Sunday, February 24, 2013

Simple pleasures of ordinary days

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From the last two weeks...
...I was surprised by her sustained and genuine interest in the animals at the zoo (especially as my mum kept laughing about how 2 year old me was more interested in the chains and fences on my first trip to the zoo)
...A different platform (a vinatge tray table) inspires a whole new way of playing
...She begs to go higher
...Are we really entering the dress up phase already? (secretly, I love this)
...A local park by the lake...
...with mosaics to unearth, tiled photographs to dust down, casuarina seeds to collect
...I love knowing she's there by my side
...Granny's gardenia: her beautiful perfume now greets us at our front door


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A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, as a one year old.

She's spent a good chunk of this week on a swing. Having Dada at home (on holidays) we've settled into a lovely routine of a park-a-day.

Taking part in Jodi's weekly portrait series

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A few little things...

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Just a small collection of thoughts - hard to catergorise. I'm trying to find the time to write a little more about what's been happening lately. I have a number of posts I've been composing in my mind, but (refreshingly) I've not spent much time at the computer...

...K has been on holidays and after returning from a week on the ever beautiful South Coast we've been making the most of having him home (blog posting has been at the bottom of our list of things to do...yes, there's a list! Poor K! But our courtyard looks great...)
...This news has me thrilled to bits. I confessed an obsession here.
...On slightly less trivial matters, a thoroughly deserving mama and her little boy are in the running to win a car here. Elliott has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (you can read more their story here), and having a car that can be modified to fit his wheelchair would make a real difference in their lives. They are currently in number one position, thanks to an awesome social media campaign (one of those times when Facebook is used for good). Please, any extra votes would be appreciated (vote for the Sheen family). I know Liv only through friends, but think my heart will burst with happiness for her should they win. This is truly a case of need, not want.
...The lovely Bettina has a great little series about discovering new blogs and was kind enough to ask me a few questions about blogging. I love stumbling across a new read - you should pop over! Bettina posts some sweet DIY projects too. I think I'm going to try my hand at this. You should see the house headband I get about in these days...

*Inside my pantry door: snipped recipes, a list of easy go-to-meals (written out in the first few weeks of having a newborn), secrets to brewing chai, the speed guide to the Kitchen Aid, and a growing collection of Anthropologie aprons...

Sunday, February 17, 2013


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A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, as a one year old.

She watched as JanMa walked ahead with her hands behind her back...and then she followed. Memorial Gardens at Tuross, South Coast.

Taking part in Jodi's weekly portrait series

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Simple pleasures of ordinary days

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...I could eat 'em
...dinner with a special lady (we ate this)
...water play on the deck...
...and her (hideous) dress up handbag is never far
...a gift from an old family friend in Adelaide to celebrate our engagement years ago
...she twirled and swirled with this ribbon, and delighted in the silky touch on her bare skin...yet another reminder that 'toys' needn't be fancy
...some things just go together, like sandals and trikes
...her space in our little 1960s south coast rental 
...two books at once...genius, I tell you
...a walk out to Bingie Bingie Point (I love this photograph that K took)

Joining Em and creating a collection of weekly images, recording simple pleasures of ordinary days.


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A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, as a one year old.

Singing softly as she rows her boat.

Taking part in Jodi's weekly portrait series

Monday, February 4, 2013

Simple pleasures of ordinary days

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...I have a little crush on his work ever since seeing it at Megalo moons ago, and there's now an exhibition in this space
...A little pocket of public art gold in our city
...She explores while I follow with a coffee
...JanMa helped us plant a little crate garden
...Grandfather is a playdough comedian
...A chilly January morning
...the view from Grandfather's shoulders, and
...the view from the Village Centre here

Joining Em and creating a collection of weekly images, recording simple pleasures of ordinary days.

Sunday, February 3, 2013


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A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, as a one year old.

I gave her half a bliss ball and she went into a dutch cocoa trance.

Taking part in Jodi's weekly portrait series