good bad brilliant · it's all about me · out and about

2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

Being fifty-something, I know that the world’s a better place with whisky in it. And, as a writer, I know how creativity sparks in stunning, scenic environments, the more distant from the commitments and distractions of day-to-day life the better. (I give you Hannah Kent, Iceland and Burial Rites.) So, how did I not know… Continue reading 2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

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Touring the Great Ocean Road icons (after thirty-something years)

Being fifty-something, I love journeying back through time, revisiting places woven into my past. When I was in my late teens, the Great Ocean Road was a rite of passage: a destination for every newly licensed driver and a carload of their friends. We lived (and still do) within an hour’s drive of the sweeping coastal… Continue reading Touring the Great Ocean Road icons (after thirty-something years)

downsizing · it's all about me

Adventures into subdivision #3

If you’ve been following along, you already know that we’ve been hokey-pokeying about subdividing our principal home property. I told you a little about it here. And a little more about it here. It’s a slow old process. It’s already given us dozens of should we/shouldn’t we conversations and shiploads of stress-induced insomnia. And we haven’t… Continue reading Adventures into subdivision #3

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Lake Elizabeth, deep in the Otways

“It’s dusk. You’re canoe-gliding across a remote forest-fringed lake, the air bristling with birdcalls and eucalyptus aromas. From the water, skeletal grey tree trunks claw for the sky. Your guide gestures towards a ripple and (at last) you’ve got what you came for … a platypus encounter in the wild.” It’s months since I wrote… Continue reading Lake Elizabeth, deep in the Otways

kitchen capers

Cheeky and Chunky Roast Beetroot and Walnut Dip

Being fifty-something, I’ve got several decades worth of tinned/canned beetroot under my belt. It’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve learned to love fresh beetroot, gathered in glorious crimson-bottomed verdant-topped bouquets at the local farmers’ markets. I’ve even explored the beetroot’s lesser-known (but in some ways prettier) cousin, the choggia. And …… Continue reading Cheeky and Chunky Roast Beetroot and Walnut Dip

out and about · remembering / musing

A day at Mitchelton Wines … you had me at “Alice Cooper’s Corvette”

Three things you might not know about Mitchelton Wines at Nagambie, Victoria: Some of the winery’s original buildings were designed by renowned Melbourne modernist architect, Robin Boyd, who died before construction was completed. The winery produces around 8.5 million bottles of vino each year. Deep in the bowels of the complex, beyond the barrel room,… Continue reading A day at Mitchelton Wines … you had me at “Alice Cooper’s Corvette”

good bad brilliant · inspiring folk

The good, the bad and the brilliant: All Hallows’ Eve edition

A (roughly) weekly maybe monthly round-up of what’s got in my head, up my nose and in my heart. THE GOOD I’m not a raving fan of All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween or whatever you call it in your part of the world. I don’t have anything against it … I just never felt the urge… Continue reading The good, the bad and the brilliant: All Hallows’ Eve edition