Parrtjima

It’s that time of year again, when the desert lights up in all of the colours of Parrtjima. Parrtjima is a FREE 10-day festival in light, showcasing artworks against the natural canvas of the Red Centre, in two locations, the Desert Park and the Todd Mall.

We took the opportunity Friday night to wander through the Parrtjima lights in the Todd Mall. Interwoven through the Mall this year are lighting effects representing the moths and the stink bugs to build upon the caterpillar stories told by custodians last year. It was so lovely to see so many people out after dark enjoying the night. Here are a few of the beautiful installations in the CBD. The installations will be there until the 14th April so if you haven’t already gone, I encourage you to do so.

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Winter Mood board

Winter is fast approaching. Our Alice Springs winters tend to be mild, with freezing (below zero!) nights but warmish (above 20!) days. While winter brings on images of wet, grey days, our days are sunny so yellow came to mind when I thought of our days. I love wearing all the cozy clothes - ugg boots and chunky cardigans are my thing, with warm scarfs for the outdoors. Cuddling in bed, hot coffee and fires. Do you love winter? I love it in Alice, because it only lasts for the blink of an eye and then it's back to summer! Bring it on.

Photos here

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Frockin' up: New Kip & Co AW17 Pjs

The girls and I popped into Olivia's Closet on the weekend and had a sneak peak at the new Kip & Co AW17 collection. I stumbled across their pjs this time last year and haven't looked back. Their pjs are so comfortable and wash well time after time. Lulu's are now getting a little short on her so luckily there is a new collection to get her through this winter.

The new Kip & Co AW17 collection is available for pre-order at Olivia's Closet from today! Can we talk for just a second about how nice it is to have a shop in town to go to and actually touch, feel and size up kids clothes that we'd otherwise only see on the internets? Yep, it's great.

Here are our picks:

There are also beautiful wraps for babies and these gorgeous playmate - If only Zelda stayed still for more than a second!

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Head into Olivia's Closet and order your pick today. The Kip & Co AW17 Collection will be in store late March.

Pics from Kip & Co.

 

Wildflower Explosion in Central Australia 2016

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This year has seen a bumper wildflower season. I think it must be the rainy winter that we've had that has lead to the wildflower explosion in Central Australia. Beyond our back fence and even in our yard (though there would have been more had I not been so militant about getting rid of 'weeds') there are wildflowers everywhere. On an average year there are normally a few along the river, but not everywhere else. It has been wonderful to see. I also think that we are seeing more due to the amazing efforts of the community landcare groups that have worked to get rid of the buffel grass and saltbush in the swamp and the buffel grass around Spencer Hill.

Below are a few more photos of the wonderful wildflowers that have appeared this year.

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