Monday, October 14, 2013

we have been travelling!

My new love, Vietnam. The people, the street food, the culture! Oh my, I have a lot to share with you. Stay tuned... exciting things happening in this space!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Phat's Pho Restaurant



So I ask the tourists why they are in a tourist restaurant. Are they aware that the food place across the road is 5 times better and 5 times cheaper? They say they saw a picture of the Pho on the wall, and that they know what that is, so they came in. The restaurant across the road I  refer to is a pho restaurant. But they don't see that, because they are so accustomed to graphic design, rather than their common sense of observation to inform them. I remember being very confused in India for the same reason. No signs, no understanding on my part of what goes on... I used to think "India needs better graphic design". Now I think "thankfully I am going slow enough here to work a few things out".

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Washing up at the end of the day

This young girl washes up the glasses and equipment used during the day at the busy juice stand at the local market in Hoi An, Vietnam. Today was raining and it was unusually quiet. I saw her playing cards with her fellow employees. She was laughing so hard she nearly fell off her chair! Always sming, always trying to get little Messyfish's attention! They live kids here. It's pure joy.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Noodles!

Our very favourite noodle stand at the local market! Mr Messyfish's favourite too! They all ask "where's your husband".  (he is in australia working and looking after his oldest son)....but i deliciously slurp down the goodness.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hoi An, Vietnam

Here to sit out Australia's winter. Enjoying the food, warm weather, people and lively markets.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Gum leaf

Coloured Pencil, 297 x 420mm, 220gsm acid free paper



Little things

We went on an adventure into country NSW, Australia with our local friends. I baked some almond raspberry cookies to thank the neighbours for feeding the pets whilst we were gone.





Sweet little biscuits made with marzipan and almond meal, piped into a mini muffin tin, then filled with heated and cooled raspberry jam

Monday, May 06, 2013

Autumn




The bench seat in our local playground


Little boys taking the cricket stumps out for a sword fight whilst no one notices


Garlic harvested


Chocolate cookies baking whilst the fire place keeps us warm

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Abstract

Coloured pencils on (A3) 297 x 420mm acid free 220g paper

Friday, March 29, 2013

Baking again

Quiet day baking. We have no spare cash, so frugal living is in order. I firmly believe that children are better off with home baked cakes and cookies. Children love sugar. When we are all out of cakes and cookies, little messyfish goes straight for artificially coloured lollies and additive laden store bought icecreams. Supermarket chains have palm oil in there hot cross buns. Orangutans are dying for it. Chemicals and additives are in the cookies and cakes that are bought from the shops. What the hell is 471? There are no bags of 471 in my cupboard.
At home, I use flour, sugar, butter, free range eggs, lemon, cream. Simple. Cheap. Delicious. The house smells great, maths and science lessons occurred, fine motor skills, working together, helping each other, organisation, and well most important of all... Joy, happiness and freedom to be. Now that's one important day then hey?

Lemon Sour Cream Cake

Cupcakes

Hot Cross Buns, fruit free, peel free and raspberry (not apricot) jam glaze, for little messyfish

Testing watermarks for my artwork

I thought I would be happy to post more of my art here, if I could easily apply a watermark. It turns out there are a number of apps that do it easily. So here is my first test. It only took a second, which is going to work nicely for me :-)


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Scratching away the melancholy

Drawing day! What a great way to reconnect to self. How simple it is to lay down colour and use my hands to help connect to my heart... Because underneath all that intellectual bullshit lies the truth. Drawing is my meditation. It quietens the mind. Reveals the truth, alleviates unfounded fears, others fears.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Quiet home days

Lovely quiet days reading, cleaning, baking, creating, building, sculpting and playing with new secondhand toys that we picked up (via ebay) at the general store...






Autumn is here

We spent a magical day at the new local Steiner kindergarten. Little messyfish enjoyed joining in some of the activities, and I loved connecting with the other mums. Even grandma messyfish was able to met us there, where we enjoyed a delicious vegetarian lunch, and she was treated to a lesson all about turtles and snails by little messyfish. Best of all little messyfish had a great rough and tough and tumble outside play with sticks and sand and rocks and rope with mixed ages in the late afternoon, while mums were packing up.











Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Delicious and beautiful displays in the markets in Vietnam




Yes, there is also Lipton tea and Oreos being sold in a tiny cupboard behind this display, that has a broken latch being held together by an elastic band.... but the locally grown fruits, locally made sweets such as peanut and sesame brittle, and locally baked cakes and cookies are most prominent. It's so much easier to eat healthier food when the shops look like this! We barely eat any processed or packaged goods when we are in Vietnam. The cows milk products are not great here....mostly UHT and lots of cane sugar added. Most Vietnamese get their calcium needs met through eating the bones of small fish. I like to get it from the delicious nut and sesame snacks! The dairy authority have a big advertising budget back home, and promotes dairy as a great source of calcium, but you can also get calcium from sardines, salmon, prawns, sesame seeds, almonds, tofu, broccoli, brazil nuts, dried figs and a whole bunch of other foods.

Community Garden


A community garden is more than just growing. I love to paint vegetable gardens, especially when I can be part of the community.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Sydney Botanic Gardens


Love guache, love sitting in gardens and drawing, here is a little snippet from my artists journal...
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Saigon Zoo

 We went to the saigon Zoo on our last day. The guide books dont give it a good review. For the $1 entry fee we paid, the extensive gardens, carnival rides and amazing display of animals, I would have to say it was excellent! The lions cage design was such that if we wanted to we could have touched the lion! I guess thats why the guide books dont give it a good rewiew. Its not exactly very safe there. But after 6 weeks in Vietnam, we have become accustomed to the differences in public safety and are able to asses the situations and take personal responsibility. There were many cages that could have easily ended up with a kid inside, and some of the cages were of the old fashioned design, where the people were prioritised over the animals. We therefore were able to see the animals very well, as there were no tress, or large enclosures where we were not able to find the animal. I really loved the old style monkey cage, the fabulous snacks and meals available, seeing Zebras in real life for the first tiemever, and best of all the flamingoes. years ago Taronga Zoo in Sydney had flamingoes. they are my favourite bird. It was so lovely being able to see them again.
monkey cage

lots to climb on and space to roam

hippopotamus right there!...not a great shot, but I was keeping little messy fish safe!



not at all crowded and plently of places to sit and watch the animals

fun amusement park rides for little kids, I will be better prepared next time and allow more time for this, seeing as each ride cost 50c

my all time favourite flamingoes!
delicious snacks and cheap and delicious as always food available in shady spots under the trees