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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

a winter walk

 So, yesterday was part 5 of my exploration of the Parramatta river. We started at Meadowbank & headed away from the harbour down the river towards Parramatta. We walked 15km all up, had lunch in Parramatta Park then headed home on the rivercat. This section of the river isn't as pretty as the parts closer to the harbour- quite brown & muddy but there was plenty to explore... historical buildings, bridges & bats (!) and it was a beautiful mostly sunny (but cool) winter's day.

Click on Parramattariver in the tags below if you would like to see part 1-4 of the river walks. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

on being a tourist in my own city

A few days ago I met Justine in the city & we attempted to do the tourist thing. We had an app to guide us through the hidden laneways in Sydney. It started off  very well. After a coffee at the Museum of Contemporary art we began the guided tour & discovered the history of some of the buildings in the laneways. Sadly however,  after a relatively short time our map reading skills let us down & we ended up doing our own thing :) 
Nevertheless,  it's always lovely to spend a few hours in good company in our beautiful city on a glorious winter's day. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

ten on ten

So, the tenth was a few days ago & I took ten photos over ten hours on the tenth of the month, as I do every month. We had a weekend away at the beach which was so lovely.

This is a bit of what our Friday looked like :

8.09am    looking out into our back garden
8.23am    morning shadows on our wall
9.45am    stripy shadows on Poppy's paws
11.14am  looking up through the sunroof, blue sky & winter trees
12.19pm  the last windy bit  of road through the bush
1.18pm    down to the beach for a walk
1.39pm    yellow daisies, wooden fence posts
2.20pm    thongs on the paving stones
3.02pm    gum nuts hanging off the washing line
5.54pm    cheese & biscuits & beer

Joining in with Rebekah

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

the beach

Well, its winter in Sydney and after an extended summer we're beginning to feel a bit chilly. Last Saturday we went to the beach in the wild weather for a walk & some fish & chips. I love the beach just as much on these cold & windy days as I do in the summer. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

taking stock #7

It's been a while since I've done a 'taking stock' post (the last one was December last year) so I thought today is the day! A good summary of what I've been thinking about & doing recently...along with a random photo of some macarons that we had on mother's day.

Making : I'm still enjoying weaving little baskets -I finished my biggest one yet last night.

Cooking :I'm doing a fair bit of heating up at the moment chicken parcels from the butcher last night & pizza tonight. I think I need a bit of cooking inspiration.

Drinking :herbal tea- just had one called sweet dreams- lavender,mint,cardamom, liquorice (even thought its only mid afternoon)..

Reading: finishing off 'This is Gail'- a biography that's taking forever to read, not sure what to read next.

Wanting: to get to the gym in the morning-I started the year off going to a body balance class on a Wednesday morning but I haven't been for about 6 weeks :(

Looking: for a coffee shop starting with J.. I'm doing a little coffee shop project this year- going to coffee shops starting with all the letters in alphabetical order.

Playing: brain training games - although I heard on the radio this afternoon that its better to do yoga & meditation for good health (physical & mental) 

Deciding: to stop now.. I'm going to walk the dog to the station to meet David & walk back home with him- he's coming home a bit early this afternoon. I'll finish this later :)  maybe even tomorrow ..

Wishing: to be a bit more organised & productive

Enjoying: the cool autumn mornings (which really are only just starting -we have had quite an extended summer)

Waiting: to hear from a friend about some holiday plans

Liking: catching up with friends (old & new) for my #50daysofleanne  project- 50 fun things for my 50th birthday year

Wondering: how James has been- he's just spent 2 nights away, somewhere new, & I'm picking him up this afternoon

Loving: a clear desk top at the moment, my husband's handiwork (he's much tidier than me!) 

Pondering: life & relationships- there's always so much going on with the people in our lives

Considering :the best ways to spend my days (a nice combination of organised & productive alongside  slow, social & reflective) 

Buying: food (constantly) to feed my very hungry family

Watching: Bloodline - an excellent tv series on netflix recommended by the lovely Justine

Hoping: that we don't have rats in our roof- we heard a few noises last night

Marvelling: at the glorious autumn weather, cooler mornings but beautiful sunshine & blue skies during the day

Needing: to carve out some time to go somewhere to take photos, I've not really done that for a while

Questioning: my youngest about his day & receiving very short answers ( he's a teenager) 

Smelling: hand cream that I've recently put on (freesia & berries)

Wearing: jeans, stripy shirt, beautiful scarf & boots

Following:lots of interesting, creative  people on instagram

Noticing: how quickly time passes

Knowing: that I function better when I have a good night's sleep, some exercise & some fresh air

Thinking: how lucky I am that the $200 that I forgot to take from the ATM  the other day was taken back into the machine & has been put back into my account

Admiring: People who are articulate & thoughtful 

Sorting: through my to do list.. (and thinking about the things I should be doing now) 

Getting: hungry- perhaps a quick snack between finishing this & getting on with that to do list

Disliking: political games, listening to politicians not answering questions properly & spending way too much time rubbishing their rivals

Opening: washing machines, dishwashers, doing the things that need to be done

Feeling:like I might be a bit sore tomorrow after my gym visit that I mentioned further up in the list (yesterday) 

Snacking: toast with honey

Hearing:the washing machine spinning

Taking stock is an idea that I have taken from Meet me at Mikes and is quite fun to do :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ten on ten

Its the tenth of the month again so I've been taking photos today. Ten photos over ten hours, noticing the little things in an ordinary day.  It really is a beautiful way to document life. This is a bit of what my tenth looked like..

6.30am     Charlie getting his breakfast
7.19am     gardenia leaves in the early morning
8.03am     Poppy was lying in the morning sun & decided to walk over to me when she saw that I was taking a photo
8.24am     weaving projects, I started a new basket the other day ( the natural & purple raffia) 
9.06am     camelia buds on a fence near where I work
1.30pm    autumn leaves & blue sky
2.55pm    a special jar filled with ingredients to bake
3.57pm    sun streaming into our new room, that used to be the garage
4.05pm    mandarins picked from our tree for afternoon tea
4.41pm    afternoon sun & shadows on the sideboard