Friday, January 27, 2012

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

Cold Embrace by Cyril Ruoso

Today Osc, myself and a couple of friends are off to check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 at the Australian Museum. It'll be Oscar's first trip to a museum, so I'm hoping all goes well, and the place leaves a lovely impression on him. We'll definitely also have to check out kidspace.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad!

Sure today might be Australia Day, but it is also my Dad's birthday. I've painted him a water colour of his favourite place as a gift. (Using, as you can see, my mum's beautiful old Winsor and Newtown Sketcher's Water Colour Pocket Box).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


It has been a rainy afternoon here in Sydney, perfect for making torta frita.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Pablo Picasso's The Studio of La Californie, 1956

This weekend, my whole family (including an Aunt, Uncle + cousin) will be heading to The Art Gallery of NSW to see 'the greatest Picasso exhibition to ever come to Australia' and I'm super excited! Should be beautiful and inspiring. Hope you have a lovely weekend too.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Baby girl names

Oscar Graeme Ignatius (with papa's hands), less than 24 hours old. Photo taken by my sister Amy.

My girls name list is big and ever changing – there are just too many beautiful girls names out there! Here is what I have currently –
Celeste (my younger sister's name)
Eve (my middle name, so a bit of cheating there) 
Margaret (my Grandmother's name)
Nora (after my partner's Grandma)

My partner's favourite combination is Nora Lilian Celeste, but I'm still mixing and matching ... we shall see.

And some beauties from the UK Telegraph (seriously go over there and have a look, this is just the tip of the iceberg!) –
Amelie Sparkle
Bali Evelyn
Daisy Honor Santa
Florence Mable Peace
Giulietta Ines Susanna
Holly Olivia Julia (her sisters are Saffron and Poppy!)
Isabelle Eleanor Dulcie
Jemima Venetia Antoinette
Persephonie Ella
Primrose Carole Enfys (nickname to be Posy)
Rosabelle Sophia Beatrice
Scarlett Sundquist Papillon
Varoushka Clementine Margo
Wilhelmina Rosamund Venetia

Other online places that are great for name ideas are nameberry and this British Baby Names blog.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


The master Oscar is spending the afternoon with his Abuela, so I'm sitting with a cup of tea, admiring the new/old tablecloth I purchased at the local Stash and Treasure markets. Aren't the two toned embroidered blossoms beautiful? 

I'm looking forward to eating, catching up with friends and a little bit of literary discussion tonight at bookclub. It is the perfect way to get over the mid-week hump.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Painted pebble #2

I painted this little pebble for my turtle-loving sister Tess. But I forgot to take any pics, so had to steal this one from her tumblr (which is full of gorgeous photos). Pebble #1 can be found here. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A trip to my parents place

I love this cushion – sewn by my mum

Prettiness in their garden – nasturtium amongst curry plant, dahlia, coral vine

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Baby boy names

My son, Oscar Graeme Ignatius at only a couple of weeks old

I LOVE checking out birth announcements and with a baby due at the end of March, I've been perusing the pages again. My favourite place to look is in the UK Telegraph. I especially love the fact that so many of the parents choose two middle names. Here are some of the recent beauties people have named their new sons –

Alfie Oscar Gerald

Archie Benjamin Oscar

Arlo Ted Lucas

Atticus Edward Samuel

Cosmo Seymour Victor

Crispin Giles Lancelot

Felix Oscar Jack

Frederick Wyndham Clunie

Horatio Frederick Colin

Inigo ('Iggy') Edward Fawkes

Louis Zulu St John

Rudyard Francis Basil

Wilfred Cameron Brodie

Other names that caught my eye include Otto, Milo, Montague, Eyre, Maximo and Garnet.

My list for boys includes –
Greenhalgh (a family name, could be used in the middle)
Horace (after my grandad)
Ruben (my partner's name)

Not entirely sure which I'll choose and in what combination. I'm a little concerned that most of the names I choose for boys are two syllables, I think I need something with three syllables in there somewhere.

I'll post my girls name list later – but be warned it is much, much longer!

Monday, January 9, 2012


Some lovely bits and pieces from recent adventures ...

Bear's Paw friendship quilt, belonging to my mum
Stained glass in the front door of my sister's house
Tomatoes on my balcony
Table set for lunch
Going for a stroll

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I love the Australian Bush

Just a few more photos taken near Patonga on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia. Despite loving the bush, I'm not so good at naming the plants, however, like all children that grew up on May Gibbs, I can confidently tell you that the flower in the bottom picture is Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi).

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hexagon rock formation

Off the side of the road, on the way to Patonga there is this beautiful natural clearing with this 'oh so crazy hexagon-like' rock formation. Up top is a picture of my family (my mum, my son Oscar, my sister Amy and my dad) checking it out. I love exploring in the summer-time.

Monday, January 2, 2012


My son Oscar LOVES all of his grandmas. Here he is with his beautiful bisabuelita (Great Grandma).

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Scenes from Christmas

Photos taken at my sister Amy's house. How beautiful was her christmas wrapping in the top picture? She also made the most delicious honey glazed ham, we're eating the leftovers in the bottom pic.