Leah , too,for being such wonderful hosts! Also, thank you to my readers who followed this blog of the trip! And to all my medical team and caregivers who helped me last year so that I could actually make such a trip as well as to all my friends who have given such wonderful support. Also to my cats sitters, Linda and Jess, who provided such great care of Portia who was quite ill just before I left. And to John and Dave’s Dad who checked on Portia and also took me to the bus terminal for my departure to Australia. Bows of deep gratitude to you all!
Dave this morning at All Press coffee shop.
entryway to Heide
inside Heide Museum
part of outdoor sculpture gardens
beehives on the property
Part of the tiled mantelpiece which was in the Reed’s home. Note the cats!
famous fallen oak on the property still livingOn the way back to Dave’s home, we stopped at the Fairfield Boat House (on the Yarra river) where people can rent boats to go out on the river. See the narrow bridge-Dave says he bikes over it at times!!The Fairfield Boat House