My Preschool has Wheels

Earlier this year I was contacted by Kylie Hill, a preschool teacher with the Northern Roads Activity Van, asking if I would be interested in doing the photography for a book she wanted to publish. Of course, any project involving the word 'book' immediately has my attention, often regardless of the subject matter which, in this case was preschool children. Not having photographed children before, I quickly dismissed the old saying "never work with animals or children" that obviously came to mind and said 'Yes, absolutely".

What followed was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had, both professionally and personally. I spent a entire day photographing at each of the five locations, Gum Flat, Bukkulla, Delungra, Gilgai and Wallangra, trying to 'blend in' with children aged 3-5 years old. The 'blending in' bit took a while with curious eyes looking my way with every press of the shutter. Not to mention the occasional unreserved "take my photo" and "is it me?" attention. 

I have to sincerely thank all the teachers, Debbie Wilson, Michelle Campbell, Jodi Knowlton and Kylie for their assistance and patience on the photography days. And of course very special thanks to Kylie, who made my job easy by collaborating with me every step of the way, especially on image selection and layout.

The book can be viewed online here and the 'real thing' is available to purchase from the Inverell District Family Services office, ph: 02 6722 4038. The cost is $10 which is donated to Ovarian Cancer research in memory of teacher Sue Sharpe, as well as Bowel Cancer research in support of a very special Mum who currently uses the Northern Roads Activity Van services.

Inverell Community Gardens for New England Home & Lifestyle Magazine

Early morning at the Inverell Community Gardens, a team of volunteers chat away happily while harvesting fresh, chemical free, leafy greens for The Nourish Bar to prepare for the 100 Mile Dinner taking place that evening. Several activities were on the agenda that day, so I was lucky to be able to schedule my visit to capture these events, which also included a cooking demonstration, lunch and the Farmer's Market. 

There is always something happening at the gardens, preparing beds, planting, harvesting, composting, worm farming, feeding chooks, collecting eggs and more being added to list as the operation grows. Volunteers are always welcome with the added bonus of expanding their knowledge and receiving produce when available. 

Read more about Inverell Community Gardens in the Spring 2016 New England Home & Lifestyle Magazine, including their interesting history, and visit their Facebook page to contact Jane O'Brien to find out more about supporting this healthy, sustainable organisation. 

Crafters Bar at Wandering Cooks

Located inside the Wandering Cooks warehouse in Brisbane, you will find a place to savour the efforts of artisan beverage makers. Serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Crafters Bar supports small batch makers, local brewers and vintagers. 

Photographing this space in the afternoon was a pleasure with the gorgeous light filtering in from the large open clear covered wall. The small details of timber and greenery create a natural ambience, which enhance the feeling of being far from a busy inner city area.

Open every night of the week, this amazing space in the vibrant Southbank area of Brisbane is a great place to relax and enjoy true artisan beverages. Add a delicious burger made by Michael at For The Pickles, also available at the Wandering Cooks site and that's dinner sorted for the night as well.