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art, music & other inspiring stuff!

one leaf wanders

“Where shall we go today?” she asked, unsure of the road ahead.

one gum leaf on linen

“What about we just go and let the rest take care of itself.”

leaf, stray linen and maple seed

“Maybe bring an umbrella. It’s one thing to be adventurous but it’s a whole other thing to be wet.”

elm design ceramic vase and vintage tablecloth

“Do you fancy some whimsy? How about a glass of colour from fat wombat farm?

vintage tea set and fat wombat pigments

Maybe I could paint you a leaf.

chinese calligraphy brushes, leaf and pigment

Just one pretty leaf.

Sprinkled with a little imagination.

chinese calligraphy brushes, vintage glass and pigments

And next thing you know we’ll be sitting on a verandah in southern Turkey dreaming up little adventures in the pre dawn light. In washed out apricots, soft pinks, sage greens and warm browns. 

“I like the sound of that,” she said.

watercolour sketch from gulsha's verandah in adana turkey

And with that she took herself off for an afternoon nap.


The lazy warmth of post Christmas.

The cicadas are still screaming.

Tis the dream season.

That wonderful window when a whole new year lies ahead waiting to be filled with new adventures.


I have my head in The Luminaries (thanks for the tip on that one Janeen). I’ve been loving Claire Lloyd’s My Greek Island Home, Sophia and Rob Palmer’s Colour of Maroc, and Lisa Clifford and Carla Coulson’s Naples – A Way of Love,  I’ve been on the mattock for two days straight chopping up our front garden, inspired by Louisa Jones Nicole de Vesian: Gardens, Modern Design in Provence. And you’ll be pleased to know I haven’t hit the water main!  We’ve been watching movies and our favourite so far has been The Way Way Back.

Lazy lazy days. I’d like a year of these please. To go.

How about you? What are you loving in this little work free window?


Ceramic vase from my clever friend Peta at Elm Design.


A tale of a gentle winemaker and art in the vines

On a dusty road in one of the prettiest valleys of Bathurst

the rod to renzaglia wines

lives a gentle winemaker and his creative wife.

renzaglia bottles and glasses

straw bale house and lavender

Simple. Soft edged. Straw baled. Sustainable. The way many of us would like to live.

sandy's rock work

Today, Mark and Sandy opened their home for Art in the Vines, one of the many events being held around Bathurst this week for BRE&D Week – which stands for Bathurst Region Eats & Drinks. The week is driven by our small band of local vignerons and the intention is to celebrate and promote the wine, food and spirit of Bathurst.

dean mobbs paint spattered clothes

Today was a beautiful example of it.

kids painting

art in the vines

Bathurst is what you’d call an emerging wine region and as an award winning wine maker, Mark plays a very important role in that.

mark renzaglia

I wish we had overstayed our welcome because I just stepped outside and the soft light of dusk is particularly beautiful this evening.

view of the vineyard and the O'Connell Valley

We lived in the O’Connell Valley for four years when we were first married and today we were back there with some of our old mates.

We know how special it can be, especially at day’s end. And especially when you’ve been able to break out the pencils. Just another ugly drawing but to sit and drink in that landscape always fills my cup.

view of the o'connell valley from renzaglia wines

Over the past week Bathurst has been periodically bathed in smoke from the fires in the Blue Mountains just to our east. Today the white plumes were there again in the distance. Tomorrow the wind is serving up her worst and there is concern that two major fires will link up causing a massive front.

Wishing you stillness. Stay safe, especially all those incredible workers and volunteers with the Royal Fire Service.

We’ve been friends with Mark and Sandy for many years and we’re in the throws of helping them with a rebrand. We’ll also be setting up a website in coming weeks. I’ll post a link and share it all when we’re done. I’m a little bit excited. In the meantime here’s Renzaglia Wines Facebook site.  Do it again next year guys. It was a lovely day.


Hill End …
the day the artists open their doors.

Hill End Artists Studios Annual Open Day

Once a year, in late September, the Hill End artists do something they don’t normally do.

hill end church

They open the doors of their studios and let the public take a peek into their world.

tiled stove in murray's cottage

Artists have gravitated to this little village in the high country north of Bathurst for decades. If the walls could talk, I’m sure they would have some deliciously shocking stories to tell …

lavender and old books

For the village is small and you know how people talk …

turkish purples and hill end verandah

And you never know what goes on behind closed doors..

Number 1 old cottage

What mysteries you might find …

detail artists studio

Hill End brings out the voyeur in you.

details from hill end press

Its textures and patterns … every time I visit I discover something new.

Something I’ve never seen before.

yellow and ochres of hill end

And once again I find myself seduced.

verandah at hill end press

greens and ochres at hill end press

Nature has her own exclusive show at Hill End too.

Old church and weathered fence

She fills the sky with cerulean blue, the verandahs with soft mauves

wisteria at haefliger cottage

haefliger cottage hill end

and chance throws in some burnt sienna.

the colours of Oz

“I am an artist.”

It is such a brave statement to make.

artist's palette and turquoise

It is fuelled with courage and fear and self doubt and magic.

detail haefliger cottage hill end

hill end fences and wall

I haven’t been brave enough to cross that threshold yet.
I am but a weary dawdler with camera in hand, rescued with hat and water by my sculptor of steel.

hogey, hats and hill end

Left wondering … could we? … should we?


Here are some other pieces I’ve done on Hill End if you’re interested.

So I picked up a pencil and got snuggled by a ghost. How was your weekend?

Hill End and a tale of seduction and The lure of gold

If you enjoyed this one, I’d be so grateful if you’d share it on your networks.


The Hill End Artist in Residency program is run through the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

Thanks to Genevieve Carroll and Bill Mosely at Hill End Press for letting me peek at your personal bits. Another lovely discovery on this visit! If you are looking for beautiful letter press wedding stationery talk to these guys. Thanks to all the other artists for opening your doors. It really is inspiring for outsiders. x

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