Christmas in July event by EatReadLove

Last Saturday was a very fine day as it was the Christmas in July pop-up event organised by Natalie from EatReadLove. I’ve been following her on Instagram for a while as she also hosts beautiful kinfolk gatherings but somehow always missed out.

This time Corina and I got in quick and signed up for the Noel en Juillet gathering at the Royalla Farmstay in the Southern Highlands. We left very early morning and off we went to Robertson.

It was a gorgeous sunrise and when we arrived at the Royalla farm we were greeted by the gorgeous team who had put this incredible event together: Natalie Haylar from EatReadLove, Natalie’s assistant Jess Kneebone, Jaclyn from BlogSociety, Stylist Lisa Madigan, Photographer Luisa Brimble and our chef for the day Mario from Marios Kitchen.

For breakfast/morning tea we had warming tea and coffee and delicious toasted muesli and tea cake.

Lunch was served on a buffet and we had beautifully tender lamb shanks, preserved lemons and braised onion salad, pumpkin feta salad. Ah, let’s not forget the dessert. Poached pears with ganache and vanilla ice-cream, yummo!

The menu was printed on a beautiful card but also written on the window behind the buffet. Every one of us had their name written on the wine glass in gorgeous handwriting. There was so much attention to detail which in parts I only noticed afterwards when I looked through all my photos.

Lisa had brought the inside in for the wintery table setting and Mario our chef created a hearty meal of Middle Eastern flavours. It was delicious. It was so nice too to meet like-minded people and connect with some that I already “knew” through Instagram but now was actually meeting them, which is really thrilling.

After lunch we had a little walk around the beautiful farmstay and surrounding and more time for chatting and photographing. Luisa Brimble followed us with her camera and also filmed a beautiful video which is shown at the end.

When we came back we indulged on berry scones and home made chai tea while Natalie and Mario where already busy getting the bonfire underway to roast our marshmallows from Black Pantry.

Below the photos is a video that brings it all together, beautifully captured by Luisa Brimble.

I also created a little cinemagraph of the bonfire which can be found on Tumblr.

.Beautiful setting for yummy breakfast

Beautiful setting for yummy breakfast


















Noel en Juillet | Christmas in July Workshop Hosted by Natalie Hayllar of Eat Read Love from Luisa Brimble on Vimeo.

Surreal Photography by Martin Stranka

A while ago I came across those beautiful photos/art works from Martin Stranka, (via Digital Photography School) a photographer/artist from Czech Republic. It seems he has won every photography award out there and his exhibitions have shown around the world. Except Sydney though.

His photos create a delightful melancholy and draw you right into it. Check out Martin Stranka’s website for more details.

52 Suburbs Goes Travelling

Last year I met Louise Hawson, a photographer from Sydney, at a talk which was part of her very own photo exhibition in the Sydney Museum. Louise had the grand idea (one, where one thinks, gosh, I wish it was my idea) to photograph suburbs in Sydney she had never visited before even tough she grew up in Sydney. She went to places like Bonnyrigg and Cabramatta, on the outskirts of Sydney to see who lives there and how. Her photos build the blog 52 suburbs (because each week she would visit and photograph a different Sydney suburb) which attracted a large number of followers. Her blog became a book and her exhibition was a great success. Inspired by her success and support she has started her next journey: travelling the world with her camera and her daughter to find and photograph suburbs off the tourist track.

She started in Hong Kong, flew to Delhi and is currently in Paris. Have a look at her blog, her photographs are amazing, quirky, colourful, bold and intimate depending on where she is.

The Ballerina Project

I never wanted to be a ballerina as a child but this project by Dane Shitagi  The Ballerina Project is just so beautiful! I especially love the shots because of the juxtaposition of the ballerina outside her usual environment on the stage. It makes them even more graceful.

It all started in Hawaii where the photographer Dane Shitagi is from and it seems it’s moving acros the United States. Check it out and vote for it so Dane is able to continue the Ballerina Project.