“It was only in an urban landscape, amid straight lines and architecture, that she could situate herself in human time and history. She missed people. She missed human intrigue, drama and power struggles. She needed her own species, not to talk to, necessarily, but just to be among, as a bystander in a crowd or an anonymous witness.” 
                                                                ― Ruth OzekiA Tale for the Time Being

 

Author, Ruth Ozeki was speaking of New York; we are writing about Parramatta. In the past 18 months urban Parramatta grew by leaps with a skyline knowing no bounds. Aches and pains – those of a growing body – stretching muscle and bone leave us bewildered today. What will be the final size and shape of this urban cityscape?

 

In these 18 months, Parramatta has tried to accommodate frantic building and traffic chaos while exerting concern about the existing commercial life. We suspect daily human intrigue, drama and power struggles have worn out the ‘city fathers’. However, looking back, there is much good news:

 

·         Sydney Festival expanded significantly in January – events were varied and intended to interest a broad demographic

·         The Parramatta Heritage Trail members promoted family events during the school holidays

·         Elizabeth Farm(Sydney Living Museum) entertained kids with a ‘Meet the Servants’ enactment

·         Sydney Wanderers(WSW) fans packed Church Street with a pre-game celebration of live music, stalls and soccer demonstrations

·         Australia Daywas a smashing day in Parramatta Park with an overflow crowd of 60,000

·         Eat Street Vibes (Church Street) kicked off a series of Saturday Markets between 10AM – 3PM through April 2. Pedestrian-only-access ensures safe kids’ activities, live music performance spaces and of course, terrific product and craft markets

 

    

 

Continuing the good news, Old Government House (Parramatta Park) brings back the (2014) highly successful ‘Miss Fisher ’Costume exhibition in March. We’ll provide dates on the homepage in the next few days.

 

   OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE EXHIBITION: 'MISS FISHER'

 

Parramatta construction will continue and parking will be at a premium for some months to come, but as author Ruth Ozeki eloquently put it: “She needed her own species, not to talk to, necessarily, but to be among, as a bystander in a crowd or as an anonymous witness.”   We will carry on anonymously witnessing a city taking shape.

 

SYDNEY LIVING MUSEUMS -- ELIZABETH FARM AND SUMMER ACTIVITIES

 

   

 

Parents know by mid-January, kids are bored. Well, at least that is the daily moan heard in most houses. Little minds can get into 'little troubles', so Elizabeth Farm (and Rouse Hill House & Farm) have daily drop-in activities to keep kids busy.

 

DROP-IN ACTIVITIES:THROUGH 26 JANUARY

  • Build a Bush Hut. In colonial Australia bush hut served the needs for many. From recycled materials and kids' imagination, build a bush hut to take home. (From 10am - 4pm)(fee)
  • Edible and incredible! A tasting tour of Elizabeth Farm. Kids hunt for edible flowers in the kitchen garden, taste the honey produced on the estate and then create  your own summer drink. (Age, 5 - 12 years)  Monday, Wednesday and Friday (2 sessions daily, 10.l30am - 12pm; 1.30 - 3pm) (fee)
  • Family Tours: "Meet the Servants"  With a little time travel, become a convict servant for the Macarthurs or do the washing as you would in the 1800s. (11am, 1pm, 3pm, daily)(Museum Entry Fee)
  • House and Garden tour for all ages (12pm, 2pm, daily) (Museum Entry Fee)

 

     Building a Bush Hut