So you see ... now! the holidays have really begun. Four fantabulous weeks of it.
I know I am thoroughly spoilt.
Now what can I share ... what have we been up to?
Well firstly, you can see I have gone for a new look. I have loved my 'black' background for the longest time, but this year with all I have to undertake, I want to go into 2011 with fresh eyes and a fresh attitude. So I am trialing the white ... what do you think? And as to my new blog header ... here is my first photo for my 2011 collection. Now let me say right from the outset ... I don't adhere strictly to P52 ... there will be more! But not to the total of 365 (I think!) This photo I constructed to make as my new blog header for the year. The mug was a Christmas gift from a very dear friend who I have never met, but knows me very well - my love of home and Jane Austen! It is very precious to me as is her friendship. So this photo encapsulates my work desk, my reading, my diary (and new pen Hugh especially went out and bought me for Christmas!) and my home comforts ... all the things I come in touch with on a daily basis that are me!
Firstly, one more shot of my boy on Christmas day. He is looking so older (and starting to becoming objectionally so at times!!) that it is rare to catch him unawares like this.
My little muse/shadow is 100% her Mamma's girl. Crying each night and begging to sleep with me, stating emphatically "I will never leave you Mamma!"
Here she is painting with one of her Christmas presents - she just loves to write and draw.
I just loved the detail on this one .....
During the New Year break we got rid of the "Mamma car" it was going to cost more to service it that it was worth. So here we are saying goodbye!
Now last day of the year was a stinker (HOT! The car said 48C/118F on the way home) and we had a quick trip to the beach. Do you think the kids were excited?
And as you can see, I am having waaaay fun playing with Lightroom ... just love what it does to some photos ......
The weekend we ventured into the city both days ... we call them 'mini adventures'. On the Saturday we went to the Myer windows ... this year's theme was 'Nutcracker' so I had to take my girl to go and see .....
And if you look really carefull in the shot below you may just see two people you know ;)
The kids have a blast ... looking like angels here but I know big brother is up to no good! You can tell by the cheeky grins!
On the second day into town, we promised ourselves some yummy Japanese ... we found this fabulous little place in China town and the food was DELICIOUS!
We finished off the day with a walk through the gardens. Melbourne is known as the "Garden City" and for good reason ... there are SO many gardens within walking distance of the city. Here is the Alexandra Gardens where Queen Victoria (who my state is named after) presides ...