I've just returned from a wonderful 5 days visiting Melbourne and am inspired once again. I've made a long 'to do' list and am working through my orders and commissions as fast as I can so that I can get started on a whole bunch of other ideas I've got stored in my head and noted in a couple of places (just can't seem to stick to one notebook at the moment). Anyway, the cake was a DELICIOUS carrot cake that I had at the cafe at Manyung Gallery at Mt Eliza, about 30 mins south of Melbourne. Honestly, I don't think I've had a single piece of carrot cake since I realised the Weight Watchers points value of a slice in 1998. This one was superb though, with a thick layer of cream cheese icing and pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and apricot squares on top. Divine. The painting I've uploaded is by the artist Barbara Tyson and I think it's wonderful too - she is a master of painting movement and form - and these 5 square pieces were coated in resin - something I plan to do again this weekend. You can see more of her work and my favourite artist, Janine Daddo's work at www.manyunggallery.com.au .