29 September 2017

Celebrations and a Giveaway!

A new day, a new dawn and lots of news...in Australia

 You know that feeling 
when you are really really excited 
about something 
but you have to be patient 
and wait but you are really really 
and all you feel like doing 
is running in place 
and hopping up and down...
thinking it will possibly 
come faster if you do?

I have that feeling. 

For FIVE reasons.

#1  A BABY!
Mr. and Mrs. H are going 
to be grandparents! 
Patrick and Cherie are expecting 
which means we will be adding 
another Aussie 
to our expatriate clan in 2018!
I am just busting over this news!
Can you tell? ;)

Patrick and Cherie
Wedding Day
Yarra Valley, Australia

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I love this announcement designed by Cherie,
 so clever and original!

My youngest son 
and Uncle To Be, Connor, 
graduated from high school 
last week and that means it is time 
for the next step in his journey.
We are so so proud of him!
USA here we come!

Congratulations Connor!

SIX more Sundays until we return 
to Tahilla Farm and preparation
 for a Christmas family reunion!
Need I say more?

Six more Sundays....Tahilla Farm

#4  YOU!

I am celebrating 'YOU' for 
still reading and writing to me all these years.
My gratitude knows no bounds.

I couldn't think of a better way to thank you
 than with a Glenmore Giveaway!

I recently spent a wonderful day at Glenmore House 
and as I have mentioned before, I am so smitten 
with Mickey Robertson and her beautiful property 
that I just want to share the love.  

I have one signed copy of Mickey's book, 

You can read about Mickey 
and The House and Garden at Glenmore
here and here.

All you need to do is leave a comment below,
 or on my InstagramFacebookTwitter feeds
or you can write to me jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com 
I will add all the names to the comments below
 and select the lucky winner on
 October 15 at 12:00pm Sydney time. 
When there will only be 
FOUR more Sundays to Tahilla Farm!

and the lucky last


I am on a roll...
To keep me from exhausting myself 
while running in place and hopping up and down
I am happy to send a postcard to whoever would like one. 
The theme will be around Australian Art and History.
If I have sent you a postcard before...just mention it, 
I still have my original postcard list! 
If not, you can send me your address

I look forward to writing to you!


Jeanne xx

You can leave a comment...

12 September 2017

This thing called life...and art

Seven sisters 2016
acrylic on linen
Art Gallery NSW
Sydney, Australia
see details below*

Yesterday was one of those surreal days....filled with messages that makes one stop and ponder this thing called life....and art. It was a fabulous day for two reasons...one it was my birthday and I celebrated it with some very special friends, the ones Mr. H calls my 'heart friends'...those women who I hold near and dear no matter where I am in the world. The second reason for the wealth of 'fabulousness' was all the wonderful birthday messages and responses to my last blog post Pearls of Wisdom...on turning 60. Thank you all! Seek and you shall learn!

07 September 2017

Pearls of Wisdom...on turning 60

Wheels of Life

I thought that turning sixty would be big deal but maybe not as big a deal as turning forty. For three years prior to my big 4-0...I told anyone I could...that I would be turning FORTY soon. It usually started with I WILL BE 40 IN THREE YEARS!...and so on and so on until it actually happened and then there was peace. I had ten years until I hit FIFTY...and then at 42 I had a baby and I had something new to fret over...being an 'older mom'...and turning 50 in eight years.  There was no end to it.

03 September 2017

Safari Travel Notes: The Journey

Leopard Spotting 
Kuyenda Bushcamp
South Luangwa National Park

"There is something about safari life that makes you forget 
all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne-
bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive."
Karen Blixen
Out of Africa

16 July 2017

Safari, College Tours and a Surprise

Resting leopard....Botswana

Dear Friends,

Life has been full since I last checked in! I am writing in between packing for a trip to Botswana and Zambia. This time last year, our daughter, Miss Claire, was packing for her two year assignement with the Peace Corp in Botswana. One year down and we are on our way to visit with her for the first time! I am so excited, I am busting! We are heading out on a two week safari to Zambia. I took the photo above on a previous safari through Botswana in 2005. I am hoping to have the same luck this time around. Fingers crossed!

22 May 2017

For the love of a house and garden...

Guess Who?

You know how I said I do not like having my photo taken? Well, on special occasions, I will attempt the odd selfie, especially as it makes my daughters laugh..when mom does her mom smile. ;) I had a good reason for this one...I wanted to show you my latest purchase, the 'Glenmore' hat. The story follows...

15 May 2017

A Creative Sabbatical...

Hanging out in Sydney

Greetings from Sydney!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and Mother's Day! I spent the day in Sydney with two of my four children, daughter #1, Miss Christine and son #2, Connor. On Mother's Day I caught up via Facetime with son #1, Patrick and daughter #2, Miss Claire, who jumped in with a photo from Botswana to wish me a Happy Mother's Day. Mr. H checked in from Hong Kong making my day complete. It was a cool..ish, rainy autumn day...we cooked, talked, read and relaxed together. I knew my day was on the right track when Connor suggested we watch a 'mom' movie together, Under the Tuscan SunI have trained him well!  I love hanging out, something I rarely get to do these days...it is the perfect time for letting your thoughts run away from you.
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