Fitzroy Summer Blooms

I’m more of a couch potato, eager to spend my weekends lazing on the sofa – trying to complete the final season of Breaking Bad and the Vikings. Though it was excruciating getting through the finals of ‘Once Upon A Time’ (one of those series which you kick yourself for wasting your life on!) I…

Shades of Syria in Victoria

I bought my first Syrian carpet in 2001, while on assignment in Aleppo. The burst of colourful textiles caught my eye as I was wandering around the rustic and historic neighbourhood of Al-Jdeida. Each carpet features different designs and colours which I was told represents the regions it is produced in. The ones in Damascus…

What’s Cookin’ @ Cook’s Cottage

The Cook family cottage, family home of renown English explorer and navigator Captain James Cook who discovered Australia during his expedition through the Pacific in the late 1700s, now stands in the grounds of the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne Australia. No, the Cook family never moved to Australia. This cottage was originally located in Great…