Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Drawing @ St Agnes

Yesterday Ispent the most delightful day with my sister here...
...at the stables at St Agnes Homestead in Kyneton...

Learning to do this...

...that is, I was learning how to draw with pencil and inks.  The above images are of the beautiful, nature-filled artwork by the very talented, very lovely, and very inspiring artist Sarah Gabriel. I cannot remember the last time I have felt so totally immersed in what I was doing - the hours just flew by! Such a lovely way to spend a Monday.

Not only was Sarah very inspiring, so were our lovely surrounds. Here's a few more images of St Agnes Homestead:

I very stupidly forgot to take my camera and so have to use these images from St Agnes and Lauriston Press for this post - my sister did however take many lovely photos. I'll repost or link to her post when her photos are up, in the meantime these will have to suffice. Note to self: Keep your camera in your handbag at all times! Now that's a good new year's resolution.

[Images: 1 & 5-9 - St Agnes Homestead; 2-4 -Lauriston Press]

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My kind of bookshop

The Whistling Fish Bookshop and Cafe in Robe, South Australia is my kind of book store. It's the antithesis of the hulking great chain store - it's in a small seaside town and it's quirky, individual and rustic...

There's even a 'review table' where the hand picked books are "honestly and lovingly critiqued" - you can see the review tags tied sweetly around the books:

And of course there's a cafe to while away the hours...

Now if I could just find something similar in Melbourne I'd definitely become a 'regular'!

P.S. Apologies for going AWOL - December and January are usually the busiest time of year for me work-wise and so the blogging had to take a back seat.  I'm definitely looking forward to doing much more blogging in 2012. So, belated Christmas wishes and happy new year to the very few readers I have left!
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