Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Celebrating the end of 2013


We're well and truly ready to celebrate the end of 2013 over here. For next year we'll be requesting less funerals, less hospitals, less ambulances and intentionally giving ourselves more margin.

Cheers to you and yours!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

This week's links ...

1. Free fonts for holiday cards. I downloaded Allura and Prelude ... not for holiday cards but as possible options for another project I'm working on.

2. Five different ways for using photos in your project life.

3. With one teenage daughter and one almost teenage daughter I've been reducing the kids exposure on my blog. Here's an article from one mother: Why you won't see my big kids online.

4. 25 free graphic Christmas iphone wallpapers.

5. Month in review pages for PL.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Kimberley's Part 3

So I think I covered water in Parts 1 and 2 and I thought today I would show you some of the aboriginal rock art.

The Wandjina's are the creator spirits. These paintings are refreshed periodically.

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Gwion Gwion figures are the oldest rock art thought to date back at least 17000 years. Aboriginal people say they are the lost stories, painted by a different people.

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 Some of them have later painting layered on top.

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The rainbow serpant, depicted near Mitchell Falls.

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A kangaroo.

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Dumbi the Owl from the indigenous people's flood story.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

This week's links ...

1. iphoneography tips and tricks

2. If your Christmas music needs an update before the season begins then you might want to check out The Best Holiday PlayList Ever.

3. I used this natural wood cleaner to clean my sisters table that we're borrowing and it came up a treat.

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  Only lemon juice, olive oil and water. The wood not only comes up beautifully clean and shiny but it's also easier to keep clean. Double thumbs up.

4. Unposed Posing. Tips for natural family photos.

5. Printable Freezer Labels.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Daddy-Daughter Crafting

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Daddy-daughter crafting: previously unheard of event caused by a next day deadline and a mother neck deep in essay writing. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

This week's links ...


We're enjoying a four-day weekend down at the beach thanks to the horsies (Melbourne Cup Day is Tuesday). The weather was lovely today but a change is coming tonight. We played some tennis, took a little excursion to the beach and BBQ dinner outside. The Little Girl got her plaster off last Monday and made it through her first 2hr swimming session on Thursday night on a very modified program. Her knee and ankle are stiff and thigh muscle is wasted after 10 weeks in plaster but she's diligently doing her physio exercises. Hubby took her to the pool this afternoon and she spent 1.5hr swimming. It's the only thing she can do at the moment to give some relief from the fluid buildup in her foot but we're seeing good progress each day. Hopefully in a few weeks she'll be able to ditch the crutches.

1. Here's someone else doing a monthly Project Life.

2. Looking for something to read? 32 Popular book Club Books

3. Love this twist on the photo-a-day. 1s of video each day.

4. 12 Simple Strategies to Create Space Everyday

5. Simplify Your Life by Writing it Down

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Kimberley's Part 2

Last time I showed you some of the beautiful places for swimming up in the Kimberley's but there was a lot more water that we didn't swim in ...

Tunnel Creek where we followed the creek underground, hence the name. Not really my idea of a fun place to swim ... we waded through the creek with the aid of our torches.

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 The Gibb River, looks pretty inviting from this angle but turning around we had cows standing in the very low level of water.

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Mitchell Falls. We swam above the top tier but below the falls is a no go zone, both for cultural reasons, it being a sacred site for the local people and also because of the saltwater crocs. 

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 The Pentacost River, salties live here too.

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 The Sapphire Pool at Emma Gorge, the bigger pool at the top of the gorge is the place where everyone swims.
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 The massive Lake Argyle from the dam. Holds 20 times the volume of Sydney Harbour and can hold 80 times at flood, a favourite place for all sorts of boating pursuits but we were occupied with a boat trip on the Ord River below the dam ...

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and finishing at Lake Kununurra.

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Geike Gorge

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 The old Fitzroy River Crossing

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

This week's links ...

1. 12 Common Posing Mistakes and How to Fix Them.

2. If you're into books then this is fun ... What Should I Read Next?

3. This fun from the Dog house diaries ... What each country leads the world in.

4. Tips on putting together magazine style photobooks ... I think I will refer to this and get stuck into some of our holiday books. I have such a backlog of photos now that I just need to do it and as she did drop the perfectionism.

