Monday, March 28

saturday club

Now that I'm too big for girl guides, and live a peripatetic life cultivating simplicity, I am no longer a member of any clubs or teams.  Except my marriage which is like a championship AFL side.  When Sarah from A Beach Cottage suggested the idea of a girly blog club revolving around Saturday's, photos, coffee, flower markets and tea dresses, my typing fingers were straight on the buzzer to join up.   There's no rules, just a "desire to embrace the value of down-time & find the good in life."  I think I am on my way to an honorary PhD in this field. 

Our first Saturday Club Mission was :

go out to a coffee shop
alone or with the one you love
& buy yourself your favourite beverage
take a newspaper
and take a seat
open your paper
sit a bit
relax a bit
read a bit
dream a bit
people watch a bit
imagine a bit
deep breathe a bit
but most of all
just sit and stop
and watch
and be a bit

Luckily, almost every day is like this, so I was pretty confident I could rise to the challenge.

Rode our bikes to the Community Garden for a coffee and to shoot more photos for their website.  Bought organic silverbeet and basil for our green smoothies, and eyed off the butterfly cakes. 

As non-drinking vegans, a big night out for us is a beach picnic with a shop bought tub of sorbet and a magazine each. Wild stuff. I baked a vegan quiche as a trial run for Mum to add to her family dinner repertoire.  It smelt like pizza and was suitably delicious.

Sunday, March 27

photos in australian yoga journal

Had some photos printed in the February/March edition of Australian Yoga Journal to accompany a story by journalist Sue White.  Cafe on page 72, food photos and mural on page 73. 
Om shanti om.

Saturday, March 26

couture kitchen wear

My youngest niece, Alice, is 12 and a rather creative little chicky.  She has a talent for envisioning and executing a project in the shortest time possible.  No mucking around, just action. Her latest self directed project was to make her mum an apron from grandma's fabric offcuts.  Very shabby-chic meets wabi-sabi. Double layered, un-hemmed, with a drop waist, bum hugging tie.  Black felt pen lines are visible, indicating the designers original concept and her desire to move beyond the constraints of pattern making.  To her mother's credit, she actually wears it, and pulls off quite the domestic goddess look. 

Friday, March 25

together again

I broke my rule of never driving to Perth and back in one day, for the chance to spend time with two special friends. Sadly, these days it is rare for us to be in the same state, as Zoe now works for Lululemon in Melbourne, and I'm the fair weather friend that disappears to a remote island as soon as the mercury dips below 28 degrees.  

Every good Fremantle Sunday begins with coffee, and we joined the breakfast crowd at Ootong & Lincoln for our caffeine hit, before scoring a rock star car park at Cottesloe for the last weekend of Sculpture by the Sea. We weren't alone. Free public art with a sand and ocean combo was certainly a hit with masses of families, tourists and camera enthusiasts. 

Getting together with girlfriends involves lots of hugs, laughter, squealing, problem solving and a bit of gift giving.  I bought these little handmade ceramic cups for Zoe at Jenggala pottery in Bali;  they are not a miniature sculpture stolen from the beach.. The quilt below was made by my talented mother-in-law and gifted to Louise for her little baby bunting, due in October.

Traffic was the order of the day, and I was glad the crowds lapping the streets in search of a car park weren't following us to our lunch destination, the Raw Kitchen.  Don't tell the fish and chip mob about gourmet raw vegan food, they'll all want some. As it was, there was a three way spoon fight for the chocolate and berry "cheesecake."  All the tastier shared with dear friends. xx

More cafe photos soon over at Crema and Crumbs.

Thursday, March 17

a quiet corner

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
Henry David Thoreau "Walden"

busselton community garden

Shooting some more photos for the Community Garden.  Their next farmer's market is Saturday 26th March from 8.00am.  See more images and info here.

Monday, March 14


As summer loses its hold to autumn, there is still time to slow down and appreciate the golden hour with a friend.

southern forest funnymoon part 3

Windy Harbour is a holiday settlement situated on 190 hectares of crown reserve land, surrounded by D'Entrecasteaux National Park, on the south coast of Western Australia, 27km south of Northcliffe.   Since the early 1900's around 220 cottages have been built under a leasehold tenure.  The lack of fences, seasonal occupation and a strong community spirit have generated a settlement of unique character.

A sandy 4WD track leads 15 kilometres east from the hamlet to a campsite on the Gardner River. We gave Big White her head and let some air out of her tires for an easier ride to the our site under the peppermint trees, in a sheltered spot behind the dunes. This is fishing country, and crude squatter's shacks have provided shelter for generations.  The Heartbreak Hotel is open to all, with a sign requesting campers leave it in the same condition you found it; this condition being very rustic, dusty and charming. More than a few exaggerated fishing tales would have been told within its tin walls.

After the great depression, inexpensive camping holidays on the south coast were favoured by many of the south west timber workers, especially during the Christmas break. It was during these times that the strong social ties and community spirit, which still typify the Windy Harbour settlement, were first established.  The majority of dwellings are constructed with weatherboard and fibre cement sheets - a nod to the single men's quarters of the mill towns - and given whimsical names like "Didjabringabeeralong" and "Wywurk".  The yellow house below is for sale if anyone is looking for a remote sea change.

North of Windy Harbour, Mount Chudalup punctuates the coastal plain.  I have a favour for high points, and a short walk through karri forest leads to the rocky summit was on the itinerary.  Don't be misled by the title of "Mount" - a lofty peak it is not - but a granite outcrop remaining from an ancient range, eroded over millions of years.  The views are fantastic, over the D'Entracasteux National Park area to the Yeagerup Dunes and Southern Ocean. 

After our bout of mountaineering, coffee was on the agenda at the Wine & Truffle Company near Manjimup.  Thankfully the coffee is not infused with distinct earthy flavour of "black gold", and we were entertained by the training of a newly acquired truffle dog getting his nose in.

Nearby the trufflerie is one of our state's unsung treasures.  Fonty's Pool, is a privately owned natural swimming area, with over one acre of water surrounded by grass, gardens and picnic facilities.  Officially opened in 1925, the pool was created by Archimedes Fontanini, a migrant farmer with a vision for a community pool on his property.  In recent years, public Liability insurance issues were threatening the very existence of this icon, and it was forced to close in 2005.  The land was sold, and thankfully the new owners assumed the mammoth task of rejuvenating Fonty's Pool to appease the insurers and save the pool for the next generation. Bring your tent or caravan for a sleep over in the adjacent caravan park, or take a day trip next time the weather is warm.  Chlorine free fun.

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