Friday, February 28, 2014

The picture book series – The Chicken Thief

For quite some time The Chicken Thief and its sequel, The Fishing Trip by BĂ©atrice Rodriguez were Oscar's go to books every night before bed. Every night. And truthfully, they are two of the most delightful and delightfully illustrated books ever. Seriously.

They are books without words, which has allowed our telling of the tale to evolve and become elaborate – or if we're really tired, to be simplified. It also allows for story telling to be more than 'reading' marks on paper, but an aural tradition. A way to respect imagination over ability to read or write correctly. Things that feel less valued by our education system these days, but to me feel so important for the growth of memory and creativity.

Linking to Jess and her a book a week series. 
(ps Jess, I meant to link every week, but life just keeps taking over at the moment. And I totally see the humour that I've posted books on chickens being stolen by foxes and chickens going fishing, while you have posted a book on veganism).

Sunday, February 23, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014

Iris – post zucchini fritter drumming. She loves having her whole family around, her face lights up and her expressions are so animated.
Nora –just hugging a gumtree.
Oscar – Rodge made him a simple stick figure flip book.

Last weeks favourites Owen in the woodland, Frankie in the puddles and Jessica as a dinosaur.

Joining in with Jodi.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014

Last week, I just took a couple of average photos. Sigh. Only week 7 and I'm struggling! That pic of Irie squinting up there is one of the ONLY pictures I took of her. Poor, neglected third child.

The pics I did take though, show my children at play in spaces we visit almost weekly. I imagine when they look back (as I will print them into a book) they will remember the joy they felt. Feel a sense of nostalgia even.

Iris – abandoned to explore the scratchy ground as we run around the park like little crazies.
Nora – hiding out at gymbaroo. That haircut, by the way, was courtesy of Osc just before christmas.
Oscar – he looks so tall all of a sudden.

Last weeks favourites – this babe in the sink, Sage's delight as she flies and Henry and Coco exploring outdoors.

Joining in with Jodi.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The picture book series – Friends

Starting the series with a book from my own childhood. Friends by Helme Heine. One of the most charmingly illustrated books, that follows the adventures of a pig, a mouse and a rooster.

Linking to Jess at Malt Memories.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


At the beginning of this week, we ducked down the coast to Kiama. I won't lie, as I was driving down, not only was I dreaming of all the lovely things we'd get up too – but I was also thinking about the photo ops ... goodness this 52 thing gets into your head. I was imagining beautiful images of my children running along the beach, collecting shells, splashing in rockpools, wandering through rainforests and marvelling at the lighthouse.

Goodness I can be silly, with this project I have remember to live in the moment, rather than live to capture the moment. Naturally, in the end, my favourite pics were none of the above!

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014

Iris – I'm taking a break on my bed, back home and exhausted. Iris is keeping me company.
Nora – watching Oscar and his antics.
Oscar – watching the blowhole blow, being buffeted by the seriously cold rain and wind.

Favourites from last week – Eleanor and her shadow + Phineas hunting for goblins.

Joining in with Jodi.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Another pentagon ball

For my darling niece Ottilie.

We'll keep it a secret that it took me five months to get my act together and finish it.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


This year I've decided to do a monthly selection for the stills series (I hope you don't mind Em). These are the images that sum up my January.

1  I started this year sooo optimistic. It is the year that I'm not pregnant, that my oldest starts preschool – meaning I have a few hours every week with only two children. It is a year filled with so much possibility. I wrote out some basic resolutions with my breakfast. And so far, this month, I have not kept a single one. Onwards to February!
2   My dad's delicious tomatoes, in his vegie patch.
3   Swimming with grandad aka Toes.
4   Frangipani. The scent of Sydney in January.
5   My sis Aym and my niece Ottilie. Exxopolis was a highlight this month, it was wonderful watching Nora's absolute delight.
6   Neon succulent.
7   A little something I started after an inspiring workshop with Alfalky. It was meant to be for Dad for his birthday, but it wasn't finished on time. I'll share properly once I complete it.
8   My dad sharing secrets with Osc before they blow out his birthday the candles together.
9   Oscar ready to help, by my dad's vegie patch.
10   Nora's handiwork. My poor Iris. Luckily she seems to have a pretty good sense of humour already.
11   The neat part of my embroidery thread collection. I'm hoping I'll spend some more time doing this in February. And that maybe I'll pull out my watercolours. I have so many ideas rattling round in my head.
12   The last two days of January saw Oscar start preschool. Nora promptly took over his bed for her naps.

Linking with the rather clever Em.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014

Iris – cross-eyed determination.
Nora – absent mindedly washing her hands.
Oscar – telling me all about the yellow ladybug on his finger.

It was a big week this one, Iris' first two teeth appeared and Oscar started preschool.

Two favourites from last week – beautiful Bijou and her flower crown + the light in this photo of fly-away red hair, freckles and clear eyes.

Joining in with Jodi.