sparkling water

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So for some reason, and I can’t really explain why, or where the sudden obsession came from, I’ve become very focused, for want of a better word, on bokeh. I think I might have seen a photo on Facebook that … Continue reading

what weeds look like at sunset in spring

First Saturday after Winter sports season wrapped up and Spring put on a perfectly glorious day. For the first time since Easter I was able to hang my washing outside and it dried! Hung out at the Sporting Club for an hour or so… nothing like that first taste of Summer.

Seeing as how it was so sunny and nice, obviously the neglected Winter garden called to us. The overgrown grass, the weeds, the leaves in the bottom of the pool… and I figured that, seeing as how this week marks the 11th year since we moved into our first, and only, brand spanking new house, it was time for a touch of paint on the front door and verandah.

A quick trip to our local Bunnings, found a lovely new colour for the door, back home, scrubbed and painted the door while the sun shone. Husband mowed the grass on the nature strip, teenage son did some tidying up in the back yard, teenage daughter and her bestie took the dogs for a walk, then let them escape and had to chase them as they ran around the the reserve and through the creek across the road.

After I finished painting, I stood back and admired my handiwork for a couple of minutes and decided I still had enough light to head down the road to the nearest Canola field and try to snap some ‘spring’ photos for an online competition. Sadly, when I got down there, I discovered that someone had already chopped the crop, and the sun was almost setting. Disappointment kicked in. But as I drove a little bit further down the road the following weeds caught my eye…

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Doubting Thomas

This afternoon, after I published a post about my upcoming trip to NYC, I was searching for other new posts on the WP home page. And what I noticed was that I couldn’t actually find the section of the home page that allowed me to simply search by topic. I could see the Freshly Pressed posts, but I had to really search for all the other recent posts. Which I found pretty frustrating. And I wondered, because I haven’t posted anything for a while, why that ability for members and guests to just see recent posts was changed, or made more difficult. Seriously? Anyone know? I mean, how do new members, and people with really not many followers, get noticed and get more followers, which then obviously would encourage them to post more?

Anyway, my search for something new to read (and ultimately, to see where my own recent post was listed amongst the newbies), lead me to The Daily Post and The Weekly Writing Challenge. Which I had never seen before. And I read it and thought… hmmm, I don’t think I have a ‘style’ of writing as such. Or that I was – am – inspired by anyone in particular. And I really wouldn’t have thought that I ‘imitate’ anyone else’s style of writing.  Or that I could even begin to know HOW to imitate any particular style of writing.  And I don’t know why anyone would want to try to write in any form other than what comes naturally to them. So I discarded the Weekly Writing Challenge. And as I put my laptop down my mind was having a little conversation with itself (kind of like the way Homer Simpson does with his good and bad self)… well, actually, that’s probably not quite an accurate description of what was going on in my mind. It was probably more along the lines of ‘what a stupid thing that is. To ask people who they imitate while they blog… pfft!’ But, then my thoughts turned to favourite writers and their style. Do I even have any? Do I actually know what their ‘style’ is? And isn’t it a little pretentious to claim to have a preferred ‘style’ of writing. Are there people out there who actually do, only read certain authors or certain styles of writing? And doesn’t that really limit what you can or can’t read, and therefore, an unlimited number of experiences? And do people actually ‘imitate’ their favourite writers? Seems bizarre to me.

I read pretty much anything. My house is full of various bookshelves with all sorts of writing.

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I’m not particularly a huge fan of horror stories, but I’ll read a good thriller, even the not so good ones. I read fantasy like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and so on, I read trashy romance novels (yes, I even bought and read these, which sit on a shelf in my bedroom in an attempt to stop either my teenage son or daughter reading them!

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- thought the writing was crap, didn’t mind the story overall), I read historical fiction, romcoms… I don’t really have a preference. And I’ve made sure my kids’ read a range of stuff too.

(one of Ryan’s bookshelves)

(one of Caitlin’s bookshelves)

Since I was a child I just loved to read. I still have pretty much ALL of my childhood favourite books. From the classics to Enid Blyton, who really was my favourite author for such a long time, to CS Lewis (and I have to say, I still love the Narnia Chronicles… all of them, and really, they’re really classics as well)

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And I’m super fanatical about grammar. Which, in my job (primary school teacher), is probably a good thing! So when I read something in which the grammar is not great, like so many Facebook posts and blogs, I kind of turn my nose up and roll my eyes, because I really hate it. I read a post on Facebook yesterday that said ‘girl purpose boy. Click like for yes, share for no’ and it has tens of thousands of likes and thousands of shares. And I wanted to write ‘that doesn’t even make sense and you really should learn to proof read before you post’, but I figured, what’s the point? Facebook has been overrun by silly, pointless, teenage rubbish and putting my teacher/parent/grammar correcting 2 cents worth in is also pointless. Anyway, back to the point. I read alot. Some of it good, some of it not so good, some of it awesome and awe inspiring.  Some of it extremely trivial… like the kind of trivia you find in simple magazines.

