Monday, 21 July 2014

stills








Kitchen scene with a little helper.
Pancake stack
First footy game. Go Cats!
Legwarmers from her Acorn shoot
Winter decorations from kindy
Multitasking

We've been laying low over the last week or so as we settle back into the school routine and take shelter from Melbourne's icy cold weather. Tell me you've been doing something more interesting??



Joining the always gorgeous Em.

Monday, 14 July 2014

my family lens / favourite











As the temperature drops to sub freezing our favourite thing to do is to head to the snow. Layer upon layer we wrap ourselves in thermals and wool and pull on multiple pairs of socks. We pack the car with all the necessities and snow gear, extra warm dry clothes, our portable gas burner to heat our soup for lunch and boil water for restorative hot drinks and of course the toboggan!

We spot snow piled intermittently on the roadsides as we approach the summit. The roads are clouded and a thick continuous layer of fog is upon us. While we drive slowly, the excitement inside the car builds rapidly and the roadside snow piles turn into an abundance of lush, powdery snow. 

Once arrived and with gloves pulled on firmly we head to straight to the toboggan run and give it our best. The day proceeds with bursts of snow play interspersed with steaming cups of tea to thaw us out. A mandatory snowball fight and snow man is built complete with hair and seed pod buttons. We end the day with a walk up to the summit, the kids tired legs barely make it to the top, but it made one hell of a toboggan ride back down. 

The warmth of the car drive home thaws us and sleep comes easy. Our hearts and heads are filled with favourite snow day memories and precious snow filled jars adorn our freezer as a continuing reminder. 


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

I am loving the 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. 

                                       

Thursday, 10 July 2014

ten on ten / july












Ten (or more in this case) photos, over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Gratitude for the simplest moments of our day captured. 

You can find out how to join in here.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

bored games






School holidays are here!! (insert happy dance). Apart from our very exciting snow trip yesterday, we've spent the majority of this week at home. We all benefit from, and enjoy the slower pace of holidays. No early morning starts and the rush of the school routine. Instead, well the reality is, we mooch around in our pj's, watch movies, chat, drink cups of tea and waste a few hours playing Lego. I've been self appointed head Lego re-builder/sorter, a job that seems to need doing each time the holidays come 'round and one that I take quite seriously.

Then the boredom sets in.

But this time I was reminded of an article I read recently (I can't remember who wrote it or where I saw it, please tell me if it was you...) Anyhow the gist of it was that a certain amount of boredom is good for children. It allows them to use their imagination, be creative and be free to embrace ideas and spontaneity. So I turned the television off and left them to it as I pottered about the house. They flitted loudly from one toy to another for no more than a minute at a time, playing both together and individually, unable to focus on any one thing fully. And then there was quiet (which is always alarming). I came into the kitchen to find a chess game in full swing. He was teaching her to play. I grabbed the camera and snapped a few photographs to record the occasion, I'm not sure it's a scene that will ever reoccur, but here's hoping.

I'll be digging some more board games out for next week. What are your favorites? 



Monday, 23 June 2014

stills









Pretty light and new boots dumped by the back door.
Winter is truly upon us.
Frankie came to stay, just for the weekend.
Rainy day backyard play.
Fence sitting.
Kitchen bench scene. And those orchids.
Working on a new project.

Oh the wind was awful here today. I think we've got some really chilly days ahead of us, which I'm not so excited about. Though I am really looking forward to the school holidays coming up at the end of this week!! Are you?

Happy week!

xx

Thursday, 19 June 2014

lunchbox oat cookies


Ok, I have to be honest - the majority of these were scoffed as soon as they were out of the oven. But the rest, well they were a huge hit in the lunchboxes this week, perfect for morning tea.

ingredients
125g butter at room temperature, chopped
1 cup raw or brown sugar
1 egg
1.5 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1.5 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup of milk
1.5 cups rolled oats
1 cup sultanas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup coconut

method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and line two trays with baking paper.
Use electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg.
Sift in flour, salt, bicarb and cinnamon, and mix into the butter.
Add milk and oats, then the seeds, coconut and sultanas mixing after each addition until just combined.
Place tablespoons full of the mixture onto prepared trays and flatten slightly, leave room for spreading.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden.
Allow to cool, then dust lightly with icing sugar.



Monday, 16 June 2014

winter orchids

When I wandered out to the garden today I stumbled upon this beauty, in full glorious bloom. I don't know why it caught me by such surprise, it happens each year. Always in the first week of winter, as the temperature drops the orchid sprays rise to greet us. Sitting unnoticed in our garden for months at a time, they seem to thrive on neglect. I believe it is called a Cymbidium orchid, but I can't be sure. 

This moment signals a sentimental time for me too. Out of these dreary winter days their golden petals appear as if out of nowhere. Planted many years ago by my mother in law, here they stand today reminding me of her. Always fittingly as her birthday rolls by, when we're remembering a strong, admirable woman taken from this life all too soon. The coincidence is not lost on me.  

In a day or so's time I will cut each stem and bring them inside for us to admire as we go about our days. We will marvel in their glory and speak of her. 


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