There’s a reason why there has been a bit of a break between posts. My husband and I went away for a little getaway last week. With the hectic nature of our house, what with my night shifts, our kids, the work load of keeping up my blog and Youtube channel and answering the many many questions I get through them, we’re a bit like Navarre and Isabeau in Lady Hawk, only catching a glimpse of each other between at sunrise and sunset. So every so often we take ourselves off together for some us time. This time we went to a little town called Emerald nestled in sub tropical rainforest on the eastern side of Melbourne. Emerald does live up to the mental picture you would get from such a name. So much green!
We stayed at a bed and breakfast home stay called Billy Buttons. A beautiful house with views to die for. Jennie, our host, was just lovely, friendly and ready for a chat but also discreet when we wanted privacy. She has a little bunny theme going through house so I decided to add to it with this original bunny drawing I completed on the second night there. This tubby little bunny was drawn on Strathmore grey toned paper with Polychromos pencils and a white Prismacolor Premier to get the white fur looking really white.
While there we took a day trip to Sassafras to browse through the knicky knacky type stores that lined the tiny stretch of main street. The weather was awful pouring rain all day but the lovely variety of stores gave us plenty to do out of the rain.Of course we sat and had lunch at the famous Miss Marples tea rooms. The plowmans lunches they served were huge and we followed it up with bread and butter pudding for my hubby and a Devonshire tea for me.
The next day we visited Healseville Sanctuary. A large animal sanctuary specializing in Australian natives. I hadn’t been there in almost ten years. We marveled at how much it had grown, it looks quite world class! So many walk through flight aviaries to wander around. I had my first close encounter with a lyre bird who performed a range of mimicry, as they do, singing perfect imitations of many of the birds in the sanctuary including a spot on kookaburra. Lyre birds can also imitate perfect cell phone rings, chain saws, water falls and just about any other noise you can think of. This one wasn’t shy about humans at all and dashed across the path a few feet in front of me to dig out some worms from underneath an information bench.
On the way back we dropped into The Art Shop, an art supplies shop in Bayswater with a good reputation for pricing. Actually we stopped there on the way as well but I wanted to get more Polychromos pencils and Inktense pencils to fill out my sets. My wonderful husband surprised me by purchasing a full set of Luminance pencils that I have been drooling over for ages. (I didn’t know until we got back into the car and there they were sitting on the front seat!) I haven’t had much time to play with them yet but expect an up and coming review in the near future.