And indeed there will be time

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001The street art message too many things to do not enough time – that is bullx#*t on a wall just off King Street perturbs me somewhat as I hurry past on my way somewhere else.

In April 2013 I posted about street art on this same wall, opening with the words Life is pretty dull quiet at Chez EllaDee & the G.O. but luckily what we lack the neighbourhood provides, just a short walk away.

Same same… the chilly Sydney winter weather is a plausible seasonal explanation; our ancient natural inclination to hibernate derailed by modern work-life environment still exerts enough influence to subdue our out-and-about doings.

My convenient consolation is that wall is an ever-changing canvas. So I’ll avert my eyes; divert my Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock-type thoughts of decisions & revisions, coffee spoons, should I eat a peach while wearing the bottoms of my white flannel trousers rolled when walking upon the beach; and allow time to take care of itself.

Goddard Street is a great example of the street art Newtown is renowned for.


25 thoughts on “And indeed there will be time

    memoirsofahusk said:
    July 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Eating a peach in white trousers – no! (Unless you bought it from a freezing supermarket and it’s cold and hard and juiceless of course – but that wouldn’t be you). Another thought provoking post to set me off!


      EllaDee responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I think if I could find a truly perfect peach I would eat it with abandon regardless of my attire. In the meantime I divert myself in communion with everyday offerings.


    Glenda said:
    July 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Love that art, It is amazing what is around us, if we open our eyes to it.


      EllaDee responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Thank you. I like art that is right there, accessible literally and intellectually 🙂


    Marianne said:
    July 9, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I know it’s not street art, but have you ever visited the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney. I’ve been a couple of times when we’ve been in Sydney, (it’s free) and always wonderful to visit.


      EllaDee responded:
      July 9, 2014 at 5:26 am

      We used to live in the neighbourhood of the White Rabbit Gallery but since we moved [shamefully, not that far] we don’t venture back that way much. Celia, from Fig Jam & Lime Cordial, also highly recommends it. I know I’d enjoy it, I will work on managing the time and making it happen 🙂


    davidprosser said:
    July 9, 2014 at 1:31 am

    There’s obviously some real talent out there and this is a great way to show it off and share it. It’s pretty good that the city has designated an area where this can be done and channeled some of the graffiti away .
    I’m glad you get some pleasure from it and I’m sure the artists would be really pleased.
    xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx


      EllaDee responded:
      July 9, 2014 at 5:27 am

      Thank you. I like the art on their walls, seeing as I can’t fit any more on mine 🙂


    philosophermouseofthehedge said:
    July 9, 2014 at 1:48 am

    always enough time for things that matter….used to have that yelled at me.
    Walking beaches or country lanes are what matters!
    (What great artwork to amuse and entertain.)


      EllaDee responded:
      July 9, 2014 at 5:38 am

      After we cover off the basics that matter: necessary work, sleep and food, that is when we can get choosy. I vote for walks, dog & cat time 🙂


    diannegray said:
    July 9, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I’d love to be able to grow peaches here (but unfortunately stone fruit and tropical climate don’t mix) and I would eat them with true abandon in white flannel trousers at the beach! 😀

    The street art is fantastic 😉


      EllaDee responded:
      July 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

      I have fond memories of the small orchard on my grandparents’ farm in the Hunter Valley where anything picked from the trees was the best I’ve ever tasted. You at least have amazing tropical fruit to console you. Right now I’d just settle for a walk on the beach 🙂


    Eha said:
    July 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I do not know whether being a rather typical Gemini [ie. a ‘twin’] gives me the right and reason to the ever present chatter in my brain : ‘I don’t have time for that’ versus ‘ This walk, this talk, this just sitting back is good for me and I’ll make time’ 🙂 ! Having morning coffee in bed I create these long ‘have to do’ lists every morning only to carry over half into the next day’s . . . . Am still ‘fighting’ against myself, do not know whether there is a definitive reply in the backblocks of my brain but life surely is not boring . . . . Love your street art as I have said before . . . . the area was so different say thirty years ago . . .


      EllaDee responded:
      July 9, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Maybe the chatter in your brain can be labelled similarly to the chats the G.O. and I have… “this is just conversation”… when we want to air thoughts and ideas but not carve anything in stone. Some of content of those conversations takes years to come to fruition.
      And practically, I’m a fan of lists: to-do, might-do, must-do, shopping, maybe… mine comprise myriad yellow post-its written, crossed, re-written. Some thrown out, others tucked away in various places where I later find them and laugh at myself 🙂


        Eha said:
        July 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        . . . . it is the journey which counts . . . which should be enjoyed, isn’t it . . . 🙂 ?


    Vicky said:
    July 9, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    There really is some amazing street art there, it does make me wonder if any of the artists ever get to channel their talent into work.
    I too understand the wish to hybernate during the winter months.
    I did wonder where the eating peaches in white rolled up trousers came from 😀 …….until I read the poem link.


      EllaDee responded:
      July 10, 2014 at 6:41 am

      There are many talented street artists who are successful commercially. It is a contemporary medium which has become popular for its edginess and immediacy 🙂
      Glad you were able to follow it, I realized while I might be familiar with the poem references, it might not be so obvious, but an illustration of streaming thought-process nonetheless.


    safia said:
    July 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Very interesting … I think the ‘too much to do, not enough time’ expression is often an excuse, as we tend to ‘waste’ time on non-crucial stuff. On the other hand, this can often be downtime or ‘me’ time which is so important. Mainly, I think responsibilities eat time and those who say ‘not enough time’ is bulls#*t maybe don’t have too many of those!


      EllaDee responded:
      July 13, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      And indeed that is the case for us; taking time to make time 🙂


    Kourtney Heintz said:
    July 14, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Love the street art. I feel the same way in winter. I like to hunker down as much as I can. 🙂


      EllaDee responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

      I’m feeling the cold this year, probably because the start of winter was warm but it does have the advantage of downtime, and planning for the warmer months to come 🙂


    Miss Alister said:
    July 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I so love to hate the concept in the first image here… It’s only because I can’t/won’t work it. Always I think the large print, always I know the small, nagging print is true. And I think to actually allow a solution would tear down some beloved, horrible mental construct of mine!
    Anyway, I’ve said it before: I adore graffiti. And here, I’m mesmerized by the “upswept hair woman,” love the artist’s use of the seam in the wall as a place to tie her garment about her ankles.
    And, Miss EllaDee, you’ve penned an absolutely luscious fourth paragraph! Most delightful : )


      EllaDee responded:
      July 15, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Thank you 🙂 Lovely of you to say.
      The small print is accomplishable if you are able to conveniently ignore or delegate domestic details…. it doesn’t take into account all the time-taking stuff that has little merit other than necessity, or is often other people’s dross. The busy bitchy part of me wants to get a sharpie and add my own disclaimer: all very well and good to say if you don’t have anyone to worry about except your own-self, and possibly accomplish that too with the aid of generous assistance from parent-wife-significant other-secretary but if you have a role/s such as one of those support people then forget it baby 🙂


    ardysez said:
    July 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Good post, EllaDee! While I agree with the graffiti wisdom, insofar as we can get done whatever we deem important, I don’t think it means we should jam our lives full of timetables and things that need ticking off a list. It is in the ‘down time’ that much of our processing gets done, whether or not we are aware of it. I always love your photos of graffiti, such creativity out there!


      EllaDee responded:
      July 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      So wise 🙂 I’m not a fan of cramming too much in, an economy of scale applies to time as it does with all things. And I really dislike jugging, I like to have space and order.
      I’m pleased you enjoy the street art-graffiti. I’m really a fan and amazed by the talent.


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