Monday, 11 November 2013

Double rainbow!!

Jodie just shared an Instagram photo with you:

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"Double rainbow here in storm central tonight!! So rare and so pretty. "
(taken at home)
The Instagram Team

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

I'm still here!

We had some rainfall this week, not as much as the near flood rainfall of January. 
Of course it has been after I've thoroughly saturated everything since spreading 10 bags of fertilizer!

This old guy is on the mend after almost losing him 2 weeks ago. He has a bacteria in his sinuses that can block him all up and overwhelm his system and this time he just couldn't breath, nor eat, nor drink. It was so close!

Has anyone noticed these animations in their google plus photo accounts??
I have mine set for automatic backup and it picks bursts of 5 or more shots- when I am shooting in continuous mode I shoot heaps!

We are all gearing up for the next round of whipcracking championships.

I think they are fantastic!!

Monday, 22 July 2013

It's been a while. yet again

It's been such a long while since I have had a post up here. 

 I seem to have found a bit of a blogging voice again, along with painting my fingernails- that has been a long time coming as well. I have some new shatter polish that I have painted onto feature nails- my ring fingers, I haven't ever been a fan of the shatter polish, but I think I like this.

 I was a bit consumed by work there for a while. Being the girls' supervisor I was organising a Girls' Savvy day. It was a bit like an all day party for 150 teenage girls. Imagine it!

 It's taken me a while to recover! 

I organised some personal care talks and a few activities for the girls based around the party theme as they are at an age where they are called upon to help out with siblings and other children relative's parties so we ended the day with a round of party games. 

The activities included: 
cupcake decorating (for which I made 400 cupcakes from a 10 Kg packet mix and was ever so grateful to my sister who brought up sugar decorations from Sydney!), 
how to sew a button on- and making a piece of art from it and I will make them into wall hangings for our Library, 
and a bit of jewellery making- beaded bracelets on elastic for ease. 

I was so busy running around that I almost didn't remember to get the camera out. 

Here are some shots from the day.

They had such a wonderful day- or so they tell me! 

Kids are so clever aren't they?

Thursday, 30 May 2013

I'm Getting ready for a cold winter!

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What a fun thing this was. We saw cat beards on telly and just had to give it a try. But then it struck me that I knew someone with a fantastic beard. Thanks Miss Jaller the Cairn terrier!! This last photo has got me more likes on Instagram than any other shot I have posted!


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Just testing why my school blog won't accept this!! I'm very grateful that it works well here. xxj

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Miss Molly

I made this with a class at school as a practise for their own go at it.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

A new Photography trick I've learned.

I read a tutorial on double exposures done in camera with the 5Dmk3. 
The article can be found here
I thought it looked so cool, so I had a go at it.
The kids thought I was mad.

First I took a couple of shots that were meant to be silhouette photos.
I think it worked well leaving some detail in the photo.

Then following the steps in the tutorial I went outside and clicked at some other plants.
Missy was not impressed to be a gum tree!

The pink roses were out of focus.

The reds were a bit better. 

But the books and DVDs were the best!

Photos were great too.

When the little fella got home he had to have a go as well.

Mulberry tree.

Gum tree.

Gumnut head!

Quite an interesting, fun thing to do!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Anzac Day 2013

This is our first year without my Father In law to march in the Anzac Day March.
Our son wanted to march, wearing Pa's medals, with the servicemen and not with his school.
He did a great job, fitting in quite well with the older people, I think he chewed their ears off all the way up the main street.

Daughter marched with her school, wearing a great, great Uncle's medals

The little guy was a bit green by the time the service had finished. He was very happy to take a seat, get the hot vest off, and get a cool drink!

I like that the younger kids are keen to continue to honour this tradition and get involved.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Show weekend wrap up

This past weekend it was our local show. 
I was approached to take photos as I walked through the gate.  
Not quite sure for exactly what purpose- a magazine perhaps?
Luckily I had my camera to take photos of my own children in their Whipcracking demos.
Still, I wasn't really in the mindset on day 1 and missed heaps of opportunities to capture images as I was organising our kids and still recovering from a stomach flu the day before. I was very relieved to hear that there were a few of us put on the job!
I think I managed some artful ones on day 2!

A competition Wyandotte. with some editing and a texture added.

A Bully Boy's snout!

A Tawny frogmouth or mopoke, in the Farmyard Nursery

Hens and chickies in the Nursery.

Competition Fowl.


Yard dog trials. 
I can't believe that I didn't get any photos of the dogs working, as I said I didn't really have my head around it. Next year I have a plan to get a group together to take photos and we pool them and make a fundraising book! I will write a list of things to be sure to capture!!

Woodchopping competitions. They travel from great distances to have a go here!

Whipcracking Demos and a competition run by my kiddos.

The farmers challenge, to see which group of 'farmers can complete a set of tasks first. My little guy had to show some of them how to start the Quad bikes ;)

A Demolition Derby, with the lovely firies at the ready to put out fires. We really appreciate them making themselves available to assist, otherwise this event couldn't go on. Unfortunately one 'contestant' didn't abide by the rules and stop when the fire truck lights came on- and put these guys in danger when they were trying to put out a fire in a car with a driver in it right at the end. He was the winner but was disqualified.

I think we have THE best fireworks around, they go on for a full 10 minutes and are absolutely sensational! I am so pleased -I managed to get these in fully manual settings!!

Ah! Now a  year to plan for the next one!
xx, j

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