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Peacock bookends

Peacock bookends

There’s so much to delight the eye in our peacock pens. Here all the beautiful textures and colours of this old lichen-covered post are framed by┬áthe glorious displays of the two handsome boys strutting their stuff in the background.

Cottage Garden Club ramble on 19 September 2015

Cottage Garden Club ramble on 19 September 2015

Excitement is building as one of the biggest events on the Feather Flower Brush calendar for 2015 is fast approaching. The wonderful Cottage Garden Club is coming to Abergeldie for a ‘ramble’ on Saturday 19th September. It’s a members only event with possibly as many as 150 Club members visiting the farm and daphne nursery … Continue reading

Mapping the farm by the scents of spring

Mapping the farm by the scents of spring

I wrote this story a year ago but didn’t get around to painting a little map to go with it at the time. After receiving a beautiful book on maps for Christmas I was further inspired to paint my spring scents map and complete this story – it’s only taken me a year! I’ve always … Continue reading

Night falls, and the Lemon-scented gum trees start screaming

Night falls, and the Lemon-scented gum trees start screaming

Darkness gathers fast and early on these mid-winter nights and as soon as it’s too dark to see without torchlight the most alarming noises start emanating from the canopies of our Lemon-scented gums. My parents┬áplanted two of these beautiful trees about 45 years ago, and now we have a lovely little stand of the parent … Continue reading

New Pardalote and Swallowtail cards and gift packs now available!

New Pardalote and Swallowtail cards and gift packs now available!

I’m very pleased to introduce my newest card, Pardalote and Swallowtail, which is now available online. It’s an all-occasion card but the wreath shape makes it ideal for Christmas, especially if you’re looking for an Australian-made card featuring Australian flora and fauna. Pardalote and Swallowtail is available as individual greeting cards and also in packs … Continue reading

A butterfly lands on my newest painting

A butterfly lands on my newest painting

Well, it landed there in paint form… I’ve been working on my painting of native flannel flowers with a Spotted Pardalote but wasn’t satisfied with it. I only wanted one bird in this painting but it needed another significant focal point to balance the Pardalote. Then I remembered photographing a magnificent female Orchard Swallowtail butterfly … Continue reading

Glenorie Growers’ Market 28th July & newest painting

Glenorie Growers’ Market 28th July & newest painting

Feather Flower Brush will be at Glenorie Growers’ Market this Sunday 28th July. My stall will be in the warm and cosy ’boutique’ section of the market downstairs in the function room of the Glenorie RSL. I’ll be working on my latest painting while I’m there. It’s my Christmas card for 2013 and follows the … Continue reading

Cold and wet winter’s day for Glenorie Growers Market

Cold and wet winter’s day for Glenorie Growers Market

Unfortunately mother nature delivered a cold, wet, foggy day last Sunday for the Glenorie Growers Market. In the boutique section of the market, in the RSL function room downstairs, we stayed warm and dry but in the outdoor section the stall holders and market-goers hunched into their coats and stamped their feet to keep their … Continue reading

Roof top wood chop

Roof top wood chop

Strange as it may seem, I quite often chop wood on the roof. Not the roof of the house. I chop this firewood, or rather chainsaw it, on the roof of our big shed. Why? Because a massive branch of one of our camphor laurel trees subsided gracefully onto the roof of the shed in … Continue reading

One determined dandelion

One determined dandelion

I was delighted by the sight of this perfect dandelion seed ball rising out of the solid block of an old ballast stone out in one of the cow paddocks. It looked so proud of its achievement and almost festive – sort of like a sparkler on a slice of cake. What a triumph of … Continue reading

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