Rhythms and rituals

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I’m in the middle of one now. As I type it is 5.30 in the morning and the rest of my house is still sleeping. Outside, it is dark and refreshingly cool. I’ve made a cup of tea in my green mug. Usually I choose my favourite stoneware mug (you’ll recognise it if you follow…

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The honeybees and me

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Oh hello. Look, that’s me in the picture!  Recently I was approached by New Zealand artist Katherine Steeds to have my portrait painted. (I know – lucky me!) It was to be one of 50 small, sepia watercolour portraits (each about the size of a postcard) which, when exhibited together, would cluster and flutter on the gallery walls…

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Thousand Postcard Project: welcome to the wild, wild west

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These are some of the postcards from my ongoing Thousand Postcard Project for 2017. Aren’t they wonderful? I am still a fan of all those blurry hotels and quarries, but these are true linen beauties!  If you’d like a postcard, you can still ask for one here. 

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Be bold for change

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Today is International Women’s Day, and the theme this year is “Be Bold For Change.” The organisers are calling on all of us to help forge a better, more inclusive, gender-equal working world.  Last night I wrote a long, impassioned blog post about gender equality in the workplace (and at home), about the pay gap in Australia,…

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Mail art – my strange imagination

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There are no themes to this latest batch of mail-art, only the bizarre vagaries of my imagination. For example, that tent with the big moon and the undergarments hanging outside: what even, Naomi? I have no idea what I was thinking, but I hope Emily liked it anyway. 

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Open windows

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Early in the morning, the rain smelled like the best smell in the whole world aside from the tops of my children’s heads, and the cooler temperatures were better than any medicine for my headache. I opened all the windows up wide and right away Ralph and his dad started to complain. “It’s too cold!” they…

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Thousand Postcard Project: 116-158/1000

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Here are some of my recent favourites from the ongoing Thousand Postcard Project. ΔΔ The postcard above just really appealed to me. At the time, I couldn’t tell if it was the colours or composition but, later, I realised it was because it reminded me of the badly-drawn book covers on the old Mary Stewart novels…

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Pie fail

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This is an appeal to the people of Florida, to rescue their famous dish from the slander that is about to follow…   While writing my way through a giant stack of vintage postcards for the thousand postcard project, I came across this wonderfully lurid recipe-card from the 1960s or 70s. The children and I decided we had…

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Pop-up in Melbourne: free twilight cinema by the bay

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Listen up Melbourne friends, there is a pop-up open-air cinema in town for February, and it is FREE. Head down to Docklands on a Friday night this month (every Friday EXCEPT this Friday) to watch some classic 80s movies from the comfort of your own picnic rug. Have you been to Docklands recently? We wandered…

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Animals in sweaters

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I am super tired this morning, and entering the week already exhausted is never fun. I was going to (try to) write you something insightful and meaningful, but my brain just won’t cooperate. So instead, I decided to share something altogether lighter: animals in sweaters!  The chickens, from Cornwall in the UK, are wearing knits…

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Talking trees

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Yesterday I listened to this TED Talk by Suzanne Simard that blew my mind. Actually first I listened to Suzanne being interviewed on the TED Radio Hour (here’s the transcript), then went across to listen to her whole talk. It sent me reeling, and I spent the rest of the day thinking about it over and…

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Thousand postcards > 86/1000

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The other day as I sat at my desk writing on old postcards (they smelled like old books), Scout sidled up to me. “Postcards, postcards, you are forever writing postcards,” she said. Then she and Ralph began rifling through the box, pulling them out one at a time to look at all the pictures. I told them…

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