8 - Zoom - Burgundy and the Western Front Ian Singleton and Elspeth Ferguson – 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Thursday 6 August
Join Ian and Elspeth for a journey through delightful Burgundy, by bike and barge. Visit historic Tournus, Beaune, Auxonne and Dijon as well as vineyards, a private chateau, quaint villages and beautiful countryside. On then to Picardy and Flanders to pay tribute to our First World War diggers - Villers-Bretonneux, Le Hamel (for an ANZAC Day breakfast) Polygon Wood, Fromelles, Bullecourt, Ypres and the Menin Gate, Peronne, Arras and more. We may even call in on Bruges.
9 - Zoom - My Biography titled An Unconventional Wife about Tasmanian Woman Julia Sorell Arnold Mary Hoban - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Wednesday 12 August
This is a talk on the biography titled An Unconventional Wife published by Scribe in April 2019 about Tasmanian woman Julia Sorell Arnold. Born in Hobart in 1826, Julia Sorell was an original. Her marriage to Tom Arnold in 1850 propelled her into one of the most renowned families in England and into a circle that included Lewis Carroll and George Eliot. Her father-in-law was the revered Dr Thomas Arnold of Rugby, her brother-in-law was the poet and critic Matthew Arnold, her eldest daughter became a bestselling novelist, while her grandchildren included the writer Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, and the evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley, the first Director-General of UNESCO. Julia’s story reveals an extraordinary woman, a paradox who defied convention as much as she embraced it. Tom’s sudden decision to become a Catholic and Julia’s refusal to convert with him plunged their lives into a crisis wherein their great love for each other would be pitted against their profoundly different understandings of marriage and religion. It was a conflict that would play out over three decades in a time when science challenged religion, when industrialisation challenged agrarian forms, when democracy challenged aristocracy, when women began to challenge men. Mary Hoban has won three prestigious awards, and been shortlisted for several others for this biography.
32 - Zoom - Gardens in Eastern and Southern England Suzanne Collings - 2 weekly sessions from 10.00 to 11.30 on Wednesdays 2 and 9 September
These two sessions cover some famous and interesting gardens in the east and south of England, including Scampston Hall, Bressingham Gardens, Wyken Hall, RHS Hyd e Hall, Great Dixter, Scotney Castle. The sessions cover the history of the gardens, plant selections and garden design.
13 - Zoom - Highlands of Ecuador Frank Devlin - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Monday 14 September
We’ll travel north – south in the Andes enjoying the old Spanish colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca. We’ll visit the famous market at Otavalo, the Devil’s Cauldron on the Rio Verde near Banos, and the world’s highest active volcano – Cotapaxi. We’ll travel on the Devil’s Nose railway at Alausi, an engineering wonder when it was built, and relax in the thermal waters at Papallacta Hot Springs.
16 - Zoom - India’s Tropical South: Kerala and Tamil Nadhu Frank Devlin - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Monday 21 September
Enjoy Kerala’s lush tropical forests, seemingly endless “Backwaters” and the Western Ghats mountains. Visit the ancient port city of Cochin, once the centre of the spice trade, and then hike in tea plantations at Munnar in the mountains. Cross into Tamil Nadhu and visit the vibrant temple city of Madurai. Return to Kerala via the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary before enjoying days on the Backwaters stretching 75km south of Cochin. Finally, visit Kovalam, an attractive small resort and fishing port on the Malabar coast.
36 - Zoom - Joy Hester: Remember Me Kendra Morgan - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Thursday 24 September
This PowerPoint lecture explores the compelling art and life of Joy Hester, who produced some of the most distinctive and intriguing imagery to emerge in Australia during the 1940s and 1950s. Focusing on powerful expressions of the face and figure, Hester used drawing as a vehicle to explore the complexity of the human condition. While her intuitive approach and markedly female subjectivity saw her work dismissed in her lifetime by critics, today she is recognised as one of our most original and important modernists. The presentation includes installation images of the current exhibition, Joy Hester: Remember Me, at Heide Museum of Modern Art.
37 - Zoom - South Africa's Picturesque Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth George Golvan QC - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Thursday 1 October
Zoom presentation, using PowerPoint and my photographs to illustrate a road trip which my wife and I did in January and February, 2020, from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, via the South African wine district of Stellenbosch, along the verdant garden route, exploring panoramic vistas, beaches, lagoons, the mountains of the Tsitsikamma ranges, game parks and African townships on the way.
42 - Zoom - Four Gems of the Hanseatic League Ian Singleton and Elspeth Ferguson - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Tuesday 27 October
Join Ian and Elspeth for a trip through 4 great Hanseatic League cities - Tallinn (Estonia) a beautifully preserved walled town, and 3 great Northern German cities Lubeck - flagship of the League, preserving a sense of glory of its medieval prime Bremen - a City State with many vestiges of its Hanseatic past and a delightful Schnoor district, and Hamburg vibrant, risen from the ashes. The Hanseatic League was a loose trading organisation of Northern German and Baltic towns protecting mutual trading interest. The League dominated commercial activities in Northern Europe for 200 years after 1400. The wealth generated is reflected in the cities we will visit. (There may also be time to call in on the Queen of the Baltic - Helsinki.)