Thursday, August 30, 2012

Way Out West

We took off for a road-trip out west of Ipswich last weekend to have a look at land and daydream about living in the country.

It's amazing that within an hour's drive of the Brisbane CBD, you can find places that seem a lifetime away.

Like Marburg, where the antique dealer leaves his stock on the footpath all night. (This photo was taken about 8am Sunday and the shop was locked tight). Crime obviously isn't much of a problem in Marburg.

We're out west again. Antique dealer just leaves the stock on the pavement all night #marburg



And then, on the way home again- having decided that a farm west of Ipswich perhaps wasn't quite our place in the world-  we drove via Lake Manchester and Kholo and eventually found our way to Upper Brookfield. This little mountainous suburb is part old farm and part goat track up into a mountain range, with a liberal smattering of overgrown jungle, wildlife reserve, and derelict farmhouse thrown in for good measure.

There's even a gorgeous little primary school.

Of course, I really want to live there now.


Someone called this home once.

More photos? Why didn't I take more photos? I will go back and take more photos.

Upper Brookfield, you are my latest obsession. I hope I can find a way to make it work between us.

Friday, August 24, 2012


Since getting the olloclip, I find myself grabbing flowers from people's hedges and flowerbeds (so sneaky) while out walking, whisking them home and then spending great chunks of time trying to get a good angle.

It's quite addictive.

Here's this morning's effort.

  #macrogardener #macro #olloclip #flower

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Photographic Round-Up

I got an email today from the lovely E from Dig In and she mentioned this thing called a 'blog' and for a minute my brain was hunting for an insight into what that word meant... and then it all came back to me.

And I felt INSPIRED.

So here, without further ado, is a bunch of photos from my iPhone masquerading as a blog post. I got a little toy called an Olloclip, which is great. You clip it onto the iPhone and it adds various lenses--macro, fish eye or wide angle. The wide angle and fish eye I can take or leave, but the macro is great.

I've been using it to record flowers and plants...

#Macro #lavender

#macrogardener #orchid

#bud #macrogardener #olloclip

#macrogardener #lavender


In other news, it's starting to warm up again now and I've become overwhelmed by the urge for COLOUR and plenty of it. I really hate the cold, as I am reminded every Spring when the first balmy breezes of the season waft through the house and I remember again why I moved to Queensland to begin with.

Then I go and sit on the back deck and stay there for the next eight months.

Amount up the colour on the deck for Spring.

Lucinda is growing bigger by the minute, speaking and singing and generally morphing into a girly girl before my very eyes.

Collision course

Let's be friends.

Lucinda admires the art, dahling.

I'm biased but... HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THIS KID!!!

Dan's make-shift veggie patch is yielding some not-so-makeshift results. We're hoping to try the first lettuce next week.

Dan's patch.

Snow peas


There has also been road trips and night trips and parties and plenty of social time lately too. After mourning the loss of my social life for a while, I now just permanently keep a port-a-cot and sheets in the back of the car. Every weekend of late, we've headed out and about to friends' homes around the place. Lu, token child of our group of friends, runs around parties showing off until she collapses happily into the cot -- where she conveniently dozes until morning while Mummy and Daddy have a glass or two (..ahem...) of wine with friends and then collapse into a spare bed.

It beats the 10pm babysitter curfew.

No one was ever this excited by celery before

The gal on the go...


Love this #view #roadtrip

Oh, the places you'll go...

#queenslander #country #esk

Lulu at the #farm

Lacey Creek Community Hall.

Winter in Brisbane. You can't really complain #winter #redcliffe

Now, bring on Summer...