penning, wondering & wending our way through life

A modern day Michelangelo

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Fervor fever: truffle degustation incoming

"Whosoever says truffle, utters a grand word, which awakens erotic and gastronomic ideas...." Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) preface to ‘The Physiology of Taste’ (1825) Paul Iskov of pop-up dining outfit Fervor is...

En route a wondrous world of arts & culture

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Well, Stellar Violets turns six today. We made it past early childhood 😅! Only a few weeks ago it was a new year, and we were contemplating what projects to give focus this year. I hadn’t counted on refitting the Trolleybus in...

en route a magical world of Stellar Violets

I was wondering what line to start with, and would have sat here, with a blank page, for an age waiting for the perfect words to come to me. Waiting until everything was in place before throwing open the doors and sharing the Stellar Violets dream with the world. Ha!...

Not Marvell’s garden

Stumbling on melons as I pass Ensured in flowers I fall on grass – Extract from Marvell's The Garden, 1681 Grandfather George, who founded Newton Orchards with his brother Harold, once referred to our land here in Manjimup as "this other Eden." He was said to be a...

Shed retro-fit

In addition to the cottage renovation, we're doing a shed retro-fit. It'll become a secret studio, and under roof storage space. Rob started the job before he went away on holiday. Now a friend, Paul Pulé, has come to stay a while and finish off. The existing loft...

Cottage renovation

The cottage had an initial renovation in 2010, opening up the north side with french doors and adding a great kitchen. Tired old laundry remained in the prime north-east corner where the sun could potentially shine, and there was still just one bedroom. To increase...

48hr Trolley Bus Trip

It started with a 5pm text from Drakey, who runs Middlesex Mill just down the road. “Hi. Just noticed this old tram bus on Grays. Thought you might be interested. Problem is the auction ends in 2 hours!” I couldn't help myself, of course. It was a beautiful old thing,...

Welded Willow Sculpture

Stellar Violets’ first artists’ collaboration came off this weekend; sculptor Myles HayHendry teamed with freelance florist Paula McKennay to create a willow sculpture for our upcoming pop up lunch, Fervor X Stellar Violets: Truffle Degustation on Sunday June 26 2016....

Dear plant lover

Mind blowing Chestnut Trees at Foresters' Wood, Manjimup, the former Michelides family tobacco farm (photo credit Nic Giblett) If I say “Things That Make You Go Mmmmmm….. “ and you think of plants, read on: Dear Plant Lover, You love to divide, pollinate, grow, graft,...

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