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Cosy Reads: A Natural History of Dragons + Mariage Frères Marco Polo

Welcome to Cosy Reads, a post series that pairs a good book with a good tea! Marco Polo is one of the most delightful teas in my cabinet, and one I always suggest to guests. It is an adventurous, rich tea, and I’ve yet to find someone not won over by it. Similarly, Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons, is…

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Tasmania Journal

Tasmania in winter is a clear-skied delight.  In Launceston, dawn breaks in cool, pastel hues. Lilac skies, ribboned with mist, hover above the frost-lined banks of the Esk River, and despite the hum of traffic stirring, it is peaceful. We are setting off to Cradle Mountain National Park, located a few hours south. It’s been eight years since I last…

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Cosy Read: Jane Eyre and Lincang Old Arbour

It has been good reading weather lately, hasn’t it? Let’s cosy up with the eternal classic Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and pour a cup of Cloud Nine Tea’s Lincang Old Arbour. Perhaps a strange pairing at first, but stay with me. Jane Eyre is a book of strong and enchanting qualities, of moral and spiritual musings and one that has given me…

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Melbourne Tea Festival

The Melbourne Tea Festival falls conveniently near my birthday each year, which allows a certain feeling of treating myself. That said, I was positively sensible this time around, and came away with a single jar of tea (and a long wish list of others). As with any event in Melbourne, going early as possible is the secret to an enjoyable day….

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On My Desk: Turner Acryl Gouache Japanesque Colour

This beautiful set of acrylic gouache fell into my lap late last year, brought back from Japan and given to me as a gift. The set is called Japanesque, and features colours inspired by traditional Japanese paintings. They also feature a hefty array of metallics, a range of golds, bronzes, coppers and silvers with red, blue, green and black tints. I use…

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Bookshelf Treasures: Botanical Books

My first botanical book was a thieved thing; stolen, by child-me, from the dusty shelves of my mother’s cabinet. A Country Cup has been with me ever since. At the time, I loved the fantastical recipes, the acorn coffee and the juniper wine, that reminded me of Redwall novels. Later, I appreciated the beautiful illustrated plates between pages. Later still, I…

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Cosy Read: Newt’s Emerald and Thé de Lune

Welcome to Cosy Reads, a post series that pairs a good book with a good tea! Today, we’ll curl up with the charming Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, alongside the lovely Mariage Freres’ THÉ DE LUNE. For this first post in the series, I picked a read that is truly cosy. Newt’s Emerald is fun, whimsical, and a playful homage to regency romance. Similarly…

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Hello! Welcome to my new website. It’s a mix of things, like good things often are. There’s a place to see my illustration projects, and a place to see what stories I’m working on. There’s my blog, where I talk about art, about writing, about creativity and a love for nature, and where I share things I like; books, tea and…

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