Thursday, January 31, 2013

One for the people

It's been another week of firsts for me so once again I've been a bit thwarted with my posts...there are a couple of markets I wanted to mention today.
Image via www.peoplesmarket.com.au
The final People's Market in Collingwood is on from today and all weekend.  Looks super cool and I've been meaning to check this one out over the summer but time has got away from me.  Categories on their site list workshops, art, eat, market, music and retail so lots to see and do there.

Closer to home the Olympic Village Summer Makers Market is also on this Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm at the Olympic Village off Southern Road in Heidelberg West and if I didn't have a prior engagement, I'd be toddling along to this one to say hello to some of the market people.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A weekend to remember

Time seems to have got away from me since the year started.  I was meaning to write a few more posts last week but a trip down to the peninsula, another wedding in the Yarra Valley and the long weekend seem to have taken precedence.

I'm not quite ready to start the madness of school, kinder, childcare and work again but like most working parents, I don't think I have much choice!  I have picked up a new client in Avant Card which is going to keep me pretty busy this year on the work front and I am excited to be working for them - more on that as the year continues.
Me and Mr R at Helen's Hill Estate
My Marilyn shot - was a bit windy on that hill! 
Mr Rosanna and I went to another wedding in the Yarra Valley over the long weekend - this time at Helen's Hill Estate in Coldstream.  One of the highlights was seeing kangaroos jumping through the open hills as the sun was setting - a real Australia Day celebration!  We also ducked into the Coldstream Brewery in between the ceremony and reception which was pretty cool for the live music, great food and drink and mixing it with the locals.
Image via Trip Advisor

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hills and valleys


Mr Rosanna and I actually made it to the Supper Market at The Abbotsford Convent on Friday night and had a great time.  Despite the cooler weather, it was packed!  While there was a variety of international food on offer, we opted for the wood fired oven pizzas made at the Convent bakery given we had two little hungry boys in tow.  They also enjoyed the live rockabilly band and ice creams to top off the evening before we headed back to Rosanna.  I'm not sure if it was just the cool change coming through or the position of the convent up on the hill but make sure you take a jacket if you go to the market as it was decidedly cool and quite windy out in the open.
I've been lucky enough to also have a couple of weddings to go to in the Yarra Valley - one was at Stones of the Yarra Valley last weekend and it's a beautiful place to visit if you get a chance to go.  I've got another one this coming weekend so I get two bites of the cherry!  I love that the Yarra Valley is so close if you live in the north east.
Me at Stones of the Yarra Valley - the letters were specially made for the wedding

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday on my mind

I'll have my first local profile for the year up next week and I am slowly gearing up for another year of busy-ness.  I've had time to drift, dream and ponder these past few weeks and it's also been great to spend time outdoors and at the beach.  Mr Rosanna and I have managed to get to a few live music gigs over the summer including seeing Clairy Browne and the Banging Rackettes (who were awesome!) and Saskwatch at the Hi Fi Bar as well as US soul singer Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (who we've seen before) at The Corner Hotel.  I reckon The Bamboos at Zoo Twilights would also be worth seeing if you can get hold of tickets.
Image via www.booktopia.com.au
I've just finished reading Marrakesh by Design by Maryam Montague and if you're into Moroccan design like me, it's an inspirational read!  There is another online retailer Kulchi run by an Australian Cassandra who has spent time living and working in Morocco.  I particularly love the vintage Beni Ouarain rugs (classic design pieces) as well as the luxe-looking Handira wedding blankets (sequins!) and pom pom blankets - I love a bit of embellishment.  I've always loved the look of Arabic writing and the vintage Quaran wooden tablets used in the Moroccan madrasahs (schools) also appeal to the writer in me.  More things to add to the wish list...
Kulchi image via Temple & Webster blog
Finally, for those of you who love interior decorating and homewares in general, I've also discovered the Temple & Webster site which has some great pieces from leading Australian retailers which are 'on sale' for limited periods of time.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Energy from Stillness

Local artist Jacqueline Gwynne who has previously featured on my blog is currently showing in an exhibition called Energy from Stillness at the Yarra Arts Red Gallery in Fitzroy.  She is one of 11 participating artists exhibiting as part of this year's Midsumma festival celebrating queer culture.  I love the title of the exhibition.  It's on until 2 February with gallery opening hours Wednesday to Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.  Her image has been used below in the invitation to this event.
The Supper Market is also on at Abbotsford Convent tomorrow night and throughout summer until 1 March.  I've been meaning to take the boys to this one to enjoy some international cuisine and live music although there is also apparently fish and chips as well as pizza on offer if your tastes lean towards something less exotic.
Supper market image via www.abbotsfordconvent.com.au
More tomorrow!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pause and Reflect

Well hello there.  I'm back - I never actually went away having had a staycation here in Melbourne but it sure was nice to have a break after a manic year last year spent running from place to place - the life of a working parent with young kids...I'm planning a few more trips to friends' and family beach houses before school goes back which is the nice thing about summer if you're lucky enough like me to have somewhere to go.
Image via www.stephaniedowrick.com
It's not often we get the chance to wind down and reflect on life and the year that's been, which is the thing I loved the most about the quiet time after Christmas with no-one around and nothing to do.  I did want to share with you the book that changed my life which is Australian writer Stephanie Dowrick's Forgiveness and other acts of love.  I read this book on the back of a very dark year some 12 years ago and it was the start of an inner journey which has taken me on a very different path in life.  Up until that time I had not been a very reflective person at all - someone who was deep in denial and more interested in acquisition, achievement and the external.

What I realised was that there sometimes needs to be an internal shift, a change in consciousness and in the way we think and behave (and actions definitely speak louder than words for me these days) before our outer world can ever change and often, our outer worlds reflect our inner state of being - good or bad.  I am now living the life I always dreamt of and I have also realised life is too short to not go after the things I want in life right here and now.  Unlike last year, I don't have any resolutions for this year aside from a desire to continue meditating on forgiveness and what it means.  Do you have any new year's resolutions?