Grief, journals, Mandalas, Soul Food Cafe, Uncategorized, unravelling, Zentangles

My First Blog Award – The Versatile Blogger

I have been blogging since 2002 when I started my first blog The Raven in the Rose Garden so imagine my surprise the other day when I opened my emails to find that Nicole Cody of Cauldrons & Cupcakes had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I had been thinking that I had not blogged in some time and that I should make more of an effort in 2012, so this was the perfect opportunity to get back to it.

The Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

So here goes!  Seven things about me:

1. I love photography – I was given my first camera – a polaroid – for my 10th birthday

2. My favourite colour is pink

3. I would love to have a raven as a pet.

4. I live in Esperance which has the best beaches in the world

5. I am a self-taught artist

6. Writing and art journaling are among my favourite activities

7. Heather Blakey from Soul Food Cafe first introduced me to blogging.

11 recently discovered (and some not so recently discovered) blogs – in no particular order – I couldn’t come up with 15 and these 11 are important to me :

1. Collage Diva – the blog of my dear friend Kathryn Antyr; writer, artist and connector

2. Susanna’s Sketchbook – creator of the public art project Winged Messengers

3. Spiritual Evolution of the Bean – Mandala Artist Stephanie Smith

4. Provenance – The genealogical search for her family and its history

5. Sarah Salway – Writer and Canterbury Laureate

6. The Midnight Orange – sculpture artist

7. CarlyMarie Project Heal – Healing after Pregnancy & Infant Loss

8. Zentangle – creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns

9. Susannah Conway – Photographer, writer and workshop creator

10. Soul Food Cafe – where 10 years ago I started blogging.

11. On and Off the Page – Writing, Life, Art, Photography & Journaling by Lynn Fisher

Soul Food Cafe

The Soul Food Tour of Melbourne

When I knew that I was travelling to Melbourne at Easter, I immediately contacted Heather Blakey from Soul Food Cafe – we have been in contact for some 8 or 9 years – so the opportunity to catch up was too good to be true. So here are some highlights of the Soul Food Tour of Melbourne.

Our first stop was Lilies on Brougham – Tearooms, nursery and gift shop – in Eltham.




plum frangipane tart

Next stop: Victorian Artists Suppliers – located in a Heritage listed mud brick building.


Next Stop: Heide – the Museum of Modern Art and the former home of John & Sunday Reed. (after whom Nicole Kidman’s daughter Sunday Rose is named)




Heather & ravens

Heide ravens

Next Stop: Lygon Street, Carlton – as a true crime and Underbelly fan – Lygon Street was a must see for me and Heather obliged.


Next Stop: Memorial Wall and Street Art

The Memorial Wall was a sight that had to be seen to be believed – it should have a post all of its own – a selection of quotes on life and death from various sources including musicians and poets. an affirmation of life!




And directly across the road – the walls were decorated with street art.




And what tour of Melbourne would be complete without a vist to Carnforth – the home of Soul Food Cafe



My thanks go to Heather for facilitating this wonderful glimpse of Melbourne – that I otherwise might have missed.