Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sounds of the sea

Scrunch scrunch scrunch
A shell!
Look at this one!
Let's dig
Sand in the fingernails
I'm going to build the BIGGEST sandcastle EVER!

Splish splash
Lots of rock pools
Look at the crab!
In there!

Up on Dad's shoulders
Now I can see ANTARCTICA!

Pretty pebbles for my collection

Fish and chips
One more dip

Feeling sleepy

I'm not tired really

Dad carries me back to the car

not tired...............


Warm blanket in back seat
Pebbles in my pocket

Not .............. tired..........................................

Kiama January 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

The juggler

It matters not the job you've got
as long as you do it well,
Things are made by plans well laid
the test of time will tell.
But how can you count or know the amount
of a value of a man
by the show displayed or the beauty made
by the touch of a juggler's hand.............

Poem from here
(If anyone knows who this clever poet is, please let me know so I can put his/her name at 
the end.)
Photo taken in Kiama, January 2014.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Holidays and decisions

April is upon us and it's time for me to disclose my April resolution.

This one is a bit different.
Because I only decided upon it this morning.

And that is to finalise our holiday plans.
We're having a short break in Winter (Southern Hemisphere Winter that is),
and another longer holiday at Christmas.

Our Winter break is almost organised - really only need to decide what to pack and get sizes for snow gear.
But our Christmas break is still in the idea stage.
Time to pull up our Christmas Stockings and book flights and decide on itineraries.

Otherwise our ship will sail without us.............................

Photos: Paris and Zurich 2004
             Daughter's shoes and sleding, Switzerland 2007

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A memory of trees

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to climb trees

When life became difficult she would grab her favourite book,
and climb the tallest tree she could find.

There she would sit for hours,

swinging her feet,

feeling the breeze rustle the leaves,
listening to the birds,
and getting blissfully lost in Wonderland.

 The trees became her guardians,
her sentinels. 

When she grew up, life became less difficult, and she had the warmth of her husbands arms, and the kisses of her own child to comfort her during times of trial.

But upon seeing these magnificent giants, she remembered her old friends,
and wished for young legs and a copy of Alice In Wonderland - just one more time.

Kiama - January 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Secret gardens

Wandering the garden of peace and tranquility,

we chanced upon a magic lake.

Beneath its stillness lurked a friendly monster,

who showed us the way to the floating garden.

Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong - Jan 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Shoe biz

So many possible questions could be asked about this picture.

Who is the artist?
What is he/she trying to say?
What was their inspiration?

But the only thing that went through my mind
Was that there are a lot of people now walking around with only one shoe
(though I did spy a couple of pairs)

Newtown - January 2014. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Natures alarm

Oh little kookaburra,
How kind you are to wake me with your laugh!
With your happy song,
and the coffee machine turning on,
Makes me wonder why I set an alarm?

Curious kookaburra -  Dec 2013

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Peek a boo!

I finally got around to loading the photos taken with my brand new camera I got for Christmas.

It's fun to have so many more picture settings at my fingertips

I can now take action shots

And as you can see..

I've been practicing 

Using the puppy as a model

At first she seemed not amused

But then she gave her approval with a wink, or was that a blink?

And all was forgiven.

Photos of grown up puppy taken December 2013

Friday, March 7, 2014

Le weekend

It's almost here.
I can almost taste it.
I think it will taste like this

And I plan to do a lot of this

Whatever you decide to do this weekend - enjoy :)

Melted gummy bears and sleepy puppy photos taken by daughter - January 2014.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Coffee anyone?

I have 3 days a week that are very sacred to me.
Working 4 days a week at a normal job leaves me less time to keep house and attend to domestic business. So my day off has become one of my sacred days.  A catch up day to do laundry, clean house etc.  If I use this day for the housewifey stuff, then I'm left with weekends free for fun stuff.
Makes sense?
Trouble is, friends keep trying to get me to take time out and do something else on that day which irks me.
Because there is no other time during the week I can allocate for those jobs, and by the weekend I end up with dog hair everywhere, and a daughter screaming for school uniforms, and I end up spending my other two sacred days doing the domestic chores.
Then I am irritated with the well meaning friend who just wanted to spend time with me.

Where am I going with this?

Well the above passage is just an incredibly long segue into my 3rd resolution - I mean change - for 2014.
Spend a bit more time on friendships.
I'm still keeping my house-clean-and-catch-up Tuesdays - but I'm going to have friends around on weekends more than I have been in the past.  Dinner parties once a month perhaps?  Or catch up with a friend over coffee once a fortnight?

I've been reaping the benefits of making more time for my loved ones and that will continue, and I still treasure my time alone, but friendships need nurturing too.

And possibly my social skills need a wee bit of tweaking..........................

Drawings done by me goodness knows how many years ago.  Copied from one of my favourite artists on Note Couture.  


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