Tuesday, 13 December 2016

LGT Christmas Party - 6 December

We had a great Christmas Party with 23 lovely women coming along to share conversation, laughter and delicious food.   To continue on with the tradition of paper folding that started with paper aeroplanes at last year's Christmas celebration, there was also the opportunity to make an origami paper crane.  

As we have almost reached then end of another year, I thought this would be a good time to give you some interesting history on Lesbians' Got Talent.

LGT, as we fondly call it, was the brainchild of Anne McKenzie, who as many of you in our community would know, has a busy mind that is always coming up with new ideas to build a sense of community while also having fun.  

The original idea was for lesbians to share their talents and skills in a supportive and relaxed environment and participants to leave with something new to think about and information on how they could further develop or continue the new skill/talent.  

The first Lesbians Got Talent session was held on 2 June 2015.  The topic was Keeping Chickens and was presented by trailblazer Leta with an attendance of 8 interested women.  

Since that first session 18 months ago we have had a total of 53 different talents/skills/topics presented by 44 different women (some have presented multiple times), to an audience of 494.  We now have 91 lesbians on the email distribution.  

Our last practical session for 2016 was also presented by Leta and was home baked bread made in Leta's home, with 14 in attendance.  

Needless, to say, Lesbians' Got Talent was a great idea.  Thank you Anne for your enthusiasm for building community and your powers of managing to get so many wonderful women onboard willing to share their talents.  Thank you to our brilliant presenters with such a variety of diverse and interesting talents.  Thank you also to our fabulous audience/participants for coming along to the LGT sessions.  

LGT will be starting again in February 2017.  If you have a particular talent/skill/story you are willing to share, or if there is something you would like know more about, please contact Pamela at pamela.lemonzest@gmail.com.  

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year.  

Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Bread Making

Thank you Leta, for one of the tastiest and very sticky hands on LGT nights we have had so far. Thank you also for opening your home to 14 eager bakers. 

We were welcomed to Leta's kitchen to the inviting aroma of bread baking in the oven. Just like on Nigella, as soon as Leta finished her introduction explaining what we were going to make, the oven dinged right on cue to signal the loaf that had been pre-prepared loaf was ready to come out of the oven.  It looked perfect and made us all the more eager begin the process of making our own loaves. 

Leta had all the ingredients set out on a table with two Ciabatto recipes pinned to the wall for our reference.  We took turns weighing and measuring various types of flour, yeast and optional salt and oil then the fun began - the mixing.  It was a touchy, feely, sticky affair.   I heard Leta say on more than one occasion "can I feel yours" and everyone was very obliging.  

There was plenty of time for relaxing as can be seen in some of the photos.  

After we finished our preparation and all our dough balls were safely cocooned in their bowls, we got to the best part of the night, tasting Leta’s still warm bread with delicious cheeses, jam, lemon butter, etc. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Bee Keeping

Thank you Clair Smith for such a fantastically well prepared, informative, interesting and tasty presentation on bee keeping. 

We learnt so much about these industrious little creatures and about natural bee keeping. 
  • The Queen Bee is the mother of all mothers, laying 2,000 eggs a day and over a million in her lifetime.  She has a whole host of attendants to take care of her every need.  They groom and feed her and collect her pheromone and share it with the bees around them who also share it with spreading its effect through the hive.
  • All bees are vegetarians, wasps are carnivores. 
  • There are 1,500 species of native bees in Australia alone and 25,000 species worldwide. 
  • If you think you would like to take up bee keeping you do need to be registered with the Department of Primary Industry. 
Clair brought along her hives, protective gear, her boundless enthusiasm, extensive knowledge and several types of honey for us to sample and evaluate. It was a great night. 

I know I have said it many times before, but we are so lucky to have wonderful women in our community willing to share their skills and talents with us.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Get Informed About Depression

Thank you Jenny Gill and Jocelyn Williams for a very informative LGT session on depression. You provided us with insight into this mental health condition that affects so many and sharing personal experiences made it all the more poignant. We had a very large turn-out for this session, however, I chose not to post photos as it seemed inappropriate for such a serious topic. The session concluded on a relaxing note with a mindful meditation session lead by Jenny followed by tea and two types of coconut macaroons and a lot of chatting to finish the night.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Where do you think you came from - Tracing your family tree

Thank you Tiphanee Athans for a introduction to tracing your family tree.  It was a very informative session and fascinating for all of us.  

