Seasonal Notes: Autumn

Hello, hello!  


Is this thing on? 

Oh hi! 

It’s been a while hasn’t it?

Let’s not let that come between us, dear reader, as I have been thinking about you even while the blog has lain dormant for most of my favourite season. 

Thank you Autumn, you were beautiful. πŸƒπŸƒπŸŒ¦πŸŒ¦πŸπŸ

There’s much to tell; I’m going to try and cover all the bases with the help of Pip Lincolne’s Taking Stock template. 

Making time for art, for sleep, for enjoying silence on the weekends. It’s imperative to make room to just BE. 

Cooking roast vegetables, satay tofu, and my fave Jamie Oliver chicken meatballs. 

Sipping coffee is how I start each day. I savour every drop. 

Reading State of Wonder. I haven’t read a novel in ages, and this one’s a cracker. 

If you’ve read Big Magic by Liz Gilbert, you might remember her story about how she was visited by an idea for a novel about a Minessotan woman visiting the Amazon, but she never got around to writing it. The idea found Ann, and she wrote the book! 

Looking for falling leaves. Watching a leaf swoop, tumble and twirl from a high branch is so joyfully re-assuring somehow. 

Listening to my first ever audio book. I’ve read Big Magic and now I’m listening to it. Great weekend activity. 

Wishing Australia was a country known for compassionate, humanitarian leadership. This latest election result – oof, it felt like a punch in the guts to that wish. 

Needing an outlet for my post-election angst. I’ve decided to donate groceries twice a month to the foodbank at the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, based here in Melbourne. Learn more about their invaluable advocacy and work here

Waiting to be connected to the NBN. Hopefully I’ll then be able to watch Netflix in the evenings. 

Liking the need for layers – a blanket on the couch, a hoodie over my pjs, a scarf/cardigan in the office; winter is prime cosiness season and I am a fan. 

Loving that I have paid down my credit card debt like a boss this year. 

Buying a couple of new tops – on sale! – to see me through the cooler months. 

Watching Billions on Stan and noticing how deft the writing is and how they use music to differentiate the main characters – so clever. 

Hoping it rains a lot where it’s needed over winter and into spring. 

Wearing my bright green cardigan a lot. Everyone’s winter wardrobe needs a bit of colour. 

Following a lot of adoptees on Twitter. They’re my peeps and they have a lot of smart stuff to say. Check out #BeingAdoptedMeans for some insights. I’m @theverbsblog on Twitter, come say hello. 

Noticing how dark it is by 5pm now. 

Sorting through excess glasses and mugs. I live alone, I don’t need all these drinking vessels! 

Saving recipes. Always with the recipes! When am I going to cook all these things?! 

Opening my eyes to more social justice issues Australia is facing and failing at. We kinda suck when it comes to justice. 

Feeling a lot of different things, personally and as a citizen. We aren’t there yet and we could be way further along the road. 

Hearing the hum of the heater. 

Obsessing over the notion that maybe, just maybe, there’s power in each of us raising our voices about issues we care about. I hope I’m right. 


That about covers it. 

How are you?

Loving winter or planning a tropical escape? 

Watched or read anything noteworthy lately? 

Got a cause you’re supporting? Give them a shoutout. 

Tell me everything! 

Stay cosy, 

Annette x 

Taking Stock – January 2019

Hello friends! 

I am going to take stock of this life of mine, Pip Lincolne style. Pip’s lovely blog Meet Me At Mike’s is the home of the Taking Stock list and it’s rad exercise, for bloggers and non-bloggers alike. 

Making: money, honey! I went back to work this week and I like it. 

Cooking: lentil and beef bolognese and some kind of roast vegetable salad for the coming week. 

Sipping: ice-block clinking glasses of lemon cordial and soda water. 

Reading: Boys Will Be Boys by the incredible Clementine Ford. I admire her mind and her determination. 

Looking: at beautiful fluffy clouds and technicolour sunsets aplenty. Hashtag and all, #lookup. 

Listening: to new podcasts. I just binged my way through NPR’s Believed. 

Wishing: it was autumn already. I am not a summer lovin’ gal. πŸƒπŸ‚πŸŒΎπŸ

Enjoying: those fresh hair feels. I feel extra snazzy when I have freshly hair cut. πŸ’‡πŸΌ

Waiting: for cardigan weather. πŸ‚πŸŒΎπŸƒ

Buying: The Big Issue. 

Watching: Salvation and Last Tango In Halifax on Netflix, Top Chef on Foxtel and The Circus on Stan. Great shows! 

