2020 – COVID-19 – Lockdown Days = Gardening, Raising Chickens, Playing Music, Baking, Knitting, Sewing, and Painting

Being “stuck” in Australia is my situation right now and probably will be for the remainder of this year. It’s only a bad thing because I can’t easily get back to the U.S.A. to see my family & friends and handle American business. I’ve actually got a pretty good place to be “stuck.”

For the past few months, Adrian and I have been staying home in Daylesford. We’ve built a greenhouse and started growing vegetables and strawberries.

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We’ve adopted/rescued chickens and have enjoyed a daily supply of fresh eggs since early May. The eggs have been thoroughly enjoyed, as I have used them in baking lemon tarts, creme caramels, and coffee cakes and Adrian has cooked up delicious omelettes and egg pies. The daily egg hunt is keeping me amused, as each day I enjoy seeing where the chooks decided to lay their eggs in the hay.

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I’ve also had the joy of watching the chickens lay eggs. It’s an amazing thing, seeing the chickens lay eggs for my breakfast! Without lockdown and isolation, I really don’t know if I would have ever experienced these things. 

Besides raising chickens for the first time in my life, during lock down I have begun to sew again in the past few months. When I was a teenager I started sewing clothes for myself, and in my 30’s I sewed a few clothes and toys for my daughter. My sewing stopped as I got busier over the years, but I have enjoyed the use of my old-fashioned sewing skills as I have been making masks for Adrian and myself. Some of these masks I have made out of scraps of fabric and painted and other masks I have sewn out of recycled clothing. A dress I had that wasn’t too flattering on me, to say the least, came in handy to make a few artsy-looking tie-dye masks. A few old t-shirts from The Holy Moly in Clarksdale, Mississippi, have a new life as COVID-19 prevention masks in Australia.

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Along with the sewing, I’ve continued my daily knitting routine. I’ve finished a few hats, gloves, mittens, and cardigans. It seems like I have quite a few things to do in my daily routine, but some days it also seems like I do nothing at all, as Adrian and I have slowed down so much (along with the rest of the world) in things related to our Australian business. We’re doing what needs to be done (and changing some aspects of our accommodation business), hoping that people will be allowed to travel soon. We’re developing our ideas for events and programs at Tasma House, including projects that were just about to launch as lockdown began last March.

On August 29, 2020, we participated in Play Music on the Porch Day, as we enjoyed a springy day in the garden in Daylesford. Here are a couple of little selfie-videos: 

We’re so looking forward to being out and about playing music again! Until then, we’ll try not to over indulge in the luxury and delicious use of the chooks’ daily egg gifts…..I’m thinking of the lemon tarts, in particular. And, I’ll try not to buy ALL the wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills in Victoria, Australia!

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Table Hill is in The Local – Hepburn Shire’s Community Magazine

Yay! Look, Mom! I’m in “The Local -Hepburn Shire’s own community publication” and here are a couple of photos to prove it!

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I’m happy to be included in this lovely local magazine…..especially to be shown on the “GIGS” page!!  It is a cartoon likeness….probably my best presentation….which happens to be a cartoon band “selfie” that I drew last year.

This is the text under the photo:

“Music in the raw, crafted from real life, infused with sounds from Memphis, to the Mississippi Delta, to the hills of Central Victoria.  Table Hill consists of a mountain dulcimer playing gal from Memphis – Carla Maxwell, a local singer songwriter steeped in folk and blues – Adrian Kosky, and a saw playing, harmonica wielding local poet who brings triangle playing to a whole new level – Phil McNamara.  Together they weave and spin a gumbo of fiddle tunes, original songs and timeless traditions, bound together with a sense of lively fun.  Table Hill occasionally has friends joining them in the musical mayhem, like Tony Soccio on the mandolin and Ken Parfrey on the slide guitar.  They play where they are invited, and sometimes when they’re not…”

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Table Hill will be playing in Lyonville at the Radio Springs Hotel, Thursday, the 20th of February, 2014, not the 21st.  Details, details…..at least I’M ON THE GIGS PAGE!!   🙂

Table Hill in Lyonville — August through December, 2012

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This is a musical poster which shows the dates Table Hill will be playing in Lyonville, Victoria, Australia, during the months of August, September, October, and December, 2012.