Entries by Annette

Jacaranda – Focus, the key to concentrate your power

In late Spring Melbourne’s streets and gardens are bathed in the intense lilac colour of flowering Jacaranda’s. The tree’s origin is South America, especially Brazil and Argentina but Jacarandas can now be found in subtropical and tropical countries across the world. The genus Jacaranda comprising of around 50 species is part of the Bignoniaceae plant family of […]

Beyond the Seen – Photo Exhibition December 2012

If you live in or around Melbourne  you have the opportunity to see my flower photographs up close and framed  in a show called Beyond the Seen  at the Kallista Tearooms in the Dandenong Ranges  during December.  Many of  the photos I selected for the show are from my recent visit to the Stirling Range in […]

Meeting Southern Cross in the Stirling Range

In October, a long time wish came true to visit and walk the Stirling Range National Park which is located about 340 km south-east of Perth, Western Australia. The Aboriginal name for the range, Koi Kyenunu-ruff, means ‘mist moving around the mountains’. The Stirling Range is internationally recognised as one of the world’s 34 hotspots […]


The Abbortsford Convent is perfect for spending a leisurely Sunday afternoon with friends sharing delicious Japanese treats at Kappaya, afternoon tea or a vegetarian meal at Lentil As Anything. At the banks of the Yarra and with the Collingwood Children’s Farm next door it feels just like being in the country, yet Abbotsford is a 4km […]

Impatiens – For Our Hurried Lives

Impatiens is a flower essence to bring patience to our fast-paced lives. When we are rushing from place to place like a headless chicken, frenetic getting to work in the morning, the kettle takes ages to boil,  … the driver in front is too slow; … irritable because the train’s running late … the microwave’s not […]

Blackberry – In any way you like

Blackberries are one of my favourite foods and on my recent visit to Germany it was just the beginning of the season for me to enjoy the first freshly picked berries from my mother’s garden. Apart from being delicious, blackberries are high in antioxidants such as anthocyanins and phenolics topping raspberries, blueberries, spinach or broccoli […]