We are a home based arts business based in beautiful northern Tasmania, just outside the small but very creative town of Deloraine. Jacque is an artist who specialises in sculpting, especially garden art figures. When not doing clay work, Jacque paints and quilts. John sells books and CDs, especially music by Tasmanian musicians, who, despite the fact that we have a recording studio in town, are too modest to make CDs. We can be found at the Deloraine market on the first Saturday of each month, starting in September. We are exploring other appropriate markets and venues. In the fullness of time we will be setting up workshops etc. so keep an eye on our blogspot for these and other ventures. Thank you for taking the time to look at this, and do contact us should you see anything you like, or if you should want any art materials.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

March Offering

This will be short post, mainly to let you know that I have put quite a few events onto the "Events" page, and have made a start to the Home & Garden page. I had quite a few problems with the blogger, trying to put pictures onto the pages. I quess it is being a little temperamental today. Anyway, the writing is there and I'll try to sort out the pictures when we are in town next.

The big event is the Pierre Bensusan concert and masterclass at the end of March. 2 years ago he came to Deloraine as part of his Australia tour (which went Sydney, Melbourne, Deloraine, National Folk Festival Canberra!!!). He did two performances on the night as the first performance had quickly sold out! In other words, if you don't want to miss out on hearing, arguably, the best guitarist in the world, then get your tickets as soon as you can.

Jacque and I went to a concert in Launceston last weekend. It was called "An Afternoon with Mozart" and was a prelude to the Launceston Player's "Amadeus" in April. If our afternoon is anything to go by, the musical proper will be terrific, and is highly recommended by us.

Where I have been able to, I have linked websites to the event, so that you can find out further details, and in most cases,even book your tickets.

Finally, sorry I couldn't get the garden photos onto the page. It really is looking great at the moment and I was looking forward to sharing it with you. Next week maybe?

Take care.

John & Jacque

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Stop Press

We'll be updating properly soon, but wanted to let you know that the Destination Deloraine website is now up and running. Some of the pages are still under construction, but it is already infinitely better than any other promotion site of our beautiful town and region. Please pass on the address to all your contacts and friends. Thanks. www.deloraine.org.au  This address is also in our links.
See you at the Deloraine Market on Saturday 4th Feb.

Sunday, 8 January 2012


We hope you had a good festive season and that 2012 is a great year for you.

Our Christmas was quiet, deliberately so, but still pretty busy. There were two markets in December so for the second one just before Christmas we went seasonal. Jacque spent a long time making Christmas bunting from her stash of Christmas fabrics. They looked great on the stall.

As you know we had got in quite a few Christmas CDs too. We still have some left, so if we can’t shift them soon, they will make good presents for next year! It really was good to catch up with so many of the people we know from around here, and some from further afield too. There was a real buzz at the market though numbers were not great. That is the same for the whole of Tasmania at the moment, but hopefully, should we survive the Mayan end of the world as we know it, things should pick up. It seems strange to me that such a beautiful, barely populated, but very active culturally, place should have so few visitors. I know that to many people around the world Tasmania is just a small land locked country in the middle of Africa, but in reality, it is easily accessible by air or by car ferry. Get over here! Jacque had recently finished a clay planter called “Rose” and had only displayed it for a few minutes when friends of ours bought it as a Christmas present. It was so new that we hadn’t even had time to take a photo of it, but hopefully Susan, whose East Meander home it now adorns, will take a photo of it in situ for us. The next Deloraine market is on Saturday 4th Feb and we plan to have an additional, adjoining stall for me to have books, CDs and musical instruments. Should be interesting!

Just before Christmas we went to Jacque’s work Christmas dinner in Hobart. What a treat that was for us, not only meeting all of Jacque’s colleagues and  the Association board, but I also had the chance to catch up with Cary Lewincamp at the Salamanca Market. This is a very large waterside market in Hobart which happens every Saturday morning. I get such delight from standing next to Cary and listening to him playing his guitar (best in the world in my opinion) with the best bratwurst outside of Germany in hand! It was great to hear and buy Cary’s latest album, “Home”. The sound is very similar to an earlier album called “The Sky in Your Eyes” which I once had to privilege to play for Helen Clark, the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the queen of the Maori. They liked it too!

We gave ourselves a Bohemian Arts end of year lunch at Burnie, at a fish restaurant which is so close to the beach, in winter it gets lapped by the waves. As the first officer of the flight which took us to Tasmania for our second holiday said “Best fish and chips in Australia” and they were. We still miss Scotland’s haddock and cod, though when we left in ’96 the North Sea was already nearly empty.

A lot of our time over the holidays was spent in the garden. Here are some pictures, although the labyrinth ones didn’t quite join up. It was the best I could do up a ladder leaning against a tree!

The Labyrinth

Fragrant Nook
Towards the "Red Bed"

Esmerelda & I  (I'm on the right!)

Next month I will rearrange the blog so that we have a page for “Home and Garden” to show you more of where we live and what we spend a lot of our time doing.

We are also getting around again, and enjoying Tasmania. On New Years Day we went to the north west corner which we had been saving up, and had a look at Smithton and Arthur River. They are again beautiful though I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so agricultural. It was really nice to meet Mandy in Fabric Parcel, a new fabric and quilting shop in Wynyard. Yesterday we had a run into Launceston, firstly to check out the Esk Market, and as the rain stopped at lunchtime, went to City Park to have our lunch and listen to the Chordwainers. They are a musical group who play leather instruments, creating a quite medieval sound but with their own ethnic slant. City Park will be hosting musical events every Sunday lunchtime throughout summer. It is a lovely spot to sit and picnic. As the rain still held off we went to the lavender farm at Bridestowe, for their open day.

Bridestowe Lavender Farm

An added bonus was to sit and enjoy some live music there (which we didn’t know was on!). Two of the quartet (called Underwood) were Kate & Daniel so it was really good to not only listen to their lovely music but also to catch up with them. We didn’t need to go to the Cygnet Folk Festival as the best music was up here.

Finally, thank you to everyone who responded so positively to this blog, and to all who sent us Christmas e-cards and letters. There were a few delightful surprises! Happy Hogmanay to you all.