Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Enjoying the light

I love daylight savings. Never mind that at the moment I can't get to sleep at night or up in the morning, it's worth it for those precious hours of warm, dewy, after work light.

This year, I'm determined to make the very most of it. This is my to do list:
  • Drink sangria and eat burgers at Rooftop Bar
  • Welcome the season with a weeknight laksa feast (done!)
  • Take long strolls Carlton Gardens with my lover
  • Eat in the courtyard by paper-bag lantern light, listening to Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons
  • Host grand night picnics with crotcheted blankets, gourmet cheese platters and citronella candles.
  • After-work gardening (one of my favourite kinds).
  • Window shopping on Gertrude Street
  • Moonlight Cinema at the Botanic Gardens.
  • Find the taco truck.
It's going to be a long, gorgeous* summer.

*I say this now, but you can bet that the moment the mercury reaches 30 degrees, I'll be grumpy, wilted and dreaming of the the comforts of winter.


Sunday, 2 October 2011

Back in the game

Phot taken on my superheadz camera in Stanley last Easter

I've decided to start blogging again.

It's hard to know where to begin. Much has changed since my last post almost a year and a half ago. I live in Melbourne now, I work full time, I've lost my creative writer's voice to the world of statistics, qualitative analysis and policy recommendations. There is a double space after every full stop. I can't find my camera cord.

But much has stayed the same. I still live with a beautiful man. I still garden and bake and craft, and go on weekend adventures. I also occasionally eat at hip Melbourne restaurants, discover hidden shops, and walk through beautiful Victorian-era parks. Camera cord discovery pending, I think I have some valuable things to share. And to maintain my resolve, I've even planned some of my future posts. They may include:
  • home-made flavoured teas
  • a guide to my favourite farmers markets
  • fabric dyeing
  • bushwalking in the Dandenongs
  • my summer vegetable garden plans
  • a gastronomical guide to full-time work
  • my all time favourite cookbooks
I'm really hoping that re-opening this space to document my creative adventures might lead to a few more finished projects, a broadening of my experience of this fine city, wilder experimentation in the kitchen. More photographs taken, a life better documented. It's easy to let work (both vocational and domestic) get in the way of life, and I hope that this blog gives me a chance to slow down, to create rather than consume, and spread a little virtual rose scent through the interwebs.