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


Vaucluse House

This week I have been

  • READING The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and another book which I will not mention as it not one I would recommend.
  • VISITING Vaucluse House with my class – how lovely!
  • WATCHING some Nordic Noir in the form of The Bridge on SBS.  Very creepy.
  • SWELTERING in Sydney’s February heat.
  • CELEBRATING my sister Briony’s birthday with the family.
  • SWIMMING at both Collaroy and Balmoral on Sunday – how refreshing!