Week 46: Creative Challenge 52

Stephen Bennett has taken some fabulous photos this week, starting with this gorgeous shot of a turnip, that Hannah grew in our vegie patch. Here it is in all its glory, before it was transformed into the world's most delicious turnip soup.

We went to Mt Stromlo yesterday, to the site of the old burnt out observatory, for a photo shoot that you'll hear more about when I tell you about my contribution. Steve took some surreal looking photos of some of the buildings.

It was a bleak day - very cold (about 8 degrees, I think, when we were there), blowing a gale, and the rain started soon after we left. The only upside of the bad weather was the opportunity to photograph the moody sky.

Mt Stromlo

Steve also took a photo of me, hard at work with my portrait subjects. I'm dressed to the nines and looking ultra glamorous as you can see.

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, is busy trying to get young Xander into his own bedroom at night, but Xander has confessed that he doesn't like the wallpaper Kanen slavishly applied over three years ago in anticipation of his arrival. He says he won't be able to sleep looking at it. The ingratitude!

Kanen admits that the wallpaper he and Jacqui chose is pretty 'out there', but is made sense when they did it, although he wonders now what they were thinking.

They went to reverse garbage this morning and bought a few cheap frames, a dog calendar from 2008, and a Dr Seuss book (Xander's favourite). When they returned home, they spent a few hilarious hours watching Xander pick his favourite dogs and illustrations, and helping him put some of the images in frames.

The best part, Kanen says, was letting him pick where he wanted to place them on the walls. It looks terribly random, but he was insistent upon this arrangement, including the felt robot sticker Jacqui bought him a while back. Kanen thinks it all looks rather ghastly really, but the little tacker loves the new look and he claims he'll be much happier attempting the transition now. Good luck with that!

Kanen's wallpaper

Trish Urquhart

Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries her best (very successfully, if you've been following this blog) to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, has had some incredible concoctions coming out of her kitchen this week.

She found some apples at one of the moorings they stopped at on their narrowboat, Patience, and she had some strawberries that needed using up too. Then she spotted a jar of Sichuan pepper in the supermarket and, voila, her creation was born. Trish has made a strawberry, apple and Sichuan pepper jelly. Yum!

Trish's apple and strawberry jelly

Trish also made a flat frittata using mushrooms, togarashi seasoning, honey and garlic.

Trish's mushroom frittata

Do check out Trish's blog to see more of her fabulous food adventures.

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, had an enjoyable meeting with her felting group this week. She describes the get together as a place of encouragement, and show and tell, where they share their latest creations and eat lots of yummy food.

Telena showed her eco-dyeing and one of the bird nests she's recently made. She also felted another while she was there using white fleece. The following day, she fired up the camping stove and boiled up a dye pot of cinerea and vinegar. She bundled her latest bird nest, along with one she made a few weeks ago, into the pot with eucalyptus leaves from her favourite trees. She boiled them for an hour while waiting impatiently for the results.

She has them stuffed with bubble wrap while they're drying, so they retain the desired shape.

Telena thinks they're gorgeous and she's hoping some discerning birds will make their nests in the warm, dry, artistic surroundings come spring.

Telena's bird nest

Scarlet Bennett

I've had quite a creative diversion this week. I used to do a lot of photography, helping Steve when he had his wedding photography business, but it's been a long time since I've picked up my camera.

I pulled it out of moth balls this week to help Lucy, Hannah and Georgia with a project they've been working on.


They went to Supanova together in June, dressed in Marvel costumes that Lucy put together (many items sewn from scratch with patterns she created herself). Lucy went as a fem Bucky Barnes, Hannah as a fem Captain America, with Georgia dressed as Natasha, the Black Widow.

Cosplay photos

Having gone to so much effort with the costumes, they decided that a photo shoot would be great, to capture what they'd done. I took hundreds of photos, and Steve took plenty too, but here are a few of mine - some of Lucy's favourites. Don't they look fabulous?

Cosplay photos