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the hands project: part 2

the hands project has prompted me to start writing my own stories down

I’ve lived a remarkably unremarkable life, but there are stories that my kids need to know.  Stories, moments, events and people that my kids have never known or seen…. and they’ve all helped to shape who I am today.

So I’ve invested in a couple of pretty lined notebooks and will sit and write a little as I’m eating my lunch.  I write until my hand cramps, then I sharpen my pencil for the next lunchtime, so I’m ready to go.

Brian – born 1924.
I spent my life shearing sheep. Now I play bowls. I’m pretty good.

Hilda – born 1917.
I looked after my family and went to church. For fun, I played tennis. I was very good. I think my last game was when I was 92.

Win – born 1930.
I enjoyed doing fine work. The harder the better. It was a pleasure of mine.

Ruth – born 1929.
They gave me an Order of Australia medal for community service. I was just looking after my boys. It’s what a mother should do.

Jane – born 1921.
Being at the stables with the animals was always a big part of my life.

Poppy – born 1916.
I love the fun of life! Love to sing and dance and wear fine things. Life is about happiness.

Jim – born 1931.
I’ve always had a hankering for cars. Rebuilding fine examples has been a life’s work.

Joan – born 1923.
I was a nurse in the war. It was hard. We were a great team of girls. We looked out for each other.

Pat – born 1943.
I started full-time work on the land when I was 13. Seven days a week from then on. Driving the tractor was the best job.

Mavis – born 1920.
This rolling pin helped me raise my family and win awards for cooking at the show. I’ve had it a long time.

You can find part 1 of the Hands Project here.

In the comments I’d love to hear:

Have you started writing your own stories down for your children and grandchildren?  If you haven’t started, what’s stopping you?

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taking stock #012

It has been a rough couple of months with health issues on multiple fronts… all of which has taken their toll on me.

While I usually look forward to a taking stock, I’m dreading the thought of thinking about what has happened and what is to come over the next couple of months, so forgive me if there are a lot of blanks this time round….

Making: water kefir to help with my gut health, and loving it!
Cooking: from the Stone soup weekly meal plans.  We’ve only just started, but I’m thinking that it’s going to make organising dinners so much simpler.
Drinking: more of that kefir water.
Reading: nothing.  Not a thing.  Nothing is of interest at the moment.
Wanting: good health for all the family.
Looking:
Playing:
Deciding:
Wishing:
Enjoying:
Waiting: for our holiday… not long to go now.
Liking:
Wondering:
Loving: the way my family has looked after me these last couple of weeks… “We don’t do it because we have to, Mum.  We do it because we love you.”
Pondering: if all this clean living is really working.
Considering: 
Watching: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.  Have introduced the kids to her and while they laugh and criticise, they still ask when we’re going to watch the next episode!
Hoping:
Marvelling: at the change in season.  The colours are stunning.
Needing: time on a beach.
Smelling: the immune booster essential oils I’m burning in bulk at the moment… trying to rid the house of all things germy.
Wearing: comfortable clothes.
Following:
Noticing:
Knowing:
Thinking:
Feeling: really run down… and over it.
Admiring: the colours of the leaves in Autumn.
Sorting:
Buying:
Getting:
Bookmarking:
Disliking: coughing.
Opening:
Giggling: at the Boy when he predicts what will happen in Buffy.
Snacking:
Coveting:
Wishing:
Hearing: the dog groan with old age whenever she moves.

Not too bad, considering.

Hope to see you all sooner rather than later, because I know that the blog has been very quiet of late.  Apologies there, but I been prioritising and unfortunately for the blog, she’s a fair way down the list.

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20 photos to take this australian christmas

The big day is just around the corner, and it’s easy in the blur of doing to forget to take photos that will become memories in years to come.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 20 very Australian suggestions for photos to take this Christmas.

You can click on the image below to print a copy or download a pdf version here.

What photos will you take of your family this Australian Christmas?

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new england family portrait session – walter & matilda

walter and matilda were coming to visit with grandma and grandpa for the weekend

When Grandma asked me if I was available to come to their house and photograph the grandchildren, my immediate response was “Yes!”.

Walter (17 months) was still needing a daytime nap, and with Matilda being only 11 weeks old, we decided on a post-nap afternoon session at the house.  The focus of the afternoon was the children, and as a mum to teenage kids myself, I realised I’d forgotten just how quickly toddlers move!

Walter was a little wary of me (strange lady with a camera), so he was left to play while I followed him around.  Matilda was so calm and happy, and once safely ensconced on the couch, was a treat to photograph.

I look forward to seeing both the kids and how they’ve grown the next time they visit with Grandma and Grandpa.

little feet - it's details like this that fade from your memories and need to be kept

oh, those blue, blue eyes

such a serious little man

a little princess

snuggles with grandma

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{documenting life} bathing the dog on an autumn afternoon

Our dog Jo will be 8 this year, and lately we’ve noticed age creeping up on her.

she’s never been a fan of having a bath

but in true dog-style, she insists on laying in the dirt near her kennel, which meant it was time for a freshen up.

A few years back, Warren took pity on her and started bathing her in the bathtub during the colder weather.  That’s now turned into being bathed in the bathtub whenever she needs a wash.  She’s still not a fan of her bath, but I think she’s grateful for the warm water and towel-dry at the end!

jo's sad dog face when she realises it's time for a bath

pouring water over the dog

the dog doesn't like water on her face

having her face washed

licking her face clean

one last rinse

time to catch the shake

are you going to shake dog?

enjoying the towel dry attention

oh, the indignity

the queen of clean

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

Do you spoil your dog as much as we (obviously) spoil ours?
Baths in the bathtub, or something else much more indulgent?

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