Thursday, 28 July 2011

Mystical Magnolias

It was such a beautiful day today, after all of the rain we've had lately, it's lovely to be outside.  I went for a big walk today. It's been a busy couple of weeks and my brain and body are in overload.  I have been in need of fresh air, sunshine and nature to clear out the cobwebs and calm myself down. 

There was a purpose in my step today, my aim was to capture as many Magnolias in my neighbourhood as I could find.  Well. . . it wasn't particularly hard as there are lots of them around that are just bursting forth their colours.

After walking the boys to school of a morning I kept forgetting to take my camera, and so kept making mental notes to remember 'next time' to bring it as I really wanted some photo's of a particular Magnolia tree up the road from us.

I think I took about 90 or more photo's this morning, as I came across so many Magnolia trees on my walk with Amelia.  So here's a little selection of my favourites. . . . there were so many!!

I did not want to return to the house, to the mountains of laundry,  to the bathrooms that needed cleaning, to the pile of wisteria cuttings that needed to be attended to on the front lawn weeds and our front porch that has been accumulating clutter.  It was such a beautiful morning that I extended my wander around a few more streets in search of more Magnolias.

The Magnolia

by Lisha

Mystical, magnificent Magnolias,
such strong sturdy flowers,
with gnarled and knotted branches.
A glimpse up through the limbs 
reveals a zig zag effect,
with the tilt and bend of each twig and shoot
bulging with buds.
From white, pale pink to burgundy,
their petals point to the sky,
before they fall open
revealing what's inside.
The heart, such a soft heart,
in need of those firm petals to fortify.

I did however manage, with Donald's help, to sort the Wisteria cuttings, clean the front porch and fold the washing while watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.  Although the laundry is still folded neatly on the lounge room floor and we never got to finish Harry Potter as we had to pick the boys up from school, I still think the day was a success.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Of Royal blood

Meet King Roland II and his son the Prince.

 King Roland II can be a little obnoxious at times. . .

. . . and the Prince doesn't like his long pink sleeves. . .

. . . but he does like horses!!  Unfortunately he forgets to feed his, so has to ask the King for another one!

Sam, Ethan and their drama class are entering the Arts North Festival of Drama again this year and they get to perform at the NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Parade Theatre this week.   Today was the dress rehearsal and I must say they were a very excited group, all crammed into one dressing room it was a little crazy!!

But definitely a fun experience for them all.


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Pretty things around the house

These Snowflakes and Violets are popping up in my garden at the moment. . . .

 they fit so beautifully in my little bottles . . . and the Camelia's are exceptionally large.

Before I raided the garden I found these lovely Tulips on sale in my colours and just had to have them.  I really bought them for Donald as they are his favourite flowers that remind him of Canada, as everybody used to grow them in their gardens in Spring.

And then there's the not so pretty. . . . . .

Donald, Sam and Ethan have been spending a lot of time collecting and painting the Lord of the Rings miniatures.  They may not look so pretty but they spend hours putting on the details of each figure.

Our dining room and window sills are taken over by the little scary fellows.

So now you see why I need to have my little pretty touches around the house, because the rest of the place looks like a workshop.


Tuesday, 12 July 2011

10am in the Holidays

Searching on Ebay for more miniatures to paint

A 10 o'clock breakfast

Amelia savouring some possum poo for a mid morning snack

Me in my dressing gown and slippers searching for blossoms

Beautiful blossoms in the warming sunlight


Saturday, 9 July 2011

For the tall, quiet, thin and most lovely thing...


With much Love

From three little boys


Thursday, 7 July 2011

Snuggle therapy

The funny thing is, Amelia is not feeling that sad or sorry for herself.  She just can't understand why she's picking up all sorts of radio signals!!