It was my Birthday last Saturday, so on Friday I went into the city and did some solo-wandering, followed by tea-drinking, and then dinner and festival exploration with some friends. Had such a beautiful time.
The next morning I had breakfast in the Central Markets with the three most important people in the world. They were silly, I had porridge, and it was excellent.
Turning 24 is decidedly scary, but as Ash and I later discussed, the best thing to do is turn that fear into motivation. Motivation to never pause, never wait, never stop Adventuring.
– em xoxo
January; I have drunk fresh coconut water for the first time, planted a garden in hot dry earth, become more acquainted with beaches, been barefoot, watched sunflowers bloom and their saffron-colour defy my attempts to capture their likeness.
– em xoxo
Went to visit Elise’s new house! It was so peaceful and zen in there. Made us very excited about our house, which is basically the same design. Elise made a fantastic thai curry, and we met her huge white cat, Feodor.
– em xoxo
Gingerbread stars, just one of the treats in the mindblowingly delicious homemade sweets basket given to us by the wonderful Simon and Jess.
NERF gun duels in the park. A very worthy occupation. Sadly, I lost, and was shot in the stomach. *sigh* such an inelegant death.
My new bike! Actually, it’s Ash’s mum’s old bike, which she has passed on to me. So excited to tidy it up and go riding!
In the midst of the new year heatwave, on a balmy evening, we went to visit my very good friend Sarah, while she was house-sitting. We made fantastic vegetarian pizza and sat around in the spa. It was perfect.
Thankyou for a lovely evening Sarah!
– em xoxo
Woke up in a warm, white cloud room, with my love.
In the evening, we packed the car and drove up to Wynn Vale for the Green-Family Christmas, held this year at the house of my cousin Sam and her partner Dylan. Had such a lovely time, she knows just how to do Christmas! There were pfeffernusse and everything!!
Lovely T2 wrapping!
This was the most fantastically geeky Christmas tree, it had a bunch of these, and Yoda lights. Awesome.
Lovely gifts :)
Like Father, Like Son
Like Mother, Like Daughter!
– em xoxo
There is a very old, worn out, whitewashed house near the entrance to the town where I live. Every time I go past it I think “poor house, I’d like to rescue you someday.”
Sadly though, we recently learned that the new (giant) overpass that is about to be build will go straight over where that sad old house is! Mum and I were very distressed to learn this, and decided to go and explore it before it is demolished.
It had a very odd feel about it, especially inside. I’m not usually one for ghost stories and that kind of thing, but it did feel very eerie and forlorn. I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was someone else in the house, moving silently from room to room to avoid us. Every time I went to open a door, I was sure I would come upon them, slipping down a hallway or perhaps just on the other side of the door, listening to our footsteps on the creaky boards.
All through the house there were these amazing decorations on the ceiling, straight out of the victorian era. it made me wonder how old the house was, and it made me so sad to know that a bulldozer will come through and just obliterate all of it, every single tiny whitewashed bow and delicate rose.
So many people have poured their life out into this building, and filled it with innumerable tiny triumphs and tragedies. But still, like everything, it crumbles, and hollows out, and becomes a victim of progress.
Here’s a few more spring adventurings.
Firstly, mum and I went to see an open garden up near chalk hill road, it was called Tipsy Hill and it was just so beautiful and good for exploring.
I’ve also been doing a lot of garden pottering recently. Among my wanderings, I found some spring treasures:
Goodbye dear spring!
– em xoxo
I lounged around at Julia’s the other day, and had a very pleasant time watching a rehearsal for Eli’s upcoming recital.
I love the colour combination of Eli’s drum kit.
Gosh, it is such a muso-house, I love it.
– em xoxo
Spring is starting to show, finally! We have begun opening the doors, collecting flowers and bringing in pieces of bare winter branch, to watch them sprout and blossom in tandem with the outside world.
It is time for adventures.
Mum, joyfully gathering “surprise-roadside-freesias”
Lunch at Oscars in McLaren Vale with Dad
The Majestic Rooster, at Tineke’s studio in Willunga
More of Tineke’s lovely garden
Spring is happening indoors too! When I brought these twigs in, three weeks ago, they looked dead. Imagine my surprise when I saw this happening!
And finally, what better way to occupy oneself during early spring, than planning a house!! Ash and I spent an excited hour selecting “sorbet” colours for the inside of our new house! (Or new house-to-be)
Enjoy the sun!
So, this month we’ve had the heaviest hail I have ever seen, and some bizarrely thick mist! I had to document!
The hail started off quite light, but it just got heavier and heavier, and the size of the hailstones became increasingly ridiculous!
When it stopped (as suddenly as it began!) all the neighbours came out onto their driveways and marvelled! It looked like snow!
Only a few weeks later, I got up to find the outside world wreathed in mist! At 9am we were still in the midst of a cloud, so naturally, I went on a mist-snapping adventure!
Almond blossom in the mist. So magical.
Things like this make me feel alive.
Here’s a few random pictures I snapped in June:
This was the Willunga Waldorf School’s 2011 musical, written by Allye Sinclair, Albert Jamae and Ambrae Jamae. The students did really well, I was very impressed! I was asked to take some photos as part of my role at the school (sometimes admin staff, sometimes promotions, sometimes lab assistant!)
This is a painting I completed as a commission. This is the biggest painting I’ve ever done! It was strange too, as it was basically a remake of a painting that I did a while back. The woman who commissioned this one saw the original and liked it, but wanted something bigger!
Lastly, a rather blurry but amusing shot of Ash and I all suited up for members night at Laser Tag!