Farewell 2017, Welcome 2018! / by Alexander Evans

First of all a Happy New year to everyone and I hope that if you were celebrating that everything went well and that all the important people in your lives move forward into 2018 with joy, good health and increasing prosperity. 

For my part I celebrated Christmas with my partner George and our friend Tony, it was very quiet but a lovely and relaxed time was had by all. Christmas here is a little strange for many folks because here in the southern hemisphere it is the height of summer! So it's very much not a white snowy Christmas but a time for BBQ, salad and long evenings with fine wine and cool clothes slowly watching the stars appear in the sky... following our Christmas we went visiting family interstate in Queensland for the new year celebration which I must say was also very peaceful and quiet but the break from lifes usual hectic pace was lovely. But now it's time to get back into the swing of things!

2018 is going to be a year filled with excitement and lots of ikebana adventures. Raku Dining have expressed their happiness with all the arrangements thus far and I look forward to continuing to provide exciting new arrangements for them throughout the year ahead, keep your eyes on this blog as ill be posting every week or so with new arrangments for one of Canberras' finest Japanese restaurants! Or if you're visiting the ACT or Canberra region, stop by there for a meal. I'm sure you won't be dissapointed. 

Also, I'm very excited to announce that informal classes and casual drop ins will be starting in early February! I'm finalising dates with students now and will post a schedule on the Study Ikebana page of this website as soon as everything is locked in. So if you are interested in learning the how and the why of what I do and getting some hands on experience, contact me soon as places are limited. 

The learning continues as I will keep up with my trips to Sydney to visit with my own teacher! It's an exciting time as I near completion of a core text book and progress to deepen my own knowledge and experience of this beautiful art form. Also, ASTA NSW have announced the theme and dates for this years exhibition with the Sydney Botanical Gardens which is very exciting news as I am hoping to contribute an arrangement to this exhibition. The theme is "Nature Entwined" and the dates are in April. I'll post here on the Blog with updates as the exhibition gets closer. 

That about wraps it up for the moment but stay tuned for posts in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are some photos of arrangements I made around my home as part of our holliday celebrations. I hope you enjoy them.