Petrichor

It has been a long, hot summer here in our little city so it was a wonderful relief when Mother Nature ushered in autumn with a few days worth of rain and some moderate temperatures. Sure, my washing piled up faster than kids pouncing on a bowl of lollies, but it was certainly a wonderful change.

Life has been a bit strange recently. Plenty of extra curricular activities, children attending some form of education for most of the week, and I’ve been taking photos for other people. Mostly as favours for friends. In the next few days (if I’m organised) I’ll share some of those efforts on here.

It amazes me how the droplets seem to defy gravity. And honestly, who doesn’t love the smell of rain?

 

 

 

 

A Walk To Remember

On the weekend I was lucky enough to have a break from our three kids and was able to take a bit of a drive with the husband. We had heard about a cider festival being held in a little town nearby and had planned to check it out, Batlow is nestled in the Snowy Mountains and is famous for apples. During the week I was looking at the other sights around that area and found something called the Sugar Pine Walk not far from where we were headed, and after looking at some of the photos around the internet I was dying to visit. So visit we did.

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As we were getting out of the car and I was getting my gear ready, an older couple emerged from the trees. The gentleman had a camera around his neck and commented that it was ‘a little dull in there for photos’, so I was a little bit nervous about how my photos would turn out. I did take a tripod, but wasn’t able to use it because the base plate was still on my mums camera. Duh!

My husband and I wandered up the path, chatting about how cold it was, and this and that; but a couple of metres into the trees we stopped dead and looked around in amazement. I think there were a few exclamations of ‘wow’ while we took in our surroundings. It really is magical.

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I imagine that the walk would change during the different seasons, we have been told it is especially wonderful after some snow fall, and I will definitely be heading back throughout the year.

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To Be Honest…

I haven’t posted for a while. Usually I would come on here and make excuses about not being good at keeping up with all the stuff in my life; but today I’m not going to. While that may be a little true, I do struggle sometimes, it’s not exactly with being organised.

I started this post with every intent of being honest about my procrastination, and now I can feel myself banging on with crap to push it back. Some people reading this may already know what it is I’m alluding to, some might be able to guess. It is hard to take the step to put it all out there, when that is a lot of the problem; but I hope being honest to myself, and whoever follows along, will help me take steps towards overcoming the issues.

I suffer from depression and anxiety.

I know it’s not uncommon for people to be battling a mental illness, but there does seem to still be a certain stigma attached to admitting you’re one of them. Happiness is a huge industry these days, it seems like there should be a quick fix. A one size fits all solution to being sad. Except that it’s more than just being sad. A lot more.

My biggest battle is the anxiety, it stops me from doing a lot of things – like posting on my blog regularly and having any confidence in myself what-so-ever. I feel like I only have myself to blame for the confidence thing, I have let my anxiety win for years. From missing an audition with my local university to gain entry into the acting course after I finished school, to being too scared to post photos anywhere for people to see. Some days I struggle just to make the short trip into my backyard to hang washing out.

I can’t count the number of times I have written a post on here, uploaded the photos, and laid everything out exactly how I wanted, only to trash the entire thing. I second guess myself on absolutely everything; mix that with a dash of introversion and slight perfectionist tendencies, and something I’m supposed to be enjoying can turn stressful pretty quickly.

It’s funny, a month ago I wouldn’t have been able to articulate any of this into a post, which means my head is starting to clear and everything is starting to take form in the lifting fog.

Now if only I could find a way to streamline all the information coming at me from social media, I’d probably be a close to normal functioning human person.

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Playing Catch Up

Sometimes I feel like I am constantly trying to catch up on everything. It’s not that I’m not organised. When I set my mind to a task I have to set everything out nice and neat before I can actually start. There are probably lots of reasons why I don’t do this with life in general, all of which are excuses and I can change. So here we go again with another promise to myself to blog my photos. And who knows, the wonderful feedback I’ve received about the photos I took at my brothers wedding might help to inflate my very limp ego.

These are all from a little while ago. We have started making an effort to catch up with friends weekly to visit a park and attend story time at the library. I’ll have to ask my friends if it is OK to share photos of their little boys on here too. Even though I’m not sure I’m a people photographer. I’m still trying to work out exactly what my style is.

I have been fiddling around with a few different things during processing after following some tutorials on a blog called Everyday Elements. They are really easy to follow and applied to Photoshop Elements, which is the program I use for processing. They also have a really simple tutorial on how to make a watermark, there were so many different ways and this was the easiest to get my head around. I followed the original tutorial which is linked in the post that link takes you to. so you will see my watermark on a couple of the images; I’m still not really sold on the font or colour, or any of it really. We will see how it goes.

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Visiting The Gardens

We live about a two minute drive from the local Botanic Gardens, and the kids just love heading there for a play, ride on the miniature trains, and to visit the animals in the ‘zoo’. I know, I know… any place that houses animals can be called a zoo; but it is a pretty low key zoo. The cafe there sells bags of food for 60 centrs each. They’re just animal pellets, heaps of people bring their own bread to feed the animals with. There is too much there to include in one post, so expect some more from our numerous visits to The Gardens.

Today I am going to share a couple of photos from one of our recent visits. We go so often that it’s hard to keep up, so these are a couple of weeks old. We were accosted by hungry rude geese, I didn’t get a photo of them because the kids were a little worried at their honking and hissing. Going up early morning or late afternoon is best, especially during the warmer months; the animals are more active and looking to be fed. Well, the goats come over at any time of day. They’re a bit greedy.

This visit was a little bit exciting, when we got around to where the Donkeys are we noticed there was a new addition. A very new addition. The little foal was still wobbly on his legs when he stood up, then let out the cutest bray ever! Mum is also very protective of him, very interested in us while we were standing there. So freaking cute!

As we walked around we saw some other baby animals too. There was a goat kid, and a peachick. Well, I lie. We noticed the peachick on a later visit. The kid was hilarious, following the boys around and trying to butt Phillip.They have definitely made the walk around the zoo a little more exciting.

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The Emus were grunting and pecking at us over the fence. I had to stand on my toes to get this, I’m a bit short.

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Emu feet make me think of dinosaurs. Definitely wouldn’t be messing with those suckers.

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This guy sat up in the tree and watched as we fed the ducks. Very curious cockatoo.

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There’s a two seat spinny thing in one of the playgrounds at The Gardens. This is one of my favourite things to try on it.

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The kids like to help me with this one.