Saturday, November 30, 2013


Geoff had long wanted to go to Cambodia, seeing Angkor Wat has been something he's wanted to do since he was a little boy.

When our brother in law Paul died in June, at his funeral there were so many wonderful photos of the four of them together on various trips, within Asia, Africa and further afield.  They shared some amazing experiences, travel was a huge adventure that Cathy and Paul shared when they first met and they extended that into their family life with their children.

Just after Paul died, his son, our nephew, went to Cambodia for four weeks.  It was a trip he'd been planning for over a year, first committing to it before his dad even knew he was sick.  He'd raised over $2000 himself through various fundraising activities to give to a local family in Cambodia who he would assist in building their own home.  He completed extra classes at school in TEFL and would act as a teacher and mentor to young Cambodians during his stay.

The trip was challenging for him in many ways.  He had lost his father only a week earlier, and left behind his mother and sister to cope with those early days alone.  Paul, his father, was a determined man and took his commitments extremely seriously.  He instilled that same sense in his children and we all believed that Paul wanted Dan to go on the trip, to complete what he'd committed to over a year earlier, and to have fun in the process.

We booked our trip on a whim, because life is too short and we want to have those experiences with our children.  We want them to have vivid memories of a wonderful family life, together in our home, doing nothing in particular, and being lucky enough to see another side of the world, where they can truly appreciate the reality of all they have.

In SE Asia, life is lived on the street.  A huge part of it's appeal to me is that aspect of it and all that you see, not hidden from the public eye, but there right in front of you.  It can be confronting at times, but often those things that surprise you most are the things that you remember longest.  Mothers nursing babies, young children playing with nothing in particular, seemingly always laughing and pushing each other.  Their life seems simple but happy.  At times it's hard not to judge, many children are shoe free, very dirty, but always smiling and laughing.  The differences are so vast, between our everyday and the average Cambodian's everyday that it's too much to list here.  It made us thoughtful though, very grateful for all we have, or just the good fortune of living where we do, but also I felt how wonderful to share that with our children, to have the luxury of that travel with them, it was very special.

Monday, November 25, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Ella      Showing a side of her that perhaps I don't often share on this site.  Ella is quite the comic and loves nothing than a silly voice,   accent and some physical comedy.  Here trying to escape from a tree at the Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) Temple.

Leila     She can be equally silly, but is thoughtful too.  Here taking a moment to catch her breath away from the crowds at the Angkor Wat Temple.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Ella      Preparing spring rolls to be deep fried
Leila    Wearing a necklace of snake beans

Both taken during our cooking course at Le Tigre De Papier in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Leila    In a new Nan knitted bolero cardigan, the colour suits her perfectly.
Ella      Doing what she loves best at Nan & Pa's.

An emphasis on gorgeous shiny hair this week. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Leila  On the lower branches
Ella    On the higher branches

Both girls enjoying an afternoon picnicing with some friends on a lovely Melbourne pre-summer day.