It’s been a busy year this year, filled with new adventures and more than a few rediscovered pleasures. We’ve travelled overseas and within Australia. We’ve acquired a range of exciting new toys. And, as always, we’ve had a lot of fun together. These are just some of the things that stand out when I look […]
It’s been far too long since we’ve been to the beach, so today we remedied that. It was a gorgeous day, with the kind of weather that makes South-East Queensland such a lovely place to live. We folded down the roof on our little Fiat and soaked up the sunshine as we drove north to […]
When we moved into our tiny New Farm apartment I got rid of a lot of my baking stuff, assuming (rightly) that I would be buying fabulous locally produced things rather than making them myself. But recently I’ve started to get back into it, making biscuits and slices for Geoff to snack on. Today I […]
I’ve embraced the Christmas spirit this year, and am still adding to the Christmas sparkle around our place. A few days ago I happily discovered that decorations get heavily discounted this close to Christmas, so I stocked up on a few shiny baubles to go with all of our felty creations. It’s funny, despite the […]
I did tell you that I was likely to share more of my Christmas craft adventures. Here are my felty Christmas pudding and holly. Aren’t they cute! Christmas is one of the few times of year I get quite nostalgic about living in England. There’s something so lovely about a cold Christmas, with real holly […]
What do you do when you want a Christmas Tree that will fit in a small apartment and you can’t find one you like in the shops? You make one, of course. We started with a trip to Lincraft to purchase a polystyrene core, several sheets of felt in slightly different shades of green, flat […]
At times the lead up to Christmas can seem a little frenzied. There’s the rush to get things done before the end of the year, the pressure of finding perfect presents for the special people in your life, and the flurry of end-of-year gatherings. In amongst all this, it can be nice to take a […]
Highlights of our weekend: * Coffee and croissants at Reverends on Brunswick Street. * New shoes. I’m rediscovering Nike in my quest to find shoes that I can spend all day in. * A visit to The Tea Centre resulting in the purchase of a new teapot from The London Pottery Company. * Shopping in […]
This weekend we decided to treat ourselves to a long, long weekend at the coast. We filled it with adventures – spotting the cute creatures at a wildlife sanctuary, visiting a regional art gallery, sailing, kayaking, and snorkelling. Then we finished it off with an amazingly indulgent morning of relaxation at Enrich Retreat and Day […]
Exciting news! I’m a featured supplier in The Knot Australia’s weekly news update. The Knot are a great resource if you’re planning your wedding. They have information on pretty much everything to do with weddings – dresses, planning tools, ideas, inspiration, photos, and of course wedding vendors. Although obviously you’ve already got your photographer sorted… They also have a […]
It’s amazing how much mess I can generate when given the opportunity to play with flour. The result was worth it though. Pumpkin scones are an old favourite of mine and I love making my own. They’re especially lovely made with pumpkin fresh from my parents’ garden.
Beautiful blue sky, a light smattering of clouds, and the sunshine sparkling off the river. This was taken during my lunchtime run, and yes, I am feeling virtuous!
These lights are part of an art installation using recycled materials. They’re largely made from recycled plastic shopping bags.
Yesterday we did the Choishi Michi (pilgrims’ walk) to Koyasan, Japan. The walk itself was beautiful – 18km up and across mountain ridges, passing through fruit orchards, bamboo and pine forests. And the town of Koyasan itself was just as amazing as I had hoped. It’s a buddhist monastery town filled with traditional buildings and a […]
This picture was taken in Dotonbori in Osaka – it’s a sign for a restaurant. The amount of effort that goes into creating signs and advertising here is just amazing. Their advertising execs and graphic designers must be working on a whole other level.
From the Sculptors Queensland Annual Exhibition at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. The sculpture is Giselle (2011) by Dawn Conn of Ruby and Iris. I’ve been looking longingly at the pieces in her Etsy shop for awhile now. I know it’s only a matter of time before I purchase one.