5. These Hot Chocolates on a Stick look yummy.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Kimberley's: Pt 1

As promised ... but where to start? September October in the Kimberley's is the beginning of the build up season, when the weather becomes progressively hotter and more humid in preparation for the wet season. Over the course of the day clouds will build up and then disperse without raining. Although one day we were treated to an afternoon shower.

So you basically step out of the truck and begin to sweat ... and that's before you begin scrambling over rocks to get to some of the more spectacular scenery. Fortunately, in most places, there are ample places to cool down despite it being the end of the dry season, when the water is at it's lowest. So I'll begin with the beach, waterfalls, waterholes and rivers that we cooled down in.

Cable Beach.

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Bell Gorge.

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Galvan's Gorge.

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Barnett River Gorge.

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King Edward River.

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The waterhole at the Mitchell Falls Wilderness Camp.

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Little Merton Falls.

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Top of the Mitchell Falls.

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Emma Gorge

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Zebedee Springs.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Spring chaos ...


With her plaster she couldn't help ...  she read while I brought some order to a small corner of the chaos.

** Edited to add: As an experiment I posted this from my iphone but I wanted to add thanks to Amy for her push inspiration to just post something after my extended blogging break. So much has been happening that it's been hard to know what to write ... the Little Girl and I went to the funeral of her good friend's mother who was also a friend of mine on Thursday ... we've almost hit the 9 weeks after the accident with her finally out of the wheelchair and on crutches but still in plaster ... 

*** I promise next post to share some photos from our holiday ... the one where had to leave the Little Girl at home :(

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Simply a Moment - September 16

I've been meaning to join in with Alexa's Simply a Moment and with her suggestion that less can be more I decided that maybe I could rustle up a few words this month.

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School holidays, first day, 9:40am. I expected requests for screen time. An impromptu art show? Of course I happily agreed.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

This week's links ...




2. It's good to know stuff ... answering your kids question "Why do I need to know this?"

3. I'd got out of the habit of visiting Habit ... but go have a look ... be inspired to put together a photo and a (very) few words. 


5. Dad and mum always have a jar of homemade beetroot in the fridge over summer ... here's a recipe for pickled beetroot.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Around here ...

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Oreo cupcakes, made by The Big Girl for the Year 8 social service stall, I gave a hand piping on the icing.
  The first time she's picked up the violin since before her accident.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Five of Us #8

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With everything that happened last month, I ended up taking this photo at the last possible moment. We all had to cluster around The Little Girl who's stuck on the couch, in bed or in her wheelchair.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Our Month in Numbers: August


Month in Numbers is the fabulous idea of Julie at Notes on Paper. You can join in with your own numbers at her blog.

August was not the best month for us, we began the month with some major disagreements with The Exchange Student that were quite stressful, a second unplanned trip to China for the Hubby and then the broken leg by The Little Girl just topped everything off.

September is the month of our long awaited extended family trip to the Kimberley's but now The Little Girl is unable to go. Some of us will still go but we need to finalise the details of who. The leg is still an uncertain prospect with some work to be done next Friday (an operation is still not off the table but we are praying it doesn't come to that) so we can't make any decisions until at least then. So a bit more stress in September but maybe some relaxation too.

Monday, September 2, 2013

August ... that's a wrap

1. Celebrating The Exchange Student's birthday.  Done

2. I start back at uni this weekend. I've had three classes and very successfully completed my first piece of writing for assessment.

3. The Little Girl's House Athletics Carnival. The first day got washed out and was rescheduled for when The Little Girl was up at Mt Buller but because there were quite a few girls involved in the ski team they ran the 1500m early on a Wednesday morning. The Little Girl ran it and came third and was a chance for the school team if not for the broken leg.

4. School music concert - The Exchange Student plays in the concert band. A fantastic night. The main audition choir did a medley from Les Miserables which was superb. Great music all round.

5. Melbourne Vic Centre Swimming Meet for The Little Girl. Done

6. Two Club Sunday swim meets for The Boy and The Little Girl. Done. The first swim meet for The Boy and he really surprised me ... and he enjoyed it so we may keep him interested in swimming for a little longer yet. Second meet was a bust due to the broken leg.

