Friday, 29 August 2014

my family lens / arrival



















This week has seen for us, not only the impending arrival of spring but also the arrival of my youngest brother. Final he is joining us here in Melbourne, on what will be a more permanent basis. And what better place to bring the two together, than one of our favourite local haunts The Collingwood Childrens Farm. Where we were treated to bounding baby goats and a sweet little calf kept company by watchful sheep.

Baby animals are born in time for the milder weather, new life arrives with the new season, and signals new beginnings for all.


This is my third post in Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus Challenge #myfamilylens series. All photographs have been taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10. You can see my other posts in the series and notes on the camera here and here

Olympus have kindly sent me their OM-D E-M10 camera with the 14-42mm lens to test out for a couple of months. All opinions and views are my own. 

You can also check out the #myfamilylens and #VoicesOf2014 hashtags on instagram to see more great photographs as part of the challenge. 


                                             

Thursday, 28 August 2014

my family lens / grateful
















When the first rays of sun break through the gloomy winter clouds it signals Spring is well and truly on its way. Buds are blooming, the grass and trees are boasting their new found youth and the sky is brightest blue.

We venture out, the beach being our favorite place to revisit. The sunshine thaws us, the air is fresh and earthy. We walk bare footed, the sun on our skin and sand between our toes, it's restorative.

I'm grateful for beach days, after a long cold winter.


This is my second post in Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus Challenge #myfamilylens series. All photographs have been taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10.

The camera was great to use on a bright light day at the beach. It's compact all metal design and twin dial system of the OM-D E-M10. The smaller, lighter body of the camera means I am more likely to take it everywhere with me as apposed to lugging around my SLR. 
Built in wi-fi is included, The Olympus Image Share app which allows you to share your photos directly to your social media networks and allows control of the lens zoom directly from your smartphone, which makes it so much simpler to upload all my favourite shots straight to instagram.
I like that the OM-D E-M10 has a digital viewfinder as well as a large LCD screen. The 16 megapixels offer great image quality considering the smaller sized sensor. As well as an effective stabilization system and super fast auto focus.
The camera comes with 12 art filters to choose from to give you total creativity, I haven't had a chance to play around with them too much, but I can't wait to give them a try. 

Olympus have kindly sent me their OM-D E-M10 camera with the 14-42mm lens to test out for a couple of months. All opinions and views are my own. 

You can also check out the #myfamilylens and #VoicesOf2014 hashtags on instagram to see more great photographs as part of the challenge. 

                                               

Monday, 25 August 2014

books to read


Whilst I haven't been here and on the interwebs so much over the last few weeks, I've been been cosied away catching up on some reading. I always go through stages with reading, I'll go a year without picking up a single book then, as if out of nowhere I'll greedily devour several over just a few weeks. That's where I'm at now, I finally read The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska which I loved. But now I don't know what to read next, I'd love to hear your suggestions.


So tell me, what have you been reading?


Thursday, 21 August 2014

on speaking my mind


So many times this week I've walked away from a conversation or situation only to berate myself.

Why did I agree to that? 
Why didn't I stand up for myself? 
Why didn't I speak my mind?

Continually I find myself saying 'yes' when the reality is, it's the last thing I'd want to be wasting my precious time on. I want to tell people the words they speak are hurtful and fallacious, that they have perhaps misunderstood. But then there's the silence, words not said, thoughts unspoken and conversations avoided.

Why is it so hard for me to say how I feel?

Mostly I think it's because I don't like confrontation, I aim to please and hate letting people down. But more and more lately I am growing tired of people taking me for granted. I want to be heard.

I need to find my voice, to speak my mind and my truths.


Please tell me I'm not the only person who feels this way??


Monday, 18 August 2014

makin' it / peg dolls







The little lady begged for some crafting/making over the weekend so we dug out some wooden pegs we'd stashed away for a rainy day. Quite fitting really. Melbourne's grey weather was the perfect backdrop for some casual creativity.

We rummaged through the art supplies and found ourselves some coloured paper, tissue paper, pompoms, feathers, string, and washi tape and set about making our posse of peg princesses (of course) oh and some pirates too!

Things got pretty messy but we had loads of fun. The peg princesses even got a special visit to the dolls house!

What have you been makin' latley?


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

ten on ten / august











Ten photos, over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Gratitude for the simplest moments of our day captured.

A completely late and slightly boring home day for ten on ten this month. 

You can find out how to join in here.


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