Tea Time #8 – BYO Tea caravan

I'm bringing my very own Travelling Teahouse Caravan to Justine's tea party this time.  It's the most gorgeous pink caravan that I came across at a Wedding Fair on the weekend.  (If you'd like to read all about my venture into the brave new world of weddings, here's a link you can click). I fell in love with …

Venturing into a brave new world

Well...today I did something I've never done before, went somewhere I've never been before and entered dangerous new territory... I attended my first Wedding Fair! As you no doubt know by now, I'm the Mother of the Bride (MOB) and my daughter S, Bride to Be, (B2B) is getting married to B, Groom to Be (G2B) in November this year.  B2B wasn't …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral – So quick I almost missed it

Ephemeral Cold crispy morning Tucked up in bed as warm as toast Chance peek out the window Beautiful sunlight streaming through the misty fog Lighting up the paddock, the vineyard the mountains With the special light of a new day. Capture the images before they go   To become just another memory. Ephemeral at its …

Splash of colour! 

Pick a door - any door as long as it's green!

 One can speak poetry just by arranging colours well - Vincent Van Gogh For this week's Eclectic Corner #8 Justine has asked us for a 'Splash of colour' and maybe some poetry or a quote. I have used a great quote attributed to artist Van Gogh which mentions both colour and poetry and it resonates …

Awesome Autumn

Autumn is just awesome!  After my run this afternoon I was entranced by the sunlight sparkling on the vineyard next door.  The variations of colours throughout the vineyard are so lovely with deep reds, oranges, yellows and still many green leaves on the vines.  The colours won't last that long so I thought I'd get …

Shall we dance?

I can't dance. And neither can my husband. This hasn't been an issue for most of our 35 years together, we both like music and enjoy watching others dance.  Sometimes we have been known to give in and just get up and join in but not very often! I have never felt confident dancing and …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Freshened up

The lawn freshly mown

Today The day started with a hint of autumnal freshness And I woke feeling as fresh as a daisy. I went for run in the fresh country air Add followed it with a refreshing spa. We picked peaches fresh from the trees in the garden Together with the last of the fresh blackberries My growing nails were freshened up …

These legs are made for running

My legs are made for running

I have been running for well over a year now.  I remember that I got impatient one day while I was out walking and thought that I could get it done quicker if I just ran.  So I did!  I then embarked on a Learn to Run program and built up from only being able to …

Travel theme – fantastic

'No pressure'  I say to myself - this is only my 200th post!! It had just better be pretty bl%@#y fantastic! I mutter back at myself. So what better time to participate in the Travel theme  - a  weekly themed blog challenge hosted by Ailsa's travel blog at Where's my Backpack.  As this week's theme is Fantastic, …

Spreading the Love

Something new! I have been nominated by the lovely desleyjane to take part in the Spread the Love event. Justine at Eclectic odds n sods made it more of an event than a challenge. Here are the rules of the event: Write 10 four-word sentences about what love means to you Share your favourite quote …

Weekly photo challenge: hitting the wall (metaphorically speaking)

Hitting the wall climbing the wall who put the wall there in the first place? Metaphorically speaking the 'wall' can be anything that is a challenge.  I've hit a few walls in my life and no doubt there's more to come.  How do we cope? That's a personal choice we all make. I try to …

Black and white photography challenge (take 2): Day 5

Well here I am at the end of my 5 day challenge, thanks again to Jill for nominating me.  I have enjoyed having a second bite at this challenge, as black and white is not my normal or preferred photography style.  Having said that, I have learnt and experimented more this time around and it …

Black and white photography challenge (take 2): Day 4

I have always liked dead trees. One of my earliest memories from when I was in primary school is a painting I did for my grandparents - it was a picture of a dead tree and they liked it so much they had it framed and hung it in their entrance hall so that everyone who …

Street life – A sign of the times?

A sign of the times is how I see this photo.  I took it last weekend in a quiet little country town in Victoria (Australia) just minutes off the main highway. It is a very historic town full of quaint old buildings but it has seen better days, like many rural towns which are now bypassed and off …

Black and White photography challenge (take 2): Day 3

Just for something different! Today I have used a photo of trees in the pine forest for my Day 3 Black and White photo challenge. I like the way the light is filtered through the trees and the straight lines of the rows of trees. I enjoy seeing things in a different colour and today is …

Black and white photography challenge (take 2): Day 2

My day 2 photo for the black and white photo challenge is a deliberately over exposed photo of (you guessed it) a sunflower!  Are you sick of them yet???  Please don't answer that question 🙂 I love the dramatic feel that the black and white starkness gives to this picture but again I feel I'm being sacrilegious …

Black and white photography challenge (take 2): Day 1

Jill at Jill's scene, from just across the ditch from me in NZ, has nominated me to participate in the Black and White 5 day challenge.  Some of you might remember that I did this back in January but I'm keen to give it another go!  Bear with me as I try to get my head around …

Monthly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons 03

yummy fresh raspberries

This is the third instalment of the monthly photo challenge instigated by Cardinal Guzman, where we are to take a group of photos of a similar location each month to see the changing seasons as well as build up a portfolio and improve our photography. I am sticking pretty close to home for my photos each …

Tea Time #7 – Spring time teacups

Spring in a tea cup Tea time is great fun and thanks go to Justine at Eclectic odds n sods for hosting us all.  I love reading her synopsis of everyone's posts after each tea party, they are very entertaining! It's always delicious with so many yummy treats on offer and such interesting people dropping by. I …