Hoping: to plan a proper little holiday for the coming end of year break. Any suggestions? Should I cruise?  

Needing: new everyday shoes. Is my ideal flat out there? I hope so. 

Wearing: right now? Red cotton owl print pj pants and a charcoal tee shirt, because #fashionblogger 

Following: new foodie accounts to keep @mylowsaltlife on track. I like @vegiehead and @halloumitracksuit. 

Noticing: what a difference it makes when I plan, shop and food prep. Good food takes effort, and it’s so worth it.


Sorting: the shiz out of my wardrobe, KonMari style. It was an invigorating process. 

Getting: back in the swing of food prepping on the weekends. Following through is a habit I need to practice. 

Saving: money. I’ve got a plan in place; every little bit counts. 

Coveting: air conditioning in the bedroom and kitchen of my small, weatherboard, utterly insulation free house. 

Opening: a parcel from 17 Sundays and expecting one from Add To Cart in a few days. Yippee. 

Feeling: fine, and in need of a good night’s sleep. 

Hearing: the fictional bad guys and good guys arguing over the fate of the world. 

Obsessing: over Lady Gaga’s immense talents. I think she is quite brilliant. A true artist. 

That’s about it for me! 

If you’d like to take stock, in your journal or blog, or on Facebook or Instagram, you can find a blank list on Pip’s blog. 

Now, I’ve got to get back to the bad guys and good guys, the fate of the world is still undecided! Only 81 days until the (fictional) killer asteroid destroys us all. 

Hugs and high fives, 

Annette ❀️❀️


Taking Stock: February


February is almost over already… can you believe that?! Great time for a stock take, don’t you think? 

I’ll dive right in, with thanks to Pip Lincolne for the prompts. 

Making: Marks, using watercolours and pen. 

Cooking: Burgers. Lentil and mushroom bolognese. Roast carrot salad. I’m mad for carrots. 

Drinking: Lemonade with a splash of raspberry cordial. Soda water and lemon cordial. Coffee to start the day. Water. 

Reading: This great book, and enjoying reflecting on how much we owe to women of the past. Thank you Marjorie! 


Next read: Not sure yet. I have plenty of unread books to choose from. 

Wanting: To know how much I actually need to know to feel okay. It’s a conundrum. 

Looking: Up. I highly recommend it. 

Enjoying: That I can sense autumn lurking on our collective doorstep. The leaves are already changing and falling. 

Waiting: Is difficult. You can get stuck in overthinking and worst case scenarios.

Buying: Soda water, olive oil, canned goods, tissues, lemon cordial and toilet paper by the trolley load! I am stocking up for my recovery period; no heavy lifting allowed. 

Watching: Sarah Off The Grid. Top Chef Colorado. Scandal. Project Runway All Stars. 

Next watch: Hard Sun. 

Hoping: My pacemaker op goes boringly routinely and I have a hassle free recovery. 

Marvelling: That I will have a pacemaker inside me in less than two weeks. Two weeks! 

Cringing: At the thought of the actual procedure. Ugh. 

Needing: To remain positive, to plan as much as I can and then just let it all go. Control is an illusion. 

Questioning: The blindness of some sectors of the USA. How can they not see they desperately need better gun control? 

Smelling: Rain. And stinky body odour from next door. #grossneighbours

Wearing: Denim shorts, a crop top and a stripey tee. Fashion is my life. 

Worrying: Trying not to. Mostly succeeding. 

Noticing: Clouds. Branches. Crooked paintings. Typos. 

Knowing: I’m lucky to have a boss who hasn’t thrown up his hands at all the sick leave I’ve needed to take in the past year. 

Admiring: Glennon Doyle. Revolution and coffee, that’s the way. 

Getting: Myself and my house ready for my pretty much one-armed, can’t reach for things recovery. It’s coming along. 

Coveting: Nothing but a small pile of extra cash, but I can get by without it. 

Disliking: Guns and the way some people confuse their “freedom” and owning weapons designed to maim and kill.

Feeling: Good, if a titch unsettled, I’ll be glad when March is mostly over. 

Snacking: Corn chips, carrot sticks and avocado dip. Mmmm so crunchy! 

Opening: Some lovely mail lately. It’s so heartening to receive handwritten cards and letters from people.

How about you? 

What are you pondering, admiring, making and most importantly, snacking on? 

Tell me everything! 

Here’s to a change of season, to releasing all that needs to fall away and embracing all the colour that bursts forth. 

Big hugs, 

Annette xx 


Taking Stock: November

Hello lovely people,

In the creative footsteps of blogger, author, teacher, crafter and all round nice lady Pip Lincolne, it’s time to take stock: 

Making myself comfy on the couch. 

