Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My new friend 'Susan'

I love it when friends drop by! This one is called Susan. Susan is on loan to me from artist Sue Lund, as is the giraffe inside the office. Getting a few funny looks from passersby, but that just adds to the humour! Nothing like the unexpected in a mundane day!!!

Check out Sue's website - suelund.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

Akaroa Weekend

I have just had a fantastic reunion weekend in Akaroa with four of my old university flatmates from Christchurch days (1992!!). Great company, great venue!!

As well as the usual shopping, wine, food and giggles, we were very lucky to be able to visit the gallery and garden of watercolour artist Nancy and Bryan Tichborne at French Farm. (They are open by appointment only). So completely inspirational to meet one of my favourite artists, and experience their beautiful, serene garden.

Then in complete contrast - 'The Giant's House' in Akaroa!! You must visit this garden if you ever get the chance. The photos (above) don't do it justice. Josie Martin is an artist that has spent many years developing the mosaic garden on a hill above Akaroa. Stunning, stunning stunning!!! (Hint - wear bright colours so you show up in photos..... Everything is larger than life and twice as bright!!).