Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Connecting the dots once more!

Its so good to report that life is starting to settle into a more work-a-day kind of existence that's bringing simple contentment to this home. Even the potted plants brought from our former residence look happier now they are once more nurtured and adapting to changed conditions!

We're enjoying the birds around this new neighbourhood... there seems to be suitable habitat around here to ensure a variety of birdsong which is a surprise and most appreciated.

Internet connected and working again brings far more consistency and  productivity to following unfolding stories from the different areas of interest in my work.

My Instagram page

I was chuffed with this photo put up on Instagram today by Jo Cook whom I sent postcards to in Tasmania to say how much I liked her contribution to the FAIR FOOD WEEK Photo competition I recently helped judge. Jo is a freelance chef and Food Curator in Tasie who tweets her news here.

The Photo competition was conducted by the talented Sharon Lee for The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance's Fair Food Week held in August. She is a driving force at her website/blog Flavour Crusader in the dialogue fighting for a healthy, fair and delicious Food Supply and is based in Sydney.

Not only that... she brings an air of excitement with her wherever she goes and is more than likely to make one laugh at her infectious jokey turn of phrase!

heirloom tomato seeds

FlavourCrusader is a community of farmers, gardeners, cooks and eaters fighting for a healthy, fair and delicious food supply. Join us here or on Twitter,Facebook or Instagram. Soon, we’ll have our own app; signup (to the right) to know when it’s ripe and ready.
Sharon Lee devours magnificent peaches, strawberries and tomatoes. She cooks with exotic flavours, traditional recipes and real slow. She plants seeds in pots and occasionally, they do grow! She’s attaining a Masters in Public Health because there’s no Masters in Deliciousness.
James McParlane is the CTO of Massive Interactive and has architected, coded and managed the development of an array of award winning sites and applications over 20 years. When we meet and eat, he insists that I order. Smart move, programmer dude!
Volunteers are our lifeblood. We’re grateful to Sophie Munns, Zoe Bowman, Lucinda Dodds, Pauline Mak, Camilla Baker, Grant Young, Lucia Torres, Rohini Goyal, Mei Sun, Adriaan Stellingwerff, Angela Jann, Miream Rabba, Tony Hollingsworth, Pete Locke, Samantha Lipovic, Ivan Zugec and Michael Wardop.
We’d like to thank the catalysts and mentors at Asix, Social Innovation Sydney and XMediaLab. We love our research participants, talented blog contributors and anyone who’s made a suggestion, comment or joined in the conversation.  That's you!                                                                     Images by Zonie Zambonie and ~Essence of a Dream~

I'm sharing below her colourful post about the Photo Competition: 

My Food Story

my food story

Oh my gosh how freaking delighted I was during the two weeks of this competition! It was so exciting to receive the entries, pigs and chooks and tales of abundance into my email. Ping! Ping! Oink! Bok!
Here are the winners:
pauline mak


“It’s not always about what you can grow to eat. Green manure is both tasty and essential for soil vitality!”


“Apple scrap vinegar. Who knew that you could take the scraps from your fruit, and turn them into something useful. These scraps are from our first real harvest of apples from our various apple trees. I was making some of them into a pie, and remembered that I had read somewhere about turning the scraps into alcohol, then letting it become vinegar. Some of my bottles didn’t seem to turn, but the ones that did have made a beautiful subtle vinegar, with an appley flavour that goes great in salad dressings!”

“My apple pie :) ”
Thanks to the judges, Sophie Munns, Lucy Dodds and Zoe Bowman, who—amongst moving, weddings and work—were able to devote time to evaluate the entries. Thanks to the sponsors for your generosity. Thanks everyone for sharing, your comments, likes and for participating. It wasn’t just good fun, we were able to spread the ethos of Fair Food to over 25,000 people. Woohoo!

GO visit Flavour Crusader and see whats she's up to now!

