Hi I'm Rae. I've lived in Bellingen for 24 years. I make stained glass windows. I have a kiln in which I make fused glass jewellery and plates and inclusions for my windows. I love doing mosaics as well. I eco dye silk fabric too. I love creating art. I've recently taken up crochet and knitting. I've been into eating wholesome food for 30 years. I love gardening and growing some of my own food. I've kept chickens for the last 13 years. I love my girls (hens) for their eggs, their work in the garden and for being excellent company. I've recently become the proud keeper of a hive of Australian native stingless bees. They are the most adorable creatures around. I love living in a rural area. Being so close to nature is very important to me. I've planted out my garden to encourage birds and other native animals to visit.
The first time I entered Bellingen I felt as if I'd come home. I love the beauty of this whole area. I love swimming in the river and creeks and the ocean near here as they are so clean. I love gardening and growing my own food. I eat really healthy simple food and I love to cook. I love the music festivals and the art that is prevalent in Bellingen.
As the apartment is self-contained, I like to leave it up to my guests as to how much they want to engage. I have traveled extensively and know the importance of finding a place that feels private and like home, even if only for one night. I try to make our apartment a sanctuary for people to rest and relax. I have put together lots of information about the area and I am happy to pass on my local knowledge of places and events of interest.
I enjoy getting to know the places I travel to by staying in smaller establishments and finding the places to eat the locals go to. I like to get a real feel of the places I go. Possibly my favourite place to visit so far is the Cook Islands. I relate to island time. Or maybe Bali, Portugal was amazing and Spain. I love travelling! When I think back over travel I've done, I often remember the places that have been sanctuaries for me and I've tried to create that here for my guests.