Taking time out

I don’t get out enough. Sure I go to the shops to get my groceries, or I go to markets when I’m running my Little Deer Studio stall, and occasionally when I get a shift at my museum job then I go out to work. But otherwise, since I moved back to Brisbane, it seems like I spend most of my time either in my studio working, in front of my computer working, or out in my garden (lately mostly … Continue reading →

Finch feeding

There don’t seem to be a lot of small birds around here.  Occasionally I see a Willie Wagtail or hear the chirrup of a wren, but mostly the huge colony of Noisy Miners we have here seems to keep small birds away. But we do have a big family of double-bar finches and every day they come to hang out in the tree outside my shack and eat the seed I put out for them. They are such gorgeous, fragile little birds. So delicate. And … Continue reading →

Attracting allies

mating ladybugs

In front of my veggie patch, outside the main fence, is another large area that was originally intended as extra veggie-growing space, particularly for crops such as melons and pumpkins that need more room to spread. It was a great idea in theory, but in reality, I found I really didn’t need so much extra space for veggies, and it was hard keeping up with the frequent watering, weeding and other work required to maintain such a large area, in addition … Continue reading →

The Summer of the Cowpea

cowpea green manure crop in raised bed

Henceforth, the 2015/2016 Summer shall be known in my garden as the Summer of the Cowpea. I have come to love this humble little plant in the past few months.  It may even be safe to say that I’ve become a little bit obsessed with it! When I first moved back here in September last year, my old veggie garden had been a bit neglected.  Mum hadn’t added any compost or other nutrients to the beds, and as a result, … Continue reading →

Back in the Patch

The single biggest factor in my decision to move back to this place was the thought of getting my old veggie garden back.  I’ve learned many things about what I want in my life these past couple of years, but the most glaringly obvious thing I’ve come to realise is how much I need my green space.  After living in a rented flat with no garden, I was going stir crazy.  In Toowoomba, I lived in a beautiful suburb within walking … Continue reading →

Back in Brisbane

I am no longer living in Toowoomba.  The job I started up there back in April 2014, and which initially seemed to be such a positive new direction for me, turned out to be not so wonderful after all, and after many months of stress and agonising over what to do, I eventually quit.   I could have stayed in Toowoomba and got another job, but the truth is, after more than a year living there, I had come to … Continue reading →

Resurrecting the Doghouse

I first started blogging in the doghouse back in 2011.  I’d just made a huge life-changing decision and embarked on a scary but exciting new phase in my life and I wanted to journal about my experiences with that. Those early posts were all about the trials and tribulations of starting my own business.  I cringe when I look back over some of them now, as I really had no idea what I was doing.  I was making it all … Continue reading →

When I ditched my medical career to pursue my dreams of running my own creative business, my family and colleagues thought I was crazy.
My father told me I’d be going “from the penthouse to the doghouse”.
But I knew in my heart it was the right decision and I’ve never once regretted it.
I’ve come to embrace a simpler, less materialistic life. I’m more content than I’ve ever been and I feel more connected to the people and environment around me.
I’m still not sure where this path will lead, but I’m loving the journey!
Life isn’t so bad in the doghouse!