Cooking eggplant bacon. There’s a batch in the oven right now!


Drinking coffee. This morning’s crema reminded me of constellations. 

Reading books about heart failure and the Mediterranean diet, so I can better understand and manage my health. 

Wanting to keep up my new habit of walking for my health. 

Looking up. The sky is my shield and comfort. 

Playing the new Taylor Swift album. I am loving the evolution of her musicianship.  

Deciding what I’m going to eat this week. Organisation is key to my low salt life. 

Wishing it was a long weekend. I love them. 

Enjoying pulling on my leafy leggings and sneaks and going for a walk, mostly. We’ll see if I make it out there today. 

Waiting for summer holidays. 

Liking myself, my family, my heart shield, this life. 

Wondering about how I might feel if I need to get a pacemaker. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. 

Loving the encouraging, supportive, generous, big hearted people in my life. You’re my oxygen. 

Pondering why I’m not blogging, sketching or painting much lately. 

Considering leaning more heavily into a Mediterranean style of eating. Bring on the ancient grains and pomegranates. 

Buying a new vacuum cleaner online. It’s a glamorous life!! 

Watching Bar Rescue, lots of Jamie Oliver, clouds. 

Hoping to continue feeling and being as well as I can. Combining that hope with everyday action is the key. 

Marvelling at the power of encouraging words. I know how much I need them, and need to give them. 

Cringing at the coarse vanity and stupidity of politicians, clinging to power by any means possible. Their inhumanity to those they perceive as unimportant to their cause is endlessly staggering. 

Needing to keep on keeping on, and get rid of some stuff. Less is better. 

Questioning why I felt such shame around being prescribed antidepressants. Stigma sucks. 

Smelling eggplant bacon.

Wearing my pjs. Comfort rules on the weekends, heck, comfort always always rules. 

Following my heart’s lead; inspiring people; a slow road. 

Noticing how vividly green the trees are against the sky. 

Knowing everything is cyclical. 

Thinking of ways to find balance. 

Admiring people who accept, embrace and celebrate themselves. Coming home to yourself is the ultimate pilgrimage. Are you on that road? I hope so. 

Getting philosophical. It always happens when I take stock, which is why it’s such a worthwhile practice. 

Book borrowing and buying. I want to spend more time reading. 

Coveting nothing. I don’t need more than I have. 

Disliking having to think about how much I drink every day, whether I’ve taken my tablets, and all that jazz. 

Opening myself to new ways of thinking and being. 

Feeling good. Life has challenges and great beauty. It is a privilege to be here. 

Snacking on hummus again. I finally found a great low sodium recipe! 

Hearing Taylor Swift sing, and feeling relaxed. 

That’s the state of play in my world. Reflecting on where we’re at, what we want and who we are is such a valuable way to check in with what truly matters. I highly recommend it! 

If you’d like to take stock, just copy and paste this list to your Facebook page/journal/blog or use the prompts in your creative practice. 

Making :
Cooking :
Drinking :

Take care of yourselves, and each other. 

Annette x 

What’s up? Taking Stock November

Hey there, what’s up? 

Lately my life feels epically boring, and a bit like I’m treading water with no land in sight – not great for a human, or a blogger! Time to take stock of things, don’t you think? List courtesy of the glorious Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s. 

Let’s go. 

Making: a list of things I’m interested in or fascinated by as part of artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon’s new class: Idea Generation. My list includes art supplies, modernism, gender fluidity, nature, galleries, books and still life.

Cooking: sparodically, it’s so frustrating not to be in the groove. I made a deliciously simple soba noodle salad last week, and a yummy pesto and couscous combo too. So far today, just baked beans on toast. 

Drinking: coffee, soda water and Bickford’s lemon cordial, and lots of water. Hydrate, people! 

Reading: The New York Times, BabyMac, Woogsworld, and a couple of fantastically timely posts by The Everywhereist. Read this post and this one too. 

Trawling: Twitter. Can’t look away from American politics. WTF? 

Wanting: some sense of direction or purpose. Should I consider studying something? 

Looking: up! In all kinds of weather. 

Deciding: not to get my op shop on today, I’ll go tomorrow. 

Enjoying: sketching, I’m almost finished a year of drawing every day. I’m kinda chuffed with my dedication and growth. You can check out my progress on Instagram, search the hashie #IGYTsketch.

Waiting: for Godot. 

Liking: lots of great Instagram photos, there are so many creative peeps out there. 

Wondering: if 2017 will be better, if I’ll find work again soon, how long I can stay in this holding pattern. Le sigh. 

