Heading for the hills, and an upcoming Hunter Valley workshop

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Eastern yellow robin

Sometimes life takes a rapid right turn, one that you weren’t exactly expecting, and you’re left a little dazed and confused. In the space of a few weeks, myself and lovely Ray have decided to exit the Brisbane suburbs and head for the hills – to a bush block nestled up close to one of our favorite national parks.

I suspect that I’ll be writing much more about that later, once the upheaval of moving house is over. Suffice to say that there are yellow robins patrolling the new vegie garden, and pademelons mowing the lawn. We are thrilled to bits, and I still can’t quite believe that it’s happening.


In other exciting news, I’ll be running my first ever nature journaling workshop in New South Wales, in the Hunter Valley, in early December. This full-day workshop will be part of the joint conference of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society, but you don’t have to be attending the conference to come along to the workshop. Click here for more details and to make a booking.

Now I had better get back to packing boxes! I hope you are enjoying some spring nature things (or autumn ones), wherever you may be.

10 Responses

    • Paula Peeters

      Hey thanks Gail. Sorry I haven’t been very active in the blog world lately – many things have been on hold because of competing priorities, not because I am not interested! Cheers, Paula

  1. Toni

    Wonderful news Paula! And what gorgeous little visitors. Love the robin painting, there are so many little feathered friends active at the moment.
    We, too, have nightly visits from pademelons and bandicoots, and many others. Moving to the national park was the best thing we ever did! Looking forward to our nature journaling session on Saturday.

    • Paula Peeters

      Hi Toni, ahh you sound like you have the right sort of neighbours (cohabitors?) too – well done. And oh goody that you’re coming to the workshop at Cubberla Reserve on Saturday, it should be a fun morning. Plenty of spring things about around Brisbane at the moment! Cheers, Paula

  2. Carol

    What wonderful and inspiring news. Good for you. Wish I could come to your workshop but it’s a little far away.

    • Paula Peeters

      Hey Carol thanks! and good to hear from you. Maybe one day you can visit the land of Oz again and do more writing (and some drawing)? Cheers, Paula

  3. Belinda Daly

    You are so in your element now. Too exciting for words! Thrilled for you both and looking forward to the day we can sit on the verandah and share some laughs. In the meantime… get walking! There’s just a few nice places quite close to you….!!

    • Paula Peeters

      Hi Belinda, sorry for the delayed reply. The dust is finally settling on our move. Phew! Thanks for your kind wishes. The verandah is already being well-used, and we have had visits from the resident butcherbirds and king parrots. We’ve even done a few walks – it already feels like home. Cheers, Paula

  4. Sue Southwood

    Good on you…to find a piece of paradise like that…Watch that veg garden, the pademelons will mow it too. Went inland to Bimblebox this year… very quiet time … picked up a bug and couldn’t visit anybody on the way home either. But will be at your Hunter Valley Workshop. Yeeeay!

    • Paula Peeters

      Hey Sue, oooo yes we are loving it up here. The previous owners were very wise and built a completely enclosed vegie garden that is pademelon-, wallaby-, possum-, bandicoot- and bower-bird – proof (apparently they like defoliating plants), but little birds like yellow robins can still get in. Too bad about your bug, I hope you feel better now. And wow – I’ll be seeing you at the Hunter Valley workshop – fabulous! Cheers, Paula