Sunday, 29 April 2012

in the forest


long bridge

The hollow tree

next generation

shoulder ride

We took a walk in the Sherbrook Forrest today. I wanted to share the magic of the place with my children. I have vivid and happy memories of visiting, and climbing into, that same very large tree with my brother and sister when I was a little girl. Now they have the same memories with their siblings.

It was an entertaining morning, with Cam & I quietly laughing amongst ourselves as we started our walk, the complaints that were spewing forth from our middle child were many and varied, but by the time they had clambered around 'the tree' they were transported by the wonder of the place. From there on they ran, laughed and made up stories about their surrounds.

The circuit to the falls is a couple of km's and very achievable for all of our children, although the littlest one did enjoy some shoulder time towards the end.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

light thoughts


I do wonder sometimes, will i ever find my voice and learn how to blow my own trumpet... or will i sit. and wait. some more. time will tell. i guess.

The shot above was made in a random moment when the light was 'just right' ~ it was in the middle of a weekend long workshop, standing in the middle of a beautiful old cemetery. I learnt so much that weekend. I think I was still reeling a week later, but now, two weeks on {with the assignment safely submitted} I'm feeling much more settled, and am ever so grateful for how much information i absorbed. Can't wait for the next one.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

finders keepers

exhibition building

I am so grateful that Victoria suggested that we head out and visit the Finders Keepers market {held at the Royal Exhibition building}; we headed in this morning and found the most delicious market. The vibe really was quite festival like {as promised on their website} and the ambience had been well thought out, the stalls were gorgeous, and the stall holders so friendly and welcoming.

I made the mistake of assuming that I would be able to get cash at the venue {or at least somewhere close by} but the only cash-point, at the museum, was out of order. So my shopping was seriously curtailed... however that did not stop me from enjoying the vibe, and most {if not all} stall-holders have their own websites, so I did take a number of cards with a view to have a look online.

quiet port {reminds me of a quiet port in a storm ~ he even brought his own chair on which to sit}
{the lovely and talented Leslie of Maze&Vale working hard in her gorgeous stand}

emma leonard
{this beautiful stall caught my eye, it was Emma Leonard ~ fine art prints... I don't know if she had eft, but would you look at that red haired beauty on the left, so amazing}
{last christmas I pinned some little fawns and wondered where one would find such creatures ~ and here they were at the love & clutter stand. I raided my coin stash and bought one of these little deers, now I do wish that I had utilised their eft and bought some more. ah well}

... and of course, because I couldn't leave empty handed, I did find some gorgeous glass bottles and a ceramic crumple cup at stand, but of course no photos of that!

Thank-you ladies for giving me an excuse to 'get out' I had a great time and will definitely be visiting the market again when it comes to town later in the year... I recommend that {if you can} you do too! x

Thursday, 12 April 2012

... and moving on


I'm sorry that I left you with that {faux} gory picture for so many days, but you know how it is... it's school holidays here, so the usual workload has increased exponentially. How in the world do the kids make so much mess when it seems that they spend all day on the wii / iPod / tv / pc?

Either way, my house looks like a bomb went off in it, my garden is so neglected I have no idea what is going on out there, my desk is covered in the remains of my dinner, by bills, by assignment, and my weekly photo tasks...

I've spent my time doing an assignment that was supposed to be much less time consuming, editing photos for school, and this afternoon I headed out to do a family photo session in the park. So much fun, but I have so much that I still want to improve {and exactly the reason why I love it so} now that I've had to time to get home and upload my photos, I am super excited to share them with my client, love them!

Right, so now I'm off again for a few day... I have school all day tomorrow and then a workshop all weekend.
Have a great weekend! x

Monday, 9 April 2012

warning :: contains FAKE blood...

... on the surface this may look a little graphic and may offend BUT in reality it really was quite funny.


One of my pictures for design class this week is :: an image that communicates ideas associated with red :: and I've racked my brains for the last week on what and how I was going to meet the criteria... passion, anger, danger, war, lust, power, etc.


In the end I've settled on violence using some very fake {and very sticky} blood. My {willing} subject allowed me to pour our homemade blood* over her and then posed {amongst much giggling} until I got what I wanted. I know that the imagery is a little confronting, but it was done in good humour, and I think the highlight for her was at the end when we cut her top off with scissors, as the stuff was so sticky I didn't want it in her hair, and sent her off to have a shower to clean up the rest.

So what did you do with your public holiday day off?

* if {for some freaky reason} you are interested, the blood was make with one tablespoon of arrowroot flour, 1/2 cup of glucose syrup, 1/4 cup water, 4ml of red food colouring, 4 drops of blue food colouring & lots of stirring.

Sunday, 8 April 2012





I spent four nights last week at the camp with some of my favourite people... it was nice to escape for a few days, no pressure to do much at all.

I'm happy looking at these three grubby faces... they remind me so much of the three grubby faces, in the same place, in my childhood.

I'll be back in this space soon with some more pics to share from our days on the beach.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012