Loving: that my sister has Netflix, I will be lobbing on her doorstep to watch the reboot of Gilmore Girls soon. 

Pondering: how to remember how your life changes, it seems to happen both glacially slowly and then all at once. 

Listening: to Starship’s Greatest Hits. Toe-tappingly great tunes. 

Buying: I think I’d like to buy a super short hair cut and maybe a colour, I’ll have to ask Santa about that. 

Watching: a fascinating show about Beatrix Potter. I’m inspired by ladies of the past who made their own way in the world. 

Hoping: is costly. I’m protecting my reserves. 

Marvelling: at the generosity of friends. Knowing I am blessed, even when my feelings don’t always concur. 

Cringing: at the rise of white supremacists in the US. 

Needing: a plan. 

Wearing: my gloriously cosy pink dressy gown. I think it’s got superpowers of comfort. 

Noticing: how incredible the cloud formations have been lately. 
Knowing: this too shall pass. It doesn’t feel true all the time, but I know it, I hope. 
Thinking: about how little I care about Christmas. Bah humbug. 
Admiring: the tree on my nature strip. Just yesterday I stood underneath it and admired it. 
Bookmarking: lots of articles about painting techniques. 
Disliking: feeling less than shazamy, but I dislike big fat fakers more. 
Opening: the wrapper on a block of Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond chocolate. Thank you $2.50 special! 
Hearing: cicadas, they’re baaaaaack! So loud, so summery. 
Pretending: a little bit, I’m keeping an eye on it. 
Embracing: my feelings. 
Gasping: for breath, that was a long list, even though I skipped a few of Pip’s prompts. 
I shared this on Instagram this week, and I want you to see it too.  
Don’t shrink, okay? The ones who want you smaller are not your team. Please make sure you surround yourself with people who cheer you on, and that you cheer for too. It’s super important that we don’t spend another minute feeling “less than”, don’t you think? 
Let me know what’s up in your world in the comments. I love hearing from you. 
Annette x

Taking Stock: Spring 2016

Spring has sprung! It has been a confusing start to the season, we’ve had an explosion of blossom trees, some gorgeous sunny days, tee shirt weather, followed by rainy days and rummaging for a jumper, then more sun… nobody knows what to expect! 

The new season seems like a good moment to stop and take stock of where things are at. This is a Pip Lincolne idea, which lots of us think is quite terrific, so you’ll see Taking Stock posts pop up here and there, and I find it’s always an exercise that takes me to unexpected places. 

Here we go!

Making: a mess as I tidy up, you’ve got to go backwards before you can go forwards it seems. 

Cooking: pikelets – they are so easy and deliver every single time. Yummo. 

Drinking: coffee in the mornings, peppermint tea when I have a tummy ache, and my afternoon beverage of choice is soda water and lemon cordial. Sometimes I add a splash of vodka as the sun goes down! 

Reading: I just read Ruby Wax’s (Waxes?!) book Sane New World, which I found super interesting and engaging. The  brain is an incredible organ. 

Smelling: spring blooms 

Wanting: work. 

Looking: up. Even on days when I’m feeling sub-chipper, I do try, literally and figuratively, to look up. The sky is such a reassuring presence. Clouds, sunshine through branches, all that blue that goes on forever. Sigh, I love it. 

Playing: old Tina Arena tunes; Chains, Sorrento Moon, Heaven Help My Heart. Such great songs and what a GREAT singer she is. 

Deciding: what’s for dinner every damn night is painful at the moment. I’ve temporarily lost my kitchen mojo. 

Wishing: I had a personal chef, or at least someone to stock my fridge. 

Enjoying:sunny days β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

Waiting: for my kitchen mojo to return. I’m hoping that flavoursome, simple, crunchy salad days aren’t far off. 

Liking: that other people seem to appreciate my artistic endeavours.

Loving: spending time with special friends. 

Pondering: where new things might take me. 

Buying: new pillows! I think it’s time, and a friend gave me a little “pick me up” voucher recently, so I can afford a simple treat. 

Watching: diverse documentaries on iTunes – Kill Switch, Tender, Herb & Dorothy, Copy & Paste. 

Hoping: for good things for you. Yep, really! 

Noticing: there’s strength in the sunshine again. 

Knowing: I have good people in my life, I am not in this alone. 

Thinking: about collaboration, encouragement, words, and creativity. 

Admiring: the makers, the dreamers, and those who get up and step into the arena. 

Disliking: #Trump2016 

Opening: new tubes of paint.

Feeling: positive again, after a shaky few weeks. 

