Sunday, April 28, 2013


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

What a sneak. He's eating the bait (cheese left over from lunch) which he is meant to be fetching for his father who is fishing behind him. Love these river moments. 

Pop over to the beautiful Che & Fidel to see all the lovely inspiring portraits. 

By the River - Lately.

By the full moon Caleb worked, for nearly a week and what an amazing transformation he made to our 'top shed'. With a few coats of paint and some little homely touches, our first three walls are absolutely amazing. Oh how good are the simple things in life?  With the help of Caleb's brother (on a daily basis), visits from my sister, and material donations from friends and neighbours, I am really in awe of how much 'love' this nest is being made out of.

Each evening we cooked dinner as the sun set over the mountain ridge and we were entertained by the fire while we admired the day's simple achievements. Over the weekend, we slowed our pace to enjoy the amazing country where our little river nest lays. We walked through the paddocks day dreaming and spent the afternoon by the river fishing for bream and in the canoe trying to spot platypus. Throughout the day Ba'il will randomly announce "I love my top shed so so much" or "Thanks so much Daddy for building me a top shed". My heart skips just a little bit while as I see him enjoy the simple things like sticks, stones, leaves and delight in the company of his beautiful family and cousins. 

The big picture is coming together oh so wonderfully, however the 'top shed' is really only a tiny portion of the big River Nest dream. In reality our grand River Nest dream may take anywhere up to ten years for us to achieve while we work so far away from our distant home. Each time I visit I get a little more impatient, and I have to remind myself that - one day, one day really soon (in the grand scheme of things) we will be living off the land and living our simple dream. It's the journey that's important right? Not so much the destination. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


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

He asked to go fishing. We ate fish and chips, threw a line in the water and watched the sun set. Delighting in the simple things, just him & I. 

Pop over to the lovely Che & Fidel to check out all the wonderful portraits. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Top Shed.... In the Making.

And so it begins...the making of the top shed. Sitting high up the back of our property, the old rustic top shed has begun her mighty make over. In just two days, we have windows, wall frames, and a start to the kitchen. 

Over the weekend, I contemplated colour palettes, started the endless paint job, and rummaged through scrap piles of hard junk that will be at the heart of this make over process. The boys had the circular saw and nail gun running in full force (until all hours of the morning) as they made up the framework for the walls which will be cladded in scrap bits of tin and old timbers and started the amazing kitchen. 

As it all came together I fell deeper into my daydream of the finishing touches I would give to the space to create the feeling we envision. As Sunday morning came around, Ba'il and I packed our bags and put on our sad faces as we headed on the long road back north to return to work and routine for another week. Next weekend, we will travel the distance all over again (800km return) to spend a few more nights with paint brushes and hammers in hand before we head even further south on a very exciting adventure! 

Photos from the top - 
- The production line, looking out to the mighty thunder box and makeshift bush shower. 
- Me, painting. The boys, measuring. 
- Plum trims.
- Little details. 
- Colour sampling. 
- Kitchen view. 
- Late night workers. 
- Morning light looking down onto the paddocks. 

Monday, April 15, 2013


A little reminder for the start of the week... as I embark on three weeks jam packed with travel. A little overwhelmed by the thought of more long drives, airports and suitcases, I am so grateful to be spending most of this trip away with my beautiful boys. I hope your week is off to a great start! 

Sunday, April 14, 2013


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

Sun drenched, at the beach - our Sunday ritual. Always too busy for a photo, especially at the beach! 

Friday, April 12, 2013

River Dreaming - A Change of Season


Today I'm inspired by the beautiful images above, some simple ideas that may help with your transition into the new season. A change of season is defiantly in the air, I can feel it, can you? How I love the autumn change! I could almost burst, I'm so excited about winter! For us, winter means clear skies, camping, fires, festivals, hot teas and soups!

At home I'm burning eucalyptus oil in nearly every room to scare away any flu germs (Ba'il is sounding a little snotty), drinking hot chamomile tea to keep warm on the inside, making lime cordial (our lime tree is loaded) to increase our vitamin c intake, cleansing crystals to reenergise our home and lazying around while it continues to rain. 

I'm defiantly making the most of this weekend before our travel starts all over again. As the season changes and the tropical humidity begins to disappear, I'm determined to do as much as possible for my family to eliminate our chances of the common cold finding it's way into our household. This 'winter' we simply don't have time to get sick yet sometimes it's absolutely inevitable when our wee one goes to daycare and we work with so many different people. So as the season continues on it's change, I'm going to make sure I can pack as many natural vitamins into our meals as possible, stay on my eucalyptus buzz, keep our house spic and span (cleanliness is godliness) and maybe even get the warm clothes out a little earlier than normal. 

I hope your Friday afternoon is just perfect and you have a beautiful start to your weekend with tiny glimpses of winter sneaking through! 


Sunday, April 7, 2013


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

By the ocean, a weekend tradition. It's good to be home - all together. Finally.

Not long now before we head off again. This time to Sydney to spend a few days by the ocean with my beautiful boys. Another big trip, a long long way from home. I'm ever so excited about taking part in Jodi & Tim's The Creatives while I'm down there! 

Pop over to the lovely Che & Fidel to see all the portraits for week 14. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

River Dreaming - The Start of the 'Top Shed'

The next few weeks are incredibly exciting for us. A change is in the air, and as my husband transitions into a new job, he will take a few weeks to start the transformation of our 'top shed'. I've been waiting for this moment for what feels like forever. 

The top shed sits at the very top of our River Nest and over looks the whole property as well as the tops of the rolling mountains that protect the valley which our property is nestled in. It's a space on our property that I absolutely adore. Over the last few months, we have set up a temporary kitchen and pitched our tent under the roof. We have cooked on the open fire and the boys built a classic thunder box dunny and outdoor bathroom. Over the years the top shed will hopefully transform into a working artist retreat. However to start with, it will become our rustic home away from home and will be our own special space for when we travel down from Cape York to spend time on our property. 

The top shed project is something I've been dreaming up since we first purchased the property. Deep inside of me, there is a distinct feeling I want to give this space as it is transformed through 100% up-cycled hard junk and bits and pieces we have collected from garage sales and second hand dealers. I'm hoping by the end of the year, it will be fully enclosed with tin and stone walls, have a functioning semi-outdoor bathroom and a big open kitchen, and maybe even a garden or two. Our gypsy shed will finally be home to our eclectic bits and bobs and provide a warm, incredibly rustic, cosy space for my ever travelling little family.