This week

By Vita Forest

This week I have been

WRITING Mobile Tales 11: a sky full of stars

READING The Girl who circumnavigated Fairyland in a ship of her own making by Catherynne M. Valente

PLAYING Muggle Quidditch at school after

MAKING broomsticks out of newspapers and masking tape (but no one completed their homework and learned how to fly…)

VISITING The Finders Keepers Market at Barangaroo with the whole family

ATTENDING the Year 6 Farewell

FEELING rather exhausted

This week

By Vita Forest

This week I have been


  • Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

WRITING Not even the beginning

MAKING a Harry Potter trivia game with Lucy (feel free to submit question ideas if you like!)

WALKING with Saskia after the rain.

SKETCHING my balcony garden as my sketch club was cancelled due to the rain.

ATTENDING a meeting about the combined schools concert my school is involved in later in the year.

BRAINSTORMING lots of ideas for stories, choreography and costumes for our item.

TRYING another tack with my 4th grade class for poetry writing (providing them with a starting word for each line) and 

DISCOVERING they were poets!

REMEMBERING how when she was in Year 1, one of my current students poo-pooed one of my suggestions for a song to sing at assembly because it was “a kids’ song”!  They could see the humour in that comment now.

This week

By Vita Forest

Sunday sunrise at Curl Curl

This week I have been


  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit


  • At Bombo
  • Programs for school including one on Poetry incorporating David Chapelle’s short film of Sergei Poluntin dancing to Take me to Church by Hozier.  I am excited!

EXPERIENCING Sydney’s extreme weather this week – storms and heavy rain on Tuesday, crazy-high temperatures on Friday and Saturday.

VISITING the water to cool off on the weekend… Murray Rose/Redleaf Pool in Woollahra and Curl Curl Beach.

WALKING AND TALKING with Saskia at Curl Curl after a swim.

BUMPING into an old student and family at Curl Curl (it was all happening at Curl Curl…)

MISSING outdoor sketching due to the extreme temperatures.


  • time to relax.
  • time for yoga.

Saturday morning at Refleaf pool, Woollahra





    This week

    By Vita Forest

    Lotus pond at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney

    This week I have been

    READING Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 

    WRITING Neptune’s Son

    GETTING to know my new Year 4 class!

    TRYING to sleep in very hot humid weather

    VISITING the Royal Botanical Gardens to do some sketching

    COVERING lots of school books for Max and Lucy

    HEARING all about their first week at school (Lucy’s first week of high school)

    A Lotus flower

    This week

    By Vita Forest

    Gardens at Vaucluse House (can you spot the bird?)

    This week I have been


    • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
    • Policy documents for school

    WRITING Distracted

    MOVING classrooms and

    PREPARING for the new school year


    • The White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale for Vile Bodies
    • Vaucluse House for some barefoot, lounging about under a tree kind of sketching 


    • The Shawshank Redemption and The Princess Bride with my kids
    • Lion with Briony and friend 

    DISCUSSING with my kids why Australia Day is hurtful/offensive to parts of our population 

    BUYING school shoes for Lucy for her first year at high school…

    MAKING a week’s supply of Jamie Oliver’s Black Rice pudding with mango, lime, passionfruit and coconut. Mmm

    Plant stand at Vaucluse House

    This week

    By Vita Forest


    This week I have been

    VISITING Kiama for a holiday with a rotating cast of characters – Max, Lucy, Fleur, Betty and Briony.


    • from Gerringong to Kiama with Fleur, Lucy and Max (Lucy, Max and I did most of it barefoot too…)

    • into the strange world of Bombo Headland with Briony – massive waves smashing against the rock columns, very dramatic!

      SWIMMING in the beautiful waters of Kiama’s beaches and rock pools

      SEEING the Kiama blowhole “goin’ off!”

      SKETCHING at the same time as my sketch pals – they in Sydney, I sitting in the seabreeze looking back at the pines around the Kiama showground.

      WRITING Southerly Buster

      GETTING lots of inspiration for future posts


      • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (How wonderful to visit the world of J.K. Rowling again and this is one of my favourites!!  I was not the only one enjoying J.K. Rowling – there was also Fleur reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Lucy reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban too – a very Hogwarts kind of time)
      • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

      GENERALLY relaxing

      This week

      By Vita Forest

      Christmas Day at Manly

      This week I have been

      FINISHING school for the year!

      MOVING classrooms

      SORTING through a lot of stuff and chucking some of it out.



      • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit (the first of her books I’ve read.  Beautiful!  I am hungry for more).
      • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (compelling but manipulative.  Left me with a nasty taste in my mouth).
      • The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith (always lovely to spend time in the company of Isabel Dalhousie).

      RESTING after feeling shattered at the end of Term 4.

      TAKING various Harry Potter quizzes at the behest of Lucy.

      SWIMMING in the ocean on Christmas day with Vastra and the kids.

      LYING on a picnic rug under a Frangipani tree with my nephew for a “little rest” before all the kids got wet in the paddling pool at our family Christmas lunch.

      PLAYING Speed and Bananagrams with Max as we watched a documentary on Queen.