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

Friday, December 11, 2015

ten on ten

December ten on ten! Ten photos over ten hours on the tenth  day of the month. It's hard to believe we're at this time of the year, getting ready for Christmas & finishing up all the things for the year. The tenth was a lovely day and this is a little of what it looked like...

6.28am   hydrangeas from my garden on my dining table
8.57am   Christmas wrapping has begun
9.47am   Poppy stretching out on the grass
10.17am a cup of liquorice tea
12.09pm James' last Christmas concert at his school
12.32pm Christmas bush
12.38pm mural on the side of the road
2.21pm   cards made from my instagram photos
5.05pm   Charlie helping me out- nearly 3 hours since the last photo :)
6.48pm   Christmas lights on my fence just before dark

Joining in with Rebekah, as I do every month

Sunday, December 6, 2015


It was a beautiful day in Sydney today. This afternoon I took Charlie into the city so that he could watch a friend's drama performance. So, while I waited for him, James and I wandered around Barangaroo- a new park development on the harbour. It was so warm and summery. People were out and about enjoying the beautiful outlook and the gorgeous weather.  After a bit of a wander we stopped at a gelato cart for a treat (which was a highlight for James- we even had to go back to get one for Charlie when he was done!) 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

taking stock #6

I haven't been in this space for a while and I've missed it. I have been fairly busy over the last little while so I thought I'd get back into the blogging swing by sharing a 'taking stock' post, thinking about what's happening right now :) 

Making : lists! Items are slowly being ticked off
Cooking : poached eggs... I'm getting good at it

Drinking : black coffee
Reading : I've been having trouble getting into books lately, Ive just started "I know why the caged bird sings" by Maya Angelou- I'm really enjoying it so far
Wanting : to not be a nagging mother but at the same time wanting my children to take my advice (or at least listen to it) 
Looking : for Christmas presents
Playing : games on my phone -such a waste of time- I think I'm going to delete them
Deciding : what colour to paint our newly rendered retaining walls 
Wishing :  you a joyful & peaceful Christmas break
Enjoying : my family- had a fantastic night last night at James' graduation
Waiting : patiently
Liking : that it's nearly Christmas- a lovely time to slow down into the end of the year 

Wondering : about the future- so many unknowns

Loving : summer- although it's a bit chilly & overcast today
Pondering:  life, friendships, mentoring..etc 
Considering : plans for 2016- I turn 50 & instead of a party I'm doing 50 days of Leanne ( little catch ups with people over the course of the year)
Buying : online- it's so convenient
Watching: 'Suits' -fun & light
Hoping : that I can keep going with my 365.  I've been doing a different theme each month & I found November's buildings & architecture much more difficult that I thought 
Marvelling : at God's goodness
Cringing : Donald Trump
Needing : nothing- we have so much
Questioning : my creative ability at times
Smelling : coffee
Wearing : jeans & a t-shirt
Following : New Humans of Australia- a copy of Humans of New York but with beautiful stories of the lives of immigrants who have made a  new life in Australia
Noticing :  paperwork on the desk that needs attention
Knowing :  that being present is the key

Thinking : about what to tick off the list today
Admiring : staff at James' special school who treat the students with such dignity & seem to have endless patience
Sorting : always
Getting : bored with coming up with ideas for dinner
Coveting :  overseas holidays
Disliking :  how busy life can get
Opening : packages of presents that I've bought on line. I did a whole lot of Christmas wrapping yesterday so feeling a little bit organised!
Giggling : at some of the students at James' graduation last night -such joy & happiness
Feeling : nostalgic as James finishes up at school in a few weeks after being there for 13 years
Snacking : cashews

Hearing : the hum of the monitor in James' room

I'm joining in with Pip, who takes stock regularly

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Parramatta river walk

A friend and I have decided to walk together once a month and explore the foreshore of the Parramatta river. Last month we walked from Meadowbank to Cabarita ( about 10 km) so today we caught the ferry to Cabarita and continued the walk to Abbotsford. It was a similar distance- maybe a little further- and we finished at the Sydney rowing club for lunch. 

We walked around bays and discovered interesting bits of history about Canadians that were sent to New South Wales because of an uprising in Quebec in the 1840's. We found and walked through an old animal quarantine station. We walked through quiet streets and parks that we had never seen before. It was a really lovely walk ( although very hot!) and so nice to explore new places that are so close to home. 

I took some photos along the way...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ten on ten

 Ten on ten for November! I'm joining in with Rebekah as I do  every month with ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Looking for the beauty in the everyday. It was a busy day- moving from one thing to the next so it was so good to stop from time to time and look for a moment to photograph.

This is some of what my tenth looked like....

6.10am    sunrise through the bathroom window
6.38am    gerberas on my sideboard
8.59am    fallen jacaranda petals
9.05am    year 4 artwork
1.02pm    purple flowers and blue sky
1.31pm    Charlie in character ready to perform a monologue that he wrote- he nailed it!
3.06pm    Mad Hatters tea party
3.42pm    lavender
5.44pm    heritage brickworks and afternoon sun- I drive by this most days
7.19pm    evening sky

Saturday, October 31, 2015

my 365

Since the beginning of July, I've been taking a photo a day. Each month I've chosen a theme & used that to guide my photography, to keep me interested and to explore & practice one particular idea. So now I'm a third of the way through..hooray! 
It's been good. There are some days where my photos are quite good & others that are very average but I collect them anyway.  There are some days where I really don't want to take a photo but I  do anyway. So, I have now gathered 123 photos of moments in my days over the last 4 months. I'm really glad I'm doing it.

Here below is one example from each month..

July- instant film
August- up close
September- mornings
October- black & white

November will be buildings & architecture and December will be people... not sure what's after that :)
If you're interested in having a look at them all they're over here on flickr

Thursday, October 29, 2015


October, you have been overwhelming!

So, right now, instead of attending to my to do list, I'm just going to fiddle around with some photos and spend a moment writing a list of 5 things that I noticed as I took my dog for a walk this morning.

  • Jacarandas are out and they are stunning
  • There are still new paths in my local area that I haven't discovered
  • Some people think that they should practise their dog training skills on Poppy as we walk by- she will sit on command but failed the hand shaking (why is that a necessary skill for a dog?)
  • The sound of lorikeets and cockatoos playing in the trees is quite loud at this time of the year
  • Fresh air, sunshine and exercise are excellent for my mood

Now, on with the to-dos....

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

an afternoon walk

 One afternoon  a week Charlie has a trombone lesson. So when I drop him off, James & I wander around nearby streets (and past a golf course) until he's finished. Lately I've been taking my camera with me in order to take some photos for my 365 project (October is B&W)

These 2 were taken one stormy afternoon...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

fresh air & sunshine

I had such a lovely day today, I did a long walk with a friend along the Parramatta river.  It was 10 or so kilometres of foreshore walk, but really we had a lot of variety on the way...mangroves, river, countryside, luxurious housing estates, construction sites, paths dedicated to war memorials, sporting fields, a hospital & more. 
When we got to where we were heading (after stopping for coffee & lunch) we caught a ferry back to where we started. Always great to be outdoors in the fresh air & sunshine. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ten on ten

Ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the tenth month!
This is some of what my tenth looked like.....

6.45am    early morning in my garden
6.56am    breakfast
7.55am    Poppy chewing on her bone
8.56am    vintage art (made by my lovely sister in law) 
10.32am  a new place to walk
12.13pm drumming practice
12.59pm bottle brush in the back garden
2.12pm   washing the pooch
4.09pm   candle holders
5.20pm   glasses out, ready for a BBQ with friends