GLAM it up for charity raises $20k for Orange Sky Laundry

Celebrating its’ tenth anniversary on Friday night, Tara Castle and the team at GLAM it up for charity raised $20,000 for Orange Sky Laundry. GLAM started in 2007 and has been raising funds annually at an affordable charity dinner evening (tickets are usually $80).


Tara Castle and her husband Joe Cole


Lucas Patchett, Tara Castle and Nic Marchesi




I was privileged to be asked to take the photos of the night and was moved and inspired by the founders Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi.  Lucas and Nicholas have taken a seemingly impossible concept- helping the homeless have showers and clean their clothes and have taken their service national.

The most interesting aspect of their presentation was however, learning that the fundamental importance of the services provided by Orange Sky Laundry was not, what I perceived – dignity- providing cleanliness, and hope. However, what they have found is that is the most intangible of all concepts- human connection.   Whilst clean clothes and showers provide the homeless with a service that we all take for granted, the real power is in the regularity of contact between the volunteers at Orange Sky Laundry and the homeless. While the clothes are washing, the volunteers sit on plastic chairs with their friends, and have real conversations. This act of listening and talking one on one provides them with real hope and a sense of connection- a sense that someone does in fact care.




Here’s the video I made of the photos that I took on the evening.

If you’d like to volunteer for Orange Sky Laundry, take a look at this video and then contact the guys on their website to see how you can be involved.

You can connect with GLAM it up for charity on Facebook.


Cat Cuddle Cafe

Sometimes all you need is a hug.  A hug actually makes you feel better, because a hormone known as oxytocin is released from your brain and sends messages to your body, which promote feelings of devotion, trust and bonding, which well, they make us feel happy. So if you’re in need of a hug, or just a different location to have a cup of coffee, or an activity to entertain the kids, I recommend the Cat Cuddle Cafe!


The Cat Cuddle Cafe was opened in 2015 by Pussies Galore Rescue, and is Brisbane’s first cat cuddle cafe.  


Why a Cat Cuddle Cafe?

Let’s ask them:

Cats are our passion and rescue is our mission. We wanted to create the perfect environment for cat lovers to enjoy and interact with cats.

To fulfil our mission of rescuing a ridiculous amount of cats, our cats will be highly trained to make you fall in love with them, ultimately leading to more adoptions. Seriously, they will be working it.

All of our kitties will be rescue cats. Unlike other cat café’s around the world, our cats will be up for adoption. Our adoption process though, is very stringent. Don’t think you are just going to walk out with one of our cuddle stars without being given the Spanish Inquisition.

We need to know that you have considered adding a fur baby or two to your family very seriously. This commitment is for the life of the cat and could be more than 20 years.



The Cat Cuddle Cafe has moved from Red Hill to Lutwyche.

483 Lutwyche Rd, Lutwyche QLD 4030



What is that hole? Is it alive? I shall pounce on it!

Need to know:

  1. You need to BOOK to have a cat cuddle experience. It is $10.50 per hour per person.  Coffee and cake are additional.  Book here
  2. Please do not disturb sleeping cats.
  3. Check what time the cats are most active- we had a 10am booking, and most of the adult cats were asleep, which meant that given the number of adults in the room, my kids were a little disappointed. They got a chance to play with the kittens, however, with around 10 + adults and kids all wanting a cuddle, the kittens soon tired of it all. They were happy to play with all the toys, however, Hamish didn’t really get a cuddle.  The manager helped out by bringing cats and placing them on his lap, however, they kept jumping off. Next time.
  4. You can do Yoga with the Cats (Thursday night $25) and also Knitting with the cats! Check the site for details, and if you do any of these- please send me photos!




Berrinba Wetlands- Logan

Travel: Berrinba Wetlands

Berrinba Wetlands- Logan

Say the word Logan, and it’s not usually associated with “tourism”. On my quest to keep discovering the greater south-east I went exploring the Berrinba Wetlands. The wetlands are man-made as the result of sand and mining operations after WW2, and I think the locals and the council should be commended for their efforts in conservation and the creation of new habitats.

So what’s different about these wetlands in Browns Plains?

Berrinba Wetlands- Logan
  • The number one difference which makes it worth a visit is the paved paths that surround it- there are eight kilometres of paths! You can walk or cycle or jog- we cycled.
Berrinba Wetlands- Logan

Great features of the wetlands:

  • Quiet
  • Easy to access
  • Ample parking
  • 6 electric bbqs
  • Plenty of space for picnics
  • Saturdays you can join in the fun of a free family 5km park run at 7am.
  • 8km of walking paths
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilets
  • An abundance of lotus flowers- I only wish that I had a long lens with me rather than my multi-purpose lens.
Berrinba Wetlands- Logan

Wildlife in the wetlands

  • Pelicans and Herons which we saw
  • We didn’t see Koalas, Frogs, Wallaby, White Bellied Sea Eagle, pygmy goose, gliders and the Wallum Frog and possums
Berrinba Wetlands- Logan


  • The interpretative centre needs an upgrade as there are only a few posters left in what was once obviously a high-tech centre. I contacted Logan City Council to speak to someone in Tourism or in maintenance to see if there was a scheduled upgrade for the wetlands, however, despite speaking to a couple of representatives no one with the correct information could be pinpointed.

My recommendation:

  • Go early before it heats up!
  • To see more active wildlife, visit at dawn.
Berrinba Wetlands- Logan

For further information visit

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Photograph donated to the Chapel Hill State School Silent Auction by Katische Haberfield

Chapel Hill State School Fete

There’s nothing more rewarding than giving back to the community that supports you and your family.  Which is why I am excited to announce my Gold sponsorship of the Chapel Hill State School Fete this year. I’ve donated three of my hugely popular Autumn leaf photographic canvases from the ‘wonderment’ collection to the silent auction. Visit the auction site here to place your bid. 100% of the proceeds go to the school, this year the goal is to upgrade and improve the playgrounds and sporting fields at the school to meet the demands of the growing number of students (up 30% over the past few years).

The three photographs up for auction are:


“Fifty Shades of Autumn”. Photograph taken in Stanthorpe.

Inner Glow

“Inner Glow”

Photograph donated to the Chapel Hill State School Silent Auction by Katische Haberfield

“Suddenly I see”

Be quick- place your bid today! The auction ends September 4th at 10:00pm.

The fete is on Saturday 5th September- details can be found here.