22 May 2016

If Peace
Thy Will
Then Peace
I am. 


Between the moon
And city lights
The path is bright. 


Impossible to measure,
And yet, its absence undeniable. 


My heart is
no stranger 
to delight. 


Ecstasy always. 
This is the motto 
of my love. 


When the mind shrinks,
The heart expands. 

06 May 2016

My song. 

My cry. 

My smile. 


Love has no complaints,
Only man is so unfortunate. 


Silence is
my unique


Happiness never asks
Ecstasy why it is. 

03 May 2016

Sunset Boulevard


What an amazing film noir this is.

Stark, taut and perfectly paced.

William Holden is absolutely mesmerising in it. I am not sure why, I tried a few other films he was in, but none of them really grabbed me.

This is practically the first shot in the film so it is not giving anything away.

Made in 1950.

24 April 2016

Some of my work framed.

Canberra City Framing is the best.

The last one is A2, colour-wise it is my favourite, although I am happy with them all. On occasion I write out just the first line of a poem really big. Actually, it would be good to do a whole poem like that, but totally unfeasible for display upon my modest walls. I am nearly out of room as it is. Then again, writing directly on a large wall would be fun!

21 April 2016

Joy is like a wave
that washes away everything. 
Even the ever-dry mind
can learn to drown in it. 


Everything comes and goes
The great silence remains
Dancing on my forehead. 


Why do you need to separate 
The company of joy
And the joy of company?

20 April 2016

How my garden grows

There was a time, quite a few years ago, when I posted so many pictures of my plants here. I was definitely obsessed with succulents. My balcony is probably only six square metres, but at one point I counted over 200 pots on it. Ever since I created my verdant heaven it has been a constant battle to find standing room out there.

Last weekend I tidied it all up again. I think it took four hours to discover order within the chaos and now it is looking the best ever. I really miss having a private garden, but I have taken what I have to the limit.

Here is just one corner to enjoy. It is a nice harmony of forms.

17 April 2016

More food

Really good broccoli has such a complex, nutty flavour profile.

Do you know what I mean?

If you don't, then perhaps it is time you considered your choice of vegetables more carefully.

Now that I make an effort to eat greens regularly -although still not so much the leafy ones I confess- I feel much healthier. Good call mum.

For instance, making Brussels sprouts tasty requires hardly any skill and they are so delicious.

Grab a fry pan and get some garlic going in a mixture of butter and olive oil with some salt and pepper. You don't even have to chop the garlic, just smash a few cloves and break it up if you want. Then lay the dry, cleaned, halved sprouts down flat in the pan. As you see them take on colour, briefly cover with a lid to finish so they steam themselves through. You need a fairly high heat, so just make sure they keep firm and they will taste great. It's that easy.

A hint for quick and easy cooking. Green beans and broccolini can be cooked by just cleaning/chopping and then pouring boiling water over them to sit.

My conclusion is: if you want to be a good cook, learn to enjoy washing dishes. You can not have one without the other, the universe would be out of balance. Actually, I do have a dishwasher, but I have never turned it on. It just seems dumb and lazy to try and fill it for one person.

If you want miracles, then look at potatoes. Could there be any more perfect food?

That is my favourite stall at EPIC Farmer's Market. Perhaps because they specialise in potatoes which I love and the experience is the antithesis of choosing between white or red potatoes all year round at the supermarket. Also, the baby potatoes are half price and a baking dish full of heirloom baby potato varieties is quite a treat. Then, of course, this stall just disappears when potato season is over.

Roasted root vegetables is a meal I can return to again and again without complaint.

Occasionally I get flowers at the EPIC market and today I bought a bunch of dahlias. When I got home I found one had a broken stem, so I made a most basic ikebana in a chawan I bought in Japan. I have not yet made matcha in this tea bowl though I have everything I need to try.

I am really happy with how this looks given it took 12 seconds to make.