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

Monday, October 20, 2014

lately












































I love a celebration and every year around this time our neighbourhood goes crazy with the granny smith festival. The streets are lined with market stalls, the oval is filled with children's rides and animal farms, there are stages to showcase local talent and colourful flags fill the sky. I wandered down early to avoid the crowds (excellent plan).
Life has been quite busy lately, full of work and family and friends. As much as I love slow, busy is great fun too. I'm glad life is full of both.







Friday, October 10, 2014

ten on ten

 Ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Looking for the beauty in the every day. Finding shadows & patterns, new growth & colour, inspiring words & interesting shapes as I go about my day. Today was a day spent mostly at home. I also helped out at Charlie's school canteen for recess and lunch (they do have healthier options but I quite liked the donuts for a photo).

I always enjoy joining in with ten on ten. I love how even on an ordinary day there is much to be thankful for.

This is what my tenth looked like..



















































Monday, October 6, 2014

::stills

We have just spent the long weekend by the beach- it was so lovely. We saw some wildlife, caught up with some friends and walked and swam at the beach. It was also the beginning of daylight saving so it really is feeling a lot like summer.








:: looking down on a water dragon sunning itself on the driveway
:: a lovely gift of sunflowers from friends who joined us for lunch
:: an example of my weaving. the small basket is the second that I have completed  after I did a workshop that I wrote about here
:: not quite early enough for sunrise,  the sun was breaking through the clouds when Poppy and I arrived at the beach this morning
:: walking by the fence
:: up the stairs










Thursday, October 2, 2014

trolleys

Today I was in the city. Art & about Sydney is a collection of creative works that are in and around the city. We thought we would explore and see what was around. This performance  - at the Archibald fountain in Hyde Park was definitely the highlight of our morning- part dance, part spectacle, part ballet. Quite amazing!
















Saturday, September 27, 2014

weaving

This morning I spent a few hours doing a coil weaving workshop. I'm not usually particularly crafty but weaving for some reason is something that appeals to me- I love the patterns and textures.
We met in a beautiful space in a part of Sydney that I don't know well at all. I went with a friend and we arrived early so had time for a coffee and a wander around the shop, which is a large industrial complex.  It's a beautiful combination of design, colour, furniture & homewares- so much to look at!
The coil weaving was really interesting and fun, the class was small and  Michele, our talented  and lovely teacher  showed us examples of her work, taught us some techniques and encouraged us to be creative as we weaved away. A lovely morning. We didn't quite have enough time to complete our small baskets but I'm very inspired to continue what I've started.
One of the things that is really great about this type of weaving is that you can use anything: plastic bags, fabric off cuts, wool, rope, raffia and natural materials. So my plan is to make a smallish basket with the weaving that I started today and perhaps get started on another one in the next few days.













































Wednesday, September 24, 2014

in my garden

I'm loving all the blooming that's happening around here. This is what's going on in my garden at the moment. 












































Spring is nature's way of saying "Let's party"- Robin Williams