Sunday, July 20, 2014


Linking up with The Beetle Shack for Weekly Stills.

Sienna found this heart leaf in our backyard.

We baked little Bread Sticks with Caraway Seeds for school lunch box snacks.

I made some pumpkin soup with pumpkin from our first local Farmers Markets.

Slow Living Magazine has lots of great stories in it and it's the first time I've purchased it.

Celebration of 100 Days of Learning at School involved craft activities for the Preps to Year 3.

Sienna made a strawberry and a little person and had her face painted like a cat.

Afternoon routine of walking to the car from school with this beautiful light.

Sienna put this sign up on the garage door as she had puppy training for her 3 dogs she made out of balloons.

I made some home made yoghurt this week.

Sienna drew this picture for me this week and she told me that she put a "mustache" on James.

I made Sticky Date Muffins with Butterscotch Sauce and Home made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream this week to warm us up.

My first real Home Made Lasagne was a big success.  I usually just make spaghetti Bolognese and be done with it but this was yummy.

A beautiful outing to Sandgate today with low tide being perfect for looking for shells, crabs etc.

Sienna showing Aunty Lisa (my sister) her little crab in a shell she found.

No one's looking but this is how family portraits go sometimes.

Lisa checking out her photos she is taking and Sienna enjoying the mud.

James looking at a jelly fish.

Sienna with her bucket of water and her little creatures.

Fish and Chips for lunch from Doug's Seafood always a treat at Sandgate.

29/52 - "The 52 Project"

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity to take a portrait of your child every week for 52 weeks. 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

James :   While doing his homework I was taking pictures of him and he gave me this wonderful big smile.

Sienna :  At her happiest when outdoors and mud is involved.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Here's the second part to our visit to the Byron Bay Lighthouse and you can see the first part here.

James, Donna and Sienna heading down to one of the lookouts.

This is where we were headed.

Ready to descend to the bottom lookout.

There's only one way to the bottom and that's down these stairs which means you have to come back the same way.  I felt the backs of my legs for days.

James enjoying the view.

Such an adventurerer...always grabs a stick on walks.

Just such a stunning part of the world.

A photo to signify the most Easterly Point of Australia.

Time for ice creams after our big walk.

Seriously hard to do "selfies" with a heavy DSLR and a big lens.  Totally out of focus but I still love it.  It may indeed be the answer to hiding the wrinkles.

My girl enjoying posing in the sun. Remember this is winter in Qld but I'm usually rugged up in long sleeves.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


During the school holidays we were staying at Rainbow Bay with our good friend and it was only recently that I realized a day trip to Byron Bay from there was only a 38 minute drive.  I have always wanted to go to the Byron Bay Lighthouse again (went there in my early 20's) but it's a long day trip from Brisbane and I don't know why I didn't realize it was a perfect day trip from Rainbow Bay.

I have lots and lots of photos so I'll spread them out over a few posts.  We had the most glorious day and this day trip was the highlight of the school holidays for me.  There is little parking at the top where the Lighthouse is and we were lucky enough that someone was leaving when we drove up to the top car park however I would not like to be visiting in summer and trying to get a park there as it was very busy in the middle of winter.

We stayed for about 2 hours checking out the lighthouse, walking down to a lookout and then once back up the top again we ate some lunch of ham sandwiches we had packed and then the kids enjoyed an ice cream from the cafe and Donna and I enjoyed a lovely coffee.

On the way there we were discussing how many Lighthouses we thought there might be in Australia as it was a very good question and one which none of us knew the answer too.  I thought there might be about 50 however I was very wrong. You can take a look at all the Lighthouses here from State to State and there are pictures of them all too which is great.  I love how all the Lighthouses are so different and that this was quite an interesting top for us.  Australia has 173 Lighthouses which is amazing and a round up of the States are below.

Queensland has 30 Lighthouses
New South Wales has 37 Lighthouses
Victoria has 23 Lighthouses
South Australia has 25 Lighthouses
Western Australia has 28 Lighthouses
Northern Territory has 5 Lighthouses
Tassie has 25 Lighthouses

I just loved this Fotopol with the screw in attachment for your camera.  It was perfect for getting in the photo and they had one located at another lookout which is the most Easterly Point of Australia.  What a cool idea.