"A good photograph is knowing where to stand" Ansell Adams.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

taking stock #3

What better time is there to take stock than at the end of the summer holidays? It's been lovely but the routine starts again very soon. 
I've done a post like this before here and here. I quite enjoy thinking about what's happening right now {Inspired by Pip at Meet me at Mike's}.

Making : baskets, I finished my biggest one yet, using thick plastic shopping bags as a base. It's a bit messy with some of the plastic showing through but my niece Lucy really likes it so it's hers. You can see a photo here
Cooking : lots of BBQ's
Drinking : wine with every meal, (February may be an alcohol free month) 
Reading: Jane Austen (Sense & Sensibility) on my ipad. 
Wanting: to be better at technology- I'm having trouble scanning photos (I managed it on my 4th attempt)
Looking: at my calendar for February- there's much to do
Playing: board games- our 20 year old loves them
Deciding: what to throw out- we have a council clean up this week so had a big clean out of our garage.  I'm a bit too sentimental sometimes and want to keep much more than we need. 
Enjoying: slow mornings- soon to change
Waiting: for a new ipad cover that I made- hopefully it will arrive this week
Liking: eggs, bacon & mushrooms for breakfast
Wondering: what the year will bring
Loving: instant film, I didn't pick up my dslr much at all these holidays- but I took these photos on the weekend with my instant camera. I love the look. 
Pondering: what might motivate my photography this year- I quite like a project- any ideas? 
Considering: options for James-it's his last year at school this year and we need to find a community program that will work for him.
Watching: just finished watching 'true detective'. Excellent acting (Matthew McConaughy is amazing) and quite intense particularly in the last episode. 
Hoping: I haven't forgotten to pay any bills- the paperwork hasn't been attended to properly in the last month

Marvelling: at the beach- I love how it changes- the tides, the surf, the shape of the sand. Always different.
Needing: to get back into routine
Smelling: coffee, I've just finished my morning cup
Wearing: a new stripy t-shirt and jeans
Noticing: that teenage boys aren't very good at organising things (massive generalisation, I know)
Knowing: that I have a fortunate life
Thinking: about making goals, I don't really like doing it but it probably is a good thing to do
Admiring: creative people
Sorting: through emails- we get so many, I need to unsubscribe to many things
Buying: food for the family- I seem to be at the shops alot! 
Getting: organised for the year- hair cuts for the teenagers today
Disliking: humid weather & frizzy hair
Feeling: good!
Snacking: on nuts
Wishing: that i could accompany my husband on business trips- he's off to Portugal later in the month
Helping: out at the school canteen once a term- I've just been sent the roster
Hearing: rain, after weeks of sunshine the rain seems to have set in. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

public art

I'm a big fan of public art. Art that you can walk through and interact with. Maser's 'higher ground' which is part of the Sydney Festival reaches over 2 storeys high and relies on the public to bring it to life.
"Part installation, part photo playground, higher ground is a dream come true for those who always wished they could step inside a painting."

We did this last week on a beautiful summer's afternoon.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Cool, serene, tranquil, peaceful, soothing.
I love watching light dancing on water. It has such a calming effect. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

golden light

Yesterday afternoon I caught the ferry into the city with Charlie to meet up with David at his new office, wander around and have some dinner. It was such a beautiful evening. As we headed home through Sydney harbour and along the Parramatta River we sat on the top deck of a river cat and enjoyed the golden light and a sunset. As you can see Charlie loves the camera :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

ten on ten

The first ten on ten for the year. Ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. It's something I always enjoy doing, looking for beauty in an ordinary day. A great reason to pick up my camera after a little bit of a break. An ordinary day but as I look through the photos I can see that a lot can happen. I started the morning with a walk (past pretty purple flowers), there was baking (gluten free banana & blueberry bread), there was a walk on the harbour foreshore, some cups of tea, a few jobs around the house & in the evening we wandered to a neighbour's house for dinner (past more pretty flowers). 
A lovely day. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015


January for many is new year's resolution and fresh starts and words for the year,  but I feel like I can't quite think of all those things yet. I just want to enjoy our beautiful summer. We've just had 2 weeks at the beach and if I close my eyes I can still feel the cool water and hear the crashing waves. It was lovely, time with family & friends,  time to read books,  BBQ's every night and lots of fresh air & sunshine. The one time that I picked up my camera was an early walk on the beach on new year's day. Beautiful.