Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A gift...

A gift from my sister (in law), after pruning my fruit trees for me.  Brought in some blossom cuttings for flowering in my sunroom...

Bless her heart,
That she has so delighted me!

It's little things like this which bond us all to one another.  And keep us in hope that love never fails.

Shell xx

Friday, August 26, 2011

A week of homeness...

I've had people staying in my apartment in the city for ten nights, so no making beds or cleaning for me to earn my crust this last week.  Just sitting back a little in my chair and taking time to be at home...  Funny how with more time up my sleeve, I didn't get to this space to blog at all in that time!  

But I did get to use my camera to frame a few moments of this week of homeness...

Much sitting in my slippers, and watching my baby learn to crawl.

And taking time to make a study of my children's shoes by the door.  Which, oddly enough, fills my heart with joy, with hope, and then a bit of sadness that they might (will) grow up one day,
 and walk away,
 and leave their shoes by another door...

With a husband home for the week with me, we finally ripped out our tired old leaky kitchen sink and popped in a new one!  Made from inexpensive Ikea cupboards & doors, and a bespoke cyprus work top made completely by the hands of my clever friend.  A gorgeous tap purchased online, and a sink gifted to us by my most generous mother in law.  Love you mumma xx

At the weekend The Tullys played for scores of happy people at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra (photograph of soundcheck) until we all turned into pumpkins!

And Tara formed a band (with her cousins, and her Grandad!) on Sunday afternoon so that she could "sing like Mummy"!

So I'm thinking, it was a week made of win!  Of anticipation for a promising Spring,
of working hard,
of staying home and close,
to that and those, 
I love.

How was your week?

Shell xx

Thursday, August 25, 2011

How well it is...

To be atop the hill!
above morning fog
feeling for myself
a clearing
of cerebral fog
my mind...

Top of the day, also to you!

Shell xx

Friday, August 12, 2011

In song...

This afternoon, my dearest friend (who, in a rare move, has not been at work all weeeeeek!) and I, sang along at the top of our voices while building the bench top for our new kitchen sink (pictures to follow)...  And I just wanted to tell you how well it made my soul to sing, and play and work with wood alongside my most favourite-est husband ever!

Shell xx

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

the Promise of Spring...

In my baby's morning gazes,

In newly flowering, sweet smelling jonquils,

In blue skies,

 & oncoming blossoms,

In some really good news...

In the promise, 
the certainty,

of new life.

Shell xx

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A perfect birthday...

A croissant and lego sort of morning. 

A letter...

A Party.

(On an unseasonably warm winter's day).

A portrait.


A mob.
(Yes, these are all five of my children)!

A dinner.

And all in all,  a perfect eleventh birthday for my little wizard.

; )

Shell xx

Monday, August 1, 2011

a Brunchy Birthday...

Today, my Tara turned five.  Which brought occasion for brunch, much baking, nibbling and birthday laughter!  The theme was, as Tara named it "a flower party" and we all adorned ourselves with the floral theme (some of us went more overboard then others)!

And while it was the happiest of days - I couldn't help thinking as she blew out her candles, that she would never be four again, and now she is five - and further from being that baby I've been nurturing and raising.  

These days, and years are a lesson, and an inspiration to me on a daily basis.  I feel like if I can just always behave in a way that my children will look back at this time and say it was happy, we worked hard, we loved each other, and we had fun - then I'm doing okay. 

Happy Birthday, golden girl.

Shell xx