Mundy Morning

Kate Birrel uses her paint brush to illustrate Richmond’s Munday morning blues.

Almanac Art: Bustling Billy at Punt Road (by Kate Birrell)

Billy Barrot passed away earlier this week. This is Kate Birrell’s painting of him at Punt Road. [Add your memory of Billy Barrot – Ed]

Almanac Racing: Mysteries of the Track

A beautiful description (with watercolour image) of racetrack and race days from Kate Birrell.

A Free Weekend; Old Books and New Thoughts

On an AFL-free weekend, Kate Birrell recalls Viktor Frankl, gets to thinking of Australian Pioneer Women and asks how you filled your void. [Includes Kate’s painting and the term “Sunday neurosis” – Ed].

Round 8 – Richmond v Sydney: The Drive Home

Kate Birrell’s painting and poetry of a last-gasp win to Richmond.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: #firstgameoftheseason

Kate and Hugo experienced a Ticketing meltdown and a Richmond win, footy’s back.

Tennis Whispers

Evocative summer words and image from Kate Birrell.

That Day

A meditation and a painting from Kate Birrell. On that homeward trudge following a finals loss. For the Richmond in all of us. [Brilliant – Ed].

Message to Coaches

As junior footy leagues start winding up for 2015, the Almanac received this open letter to junior football coaches everywhere, from a football coach’s wife.

Round 13 – Sydney v Richmond. Sketchbook Review; Buddy’s Fizz

Kate Birrell on Buddy’s Bump from Friday night. “What came over you?”

Phobos, the God of Fear and Football

Kate Birrell meditates on fear on the footy field. Is real courage staring down a personal Phobos, or Glenn Archer running with the flight of the ball toward a steamrolling Plugger Lockett?

Too Early for Footy?

Nothing marks the changing of the seasons like the goal posts going into the ground, and wickets of all kinds transitioning into hibernation

Almanac Art : Sunday Morning

Kate Birrell contemplates the world (pre-game) on a Sunday morning

Wicket Keeper

More glorious artwork from Kate Birrell of the groundsman keeping the wickets at her local oval. Kate’s sanity and furnishings are under assault from an aspiring Davey Warner.

Guineas Day….. Again

Art and Words from Kate Birrell – say no more. Kate and her kids adopt a wiser approach to Guineas Day than the ‘other half’.

AFL Round 23 – Sydney v Richmond: Finals Birth; the Agony

For those of who who didn’t watch Sydney v Richmond, here’s the next best thing: a spectator’s script with image of the crew at the pub.

Carnival of Footy

Kate Birrell shares a luxuriant spread of food, art and junior footy lightning carnival. A gourmet spread with something for everyone – dieters best avoid. Check out the Almanac Art link and contact us if you would like a Kate painting gracing your walls.

Friday Night; Bright Lights

Parents huddle in their cars on a cold evening at junior footy training, hoping to avoid the dreaded Team Manager’s allocation of game day tasks. Kate Birrell’s glorious art and wistful words capture it all.

Recent Things

Are you sick at the thought of Hird (seen but not), Hockey (Joe not Kookaburras), bombs (Gaza not Gazza), rockets (non-mick) and surface to air missiles (other than Jake Carlisle)? Kate Birrell’s glorious art is some balm for your soul.

Go Nic, GO

Kate Birrell is a calm, caring parent. Until she goes to watch her daughter play basketball.