Monday, February 25, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Sunday afternoon down at the wharf after fish and chips up at the light house. Possibly his favourite way to spend an afternoon. Sometimes during the week, he asks if we can go up to the lighthouse or down to the wharf. I took so many photos it was hard to choose. For once I had more than enough photos... normally he stops after two and exclaims "no more photos please mummy". 

I love this one the best because after this concerning look that he gives his daddy, he breaks out in loud song.... singing "row, row, row your boat" attracting all the attention of the local fishermen. Bless him. 

Pop over to Jodi to play along with the 52 project. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013


My husband's cooking a roast dinner, my son has been quietly pottering around all day, I've been drinking cups of tea and napping. For the first time in a long time, we have had a cool, overcast, rainy Saturday. Perfection. A welcome relief to the weather we have had lately. I hope tomorrow is just the same. Only tomorrow I will start to pack my bags for the travel that awaits next week and will last the whole of March. Yes, March already, oh my goodness and that means my baby will turn 3! I won't get ahead of myself. I will take each day as it comes and welcome it with open arms. For now, I'm indulging in being home with my two loves. Happy weekend, I hope it's a homely one for you also. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

River Dreaming - Travel

 As I look over my scheduled calendar for 2013, it seems I am in for a year of airports and living out of a suitcase. While it's mostly work related travel, I do hope to add a few more stamps to our passports at the end of the year for a special little treat. For now it's Canberra (next week), then Cairns, then Melbourne, then Sydney, then Brisbane, then Cairns, then Sydney - that's up until August anyway. It may not sound like much to the seasoned traveller, but living remote means that I have 400Km to travel before I reach my nearest domestic or international airport. Normally that means a small plane flight or a long drive south before any of the 'real' travel begins. Certainly doesn't leave much time for visiting the River Nest for the first half of the year. 

It breaks my heart to wave goodbye to my boys at the little old Cooktown airstrip, but at the same time I believe it's healthy for a mama to have a moment to herself, although there is a fine line when trying to find the balance. This year though, Caleb & Ba'il will hopefully be joining me on more than a couple of trips away, which settles my nerves a little because I've had years of travelling solo for work and leaving the boys at home. The reality of lonely nights in a hotel room is all too hard to think about until it happens, as it's night times that I miss them most. It's hard work, the preparation of packing and trying to make things easy for my boys while I'm away, having all the sheets washed, meals cooked and frozen, housework done and dusted, tying not to miss them soooo much, trying to maintain all my usual business emails, reports and funding applications that continues even when I'm away. I'm exhausted just writing about it but there's something exhilarating about it all.

Although all the travel makes for an emotional working lifestyle that is often exhausting to maintain, there's something I truly love about getting to visit Australia's big smokes regularly. It may have something to do with the change of pace (I slow down while everyone else is going fast), or the fact I get to blend into the crowded streets which is a welcome break from tiny towns where you can't go out without bumping into a dozen people. It could be the sensory overload of concrete, traffic, food smells, mobile phones and everyone on their own little adventure. Whatever it is, I like it. This year I'll also be taking some first time travellers with me, from the community I work in, which will make some of the trips extra special. Lately these photos have helped me to manifest my courage for all the travel I have ahead. 

One day really soon I will find the perfect globe, so I can show Ba'il all the places that I go. 

Probably the thing I love most about visiting cities is indulging in amazing food.... something that is a rarity when you live remote. We are all very very excited about our special trip to Melbourne, which will be filled with celebrations and quite time exploring  inner city cafes, like Milkwood

While I'm in Canberra I plan on checking out a few amazing bookshops I stumbled across a few years ago and also visiting the National Art Gallery to be inspired by the amazing exhibitions that are currently showing. 

It's all about taking the opportunity to do the things I don't normally have the chance to do living remotely, and filling the gaps that are left while I am away from my precious little family with a few good books, a little bit of art, delicious food and inspirations to take home with me.

Sunday, February 17, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013." 

My boys hand in hand, on a little Saturday morning outing. It's good to be home and have the weekend together. A typical tropical morning, calm water, beads of sweat covering our faces and trying to spot crocodiles from the shore. Love. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Weekends are for wondering.

