Edinburgh – through the red velvet curtains

Edinburgh – through the red velvet curtains

When Beth googled “magical places in Europe” to visit during our big adventure, I noticed a shift in my thinking. It wasn’t just castles that seemed magic, but it was like there was some indefinable sparkle in the air where almost anything seemed...
How to make a video sketchbook tour using an iphone

How to make a video sketchbook tour using an iphone

Am I the only one who excitedly grabbed my iphone and filmed a sketchbook tour only to find that the video stood sideways on its tail? This will probably be one of those “duh” moments to the more mobile phone oriented amongst us, but I struggled with working out how...
Bodiam Castle, East Sussex – the land of knights

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex – the land of knights

“Castle!” calls my daughter from the back seat as we round the bend in the highway. It is our third day in England and we still can’t believe that castles and medieval churches seem to pop up on the landscape every few minutes, interspersed by Tudor buildings and...
Robertsbridge and the land of my ancestors

Robertsbridge and the land of my ancestors

My mum was a very keen genealogist, and long before the internet she spent years researching our family history in person, gathering birth and death certificates, visiting cemeteries, hand searching shipping records and writing letters to potential relatives. It was a...
The Netherlands – my childhood home

The Netherlands – my childhood home

I figure that I am spiritually about 10% Dutch. I lived in Holland for six of the first ten years of my life, and I have wonderful memories of that time – memories that have been soaking back into my veins and reclaiming my soul since the minute we stepped on a KLM...
Magical mystery tour – Europe 2016

Magical mystery tour – Europe 2016

As I type this I’m looking out over the English countryside and a historic village dating back to 1176. To some people that may not sound like much, but as a Melbourne girl I can’t believe I’m sitting here with this view in front of me. It is simply magical. For at...
View from Mount Dandenong

View from Mount Dandenong

During winter weekends we tend to hide under our blankets in front of the tv and hibernate, but every so often we need to head out into the fresh air and shake our limbs out a little. There is only so long we can stay inside without going stir crazy. The thought of...
Spring has sprung – or has it?

Spring has sprung – or has it?

No it definitely hasn’t! Here I am in a chilly Melbourne in mid June with the heating on full pelt, thinking fondly of days when the weather will warm up again. I’ll admit I can’t really complain. It’s all relative. I did live in Canada for a...
Broken Hill – the Living Desert

Broken Hill – the Living Desert

My husband and I were in Broken Hill for a few days while I ran some workshops, so during the evenings we dashed around to see the sights we had missed last time  – including the Living Desert just outside town. We had a few false starts as we followed a GPS...
ANZAC Day March, Melbourne 2014

ANZAC Day March, Melbourne 2014

It’s a while ago now, but I thought I’d share a sketch I did while standing in Swanston Street with my daughter watching the Anzac Day parade pass. A hundred years after Gallipoli the ANZAC spirit is still strong, and it is easy to feel a lot of pride for...