Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Staying creative

On the weekend, I escaped, headed south and spent a marvellous morning painting. With three like-minded mums, I meditated, discussed creativity and motherhood and found some inspiration.

At top - my set-up. Underneath - Zoe and her guitar underneath the banksias overlooking the sea // Betty sketching garden scenes.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Nora bathed in golden light. She's at her happiest exploring my parents' garden.

More from the same day over on the documented.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

They are children.

I know I'm not the only one who has read (and re-read) Emma Watson's UN speech. It is simple, concise and a little bit genius. And it holds so much truth.

I believe that to fight gender inequality, we need to start with our children and how we are raising them. Yes, we all want considerate and happy children. And that is the key word - they are children before they are boys and girls. Which is why I often find myself so frustrated by the divisions made (think toy aisles in department stores). The excuses given (think 'boys will be boys'). The gender ideals we place on them from such a young age. They are children. We need to let them be children, first and foremost.

An organisation I fully support, in its work to fight the gendered marketing of toys to children is Play Unlimited. If you are interested, go take a look at their website or like their fb page.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coriander and cashew nut pesto

Rodge, in his impatience, decided to cull my coriander plants from the backyard, to make way for his oxheart tomatoes (which he has been talking about ALL winter, and to be honest I think I'm looking forward to just as much as him). I did have plans to let them go to seed first, but oh well.

So Nora, Oscar and I made pesto, of course. It was either pesto or chimichurri, but pesto is a little less labour intensive.

My method:

Get all your ingredients lined up - cashew nuts, grated parmesan cheese, garlic cloves, olive oil and coriander. Then add a little of each. Blend (we only have a stick blender). Keep adding and blending alternately. Make sure to taste and adjust flavours as you go. Easy.

Enjoy on toast with poached egg for breakfast, scooped onto an avocado for lunch, then mixed through your pasta for dinner.

Monday, September 29, 2014


The mess. The mess. Just breathe. Focus on the fact I've cleared the table and Nora's pretty posy looks gorgeous on it.

Tell me, how on earth do you keep up with the destruction and chaos your children create? I think I need all the help I can get.

(Maybe if I wasn't photographing and blogging it ... ) 

ps it looks a little better now. A little.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Staying creative ...

for me is pretty much impossible with three young children. Well, it feels that way. Maybe I shouldn't worry so much about 'frivolous' pursuits of creativity, but I do.

I mentioned here that I'd love this blog to be more about creativity, about inspiration. I have lists of ideas and projects and wonderful things that fill my heart with joy, but for the most part, they are remaining as lists.

And then in comes my saviour - Bettina!

Betty and I met back when our bubs were just that, bubs. We were thrust into the same mothers group, a group of 10 wonderful supportive mums, which 4+ years on are still all in contact.

Betty happens to be a graphic designer running her own boutique studio and an accomplished artist. She was lucky enough to do a residency as an artist in Antarctica, which naturally, leaves me in complete awe.

She is a CHAMPION of anyone you wishes to be creative in any way.

Betty convenes the 10 in 10 quick and dirty drawings on facebook - as a way of keeping creative in small doses. Plus she organises a monthly(ish) get together of mums - so they can escape and nurture their creative sides. The group consists of artists, musicians, writers and people who just dabble, like me.

She thought of both things as a way to help herself keep up her art practice ... but she looks at everything holistically. She is helping herself - yet reaching out to others for both encouragement and to help them also. It is a wonderful cyclical support that works.

So last weekend, I left poor Rodge with the double pram and three slightly sick children and escaped for four hours. We meditate, get into the zone and then go! It was bliss.

Top photo: my set up for the morning. Bottom three: Betty and her work.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

For Dad.

I'm eyeing off the broccoli, and thinking I'll present two florets (is that the right terminology?) to my dad for father's day. I know that sounds cheap, but I think he'll appreciate the homegrown sentiment, plus he loves to eat and he loves being healthy.

What are you up to for Dad's day?

ps I know I keep spruiking the broccoli, but seriously, they feel like the most exciting happening here right now.