Sunday, March 27, 2016

:: morning neighbourhood walks & country markets ::

It's been very quiet here on my blog lately. I promised myself, at the beginning of year, that I would be more active on my blog, but it's almost April, and this is my first post. Not sure why I find it so hard to express myself. I can agonise over a blog post for days, weeks, even months, before pressing the 'publish' button. Why is this?  It's not that I have nothing to share, quite the opposite. 

I've been trying to get out more to take photos of my neighbourhood. I live in such a pretty city, full of beautiful old homes. Most of the photos I take these days are on my mobile phone. To be honest, I can't see the difference most of the time. These first 4 shots were taken with a Nikon DSLR camera. 

The weather has been unbearably hot here lately. Easter rain has been a welcome relief. We decided to take a short drive to visit the Fernvale Country Markets. Despite the rain and mud, we had a great day. Such a typically Aussie market, no hipsters to be seen. I loved it. All my photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy phone. 

The Fernvale Country Markets are held at the Fernvale Primary School every Sunday (rain or shine) between 6am - 12.00pm.

On the way to the market, I had to stop and take a quick snap of the cute bus stop - Lovers Lane, Ironbark.

Of course no day trip to Fernvale is complete without a stop at the Fernvale Bakery. The sausage rolls are so good. It didn't bother me one bit that we had to eat in the car because there was no where to sit near the bakery. 

Overall we had a pretty laid back weekend. Just how I like it.

Happy Easter weekend everyone.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

pretty rustic

If you have been following me on instagram, you will have probably noticed I have a 'thing' for old Queenslander homes. Ipswich is full of these charming houses.
I especially love them when they are rustic or painted in a pretty colour (or both, as above).
I spent a lot of time walking around my own and neighbouring suburbs taking snaps. I mostly use my phone camera, but occasionally i will take my camera.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Xmas 2015 wish list

Xmas 2015 wish list

With christmas only 24 sleeps away, it's probably a good time to make a wish list. Though I would be happy with breakfast in bed and someone else doing the dishes for the day, I still wouldn't mind finding any or all of these items under the tree this year.
Just click on any image to go to my list on Polyvore.

Friday, November 6, 2015

:: New York ::

I thought it about time i did a post about of our 'recent' trip to NYC. By recent I mean April this year. Better late than never i guess. This was our first (maybe last) holiday without kids.
Admittedly my husband took most of the photos on this trip. While on holiday, i tend to be 'in the moment' and forget to take pictures - a decision I always regret later.
One of the first things on my list was a trip to Bloomingdales to buy a handbag. ('what's in my bag' post coming soon) Shopping in New York is amazing.
Other highlights for me were strolling around Central Park, visiting the World Trade Centre site, and an Hudson River boat tour.


We enjoyed the city views while walking along the High Line, an elevated walkway/park build on an disused railway line, that runs above the streets of Manhattans west side. Along the way we stopped for lunch at the Empire Diner in Chelsea. I feel in love with the terrace homes in neighbourhoods such as Greenwich Village.

The view of Times Square from our motel room was amazing. It took me a few days to get used to the constant sound of police sirens and car horns.
Of course we did all of the touristy things such as take in the view from the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Observation deck -Wow!

Friday, October 16, 2015

:: absent ::

Things have been rather quiet at my blog lately. It's not as if nothing of note has happen in my life these past 9 months (has it really been that long). Quite the opposite.
So what has been happening in my life lately?
Our family have moved house, twice to be exact. Not only did we move to a new house, but we moved from Victoria to Queensland. We gave renting a try (for a whole 6 months) but decided it wasn't our 'thing', so we bought a cute old queenslander house in Ipswich and have started renovating. Lots of blog posts to follow!
Probably the highlight of this year for me so far, is our trip to New York. I will do a proper post soon. It was the first holiday without the kids for John and me.
Settling the kids into new schools has been a challenge. Three of my children have autism, so the transition has been rather 'bumpy' you could say. They are all happy now which is the important thing... phew.
It's not that I have been totally absent from all social media. I've been spending a lot of my time on Instagram and Pinterest. I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy phone, and the camera is awesome. I love walking around my new neighbourhood taking snaps with it.
NOTE: The picture above is of the timber floors we discovered recently while ripping up some very old lino. Amazing!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

:: vintage books for sale ::

How charming are these illustrations. I've just listed a few vintage children's books in the SHOP. My favourite illustrator would have to be Marcel Marlier (images 1, 2, 3, 5 & 9). The books price from $8 - $12. A wonderful Christmas gift for vintage book lovers.

Here are are few images taken from the books for sale -