Monday, November 29, 2010

My Year In Yes.

So, I am very excited to show you what is essentially my first published work!

This year I was able to participate in Sarah Von of Yes And Yes' 2011 Year In Yes calendar - and, well, here it is!

It's only available online and you can get it for US $18.50, which includes postage to anywhere in the world.

It's VERY exciting.  It will be June all-year-round in my house next year!


It's been a while since I took any photos, but today I loaded up the camera and walked around the Waterworks Reserve.  I took some photos with my Pentax too, but you'll have to wait for those.

Giant milk crate.
Giant milk crate in Waterworks Rd.

Exotic wildlife.
Exotic wildlife in Waterworks Rd.

Great Fuzzies War of 2010.  Jeremy lost.
Great Fuzzies War of 2010.  Jeremy lost.


Striated Pardelote.
Striated Pardelote.  (I promise this is not going to turn into a birding blog but I was quite pleased with this photo!)
Jeremy stalking the striated pardelotes.  It's a bit hard to see but they were nesting in the cracks in the wall.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Barrack St, 8am.


Last weekend was my 26th birthday.  Gosh, I'm getting old!  I had some friends round for lunch, and we ate and ate and ate.

I didn't manage to get any good pictures of my guests, but here's the cake..


It's Elizabeth David's chocolate almond torte.  I make it every year and it's never failed me!

To make it, you do this:

Preheat the oven to 375F (190C), and line a 20cm springform tin with baking paper.

Separate 4 room-temperature eggs, with the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another.

Melt 200g dark chocolate (the best you can get, and at least 70% cocoa solids) with 150g chopped unsalted butter in a stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.  Remove from heat and cool.

Beat the egg yolks and 100g caster sugar until pale and thick.  Beat in the melted chocolate/butter mixture and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Fold in 100g blanched almond meal.

In a clean, dry bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy.  Add 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (I usually omit this, it's not really necessary) and continue whisking until soft peaks form.  Sprinkle in 50g caster sugar and whisk until stiff peaks form.  Fold about 1/4 of the whites into the chocolate batter to lighten it.  Quickly fold in the rest of the whites and mix only until just incorporated.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes or until ready.  Remove and cool.  The cake will rise during baking but falls during cooling, leaving a crisp and cracked crust.  Once cool, run a spatula around the inside of the pan before undoing the tin.  Dust with icing sugar and serve with strawberries and thick double cream.

Bicentennial Park.

The rain stopped, so we went for a little walk up the hill this evening before the sun went down.

Bicentennial Park.

Bicentennial Park.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Henry Talbot, Wooloomooloo girl, 1952-1953.

Saturday, October 9, 2010



A terrible photo, but I wanted to share what I found when I got home from work this afternoon.  Yes, that's a thermal coffee mug.  My boyfriend is awesome.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Snow day.




From a month or so ago.  The first and third photos are from my Pentax K1000, and the middle one is from an Olympus Trip 35.


(Apologies in advance - this is a very image-heavy post..)

I shot my first roll of black and white film in ten or so years, and I'm pretty pleased with the results!  

These photos are from all over - Sullivan's Cove, Salamanca, Long Beach and Kingston Beach.  

What do you think?  I love how they look but it's so expensive these days to buy and develop black and white film that I won't be doing it too often.














Monday, September 27, 2010


Sunday/Monday afternoon outings have become a bit of a Thing in my household.  Today we braved the freezing wind and icy rain and ventured to Kingston beach.  Luckily, we were rewarded with sunshine and rainbows!

Kingston Beach, Mt Wellington.

Kingston Beach.


Jeremy at Kingston.


Kingston Beach.
I'm seriously keen to move down there now - housing is super-cheap, and getting to live next to such a pretty beach would be wonderful!  The only snag would be the commute into town every day...  we'll see.  It's tempting!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday afternoon.


J and I went walking yesterday afternoon in the hills surrounding our suburb.

Look!  Up in the sky!


My sensible hiking shoes.





I like the way these boots are just hanging out in the window.  I like the reflection in the upper windows, too.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Spring in a Mason jar.

Spring in a mason jar.

More pilfered blooms.  I love cherry blossoms and daffodils - they signal the end of winter and that means my birthday is right around the corner!

Later on this afternoon I'm going to go for a walk with Jem and take some pictures, but for now I'm relaxing at home and making the most of the breezy sunshine by tackling my mountain of laundry.

Hope you've had a lovely weekend!  xoxo

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stuff I like today.

You all know I love JTE.  His brand new album magically landed on my kitchen table for me to find when I got home this afternoon.  Thanks, mister postman!
I also love picking flowers from the side of the road to pretty up my little house.  My boyfriend calls it stealing but I call it sharing.  What do you think?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Check out these amazing long-exposure photos of fireflies by German photographer Kristian Cvecek - they're just stunning! 

Via the Daily Mail.

Spot the difference.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


I watched The Warriors last night and, today, came across this set of photos taken in the NY subway in the 1980s.  I like it when life works in sync. 

Terry is as tough as Marlon Brando.

I'm stuck at home tonight with red wine, cherry chocolates and YouTube.  Every time I watch this video I find myself wishing my hair would flip like Kirsty's.  As for the song, it's wonderful and always makes me smile.

(Also check out this video, featuring Lemmy on guitar!)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mt Nelson, Sunday.

Sunday, Mt Nelson.

My young friend Mary took this awesome photo of me with my Olympus Trip 35 last weekend.  I love it that I can step out my front door and be in dense bushland within 5 minutes.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Harlem River Blues.

My favourite, Justin Townes Earle, is releasing a new record next month.  Do yourself a favour and download the single, Harlem River Blues, for free here from Bloodshot Records.