You ready for one more long post? Will be the last one for awhile I promise 'cause I sure ain't taking photos of myself home alone! Sunday today .... school routine starts again tomorrow .... *phew* I made it! We have had a GREAT last week together. Evenings have been spent watching the Australian Tennis Open. Tonight is the final: Federer v. Murray - as nice as Federer is, Aussies love an underdog and a Scottish one at that ;) Go Andy!
Tuesday was Australia Day. All the old arguments about our flag should be changed (people object to the Union Jack in the corner) and that it marks the landing of the First Fleet in 1788 and consequently the obliteration of our Aboriginal population, resurfaced. For us, as with most Australians, it's just another excuse to kick back. We are too laid back a population to be overly patriotic, however, on seeing Dawn's "Waltzing Matilda" kit I asked to play. What fun! (I am becoming a big fan of the wide variety of designs that Dawn releases) and as I love doing non photo scrap pages, delighted in using this very famous poem. (Remember to click on all scrap pages for credits)
Den produced a gourmet lunch for us and it was so colourful I just had to photograph it. Here is a collage of our day and basically our week - good food and wine, Coke Zero and sunshine, listening to good music, "podwalks" Den and I go on every day (addicted to podcasts! Especially the HUGE variety the BBC offers) and as much reading as I can cram in. Don't you LOVE the bookmark Nini (nininano) sent me!
Of course not everyone was thrilled with "gourmet" for lunch! LOL! Not really sure why I had my camera at the table?? Probaby that everyone has eaten and gone and Madam is SO SLOW that she is still staring and working her way through her greens.
Thursday we ventured down to Phillip Island *happy dance*. I swear we NEVER have a bad experience there. It was a long day but a GREAT day. The weather was exceptional you could not have asked for better. The children were like fish on this day, HOURS in the water, rocks and sand playing. Den worried about sunburn, but I had it covered and it was so worth it.
I have to include a couple of individual shots. Here is my man looking "hot to trot" LOL, not bad for someone turning 50 this year.
Here is my girl, SO the life of the party and I state again, I am SO in for it in the years to come.
And my sweet active boy. It's a wonder he was not water logged on this day! He had a blast.
Now this is the spot where I should be right? Well I am getting better at jumping in front of the camera, but this day was about Mummy playing with her camera and here are my "artsy" results ;)
Onto photo challenges for the week. I set the PCF challenge this week and asked people to select a "cover" (movie, CD, book anything) and do a photographic representation of it. Here is mine:
Here is my P52 - No.4 shot from Australia Day:
Develop on Fridays - lesson two: the lesson this week was to look to inspiration of another source - I chose a favourite of mine - the Heidelberg school of painters. When I took these photos below from a year or so ago, I realised how influenced I had been by these incredible Australian painters of old. What I love about this style of art is that the Heidelberg School was actively committed to creating an 'Australian' art where local character, colours, people and landscapes were captured on canvas. Rather than the pale light European artists were familiar with, Heidelberg School artists painted landscapes and scenes that glowed with the bright, blinding light of an Australian summer.
Now onto scrapping news: Therese has some fabulous goodies on her blog and when I saw this I knew it was so right for this photo from last week.
My good friend Nini has had an incredible spotlight over at Nina's Rocking Girls Blog. Her pages are such an inspiration to me and I thank Nini for encouraging me to get in front of the camera more and document things that my children can look back on it time to come.
A couple of pages for this week's DS at Oscraps:
And some new releases at Catscrap:
Have a great week everyone!