This week

By Vita Forest

Queensland Bottle Tree, Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney

This week I have been


  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (finished at last).
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (highly recommended by Sui-Sui, I have just started).
  • The Art of Frugal Hedonism by Annie Raser-Rolland and Adam Grubb (now I know what to call myself!)

SKETCHING a Queensland Bottle tree at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Succulents at the Royal Botanical Gardens

VISITING The Powerhouse Museum with my class (great fun!! My little group just loved revisiting their early childhood in The Wiggles exhibition). 

MAKING an astronaut/aviatrix costume (my sewing machine and table are covered in silver glitter – looks like Tinkerbell has been for a visit).

EATING Belgian Chocolate gelato in Chatswood with my kids – sensational!

WALKING with my kids on a gelato expedition and later in the brisk winter air with Vastra and Saskia.

FINDING that our dance performance group is “all coming together”.

DIRECTING a little play with my class and watching them shine!

This week

By Vita Forest

Fig tree on the way to Bush Bank Steam Mill, Kiama

This week I have been


  • reports!
  • and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (nearly finished)



  • Vivid in Sydney
  • Gerroa with Sui-Sui and Alessandro and


Bombo headland

  • Bombo Headland
  • Kiama

Dry stone walls, Kiama

  • Gerringong (for a mighty fine burger – thanks Betty and Bob for the tip!)
  • Minnamurra Rainforest and

Suspension bridge at Minnamurra Rainforest

    DISCOVERING a new place in Kiama (my children were most surprised such a place exists)  – the ruin of the Bush Bank Steam Mill

    Bush Bank Steam Mill ruin

    SEEING lots of wildlife including

    • two lots of whales off the coast!  (From Gerringong and Bombo)
    • Fairy wrens at Bombo

    Jenny wren at Bombo Beach

    • Lyrebirds at Minnamurra Rainforest
    • Cows at Kiama (maybe not so wild)

    Cows with a view, Kiama

    • Wattlebirds, lorrikeets, king parrots, rosellas and more

    EATING lots of delicious cooking at the holiday home in Gerroa

    RELAXING after some very busy times at school

    This week

    By Vita Forest

    Winter banksia flowers near The Coal Loader

    This week I have been

    READING school reports!

    WRITING school reports!


    •  War on Waste on ABC
    • Mary Poppins with young Lucy singing and dancing
    • Wicked at Chatswood Concourse


    • Winter soup
    • Silver space silhouettes for a dance costume 

    SKETCHING at The Coal Loader at Waverton with my good ol sketch pals

      CELEBRATING some good news for Saskia

      DANCING around the living room with Lucy choosing songs to use in my  class play

      FEELING rather exhausted 

      Near The Coal Loader

      This week

      By Vita Forest

      From Clive Park

      This week I have been

      WRITING Lex and Ruby

      READING Lucy’s assignment pitching a movie based on the life of Lin Manuel Miranda – very entertaining!

      MARKING mountains of assessments… (it’s report time)

      WALKING as a break from all the marking

      MAKING bacon, eggs, mushrooms and toast for Sunday brunch

      VISITING Clive Park in Northbridge again to show my kids this lovely spot

      TRYING to decide who to cast in my class play.  Decisions!  Decisions!


      This week

      By Vita Forest

      This week I have been


      READING Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

      WATCHING Dance Academy Season 3 (Aaah!)

      WALKING with Saskia and Rowdy from Neutral Bay to Mosman Bay around the headlands and

      SEEING this sign at Kurraba St Wharf and

      VISITING the pool at Cremorne Point (alas not for a swim) and

      ADMIRING the banksia flowers along the path and

      SEEING this winsome little creature in the Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens at Cremorne

      PICNICKING at Clive Park in Northbridge with some bookish friends and

      ADMIRING the view (friends, food, books and beautiful places!) and

      CELEBRATING the good life.


      This week

      By Vita Forest

      This week I have been

      WRITING Eye Contact

      READING Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (it’s gonna take me a while but it’s a ripper!)

      WATCHING The Eurovision Song Contest with my kids.

      VISITING The Finders Keepers’ Markets at Barangaroo with Lucy and Briony and

      DRINKING hot cider (Mmm Mmm)

      SPENDING Saturday at school for some Professional Development on Spelling (do you know what “schwa” is?)

      MAKING a whole bunch of tools out of silver foam for a Steam Punk inspired costume for our dance group.

      TALKING and WALKING by the harbour with Lucy one day and Saskia the next.

      CELEBRATING Mothers’ Day on Sunday, hope you all had a good day!


      This week

      By Vita Forest

      Indigo Slam, Chippendale

      This week I have been


      READING Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (it is a ripper!)

      WATCHING Viceroy’s House (recommended).

      VISITING Chippendale Green for some sketching.  (I sketched Indigo Slam designed by William Smart.  An architecture student came over and chatted as I sketched and told me that all the furniture inside was specially designed too – including a table that seats 100 people!  This is a house that is designed to last one hundred years – fantastic!)

      At Central Park, Chippendale

      MEETING up with Vastra and Saskia at a favourite local restaurant where my favourite dessert was back on the menu (Flan Catalan – mmm!)

      ENJOYING the autumn sunshine in Sydney.