About us

Welcome to  Artuccino – Diane Challenor’s blog of accidental discoveries. It’s my commonplace book.

Sometimes I get so enthusiastic about a new discovery that I want to shout it from the rooftops and sometimes I simply and quietly want to paste a memory into my commonplace book. It is here, within this blog, I’ve found a rooftop and i’ve found a nook for my commonplace book.

Much of my inspiration comes from reading and when I enjoy a book I sometimes (not always) want to write down my impressions. Mixed with my love of reading is a desire to share my other eclectic interests e.g. computer technology, photography, videography, travel, art and recording the sounds of nature etc. Then, at other times, I discover things full of wonder and wisdom and I’m just driven to share my experience and pleasure.

Along with writing blog posts, I’ve collected over 300 wise quotes which are listed on their special page and some selected artworks created by us and some created by “friends of Artuccino”. Also, over the years I’ve researched the life of an early Australian Colonial Botanist Explorer, Allan Cunningham 1791-1839. I’ve become quite fond of the man and will occasionally post a blog about him and his friends. I’ve recently invited a dear friend, J.A. Wells to delve into The Allan Cunningham Project and find a story. You can follow along with his ideas and writing via his blog.  He’s working on a manuscript for his novel titled “The King’s Botanist”, to be published in 2016.

Browse through my blogs, maybe you too will make an accidental discovery.