7. The Exchange Student's school social. Done

8. The Little Girl's school music concert. No ... broken leg.

Moving forward on my list ...

9. Reserve Wolf Hall so I can borrow it again to finish it. Yes but it I needed to pick it up when I was tied up at the hospital with The Little Girl.

10. I'm falling a bit behind on my PL. This month I want to make sure I have the pages for each month planned and the regular weekly pages finished. Still need to plan the pages for March and April and complete the DITL spread for March.

11. Get a handle on this semester's subject. I'm going to need to get started on my assessments early because we'll be away in the school holidays. See above. Plus I will have extended time to work on my assessment pieces while I am at school with The Little Girl. She is not independent yet and so I will take her in for a couple of classes and stay at school while she is there. They are going to set me up to work somewhere.

12. Finally catch up on my Roman's Project. A few curve balls this month so no.

13. Make some bread from my pinterest board. No.

I also need to ...

14. Get new jeans and long sleeve T-shirts (still!!). I finally snuck out on Saturday while Hubby could be home with The Little Girl and got a pair of jeans and two tops. We have entered an early Spring so I'll be putting the long-sleeved T-shirts on hold.

15. Finish cleaning the kitchen and also Ethan's room which we are part way through and hang Ethan's sword on his wall. Got a bit further with the kitchen but not The Boy's room.

16. Attend to the vegetable garden. Weeded, now I just need to lay out the mulch.

17. Prune and tie back the fruit trees. Done.

18. Go and buy the plants we need for the garden. No, we're kind of stuck at home at the moment.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

This week's links ...


1. I made this slow cooker lamb yesterday and it was a winner with everyone and very easy (win from me). I made the spicier version.

2. The first set of these PL freebies may come in handy for scrapping August.

3. I love these gorgeous pages documenting her kids rooms in a PL insert.

4. I also love this IKEA hack bedside table ... I'm seriously considering something like this for the spare room/study (currently the Little Girl's room because it's on the ground floor. The Exchange Student swapped rooms with her.)

5. And I pinned this Superhero wall art that I plan to print out for our PL to celebrate The Boy and the stellar job he has done looking after his sister since she got out of hospital (not to mention the gorgeous card he made for her). He's been fetching food and whatever she needs with a smile ... I've been very impressed.

Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt

So I decided to do Rinda's Scavenger Hunt, but don't expect that I'll finish ... although I make lists I rarely complete them ... and I'm fine with that because I do more than I would have if I didn't have the lists at all. I thought I'd give an update on how I'm going and hopefully find a couple more before the 21st September.

1.   Open air market


2.   Theater for performing arts (not a movie theater)


3.   City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building


4.   Airplane


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If you look carefully you can see the group of skydivers heading off ... something I will never be doing ... and I mean NEVER!

5.   A sunset


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We had a series of gorgeous sunsets at our place in July, this was one of them.

6.   Someone or something taking a nap


7.   A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny


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At Sovereign Hill I found these intentionally funny signs for sale.

8.   A tower


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This is the tower of the Port of Queenscliff, nothing inside but some pretty good views of the surrounding area.

9.   A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong

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We went and visited my sister-in-law and her llama was on the wrong side of the fence, in the neighbour's property so the first order of business was to encourage it back into it's own paddock.

10.  A bench that is outside

11.  An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.

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I think this qualifies, it was in the nature preserve for the penguins. Unfortunately you're not allowed to photograph the penguins otherwise I would have done that.

12.  A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see)

13.  A fence

14.  A stained glass object or a mosaic

15.  A fire truck or police car

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If you look in the distance behind The Boy you can see the lights from some of the five trucks that were called out to the fire about 8 doors down from us. We decided to keep our distance and let the firemen do their stuff.

16.  A windmill 

17.  Candle(s)

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Candles on The Big Girl's birthday cake.

18.  Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop

19.  A fisherman

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This fisherman was on the pier at Cowes.

20. A dinosaur

21.  A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item)


Bonus/substitute items.  If you find any of the above items too difficult, feel free to substitute either (or both) of these items.  You can substitute up to two items, but you cannot substitute Item #21:
A person wearing an outfit (or item of clothing) that symbolizes your country
A sundial