Archive - October 2018

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From Herbert Badham to Matthew Martin: the fine art of drawing & painting pools
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Handstands and kookaburras welcome a new season at Petersham Pool

From Herbert Badham to Matthew Martin: the fine art of drawing & painting pools

Last weekend when I visited the State Library of NSW’s Paintings from the Collection exhibition, I was taken with a painting called The Swimming Enclosure by artist Herbert Badham. It’s thought to be a depiction of the netted swimming area at Parsley Bay in Vaucluse near where the artist and his wife Enid lived, and in the[…]

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Handstands and kookaburras welcome a new season at Petersham Pool

  • Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham, photo Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018
  • Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham, photo Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018
  • Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham, photo Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018
  • Handstands at Petersham Pool, Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018

My first day back for the new season at Petersham Pool started with a mid-stroke wave from Hugh, followed by ‘How ya’ been,’ from hardworking lifeguard Grant, travel stories from Peter, a declaration from Michelle, ‘The water’s like silk’, and an exclamation from Cheryl, “Aren’t we lucky to have this beautiful place’. Kookaburras laughed and butcher birds sang, and after I’d finished my laps, I marked the pool’s reopening with a ‘back to when I was 10-year’s old’ celebratory handstand!

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