Hi folks! Something that I’ve been curious about for a long time, but haven’t had the guts/patience to really investigate, is making electronic music. I love the idea of experimenting with electronic modes of production, but in the end, always defer to composing in the manner I know best – sitting at my piano, with pencil and manuscript paper.

Well I made this track. It’s short and quite basic, and I know I have lots to learn, but I kind of like it. I hope you like it too.


Poetic nothing spam

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…The text above is from an email I found in my spam folder with the subject line, “Well-paid job”. Such a fine and nonsensical collection of words is too good not to post.

Monkey Puzzle Tree blog

Hi folks. As you may or may not be aware, I play piano and compose in an instrumental group called Monkey Puzzle Tree. We started a blog recently. At the moment it’s mainly got pictures and gig write-ups, but we want to keep it updated with all sorts of fun things that we are interested in. Check it out. 🙂

Freedom of Potato Collab

Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab

Hi there! A few weeks ago I collaborated on a photoshoot with Tamzin Buchan of Freedom of Potato Designs. Tamzin crafts adorable animal-themed accessories. You can visit Tamzin’s etsy store here.We headed into the hills late on a Friday afternoon with snacks, smiles and friends with wolf-kerchiefs tucked into their pockets.

Here are a selection of shots from the afternoon. I love Tamzin’s work with the styling, she really has a clear vision for the aesthetic of her brand and you can really see that in the photos. We didn’t have a lot of time to work with as the sinking afternoon sun was against us, but I think we squeezed a lot out of those few hours. Conclusion: collaborations are fun! It feels great to join forces artistically and end up with a pleasing result. I am super keen to do more.

Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab


Caden by Avarine
Caden, a photo by Avarine on Flickr.

This is Caden – what a cutie. He is my colleague Ling and her husband Ivan’s baby son, born on new year’s eve! The music school I teach at had a stall at the Adelaide Eduation Expo held last weekend at the Entertainment Centre. Some of our students performed. We were there to chat and give out information about our music courses, but my overriding memory of the event is BALLOONS. We inflated and gave out countless helium balloons to passing children – fun, fun, fun. Our stall was decked out in balloons.

Nai’s Graduation

My sister graduated with her Masters in Architecture the other week. I played around with shooting into the afternoon sun to create a hazy effect. I was so excited to try this effect at the time. So much of my shooting has happened at night time that it feels refreshing to shoot during the daylight hours. The abundance of natural light to play with is so fun.
Nai's graduation

Here’s litte brother, looking very smart:
Suited up in sunlight

Novelty Nails and Delicious Drinks



Here I am with orange juice and tea, showing off a couple of novelty manicures from the last week or so. I go through phases when I am really into painting my nails, the last two weeks have been school holidays which means no teaching, and therefore much less piano playing, resulting in polished fingernails that last for more than a day without chipping. 

60 Day Photo Challenge – Highlights

The 60 day photo challenge is FINALLY over. I’ve got a few final photos to finish processing, which unfortunately I have allowed to drag out. I don’t know how people manage 365 projects because this challenge killed me – I must be really weak or something! I won’t post all 60 photos, but you can view the entire set here.

Here are some of my favourite shots from the challenge.

Self Portrait in Mirror
Handstands on the Beach
Bedtime Story
Sunset at the Beach
Wandering in the Garden
Mercedes and Finn