Saturday, 20 December 2014

Friday Skyday

This is quite possibly my most favourite photo of the year! All credit goes to my husband for taking this one of Milly and Martha looking so gorgeous and contrasting beautifully with the dramatically stormy sky behind them. I just love everything about it; the colour of the grass, the light on the girls, the navy and grey sky with the promise of more rain in those clouds. Yep, I even love those filthy knees!

Joining in here with Skywatch Friday.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Friday Skyday

I said on Instagram today that I was reminded of the beautiful Irish Blessing this week at school presentation night, when the graduating class were farewelled with the words of that poem. And yes, there were tears. All mine!

It's thundered and stormed and rained for almost a week up here now and every time I look out the window I'm stunned at how green everything is, and how quickly it became so green. It's quite incredible and long may it last! I took the camera out for a walk tonight but I don't think these photos show how really green it all is out there. We could be in Ireland for all we know, especially with an icy-cold wind blowing in tonight (in the middle of an Australian December!)

Anyhow, with calming green as one of my favourite colours I'm just embracing the view and the peace that it brings during this busy season, and I feel truly that my little family is being held right now, in the palm of God's hand.

Joining in here with Skywatch Friday.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Weekly Stills: An Almost Christmas Collection!

  1. Just finished this book. One of my big dreams is to walk El Camino on pilgrimage from somewhere in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, so every now and then I do a bit of research. I have a time frame in mind -within the next ten years - and I don't have to do it in one go either because who will mind the kids? There's just a couple of people I need to convince to join me though. No rush, no pressure! 
  2. Sinterklaas! On the eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas we shove the little clogs (klompen) under the tree for Sinterklaas to fill with chocolates. I love Sherb's stories of Sinterklaas and Christmas when he was growing up, they're so different to mine.
  3. Early morning light.
  4. I was on the morning coffee run at soccer training the other day. We always return to the same cafe that gives us a chocolate freckle with the cappuccinos, and the waiter who calls us "darling". It's the little things that sets us mothers up for the day!
  5. From my trusty old Women's Weekly Christmas book, never too late to make that Christmas cake, says she who's had the page sitting open on the bench for a week. Think I'll do it today.
  6. Afternoon light on the lamb's ears.
  7. Yesterday's skies were incredible, bright blue and white with fluffy clouds, turning to rainy and stormy and then the most stunning sunset over the fog.
  8. And twenty minutes later, more rain. We've been so lucky and grateful.
  9. Outside looking in.
I'm trying my hardest to soak up every minute of these next couple of weeks, they'll be over before we know it. What a year it's been.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday Skyday

I know I should be showing you tonight's sky, but as it's finally RAINING outside (!!) I couldn't let this week pass without posting this sky from two days ago. It was one of those gorgeous, rich summer sunsets with the most beautiful colours. I loved it.

Complete with a little bit of rain out there. Stunning!

Joining in here for Skywatch Friday. Hope you're getting lots of rain wherever you are too xx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Weekly Stills: A Collection

  1. I just wish that somehow you could reach into your screen and take a bite out of one of these apricots, I can't begin to tell you how delicious they are. Especially when you sneak down with your husband to his fruit trees to eat them early on a Friday night and don't tell the kids!
  2. And so it has come to this. Posters of random Dutch guys on Felix's wall. The one thing they all have in common is their love of soccer. And the team: Ajax-Amsterdam. I'll give you ten points if you can tell me who that guy with the moustache is? Am too embarrassed to ask Felix again, I ask him every time I'm in that bedroom. Just quietly I couldn't be more impressed with how straight his posters are, he could teach me a thing or two in the spirit level department!
  3. My stash of embroidery threads. I am itching to make something! Still trying to work out what exactly?
  4. We tend not to put up the Christmas decorations until December 1st (which means this weekend!) but I couldn't resist hanging this sweet little reindeer early.
  5. Speaking of reindeer. What are the chances of slipping a pair of antlers or a red nose on the girls this Christmas?
  6. Mum always called them Stars of Bethlehem. Around here they're know as saggy panthers, and this year they're white?
  7. Last night's stormy sky. All thunder and bluster and lightning and not a lot of rain. Disappointing!
  8. We had a sobering visit from the Rural Fire Service who were doing their courtesy door knock last weekend; they wanted to know what our bushfire plan was. We told them that the plan is to get the kids and the pets in the car and go go go! Please God may it never come to that. But if it does, please make those pets co-operative. And also, please send rain. 
Well here we are, another week down and how many school weeks to go? And December next week? Anyone else feel like we celebrated Christmas just last week? Time you are too sneaky for words, slow down!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Weekly Stills: A Collection

