Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Weekly Stills: A Collection

I don't know who I think I'm kidding with this "weekly" collection of photos business, am lucky to get a set up once a month. Won't bore you with the details but there is a lot going on on top of this hill. Am drowning in paperwork, appointments and organising stuff. After I post this I'm going to take the vacuum on a walk through this house and quite possibly the mop as well. In the meantime, let's look at the photos...

  1. We're in scarf weather, I love scarf weather.
  2. And I love that sky from a few weeks ago, those colours were unbelievable.
  3. Happy Mother's Day girls. We can't wait to meet your babies!
  4. A few of my favourite things: succulents in concrete pots, a new pile of firewood and the view of course too.
  5. Saturday afternoons at our place: pizza dough proving next to the fire.
  6. The view from the top paddock.
  7. The view from our bedroom window. We haven't seen him for a while, he's looking well thank goodness. When he disappears I tend to worry about him, he seems a bit fragile sometimes.
  8. It's four o'clock on the butterfly clock. My favourite garden place is closing down and everything must go at heavily discounted prices (truly Sherb) so I self-gifted myself this rusty pedestal and sundial for Mother's Day. Someone has got to help them clear out their stock. It may as well be me. 
  9. I've been spending lots of afternoons up under Daisy's trees lately. May crept up on me this year and Mother's Day got me a little unsettled. It's Daisy's birthday at the end of the week and I've been wondering how I ever coped having her birthday and Mother's Day in the same week. Sometimes it feels like she was just a dream. God I miss her. 
  10. My gift from Clementine, hand-painted and hand-grown. She's stuck eyes on the front and blue bows on the back. It's the cutest thing, I just love it.
  11. My current reading pile. From the bottom up - Understanding Exposure - meant to be a must have for those of us who don't understand exposure (i.e: me).  - He'll Be OK - the subtitle to this is Growing Gorgeous Boys Into Good Men and I can't wait to learn how!  - Good Living Street - have heard good things about this but it might have to wait until I can understand exposure and have grown my gorgeous boy into a good man. And finally - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - I don't have enough good things to say about this book. It completely broke my heart after I finished reading it on Mother's Day morning while I waited for sleepyhead Ruby to wake up. Which is another reason I felt so emotional that day. It makes me cry just thinking about it and I can't wait to read it again. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it, but maybe don't google it first! I love to read the ending of any book first but am so pleased I didn't with this one. There's a bit of a twist in there. Heartbreaking. 
Well that's enough procrastinating, the house won't clean itself. Hope you're all well and making time to read. Any tips for dealing with paperwork and getting stuff done would be appreciated! Will see you soon xx

Friday, 1 May 2015

The Sky Last Night...

I took these photos last night, just before dark, when I'd got the dinner and a fire started and everyone was otherwise occupied inside. Lately I've been trying to switch off the news and get outside for a while. It just seems to be overwhelmingly heartbreaking, both close to home and all around the world. I often wonder how much sadness people can take. It just seems too much to bear.

So last night I headed up to Daisy's trees with my camera and my intentions and sat for a while to breathe it all in and all out. And to have some strong words with my God.

The sky was quite simply, glorious.

Milly and Martha have spotted the dog. Run dog. 
I also had some company.

You might think that it's all very peaceful up here and mostly it is. Until your peace is interrupted by a couple of pregnant alpacas and a kelpie cross dog, who just can't seem to get along. The girls see the dog and possibly think FOX! The dog sees the girls and probably thinks HOW CAN I BEST IMPRESS THEM? Then tries his hardest by turning himself inside out around them. The girls give a great impression of caring less. With extra spitting. Poor Ajax.

Anyway, the peace was beautiful while it lasted. As was the sky. As always I came away filled with gratitude for this special place and the peace it gives me. I pray that God will restore a sense of peace to those who have none right now.

“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”                                                                                                                                                                                                - Mother Teresa

Linking here with Skywatch Friday.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Sky on Anzac Day...

Bathing in incredible light tonight and feeling so grateful for all those who have given their lives in service to our country.
Lest we forget.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Friday Skyday

Love days like today, when the sky is bright blue and full of fluffy clouds and the grass so green. Makes it difficult to get anything done actually, while I'm staring out the window...

Joining in with Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Weekly Stills: A Collection

Back again after the shortest school term and holidays in history! Here's some photos from the last few weeks.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Easter cyclamens.
  4. The sunrise one morning a couple of weeks ago.
  5. Painting capsicums. I love impasto and palette knife painting, all that texture and mess is right up my alley.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

Friday, 17 April 2015

Friday Skyday

        Tonight's view from the top of the hill: A beautifully pastel pink sky. Too pretty for words.

Joining in here with Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Weekly Stills: A Collection

  1. 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!
  2. But I'm still painting! And still loving it!
  3. A beautiful bunch of gerberas from a gorgeous friend who came out for morning tea last weekend. I love that orange.
  4. Storm coming...
  5. ...and the post-storm sky glowing on the same afternoon.
  6. Candles lit for special intentions.
  7. 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! 
  8. 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