Author: Nancy Eluigwe

Celebrating Orie (Igbo) Market Day

This vibrant painting celebrates one of the 4 Market days of the Igbo tribal group from Nigeria. These women are heading to the Orie (pronounced Oye) market.  This painting is nostalgic as it reminds me of my grandmother waking up early to embark on a big walk to the nearest Orie market to buy homegrown food items and handmade crafts. She would be accompanied by neighbours or friends and there would be a melting pot of people from other villages around the market buying, selling and building community bonds. This limited edition print of my original artwork which gets as big as 70 x 100 cm. It ships worldwide and can be found online here:

Peaceful success

I was drawn in by this tree during my walk this afternoon and it was sparkling right into my soul. In a strange disconnected way it helped me connect my thoughts and string the following words together. Usually, I shop every fortnight and today is my shopping weekend. As such, I was supposed to go to the market early then to Aldi and then to Woolworths. Laundry was supposed to have been done and hung out to make the most of the beautiful sunshine and I was supposed to be generally organised. However none of these have happened today because I’m exhausted. I slept in and had breakfast almost at noon today. I let the kids watch morning TV and make their own breakfast. We left laundry piled up on the floor and have now gone for a walk to the park. I took a couple of pens and my sketchbook and we followed the long scenic route during our walk. No I haven’t done my menu or shopping list and yes I will do …

What are you reading?

Recently a group of friends and I were sharing our current reading habits and I was intrigued by our differences in choices and routines. I love the company of books and my favourite authors have literally been a gift to me in my darkest moments. I always have a mix of books going at the same time. Currently around 23 but here are 10 of them. I find that having books on the go from different genres allows me to always have a book that fits any mood. How and what are you reading?

The Little Red Providore

Known for it’s quaint steep streets and cute Workers Cottages Red Hill is one of my favourite Brisbane suburbs to explore and hang out. Located in a colonial corner store, The Little Red Providore stands out on Windsor Rd with its bright red door! The first thing I noticed when I walked in was an artisanal vibe. As a creative person I loved seeing a display of artworks for sale, locally crafted ceramics, jams, breads, milk and condiments just to name a few. The café is also known for spontaneous menu changes guided by seasonal produce and the Chef’s inspiration. This visit was my third and having only previously ordered the Brioche Breakfast burger I decided to try something different from the menu. We ordered the big breakfast to share: grilled haloumi, bacon, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, avocado, scrambled eggs, rocket and homemade tomato sauce on sourdough toast but swapped the sourdough with brioche. We settled into a nice warm spot in the sun filled courtyard downstairs. The indoor seating area downstairs was abuzz with students …

Taking the day off from any expectations

I’m my harshest critic and my most merciless slave driver. I know I’m doing a good job but maybe it’s the solo parent’s resident thorn in the flesh – I can only see all I’m not doing well, my failings, how I might be f***ing my kids life and future up. So to control everything, I don’t let myself stop working and when I do I get …

Corner Store Café

Breakfast was a gorgeous affair at the Corner Store Café – Sylvan Rd, Toowong. I have driven past this cafe many times with a silent note to self to stop and try it out and I was pleasantly surprised to rock up to our agreed breakfast meeting spot for the week and find out this was the place! I loved the ambiance – we could walk through the kitchen to get to various sitting areas and it was relaxing to snag a spot with a view of the beautiful leafy Toowong suburb. The café was vibrant with young moms meeting up with toddlers in tow, professionals from local workplaces and older couples catching up after their morning walk. There was a country feel to the café with fresh flowers for sale displays in cream enamel jugs and rustic wood decor. Breakfast itself was delicious, I ordered the chilli omelette and maple bacon on toast with a delicious hazelnut cappuccino and my partner and I seriously recommend the omelete!