Peony Crush

If there is one flower that draws my eye whenever I am at the flower market it is the peony. No matter the price (often eye watering), no matter the air miles (often imported from overseas), no matter the times of year (aka you should know they are seriously not in season in Australia). I […]

Read More

Being Florence Broadhurst

I am quite transfixed by Florence Broadhurst. It was her birthday yesterday. She was born 117 years ago in Mount Perry Queensland and went on to become one of Australia’s most intriguing creatives. There’s quite a lot to take in through her lives and loves. But it is her legacy in the form of the Florence Braodhurst Design library – an […]

Read More

Beatrix 150

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the birth of  Helen Beatrix Potter -the noted English writer, illustrator, story teller, shrewd businesswoman, pioneering scientist, powerful landowner and conservationist. And the celebrations are building to a crescendo as we approach 28 July the date of her birth in 1866. More than two million Beatrix Potter books are sold somewhere in the […]

Read More

A lost voice now heard

My husband was privileged to be at a Book Launch in Melbourne this week. At a time where commemorative services and books surrounding Australian participation in the  First World War are coming out at a fast and  furious pace,  the launch of the book  Phillip Schuler The Remarkable Life of One of Australia’s Greatest War Correspondents made a deep […]

Read More

Map it Out

I have long been drawn to the beauty and history of physical maps – one piece of paper with so much to tell. Luckily I married a man who similarly loves his maps. What he doesn’t love so much is my penchant for gift wrapping with maps – I think they look fabulous and he […]

Read More

Wooden Spoons

Out and about at Perigian Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, I came across some beautiful (and I do mean beautiful) wooden spoons displayed along side the book The Artful Wooden Spoon: How To Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen  by Joshua Vogel a droolworthy combination of craftsmanship, beauty, and function. If you are after a visual treat, you should head […]

Read More

Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

Will you be one of the thousands today donning their floaty red dresses, wrapping a black floral scarf round your waist, pulling on the tights, tying a peony red rose choker round your neck and pinning  red roses in your hair before busting out some dance moves for Heathcliffe? Yes… 16 July is the date […]

Read More

Tiffany Bow

Look, who can resist saying hello to a gorgeous bow? I know I can’t. And let’s face it, there is certainly no shortage of styles and ribbon types with which to make a distinctive statement. Of course, like most things in life, there is a definite hierarchy of bows at the top of which sits the Tiffany Bow […]

Read More

Scented Quill

Cinnamon is one of my favourite spices. It is sweet, warm and fragrant and it looks fabulous on gift wrapping. That’s the daily double for me.  So wrappers, today it’s all about the cinnamon quill – visually striking with a wonderful scent that adds another dimension to the experience of unwrapping a gift. History.com , in […]

Read More

Reading in Oxford

I love going to Oxford. You feel a bit smarter when you step off the train and progressively smarter as you start to wander through its streets, grand colleges and into the bars and tea shops. Every conversation is just that little bit more learned, that little bit more considered. So it probably comes as […]

Read More