LIFE ABLAZE

LIFE ABLAZE

Hot Mess in The Tropics

Port Douglas, Queensland

#thattimeIdidn’trememberfilmwasnmycameraandopenedit #lightleaks #forrealsies 

In the blink of an eye it is the middle of March already.  Summer disappearing, the days getting shorter, we sleep with blankets at the ready.  Magnificent balmy days still lie in wait.  Just when we have changed the covers completely and unpacked the winter wardrobe… hello again Mr 35 Degrees Celcius!  

Despite the freak-uency of this freak weather, astonishingly people still deny our climate is changing and changing fast.  Instead we continue to pollute, plunder and rape our land without any real or serious plan for a sustainable future.  

The effects of climate change are staggeringly obvious in Tropical North Queensland, where I recently had the pleasure of escaping to for a few days.  There, we battled gale force winds, serious thunder, rain pelting sheets to set sail for The Low Isles and it’s supposedly magnificent reef.  Always a water baby I was first in, last out, of the deep blue as I desperately tried to catch a glimpse of the famous turtles common to this sacred spot.  Unfortunately after a brief appearance of one BFG they were nowhere to be seen.  The reef too, once magnificent colours, now muted due to coral bleaching and rising sea temperatures.  Though still incredibly beautiful and teeming with life I couldn’t help but wonder how long this little haven will last.  Flagrantly disregarding the reports of scientists, The Australian Government has approved a coal dredging project that could see the Great Barrier Reef in serious danger, with some forecasts estimating that a third of the reef will be lost within a generation.  That my children may not be able to witness this extraordinary marine world, that we are endangering an entire ecosystem is just criminal and beggars belief.  

To register your protest visit http://www.savethereef.org.au/

NEW BEGINNINGS

A new year.  A new start.  An opportunity to begin again.  To accomplish more than the year that past.  To right those wrongs.  To be braver.  To try harder and harder to be the best version of yourself.  

With January already slipping away, the new year no longer so new, I remember this time one month ago when two people said they do, forever.  With that declaration, that promise - a new world. A new order. A new life together.  Gosh darn if that’s not pretty darn spesh what is? I count myself lucky I was there to bear witness to and photograph the auspicious occasion.  

Happy One Month Anniversary Mr & Mrs Burns. 

JOYEUX NOEL/BUON NATALE/FELIZ NAVIDAD/ΚΑΛΑ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΑ/MERRY CHRISTMAS

For the first time in years I am spending Christmas at home.  Supposedly the middle of summer, but a decidedly grey, cold and rainy morning I was going through photos of Christmases past and stumbled upon these taken in December 2011 in London and Paris.

There is a real sense of Christmas in these cold climes.  Trimmings, mulled wine, ice-skating and mince pies; these are the cities carols are written about.  

But we do our best down here to translate White Christmas to Bright Christmas.  Seafood lunches, barbies on the beach - the true meaning of the season exists despite the sweat patches. For me that is sharing the day with my small family and thinking how lucky I am to have them by my side this year.  

WHEN I GROW UP

I’m going to live in a house like this. 

When I grow up I will have a studio/loft/warehouse/conversion in New York and Sydney and Paris and London and and and…

a girl can dream anyway…

MI CASA ES SU CASA

FOR THE DESIGN FILES

DESIGN CONTAINED 

One stormy afternoon, among half finished boats, scrap metal and lumber we found designer Henry Wilson and his tan pooch holed up in a converted shipping container working away.  It is an intimate act stepping into someone’s creative space, feasting on the objects that inspire them daily and thus I felt privileged to gain a glimpse of Henry’s hub and bear witness to his workflow.  For more pictures and Jacqui’s wonderful interview head to The Urban List Sydney

HENRY WILSON DESIGNS

SEA SCULPTURED

For the past two weeks the Bondi Tamaarama coastline has been transformed into one spectacular art gallery for another year of Sculptures by the Sea.  Showcasing over one hundred artworks from both International and Australian artists it certainly did not disappoint with every nook and cranny sprouting some incredible creation it was a visual feast where I got more than a little snap happy for The Urban List

Kudos to all the phenomenal artists for their awe-inspiring creations. In this set:

1. Lucy Humphrey, Horizon   2. Maggie McFayden & Griffith Lim, Time Frame  3.  Toshio Iezumi, M-130901  4Keizo Usho, Oushi Zokei 2013 2 Rings  5Koichi Ishino, Sea Breeze  6. Alison McDonald, Flow 2011  7. Bev Goodwin, Polyrock  8. Qian Sihua, Bubble No-5  9. Paul Selwood, The Museum  10. Marina DeBris, Aquarium of the Pacific Gyre