So technically, these are the photos I took of my week, the week before last! Is anyone still reading here?
  • Well I've been reading, but just not this blog. I've picked Burial Rites up and put it down a few times over the past couple of years but finally got through it. And all I can say is, "holey dooley Agnes"! Also, how does one young Australian woman write so evocatively about Iceland? I was right there with her! Incredible. I enjoyed The End of Your Life Book Club for the list of future reads it gave me (and the insight into the mother and son relationship, as well as learning about the inspirational mother). And am happy to read anything Judith Lucy writes too.
  • These hotter than hot days are great for pizza dough proving, but once it's risen, trying to knead it into something resembling a pizza base is too hard. Too hot!
  • Pastel pink Pierre de Ronsard and Mary roses for Melbourne Cup day.  
  • Speaking of Cup day, these beautiful creations arrived home from pre-school: a couple of gorgeous fascinator-slash-hats, heavy on the pipe cleaners, netting, cellophane and confetti! Too cute.
  • The ferns are coming back after I gave them all haircuts and a bit of fertiliser a few weeks ago, I love that green.
  • Blooms on the lemon tree.
  • Lately Clemmie's been dressing herself, choosing all her own outfits, not caring whether it's too hot for leggings and a beanie or not. She's becoming very partial to anything shiny. Too many sequins and glitter is not enough. She's her mother's daughter, that's for sure.
  • Couldn't get over the sky the other night. The light was incredible. So theatrical!
I know it's fast becoming a blog of occasional weekly photos, am okay with that for the time being, even if I can't keep up with the weeks! Hope you're all well xx

Monday, 27 October 2014

Weekly Stills: A Collection

This post should come with a warning: it's heavy on the pink side! But I don't think I can take photos of my week without including a bit of pink, it's all over this house!
  • I couldn't take my eyes off that sky the other day, those clouds were doing all sorts of weird and wonderful things.
  • See? Stunning!
  • That fern is so happy in this corner, must be all the beautiful morning light it gets.
  • Here's a close up of dear Martha. Really resembling her camel heritage here, she's just lovely.
  • Can you see Clemmie's reflection in the glass cupboard doors? She stands in front of it everyday, doing all her dance moves and admiring herself in the glass. So cute! And see how I've directed your attention towards the cupboard and away from the washing piled up, as usual, on the daybed down the hall?
  • And they said it wasn't a good spot for the icebergs when I planted them in August. Look at them, all flowering for the first time, loving their garden bed. (She says as the weekend wind has knocked them nearly horizontal!)
  • More pink. Clementine's floor lately, glitzy shoes, fairy wings, and the soccer ball she kicks around with Felix most nights.
  • This was Brunch last Sunday. Sherb has been craving pancakes so I finally made them for him. Complete with a set table and bunch of roses. Spoiled.
So that was last week. This next week might include photos of the parched garden, struggling in the late-30 degree heat that has hit us over the last few days. Summer, you're a bit early! It brought with it the first snake sighting of the season, a tiny baby brown (?) sitting in the courtyard yesterday. By the time I'd stopped squealing and Sherb had found his boots, it was gone. Hopefully to a land far far away, along with its mother, who, please God, has packed up the siblings and is long gone too.