A Central Victorian Bowerbird

Reverence is everything. I feel humbled by the objects I find… or is it that they find me? Roger McKindley Situated at the Loddon River Ford at Newstead, Antares Iron Art Garden is an established art and sculpture garden created by Roger McKindley. Found objects are sited creatively in the space where he lives and … Continue reading A Central Victorian Bowerbird

Valuing One’s Unique Identity

Over 52 weeks I will be learning all about how to live and work creatively. My teachers are Aussie birds and animals. It is week one and the creative force has produced the Superb Blue Wren to provide some lessons! "The Arrernte word Awelye, from Central Australia, describes the interrelationship of everything; plant, animal, earth … Continue reading Valuing One’s Unique Identity

Singing Over Our Creative Eggs

Over 52 weeks I will be learning all about how to live and work creatively. My teachers are Aussie birds and animals. It is week one and the creative force has produced the Superb Blue Wren to provide some lessons! Mothers usually set about teaching their offspring the moment they're born. But the females of … Continue reading Singing Over Our Creative Eggs

What is your Creative Niche?

Over 52 weeks I will be learning all about how to live and work creatively. My teachers are Aussie birds and animals. It is week one and the creative force has produced the Superb Blue Wren to provide some lessons! Andrew Katsis, who spent two years of a Masters studying the fairy-wren, reveals that there … Continue reading What is your Creative Niche?

A Sensory Aussie Bird Garden

When I bought my home in Castlemaine, seven years ago, the backyard had a few established plants but it was a harsh, unwelcoming environment. A new home was being built directly behind me and, being on a rise, my new deck overlooked theirs. I laughed and told them not to worry because I would soon … Continue reading A Sensory Aussie Bird Garden

Towards a New Shore

Turtle symbolizes both new beginnings and endings. It is the ending of something that allows space for something new to arise. This ending may be an outer circumstance or a change or shift that occurs within ourselves. There may be a sense of loss or even grief over what has passed and yet it is … Continue reading Towards a New Shore

Sensory Healing Garden

According to the definition provided by Hussein, a sensory garden is a garden where all components are carefully designed to provide maximum sensory stimulation (2011). The aim of these gardens is to heighten our awareness of our interaction with nature through our senses. This definition of a sensory garden encompasses awareness of all aspects of … Continue reading Sensory Healing Garden

Akari Writes Her Own Adventures

I am sure you remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books, where you’re chased by a tiger.  You can escape it by leaping into the ocean 50 feet below (go to page 48) or face the tiger with your homemade slingshot (go to page 128). Akari (my Mazda 3) loves driving through roads with avenues … Continue reading Akari Writes Her Own Adventures

The Etcher’s Secret

Last night, or maybe it was early this morning, Jack Frost, the master etcher, made an ice etching for me, leaving it, for me to find, in a metal bucket on my deck. "All who see it are astounded and think it must be the work of spirits". In awe I  asked the master etcher … Continue reading The Etcher’s Secret

The Past Dwells Here

An entire past comes to dwell here! Gaston Bachelard 'Poetics of Space' In the summer of 2011, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on Scotland's west coast, excavations revealed the only known Viking boat burial to be excavated on the British mainland in modern times. The vessel survived in the form of more than 200 rivets, many … Continue reading The Past Dwells Here

The Humblest Dwelling Has Beauty

If we look at it intimately, the humblest dwelling has beauty! This house, as I see it, is a sort of airy structure that moves about on the breath of time. It really is open to the breath of another time. Bachelard 'Poetics of Space'

Interpreting Spaces

In an age of so much homogenised space, so much shoddy, cramped, dimly lit, low ceilinged space, these resting places offer a fresh way of interpreting and understanding space. In an era suffused by television and video games, fluorescent lighting and plastic floors, air conditioning and badly built houses these memorials demonstrate the poetry of space … Continue reading Interpreting Spaces

Peeking at Abandoned/Overlooked Central Victoria

Sometimes, when Akari asks 'where does that road go?' we go to places where there is nothing, yet there is everything. Places are never really empty! Abandoned Places Lost Baringhup 33 Abandoned Places in Australia Decay Down Under Inside Australia's Ghost Towns Abandoned Places Photography of Mark Hassed Beautiful Abandoned Places

Akari’s Mystery Tour

Definition: a mystery tour is a short journey that people make for pleasure without knowing where they are going Akari, my 2008 Mazda 3, specialises in magical mystery tours that feed the soul and the creative spirit. Akari knows all about duende, that raw, tempestuous creative energy that flamenco guitarists, gypsies and dancers are familiar with. Her … Continue reading Akari’s Mystery Tour

Harsh Times on the Goldfields

Life in the 1850's in Hobart Town was not easy. Like my great grandfather it is  likely that this family were drawn to the Victorian goldfields, from Hobart, lured by the prospect of finding gold and making a fortune. Disease was rife upon the goldfields, where poor sanitation meant that refuse and excrement were liable to … Continue reading Harsh Times on the Goldfields