A Personal Blog A few years ago one of the kids messaged me. He asked me to meet him in Spain for a few weeks. After pondering the thought for a millisecond I accepted his invitation before he had a chance to change his mind. And three weeks later was breathing in the air of Barcelona. And ‘oooohhh’ and ‘ahhhing’ over every tile, every mosaic, every church, every cobble street, every tapas, every sangria … well you get the idea. I was a long way from Brisbane suburbia – and loving it!
Inspired by Gaudi (of Park Guell fame) I came home vowing and declaring to mosaic every single thing around my house. As you do – when full of holiday dreams, rainbow colours, tiles at every turn, amazing food and Spanish summer sunshine. And possibly that drop of Port from Porto.
But life went back to garden bags and skip bins,(Commercial break. Want a skip bin? Ring 1300 548324 now!) the logistics of small business management, truck maintenance, various accounting procedures, computer hiccups, P & L’s and random phone calls from people trying to sell me adwords, more insurances or a phone system. (grrrr)
Until the day John came in with a treasure from a skip bin. With herculean effort he had rescued a massively heavy three bay concrete wash tub from being dumped at landfill.
My inspiration again flourished and I had grand designs in my head. The famous Barcelona Park was going to be replicated in a Brisbane suburb. But it turns out I have no idea how-on-earth Gaudi ever found the time or energy to mosaic Park Guell and everywhere else he laid his artist eyes on.
None the less, my dream came to a somewhat less vivid reality with the aid of random tiles, secondhand shop china plates and the aid of DIY tiling YouTube clips. It was a humble method that I am sure Gaudi did not need to resort to in the early 1900’s.
The journey is in pictures below. Eventually when I find the ‘right’ plants they will be popped in between the begonias currently planted.