I finally made my way to the Sydney Finders Keepers market this past weekend. Finders Keepers has been around for about 6 years now and because I was living in Canada for the past few years, I had never actually gotten along to one. When I was describing what kind of market it was to Sean, he replied, “So it’s basically Etsy in the flesh.” And that is a pretty accurate summation!
Set in the fabulous Australian Technology Park (which is actually an old railway yard), Finders Keepers is packed with gorgeous hand made artisan goods. There is so much amazing talent in this country of ours and it was almost a little overwhelming. I came home with a gorgeously heavy wooden cutting board made of Australian gum, a beautiful brass necklace by iamtob and a cute around the world pouch and canvas tote. I also really loved the ceramics of Sian Thomas and Paperboat Press, these cute bags by Aija, totally fun textiles by Harvest, the indigo dyed pieces by Pom by Pomegranate, and these absolutely amazing paper artworks by Benconservato.
If you’ve never been, they are well worth the time. I know I’ll be going to the future markets pretty regularly from now on.
Hello old friends,
For the first time in maybe, ever, I am ready for Autumn and Winter. In the past 6 months, I have had my fair share of beautiful, delightful summer and have experienced the kind of happiness that summer always brings. Autumn is officially here in Sydney and although the days are still warm, there is a noticeable change in the air. Even though living in Canada for 3 years gave me enough rain to last a lifetime, I did get a little bit excited about buying a new umbrella this week.
I have so much to share, wonderful stories to tell about the absolutely amazing week that I had in Morocco and a few days spent in London just a few short weeks ago. There aren’t loads of film rolls to share this time around but I’m getting back into my photography groove and feeling the need to start documenting again. Since we moved back to Sydney, life has done a 360 and I’ve been busier than ever, but now that the 2nd Instant Love retreat is over and my big trip for the year is done, life is going to settle down. I hope!
Time for nesting and lingering light, time for learning how to bake something warm and cosy afternoons in the cafe, time for boots and stomping in the leaves, and time for excursions with my 180 to rediscover this beautiful city again.
It’s great to be back!
For my birthday this year, Sean gave me a talisman pendant from local Vancouver designers, Pyrrha. He chose it without any prompting from me and out of all the symbols on offer, he chose one that represents ‘new beginnings’. At that stage in the year, we had not decided to move back to Australia, but somewhere the stars aligned and here we are again on a new beginning wading our way through the next stage of our life.
We’ve only been back in Australia for a fortnight and already so much has happened. Life is fast paced in Sydney and at present, I’m struggling to keep up. I know things will settle down soon and I look forward to the moment that we are completely unpacked and settled again.
I’m soaking up the family and friend time as much as I can and wishing the sun to continue to shine. We’ve spent time by the beach, been to our favourite dessert place and had lattes a plenty! I’ve got big plans for another summer here in the Southern Hemisphere filled with pool parties, picnics and Polaroids.
Speaking of Polaroids, Jen and I are pleased to announce that there are now a few spaces left in the 2nd week of our Instant Love retreat in Marrakech! We are keeping places open until October 22! If you’ve been thinking about your own new beginning and have wanderlust and the want to learn about instant film and the wonders of Morocco, now is your chance. Come spend a week with us in the beautiful Peacock Pavilions! It’s going to be an amazing time and I’m already getting excited about it! Check out our lovely website here for all the information. It’s going to be awesome!
Images shot on a Polaroid 180 Land camera using Fuji instant peel apart film.
There is so very much I could say and tell you about. My life has done a 360 in the last few months and as I’ve been trying to process it and organise for it, there has been little time for keeping up with my usual routines.
And of course, the decision that we have made is once again turning our normal routines upside down for a brand, new start. After much deliberation, the Canadian and I have decided to move back to Australia. We don’t know if this is the right choice, but for now, at this point in time, it is the right one for us. It’s going to take lots of re-imagining and finding our way in the waters of a different kind of life again but I know that our adventurous hearts will guide us through.