This week has been hectic, or maybe it's been closer to chaos. When Friday came around I was ever thankful to feel the whirlwind slow. So when we woke after our ritual Saturday sleep in, we headed into town to pick up some local produce at the little Cooktown market, have breakfast at Capers and a play on the wonderful music ship (made completely out of recycled materials that make the most amazing sounds). 

A typical steamy Saturday morning in Cooktown. Calm water, boats, frangipanis, a playground with a view, local coconuts ($1ea), and massive limes (6 for $1). The perfect start to a very slow, relaxed weekend. I am ever so thankful for the simplicity of Cape York living and this little seaside town that is our home for now.

I hope your weekend is as slow and steady as ours. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013."

A little late this week.... And captured on my phone during a hectic few days of traveling. My darling Ba'il boy is such a wonderful little traveller and totally obsessed with planes. His face is glued to the window of the general aviation as he watches the little plane get ready to take us back home. Armed with his feather he found, he's ready to fly up, up, up in the sky.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

River Dreaming - Soothing

On this lovely summery Saturday I'm being inspired by soothing colours of lilac, soft pink, teal, lavender and orange. There's something about these colours that make me feel a few degrees cooler and oh so very calm. 

Life is good, indeed it is. 
Yoga, water, sun and light, I love a long yoga inversion. 
Lavender, one day I'll have a garden full. 
Floral ice cubes, a perfect idea for a summer dinner party. 
Oh so sweet, a perfect nook for a child's room. 

I hope your having a beautiful Saturday. Our day started with a little bit of rain and some berry french toast. After the rain cleared, the temperature started to soar and we spent most of the morning in the pool. This afternoon I look forward to making homemade pizzas, lazying around reading and catching up on a few odd jobs around the house. Tomorrow we are off on an adventure. Until then, enjoy your weekend! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

At Work - Lately

The week has flown on by and I can't quite believe it's Friday. It all seems a little bit of a blur. My week has been filled with amazing colours and transforming masterpieces that will be ready for exhibition in Sydney and possibly Brisbane later on this year (including a very exciting film). There's been filming, script writing, idea throwing, exhibition discussions, artist prepping and business as usual at the Art Centre this week. I'm so thankful to be on this journey with all the inspirational artists I work with, especially the amazing Elder women whom tell the best stories from their youthful days over our daily lunch together. Today they shared one of their favourite recipes to make chilli cordial..... I'll share it with you a little later when I attempt to make it. For now, it's back to answering the last of my emails and planning for the week ahead. Happy Friday! 

Monday, February 4, 2013

At Work

First day back at the Art Centre for 2013. Surrounded by pretty colour palettes and enthusiastic artists. The workshop is full of new paints, brushes and rolls of linen that are bound to get a work out in our 2 week artist residency with Sydney based artist Joel Dickens. It's nice to be back, surrounded by colour, splashes of paint and the chitter chatter of artists while they create. I'll be posting more bursts of colour over the next two weeks as the residency unfolds. Happy Monday and I hope you have a creative and colourful week!

Sunday, February 3, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013."

It's hot. It seems like the wet season has forgotten to rain (this week anyway). And while the humidity is totally unbearable we spend our afternoons lounging around in our bedroom, enjoying the air conditioning, reading books, watching movies on the laptop, and playing with planes. Come afternoon we will all be crossing our fingers for a refreshing thunder storm (most unlikely) and when the sun starts to set, we will go outside for a swim and make the most of the last few hours of our weekend.

Pop over to the lovely Che & Fidel to play along! 

Friday, February 1, 2013

 After a month of solitary confinement at home, my funding applications are in (cartwheels)! On Monday it will be time for me to return back to the Art Centre for 2013, hitting the ground running with a 2 week artist residency and a film making workshop. So for now, I'm looking forward to an incredibly restful weekend. In and out of the pool, watching movies all together on our bed in the air conditioning and maybe even some baking. Oh and lots of little nanna naps. I hope you've had a fabulous Friday!