Thursday, November 12, 2015


pretty piles awaiting my attention..

a neat stack of unfinished blankets

a very slow going work in progress

beautiful merino

wooden hooks

does anyone know why all my pictures and text are publishing in the centre when I have written them all to be on the left? blogger mysteries..

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

the sunset series..

The last of our birthday sunsets for the year.  This one seemed to need a whole lot more effort by us all just to leave the house, and there's an obvious mood about these pictures I think.  Dog poo scattered like land mines along the walking track and a shoreline covered in washed up seaweed just adding to the tone of the evening really.

I'm glad we did it though.  Even as we headed home I felt like it was meant to be that way, an honest refection of everything right now.  A bit messy. It can't be magical all of the time, but a chance to wander by the ocean, feel the damp sea mist on your skin and sand under your feet.  Time to breathe. You just have to make those moments happen and enjoy them for what they are.

We're all a bit worn out, a bit snippy and short tempered.  With six weeks left of term and coming to the end of our busiest time of year, frankly, we all just need a break.

It's been a big week of milestones and special family time, too.  Moments to treasure for sure.  I can sense the emotion of it all building in us, in me, and I'm waiting to be able to just let it all go.

We celebrated our little guy turning nine this week.  He had the BEST day, followed by more celebrations throughout the weekend. Those are the greatest birthdays, the ones that seem to go for days.

Nine.  In my mind, time has stood still since the day Olive was born and he was just six.  I feel like he's still six, but he's not and its like I've missed three whole years of his little life.

He'll always be my baby, I know, but nine has just come out of nowhere and to think that he'll be double figures next is mind blowing.

He's almost finished grade three and it has to have been the best year of school for him so far.  The support and encouragement of the most incredible teacher has been extraordinary.  Some people are just born to do what they do, aren't they, we'll be sad not to have him as a teacher next year, but he will have left the most positive and lasting impression on Eddie, one he'll draw on as he grows and always remember.

This little guy of ours, maybe not our baby but still little.  He makes me smile and fills my heart with happy contentment when he creeps up and hugs me from behind, still, he's always done that.  He sits at the dining table and his feet dangle high off the ground, and he has to climb the front gate to be able to open it.

He's affectionate and loving and considerate.  He's still feisty and has a short fuse, but as he grows he's learning to mange it.  He doesn't like it when his temper gets the better of him, but he's trying hard.  Outbursts are few and far between and over pretty quickly these days.

He writes us love letters and tells us how wonderful we are.  He draws constantly, its like a meditation for him and he's really very good.

He loves dinosaurs and lego and batman and spiderman.

We took him to aerodrome on the weekend and he saw a much bigger boy bouncing and climbing walls with effortless skill.  I could see the look in our Eddie's eyes.  Awe.  This guy looked like he could be a real life Peter Parker the way he scaled those walls.  Then I watched on as our little guy, ever so tentatively, tried it himself.  He was too shy and worried people might see him so stopped. Always so worried about what other people might think.  I'm not sure where that insecurity crept in, but I wish he could just believe in himself a little bit more, see what we see, and give it a go.  He would be a natural at those spiderman moves.

Our Eddie.  You're awesome baby boy.  We love you to bits!

thanks to Nick for the pics as always, which for some reason will not align properly in this post..?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

the sunset series..

This sunset walk was more of an early twilight walk, still so pretty with those soft moody greys before the rain.  We were all exhausted and looking forward to an early dinner and movie night after a crazy busy start the the school term.

Yesterday my darling biggest boy turned 14.

Look at him, all broody and lost in thought.  He's not a great fan of our sunset birthday tradition, or having his picture taken, but here he is doing it anyway, for me. He does things like that.

He makes me proud every single day.

This year, he joined the Australian Air Force Cadets, and he's so in his element.  He's responsible and committed, and rises to every challenge.  I love his focus..but I do miss his long hair.  One day he wants to be a pilot, and I love that he's taken it upon himself to begin working towards this goal at such an early age.

He's easing into these teenage years with calm and a quiet confidence.  Navigating his way slowly, but purposefully. Things might change, I shouldn't speak too soon, but so far he's making the parenting a teen pretty easy work.  We know already this most likely will not be the case with his siblings, so we're lapping it up for now!  If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you might recall all the challenging times we've had with our big boy so far.  Perhaps the most difficult time are behind us.  Fingers crossed.

Sure, the traditional birth story on the eve of his birthday is wearing thin, he eye rolls just about everything his brothers say and do, he likes to give us a good head start on family bike rides, and we're good to just drop him off a little way from where ever he's going, but that's ok with me.  We have a little giggle and give him his space, and then every evening when the others have all gone to bed, he comes downstairs to sit with us, to watch a bit of tele together, to have a good laugh and to chat.  And this is one of my most  favourite parts of every day.

(all pictures taken by my sweetheart, thank you Nick)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

taking stock..

when in a blogging funk, take stock with Pip's list..

