Wednesday, April 9, 2014

morning mess...

I have this overwhelming desire to create…and yet I can't begin, I can't focus…

A friend once said to me that I suffer from perfection paralysis.  I fear it's getting worse and I know, with all my heart, that it is better to try and fail than not to try at all.

So many things swirling around in my head at the moment…mostly good things.  But where to begin?  Perhaps I should get up and enjoy the morning shadows more often…make a far more crazy mess on my desk…

Perhaps I need to actually try…and then embrace the imperfectly perfect.

Besides, nothing is a failure in dappled light!

Friday, March 28, 2014

good mail days

Yesterday was a good mail day…

An 'old school' aerogram with sweet wishes of congratulations all the way from Kenya.  Ant and Bee…an old, new favourite for a little person soon to arrive in the family.  I remember reading these little stories as a young girl…in fact, there is the rather worn and worse-for-wear original in the bookshelf.  And Kinfolk, wonderful Kinfolk…so looking forward to losing myself amongst the pages…I think it may become my favourite issue yet.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

floating reflection

The last few days of summer were oppressively hot and humid and still.  Finding cool escapes and water brought the tiniest bit of relief.  I just wanted to float alongside this little lady on this particular day…but a rippled reflection just wouldn't have been the same.

Friday, February 28, 2014

st valentine

the sweetest of celebrations…

{I said yes}

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

looking up…and down

I think having a camera makes you see things you never would have without one...

I've learnt to look up to the very tips of the trees and into the sky…to look between the leaves and amongst the leaves.  I've also learnt to stop and look down…often there is the smallest and prettiest of details underfoot.  I've learnt to tread carefully in every respect.

These are moments captured whilst wandering in Lamington National Park with relatives visiting from France.  They were enchanted and intrigued and captivated.  They relished being up high amongst the canopy, listening to the bird calls and catching a glimpse of foraging marsupials.

A camera and overseas visitors does wonders for making you not only look but see.

Friday, January 24, 2014


I spent a couple of days in Melbourne last week.  The main purpose was to go to the tennis.  We were so lucky and were privileged to see Rodger Federer play…he is the ultimate sportsman on and off the court.  The atmosphere was electric and of course, the tennis was brilliant.  Quite how the players (and us!) survived the heatwave I'm not sure, but gosh it was worth sticking to the chair for!

The dear friends I met, had another must do on my lightening visit…Koko Black.  Have you seen the movie 'Chocolat'?  This amazing little chocolatier reminded me so very much of that.  It is equal parts charming and oh so delicious!  I do love chocolate, just a little bit...often.  This visit was pure decadence and I just couldn't get through my sweet treats.  I'll blame the heat and I'm assured that it is one of the best places to pass a winter's afternoon…hot chocolate in this sweet corner on cold Melbourne afternoon what could be better?

I need to return…soon!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

summer days...

Isn't this so perfectly lovely?  I took some family friends visiting from New Zealand down to Coolangatta Beach yesterday…a special request from one young lad with surfing as his passion.  He loved it!

Quite a pretty way to end 2013 don't you think?  This year has been quite a mixed bag…some difficult and turbulent times and some truly magical times which hold great promise of exciting things in 2014.

My wishes for the coming year…

more sleep
more music
more tea
more books
more sunsets
more creating
more long walks
more laughter
more hugs and kisses too
more dreaming
more adventures
more fun 
more love

May all of these and more come you way too x

Monday, December 30, 2013

moments of merry

a full heart

{oh my, this made my heart sing…thank you dear angela x}

Saturday, December 21, 2013


to treasure from the most delightful of evenings
a truly beautiful book filled with the recipes we all shared on that magical spring evening.

{Lou and Kristina had the sweetest little pop up fete a couple of weekends ago…take a peek here and here}

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

nature's lessons...

Despite being battered and bruised in the ferocious hail storms we experienced a few weeks ago, these beauties are flourishing…a lesson for us all perhaps.