Thursday, May 28, 2009


Was supposed to be making quince jam tonight - got lazy and piled in the pectin, but not enough sugar. So now we have jars of quince stuff, which will be nice on yoghurt, icecream, in little tarts etc.

The photo of the quince stuff wasn't so exciting, but this is colorful!

My backyard monster

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Signs of the times

This is an ad for a new play - stealing the script of Arthur Stace's Eternity. Thought I'd leave the butt in - sort of fits the word?

And this is just a lovely descriptive sign.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Spuds glorious spuds

Yesterday afternoon we were invited to judge the cooking entries at the Trentham Spudfest. Unfortunately, there were far fewer entries than last year. And even more unfortunately, there were none from the local school children. However, the kids did get involved - they created the most delightful characters from potatoes.

Someone made the most beautiful jackets from potato sacks. The reflection from the shop window made photographing them difficult, so you won't get to see the fur-trimmed beauty.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Much excitement - 80,000 copies of my artwork

has hit the streets! The Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens ( are holding an art competition over the Queen's Birthday weekend (6-8 June) and the image I designed for the promo has been used on the front of the City of Port Phillip's newsletter. Now we are praying for lots of artists to register.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Think Ab Fab

This Evian water bottle was released in 2008 to celebrate Christian Lacroix (Christian Lacroix the costumier on at the National Museum of Singapore until Sunday 7 June The bottles were being used at Yantra, one of the many restaurants we visited in Singapore. A friend and I batted our eyelids seductively at the young waiter (as in middle aged women thinking they are conning a young man) and we left with a stomach full of delicious Indian food and a gorgeous bottle! Think I need to re-photo against a lighter background.

There - that's better.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Today's things of

A quest - to find sweet juicy figs. Suckered again today - found figs at the Gasworks farmers' market and foolishly asked the seller if they were good. Of course she said yes - wouldn't you if it was the end of the market and you still had stock you'd rather not take home? Disappointment once again. The sort of good news is that maybe, just maybe, in say five years our fig tree at the farm will produce edible fruit. Each year the fruit becomes larger - from 20c piece size to almost 'normal' size this year - but still does not ripen. Hope springs eternal.

Friday, May 15, 2009

From the sublime to ...

Today I called in to talk with the owners of Stony Creek Gallery, just out of Daylesford. Owners Linda and Michael Parker have created the most wonderful gallery - you want EVERYTHING on sale. Michael is an artist - so they created the gallery to exhibit his work and as well as showcasing the work of many other painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewellers, etc. Unfortunately, they don't have a website up just yet so you can't see the glorious collection housed there. However, this couple are most welcoming.

And then I went home and harvested pumpkins - pink banana and another variety of large lumpy green things I'll have to check what exactly. The $64 question is - are they for human consumption or cattle feed?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Curious and curiouser

Went to the St Kilda Botanical Gardens to photograph the Gardening Australia team filming in the rose garden. Watch GA on 20 June for segments filmed in the gardens.

On the way back I found a tiny doll about an inch high on a fence. Not far from where the amazing man hangs out.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Winners are grinners

In Sydney last night for the presentation of the Vogue Entertaining + Travel national produce awards. Daylesford Macedon Produce (our regional food and wine producers' group) and four members won awards. Quite an achievement and we're all very proud of Holy Goat, Daylesford Organics, Sher Wagyu and Meredith Cheese. For more info check out Vogue E+T on the bookstands tomorrow or the website.

Virgin was a sponsor, and flew us all to Sydney. The highlight of the trip was the announcement as we landed: "Those of you who chose to fly with children, please ensure you take them with you."

Thursday, May 7, 2009

An amazing man

Found this amazing sculpture in a gravel bed alongside a driveway, near home. It's small and very evocative.

Then went to Picnik and turned the image into an incredible looking graphic. A friend suggested screen printing or maybe a hi-tech splashback.