Discover Martha Street at Sunset

What a great little shopping precinct! This event is a great excuse to check it out and you’d be crazy not to grab a bite to eat at one of the cafés or restaurants while you’re there.


Antarctic Sundays by Zane Hacker


Tonight I attended an author talk by a young man who has quite a story to tell. This 30 year old from Pomona in Queensland has been to Antarctica no less than eight times and in two weeks will be heading back to this icy continent for a two month stint.

Originally joining the team at Mawsen Station as a chef, Zane is now a valued member of the team, with many learnt and valuable skills in his repertoire.

His book, “Antarctic Sundays”, combines cooking, photography and his memoirs of his many trips to Antarctica. His photography is stunning and it was one of the most interesting author talks I have been to at our local library in Ashgrove. I, for one, look forward to reading Zane’s book! Available at good independent book stores, the book retails for around $40.

Oh, and Zane made delicious little coconut buttons for us to enjoy with our tea and coffee tonight! Got my vote!


Mum’s birthday surprise

My Mum celebrated her 78th birthday recently and I had no idea what I was going to buy her for a gift.  That was until I saw something on Facebook.


Francesca’s Flowers at Paddington is a pretty little worker’s cottage that is filled with beautiful flowers and girly bits and pieces.  Francesca runs workshops in flower arranging so I booked Mum and I in for an afternoon session, which included afternoon tea in the cafe at the front of the cottage.


We we spent the afternoon playing with beautiful blooms and creating our bouquets, which we proudly took home to take pride of place on kitchen and dining room tables. This was a lovely treat for both Mum and I and was just part of a really busy day.


We started the day at Botanics Cafe at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, having a coffee. After a leisurely stroll around the duck pond, we browsed the walls of the Richard Randall Studio where Gaye Cook and Christine Grogh were exhibiting their beautiful artwork.


After a picnic lunch at J C Slaughter Falls we headed to Francesca’s and after getting creative with her beautiful blooms, we headed off to a fundraising fashion parade for the St John’s Wood Scout Group. What a great day – neither Mum nor I needed any rocking that night! Happy birthday Mum! xxx

Russian Resurrection Film Festival


I was fortunate to be given a double pass to the opening night of the Russian Resurrection Film Festival last week so a friend and I attended, having no idea what to expect. I was surprised at how few people were in the heart of the city, even for a week night it was very quiet. Perhaps it had something to do with the upcoming G20 – there was definitely a stronger security presence in town than I’ve seen before.

In any case, off to the festival we went. Sitting in the cinema waiting for it to begin we felt that maybe we were the only ones there who didn’t speak Russian – I had no idea Brisbane had such a large Russian community! The movie was a Russian Classic – Visilisa, set during the revolution. Yes, it was pretty bloodthirsty but a great movie! Subtitled in English, things became a bit tricky once the French entered the story. We now had Russian being spoken, English subtitles and a voice-over interpreting in French!

The after party produced hot finger food, vodka, white wine, vodka, red wine, vodka, vodka shots, and vodka and cranberry juice! And this was the real deal – vodka that just about blew your socks off! One shot was enough for us, before heading out into the fresh air for a look at the light shows on the city buildings.

Thanks Must do Brisbane for the opportunity to attend the opening night of the festival.