3 Seconds of Weightlessness

Jetty Jumping

I tried NOT to think about it.

I knew if I actually stopped and considered my situation, I would find myself overcome with fear.

I took two fast steps towards the edge of the wooden jetty and leaped high into the air. In the 3 seconds before my feet touched the water, my senses exploded and I was suddenly so aware of the moment. As they say, it was as if time had frozen.

3 seconds is not very long. But curiously, it was long enough for me to have a conversation with myself, in my head.

Stay upright. Don’t do anything silly. This will be over in a sec. You want to be alive at the end. Just hit the water with your feet. Don’t land on your back or head. Mother Karen has spoken.

I’m weightless. I’m floating. I’m flying. I’m suspended in air. This feels unnatural.

My hair is going to get wet. Thank you stating the obvious.

I’m falling. Like in my dreams. This is a bit freaky. My stomach is going wobbly. I want to throw up. Oh god why am I taking so long to hit the water? I don’t like falling. I tense my body.

As I hit the water, it swallowed me up.

Cold fingers of water slid up my legs in an instant; up my stomach, up my chest, up my neck. It snaked around my ears, across my face, up over my head, like urgent hands pawing through my hair.

The sky disappeared. The world turned blue. A white ceiling appeared above my head. The blue squeezes my chest and grips my face.

It’s over. I’m cold. And I can’t breathe.

Would I do it again?

I’m not so sure.

Maybe I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had just screamed, WAAAHHHOOOOOOOOOOO!!


33 Poets from Tu Clothing

On the weekend, I attended a Chinese New Year Ball and saw in the Year of the Goat with lots of eating, dancing and fireworks!!

This is the dress I wore to the ball – it’s not red, but isn’t it GORGEOUS?!

33 Poets Dress

I found it at a local boutique, Tu Clothing which focuses on West Australian fashion labels, independent designers, as well as popular Australian labels.

The dress is by 33 POETS, by Rebecca Paterson, one of Australia’s leading fashion practitioners in innovative and experimental design. I recognised her name, as she’s had another label (Breathless) and she has participated in various Fashion Weeks.

When I pulled this dress from the rack, I was struck by its beautiful fabric. The sales assistant explained it was “Shibori silk”; Shibori is a technique of Japanese tie-dying. I really wanted to try it on. But when I looked at the garment carefully, it was actually a SKIRT, in Size 10! Four sizes too big for me!

The sales assistant assured me that it was actually a kind of MULTI-WAY DRESS, and it would be fine on me. She did some dressing magic on me… and ta da! It was beautiful!
33 Poets Dress

I was able to borrow the dress for the evening.

This is me, back in my studio. It has some amazing folds, drapes and tucks. The sales assistant tied a few knots in the silk, under the layers, fluffed it up a bit and made it more boofy and Cinderella-like.

It was so pretty to wear :)

33 Poets Dress

This is the dress worn as a skirt. The shape is still beautiful, but it was too big for me around the waist, and it was really long. I had to tie the belt a few times around my waist, and bunch it up behind me for this photo.

The size 10 works as a dress for me, but not as a skirt. I would love to try it in a size 6 – it’d definitely be a front row, show stopper!

33 Poets Dress

And lastly, if you unzip the dress from top to bottom, it turns into a kind of kimono jacket. Looks like a stunning trench coat! You could totally get yourself street-snapped wearing it to a freezing New York Fashion week haha!

Again it was a bit too big for me, and again I’d love to try it in a size 6.

You can find out a bit more information about 33 POETS, their stockists and look at some of their current designs on their 33 POETS Facebook Page.

I know they have quite a lot of their stock at Tu Clothing & Cafe, who are actually having a massive designer clearance at the moment – do check it out!

Tu Clothing
218A William Street,
Northbridge WA


Maple Plum Crumble

Plum Crumble

I bought a large bag of beautiful, dark red plums from the fruit markets, but when I got home, they turned out to be quite tart. No one was very keen to eat them, so I decided to put together a delicious plum crumble for my family.

The plums were pretty sour, so I had to use a few spoonfuls of maple syrup to sweeten them up.

100g of plain flour
50g of diced butter, at room temperature
50g of rolled oats
50g dessicated coconut
50g slivered almonds
1 tablespoon of brown sugar (optional)

10 medium sized plums, stoned (about 10)
2 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 green apple, finely diced
1 vanilla pod (seeds) or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1. Set your your oven to 160ºC/350ºF.

2. Whiz the flour and butter together in a food processor (with pastry blade) until it resembles breadcrumbs. Toss in oats, coconut, almonds, sugar (if using) and whiz until just combined. Set aside.

3. Chop the plums into chunky slices. Arrange in a large pie dish (25cm diameter). Finely dice the apple and sprinkle on top, along with the vanilla and maple syrup. Give the fruit a good stir with a big spoon.

4. Heap the crumble evenly over top of the fruit. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot, with ice cream, yoghurt or crème fraîche.

Super easy!