Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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A Tuesday.

Cake for a dear friend helping out in a challenging time.
Everyday luxuries.
Mike's pomegranate coming into leaf.
Sisters.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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My darling Dad's 70th birthday celebrated with family this weekend.  There were pictures on display from the whole of his life, from him as a small boy, through the 60's and 70's with much longer very dark curly hair, to now.  I don't think either of my parents change much, they don't look any older/different to me, just themselves, but I concede that they have changed, although I feel only for the better.



We gather with my side of the family only a few times a year.  My eldest brother lives in the NE, as does one of his daughters and her family - the gorgeous mother of the two youngest in these shots, my great niece Aurelia and my great nephew newly arrived, Dristan.




It's lovely to get together, maybe because we don't do it so often it feels a real treat.  So lovely to see our girls with the chance to take care of little ones, something they both enjoy so very much.  Time seems to have gone so fast, I love where we are in our lives with our children but it so amazes me how quickly we seemed to leave that phase and get to this one, with children approaching young women.  I can only imagine how my parents must feel to have three generations in front of them!  I don't know that either of my parents expected to be a great anything, but we all are!

Happy Birthday Dad, it was a wonderful celebration of a wonderful man.

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A long absence I know.  Some declare that they're giving up their blogs, having mistreated and neglected them for so long.  I can't give mine away though, not completely, even if my habits suggest otherwise.  This space has meant so much to me, I should put more time into it, as much to prompt myself to keep taking photos of our gorgeous girls.

A weekend to Bendigo over the Queen's Birthday, a short trip, but such fun.  The girls outside the Chinese Museum, us in a doorway and my favourite Charles Blackman painting, so beautiful.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

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I reposted instagram photos for the 52 project, thinking I hadn't had my "real" camera out, when in fact I had, on the recent long weekend.





We went down to Barwon Heads for 3 nights and as per every other time we've been away my response was, we must do this more often.  I don't think I'm a materialistic person, I can do without stuff, although it's nice, but I would spend more money on getting away if I could.  I'm not sure I'd want a holiday house, although again I wouldn't say no, because we like to try different places, but relaxing, somewhere fresh, with my guys, is one of the things I love most.


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"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Ella & Leila at Barwon Heads on the long weekend.  The only photos I'm taking right now are on my phone and I don't like to share twice.  Just don't seem to get the camera out like I used to, but must try harder.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

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I'm amazed that I remembered my password into blogger, considering how little I'm around these parts.  I've had an interesting conversation with a few blogs who I've read for many years, Ella being one, about how things have changed for some of us.

This space represents my children and a huge part of who I've become over the past 10 years, so I'm not prepared to let it go, but it is less at the forefront of my mind.

It's always been lovely to share my craft projects with this space, so I can remember in years to come what went to whom in acknowledgement of big moments in their lives.



Friends of ours are expecting twin boys with their second pregnancy.  When their daughter was born a couple of years ago I made a lovely quilt for Sienna and now will do the same for these little boys with the two fabric combinations above.


This selection of fabrics, all from Spotlight, I bought a few years ago with a baby boy quilt in mind for no-one in particular.  I love the softness of this grouping, including some soft blue linen in the centre, and will use these for a quilt for my niece Hazel's second baby due next month, this time a little boy to join my great niece Aurelia.

I also have to finish a family tree quilt for my parents, queen sized, begun last year (or the one before?) and really just need time to deal with a lot of mitered corners, which are really not my favourites - but they must have it for this winter, they just must.

So, away with me, quilting season has begun.

Monday, February 24, 2014

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Geez, I'm really a stranger around these parts.  Life is good just, I don't know, I'm busy living and finding less time to talk about it.









I did want to share some photos from our trip to White Night on the weekend.  I wouldn't describe the night as a complete success, the crowds were, at times, utterly overwhelming.  The crush at the corner of Flinders and St Kilda Road actually frightening, like mosh pit days of old, I kid you not.  Getting on the train home with similarly challenging, but the lights we saw were amazing.  I think I had thought the majority of the city would be lit, which was not the case, but certainly around Fed Square and the river were quite something.


We started with dinner out, the Old Melbourne Gaol for Purple Rain had a long wait, then we headed past the library (but didn't go in as the queue was too long to wait another hour), into the sea that was Swanston Street and to Chapter House and down to the river.






The faces in the trees were what we were most looking forward to seeing but I just could not capture them very well.  Holding your breath whilst depressing your camera button does not take the place of a tripod!




If you kind of screw up your face you'll see them a little better.

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