We went to the park early this morning and while we were waiting for our friends to arrive, we spent some time drinking coffee, eating cupcakes and enjoying these two gorgeous Galahs that were happily eating the grass seed just across from us.
I absolutely love these birds and would probably get one one day, apart from the whole Snake issues we have here. Perhaps I can get a big enough cage to roll him inside? Maybe?
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I was playing about with some cut offs from a quilt I recently quilted, what I thought would make a great scarf for the girls was too short and too thick (I had a layer of batting within) not to be deterred I whacked on some wide elastic (lucky it cannot be seen under her hair as it was added AFTER I had sewed it closed) and added a crochet flower and button (flower compliments of Mother In Law!) I think it turned out so sweet! Don't you think?
I downloaded a new camera app today, it was free and it sort of sucks when it freezes on the last image in the 'viewfinder' but it's all good - these photos look pretty cool when they do turn out and did I mention it was FREE. Practicing some different style photos on the dogs feet!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Today I am hitting the books... I have been busy pulling out all my old writing reference books that I've collected over the years & am now adding to them as I need with this new course I am doing. The new book of Quotations near the top only arrived yesterday! So I'm off to hit the books for the afternoon. Wish me luck!
PS DID YOU SEE THE DAYS - 265! Only 100 to go. I don't know what's scarier? The fact there is only 100 days to go this year or that I've managed to make it this far in the challenge???
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I wrote a piece for my weekly writing group today. I had to use the first paragraph of my favourite book. Hands down Diana Gabaldons' Cross Stitch is the winner. I took a photo of the book (for the writing comp) and then had to share the inside because my late Nan wrote in it for me when she gave me the book. Such sweet memories. This is now not only my favourite book, but my most treasured possession.
Monday, September 12, 2011
As the weather warms up, we are excited to be venturing outside and cooking up the meat on the BBQ. Love nights like this. Light enough for the girl to swing and ride her bike. Just warm enough to be outside still at 6pm. Though we just got in before the cold hit, half an hour after we were finished it was freezing out there! Can't wait for summer and to be doing this all the time!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
SHOT OF THE DAY!!!
gosh I am so happy with this action shot. You see I was sitting on the back patio and convinced the kids (aka Miss 4 and Mr Dog) to play together so I could get some photo practice. Usually this is met by sighs and sighs (the dog... he is going a bit deaf in old age you know) here's the before!
Miss 4 grabbed his toy and his attention
Swung it wide, feeling a bit worried about this mum...
Swung high in the air (which for him is not so high, he has been known to jump to my shoulders before & I am quite tall!) he poises to jump
He jumps, she squeals and sends it flying to the right and he pivots and does that mad jump shown above!
While I thought I had nailed the shot of him jumping to get his toy... I missed it and got the other instead!!!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
I pulled out the 50mm today and tried taking some shots with it on MF (Manual Focus) not all of them turned out, but I loved this one... shame I just couldn't seem to get the lighting just right. Soon (one day) I will learn how to use Photoshop... actually I should probably buy the darn program first hey? Have to say though, the model is pretty darn cute - don't you agree?
Thursday, September 8, 2011
It's a hard life when you are nearly 13... a big day of chasing flies (he never catches any) sun-baking on the concrete and sleeping on the chair in the office. Only to come inside and after running around with the girl for 10 mins, he curls up on the lounge and promptly falls asleep - there was a LOT of sighing going on when I was taking this photo, close my eyes & maybe she won't see me!!! He is just adorable!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I've been missing. To be honest - I've not even been bothering to pick up my camera (nor my phone camera) each day to continue on with the 365. I tossed up throwing in the towel, admitting defeat after I had completed nearly 3/4 of the challenge... and then I stumbled across a picture in my facebook album taken earlier this year when I was doing a weekly shot on my 50mm lens and I realised it was GOOD. Had I continued on with that challenge each week, imagine the shots I could be generating now. The same goes for the 365. If I give up now when I'm so very close to finishing the full year - imagine all the practice photos I will miss out on. So my immediate goal is to get back into taking a shot each day - preferably on the DSLR and hope that I can keep the momentum going just long enough to complete the year of photos (give or take a few days I missed) and build up some long lost confidence. I may even pull out the 50mm each week to get more practice. Let's finish this year with a BANG!!!
So shall we put the last 2 weeks down as my annual leave? You betcha!
Today we got out in the sunshine. Shorts, Tees and Thongs and let the kids ride around this cool park that has a concrete path all the way around the shelters, we were the only ones there and the kids had a ball racing each other and soaking up the sunshine. Me - well I had fun running around after them taking shots and getting in their faces! I just wish I had managed to get a good shot of Miss K on her bike, but the only one I got she had her head down and was off and racing with the other kids! Such great & tiring fun to be had!