When I first arrived in Australia, watching television was an obvious way to learn about life here. I loved Landline, with all its moving stories about rural life, entrepreneurship and survival. As I become a piano teacher in the Scenic Rim, I feel very privileged to be stepping into this world, albeit in an oblique … Continue reading Teaching In The Scenic Rim
Patrick, my 8-year-old piano student, drew a picture for me. I mean, the care that has gone into it, I am so moved. Plus they’re great drawings! Thank you Patrick! <3 His mother, Laura, sent me home with a dozen eggs from her own chooks. “The little ones are from the Bantams, they make a … Continue reading Student’s drawings and eggs from his chooks, and homemade pickle
My husband has a favourite place to buy honey. He saved it on his GPS. We drive along a tarmac road, turn here and there. Fields as far as the eye can see. No road signs. No street lights. Eventually we get there. A few months ago a sign said: sold out back in September. … Continue reading Bush honey. Leave money in box
In April, I bought an upright piano! After moving around the world for decades with different digital pianos, I’m finally settled enough to own this big old, magical wooden box with 1,200 moving parts. Now, I am home. I drove all over Brisbane and the Gold Coast checking out pianos advertised on Gumtree. When I … Continue reading I bought a Beale piano!
As part of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, Greg Dennis, who is the founder of 4Real Milk, opened up his robotic dairy to the public, and we checked it out today. Mike and I hopped into the car and followed our neighbour Michael (yes, another one) towards Tamrookum. We got behind a trail of cars … Continue reading 4Real Milk, drinking local
There is a song in the wood and we seek to unlock that song and give it form so that each player in their quest for the ‘perfect’ sound can deepen their musical journey. Richard Howell audio clip guitar model guitarist Canco Del Lladre 2000 Howell Spruce Alan Welsh [My thanks to luthier David Chin … Continue reading Richard Howell, Luthier
Reneé Barlow is a walking media hub: event promoter, photographer, graphic designer, audio engineer. She’s a powerful voice for community living and the driver behind Homespun Bazaar, a music festival and market event in the Scenic Rim area of Queensland. A piano teacher for several years before developing her many other talents, Reneé has an … Continue reading Reneé Barlow