Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday in Pictures

Apple pie!

Saturday, August 30, 2008


This was the greatest pie ever made. You are very lucky to have it shared with you, even in mouth-watering picture form. Our lazy Saturday afternoon was filled with honey, cinnamon and over-ripe apples... can you imagine anything better?

When I asked if there was anything better than Saturday afternoon pie, I obviously didn't take into account Rupert's preferences... There really isn't anything quite as good as milk left in the bottom of a glass, is there, Rupert?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday in Pictures: 5 Reasons I Love My Sundays

1. Sleeping in with good company

2. Brunch in the sunlight (and most importantly, tiger toast!)

4. Tea with good company

5. Taking time to appreciate the foliage

5. Home-made pizza for dinner.

I hope everyone has had a lovely and rejuvinating weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

An Evening's Work

These are the drawings I did tonight, all of the ones in the collection above are done with a japanese brush and ink stone, and the last one with a rather horrible bleeding biro.
For every good one there's about six kind of wonky ones, but that's the way it goes I guess. What do you think?

Friday, August 22, 2008


My introduction to classical music can be credited almost entirely to my darling Roman. Of course I'd been learning about classical music in class since year 7 but it was rammed down our throats in a very unappealing way, especially when it came to attending Meet the Music concerts at the Opera House.
These concerts were treated as a good opportunity for mucking up as much as possible (one recalls vividly a fellow student crying out 'You're not meant to clap between movements! FUCK!' just as the applause subsided...) and not for listening to the mixed quality selection of classical and modern Australian art music.
And then... (please insert your own swelling string section here) I fell in love. I had just turned 17 and suddenly there was this incredibly sophisticated smart boy who knew everything about everything. I was instantly dedicated to bettering myself and my musical knowledge enough to impress him. Not only did I seem to impress the boy, I found that the music I was introduced to quickly became intoxicating.
So here, more than a year and a half later, is my personal classical music canon (boom!) by composer:

Allegri - Miserere Mei, Deus
Bach - Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major & Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach/Gounod - Ave Maria
Dvorak - Symphony No. 9: "From the New World"
Elgar - Nimrod from the Enigma Variations
Faure - Requiem, especially Pie Jesu and Libera Me
Handel - Selections from the Messiah - 'The Trumpet Shall Sound', 'All We Like Sheep', 'Death, Where is thy Sting?', 'Glory to God'.
Holst - St. Paul's Suite & Mars from The Planets
Mozart - Requiem, especially Confutatis & Lacrimosa
Rachmaninoff - Vespers, especially Bogoroditse Devo (please excuse my incredibly poor Russian spelling)
Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee
Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre & Symphony No. 3 (Organ)

I've had to control my desire to add about 50 arias from various operas because they will make their own canon at some point in the future.

I hope you enjoy my selections...

Thursday, August 21, 2008


The blooming of the cherry blossoms inspired me...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday in Pictures

1. The Story of a Fire

2. The Story of My Soup

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday in Pictures. Minus pictures.

My camera is currently having the pleasure of sitting in my dear friend Anna's bag. I put it there during a very (ahem) interesting Saturday night romp, and forgot to collect it at the end of the night.
So unfortunately, possums, I have no Sunday in Pictures this week. It was a very uneventful Sunday anyhow.
I thought, instead, I'd share some of my favourite photos from the museums of London, especially the sculpture because I am preparing to write a horrible long essay on classic sculpture and would like to think about it a bit before I get into it.

One of the most perfect, simple feminine forms I have ever seen
This statue is about 4 times life size, and the facial expression is just incredible. I was struck particularly by the passion in his eyes.

Courage and Cowardice.
Beautiful, soft Aphrodite.
Part of the Elgian marbles. The fabric folds are so exquisitely detailed.
Maybe I'm just silly and old fashioned, but I agree with my Art History lecturer - classical Greco-Roman art and architecture really is the apex of Western culture.
I hope you've enjoyed looking at my favourite marbles, from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Finding Blue

Inspired by The Bower Bird.

Top to bottom: Sunset over the Thames, my grandmother's beautiful blue china tea set, a lonely blue hydrangea peeks out of its pink and purple friends, whipped cream clouds over Hyde Park in London, and my favourite blue brocade fabric from my year 12 costume design project.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday in Pictures

The bougainvillea says good morning to the sun. Now that is a real blue sky.

It's nice and warm in the sunny morning air.

My ploughman's brunch: cheese toasted sandwich, pickled gherkins, pickled onions, cherry tomatoes, cheddar slices, strawberries and orange juice.

Yes, orange juice. Very high in vitamin C. Waking up before midday is thirsty work!

Oh dear. I have a bit of tidying to do in my room.

Three hours later, clothes are hung and books are neatly ordered on my shelf. Only the best books get this honour, as space is limited (the rest are in piles in a cupboard nearby).

So maybe I didn't do much but sit in the sunlight and clean my room, but I'm still tired. And looking very forward to a good night's sleep with Stella (left) and Bugsy (right... my puppy Rufus seems to have vanished beneath the covers).

I hope Monday brings you some joy, despite the Monday-ness of it.