This month, on the east coast of Australia, has certainly been one for the books. A crazy summer of fires & drought sweeping across the state. It has left us feeling a bit scared and anxious. But, as so often happens, there is also a sense of hope with amazing instances of communities banding together, selfless people rescuing our precious wildlife and city supporting country. These stories have helped me to see a brighter side to all this tragedy and has left me feeling inspired and proud to be, well, Aussie! Inspired by the farm shirts worn by all good cowboys out west, we love the ‘work-shirt’ vibe of the Sullivan Chambray Popover. The half placket styling (a fancy way of saying the buttons only go halfway!) means that when you’re out and about on the farm things don’t get caught in the buttons, thereby tearing your shirt. For all you urban cowgirls (a-la Jane Fonda grocery shopping) out there the half placket helps to give this shirt a relaxed, less fuss vibe. And don’t fear we’ve got you urban cowboys covered too with the Thompson Popover.In 2019 we moved our production from overseas to downtown Melbourne. Being an Australian Made brand has been a goal for us since day one. The Sullivan Chambray Popover is a great example of the wonderful production our new factory is doing. @emptyeskyMore a resolution than obsession, but this month we’ve travelled to some our favourite NSW destinations. Out to our family property in the Central West, Orange and then up the north coast to Hawks Nest & Crescent Head. My goal for 2020 is to expand on this even more and plan some local travel with my friends and family. I’m thinking South Coast for Easter and perhaps a road trip to Melbourne in the tail end of the year. Simple journeys and adventures to show my children more of this wonderful country. This summer has also reminded me how special our native wildlife is, but in particular our many wild and wacky native birds. In general I have a bit of a bird-phobia but Australian birds have me intrigued. I find them incredibly beautiful and mesmerising. I have been reminded how amazing @leilajeffreys bird portraits are.I also thoroughly enjoyed Sarah Kanowski’s interview, “Talking magpies, grieving tawny frogmouths and canny galahs” with Gisela Kaplan. Summer reads are a must. The one time of the year I have some time to myself to do some day time reading. Cilka’s Journey by the wonderful Australian story teller Heather Morris was the perfect beachside read. I devoured it from cover to cover in 2 days, unheard of with 3 children!!! I&P Aussie Tracks Mix TapeStarting with Boom Crash Opera and ending with ACDC this is an Aussie playlist that spans the decades and genres. Songs from our childhood, teenage angst years listening to Triple J and some of our current favs. This one should get you belting out a tune or two.Click the Spotify link to have a listen. “You want the mince, like…tan”Now this one’s not Aussie in theme, but January holidays have also been a time of indulgence and allowing myself the time to go down a few internet rabbit holes. That’s how I found “Cooking with Paris” Not really a recommendation per-se, her cooking method left me somewhat perplexed, but definitely giggle worthy. I have to admit watching her hair fall into everything and the thought of what her fingerless gloves might be covered in left me so stressed out I had to watch Jennifer Garner’s pumpkin bread video just to set myself straight again. #parislasagna
WARNING! – This is not your typical travel diary.
This past weekend we were lucky enough to take part in Forage, the increasingly popular Orange F.O.O.D. Week event that this year, sold out in seconds online. Forage is a 3.6km walk through the picturesque Balmoral, Koomooloo & North Face Vineyards. With delicious morsels to eat & top class wines to drink every 500 metres or so, it makes for a perfect day. Orange is located in the Central-West region of New South Wales. It's about a 3.5 hour drive from Sydney making it an easy destination to visit but, just that little bit too far so it's not too crowded. (Although the locals would probably disagree.) Renowned for it's fresh produce & cool climate wines, Orange is the perfect place to indulge and reconnect (wearing your I&P shirt of course!) This years Forage was held on the most picturesque Orange day, with brilliant blue skies, billowing white clouds and green vines as far as the eyes could see. We enjoyed produce from some of our favourite Orange eateries & chefs. Standouts for us were, the Lyonnaise Saucisson with Morello Cherry Paste by the new Groundstone Cafe. Edwena Mitchell Catering & Sophie Hanson from Local is Lovely nailed it with a venison chilli con carne. The Village Bakehouse topped it all off with a killer apple crumble pie. From what we can recall (😜) we loved the Pink Billy from Philip Shaw, the Heifer Station Pinot Gris and the Printhie Merlot. Oh and lets not forget the handy wine glass holders for hand free enjoyment! The chicest of F.O.O.D week accessories. IF you can get tickets for Forage 2018 we can't recommend it highly enough! Our weekend was topped off by an intimate dinner with Pilu at Freshwater and Angullong Wines at Bell Hill. Giovanni Pilu and his small (but world class) team cooked the most amazing meal. 4 courses paired with Angullong wines made for one happy evening. The homemade beef tortelli with burnt butter was well worth breaking the carb fast for!