David and I closed the gallery for the winter at close of business Monday 1 July and headed off to Melbourne for a week. We had a great time: visited John Dermer at Yackandandah; dropped in at SAM (Shepparton Art Museum), and the Castlemaine Art Gallery, both of which had studio ceramics on display; visited the Thrown exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre (closes 21 July); went to the Hawthorn-Geelong match at the MCG (David is a dyed-in-the-wool Hawthorn fan); visited the Essentials for the Domestic Goddess exhibition at the Whitehorse Art Space (closes 3 August); went to the Chapel St Bazaar; met up with friends; and, oh, lots of other things. It was nice to be out and about. As usual, we came back with a car load of pottery. The Gallery cats spent the week boarding out and were very pleased to get home.