Wow! There is so much more to it than just looking at ancestry.com.  Besides the numerous websites and databases, there are actually people who work in the State and National Library who will retrieve original documentation for you.  How good is that!

The journey into your past can reveal many bent and twisted branches and stories along to way - quite fitting for a lesbian group. 

Tiphanee is running an 8-week workshop x 2 hours at the Katoomba Community College commencing on 21 October.  If you want to discover more about your families past, book yourself in and let Tiphanee share her extensive knowledge with you.  The link to college website is below:

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Social Media for Business 101

Debra Wylde gave us an inspirational, interactive and informative presentation. 

Some of the things we learnt:   
  • Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all very powerful tools for promoting business. 
  • Taking the time to really determine your niche market is very important.
  • Target your market by being very specific with your description. 
  • $12 can go a long way in promoting your business on Facebook 
  • Facebook own the content of anything you post on it, so having your own website with a link to Facebook is the way to go. 
  • The vatican will be in a flurry with so many lesbian popes in it (you had to be there to understand that one).
Due to overwhelming interest at the LGT night, Debra is holding a 2 day weekend workshop on 15th and 16th October - "Harness the Power of Social Media in Your Business".  For further details please contact Debra at debrawylde@gmail.com.

Thank you for sharing your talent, Debra.

Landscape Photography

Thank you to the very talented Sue Lightfoot for the third in her fabulous photographic series.  
Sue has a knack for teaching the complexities in a easy to understand and remember way. 

In landscape photography we landscape photography is all about space within the world.  The scene cannot be set up, we are dealing with fixed constraints that are static.  

To get interesting images you need to work with the light and know where to stand to get a great perspective rather than just a postcard image.  

Exaggerating the foreground that add depth and interest.

Due to popular demand, Sue has generously offered to do some additional photography session for us.  We may be able to squeeze in an LGT session on Portrait Photography before the year is out, so keep an eye out for details over the next couple of weeks.

Sue explains more creative
ways to shoot Landscapes

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Macro Photography

We had another great night at Lesbians Got Talent with Sue Lightfood teaching us the finer points of macro photography. This was a very hands on session where we were getting up close to our subjects and revealing the tiny details. 

DOF, DOF, DOF is not a boy scout motto, it is actually depth of field and a very important consideration when taking macro shots.  It is controlled by the Aperture setting on the camera.  A large hole in the lens (F5.6) lets in more light and a shallower depth of field.  A small hole in the lens (F22) only lets in a little bit of light.  

We were let into lots of secrets to allow us to enhance our macro shots. Who would have thought to take a pot splatter shield covered in aluminium foil, a cake board, clothes pegs and a torch into the bush when taking macro photos?  

The best times to take macro shots are early in the morning and evening when the light is softer.  Overcast days are excellent for taking macro shots.  

We also learnt that tripods are our friend and greatly help with achieving a sharp shot when capturing the miniature world.  I for one will have to start saying nice things to my tripod rather my usual conversations with it!

Thank you Sue for a great session. 


Friday, 5 August 2016

LGT - Small business - Plan your way to success

Thank you Julie Bargenquast for a fantastically informative session on small business planning. It was a very interactive session with lots of questions and answers. Julie used a real life scenario which made it easy for all of us to relate to the importance of whole process of planning and starting up a new business and then reviewing it at various checkpoints along the way. 
We are so lucky to have so many fabulously talented women in our community who are willing to share their knowledge with us. 
A great night was had by all.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016


Thank you to Bianca who took us on her 7 year journey creating a beautiful tarot deck that features many wonderful and familiar locations in the Blue Mountains (and some local blue mountains folk). Bianca's interest in the tarot was piqued at the early age of 4 when she saw her first tarot deck and was enthralled by it. Her interest never waned and she has been reading the tarot for over 12 years. 
We had a lovely time picking cards and creating stories that evolved with each card selected from the deck. It was fascinating to see how some of us picked 2 similar cards from a deck of 78 unique cards. 
Everyone was so enthralled looking through the images and asking how and where they were taken that we had tea and biscuits (and a lovely slice made by Kaye) in the common room. 
If you missed out on tonight's introduction to tarot and want to learn more, Bianca and Jane Meredith are running two half day workshop this Saturday. Details are on the flyer below or you can get to see some of Bianca's beautiful photography when it is exhibited at at Gallery One88 from 23 to 28 August, with the official opening on 26th August.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