(these are my son’s Football Records)

(these are some of my home magazines)

(and these are my daughter’s girly mags, including a bunch of teenage girly mags that I kept from when I was her age and she thinks are totally retro!)

And I don’t really care who wrote it, what their particular style is, even if they have a particular style. I blog a bit. Not much, but you know, if I had more time to sit around, or if I knew how to blog quickly, without turning each blog into an essay, I might blog more. Either way, I write as I speak. I write whatever comes into my head, although Facebook has taught me to censor some of my thoughts because people, myself included, can easily (and often do!) misconstrue the simplest of comments when written rather than spoken.

So I guess the style I imitate, ultimately, is my own.

16 years in the making…

tickets

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Well, I’ve been MIA for a while and this comes down to 2 simple facts. 1 – school time is busy so I would expect to not have much time to blog during term time… in a normal school term. … Continue reading

A Trip to the Farmers’ Market

crazy rooster that kept running around in circles

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Had to take our son out to Bannockburn this morning to referee a local soccer match and by happy coincidence, the once a month Golden Plains Farmer’s Market was on. Not a very big market, we were able to stroll … Continue reading

new dream

Well I think it’s been about 2 weeks since I last posted anything. Once school went back, as much as I really wanted to keep up with my blogging, I just ran out of ideas. School seems to suck the life out of me… or at the very least, the imagination and inspiration. While I drive to work I keep a look out for something to photograph, every day I’m looking for something that stands out, that I haven’t already stopped to photograph on the way to or from school each day, and I do manage to snap a couple of photos here and there, like this one of a cobweb on the fence after a foggy start to the day

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but inspiration just goes missing when I have weekly plans to write, after school meetings and yard duties in the rain.

However, the local soccer season started last weekend and I had the chance to head down and take some photos of the newest and youngest members of the club, the under 7s, before heading out to my own son’s game. The excitement on their little faces was awesome. It was contagious and inspiring. And I wished so much that I had had a digital camera when Ryan started playing 10 years ago, instead of my little point and shoot 35mm that I had to buy film for and then pay to get them developed and then wait to see if there were any decent shots on the roll. So, anyway, I got some lovely photos of the little kids with my lovely little Canon and I love them so much I’ve set my heart on a new career. I no longer want to be a wedding photographer, I want to make a living out of taking photos of children in sport. And I mean children. Not adults in sport, not even teenagers really, although I did get some great snaps of our under 13s as well, but little kids. The joy, the excitement, the anticipation, the tears, the celebrations. I love it. And if I wasn’t putting my own kids through private school I’d be so so tempted to just spend my weekends snapping away as the kids chase a ball around a pitch, even knowing there’s no money in it.

So here’s a few of my faves from last weekend.

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and they’re off… running towards the ball at the first kick off

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celebrating after their win

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plenty of spills and thrills at this age

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guarding the goal

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my little nephew… such an intense look on his face as he has a shot.

I’ve only posted photos that I have put on our club’s facebook page of kids whose parents I know, and there are many more of them with much more joy and excitement on the kids faces, but I’m reluctant to put them up due to not really knowing all the parents well enough to say they won’t mind.

leaving on a jet plane…

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Today is the last day of the school holidays. Soccer season started this morning. And I’m sending my 14 year old daughter to Thailand without us tonight. She’s going with school, for 8 weeks. And I’m starting to get really … Continue reading

Easter

chocolate cupcakes

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It’s 11pm on Easter Sunday. The boys are watching the Manchester United v QPR game, Caitlin has gone to bed in disgust at the soccer once again being on the tv, my stomach hurts from eating too much today, I … Continue reading

some random photos – sunflowers in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden at school

my favourite sunflower photo

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Okay, since I’m just starting  out in the blogging world, and I’m trying to get my blog out and about, and because it’s holidays and I have time so I can, I’m going to post some photos that I’ve taken … Continue reading

yay!

sunrise at Steampacket Gardens - Geelong Carousel

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have just discovered a new, free alternative to my beloved picnic.com photo editing program. http://www.picmonkey.com/ It’s by the same crowd, just new and improved. And the best bit… it’s totally free! Lots of one click touch ups coming up! One … Continue reading

tomorrow

amazing clouds with silver linings

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tomorrow’s weather forecast is for a perfect Autumn day so I’m thinking I might get up early and head out with my bestie… aka, my Canon. I’ve been driving to work, in the weeks before the holidays, and watching the … Continue reading