Dry fly fishing the Snowy Mountains — fish thinkers

Warm afternoons, insects hatching and brown trout looking to the surface for a feed – A couple of weekends ago my old man and I had a great weekend fly fishing the Snowy Mountains region. After mid-week snow and rain the creeks were running well and the trout eager for well-presented dry flies. Below are […]

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Sticks in the Smoke 32: Upper and Lower Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia

STICKS IN THE SMOKE (a sketchbook in London)

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Like two wedges of Camembert pointing at each other across the cheese board, these two gardens are laid, with a whiff of France, at the edge of Belgravia. They sit within a long ‘X’ of mid- nineteenth Century Parisian style houses, tall and stately, with white stone arches 032aand pillared porches, and ornamental ironwork balconies. Built in the mid 1860s, these palatial terraces were designed by Thomas Cundy II to celebrate Gallic design and culture, echoing the newly opened French Renaissance- style Victoria Station. In fact there were 3 generations of Thomas Cundys (or would that be Cundies?), all of them surveyors to the Grosvenor Estates, spanning most of the 19th century. Between them they created the grand squares and terraces of Belgravia. This area was instantly fashionable, but I’m imagining the 3 Thomases collectively spinning in their graves at the thought that the houses they built are now some of the most expensive in the…

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Week 28: birdsong

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birdsong-collage-stitiching Listening to Birdsong (detail) ~ screen print & stitching on indigo dyed banana paper

It’s Spring and the birds are waking me up earlier and earlier each morning with their birdsong. As I listen I give thanks for where I live; this suburban setting abounds with birdlife in the paperbark forest behind and a park filled with gum trees next door.

When we lived in the Victorian high country, birdsong was a constant refrain, an orchestra of melodious sounds which woke the plants from their sleep and called us into the garden.

This week I’ve been writing my exegesis, an 8,000 word document about this project. The chapters have been divided into the process of making paper of which I’ve written in detail in this blog. Chop, Beat, Form, Pause and Birdsong. This latter chapter was a last minute addition, not technically about making the paper. Yet it was the surprise sound at…

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Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches — Styling My Everyday

It’s hot outside. Like CRAZY HOT. Too hot for the pool or the sprinkler or even a walk to the mailbox. You know what it’s…

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6 Winter Fitness Fashion Trends to Inspire Your Workout Now

Newszoom – Ok, just because Summer is over and sweater season is just around the corner doesn’t mean your fitness routine has to “fall” by the wayside this season. Lucky for you, fitness fashion trends this Winter are hotter than ever– from color blocking to faux leather and peek-a-boo mesh there is something for everyone. Just because you are staying active doesn’t mean you can’t look amazing while doing it.

We know the secret to getting yourself to the gym really isn’t a workout buddy but getting excited to wear a whole new wardrobe, so make this Winter your fittest yet! Here are six fun trends you can wear now.



Who wouldn’t want to gear up in a sleek all-black getup, which consists of a performance-packed mesh sleeve top and breathe-easy, mesh leggings. This style has attitude, and will leave people wondering: Did she really wear that to boot camp?  We love it..

Lattice work


Lattice work is where it’s at. This crop will tie up all your workout wardrobe’s loose ends. Strap it on for a high intensity run or take it to the studio for a Pilates session. This crop top and capris will keep you sweat-free and moving to the beat. So when its starting to get chilly outside, it doesn’t mean you have to stop looking hot while working out.

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