Making: body exfoliating cloths from raw linen
Cooking: chow mein
Drinking: a crisp white wine on those warm evenings we had recently, ahh felt like summer 
Reading: To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time since year 8 (albeit very slowly)
Wanting: a holiday
Looking: for the perfect pair of bathers, I don't know if there is such a thing (urgh!)
Playing: hookey on the back deck
Deciding: what to do for the big boys 14th birthday 
Wishing: we could afford both money and time to make some home improvements
Enjoying: warmth, finally after a very long winter
Waiting: for November when my mum and dad move to town, permanently!
Liking: hanging the washing outside and it drying the very same day
Wondering: how the heck I'm going to make our office (in the living area) look good with a second work station
Loving: beach swims after school
Pondering: 3 year old kinder, to go or not to go?
Considering: a season pass to Adventure Park for xmas, we've been once and its a 5min drive away
Buying: op shopped bits and pieces for the kids school concert costumes
Watching: Frozen..still 
Hoping: I can keep the rose clipping from mum and dad's very first home alive at my house

Marvelling: at the depth and content of Olive's imaginative play, she blows my mind
Cringing: at the awful things people say 
Needing: a haircut
Questioning: weather its time for a professional colour to beat those greys, and time to stop doing it myself
Smelling: the ocean air and spring blossoms and mozzie spray
Wearing: skirts and open shoes 
Following: the Humans of New York refugee series, the lives people live is unfathomable
Noticing: the neighbours porch looks into our living room since we had to cut the fruit trees back
Knowing: we need a higher fence
Thinking: I might go and see the new Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore movie..all on my own, its been years
Admiring: my hardworking, patient man 
Sorting: through all the stuff! 
Getting: rid of most of it!
Bookmarking: blogs, but never finding the time to go back to read them
Coveting: beautiful handmade homewares for those home improvements we can't yet afford
Disliking: the ugly new houses replacing beautiful old ones in our town
Opening: happy mail 
Giggling: at Olive complimenting my singing in the car
Feeling: blessed to live where we live, especially this time of year
Snacking: too much
Helping: a two year old learn to share
Hearing: too many sad news stories 

Monday, September 21, 2015


she quotes scenes from movies and applies them to real life moments..
Me as I sneeze: "Bless me!"
Olive: "oh mumma, you sick!"
Me: "I'm fine darling"
Olive: "you have fwozen heart (cups my face in her hands) tooo love fix it.."

"i don like fairy dust.." 

"is mornin' time!"

a contemplative moment..

followed by taking over mumma's chair..
I couldn't decide between these two this week, they both made me smile.

It's become a portrait blog, or so it seems.

I've been in a quandary as the boys get older, about what to share and what not to.  I feel that so much of what I used to write are not my stories to tell anymore.  Yet they're such significant moments I want to record and treasure.

I hope to find a balance in my mind and heart, because how I miss it!

join the link up and see more portraits at Practicing Simplicity..

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


all the softness..

"i just gonna weeeed (read).."

the climbing, incessant climbing!

mesmerised by the liquid wand, but for me, its about the vest..and those chunky arms

'mine dancer skirt' and she lifts her leg up behind (not so gracefully) then twirls..

all the beautiful hair, it grows thicker every day

I suggested we grab our coats and go outside, she replied..'are you kidding me!'

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

the sunset series..

Another birthday, another sunset..

My darling husband and the middle guy share July birthday's only one week apart.  My two Cancerians.  So it was back to the beach to soak in another winter sunset.

It's been a big year for us already, with lots of challenges thrown our way.  A 'one step forward, two steps back' kind of year.

This man who I am so blessed to call my husband.  

This beautiful man with all of the integrity, honesty and pride.

He is humble and generous and loves with all of his being.

He is compassionate and determined and so very wise.

This man who is an amazing father, husband, son and friend.  He deserves the world's weight in goodness and light.

He makes us laugh every single day, and we are so lucky to be his family.

(all pictures by him, except the one of him x)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

the sunset series..

Our beautiful middle guy turned eleven yesterday.

E L E V E N !

It was a very big, and very happy day, of going to the movies in town with some friends, timezone fun, dodgeball in the backyard, cake and, in keeping with tradition...a sunset walk.

It was sooo cold, we could see our breath in the still, icy air.

We wandered, marvelled at a lone surfer braving the arctic water, and we watched the enormous waves crash in with such effortless force.

There was some shell collecting and dune climbing.

There was a dash to rescue the baby girl from being dumped by an unexpected wave, and there was the filling of sea water into my boots because I was not quite quick enough to save us both!

The colours were beautifully pastel and serene before the darkness swiftly moved in.

We went home with cold faces and pink cheeks to warm showers, and birthday fish 'n chips, and we curled up on the couch for movie night.

All a little bit perfect really.

Happy Birthday darling James! We're so glad you had the best day x

(photo credit: all pics by Nick)