Snacking: on strawberries, or Twisties. 

Hearing: birdsong #tweettweet πŸ₯πŸ₯

How are you feeling about the change of season? I’m happy to be seeing more blue skies than grey, that’s for sure. 

But I’m also a teensy bit jealous of those of you moving into autumn, spring is a beautiful season, but autumn will always have my heart. 

What’s your favourite season? 

Have you got a fabulous (and frugal) salad recipe for me?  

Keep looking up, 

Annette x 

Taking Stock: April 2016


How are you? I hope you’re feeling chipper, ace, cosy and appreciated. If not, please accept a virtual hug and a high five from me right now. I think you are awesome! 

It’s a gorgeous autumn Saturday here in Melbourne, the perfect afternoon for a taking stock post, a Pip Lincolne tradition that lots of people have embraced. 

What I like most about taking stock is that you never know where the list is going to take you, so here goes! 

Making: Art. I love being creative. 

Cooking: I think it will be saucy meatballs and penne tonight. Yum. 

Drinking: Last night, I enjoyed a piccolo of bubbly. This afternoon, I’m on the lemon cordial and soda water train. 

Reading: Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. She is one tuned-in, smart lady. 

Wanting: Confirmation on a job offer. Quietly confident. 

Looking: At the breeze ruffling my living room curtain. Curtain flutterings make me happy. 

Playing: Solitaire and WordFeud. 

Deciding: Whether to pre-emptively add some channels to my Foxtel package, before I hear about the job. 

Wishing: Only good things for you. May you know yourselves well, love courageously and find strength, and even beauty, in your scars. 

Enjoying: These strangely fine and sunny autumnal days, and the rainy days. I’ll take anything autumn’s offering.


Waiting: On that confirmation. 

Liking: My life. Myself. Creatively inspiring people. 

Wondering: How I will cope with going back to full time hours. It has been almost three years! 

Loving: AUTUMN, and my dad. Grateful for his help today. 

Pondering: Where things might lead me. What’s next? 

Considering: Buying ALL THE THINGS once I’m working again. Well, not ALL the things, but some of them. 

Buying: Yesterday, thanks to my pal Deanna’s generosity, I got to buy lots of groceries. Thanks Dee! 

Watching: Grand Designs House Of The Year 2015, and looking forward to more Scandal, KUWTK and MasterChef. 

Hoping: To stay positive, whatever comes this week. 

Marvelling: At my sister Lisa; she’s taken to motherhood so beautifully, it is a truly special thing to witness.

Cringing: At Malcolm Turnbull. His rhetoric around refugees turns my stomach. Is there a basement office at Parliament House where they teach Fearmongering 101? Misty-eyed, really? You sir, are DEPLORABLE. That’s not leadership, that is naked ambition and playing to the lowest possible common denominator out there, fear.

Needing: I don’t need anything really. I have so much, even as I wait for good news about employment. Need isn’t just about finances or things. I have amazingly special people in my life, I have creativity and the sky. I’m all good. 

Questioning: I will never understand political ambition. How (and why) would you deny your humanity, and deaden your heart to stay at the top of the heap? There’s a question. 

Smelling: The aromas of the beautiful essential oils my friend Louisa sent me this week. 

Wearing: Trackies and a fave 17Sundays stripey tee. 

Following: My instincts. 

Noticing: Birdsong. So many chirpy, tweety birds seem to be around at the moment. It’s lovely. 

Knowing: That things are seasonal, in life as in nature. That I am more than okay. 

Thinking: About how important gratitude is in my life. 

Admiring: My sisters. Clementine Ford. People who stand up for what they believe in. Dissenters. Artists. Rebels. 

Sorting: Nothing much. 

Getting: Addicted to new podcasts, the latest being The West Wing Weekly. It’s so great to revisit the greatest television show of all time via this podcast. 

Bookmarking: Lots of cookbooks, I’m looking forward to making braises, soups, stews, and warming fruit crumbles as the weather cools down. 

Coveting: A good internet connection. 

Disliking: The politics of fear. 

Opening: Country Style magazine.

Giggling: At the word package. 

Feeling: Positive. Good. Grateful. Curious. 

Snacking: Salt and vinegar chips, cheese and crackers, hummus on Turkish bread. Bring it on. 

Helping: Myself to more chips.  

Hearing: Birdsong, the afternoon sonata is in full swing. 

That’s life for me, in a list-y nutshell. 

How are you? What are you listening to, liking, cringing at, smelling and thinking? 

Tell me all about it. 

Don’t forget to look up today. We’re all under the same sky.

Autumnally yours, 

Annette x