We’re currently on holiday break and my idea of a holiday well spent is calculated by the amount of swims I can have in one day. It is my absolute bliss to put down a towel, soak in the sun, get a bit haze-y, and then dip into the cool ocean every half hour or so. I know the UV rays are not very good for my future skin, but I don’t care, I just love that feeling of being warmed to the bone, and going home salty.
02 Object (old)
My mum recently returned a bag of albums filled with photographs from when I was a teenager. I was obsessed with taking pictures my friends on disposable cameras, so there are some real goodies in the mix, from innocent-10-year-olds to naughty-teens. Last night I went out for dinner with these same friends and took some photographs along. It was so much fun, we remembered each time and place so vividly.
03 Object (new)
I was gifted a dinner set made by local ceramicist Holly Houston of Houston Design Co. which has totally changed the way I garnish and plate my food! They’re perfectly wonky and made from a mixture of clay and black sand from the West Coast near our house.
My newly acquainted acupuncturist Ingrid, who was recommended to me by my friend Georgia. She is the kind of person that makes you feel better by just being around. She’s warm and open, but not overly so, and can read your vibe-du-jour instantly. It’s been so nice bathing in her presence for an hour each week, I’m sure her acupuncture treatment helps too!
05 Night Out
The French Café. We were seated at a table that gave us a view into the kitchen; it was inspiring to see the chefs at work. I couldn’t believe how calm it all was in there. And the food! I still dream about the oysters: served with green apple, champagne cucumber, cultured cream and elderflower.
06 Day Out
We recently drove along Great Ocean Road just south of Melbourne, a trip I have always wanted to do, and it lived up to expectations. I saw wild koala bears sleeping in trees, went zip-lining through Great Otway National Park’s forest of pale grey eucalyptus trees (forty meters up into the canopy, the trunks looked like a painting), and walked next to the cliff faces of The Twelve Apostles which was breath taking. We ended the day with a beer or two in the sun, followed by the most memorable dumplings I have ever eaten.
07 Time Alone
I love being alone! I need a little time of my own everyday. We live a little out of the city so my commute is a nice time to reflect and digest everything that is going on. I don’t mind being in the car, I make sure I have snacks and good music, I’m happy. I take lots of voice recordings during that time too, usually of ideas or thoughts that I’d like to research or explore at a later time… most of which remain un-visited.
08 Time With A Friend
My friend Greta cooked me breakfast one morning which was such a treat: sage eggs on potato sourdough with roasted pesto mushrooms and avocado + broad bean (both from her garden) smash. We prepared the feast together in her kitchen, sipping on coffee and catching up on everything other than work. Greta sent me off with a full belly, a bundle of her homegrown greens and the sweetest jasmine from her garden.
09 Movie / TV / Book
I am currently reading My Brilliant Friend; I have to admit this has taken me a lot longer to get through than probably necessary. I was given Swing Time by Zadie Smith for Christmas which I think has also distracted me. I did read the latest issue of Apartamento cover to cover, with a brilliant interview with Jessica Koslow of Sqirl and insight into the life of J.B. Blunk.
I recently watched Under The Sun, a documentary on North Korea following a young girl who joins the Korean Children's Union. Certain scenes in that film have been stirring around me ever since, especially the grand square dance where all of the locals are dressed in traditional colored dresses and perform a (quite silly) dance in unison; it was both beautiful and highly disturbing.
010 Creative Act
We’ve been gardening quite a lot lately with the warmer weather. Because of where we live, we decided that it would only be right to reintroduce native plants. It’s been so interesting selecting them. The plant I am enjoying the most is the native hibiscus flower, a delicate butter-yellow petal with a dark black center. They bloom only every other day or so, but it’s worth the wait.