I’ve been living on Cloud 9 both metaphorically and atmospherically
love the way the mist softens and mystifies the edges.

Yesterday was just getting the last bits sorted, ordered potting mix from the hardware store at 4am, it was delivered by midday & the sun came out long enough to take lots of photos of everything looking so clean and tidy, it will never be this neat again!

guard dragon near the frog pond

each treasure falling into place like the last pieces of a jigsaw puzzle

hallway leading out to the back deck

Old Man Crow memento mori

hippie lounge that doubles as a guest bedroom, scored 2 single bed electric blankets on sale yesterday, they’ll make it a lot cosier for winter

studio with leather airing and stitching the long cloth of grieving

studio shelves

pinning up the annual moon planting guide is a tradition, old hippies in Oz will remember this calendar on the dunny door in almost every share house back in the 70’s

moon and stars enjoying the bird bath

the dream mandala has found its spot in the garden

owl rock on old bollard

potting mix for all the pots and troughs ready to be filled with lots of perennials, bulbs and annual colour with the upcoming full moon. The garden is low maintenance with established natives, just needs a bit of tidying up and mowing

brand new Flymo push mower that I picked up yesterday from the local hardware.
Feel like a cat with 9 lives landing on my feet once again!

after 13 & 1/2 years I said goodbye and thank you for the best years of my life at no 8 a week ago

Terry the owner operator of Blue Ribbon Removals took such good care moving everything, it was a treat not having to do the lug for the first time in my life!

come on in and have a look around

the fireplace doesn’t work in the lounge room but the reverse cycle air conditioning is wonderful, makes the house warm and cosy in a matter of minutes

bedroom coming together, have ordered more reproduction Deco brass picture rail hooks

the curtain rails work for hanging the more sculptural pieces

the music room has become a library & memento mori for Old Man Crow, just needs a big old easy chair

everything is falling into place, opening each box of stuff is like xmas!

‘A Matter of Time’ by crow woman extraordinaire Glenda Fell Jones and the shelves in the hallway filling up

what were my work table and shelves in the studio at no 8 are now in the dining room

this is such a great kitchen, the wood stove doesn’t work but the gas one is brilliant, the clicky things work for all the burners so I don’t have to find matches!

office space all set up and connected to the internet in the smallest room in the house

the separate studio

with so much space!

and even more shelving for storage

more boxes to unpack

& more boxes out in the garden shed
should be all settled by this time next week
time to go for a bushwalk today as soon as the sun comes up!

My new Home!

Posted: April 22, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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This beautiful cottage with a separate studio out the back is mine all mine!
The removalist is booked to do the lug in the first week in May

love the country kitchen

will know if the fireplace in the lounge room works when I pick up the keys next Friday

separate studio & garden shed with water tanks!

thanks to everyone for all the good vibes

the view from Govetts Leap in Blackheath

clearing space

Posted: April 18, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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clearing space so my new house in the mountains can happen soon!

packed up 16 milk crates of books and even more of art & art materials

the industrial shelves will fold down in 5 minutes

deconstructed music room

x fingers 84 Hat Hill Road will be my new home!
this is my 8th application since late February

this beautiful rainbow of light shining through a stained glass window in the patchwork shop in Blackheath gives me hope that I will be a Blackheathen soon!

Aaaarrrrrkkk-k-k!

Posted: April 6, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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yikes! the new property manager for the real estate agent is a conscientious young man who just did an inspection of this beautiful but fragile old house. He is worried that it’s unsafe for me to be here & is going to send a builder and structural engineer over to make an assessment…
Aaaaarrrrkkkk! Roderick xmas 2013
PS have been looking for a cottage to rent in the Blue Mountains since late February, have formally applied for four light, dry places with good heating & wild gardens but have been pipped at the post every time… competition is fierce, the good ones get snapped up in 2 days.
X fingers the next one will be mine!

