Back again after the shortest school term and holidays in history! Here's some photos from the last few weeks.
Another trip around the sun for my darling little Clementine. If you're looking for me, I'll be right here with my head stuck in the sand, in complete denial. Five years old. I have this really strong memory of walking into the kitchen with her snuggled into my shoulder when she was just born, thinking to myself "don't forget this moment and how little she is". It breaks my heart how fast the time goes. How I wish she could stay so little, the precious thing. Now she's full of attitude, bossing us all around, saying lots of new words and is so busy and affectionate. One of her teachers said recently "She's the sunshine of my day". She's the sunshine of mine too. PS: That's her new favourite thing up there, a sequinned handbag full of her treasures: her Peppa phone, a few necklaces, a headband from Oma and a little keyring for her "keys". She brings it everywhere.
I swear by this tea made from ginger, turmeric, lemon and a bit of honey. I start infusing the minute I feel a sore throat coming on. I refuse to have a repeat of last winter's never ending tonsillitis. How beautiful is the colour? Recipe found here.
The sunrise one morning a couple of weeks ago.
Painting capsicums. I love impasto and palette knife painting, all that texture and mess is right up my alley.
The last of the roses. Gave them a good feed a week or so ago and am letting this weekend's beautiful rain do the rest.
Look at that. A tidy house, no washing in the hallway and beautiful afternoon light. Sometime's it's good to document these things, you just never know how long a tidy house will last.
Hope you're all well and keeping warm and dry. We've thankfully had none of the terrible storm damage the east coast of NSW is experiencing, just the welcomed rain. Hope those in the thick of it are okay. xx
This is how I've been spending my mornings lately, chickening out of a morning walk because it's so dark at 6am and the sun hasn't been rising till 7. So I take photos of the sunrise instead and stick them on Instagram. Excuses, excuses, excuses!
But I'm still painting! And still loving it!
A beautiful bunch of gerberas from a gorgeous friend who came out for morning tea last weekend. I love that orange.
...and the post-storm sky glowing on the same afternoon.
Candles lit for special intentions.
The latest on my bedside table - just finished the top one and am not yet sure how I feel about the ending. My naturopath lent me the book on Amsterdam, heavy going but full of facts on The World's Most Liberal City!
Don't be dazzled by that cute face. That's a grumpy girl right there - ears back and a mouth poised to SPIT! Which she did right after this photo was taken. Spat right at the dog and I while we back-tracked after leaving her a handful of pellets. I thought she was being a bit ungrateful actually.
So there you have it, another week in photos and the second in a row! Am on a roll now xx
Well, not only is it now March, we're apparently halfway through school's first term and even though I feel like we're in no routine whatsoever, I thought that maybe I should get back into posting some photos of my week again. Just to get back into the swing of things...
So let's begin again with these:
On the bedside table over the past few weeks. These remind me to get out and feed the roses again.
I believe the weather forecasters would refer to that out there as "patchy rain"? Sadly it didn't come anywhere near our place. It feels as though it was a fairly mild and wet summer this year which was lovely, but I'm still shocked by how quickly things dry off out here after a few weeks without rain. Please God, send more.
These are Clemmie's little hands painting on the weekend; she loves to paint and I love painting with her. Have joined a painting class again this term and am constantly inspired by this talented group of people who make the time to paint every day. And while I struggle to make the time every day, I have been having a lovely old time painting on the weekends, often joined by my little Clementine, and occasionally by one of my other children (who refuses to have his name or anything else about himself on this blog :( Anyway, he enjoys painting too.
Love the effect of these tiny lights against the distressed timber.
I painted the fairy with the Ruby Red Shoes and the shiny stars for Ruby Doo back when I was pregnant with Daisy. It now lives in Clemmie's room where it blends in beautifully with everything PINK!
Sunrise Friday morning, just before 7am.
Still-life. This is what I'm noticing now that I'm aiming to paint everyday. See all that light bouncing around on and off the vase? I'm trying to paint that. And notice how by looking at all the light bouncing around, you're distracted by the little side table covered in tiny teddy crumbs? That would be Clemmie's picnic table.
So there you have it, a week of roses and landscapes with a bit of painting thrown in. Looking at these I'm reminded that the more things change, the more they stay the same! More roses, and even more landscape photos. According to one member of the family, it's kind of "boring now mum"!
Right, so the calendar tells me it's MARCH, and before I forget my password to this blog, I thought it might be time to bump the Christmas photos off the top of the blog! I'm struggling to understand how it only just seemed like Christmas but now it's the third month of 2015??
Anyway, before Autumn and her beautiful colours really arrive, here are a few beach photos to prolong that Summer feeling.
Recently we went back to a little place on the mid-north coast where my family have holidayed for years and years and years. We haven't taken our own kids for about seven and with a birthday to celebrate (Ruby's!) we thought we might join the cousins and grandparents for a long weekend.
The colour of the water still stuns...
Of course, a birthday isn't a birthday without decorations. Clemmie and the cousins had a wonderful time pretty-ing up the tree under which we all camped for the day. It all looked so beautiful, they did a lovely job.
We had a lovely time and even though there probably weren't enough shops (and too much beach) for the birthday girl, I really think she enjoyed having her family around her, I know the rest of us did!
You can tell you're on holidays when you have no idea what day it is. I know it's January 1st but it took me a while to work out what day of the week we're on. We've been having a lovely time with no routine and the weather has been simply gorgeous. So much beautiful rain! You can find us hanging out with friends or filming action shots on the trampoline (Felix), in a DVD marathon between Wiggles and Play School (Clemmie) or flat out sleeping (Ruby Doo). As for Sherb and I, we've been reading!
Here's what the last couple of weeks has looked like...
Handmade Christmas gifts, made at school with love from Felix.
Am not ready to take down the tree and all the decorations, still love everything twinkling away at night.
Took this on the weekend when we went back in time to the middle of winter with rain and fog galore and the most stunning sunset.
Stars of Bethlehem...
We went with a "found" theme for the Christmas wrapping. In other words, what I already had around the house; stickers, brown paper, streamers and lots of neon pink and green. As Al called it on Instagram, it was a high vis Christmas!
The Christmas table set for lunch with the extended family. Was beautiful.
Our Christmas table at home.
Just about to start the top one, but finished the bottom three, loved them.
Summer Memories rose on the bedside table.
What's Christmas without a bit of Barbie?
And last night's sky, sunset on New Year's Eve. My parents came out for lunch yesterday and dad couldn't get over how green everything is, he thought he was in Ireland too!
And in amongst it for me, lots of taking in the view, prayer and meditation on the year just gone and the year ahead. Can't quite wrap my head around it just yet. But hope that this New Year brings calm, peace and safety for everyone. Happy New Year to you xx
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
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