Thursday, 21 September 2017


Author's copies of Swan Lake have arrived  :0)   busy organising book launches and our group show at tussock, not to mention the illustrators' weekend here on my birthday weekend.  my head is full!
and i have an airbnb guest arriving on sunday, from prague

Monday, 18 September 2017


COMING UP THE DRIVE i arrived home to a mass of freesias out everywhere, all colours. and the wisteria is out, irises are coming into bud, spring is here.


THE CANOLA FIELDS from here to the grampians just spread and spread, from ouyen they're almost non stop and spectacular against the huge blue skies

    these guys held me up for quite a while, 100's of freshly shorn     shaun the sheeps

Sunday, 17 September 2017


THE WORKSHOPS wrapped up very happily with people swapping contacts, books that have taken shape ready to go on to the next step and a lively show and tell in the centenary hall.
I loved it, will enjoy returning next year.

annette's book of a friend's story about a fruit bat came along in leaps and bounds

show and tell - at the end of the 2day and 4day workshops we had to head down to the hall and be ready on the dot to race in, set up and look around for about 1/2 an hour.  lots of interesting stuff happening

kaye and i had coffee and wine afterwards in this great little cafe/bar, in a pretty weatherboard house behind the visitor centre, great
atmosphere and lovely light, nice wine and great company.

Headed off to helen's for the night, another beautiful roast cooked by donald mcDuck and an early night for all. helen and don's garden is looking gorgeous, Hall Gap and the grampians are lush after much rain and there was wildlife everywhere.

Thursday, 14 September 2017


LAST DAY TODAY of the four-day workshop and it's worked so well.  i wondered how we'd fill four days but everyone's been so busy sorting out their ideas and developing their books in different ways.
and with seven in the class it's been really personal, we've become friends in a really comfortable setting - despite crazy winds and deluges of rain and hail.

We found time to fill up my new slow cooker with concertina books full of leaves found in the garden here, eucalyptus, grevillea and surprisingly, crimson rhododendrons that printed a lovely soft blue/lavender/grey

the grampians look spectacular in this weather and we've been watching from our warm cosy room :0)


Tuesday, 12 September 2017


THE INTERNET'S WORKING FOR THE FIRST TIME since i've been here at hall's gap.  the workshop on the weekend went from students looking a bit overwhelmed by all the info i gave them in the morning, breaking up text, doing a storyboard, making a concertina dummy book - to having a table full of work at the end of the day, it was great to see it all jst happening in front of my eyes. at the end of sunday we had a great table of work at the show and tell event at centenary hall.

 yesterday a new smaller group  arrived - they'll have four days so it feels really relaxed and it's a great combination of people.
had a good noisy night at the pub with other tutors last night :0)