About twelve years ago I moved to Bayswater. I walked down Milne St to the river for some much needed exercise and to escape the hustle bustle of Guildford Road. Staring into space I was enjoying natures sounds and sun on my back, I stumbled across a sweet old elevated house nestled amongst the trees. “Ellis House” Community Art Centre – I had an immediate attraction and found myself walking up the stairs to the entrance . The garden was intoxicating, the stairs were steep and I couldn’t help noticing the sweeping tree branches moving in the breeze. I half expected to spot a fairy in the corner of my eye. I opened the fly wire door to a tinkling bell and a tiny lady approached me down the hallway with her lovely smile. She had a warm greeting and offered me scones and tea. We chatted and browsed the rooms of the current exhibition and two hours later I left Ellis House with many warm, fuzzy, inspirational thoughts – mmmmm what should I do on my next canvas.