We were fortunate enough to stay over the weekend in this 1930's cottage in the Kanimbla Valley. It is situated within a 1300 acre private property by the Cox's river. This rustic retreat is not for those needing to be connected to the outside world as there is only a small solar panel which is enough to illuminate a few small bulbs. Once your phone battery dies... thats it.
While we sat on the porch watching the sun go down and sipping vodka, we watched for the longest time, a spider making its web while the increasing sound of frogs permeated the valley. During our stay, we saw micro bats, blue tongue lizards, kangaroos, giant bulls and a tiny mouse who had discovered our food bag.
The cottage has a double bed, some bunks, a small kitchen and even smaller bathroom which relies on the sun to get the shower up to tepid, which would seem like ice in winter. It was the perfect unwind after a week of setting up the exhibition The Native Grid II at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. I can see myself coming back to this idyllic place to collect more natural materials and think about the next body of work.
During a stroll through the property, Maxx was unaware that he had stopped to take in the view while standing on a teeming ants nest. Lucky for the socks, no bites, but seeing him frantically jump up and down made me think of a few new dance moves.