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Feeling grateful for…

Tonight I’m feeling grateful for: The most relaxing bath after a hectic work day, thanks to this Lush bath bomb and a glass of preservative-free shiraz. A spicy and hearty dinner made while I was in the bath by my husband. Lentils, kidney beans, cajun spice, chilli patties with fresh corn on the cob, salsa and sour cream. YUM. Just YUM. The arrival of beautiful goodies from Warbotanicals. After my bath I massaged into my skin a blend of sweet almond oil, frankincense and rose geranium. Mmmmm! Reviews on the eye gel and headache balm to come!    

Home among the gum trees

Journalism is a wonderful thing. You get to meet all sorts of people, and creatures. Yesterday I visited a local koala sanctuary for a story I’m writing on these amazing marsupials. Details to come on that in the coming months, but for now here’s a photo of one very comfortable (and sleepy) koala. The rest of the weekend has been fairly quiet, which is really lovely! I had a beautiful restorative yoga session this morning with one of my favourite teachers in the world, Prue from My Health Yoga at New Farm. A great way to start a Sunday morning and hopefully a good indicator for what the rest of the week will be like. Tomorrow I start a new copywriting role in the city. Freelance writing is an incredibly hard road to follow and while I didn’t think I’d be back in a corporate sort of environment when I left my job at the paper, I’ve realised it’s a great thing to have the ‘skills to pay the bills’. I’m very fortunate I can use …

Exploring nature’s beauty: artist Georgina Hooper

Sometimes in life, you meet someone who you just get. Someone who is on your wavelength – a real kindred spirit. I first met Georgina Hooper last year, about a week before her Itadakimasu exhibition at White Canvas Gallery in Brisbane. I was interviewing Georgina for the community newspaper I was working at and had the absolute pleasure of seeing where the magic happens in her West End studio. It’s one of those spaces that just feels good. I think part of the energy comes from Georgina’s practice of ringing a bell that hangs in the entrance of her studio. Each time she walks in, she gently rings the bell – it’s a gesture with roots in Buddhist and Japanese traditions and it is instantly calming. You really feel as though the studio is a secluded little world that Georgina has made for herself. For Itadakimasu, Georgina created 90 porcelain ceramic pieces and paintings (oh, the patience and craftsmanship) that reflected the idea of mindfulness. Many of the pieces were made during her artist residency in Nakoyama, Japan, …

Friendship

Last night C & I had an impromptu dinner in Paddington, on our way home from the opening of Georgina Hooper’s exhibition (more on this here). We stopped in at Grappino, a contemporary little Italian restaurant that has big-arsed tables and chairs for two (don’t you just loathe little tables and squishy chairs when you’re at dinner? You need room to kinda just sit back and relax, you know?) While the food was awesome and jam-packed with garlic goodness (I’m keeping the vampires away today, but it was worth it) and the staff were awesome beyond words, it was a table of six women that really made my night. Dressed in matching red berets and fabulous style, they were celebrating the 60th Birthday of one of the women, who ‘dabbles in theatre’ according to one of the restaurant staff, also a good friend of the Birthday girl. Our lady of honour skipped the red beret for the night and opted for a French sea-captain’s cap, very appropriate I think. As I sat there looking at these women, who were …

Georgina Hooper: Microcosm

If you’re in Brisbane on Friday night and you can only do one thing, I suggest you head to the opening night of Microcosm. The exhibition will feature the work of artist Georgina Hooper, who has delved into Australia’s most loved underwater frontier, the Great Barrier Reef. It will change your perception of this vulnerable seascape. If you’re expecting bold and brash paint strokes and Australiana, forget it. What you’ll see are intricate watercolours that capture the beauty and thrumming nature of the reef and its marine inhabitants. Each work is a subtle nod to Georgina’s time in China and Japan, and they carry a universal message: protect what we have before it’s too late. I recently had the pleasure of spending a morning with Georgina, chatting about her work, the world around us, and what makes life so damn special. She has a beautiful outlook and is very connected to nature, loves yoga and sees the beauty in everyday objects. She’s a bit of a kindred spirit, I have to say. You can read a longer feature in the …

On #meninism and Why We Still Need the Stella Prize

Originally published on Lip, March 3 2015 I recently read a feature on the #meninism social media “movement”, which has been described as everything from satire gone wrong to a mockery of first world feminism. The piece was written by Jesse Fink, well known to leagues of Aussie sports fans for his columns and commentary across all spectrums of media. It wasn’t exactly a thought-provoking piece about #meninism or the fight for equality between the sexes, but I couldn’t stop thinking about Fink’s words. Don’t get me wrong; Fink does make some fairly interesting surface arguments about the so-called movement, which has become, as writer Petra Starke puts it, a parody of itself. Fink is a man who isn’t buying into it – and there is no way he’ll be wearing a hashtag shirt to show his support. And I applaud his side-note to ‘disgruntled young men behaving like pigs’ telling them that ‘women don’t deserve to be called “bitches” – however amusing you think you’re being’. The story started to lose me when Fink …

Take it easy Sunday

Hooray for Sunday! Feeling very lazy today and am going to take full advantage of my lazy bones – I’m not going to do much at all except catch up on some reading and listen to music. I did want to do a quick little post today though listing the things I am particularly grateful for on this Sunday morning. 90s music: Last night we ended up listening to songs from our teens – and realised how bloody old we are when we lamented how we feel sorry for “kids these days” who missed out on this decade of music. Ah nostalgia! High on the playlist was Faith No More, and as a tribute to their gig at Soundwave in Brisbane this weekend, here’s a clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPzDTfIb0DU Coffee: Need I say more? Although I am also grateful for tea because if you think I can have coffee after 12pm and be able to get to sleep that night you are mistaken, my friend. So I am grateful for peppermint and green tea in the afternoon. …