Saturday, November 5, 2011

Family


I have just spent a lovely afternoon with my mother -in- law's family. I had not seen many of them for years, but it was lovely to spend time with them getting reantiquated. It was lovely for the kids to work out how all these people fit into the scheme of things , that Grandma actually has brothers and sisters. I am slowly beginning to realise that I need to see past all the blemishes that families have and enjoy them for who they are - FAMILY!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Advent of Summer






I sit and write and marvel how summer is almost upon us. It is now November and we are just starting to put away the jumpers and the blankets. Normally they are long put away by now but for some reason the coolness has been hanging around. Don't get me wrong I am not complaining but I am wondering. Wondering if we will have a summer that is as wet and as destructive as the last or will it be too hot to do anything but hang out at the local pool any chance we get. I feel that summer makes you feel alive, as in the heat you feel every limb, every breath you take and your skin becomes so sensitive to another's touch (basically don't touch me as I am too hot).

This series of photo's were taken at Bribie Island, an hour north of Brisbane. We had a lovely day there playing, swimming, eating fish and chips, eating ice cream and chillin. It was perfect except for the dog getting a paralysis tick from the bush and having to go the vet the following week. I think our dog enjoys the beach as much as we do and you can see her spirit lift in the open outdoors.

Anyway I had better stop writing and go and do some gardening there are weeds needing my attention

Monday, October 31, 2011

It has been a while





I has been nearly 2 months since I last sat down to write or do anything remotely creative. That all goes by the wayside when you get caught up in the mundane of life. So yesterday I hauled out my camera and blew off the dust and took some shots. October in Brisbane is the month of the Jacaranda when the streets are paved with purple as the trees shed their lovely flowers. One thing I did enjoy about taking a photo a day was seeing the landscape around me change. Maybe next year i may try that lovely adventure again. Also I wanted to take some photo's of Isabella as she turned 8 this month. I wanted to capture her at this lovely age. Hopefully I will pop in to chat a bit more.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Finally I did it!

I have been playing around with crocheting for a while but never really achieving anything. I could not read patterns or had any idea of what I wanted to achieve. But.... a couple of months ago I found this book in a local fabric store that had some great patterns in it but also it taught me how to interpret and read those patterns. So this the finished project and I am mighty proud of it. The different colour band is by default, I ran out of wool and of course the dye lot was not available.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Camping and cows






We are a camping family, and it had been some time since we had been out in the great outdoors. So my birthday weekend we headed west about an hour and a half from home (for those who know SE Queensland it is just near Cunningham's Gap) and camped on this lovely cattle property. It was so lovely to be outdoors and to sit by the fire on a crisp winters night. We were lucky it was not too cold. All the stresses and strains of city life just ease away as soon as that car door opens and the tent goes up. And for the cows.... they came to visit us in the morning.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Day at the Koala Sanctuary



Today I went a local Koala sanctuary with Jasper's class. I had never been there before and it was great. There are more Koala's than I had ever seen before and they were so close. I could have sat and watched them all day if I did not have a bunch of 6 year olds to watch out for. Jasper enjoyed the day and I love this photo of him as it shows his thoughtful personality.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Old time beauty



Brisbane in terms of world history is quite a young city. But this house we visited, Newstead house is one of the older specimens in the city. I love it for it's wide veranda's that you could imagine the early settlers sitting on taking their tea whilst enjoying the view and the afternoon breeze. I so love the tropical cottage garden that surrounds the house and even though it is not traditional it evokes that same feel. There is some thing about this old house that is missing in our newer Queensland home and I think that word is practicality. We often build or renovate now for what it looks like but low and behold we put something into our home because it is practical and not pretty.


Also I could not help but share these gorgeous photo's of my kids. Hard to believe we are in the middle of winter.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Winter?

Yesterday I went for a walk along the Brisbane River. It was a glorious winters day that only Queensland can deliver - with those crisp bright blue skies. Even though I was in the midst of the city I was reflecting on the play of nature, light and the concrete structures and how they all tend to sit together in harmony.



This is a carry basket in a mangrove tree - a hangover or a reminder of the floods in January.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Weekend Antics









I don't know about you but at the moment weekends don't seem to be about relaxing too much at the moment. They seem to be more about cleaning, cooking and running around to soccer. This is a note to self to stop and enjoy the weekends a little bit more. I have a couple of Saturday morning rituals that I strictly adhere to, firstly it is up early to the local farmers market to buy fruit and veg for the week. There is a baker who has woodfired sourdough there on site every Saturday, so it is a treat for the week. When that bread gets home it is topped with a freshly poached egg - yes fresh I go down to check if the girls have laid any eggs that morning an if so that is my breakfast, with the local papers of course. Soccer beckons by mid morning so there goes my Saturday morning bliss. What rituals do you have on the weekends?

Friday, July 15, 2011

No school today








Every term the School has what is called a pupil free day, where the teachers get a day of inservice training. This does not affect the Kindy kids so earlier this week I had the older two kids at home for the day. We decided to go to the Botanical gardens, which are only 10 minutes from our home. They have such an amazing and diverse bunch of plants from all over the subtropical world. There is also a lovely Japanese garden complete with amazing bonsai trees, some being nearly 50 years old! Our highlight is the sculpture trail which the kids meander through the gardens looking for each sculpture. So on our pupil free day the two older kids ran through the gardens experiencing the delights of both the natural and artistic worlds.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cooking in the olden days





My mum gave me my one of my granny's cookbooks a few weeks ago. I do not know if it was a favourite but it was certainly well used. I had such a giggle this morning over some of the recipes especially making a salad with lemon jelly crystals! How much have our palates changed. But saying that I did find some unusual recipes which I am keen to have a go at.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Winter glory




Unlike other parts of the world our winters here in Brisbane are mild but it feels cold to us. So most trees still have their leaves and plants still flower. Actually some only flower in winter. I just wanted to share with you some of their splendour!