a little Spring break

Last October we took a much anticipated holiday break on the East Coast.

And when I say ‘much anticipated’, I mean I foolishly told the kids about our plans weeks in advance, and then had to spend all the days leading up to our departure counting down sleeps, and crossing off squares on the calendar! Which actually wasn’t so bad, considering we were all just as excited as each other.

Mark found us a delightful little holiday house called ‘Sand Hopper Cottage‘ over on Airbnb. It’s perfectly situated at the end of a quiet street in Binalong Bay and we just adored it there!

We spent our days doing all the things we love most. Exploring beaches, walking on bush tracks, lazing about indoors, playing board games, visiting coffee shops and aimlessly driving through sleepy towns.

The weather was fickle. Sunny one minute and blustery the next. But being true Tasmanians we were prepared with clothes for all seasons, at all times. So we just played the usual game of shedding and re-applying layers every few hours.

I honestly just relished in this time we had together. I loved our open days with no real plans, and the simple blessing of just being able to soak up all the beauty we saw around us.

I think our only sadness, was that we couldn’t stay longer.

xo

 

Ziad&Hannah {+two}

The last time I photographed Hannah and Ziad, Hannah was pregnant with their first baby.

Fast forward a few years, and they now have two gorgeous little girls!

I adored meeting up with these four and spending time in their lovely new home.

We had a beautiful afternoon playing, exploring the local area, and sipping delicious coffee and hot chocolates.

These are the sessions that make my heart happy. No big expectations. Just hanging out together, and capturing all the little moments that will one day become precious memories.

xo

 

 

Warren&Bronwyn {+two}

I met up with this gorgeous family on a cool, Winter’s afternoon in the country.

It was the perfect mix of crisp air, mud, sunlight, hot chocolates, giggles, cuddles and love.

So beautiful! And so heart warming to see these four interacting so happily, naturally and sincerely.

Family love really is something else.

xo

 

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Winter scenes

Oh how quickly three months can go.

Three Wintery months that gave us almost every possible weather scenario one can imagine.

Wonderful, sunny, crisp days. Windy, grey, blustery days. Days filled with endless overcast skies and heavy rains.

Then of course there was the snow.

Magical, beautiful, whimsical snow.

My favourite.

Unlike Autumn where we ventured out quite often. I found us hibernating more and more as the cool months rolled on.

We engaged in the happy past time of following the sun about the house. Settling in the warmth of golden window light, with lego, books or perhaps a sneaky nap. “Mama, can you open your eyes now?’

And of course there were road trips too. Big and small. Sometimes location scouting, sometimes looking for snow but most often because of cabin fever.

There was a semi failed trip to Launceston in July, that ended with an unexpected drive home in the dead of night. Thank goodness for 10.30pm Mintie incentives. ‘Look, lollies!….We’re almost home I promise.’

In recent days, I’ve been enjoying watching our backyard come back to life. We’ve had blossoms and Daffodils, and today the air was fragrant with Jasmine.

The kids are already counting down the days until the next school break and are desperately excited for warmer weather.

To which I bluntly remind them that we live in Tasmania.

But regardless of the lingering cold, there is always a wonderful sense of achievement in turning over the calendar and knowing that it’s Spring.

Alongside that scary realisation that it’s practically Christmas.

Yep.

Welcome to the home stretch friends.

xo

 

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May scenes

May began with a full feast of Autumn colour.

Our backyard changing almost daily with more and more bare branches up above, as the carpet of leaves grew thicker at our feet.

The start of the month also came with the burial of a sweet feathered friend we found on the driveway.

Too beautiful and precious to simply discard, we lay it in the soil and adorned it with yellow treasures to match it’s beautiful wings.

Unlike last month, the last few weeks have brought plenty of rain and much cooler weather.

I have attempted to embrace the mantra ‘have gumboots, will adventure’.

This is easy on the days that are crisp and sunny but not so much the greyer ones. However, I know that time spent outdoors always makes for much happier dispositions. So I tell myself to get out as often as we can.

Term two is in full swing and we have had plenty of before school and post school meltdowns. The children are overtired and tempers flare.

Sometimes doors are slammed so hard the whole house shakes, and angry voices are so loud I wonder what the neighbours must think.

This will no doubt continue through June and so I will continue to practice my ‘be calm’ self talk.

On the plus side though, the ongoing cooler days are a perfect excuse for hot chocolates, movie watching and wearing one’s pyjamas from 5pm onwards.

Hooray!

xo

 

 

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