Monday, 28 July 2014

Weekly Stills: A Collection

It's been weeks and weeks since I took photos of our week! Here's a few taken since the last time, well before school holidays I think?
  1. Sometimes when it's stormy, the sun suddenly peeks out and so does my camera. I will never tire of that gold and navy colour combo in that incredible light.
  2. A new garden bed. You know what I'm planning to plant in the middle between the hedge and the liriope don't you. Yep, more roses.
  3. These have been on high rotation lately, whistle blowers courtesy of the speechie, and tiny teddies. Clem needs to learn to blow those blowers and not just to put her lips on them and go "mmmm".
  4. I think it might be official. We have a little leftie in the family!
  5. Books, Peppa, a tutu and pink boots. A few of her favourite things.
  6. You thought you'd seen the last of the rose photos now that it's winter didn't you? So did I! But the Mon Petit Chou had other ideas and is still blooming. Talk about confusing. Think I'll get those pruning shears out this week.
  7. I think that this might be one of my all time favourite photos. That's Peppa's parents, Mummy and Daddy Pig, sitting up at the kitchen table in the dollhouse. Don't they look like they've just collapsed in fits of giggles? Wonder if wine was involved?
  8. And poor old Claude, presiding over the firewood, out of reach of the dog. Claude, how I wish I was not so allergic so that you and Caspar could be indoor cats. You could totally snuggle up on the beds. That would be the best! But sadly Claude, I think that will only happen in our dreams. 

Joining in here with Em.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Thursday Thankful List (on Sunday!)

Well better late than never, here's what's made me thankful this week.

  • I know I mentioned it last week, but I'm so thankful for the educators teaching my children. Ruby has a couple of great teachers who email me every night and tell me the cutest stories of the fun they have in the classroom. It makes the world of difference knowing what a loved member of the class she is. The smile Ruby gives me every night going to bed excited for school the next day is too beautiful for words. Am so grateful for that.
  • a gift of firewood, and good firewood that burns for days!
  • watching the fun between my kids and their grandparents.
  • dropping something off to Felix at school and hearing him yell THANKS MUM across the oval in front of all his mates (am so thankful that I wasn't embarrassing him for once!)
  • being inspired by a new (to me) yoga teacher.
  • beautiful, much needed rain.
  • and small mercies in the midst of horrific tragedy. Cannot imagine the loss of whole families and loved ones in last week's plane crash. What can be said that hasn't been already. I only hope that those affected can feel the prayers of others for them and that they are held in love.
Am linking with you Bron

Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday Sky Day.

Took a little walk up to the very top of our hill with Ajax tonight to watch the sun set in this gorgeous watercolour sky.

               Linking up with Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Thursday Thankful

I bought these little beeswax candles this week and just loved the box they came in. Was lovely to be reminded of that phrase again.

For a little while now I've been thinking I should really write down the things that I'm grateful for. I'm always inspired by those that do, especially you Bron, who has been doing it for so long. So I've decided that I will too. I can't guarantee that I'll join in every week as we can all see I'm such an erratic blogger, but I will give it a red-hot go.

So these last couple of weeks I've been grateful for

  • the beautiful messages, gifts and love we received last week on Daisy's anniversary.
  • spending time with family and friends during the school holidays.
  • the relationships my children have with their cousins and how much they all love each other.
  • no soccer during the holidays which meant I could go back to the gym early on a Saturday morning! It's been a very long time...
  • finding time to read, alone!
  • being able to provide our kids with warm food and beds every night.
  • a husband who comes home every night (after so many years working away).
  • a husband who comes home every night with arms full of firewood and keeps the fire burning all night long (I was never able to do that when he was away).
  • beautiful, caring respite workers who gave Ruby a little holiday during her holidays. It took us a long time to find them and Ruby's excitement when she knows she's spending a couple of days with them in respite in the school holidays always makes me feel relieved that she's safe and happy. Am so thankful for that.
  • how happy our kids were going back to school and pre-school this week, am always grateful that they seem to love school so much (it took poor old Ruby a long time to start loving school), and that they have such gorgeous teachers too.
  • the progress that Clemmie's speechie and I are seeing in her at the moment, despite ongoing ear infections this year. We're heading down the hearing aid track shortly, and she's been trying so hard to do all the things she's been asked. Small steps little girl!

Joining in over here with Bron for her Thursday Thankfuls.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Ten on Ten

Hold onto your horses people, I remembered to take ten photos today over ten hours to join in with Rebekah  for Ten on Ten in July!

I'm just as surprised as anyone else.

But it was a great day to be at home, warm in front of the fire, with the kids on holidays and an ever changing - freezing - landscape out the window. If not for that minor World Cup defeat early this morning, it might have been perfect ;)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Remembering Daisy

It was Daisy's fifth anniversary yesterday. I can hardly believe it. I didn't know I could live without her for so long. And I don't know how I still do.

Last week her cousins all asked could they spend the day of her anniversary out here together, which I thought was a lovely idea. So we ate scones and blew bubbles and sent balloons all the way up to heaven. The kids scrambled up and down the hill to the trees they've been playing in and all day we received messages from dear friends who've never forgotten my girl, or us. It was just lovely to be all together with family and friends who loved her so much.

It was a beautiful sunny winter's day, exactly like the day on which she died. The sky was clear and blue, perfect for pink balloons. I couldn't get over Ruby wanting to be outside with us. She doesn't cope well with walking on uneven surfaces and yet yesterday she grabbed hold of two of those balloons and marched outside with such purpose and held them until it was time to let them go. I loved it. I also loved how a couple of them just hovered above us all for a little while, before heading off to Daisy.

I burned a candle for her all day and when the sun set I took some flowers up to the angel under her trees and sat there on my own for a while. I thought about the last five years and all that's happened in that time, and wondered what the next five might bring. I prayed for peace and strength and all my other little daily intentions. I thought about how this has been the first year I haven't been consciously counting down the days between her birthday in May and her death in July. And how I had no expectations of what her anniversary might be like this year. Instead I've just let all of that go.

And in doing so I watched a really special day unfold and I felt so very grateful to all of those who've shown us over the years that we've not been forgotten in our grief and our love for the precious little soul that is my Daisy blossom.

And as always, so grateful for the blessing it is to be her mummy.

Oh Daise, unfold those wings my darling xxx