Welcome to Lollypop Beach, a blog about transitions, belonging, and being true to your own version of a fulfilling life. The setting for this adventure is Geelong, Australia.

I believe in regeneration of body and spirit. Dreaming during darkness and breathing in the promise of dawn. Nurturing yourself, sharing love and connection, seeing beauty, finding opportunities, and experiencing wonder and adventure.

I understand the healing power of healthy living, compassion and finding the right team for your health and life. I’ve also learnt that building resilience is vital to wellbeing and to living up to your potential.

I embrace that life, like the sea, can be wildly unpredictable. I’ve found inspiration through living in a country with a history of people stepping up during times of adversity. When you believe you have the inner strength to face anything that happens, every day is lived with hope and grace. At Lollypop Beach it’s always that kind of day — your precious life is both sweet and conquerable, an ocean of possibilities.

This is a place for retreat, renewal and to see the world differently.

Thank you for being here. Get to know me on the About page.

“We are not sea people by way of being great mariners, but more of a coastal people, content on the edge of things…There is more bounty, more possibility for us in a vista that moves, rolls, surges, twists, rears up and changes from minute to minute. The innate human feeling from the veranda is that if you look out to sea long enough, something will turn up. From beneath the furrowed brows of our houses, in the shallows and beyond the surfline, we look out to sea, and things, wonderful things, do turn up.”
Australian writer Tim Winton, Land’s Edge: A Coastal Memoir


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Spring 2014

By Linda Edgerton

An evolving list, sharing my favourite reads, events and images throughout the aussie spring.
Yes! Spring is here and we’re well and truly ready to get outdoors. Sunshine, blue skies, bbqs and picnics with loved ones, hay fever on windy days — bring it on. (I regret the hay fever flippancy.)
The first weekend of spring brought glorious weather and a visit to the first market of the season, the Geelong Waterfront Makers and Growers Market. I’m looking forward to a spring and summer filled with many visits to markets along the coast. Coffee, juices, falafel wraps, flowers and bags full of fresh fruit and vegies to take home; that’s market joy to me.

The end of the winter hibernation also means daily walks and more visits to Geelong cafés.
The next best thing to breakfast in bed is brekky in a cosy café.

Illustration by Allison Koberstein

Ever since Melbourne was selected as one of 32 cities for the first stage of the project, I’ve been engrossed reading about the 100 Resilient Cities Network, an initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation in the US. The project aims to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. It’s interesting learning about the resilience challenges each city faces and how they’re tackling the shocks and stresses of today’s world. By addressing the challenges, a city becomes more able to respond to adverse events and is overall better able to deliver basic functions in both good times and bad, to all populations. This blog post gives some fascinating and reassuring facts that are relevant to our own lives: Eight takeaways from eight cities
I enjoyed Kelly Exeter’s post The underrated pleasure of aspiration-free hobbies. She writes, “Shouldn’t we just be able to do our thing because we love it?” Yes! It’s one of the two reasons I write this blog (the other is that sharing some of my experiences might help someone else).
I also relate to this older post of Kelly’s: Five reasons why social media is a gift to shy introverts.
In an world where anyone selling something can call themselves an entrepreneur and where you come across those with just a few staff (or even no staff) assigning themselves the title of CEO, it was only a matter of time before a new term was coined to distinguish the stand-out entrepreneurs. Enter the überpreneur. These are the visionaries who create hugely successful businesses or even entire industries that are about more than making money for its own sake; they drive economic, social and environmental changes on a truly global scale. The new book Überpreneurs by Peter Andrews and Fiona Wood examines the lives and achievements of 36 extraordinary individuals across 18 nations and the insights they can offer to businesses seeking to become more innovative, governments striving to build smarter economies and people aspiring to have more meaningful careers.
I recently interviewed Jill Shalless, artist and proprietor of art@wintergarden, a vibrant art space in Geelong celebrating its tenth year in 2014. Jill shared some of the highlights of the last decade and the exhibitions coming up over the next few months (for locals and those of you lucky enough to be able to make it down this way). Interview with Jill Shalless on the Artin’ Geelong blog.
Currently showing: The art@wintergarden gallery has again been transformed by the Annual Sculpture Exhibition. The stunning 2014 show runs until 29 September. Visitors can meander between the plinths and gaze across the balcony, taking in stunning glass wear, various textures of steel, bronze and ceramics with concepts both humorous and thought provoking, a feast for the eyes.

I also enjoyed or will enjoy visiting these exhibitions at other Geelong galleries:
Feature Artists Show at Metropolis Gallery, an exhibition of selected new works by artists represented at Metropolis, showing paintings by Steve Salo, Amber Daly, Charles Moodie, Michael Parker, Gail Willoughby and etchings by Dean Bowen.
A winter highlight for me will be Urban Delusions by G-TWO, Glenn Fry, exhibiting at Etch Gallery from 4-25 October. We have one of Glenn’s artworks hanging in our house and having seen a little of how he creates his intricate art, I can’t wait to gaze upon the works in this show. They’ll look amazing together and under the gallery lights.
Geelong Contemporary Art Prize exhibition, showing until 23 November at Geelong Art Gallery. The winner was Rob McHaffie’s Preserve this fruit and my favourite was Dean Home’s emotive Poems from the mountains.
The 12×12 Contemporary Art Prize show at Art is… gallery, 5-26 September. I loved the enchanting portrait of Hedy Lamarr by Joanne Kemerer. So many wonderful little paintings in this exhibition.
Looking forward to seeing two new shows opening 12 September at Wonderwall Gallery at Courthouse ARTS: Joshua Maxwell de Hoog’s exhibition Hands Over Ears Won’t Stop the Voices and Lauren Green’s The Rainbow Hunt.

L to R: Steve Salo, The glance; Glenn Fry, Delusional Urban Remnant-C6; Rob McHaffie, Preserve this fruit.

The beautiful cherry blossom image below is by photographer Shannon McDonald, who I interviewed on the blog in July. Looking at this picture, I’m reminded why this season feels so gentle (having a bird’s nest outside up above our front door also helps).

Photo by Shannon McDonald

Past link loves:
Winter 2014
Autumn 2014
Summer 2013-14
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