Kate MccGwire, Sluice, 2009

We got the house!

Her skin is white cloth,
and she's all sewn apart
and she has many colored pins
sticking out of her heart.

She has many different zombies
who are deeply in her trance.
She even has a zombie
who was originally from France.

But she knows she has a curse on her,
a curse she cannot win.
For if someone gets
too close to her,

the pins stick farther in.

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other stories by Tim Burton
One of my favourite books.

"Winter weather is not my soul, but the biding for Spring....
Winter exposes the nests, and I'm gone..."
Smog, Palimpset from 'A River Ain't Too Much To Love'

I think I've seen about four nests in trees this week. Including one in the house that we looked at on the weekend. All the leaves being gone, they are easy to spot and prominent, awkward, empty. This album always reminds me of this time of year.

Surrendering yourself to the depths of Winter.

I've got sugar on my face. It's encrusted there from making some sticky lemon squares. I baked them in small loaf tins so that I could make sure every one had a crunchy chewy edge. I love the edges. When I was little I would just eat the cheesecake crust, the ones where your mum used to crush up biscuits and stick them together again with melted butter. Delicious.

I found this blog today. It's full of little things that make me happy.

I've been spending so much time on eBay, looking for 70s shoes, furniture for Jack's warehouse and furniture, fixtures and fittings for my Northcote project which will finally be under construction soon. It's a strange world on eBay. People spell things funny, the images are sideways and you cross eyed with insufficiently focused phone photographs.

I looked at a pretty house yesterday. It's kinda small for 4 people, and I have never lived around there. But the street is really nice, it reminds me of the narrow streets in Balmain in Sydney. I hope hope hope we get it. We've applied. In total we have applied for 5 houses in 2 months. We really are going crazy.


PS. I get my feathery photos back tomorrow! xx

I'm pretty busy at the moment. I've been working on a short film, set in 1974 (outside of Sydney) doing the costume design. It's really amazing researching archives of photos, families all in matching flares, 60s nanna's in psychedelic patterned flower kitchen clutching cord clad children. Great!