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

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) 


  1. Loved this fun glimpse into your life. The photos are beautiful. I'm looking forward to enjoying your images of spring as we head into fall here.

  2. Love this post! Great images too. Lots of cooking and 'shoot the chef' sounds like a selfie project to me....... ;)

  3. I so enjoyed reading this, Leanne!
    It looks like the beginning of a beautiful spring for you, and I look forward to see ing lots of spring images here. :-)

  4. I love this "taking stock" concept. We are so often overwhelmed with the day-to-day that we don't stop and really think about what is actually filling our lives. Love your images - especially that first one. The flowers seem to be posing - as if the shadows are their reflection in a mirror and they are checking themselves out :) Beautiful light.

  5. what a great list and I love them all. It made me realise I never got back to you on the weaving! sounds like you have found someone to go with anyway. Love your pictures too

  6. Awesome glimpse into your NOW. Thank you for sharing. :)

  7. Lovely images! I'm working on a photo book as well, using Blurb.