Day 20: Creative Challenge

We're two thirds of the way through this 30 day creative challenge now and the team has been impressively productive. Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has departed radically from glitter and sparkles today, although the fruits of his labours are shrouded in secrecy. Within the pages of these spangly notebooks (below) are his first ever attempts at song writing. He's written a duet to perform with fellow strange bedfellow, Jacqui Dark, in their December performance. at the Vanguard. Their show deals with the intricacies of instigating some of the more 'niche' sexual practices in a new relationship, and all he'll say about the song is that it's terribly salacious and that finding words to rhyme with 'tampon' is fraught with compromise. For those of you with memories as long as mine, Prince Charles may be able to offer a few tips.

In order not to seem a complete fraud, he's also provided us with stage one of his $5 t-shirt transformation project. He's had his paint brush out and he's ramped up the colour in this t-shirt. No prizes for guessing what might be coming next...

Kanen's saucy song book, and his new wardrobe transformation project

Kanen's saucy song book, and his new wardrobe transformation project

Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries very hard to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, has been wowing us with her culinary skills these past few weeks. Today is no exception. She's spent the past couple of days in bed, but not even ill health can stop her. She got up out of bed this morning determined to make a family breakfast using only ingredients on hand, before retreating once again to watch reruns of yesterday's US Open. The result was a batch of savoury swiss chard muffins flavoured with the left over tarragon oil from her three potions dinner party. She really is an all-weather, all-seasons cook, isn't she? Check out Trish's food blog to see more of her impressive cooking adventures.

Trish's savoury swiss chard muffins

Trish's savoury swiss chard muffins

Stephen Bennett has put the penultimate coat of paint on the balustrade bookshelves he started making on day 17. He'll do the final coat of paint in the morning and then he'll install the bookshelves tomorrow afternoon. He's itching to getting busy with his composition again once this project is complete. There will be more living room premieres coming soon, I expect. If only Trish Urquhart was on hand to cater for these exciting events.

Steve's almost completed bookshelves

Steve's almost completed bookshelves

Scarlet's spring flower pots

Scarlet's spring flower pots

Like Kanen, I've departed from my usual creative outlets today in a bid to create an abundant harvest for my family during summer and autumn. The morning was spent propagating my first vegetable seeds this spring for early cropping in our organic vegetable garden. I planted a lot of different seeds - radishes, onions, shallots, beets, sugar snap and greenfeast peas, silverbeet, rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce, and kale. I also planted small quantities of our favourite frost sensitive crops - eggplant, three different varieties of tomato, capsicum, pumpkin,  and golden zucchini. The rule of thumb in Canberra is that you can't plant these latter crops out in the garden until after Melbourne Cup day, so I'm going to nurse this batch along in pots to get a head start on the season. I'll plant the rest of my vegetable seeds at the October full moon.

Having dealt with my food planting, I potted some flower seedlings into pots to bring some extra spring cheer to our front deck when the flowers start blooming in a few weeks' time. There's nothing like blue skies, warm sun, and smiling flower faces to invoke the promise of summer.

Scarlet's vegie propogation - a small sample

Scarlet's vegie propogation - a small sample