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

Saturday, September 27, 2014


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

Monday, September 22, 2014


It's been a busy term and today is the first day of the school holidays.  I work in a school so I have holidays too, hooray! Holidays are great- a bit of time to slow down, regather and enjoy a bit of a break. However, I always have mixed feelings about holidays. One of my children is a boy who loves routine so he can drive me a little crazy with a 2 week stretch of holidays.
Thankfully, with teenage children I can always rely on a bit of a slower start to the day- they do love to sleep in. So this morning, I enjoyed the quiet (for a moment), ate my breakfast with my back to the sun as it streamed through our window. A lovely start to the day.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Just some photos from the week....

:: good advice I think :)
:: azaleas over the fence, spotted as I was walking the dog
:: more evidence of spring
:: I met James' school at Bobbin Head for a picnic, I took this shot after they left
:: my attempt at 'shoot the chef ' -grateful to Charlie for being a willing photography subject and for chopping the potatoes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ten on ten

I always love joining in with Rebekah for ten on ten. Ten photos over ten hours (or so) on the tenth day of the month. Looking for the beauty in the ordinary and everyday.

Today we started with a bit of rain, however,  by the time I left for work the skies were blue. Spring is very definitely in the air, so new growth and flowers caught quite a bit of my attention today.
This is some of what my tenth looked like...

ten on ten button

Monday, September 8, 2014


After a beautiful first day of spring we've had a few cold, rainy days. The sun has been making irregular appearances, casting it's dappled light over all that the rain has touched. Reflections in puddles and sparkly raindrops all look so pretty. 

Friday, September 5, 2014


This cherry blossom tree sits out the front of my neighbours house. It must be in the perfect position because each year it is always the first to flower. While this one is covered with beautiful pink blossoms, trees further down the street are only just beginning to bloom. These lorikeets, mother and baby I assume, are enjoying the sweet nectar from the flowers. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

taking stock #2

About 6 months ago I did a 'taking stock' post {inspired by Pip at Meet me at Mike's}. I thought it might be time to do another, especially after taking a bit of a break from this space over August. {I took a bit of an 'August break'- scheduled some posts to pop up occasionally in order to spend less time looking at the computer}. So I'm ready to return. It's a good thing to stop and take just a moment to think about what's taking up my time and thoughts right now. 
So, this is something of what's been going on around here, including some photos that I've taken over the last month....

Making : a photo book for me and my brothers. We found a whole lot of gorgeous photos of our early years when we were cleaning out my father's house after he died 2 1/2 years ago. This project has been on my to do list since then. Hoping it will be done by Christmas. 
Cooking : Alot! In an effort to be healthy I'm spending more time that usual preparing food- keeping as natural as we can, so no pre-packaged food or takeaway at the moment.
Drinking : mineral water with a wedge of lime, herbal tea and black coffee. 
Reading: Just finished 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' and about to start 'Burial Rites'.
Wanting: time to slow down.
Looking: forward to a weaving class that I've booked into later this month.
Deciding: what to write here :)
Wishing: I always knew the right thing to say.
Enjoying: beautiful afternoon light and shadows on the wall.
Waiting: patiently!
Liking: Humans of New York's UN world tour -a beautiful & challenging glimpse into people's lives.
Wondering: who I'm going to photograph for this months clique challenge -'shoot the chef'.
Loving: being organised, mostly. 
Pondering: how to be helpful to those around me. 
Considering: options for our 17 year old's future. 
Watching: the changes that Spring brings.

Hoping: to visit Canberra for Floriade - Australia's biggest celebration of Spring. 
Marvelling: at Spring, I love seeing new shoots & spring blossoms.
Needing: to take the dog for a walk- I can hear her calling me (in her whiny way)  from downstairs. 
Smelling: the last of the jonquil erlicheer that line the path to our house. Beautifully fragrant, but very strong- too much for inside in a vase.
Wearing: stripes.
Noticing: how tall my children are getting- Charlie (14) has just overtaken his dad.
Knowing: that I want to keep up my rhythm with eating & exercise- I'm feeling pretty good.
Thinking: about weekends at the beach and time with family.
Admiring: talented teenagers, my children and their peers- demonstrating passion, creativity and commitment. I was at a school musical night a few weeks ago and was so impressed. 
Sorting: trying to get into the spring cleaning thing.
Buying: online!
Getting: excited about warmer weather and longer days.
Disliking: world news at the moment, so much sadness and trouble. 
Opening: books, I love to find a good one.
Giggling: while watching Robin Williams interviews on You Tube.

Feeling: blessed. I am safe, I am loved, I am healthy, I have enough to eat.
Snacking: nuts, I particularly like cashews. 
Coveting: cameras- I've always been happy with my 6 year old canon dslr- but am just thinking it might be time for an upgrade, (or maybe not). 
Wishing: I could fly- I occasionally have this conversation with my son and we both think it would be amazing. 
Helping: families in Tanzania by sponsoring a child through Compassion.
Hearing: a chainsaw- I think a neighbour is cutting down a tree. (hoping it doesn't go on too long)