"A good photograph is knowing where to stand" Ansell Adams.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

merry christmas

Well, it's beginning to look & feel a lot like christmas around here- I hope yours is a merry one. I'll be taking a break until the new year, thanks for visiting in 2014 x


















































Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas in the city































I was in the city on Monday. People were out & about: shopping, sight seeing, working, having coffee. There was small evidences of Christmas, trees in red pots lining the streets, an occasional wreath on a building. Events unfolded during the day that I think have shaken everyone in Sydney. A gunman holding hostages in a cafe for 16 hours ending with the tragic deaths of 2 innocent people. My heart breaks for the families of those involved & for the people who were held, who's live are forever changed.
It has been heartening to see the response in the aftermath. An outpouring of grief & support with the spontaneous laying of flowers in Martin Place, the hashtag #Illridewithyou bringing people together.

This is an unusual thing in Sydney but I'm reminded that there are parts or the world where fear, hatred & violence are everywhere. I pray that people will be resilient & continue to have hope. That they can love & support one another, show kindness and forgiveness.








Thursday, December 11, 2014

ten on ten

The final ten on ten for the year! Ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. I'm joining in with Rebekah.

I started the day with coffee (as always), then I was in and out doing nothing in particular but feeling quite productive. 

This is what my tenth looked like. 










































































Tuesday, December 9, 2014

something I read































09-What's something that you read today that made an impression on you? 

Today was my last day of work for the year. My job is in a school working as a learning support teacher in a year 3 class.  Although I am there specifically for one child I work with others too, either in small groups or generally helping out in whole class activities. It was lovely to receive a combined card from the group, each child expressing thanks for how I had helped them (it made me tear up a little).  There were some beautiful comments: "you're cool and nice",  "we have learnt so much from you" "you have been such a help" "thanks for helping me find solutions to my problems" "you're a lovely teacher and I am very lucky that you have taught me"

All I want to do in my job is to make a difference to the children's lives at school, especially those who find learning difficult. I feel incredibly blessed to receive these words of affirmation and thanks. I think my favourite comment that I read today was "Thank you for making me a better person". Such a lovely thing to say.









I'm using journalling prompts from here

Friday, December 5, 2014

night time





04 What is the last thing you do at night?

There's something so lovely about slipping between the sheets at the end of the day, especially in a freshly made bed. I'm very grateful that I fall asleep easily. Usually a cup of tea (something herbal)  and  a few pages of a book is enough to send me into a peaceful slumber. Last night was different. We had Charlie's presentation night and arrived home at about 10pm. We have a bit of a tradition of buying McDonalds sundaes on the way home. David and I opted to skip the sundaes and go for a glass of wine and a plate of yummy things. So, with James already in bed,  Charlie, Nick and his girlfriend Lizzy and David and I  enjoyed a late but lovely conversation, gathered together in our lounge rooom.  Exhausted, I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.








I'm using some journalling prompts from here

Monday, December 1, 2014

december

Occasionally I feel a little lost for words over here on my blog. For the month of December, I've been inspired to follow some journalling prompts that I found over at life:captured . There's one for each day of December,  I think I'll try and do a few of them over the next few weeks. 



























01 Describe a moment from today that you want to remember always...


Today was an ordinary day with no moments that really stood out as ones I want to remember always. However, I noticed the feelings that fill my early routine.  

My mornings are a bit of a whirlwind:  all of us busily getting ready.  I love the bustle of my family organising themselves for the day. It's different at this time of year, everything is winding down. A sense of anticipation fills each of us in different ways as the end of the school and working year arrives with all that brings. My heart is full as I see my boys becoming happy and confident young men. All three so different in their interests and abilities and so loved. 















Wednesday, November 26, 2014

yesterday afternoon




Yesterday afternoon I stopped in at a friend's house for lunch on my way home from work. It was really lovely to catch up. We met when our eldest children started kindergarten (they're nearly 20 now), and we try to get together once a month or so.
She's been growing tomatoes, so I brought some home. They looked so beautiful in the afternoon light on my window sill. They taste delicious too.

As John Denver once sang " Only two things that money can't buy, That's true love and homegrown tomatoes."






Wednesday, November 19, 2014

the grounds {part 2}

Continuing on from last weeks post, I thought that I would share a few more photos from the grounds of Alexandria. I'm really glad I got to take so many before we were asked to put our cameras away :)

It's a little bit hard to believe that we're so close to the end of the year! Things are winding down here, my eldest son has his last uni exam today (2nd year finished!) and my other 2  have only a few weeks until they finish their school year. The days are feeling more and more like summer, longer and warmer.  I'm  so looking forward to all of the lovely things that happen at this time of the year.















































Friday, November 14, 2014

the grounds

The Grounds of Alexandria must be the most visited and most photographed place in Sydney at the moment. It's a beautiful space, a group of cafes and restaurants, garden and florist (there is even a pig, some goats and some chickens) set in an industrial area in the inner east. So, I met a friend there yesterday, we had brunch and wandered around looking at all the amazing photo opportunities.
After a while we were told we needed permission to use our 'professional looking cameras' (which was a little surprising as I had seen so many photos on other blogs).
However, it's a really lovely place with good food and coffee, friendly staff and it was buzzing with people on a weekday morning.






































Here are just a few of the photos that I took, there may be a grounds {part 2} post....


















Monday, November 10, 2014

ten on ten

Ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. I love capturing snippets of my day that would normally go undocumented as I go about my daily stuff.  I really enjoy stopping every hour (or so) to notice the things around me.
This is what my tenth looked like- an early start,  morning routine with my family, a couple of hours at work and grocery shopping- and of course a bit of photography.












Joining in with Rebekah at a bit of sunshine :)























Thursday, November 6, 2014

this evening

This evening I  went for a short walk up my street. I took my camera because I haven't done that for a while. The sun was just setting, the weather was mild and a few people were out and about like me taking advantage of day light saving. I noticed lots of spring flowers in my neighbours gardens. The evening light was beautifully golden. 
It was very nice just to get out for a moment. 















Thursday, October 30, 2014

jacaranda time

 As I take the dog walking around the streets near my place, I'm noticing the purple of the jacaranda. Looking up is a sea of purple against a perfectly blue sky. I do love this time of year.














































I'm {pointing the camera UP} with 52 photos project








Monday, October 27, 2014

::stills

This week it's been mostly sunshine and warm weather and a bit of rushing around. It was good to stop a few times to capture a moment. 








:: a rose in our garden, lovely signs of spring
:: we visited a local school fair on Saturday, where Charlie's school band played
:: afternoon light in our back yard
:: a framed water colour print, a present for one of Charlie's friends & a little woven basket that I finished earlier last week (plus other bits & pieces on our sideboard)
::a spider web this morning in our front garden
:: another little basket that I finished last night- already in use holding David's cuff links