The High Country

I caught another case of Wanderlust when an old episode of Poh’s Kitchen was on yesterday. She was in (and around) Bright, a gateway town to the Victorian Alps. What peaked my interested was the converted tobacco kiln in which she cooked in front of located in Porepunkah.

The Kiln House is located about 3 hours out of Melbourne and looks to me like the greatest weekend escape location if ever there was. There are 3 different establishments that can be booked ranging in size. There are wineries, cafes, and the Bright Brewery all within short distances.

Who wouldn’t want to have that view to wake up to every day? I’d want to visit this location in Winter, where you can curl up under a doona watching the sky unfold outside with someone warm beside you. Laze about for hours drinking all of the wine and eating ALL OF THE CHEESES!

I love the architectural features of these buildings and the way the interiors are put together. The Cavedon Kilnhouse was designed by Sally Draper Architects incorporating a simple palette of new constructive materials against the rich texture of the existing structures.

I could unwind, relax, forget about the World and really find a moment of peace. I’ve never had a holiday where I’ve just stopped. Stopped for a moment and let the World just unfold around me. Sometimes when you are on the go all of the time you do need to stop. Physically take yourself away for a moment and be calm. This seems like an ideal place to do that in!

Inside All of Us is a WILD THING.

Maurice Sendak died yesterday. Author and Illustrator of one of the most beloved children’s books “Where the Wild Things Are”.


source: braddunne – 30 day book challenge

This book was a treasured read for me as a kid. I was talking about it to a friend on my way home from work today and she noted that we’re at that age where those things that we recognise as being a part of our childhood are all slipping away. These things naturally happen in life, doesn’t mean you cannot take a moment to stop, recognise people’s greatness and appreciate what they may have done on their life’s path.

Below is the music video from Karen O & The Kids’ song ‘All is Love’ from the Spike Jonze movie he made of the book in 2009, it’s a lovely song and the movie was great at bringing this wonderful book to life.

There is a good recap on Sendak’s impressive (and highly interesting) life over on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

Sandra Dieckmann

I stumbled across Sandra Dieckmann’s work when I was reading a blog post over on The Flood (which is a daily creative and culture blog and zine).

Sandra is a freelance illustrator based in East London whose work mainly evolves around nature and wildlife and is made up of beautiful detailed sketches, dreamy landscapes, adorable creatures and stunning colour combinations that mix bold pattern with organic form.

You can find a selection of her work on her Etsy Shop, visit her own blog or professional website.

I love the fantastic collage type imagery. I’ve always been a fan of mixed media art and Sandra’s creations have that feel about them. I think these images could make up a beautiful children’s book about faraway places and magical tales.

Any of her prints would look lovely hanging on a wall (in my home!). All images used here sourced from her Etsy shop – go take a look.