Post Covid we’re still trying to navigate what the blog will look like. We’ll still be checking out Melbourne’s dining scene, but our personal circumstances and the world we now live in are quite different. I’m still keen to build up more “At home” content. I think that better reflects where we are now. We still love to eat out, but gone are our days of dining out 6-7 times a week. We’re more select about where we go, and it’s more of an occasion. When time allows we enjoying cooking, and we’re still growing a lot of our own veggies and herbs at home.
We still intend to keep scribbling, so watch this space to how we’re evolving.
“Suzie Scribbles came about as part of a list of 40 things I wanted to achieve before turning 40. By day I’m a secondary school teacher. I have a degree in Psychology and post graduate qualifications in Mathematics and Education. Prior to this I had a fairly lengthy career in luxury retail – with a focus on visual merchandising, marketing and coaching.
I absolutely love my job and the kids I work with are awesome but being a teacher is all consuming and can often leave little time for me. This was about getting back some of those personal goals and remembering to do things for myself occasionally.
I’ve had a passion for food since I visited Madeira as a teenager and tried some of the wonderful fresh produce. It just sucked me in. I then spent most of my holidays over the next 10 years travelling around Europe and trying food from different cuisines and trying all the amazing food my home city of Manchester had to offer.
Starting the blog when I moved to Melbourne was just perfect timing. We were moving from temporary place to temporary place for the first couple of months so were always eating out.
Initially it was just something fun to do. We didn’t really know anyone and it forced us to explore new places. Then about 6 months after we arrived we were invited to our first blogger event and it just grew from there.
Now we’re over 5 years into it and while the last few years didn’t exactly pan out as we expected, it’s allowed us time to refine and reflect on what’s truly important. We’re rediscovering our passion for food in new ways, and if you know a great place we should try, please let us know.
Suzie Scribbles is definitely a second job for both of us now and every visit involves a lot of work behind the scenes afterwards to ensure we are happy with the content we are producing and telling the right story for each and every venue. We want to capture the passion and the heart behind the venues we visit, and if their food is amazing, we want to show it off in the best possible way.
I focus on all of the admin and social media for Suzie Scribbles. I also write almost all of the blog posts, do all of the front and back end web design (which is definitely something I’m still learning lots about) and arrange all of our visits.
When I’m not teaching or blogging you’ll find me out walking many of Victoria’s beautiful trails or relaxing at home with a book. Sadly we lost Scribblydoodles late 2021 (the blog’s name has always been a nod to her), we now have two new adorable rescue cats (Lilo and Stitch), who definitely keep us on our toes!
Suzie Scribbles was (obviously) initially just meant to be Suzie’s hobby. I was often around eating with her in the early days but my role was pretty passive. Once we started collaborating with venues more regularly I soon realised I could use my skills as a photographer to help out. I now take almost all of the photos for the Suzie Scribbles blog using either my Fuji or Canon. I’ll then edit these through Lightroom, Photoshop or Capture One before they finally get sent to Suzie to upload to the blog or social media. I love the challenge of shooting for Suzie Scribbles as unlike my typical shoots where I can control most of the environment, arriving to a cafe or restaurant for a blogging collaboration you never know what to expect and often you have to be a little bit creative to get the shots you really want.
I’ve been a professional photographer for over 10 years and alongside working with Suzie Scribbles I run my own photography company Lee Crawford Studio, and now a food focused branch at Lee Crawford Studio Eats. When I’m not working or eating you’ll find me sketching or relaxing with a book. Over Covid, my sketching became more than a hobby and I now offer commission ink paintings too. Fun fact: I aim to read over 50 books each year.