Thursday, July 29, 2010

Books glorious books!

Talking with some of friends today about a book club made me think of the effects of books on my life. I am an avid reader and will read most genre's but my weakness is crime novels. While the kids were little I tended not to read a whole lot but now I am making up for it. My friend put some of her favourite books on her blog and thought I might steal her idea(sorry Rach).
So what does this pile mean to me let me show you how they fit into my life and thoughts
1. Bible - what can I say but the ultimate guide book to life.
2. The Time travellers Wife - Christmas present from Anthony and a ripping read
3. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - One of my all time favourite books read too many times
4. Nikon D90 camera manual - still trying to work out what all the menu's and button's on my camera do
5. Private - a nod to my crime novel obsession
6. Cut the Clutter - trying to synthesise this book and it's elements into my life (not succeeding)
7.Notebook and Real Living - a girl has to have magazines

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Brisbane like we have never seen

Anthony and I were fortunate enough to be given a day to spend together - yes it is a very rare occurrence. So we went into the centre of Brisbane to the Art Gallery to see an exhibition that we have been wanting to see for quite some time (it actually finishes next weekend). It was by a sculptor called Ron Mueck and he sculpts people and they have such a life like quality to them. A few years ago we saw a sculpture he did of a pregnant woman at the Gallery and I was totally transfixed by it. In this exhibition there is a sculpture of a baby and it is so impressive that you just want to reach out and touch it.


I took my camera with me and decided I wanted to capture some of Brisbane through the lens of my camera. Even though I have lived in Brisbane for many years I have never really took photos of the city. I was pleasantly surprised how amazing the city looked and have a new appreciation of it

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Winter at it's best

Today is a beautiful Brisbane winter's day - sunny and warm but not hot. You can just sit in the sun and lap it up. It is not that great for taking photo's though the light can be a bit harsh. Anyway the kids and I have been enjoying it immensely first we started the day off going the markets for our fruit and veg, we had a walk with the dog, then a play in park and ended up with a picnic on the front verandah. Making me so appreciate this time of year.

I am so proud of our little vegie garden it is thriving and has been so productive so far I have been able to give produce to my friends. The tomatoes are growing like some one has given them growth hormones not to mention the zucchini's. We have also managed to get some freebie mushrooms thanks to the mushroom they are not magic.

For this next Assignment for the workshop I am doing I had to take photos of flowers something I do not find easy to do. Isabella fell in love with the flowers I had and wanted me to take a photo of her with them - I tweeked the photo a wee bit and am happy with the result.

Finally just a thought to leave you with "Live simply so others may simply live" I took a photo of drinking water as many in the world do not have access to drinking water.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Growing through photography

As a commitment to find my creative niche I have taken on a photography course and boy has it been challenging me. I am learning things that I have been too slack to learn and should have learnt many years ago. So I hope you enjoy some of my efforts.

I have been home from holidays for nearly a week and already the mundane of life has set in much to my frustration. I came home with a renewed optimism to change the things that had been driving me crazy such as messy home, lack of time for exercise, lack of time for creative pursuits just to name a few. I think I will have to really sit down and find a way to resolve some of these issue before they really begin to get to me. Any idea's would be most gratefully received. I am beginning to see though that I am not alone though in this dilemma and many women in my situation (ie. small kids, working ect) are trying to work out this but not too many of us are succeeding. What a journey I am on lets hope I grow rather than get bogged down

Monday, July 12, 2010

Northern New South Wales Road Trip...

Well I have just come back from 2 weeks holiday travelling around Northern NSW. As a result of doing so much in the past 2 weeks that I was wondering about how to write it up so the kids and I came up with a list things that describe what we have been up to.

Dubbo Zoo animals Otters feeding giraffe's Monkey's frost bouncing pillow Warrumbungles telescope making maps emus kangaroo's raining Lightning Ridge fossicking underground mine opals fossils hotsprings cabins old trucks Mt Kaputar clouds wet kangaroo's joey's campfire cold panoramic veiws snow gums Narrabri sunset radio telescope cotton Moree hot springs