Rocky Hill

Although the name provokes images of movie montages and fist pumps, the hill itself is actually quite beautiful. Not too steep, which makes it a pretty good walk for the kids, and there’s plenty to look at while you’re walking along. The kids spent a fair bit of time surveying the landscape below, mostly trying to find our house and their Dads work. It’s pretty cool being able to spot certain landmarks from on high, I like the sense of perspective and scale that you get; kind of puts you in your place.

Madalyn 2013-07-02-Rocky Hill-Toadstool-002_small 2013-07-02-Rocky Hill-Toadstool-003_small 2013-07-02-Rocky Hill-Wattle-001_small Not only did we spot those familiar landmarks, but we also spotted some native fauna; a family of kangaroos. One even had a joey in its pouch. They startled very easily, not surprising when you’re exploring with noisy children, and so I didn’t get any good photos of them; but we did see them. Pinky swear.

One of the sights I usually love seeing as we drive past Rocky Hill, is all the spring blossoms colouring the hillside. I wasn’t expecting to see any of those blossoms making an appearance while we were there, considering it was (is) the middle of winter, but there were quite a few starting to flower; and in the last few days I’ve seen more tinges of purple as we drive past.

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I’m still learning and experimenting with processing, trying to find a style that I like; and although I tried to keep all of these in the same style, they still came out looking different. I usually just try and stick to basic processing, but I branched out a bit with these. Still not really sure about the final products.

Enough of my prattling on, I have to go charge the battery up for a drive to the alpine region tomorrow. It was actually cold enough to snow last weekend, and I’m holding out hope that one of my favourite places will have a bit of cover this weekend. Fingers crossed.



Earlier today I share a couple of photos of our new kitten, Pepper. I took them a couple of days ago while she was sitting on our window sill in the sunshine. Probably not the best light for photos, but I couldn’t resist.

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Before applying the ‘Nashville’ edits, where I finished processing last time.

After I posted the blog, I also shared one of the photos on Instagram. I cropped it into the square and added a filter, Nashville, that gave it a little something more. I fell in love with the end result, and decided I had to learn how to try and emulate that look in Photoshop. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have the full suite of Photoshop, I just use Elements 10, so I couldn’t do the last step – which is a curves adjustment. I tried to get the right look at the end, but I’m not sure I quite got there without that last step. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.

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With a different crop and the edits from the tutorial, with a little tweaking at the end for Elements.

Something New

We have a new member to our extended furry family. She’s been here almost three weeks now, and Sienna is not impressed. Being a 13 year old cat who used to spend a lot of time outside makes one grumpy. Apparently.

2013-05-31-Sienna_small 2013-05-31-Sienna-2_smallThe correct way to introduce a new cat to an existing cat includes isolating the new cat in their own little area until existing cat is used to the new scent; usually when they stop reacting negatively to it as they pass the door, or after you’ve been in to play with the new cat. The idea is to gradually introduce them, reducing the initial impact of the newcomer and allowing them to suss each other out without coming to blows. They say it usually takes around two weeks, but it’s taking Sienna a little longer.

We had considered adopting an older kitten from a local rescue organisation, but I’m not sure Sienna would have accepted a more mature cat at all; especially considering how unhappy she has been about a kitten joining the ranks. We have kept them apart as much as we possibly can in our little house, which is hard with no spare bedrooms and five people needing access to the bathroom, but Sienna is still not happy. She doesn’t hiss just at the smell anymore, but she still isn’t happy if she spies the little cat.

Alright, enough of calling her little cat. The kids named her Pepper.

2013-07-11-At Home-Pepper-001_small 2013-07-11-At Home-Pepper-002_smallI had to take Pepper to the vet on Monday because Pepper’s eye looked a little sore, he found an injury on the outside of her cornea that probably came from Sienna swiping at her through the door. The only upside is that Sienna was a little more interested in Pepper on return from the vet. So we are hoping it won’t take too much longer for Sienna to settle into the idea of having a little sister, she has certainly been entertaining her playful side more often since the new addition.

Home Bodies

It’s been a pretty good winter so far. Given that we’re only a month in there is every chance that I will be eating my words soon. I suppose good is subjective though. I don’t think the ski resorts would be jumping for joy that the cold hasn’t truly set it.

Even though it hasn’t been too cold, so far, we haven’t really been up to much. Mostly hanging around the house, playing with the furry family members, and doing a bit of craft. Which isn’t always as fun as it sounds with an eight, four, and two year old all vying for the supplies. Madalyn has been learning to knit, she can cast on much better than I could at her age; and she is much more patient with it too. I remember plenty of frustrating moments when my mother tried to teach me. And then the kids and I climbed a hill close to home a few days ago. Rocky Hill. I will admit that whenever I say the name of this particular hill I am reminded of this, but I think the name comes from the fact that the hill is covered in giant rocks. it is quite possibly made of those rocks as well, seeing as some were flush with the ground.

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