Friday, June 29, 2012

Grey harbour.

Sydney Harbour on a rainy Friday morning.
I hope that wherever you are you are having a warm and dry weekend.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ghostly trees on a dance filled weekend

What does one do when one is bored on a dancing weekend?
Take a photo of something completely unrelated.
Standing outside the theatre at the UTS in Lindfield, waiting for hubby as daughter's mid year dance concert was soon to begin. 
Tired (was up early getting her ready and had done it all the day before as well, for the dress rehearsal).
I became mesmerised by these trees.  They seemed to shine in the sunshine.  They appeared almost silver.
I took a quick photo - was a little embarrassed as everyone around me was taking photos of their children and I was the only strange person taking a photo of trees.
I think they're ghost gums .

Anyway, it was the only photo I took the entire weekend that didn't include a child in a spangly costume.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Winter sun and Summer fog?

I got up grumpily early today.  But I soon lost my grumps when I saw the beautiful sunrise this morning.

Today I also came across some photos I took of Manly beach enveloped in fog last November, but never got around to posting.  They make a lovely contrast to the photos above.
I hope everyone is having a lovely week.  Weekend almost here!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mother and daughter weekend

I discovered a wonderful blog recently.  A great find for all Sydney bloggers.  Family Fun in Sydney is an awesome blog listing fun things happening in and around Sydney.  I took advantage of a movie special it advertised last weekend.   My daughter and I printed out the coupons and went to see the new Disney Pixar movie, Brave.

Picture from Upcoming Pixar

I really liked this film, because it wasn't your usual "headstrong lass meets lovable rogue, they initially despise each other but eventually fall in love after having many adventures where they're unwillingly thrust together and must work together" type of movie.  Instead it was about family, and in particular about a love between a mother and a daughter.  Lots of laughs and some emotional scenes (well I thought so anyway).  My gorgeous girl seemed to be affected by it too because afterwards she couldn't get enough of me ha ha.  Still, I didn't mind a bit of clinginess.  Don't worry - the movie has a happy ending (this is Disney after all).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rain rain go away! Come back when my washing is dry!

It has been raining for days.
Not raining - pouring.
Days and days.
This morning we got a reprieve.
The sun came out.
The neighbourhood rejoiced.
I have such a back log of wet things on the line.
Damp things taking forever to dry in the tumble dryer, and taking an eternity hanging inside.
And damp smelly things waiting to be washed.
We are running out of clothes.

So today I washed, and respun, and dried (air and tumble)
And took pictures to celebrate the sun.

Then the clouds came over again.
And as I type, I can hear more rain.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Gore Hill Cemetery

A couple of months ago I took a wander around an old Cemetery.  Because that wander coincided with my hubby's second surgery, I felt it wasn't appropriate to post the photos.  I guess it would appear morbid to some - walking through a cemetery and taking photos while waiting for one's husband to come out of surgery - but I actually found it very peaceful and comforting.  Maybe it's because the only noise I heard was the rustle of the breeze and birds singing, or maybe it was because all the headstones were so old that none of it felt relevant to me.  Whatever the reason, I felt more calm there than waiting at the hospital.  I posted a few photos on this post.


The Gore Hill Cemetery is in St Leonards, right next to the hospital.  Though mind you, once you're ensconced within  overgrowth and elegant decay, you feel like you're in another world.

Established in 1868, it was in use up until 1974, though apparently ashes can still be interred there.

The cemetery was heritage listed in 2001, and though much is still overgrown, parts of it are being lovingly restored.  Particularly on the site where Mary McKillop was buried for a short time.  (I didn't take photos of that - too many workmen)

On the way back to the hospital I stumbled across a plot filled with the graves of children.  Most were buried in the first couple of decades of the 20th century.  I felt sad for the little ones.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Vivid Sydney

Between 25 May and 11 June is the annual Vivid Festival in Sydney.  It's a wonderful festival of lights and music, where at night the city's buildings are lit up in bright colours, and light and music displays are everywhere.  I last went in 2010 (having missed it last year) and had a lot of fun.  We haven't been to this one yet, but are hoping to catch it this weekend.  So, as a result, the photos you are about to see weren't taken by me.

They were taken by my friend Clive.  A man with an incredible passion for life, and takes the most brilliant photos.   He kindly let me post some here.  You can see the rest of Clive's photos here .

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Winter, vintage and food - does it get any better?

Just received my new acquisition.
A 1950'sdress from Vintage Clothing. 
{Photos of dress from Vintage Clothing - again my phone camera didn't do it justice}
Photo from Vintage Clothing

Photo from Vintage Clothing

I discovered this fabulous website few months back now, and fell in love with everything on it.  Linda's clothes and accessories are in beautiful condition and she's a darling to deal with.  I had already bought an Edwardian top from her (which I'm still looking to repair after my washing tragedy) and had put a deposit on the above dress when we got the news about hubby's cancer.    Linda has been so understanding and I was able to pay off the dress in small amounts.  (Yes it cost more than my usual thrifting - but so worth it) Now finally, it's in my wardrobe.  Just in time for Winter.

Also, just in time for Winter - oranges are in season!

I had a desire to bake.
I had some oranges to use up.

 I decided to make an orange and poppy seed cake.
I used Nigella Lawson's (my culinary heroine) recipe for lemon maderia cake (which is my family's favourite) and just substituted the lemon for an orange, and added a tablespoon of poppy seeds to the mix.

ps.  Hubby's last scan showed cancer gone gone GONE!!!!!  Think I'll have some cake to celebrate..................