Film Friday

Film Friday

A few old photos I found recently while digging out my photo albums. Happy Friday!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween all (if you celebrate it that is). Here are some spooky stories if you’re game! Haunted places and ghost stories of Brisbane; and Village of the Dead: The Anjikuni Mystery

An old cemetery visit

An old cemetery visit

I love historic cemeteries, they’re fascinating, poignant and peaceful all at the same time.  Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans is on my wish list (I’m weird, I know!) and when I backpacked around Europe years ago, like a lot of gen-Xers, I visited Jim Morrison’s grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery which was sort of touristy yet the cemetery itself was[read more…]

1990s playlist

1990s playlist

 Oh yeah the 90s!  Talk about overdosing on nostalgia. My uni days; an era in music which personified alternative/indie, boy bands, grunge, angry chick songs and dance music, this will always be my favourite decade because, well, let’s face it, it was the last true iconic, or at least, easily recognisable era.  So if you want to check out my mega[read more…]

Home made vanilla brown sugar body scrub

Home made vanilla brown sugar body scrub

Years and years ago, I ordered some vanilla brown sugar body scrub from an online fancy cosmetic store for about $40.  Clearly I had more money than sense at the time …. when I used it (and it was lovely) I noted it only had a few ingredients in it and thought how easy it would[read more…]

Bowies Flat Wetland, Coorparoo

Bowies Flat Wetland, Coorparoo

This man-made wetland down the road from us is a lovely little calm hideaway right in the middle of our suburb.  With friendly quacking ducks, birds, butterflies and greenery and featuring a boardwalk, I love wondering down there, taking photos and just sitting in the sun.  If anyone lives near me, it’s a sweet little place! [read more…]

The Nordic diet

The Nordic diet

Finally!  A diet I can get my head around which is basically all my favourite foods.  The (new) Nordic diet is a regional way of eating food which encompasses clean, fresh, natural and local produce such as oily fish, lean meat, whole grains, root vegetables, almonds, greens and berries; studies are saying it decreases your risk of[read more…]

Bedding by Lazybones

Bedding by Lazybones

Here are some lovely vintage style sheets and a throw blanket I purchased recently.  The rosebank sheets and the aran hand knitted throw are both by design label Lazybones, who are based in the Byron Bay hinterland.  Also, you know when you buy a sheet set and sometimes the fitted lower sheet or pillow cases are too small?  These were a[read more…]

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

I must get back to GOMA soon, it’s been too long.  Such a lovely, calm place where I always feel at home, I feel nothing bad can happen while I’m wandering around here. Some current and upcoming exhibitions I’m keen on (click on the links to go to the original source/exhibition): And there’s a lovely shop! All images[read more…]

Blushing beauty

Blushing beauty

Every Spring this pretty tree in our front yard blooms spectacularly in a tumble of pink blossoms, I love it and always feel obliged to take photos.  Happy Friday!   

How to Be Alone (the book!)

How to Be Alone (the book!)

A few years back, I shared this beautiful short film directed by Andrea Dorfman depicting a poem by Tanya Davis, which sort of changed my life.  I spotted recently that an illustrated, hard cover pocket book has been released, based on the much loved poem in the short film. Video belongs to: Andrea Dorfman

Australian Women Writers Challenge book review: Matilda is Missing by Caroline Overington

Australian Women Writers Challenge book review: Matilda is Missing by Caroline Overington

The description on the back of this novel which depicts a bitter custody battle (the third review in my 2013 AWW Challenge), doesn’t begin to describe the depth of the story;  written from the point of view of the narrator Barry (a lovely fellow) and a Family Court psychologist’s counselling sessions, interspersed with a storyline involving Barry’s family, as well as an historical overview (stories[read more…]

The Fairy Light Company (New Zealand)

The Fairy Light Company (New Zealand)

I love fairy lights.  To me, they’re not just about Christmas, I love having them on all the time and whenever I see a store or restaurant which has them, I’m immediately drawn to it.  So recently I purchased two sets of wire fairy lights from The Fairy Light Company, which I’ve taken photos of[read more…]

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black

Am loving this new Netflix show I’ve been lucky enough to see a few eps of; with great casting and writing, it encompasses darkly funny humour, characters I feel real empathy for and occasional scary moments in a low budget setting. The plot has Piper, a young woman from an affluent background sentenced to prison for a crime committed in her past[read more…]

What I’ve been watching

What I’ve been watching

Your Sister’s Sister    Orange is the New Black House of Cards Dates Breaking Bad X-Files Monster The Killing The LA Complex Gilmore Girls Rake Fish Tank Mud Dr Who Better Man Low Winter Sun All images are from the movies as titled

Fair Food Week 19-25 August 2013

Fair Food Week 19-25 August 2013

Garden Dinner Society from Jess Jackson on Vimeo. Hope from Hope in the World told me about Fair Food Week recently, an event organised by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, an Australian not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to cooperate with, and to create an equitable, sustainable, delicious and resilient food system for all Australians.  The folks working for these organisations[read more…]

Homemade lavender bath salts

Homemade lavender bath salts

I’m currently growing lavender which isn’t flowering at the moment, but still has sweet smelling leaves.  So, I thought I’d give some homemade, relaxing bath salts a try since it’s become cold and frosty here.  I just threw them together with stuff I either had in the cupboard or purchased from the supermarket – a handful in your hot[read more…]

Happy Friday and some randoms

Happy Friday and some randoms

Some random old film photos of mine, just because (including two postcards I purchased in Paris years ago which I love).  I’ve been gradually scanning in my many old photos, and being a long, fairly arduous process already, it’s made even longer by me sitting on the lounge and going through each one, remembering my old life, lost loved ones[read more…]

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Image taken with film in an old share-house a few years back.

Stylish hair I covet

Stylish hair I covet

Hair defines a generation doesn’t it?  It can also mean the difference between pretty and knock out gorgeous. Here are some ladies whose hair styles I love, all of which seem to stand the test of time and with, let’s face it, a bit of a crush now actually. (Blondie via) (Brigitte Bardot via) (Winona Ryder via)[read more…]

International Women’s Day 2013

International Women’s Day 2013

For most of us, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women everywhere, past and present. I feel blessed in Australia because I live in a country with wonderful people, social welfare, health care and education, healthy fresh food, security, a  roof over my head as well as a lot of lifestyle and career choices offered to me. [read more…]

The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland ….

The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland ….

When I spotted TV series Portlandia last year, I immediately loved it because, aside from being a uni student/slacker in the 90s …. Do you remember the 90s? You know how people were talking about getting piercings and getting tribal tattoos? Remember when people were content to be unambitious?  They’d sleep ‘til 11:00, and just hang out with their friends? [read more…]

Oh so hot

Oh so hot

Well pretty much all over Australia right now we’re experiencing some record breaking hot weather, (poor Sydney as well as other cities will be 43 or even higher (!) today – that’s 109.4 to any US readers), with no rain for months, extreme fire danger and several out-of-control bush fires.  And it doesn’t look like letting up for the[read more…]

Tasmanian bush fires

Tasmanian bush fires

It’s that time of year again; when devastating bush fires race through parts our beautiful country and strike fear in the hearts of people living in those bush fire prone areas. I’m so sad to hear about Tasmania’s enormous challenges at the moment relating to this very dry and hot season.  It’s such an amazingly beautiful and friendly[read more…]

What I’m reading lately

What I’m reading lately

I don’t know about anyone else, but I always have a few books on the go, sitting on the coffee table or my bedside table in various stages of reading.  Books are such a huge part of my life, I have a house full of them, many old, some belonging to my parents, old school and[read more…]