Flo and the Spring Picnic

John and Pamela, Flo, Blue and another filmmaker

Flo with neighbours John and Pamela, and filmmaker Blue Lucine with her producer Tom Zubrycki

 

This is Flo with her neighbours John and Pamela, plus filmmaker Blue Lucine and her producer Tom Zubrycki. Most of the picnic day Flo leaned on the balustrade of her 1820s home, just as she does whenever she wants some conversation. People stop and talk for a while. On Sunday there were more people than usual, and behind Flo and on her side gate were stories about her and her neighbours, including the ones on this site, so Flo was busy meeting people most of the day.

Beneath the portrait of her on the shutters is a copy of the 1934 photo of Flo’s father, Tom “Bootlaces” Ballard, that still hangs in the Hero around the corner. She maintains he was the best looking man in Millers Point. He died in a waterfront accident in 1953. However, it is another photo from that time that interests Flo’s neighbours John and Pamela. Flo’s family lived in their house when Charles Walton photographed it from the back lane in 1935, and the same photo John and Pamela have been thinking about reproducing en grisaille on a wall inside their house. Now they know a little more about the people in the photo.

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The washing stretched across the lane appears to be a highlight in this photo, and perhaps this is what inspired a more recent use of washing in a gentle protest located just past where the two people in the photo are walking up the lane together…

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One last photo of Flo from the picnic day…

Often there are four generations in Flo’s home when the family comes to visit. On Sunday there were only three, but I managed to coax Flo from her verandah for this photo with them.

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3 Responses to Flo and the Spring Picnic

  1. peter barnes 10 February 2017 at 10:27 am #

    a sad day for flo and her friends and family .despite the efforts of many – residents and many others as well- our pleas have failed to impress our morally challenged politicians from both major parties. let us all remember their ignorance of community at the ballot box in future elections. it is time for a change and believe me – its closer than they think.bring back the power of the people.

  2. peter barnes 10 February 2017 at 10:38 am #

    a sad day for Flo and her friends and family. despite the efforts of many – residents and many others as well – our pleas have failed to impress our morally challenged politicians from both major parties. let us all remember their ignorance of community at the ballot box at future election .there is a change afoot and it is closer than they think.let us bring back the power of the people.

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