An 'old school' aerogram with sweet wishes of congratulations all the way from Kenya. Ant and Bee…an old, new favourite for a little person soon to arrive in the family. I remember reading these little stories as a young girl…in fact, there is the rather worn and worse-for-wear original in the bookshelf. And Kinfolk, wonderful Kinfolk…so looking forward to losing myself amongst the pages…I think it may become my favourite issue yet.
The last few days of summer were oppressively hot and humid and still. Finding cool escapes and water brought the tiniest bit of relief. I just wanted to float alongside this little lady on this particular day…but a rippled reflection just wouldn't have been the same.
I think having a camera makes you see things you never would have without one...
I've learnt to look up to the very tips of the trees and into the sky…to look between the leaves and amongst the leaves. I've also learnt to stop and look down…often there is the smallest and prettiest of details underfoot. I've learnt to tread carefully in every respect.
These are moments captured whilst wandering in Lamington National Park with relatives visiting from France. They were enchanted and intrigued and captivated. They relished being up high amongst the canopy, listening to the bird calls and catching a glimpse of foraging marsupials.
A camera and overseas visitors does wonders for making you not only look but see.
I spent a couple of days in Melbourne last week. The main purpose was to go to the tennis. We were so lucky and were privileged to see Rodger Federer play…he is the ultimate sportsman on and off the court. The atmosphere was electric and of course, the tennis was brilliant. Quite how the players (and us!) survived the heatwave I'm not sure, but gosh it was worth sticking to the chair for!
The dear friends I met, had another must do on my lightening visit…Koko Black. Have you seen the movie'Chocolat'? This amazing little chocolatier reminded me so very much of that. It is equal parts charming and oh so delicious! I do love chocolate, just a little bit...often. This visit was pure decadence and I just couldn't get through my sweet treats. I'll blame the heat and I'm assured that it is one of the best places to pass a winter's afternoon…hot chocolate in this sweet corner on cold Melbourne afternoon what could be better?
Isn't this so perfectly lovely? I took some family friends visiting from New Zealand down to Coolangatta Beach yesterday…a special request from one young lad with surfing as his passion. He loved it!
Quite a pretty way to end 2013 don't you think? This year has been quite a mixed bag…some difficult and turbulent times and some truly magical times which hold great promise of exciting things in 2014.
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