We love and will miss the beautiful village life we’ve made here in Vancouver. I know I will certainly miss seeing those snow capped mountains each morning as I looked out our window. I will miss the ease and the stress-free day to day living a smaller city brings and hope that readjusting to the bigness of Sydney will be a fun change, rather than a troublesome one.
As I think of our new life, I have been imagining us close to the sea, taking daily walks by the beach. Fingers crossed that an apartment will be waiting for us when we are ready to find it in just the right place. I, of course, am overjoyed at being able to spend real time with my family and friends again and cannot wait to reconnect with them all. I’m already planning our Christmas gatherings. As excited as I am, we will leave here with heavy hearts, knowing that we once again have to say goodbye to people whom we love and to a place that will always be our home.
These images were all taken around Vancouver with my Polaroid 180 Land Camera and Fuji film.
You know when you read a book and it speaks to your heart so clearly that you feel as though it was written specifically for you? I felt that whilst reading every word of Pia Jane Bijkerk‘s My Heart Wanders. If you love to travel, to discover, to follow your heart, to make your home beautiful no matter where you are, then this book will speak straight to your soul.
Pia shares her journey from her life in Sydney to experiences living Paris and finding peace on a quaint little houseboat in Amsterdam. Her words are so honest, yet quiet; and falling into her book is like sitting down to afternoon tea with a friend. It spoke so strongly to experiences I myself have faced and lead me on a journey to one I have dreamt about. Her book is filled with beautiful photographs, doodles and notes that are so perfectly Pia. I fell so deeply into her beautiful world and may have even shed a tear of two. Insightful, poetic and charming, My Heart Wanders is a wanderer’s treasure.
I was lucky enough to spend a lovely brunch with the lady herself while I was back home in Australia and she is just as beautiful in person as she is in book form. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, I can’t recommend it enough!
Find information about My Heart Wanders here.
p.s. Happy Australia Day- and yes, I had to share some Aussie love today!
Two of my favourite neighbourhoods in Sydney are Surry Hills and Paddington. I’ve shared a little of pretty Paddington with you before on the blog but I couldn’t help myself when I was there again. Paddington is mostly known for its shopping strip on Oxford St which is always super busy on the weekends but I prefer to wander the narrow, winding back streets and look at the Victorian terraces. I think if I could choose any type of home to live in, in Sydney, it would be a Victorian terrace. I always imagine myself having breakfast on the front balcony with tea and a croissant.
I ventured to Surry Hills for one primary reason. The stellar Bourke St Bakery. I arrived at around 11.30 on a weekday morning and there was a line out the door. I love the fact that all the people lined up were men. Cafe going always seems like such a girly thing to me, so this pleased me. The coffee was oh so fabulous and I wanted to sample everything! I could have easily shot there all day. Since I left Sydney, they have opened bakeries all over the city…time for you to go global, Bourke St Bakery. Now to pick up their book...
What do you think of Surry Hills and Paddington? Could you find yourself happy on those balconies too?
All images were shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.
We will always be beach girls.
I’ve wanted to visit Sibella Court’s Society Inc store for the longest time so it was a must on my “Need to Visit in Sydney” list. As you can see from the outside, it’s picture perfect and so utterly quaint that you just want to snuggle into the chair out the front with a book and a blankie.
I could have looked through the windows for hours, but of course was itching to get inside. Unfortunately for my companion and me, nobody seemed to be home. Next time I’m in Sydney, I’ll have to ring ahead and make sure they are open before swinging by. There were shelves and tables full of glorious trinkets that were calling out to be brought home. I love the idea behind the store – valued pieces of eclectic curios found whilst travelling and exploring. Sometimes I come across a place that I feel was created just for me. Do you ever feel that way? Such a glorious little slice of Sydney culture.
You can find The Society Inc in Paddington, Sydney.
All images were shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.