Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Ten on Ten


Ooh, late again! I took these last week on the tenth, and left on the eleventh to go out bush, camping on a river and celebrating with lots of beautiful family. And wouldn't you know it, I forgot to pack the camera for that!

But here are the ten photos taken over ten hours, finding the beauty in the everyday, even if that includes waking to this beautiful pen drawing of Clemmie's, all over her quilt.



Joining in here with Rebekah.

Look, I won't promise anything, except to say that I've set the alarm for the tenth of May, so here's hoping I'll be a little more punctual next month...

Monday, 7 April 2014

Weekly Stills: A Collection




  1. That was the sky I woke up to on Saturday morning. I think the word we're all looking for here is, GLORIOUS.
  2. Apologies for yet more rose photos but they're having such a lovely time out there they need to be displayed and photographed. Abraham Lincoln on the left, little Pomponella on the right.
  3. Apologies too if you're a fan of orange stained timber, but this was the week the top of that sideboard had to go. It had a good run, I tried living with it for nearly two years before I decided that enough was enough. I used Blake and Taylor furniture paint, and it did everything the tin promised it would. Glided on just like velvet with excellent coverage. Well it would want to at that price. Now I'm just waiting till Thursday when I can wax it up! Hurry up Thursday!
  4. Clementine's items of choice this week have been her little Dutch storybook, pompom ears headband and angel wings. Carted everywhere.
  5. Spent the weekend tidying up and re-arranging furniture. I love that sort of stuff. Added a chair to our bedroom to cosy it up a bit for winter. Could you imagine sitting there with a cup of tea first thing in the morning watching the sun rise over the winter fog? Nah, me neither. As if I have time for that in the mornings! But maybe I will make time...
  6. Abraham Darby in full bloom.
  7. Night light.
  8. This is where you'll find me in the evenings, water bottle handy and a cup of tea on the side. It's an exciting night life I lead.
  9. Took this just a few hours after that sunrise on Saturday. I know I sound like a broken record but my goodness I'm so grateful for that view and for my Daisy girl who brought us here. There should have been a choir of angels singing when the sun peeped through those rain clouds. And just maybe there was...

Joining in again with Em here.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Weekly Stills: A Collection





  1. Besides the cereal bowls, I'm not sure if there's a bowl in this house that doesn't contain a rose at the moment. That's the beautiful Brother Cadfael rose looking all pretty in this one.
  2. I love this time of year when you wake up to that view all covered in sunlit fog.
  3. Have been getting around to framing a few bits and pieces. Clementine there wearing fluoro shorts on her head was just begging to be framed and hung on a wall.
  4. The autumn rose extravaganza continues...
  5. Ruby was given a photo frame for Christmas and keeps handing it to me as if to say "Get onto it mum!" So today I did! And watched her cuddled up in bed tonight gazing at photos of herself with us and a huge smile on her face. She's a beautiful girl.
  6. Have been watching the light change and all the new shadows it makes lately. Getting ready for the winter sun.
  7. My cousin is wondering if I'm creating my very own ashram with my new prayer table. Well I've been lighting it up most nights and having a quiet moment on my own to reflect and pray about a few things, so the answer is probably. Yes. 

Joining in here with Em.


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Weekly Stills: A Collection




  1. So I was on the phone to my mum when I casually looked out the window and saw smoke, and got off pretty fast to ring the fire brigade. This was the first time I've had to call them - and please God let it be the last - just to double check that someone had that too-close-to-home fire under control. Turns out they were onto it. Thank you Rural Fire Service!
  2. I've been lighting candles all week, mostly for Ruby, and shoving these stunning roses into little vases everywhere. They've all been having a massive autumn flush, just beautiful.
  3. This photo breaks my heart. I've taken it through the window because Ajax sits out there every afternoon at around the same time, usually while I'm cooking and if I open a door to take a photo, he thinks it's dinner and runs. He reminds me of that beautiful Jordy dog we lost in March 2 years ago. Jordy used to sit out there exactly like this, surveying his kingdom. I like to think they're just meditating and practising all the zen dog things, but in reality maybe they're just wondering when their next meal will be and how to work out those pesky cats? In with anger Ajax, and out with love...
  4. I'm having a love-hate relationship with this Silver Falls dichondra. Seems a bit temperamental to me, sometimes it wants to grow all lush and green, other times it couldn't care less and lets itself go. At the moment it's making an effort so I am back in love. 
  5. A friend of mine rang last night and got the giggles when I said I'd run in because I'd been photographing the sunset. But when it looked like this, how could you not?
  6. Detail on the newest side table to move onto the hill. Love it.
  7. The festival of Peppa continues. Otherwise known as Clementine's birthday, when Peppa featured in just about every gift. Peep-bo Peppa!
  8. And here's the birthday girl at the end of her birthday, double checking all is as it should be in the presents department before she gets tucked in for the night. Gosh she's gorgeous.
I've been teary this week, sick with my old enemy tonsillitis and generally feeling sad and sorry for myself. Really emotional over my baby celebrating another beautiful birthday, turning one year older than Daisy was when she died, outgrowing Daisy's old pyjamas and watching her do everything that my other darling baby girl could never do. But the antibiotics are kicking in making me feel so much better so in a few days I'll be back to where I was. Felix said this week, "Mum, sometimes I wish I could just pause my life". I told him that I wish I could pause mine all the time, just so they could all stay little for just a little longer. So until that ever happens, I'll just take inspiration from those beautiful dogs of ours and sit here on our hill, watching it all unfold and taking it all in.

Joining with Em here.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Weekly Stills: A Collection



It was all about the weather this week. Weather, roses, new bowls and hanging out in Ruby's lovely room. My new favourite space.

  1. That still takes my breath away.
  2. Grateful for rain, no matter how little. 
  3. Love those blues.
  4. Hello!
  5. In happy news, the indoor plants love it here!
  6. After a long day without electricity, just as I got all the candles out and Felix got the boardgames and Uno ready and we were settling in for a dark and stormy night, just like that, power was restored. So grateful for electricity.
  7. Sunrise yesterday morning, now with added fog!
  8. Looking for plants that thrive on neglect? You'll be after salvias and lamb's ears. Although steer clear if you have bee allergies, bees are these guys' best friends.
  9. & 10. Roses in bowls. Made for each other.

Joining with Em.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Weekly Stills: A Collection




  1. Early morning, fading roses.
  2. Late afternoon, Autumn skies.
  3. Spots and stripes and pink pink pink!
  4. Pear season! 
  5. Have been nursing this poor old fern back to life. Unsure if I have the energy for temperamental plant life in my life...
  6. Cushions on Ruby's new bed. You can see it in all its double bed wrought iron glory here. Think I love it more than she does!

Joining in here with Em.