We had a fabulous introduction to theatre improvisation thanks to the wonderful Prue who travelled 2 hours on the train from Sydney and 2 hours back to share her talent with us. 
We had a lot of fun and laughter, as can by seen by the blurry photos - it is difficult to take a sharp photo when you are laughing. 
Prue guided us through various games and we discovered there is a little actor in all of us. 
We told stories of a walking mermaid, a sand and jellybean eating tyrannosaurus, a smoochy cat, to name a few. Some skits were told in various accents, others in gobbledegook with subtitles supplied by interpreters. 
Prue explained how some of the techniques can be incorporated into everyday life to enhance relationships.
Thank you Prue, you courageous, cliff jumping woman.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Travel Stories
We had a fantastic turnout for our Triple Treat of Travel Stories. Nineteen women braved the wild winds to hear wonderful travel tales of sand, wind and sea. So many, I couldn't fit you all into the photo.
Juls took us on a journey through the pristine paradise of King Island. A land of beautiful coastline, towering lighthouses, spectacular golf courses and cheese.
Leta then revealed some of the secrets of ancient Mungo with its lunar landscape and immense sand dunes. Mungo has a special energy that has to be experienced to be understood.
Our final adventure was shared by Jo and Lois, who took us on their 5 month trip across some of the remotest areas of Central and Western Australia with their canine companion, Jessie and pop up caravan in tow.
A big thank you to our four wonderful presenters who put so much time and effort into creating their presentations for us to enjoy.

Look forward to seeing you at our next fantastic LGT session on 5 July where the fabulously talented Prue who will give us a taste of theatre improvisation.
Please book in with me at pamela.lemonzest@gmail.com or record your attendance on the Facebook event for this exciting talent session.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Introduction to Dog Training

You can teach an old dog new tricks! Julie gave us a fantastic interactive demonstration on how easy it is to communicate our expectations with our dogs by rewarding positive behaviour with the use of a clicker and treats. 
We practised on each other with the clickers and learnt almost as quickly as our canine demonstrators, Scrumpy and Thea, who were both model students. You could almost see their minds working out what Julie wanted them to do in order to get their click and treat. Those of us who like jellybeans were also eager to please our trainers - sticking tongues out, putting hands on hips, touching our nose or the back of the chair, etc., all done without words. It was a fun and informative night. 
For those of you who missed out on tonight’s brilliant and enlightening demonstration, and would like help with your canine family, Julie’s business website is:  www.seespotsit.com.au.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

5/4 LGT - Learn to Crochet

9 of us were lead by Pamela through the basics of crochet. We all picked up our wool, made the first slip knot and completed our 6 slip stitches together - from there there were those who flew along and were born naturals and those of us who became let's say a little more "creative" with our crochet.
Our aim was to create a square using slip stitch and treble stitch. Pamela has the patience of a saint as she was pulled from one to the other seeking her help. Sometimes we were beyond help and she needed to have a total reconstruction. There was group work, notes taken and regular sharing but above all there was constant chatter and loads of laughter. We all enjoyed the night and I am determined to master it. Pamela was a good humored, patient teacher .We definitely will have another crochet 101 so if you missed out this time you will get another go at it.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

LGT - Hand Building with Clay

It was a big turn out for the hand building with clay session of LGT.  Some women were kitted out to really get down and get dirty adorned in full-length aprons. 

Nettie has been immersed in pottery for decades and loves experimenting with various modes of firing  - from open flame, wood firing to electric firing.  Nettie and her partner, Andrea, have set up a studio in their house for the sole purpose of creating art.  How wonderful!

Nettie brought along some beautiful examples to inspire us before we began our own creations, using this gloriously tactile clay.  We created chickens, leaves, bells, pots, miniature and large vessels all in the space of 90 minutes. 

There was a beautiful energy in the room as everyone sketched and then created something that made them happy. 

Nettie advised us all to remain happily detached from our creations as often mishaps occur in the kiln.  So we all enjoyed being in the moment, getting in touch with our inner children and playing and creating with the clay.