I've barely had time to get to the computer but here is the newest edition to our family - little EJ, born on Monday 24 August 2009. In this photo he is just 24 hours old, weighs about 8lb and has a mop of very dark reddish hair. The little girls are fascinated with him of course. S had been hoping for a boy and L is still a bit bemused about it all but I think she likes him. His parents are delighted, as is all the family, especially my Mum, almost 93, and very pleased she has stayed the distance to see her great grand children.
I'm spending time outdoors with the girls because the end of our winter has been amazingly warm, even hot most days. It means the garden needs a lot of attention and water restrictions, which I think we may have forever now, mean there's a lot of hand watering with bucket and watering can. Winter vegetables are still thriving and it's time to plant seeds for the summer crops. Then there's the other parts of the garden, in particular a large area of grass that I'm trying to remove to plant a native ground cover. The chooks stand around me, clucking conversationally and hoping I'll toss some delicacy their way, and when I do then there's a scrum as they all compete.
I have a big book order starting soon so I want to get as much done in the garden as possible before I find myself indoors for days on end. I love making books - and I love being in the garden. It's a bit of a toss up I suppose but the books will generally win.
As a book binder trained in Sydney and Auckland, I am currently interested in drawing, print making, and all aspects of the artist’s book. My lifelong passions have always revolved around books, both making and reading, and natural history. From 1980 until retirement in 2004 (and later on contract)I worked in the Research Library of the Australian Museum and was privileged to work with the Rare Book Collection. My interest in the marine animals depicted in the 16th and 17th century natural history books has led to a series of hand made books I am working on, featuring my re-drawings of these animals. Wamberal, on the beautiful NSW Central Coast, is where I live and work, in easy reach of 7 beaches and lagoons.