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

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

autumn colours

We're in the midst of Autumn & the skies are blue & the weather is warm, not that I'm complaining.  I always enjoy this time of year,  and I am loving the autumn colours.

I'm always quite fascinated by the way trees do autumn. These 3 trees above are all next to each other in a street around the corner from me. Yet even thought they are the same type of tree, and getting similar amounts of sun, warmth & water, they vary in their states of autunmness (I know it's not a word, but I'm sure you know what I mean).

One is full of coloured leaves, one is only just starting to change colour & the other has only a handful of leaves left on it's branches. Interesting, don't you think?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

fish & chips

Even though we are well & truly into autumn the days have been (mostly) warm & sunny. Last week while we were on holidays, we went for a walk along the foreshore at Woy Woy & then finished off with fish & chips for lunch.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

a long walk

Today I walked from Huntley's point across the Gladesville bridge,  then on to Birkenhead Point,  across the Iron Cove bridge and  all the way to Birchgrove & Balmain - nearly 14 km all up. I went with a friend and it's part 4 of our quest to explore both sides of the Parramatta river which leads into Sydney Harbour. It was a really pleasant day- I always love walking near the water. We discovered places where we hadn't been & saw things that were familiar  (like the harbour bridge) from new perspectives.
I'm not sure when we'll go again or where we'll start & finish next time but it's such a great thing to do & as we've both lived in Sydney for all our lives it feels great that we can still visit places that we haven't been.

Here are some of the things we saw as we wandered over bridges & around the foreshore. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

ten on ten

Ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of April- a monthly practise of seeking the beauty in the ordinary. This is a little of what my tenth looked like...

7.39am     a rose in my front garden
9.34am     hanging out the washing
9.52am    Charlie made himself an omelette for breakfast
12.38pm  leftover lemon tart
1.51pm    a spider's web in the back garden
2.34pm    an afternoon  bushwalk near the water
2.54pm    James
4.43pm    afternoon light on the sideboard
5.14pm    Nick having a snack before church
6.15pm    beautiful  evening sky

Joining in with ten on ten