Sunday, 27 May 2018


When you place some flowers in front of a window so that the natural light allows you to take a photo indoors and an inquisitive four legged, furry friend interrupts...

what are you doing?

yes I can sit and stay, I am a cute and clever dog

ok enough sitting and staying, just a little nibble

and a little lick

hmmm interesting

a bit more of a chomp

oh oh

Sunday, 20 May 2018


My favourite kind of celebration this weekend - having all the kids down. There was a fair bit of cooking and eating, some sitting around the fire pot and the planting of some trees.

(Some rather grainy and blurry snap shots!)

A watched pot never boils

Beanie buddies

A spot of fire contemplation

The resident chefs cooking up a storm

Gnocchi making, with the genuine article gifted to Rachel from family in Italy when we visited last year

Meanwhile outside the trees were going in (there was a slight oh oh moment when a water pipe was damaged - a wonderful local plumber fixed it up in no time)

And the gnocchi was very very good...

Monday, 14 May 2018

no photo

I've spent the last few days in Tassie with my family and without my camera. So no photo of my mother and her dog sitting side by side in their rocking chairs, no photo of my sister's feet after hiking over 500km on the Bibbulmun Track, no photo of my nephew who has grown and changed so much I hardly recognised him and no photo of a beautiful Tassie autumn Mother's Day lunch by the Tamar River - blue sky, blue water, autumn coloured trees and vineyards. No photos but lots of beautiful memories...

Sunday, 6 May 2018

rest time

When you decide to lay on the floor in the sun, it's no surprise if eventually you end up with a dog on your face...

Monday, 23 April 2018

Sunday, 15 April 2018


This wintery weekend was just right for soup making; yesterday a large pot of lamb and chickpea,  tonight a classic chicken. And the best thing - a freezer full of heart warming goodness for other rainy days...

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

the last bit

We completed the last section of the Surf Coast walk on the weekend. It was our favourite part with lots of cliff top walking and views out over the sea. It was certainly more enjoyable minus our packs (we had to postpone our 3 Capes walk in Tassie til later in the year, so training with packs was no longer a necessity)

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

a student life

I am not sure why we bought a desk for her bedroom. All her stuff is sprawled on the kitchen table and that is where 'studying' happens...

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

surf coast walk

Zac and Jan joined us for a training hike yesterday. We knocked off a few more stages of the Surf Coast Walk. These sections included bush tracks, cliffs and the beach. The variety was certainly appreciated.

Monday, 5 March 2018

a girl's best friend

First day of Uni done and dusted, her constant companion helping out with the homework...

Monday, 26 February 2018

a golden field

There is a golden field of sunflowers nearby. Its draw is irresistible, inviting you to stop a while and be present - to colour and beauty, to simplicity and the magic that is all around...

Sunday, 4 February 2018


Gave my new backpack (and boots) a bit of a trial run, almost 10km carrying almost 10kg. As usual Winnie got tired legs but now she has her very own doggy back pack. Think Colin would have preferred to carry my backpack rather than the Winnie-bago! But I need the practice and he doesn't.

Unfortunately only had Colin's iPhone again

Sunday, 28 January 2018

elite cyclists

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race goes right past our front door...

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Monday, 1 January 2018

a new year

My blogging has been sketchy of late so in 2018 I'm taking a break, kind of. Well making a bit of a change anyway. My aim for the year is to post one photo each week capturing something of the ordinary and everyday. A kind of visual diary of life for us here in Barwon Heads. I am going to focus on black and white, I have very little experience or understanding of this genre and it will be a great way to learn.

So here is the first offering, unfortunately taken on Colin's iPhone so the quality is crap, but the memory is priceless.

A 10 km walk to wear in our new hiking boots, someone got tired legs half way through...