So... after weeks and weeks and weeks since March of everything except studio time I'm settling in and finding that ideas are turning into planning meetings and conversations are growing new shoots and my brain is starting to process things in a whole more productive way again.

I had a meeting yesterday with Jutta... one of those clever, hard-working people who is not just a brilliant catalyst for ideas BUT also seeing things come to fruition, steadily and potently. Humble to boot she plays down her achievements but they include working with the Cubberla-Witton Catchments Networks Inc in 2005 to hold a fungi conference in Brisbane. Seminars were presented by mycologists from around Australia launching an organisation the Queensland Mycological Society.

Events run by the Queensland Mycological Society (QMS) provide an excellent opportunity to discover the amazing Kingdom of Fungi. Get to know your local macrofungi by attending QMS forays (field trips). Meetings are informative and entertaining. Going to workshops is another great way to learn more about fungi and develop identification skills.

Always quick to honour the work of others it's not long before one discovers Jutta Goodwin is a woman of vision and substance and has much to do the success of many ventures she tirelessly gives both long hours and significant organisational skills to.

Regenration project via here

The Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network is part of Brisbane's Catchment network and plays a major role in community education and participation in land-care in the area close to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens where I spent 2010 on a residency at the Seedlab. The CWCN website is down at present but with a brand new Community Centre for events, ongoing committee work and hire to interested  community groups and individuals I imagine things will be very busy.

As for life here at the studio ... attending meetings, seminars and soon a conference is keeping me on the go at the moment as I pick up on where I left off months ago.
Its hard to keep up with all the wonderful conversations of the last month when I think back. 

On Saturday I drove about 2.5 hours south to NSW to visit at this wonderful farm below where a meeting and overnight stay was planned. It was just the thing this change of scenery... and after much conversation we'd generated more than a few ideas for a possible collaboration down the track.

The view from the front verandah at the farm over-looking Mt Warning! My kind hosts were delightful company and by the time I departed late Sunday afternoon I felt quite restored after spending time in such a restful environment. 

              Images from the farm and nearby town!

Sunday night I stayed up the coast a night with relatives and enjoyed catching up on news, next day visiting their Carpet store at Southport where I took photos of the stunning wool colour spectrums and highly textured pure wool carpet samples from New Zealand. I was seduced by the incredible range of sustainable products they were selling with only a tiny percentage of synthetic options in the whole store.

Rich colours and wools with some wonderfully designed samples that reminded me of sea anenomes!

Well ... I am sitting at the desk on casters tapping away on my lap-top and there's a pile of tasks staring at me so I will say good-bye for today even though there are more stories that could be shared here... Enough for now!

Enjoy your week wont you!


Mlle Paradis said...

welcome back sophie! oh my what an exciting life you've been living! (why hasn't anyone asked me to judge a food contest - because I wouldn't share the apple pie with the others?)

the studio looks lovely and inspiring. glad you liked the tea van i thought it was just perfect too!


Sophie Munns said...

Hello friend!

Haha! Sadly judging the competition didn't involve any tasting ... that certainly would have made it more difficult. There were numerous offerings I'd have truly liked to be tasting!

The long break in routine meant different things had a chance to come to the fore.... cooking and sharing conversation for starters. It was an ideas time ... always great to chew over ideas with others.

Interesting exchanges kept happening without really realising how much. Funny how being flat-out on routine and deadlines there's little room to really hear and think!

Now to make stuff happen!

Would love to meet you at that tea van Mlle P... see you there .... now what country was that?
S xo

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

i-simply-do-not-know-where-to-look-and-read-first-post! you have been busy and you have been fully nurturing the inspiration po{n}d!
your studio is happy too, i see.
have a terrific weekend...

Sophie Munns said...

Why thank you woolf ...
I'm a fan of the hyphenated lo-ooo-oong phrase or sentence myself ... always a pleasure to see what you are up to and hear from you.
Studio is feeling like home now... a delicious feeling!
And a good week to you!