Monday, 30 April 2012
Saturday, 28 April 2012
I feel a bit out of touch with the world, our phone and internet have been out of action all week. Give or take a few moments when the telephone actually worked for a quick call, it's kind of been good to be back to what it used to be like before internet times. I had moments where I wasn't sure what to do, as I would normally sit down for a break in the day and have a scout around blogland or check emails. I felt I missed something but I don't think I was missed. I almost didn't bother taking photo's as I wasn't able to blog. So here are my weeks ramblings and photo's.
I spent a bit of my Sunday crocheting my blanket and sleeping. We all stayed home from church as Donald had twisted his ankle (first soccer game of the season) and needed to rest it and I still had a migraine throbbing away. So we listened to the Sunday afternoon session of General Conference.
I am blessed with thoughtful friends who look out for me when I've been under the weather. Tina popped over with some goodies for the boys (to keep them out of my hair) and the lovely Laura came and visited us today as well, with her gorgeous little man, and brought around dinner for us and some chocolate treats too. How lucky am I not having to make dinner tonight and we get to enjoy someone else's good cooking.
RIP Boba Fett. Amelia got to him.
ANZAC Day holiday. The boys got out the bikes and rode around the street. Ethan and Toby did a bike swap which is why the bike Ethan is on looks a little small.
Autumn is so beautiful at the moment. The sun is shining and the leaves are so colourful and I have fallen in love all over again with Autumn and have been going for lots of walks. I've found a new way to capture leaves in a fun and easy way. I've become an Instagram addict using my iPod camera. I don't have an iPhone so I'm not sure what the quality difference is between them but it's so much easier to carry around an iPod than my big camera and it has some instant filters to enhance the photo's.
I have been taking as many photo's of Autumn leaves as possible on my walks. Eleanor from Lady Proteus suggested that I use Instacanvas to display my photo's a day. With that in mind I've been getting excited because I'd really like to get a canvas printed with my collection of Instagram Autumn leaves. I'm sure it would be a little like my Autumn leaf quilt that Joan made for me.
I got to watch Sam's soccer game today, it was a tight game and the outcome 2 all.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Poem excerpt: 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon
Our neighbour Ron after the school ANZAC Day assembly. He is a Vietnam Veteran who grows the Flanders poppies every November in his garden.
To my international friends if you wish to know more about this day that Australian and New Zealander's commemorate the Australian War Memorial has an abundance of information on ANZAC traditions.
Monday, 23 April 2012
Yes I know Easter is over and so is the show here in Sydney but I'm still behind with my posts so I thought I'd get this one done in one big hit. The boys are back to school tomorrow and it seems like ages since we went to the show. I took so many photo's I just haven't spent much time sorting through them until now. So here it is our day at the show. It was the Friday after the Easter long weekend and it was a very sunny, warm day.
|Don't we look so excited to go to the show?! When do we get there? How much longer until the train comes?|
|Discovery of the old space invader machines (with the desire to buy one) was our first stop inside the show grounds.|
I can't believe it but I survived a day at the show without being totally exhausted. Thanks to Donald who spent a large part of the time with the boys on rides, choosing show bags and allowing me a few occasions to wander off on my own to visit the more peaceful, down to earth things the show has to offer, like the dogs, arts and craft displays, the food hall. I even had treats the boys didn't know about, like hazelnut gelato, I bought my own show bags, the Arnott's biscuit bag and the Purina doggy bag, I was tempted by many other foodie bags but thought I'd save my pennies for something special. So I indulged in a few blocks of goats milk soap, a few all natural, unscented and a few with Lemon myrtle essential oils and it smells so good.
|The wool spinning ladies|
We all visited the livestock, it's not the show if you don't go and see the farm animals. I feel so much more at home with the livestock aromas than I do in side show alley (that's if they even call it that anymore) with the noise of rides, screaming, people everywhere and smokers everywhere.
|Visiting the poultry and livestock is compulsory, in fact it's the only real reason I go to the show.|
|Ringside entertainment by crazy bike riders, absolutely fun.|
|Donald King of the ride coupons|
|The boys on their first ride|
|Me on my only ride|
The boys had a good time on the different rides, all survived without incident. I think we all enjoyed the day in our own ways.
|While the boys went on more rides I visited the produce displays and art and crafts|
|Waiting in the peace and quiet for the next activity|
|The final activity of the day for us, the State of Origin Rodeo: Qld vs NSW|
I know my photo's are a bit blurry, I'm still practicing with my zoom lens, I just need to work out a few adjustments for light and motion. Although I think some of these photo's are kind of effective with their blurs of motion. I love watching the horses working. I used to think the stars of the rodeo were the pick up boys on their horses (the guys on horses that pick up the crazy bronco or bull riders when they come off) in fact I think I still do. It gives my heart a little flutter seeing them at work. An old romantic notion of mine from back in my days as a governess/jillaroo.
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Sunday morning we sat in our lounge and listened to General Conference from our church. We listen to church leaders and gain inspiration from their talks. I sat and crocheted and the boys all drew.
Lost in thought, lost in the dinner, my self portrait of the week, this is me every night.
A very, very, dark, wet day spent at home with the rain pelting outside. In the afternoon we closed the blinds, turned out the lights, snuggled up on the lounge and watched "The Man from Snowy River" and all time favourite movie of mine. Afterwards the boys sat and read, a very settled kind of day.
Another rainy, wet day, we donned our gum boots and umbrella's and went for a splash at the dog park with Amelia.
A beautiful day in the Blue Mountains with my boys, sadly we are looking down at the rubbish that people have dumped just below the lookout at Kurrajong.
Ethan's 10th Birthday. He's finishing off the decoration of his birthday cake. Donald cut the Dalek shape and piped the outlines and Ethan filled in the Dalek with blue icing, hence the blue tongue.
It was a soccer day today, all four boys played a game each. We had 2 wins, 2 losses, a twisted ankle and I missed all of the games by being in bed with a really nasty migraine. Here's Toby pulling his soccer socks off in a rather unusual way.
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