Fairfarren catalogue

Posted: April 3, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Fairfarren was a good send off for Rod & portal for whatever will happen next.
For any enquiries please contact Artsite Contemporary

letting go with the Autumn Equinox marking 62 days since Old Man Crow left the stage

stitching this beautiful blue moon and red silk from Glennis Dolce Shibori Girl aka the Queen of the Moon Makers to make a memory keeper bag to hold all the cards and good wishes people have sent for Old Man Crow’s passing

at Newtown Station on my way to look at this cottage in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains
that x fingers, eyes and toes may be my new home!

missed out but no worries, the next one will be just right!

Barry Ferrier and the magic of music

Posted: March 13, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic, music

Love this photo Richard Whitfield took at the opening of Fairfarren. Barry is a champion, his 40 minute set of  Rod’s songs was magic, the audience was spellbound, it was a fine send off. Here’s Barry’s write up from over on FB;

“I returned home to the North Coast flood disaster a few days ago, driving through the drastic rain bomb that hit Sydney, after performing at the ‘Fairfarren’ exhibition at Artsite Contemporary in Camperdown, which is a celebration of the life and music of my recently departed, life-long friend, Roderick Morgan, aka ‘Old Man Crow’. The show is on at Artsite for two weeks.
Rod and his brilliantly talented partner Mo collaborated through art and music over three decades, and the remaining artworks from these years of fascinating creativity are on display in this very cool gallery space.
I was honoured to be invited by Mo to play a selection of Roderick’s finely crafted songs at the opening, and was grateful to be accompanied by two of Sydney’s finest musicians Pierre Luniere on bass guitar and harmonies, and John Kaldor on pedal steel guitar.
These fine gentlemen, though not knowing Roderick personally, took up the challenge and shared the musical adventure with me, and raised the performance to a sublime level with their skills and sensitivity – because they understand that pure love of the abstract beauty of music, and the camaraderie and mutual trust, which is at the essence of what makes being a musician so exciting.
The fact that Roderick’s songs are superbly crafted little masterpieces made the whole experience magical, and an audience of the people whom Roderick had touched in their lives who had gathered created a sacred celebratory atmosphere that moved us all, and was a fitting send off for Roderick, my great unsung hero.
But there is a very touching story here, behind the scenes. In the mid 70s when Roderick was launching his inner city grunge band ‘Sourpuss’ I made a trade with Roderick.
At the time I owned a powerful 4-way PA system, typical of the time, with huge bass bins and horns, crossovers, mixer – the whole caboodle – and I swapped this van load of electronic boxes and wires for Roderick’s beautiful early 70s, wine coloured, Gibson ‘Les Paul Deluxe’ electric guitar. I cherished this classic instrument when I played with Jeff St John, Skeleton Crew, and various other outfits in the late 70s.
Then, when my late wife, the extraordinary vocalist Cammie Landon, and I separated, I only owned two valuable items – the ‘Les Paul’ and my ‘L series’ Fender Stratocaster (destroyed in my house fire in the 90s). It was a painful parting, but I gave the Les Paul to Cammie, who then ironically sold it back to Roderick!
For decades it was a standing joke between us for Roderick to razz me about getting that unique guitar back, because he, of all people, knew just how majestic an instrument it was.
But such was the poetic nature of this fine human being that he had the final ‘last laugh’ – and just before leaving to play the Gallery opening, Mo told me that Roderick had bequeathed that once cherished Gibson guitar to me in his Will, along with his vintage Fender Blues Junior Amplifier!
I am now in guitar heaven, as the subsequent years of playing have made me appreciate it so much more than I could back then. I am debuting the rig this coming Sunday 13th at my first official gig with ‘Hubcap Stan and the Sidewalk Stompers’ at Eltham Pub.”

This arvo Barry Ferrier aka Doctor Baz will open the show at 4pm playing a selection of Old Man Crow’s songs with backing by Pierre Luniere on bass & John Kaldor on pedal steel
See you there!
Artsite Contemporary

Fairfarren

Posted: February 26, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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