You may or may not know that all my photography is only taken here at Fairy Wren Cottage.
Life changed for me ten years ago when I fell and the metal prong of the garden rake went completely through my hand, I’m no longer fully independent and live a very different life now.

Going out into the garden saved me (sitting, observing and listening, following the seasonal changes) and so did taking photos each day, capturing the beauty in the everyday moments.

For anyone who experiences life changing circumstances will know that there are so many layers to it all and time adds even more layers. It has been freeing for me to let go of my old life, the dreams I had for me and my family.
There is also so much grief. And from this grief, that rawness in my heart, and the darkness, I want to always remember the light, bring forward the beauty to try and balance out the pain and suffering. Not just for me, for everyone.
Together with my little family (Michael and our Lil who is now 20!) we tend our bee friendly garden, planting and growing everything ourselves except for four trees and two pine hedges that were already growing here when we bought the cottage nearly fourteen years ago.

~ Answers to some recently asked questions ~

Yes we still live in Tasmania. I have lived in many different parts of Australia. For me it is the place that my heart feels home. Michael and Lil feel the same.

Everything I take photos of we grow here in the garden at Fairy Wren Cottage. I don’t go down to the shops, buy a bunch of flowers come home & photograph them. I appreciate that others do a really lovely job of this.

For me, I want my photography to also be literally from the ground up. Sowing seeds, planting bulbs, trees, bushes and plants, nurturing and caring for them, then photographing them. Because I hope our love and care comes through and is sum of the parts of my photography.

I’ll send you love, it is lovely that you are here.
Jude x

Ps. The flowers in the jug are from a little bulb planting project Lil and I started earlier in the year. I’ll share more about it tomorrow.

You may or may not know …

September 18, 2023



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