• Dear Young Self, I’m writing to you from your unforeseeable future. I can see you, but you can’t see me..

  • Brisbane 2011

  • The surrounds one morning on our Cradle Mountain hike, 2012

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My dream job that wasn’t, a costume that wasn’t and a blessing in disguise

My dream job that wasn’t, a costume that wasn’t and a blessing in disguise

Nov 15, 2013

“YOU’RE FIRED.” That’s what I heard. She actually said a slightly more rambling version of the above; something about needing someone with book keeping skills, compliments about my wonderful phone manner, a moan and a helpless shrug about the tight budget. She finished off with some sort of apology but by that stage I had […]

Home made Christmas lanterns

Home made Christmas lanterns

Nov 8, 2013

For me, light and shadow make Christmas even more magical. What could be more Christmassy than lighting a festive lantern? We made these lanterns to go on  the table and we also lit them up every so often just to make the room look even more pretty. The lantern design is actually a combination of […]

Art therapy and me

Art therapy and me

Nov 7, 2013

I think I have used art as therapy naturally since I first learned how to draw. Lots of kids do, I guess. Something about the getting lost in the hypnotic practice of creativity is profoundly therapeutic to me. Art and creativity allows me to express myself, but also discover facets of myself that might lie […]

The crappiest teacher ever, why I should never have listened and what art means to me
In Art

The crappiest teacher ever, why I should never have listened and what art means to me

Nov 7, 2013

This post is dedicated to Megan Newbound. I’ve always been a creative person, but my inner artist lay dormant for many years. As a child, I went through prolonged periods of obsessive drawing. Drawing was my way of making sense of my life and the world around me. Heaven was a stack of paper, a packet […]

Motherhood – taking an axe to friendships and rebuilding better ones

Motherhood – taking an axe to friendships and rebuilding better ones

Nov 7, 2013

Every parent knows that your post-kids world is utterly different to the one you had before, but what about friendships? Did your network of friends expand or shrink? Did your friends procreate around the time you did? How did your friendships with childless friends fare? Did they survive the dramatic change in lifestyle and schedule? […]

Home made ginger beer – yummy, cheap Chrissy gift!

Home made ginger beer – yummy, cheap Chrissy gift!

Nov 7, 2013

Home made ginger beer – a perfect festive gift for the budget-savvy. I’m making my friends homemade ginger beer for Christmas this year! Shhhhhhh! It’s dirt cheap because it’s only got three ingredients: sugar, water and ginger root! Double shhhhhhhhh! We’ve made a batch already and it is DELICIOUS; definitely of comparable yumminess to any commercially produced ginger beer (although […]

A letter from mother to maiden

A letter from mother to maiden

Nov 7, 2013

Dear Young Self, I’m writing to you from your unforeseeable future. I can see you, but you can’t see me. Even if you could, I suspect you’d barely notice my presence – I’m like your slightly frumpier, less glamorous, more preoccupied cousin. You don’t realise it yet, but the space I occupy is a parallel […]

I’m dreaming of a handmade Christmas..

I’m dreaming of a handmade Christmas..

Dec 4, 2011

This year, I have decided to minimise my time spent vainly looking for decent Christmas gifts in flouro-lit chain stores, and more time making handmade Christmas decorations and edible gifts with my family. Why handmade? So many reasons. Firstly, because I’m on a tight budget. Secondly, because I love making stuff. Thirdly, because making gifts and […]

Old fashioned, aged Christmas cake

Old fashioned, aged Christmas cake

Dec 4, 2011

This isn’t exactly a ferment, but it is definitely food-play that extends out of the boundaries of modern storage and preservation. It’s basically a cake that is preserved for several weeks via regular brandy sozzlings! A new friend, Alanna Main gave me this recipe. It is her Grandma Sannie’s recipe. I felt very honoured to receive […]

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami
In Books

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami

Dec 1, 2011

I picked up The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle after a long reading ‘dry spell’, and it reminded me why I love reading so much. For me, it was so compelling that I found myself indiscriminately trumpeting all those time-honoured cliches about being unable to put it down. What can I say? Murakami’s style is so addictive. His modus […]

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