Wednesday, August 27, 2014


 "A portrait of my loves once a week, every week in 2014"

Ruby::  Trying to hide amongst fallen branches
Jenson::  In wonder at the footy
Mila::  My smallest girl in the light
Johnny::  With his boy at the footy

Joining Jodi for The 52 Project

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


 "A portrait of my loves once a week, every week in 2014"

Ruby::  Attempting the Slackline of friends, again and again and again.
Jenson::  It's happened before and it will happen again.  The boy with a stick.
Mila::  Confidently dressing herself.  "I want the people to see the girl on the swing"
Johnny::  His turn on the slackline.

Joining Jodi for The 52 Project

Monday, August 18, 2014

From Where I Stood

It's taking me a while to go through all of our holiday memories, and I expect it to take a while longer still.

But there was one little project I had in mind from the get go.  One that some may not understand. I did get a few queries about why I would take so many photos of my feet.  I think some good stories can be told, or at the very least added to, by looking down, and up for that matter.  Especially when the subjects at our feet are so different to what we are used to, and so iconic of the places we are visiting.

So here is my little project.  From where I stood.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ten on Ten:: August

A fairly uneventful 10th this month.
::  A lazy and dreary morning
::  A sushi lunch
::  A few errands run
::  A chai to warm the bones
::  A trip to the in-laws, trying to miss the showers
::  A little lie down
::  A bit of lounging
::  A round, or 600, of some hand games
::  A bit more lounging in between concerts
::  A super, super moon

Joining Rebekah for 10 on 10

Saturday, August 9, 2014


 "A portrait of my loves once a week, every week in 2014"

Ruby::  Freckles and a happy grin, as she nears the end of sixth year.
Jenson::  Becoming more and more the boy
Mila::  Hiding in Baba's curtains
Johnny::  I like how he just does what I ask him (unless the footy is on)

Joining Jodi for The 52 Project

Monday, August 4, 2014


"A portrait of my loves once a week, every week in 2014"

Ruby::  Never on her bottom
Jenson::  Sorting out his own afternoon tea
Mila::  Afternoon bed jumping

Joining Jodi for The 52 Project

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Year Of Motherhood:: August Link Up

So it would appear we've taken a little winter hiatus with the A Year Of Motherhood Linky.
One thing I have been trying to work on this year is acceptance.  Being a Mother is hard job.  We put so much pressure on ourselves to be all things to all people, and to commit, and to be available and to get things done right and to a Pinterest worthy level.

This year I've been trying to let things go a bit more, and to accept that if some things don't get done, well, they don't get done, and that is OK.  Of course there are exceptions, and sometimes things need to get done, and I will need to stress myself out to do it, but just not everything.  Will it matter in 12 months time anyway?

While we were away Jenson turned five.  A big one.  Five is big, right?  I normally make an effort to make the kids a special cake of their request.  This year, we were in a foreign country with different ingredients and no adequate cake baking equipment to hand.  So the cake idea was shelved and instead I made pancakes and we sung happy birthday to Jenson as he blew out five long matches shoved into a fig!  And that is OK!

Tahnee and I would love to see how your Winter of motherhood (or Summer, if you are in the northern hemisphere) is going.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

London Canals

Four days in London is not enough in my books.  While we managed to tick off many of the main sights, and some of our favourite spots, it really isn't time at all to see even a speck of the real London.  I hear many people, who have only visited for a few days, say that London just ain't their bag.  I get it.  It can be an overwhelming city.  But after living in London for almost two years, and experiencing the real London, it will always have a piece of my heart.

The thing about London, probably like most cities, is there is so much beauty, wonder and life in places just around the corner from the places you read about in the guide books.  In my experience of travelling, I have always found the best places to be those places you get told about, not always the places you read about.

Where we stayed for those four days in London was a few minutes walk from the canals between Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill.  The canals being one of those places that you might not so much read about, but has so much beauty.  It may have been early when Vanessa and I took the walk through, but the paths were already busy with walkers, runners and cyclists.  Either commuting to work or getting their morning exercise in.  What a wonderful way to get around the city, away from the busy streets and tubes, with just the sounds of the (sometimes very vigorous) cyclists bells.

Do you try to get off the beaten track when you are travelling?

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