Day 121 – 140

Project 365-2015: Day 140 – A Photo a Day
140 days in, and I’m still chugging away taking a photo a day for this project. It’s an interesting way to look at the world, being constantly on the lookout for something visually interesting. It forces me to be more present and more aware of my surroundings as I go about my life. It’s harder to do this time than it was in 2012 when I had two little boys helping me find photos though! I’m determined to see it through though…only 225 day to go!

Project 365-2015: Day 139 – Mushroom

Project 365-2015: Day 138 – Peekaboo!
It’s Godzilla, peeking out of what we call his Hibernation Hut. Blue tongue lizards living outside will hibernate during the cold months, but they needs a weatherproof place to do it in. We used an empty ice cream container (which I bought for this reason and then had to eat all the ice cream…so difficult.) and cut a circle out of it. I used electrical tape to smooth the sharp plastic edges so that Godzilla wouldn’t hurt himself on it, and then filled it with straw. For ages he wouldn’t go in, so I started putting him in it every time we handled him, and now he’s always curling up inside during the cold days.

Project 365-2015: Day 137 – Laughing Kookaburra.
How amazing is that?! I took this photo at the football today, when this kookaburra took a dive down to help himself to some of our lunch. He took it over to this post, where he proceeded to beat that chunk of bread to death, and then he took off back to his tree to eat it.
I love action photos. I love the way you can capture just that one split second in time like this.

Project 365-2015: Day 136 – Changing.
I took this sitting on the front step and enjoying a little bit of sunshine today. After a week of what felt like relentless rain it was nice to see the sun again! Sitting out there made me notice how this tree in the middle of our front yard is starting to turn, and the orange and golden leaves looked so pretty in the sun. I can’t believe it’s nearly winter.

Project 365-2015: Day 135 – Luna
This was my Luna dog today, wearing her cosy new snowflake sweater and begging me to share my food with her…it’s very hard to say no to that face!

Project 365-2015: Day 134 – Yep, still raining.
How pretty is this? Beautiful colours and lovely sparkly raindrops. I took this one at school on the way home. I didn’t think about it until I got home either, but these flowers are growing on a bush that I planted at my very first school working bee, eight years ago, which I thought was kind of funny to think about. So much has changed since then!

Project 365-2015: Day 133 – Rainbow
Typical Melbourne weather for autumn lately From hot sunshine to rain to hail and freezing winds…half the time in the same day. But I did get this beautiful rainbow out of it this morning, stretching across the backyard.

Project 365-2015: Day 132 – Odd One Out.
I was down at the ponds today and there was a whole flock of these little black birds (that I just looked up and think are called Eurasian Coots) and just one random duck in the middle, pretending to be one of them. It was just something kind of amusing on an otherwise fairly grey and dismal morning.

Project 365-2015: Day 131 – Hooray!
Jericho, Emma and Soren celebrating the fact that we now have a new trampoline mat and they are no longer risking their life and limbs by jumping around a hole in the mat!
I don’t know who’s happier- the kids because they have a trampoline again or me because when they start getting rowdy I can once again send them outside to play on it.

 

Project 365-2015: Day 130 – Rainy Day Sunshine.
On a day of near constant rain, this little dandelion was just about the only spot of brightness out in the yard.

 

Project 365-2015: Day 129 – Emma in action.
Look at my Emmanuella go! I love this action shot of her playing hockey today. I love the fact that she’s playing a sport and making some new friends and really pushing herself out of her comfort zone. I love that she’s learning that good things can come out of doing things you’re scared of. I love my girl.

Project 365-2015: Day 128 – Friday.
This won’t mean Friday to anyone else, but to me it pretty much sums up the day. These are the poker chips that my children receive on a Friday afternoon, and which they then trade in over the weekend for time on their electronic devices.
I am (according to my children) a horribly mean and unfair mummy who insists upon enforcing (appallingly strict and completely inadequate) time limits on their screen time. I know, I know…unforgivable. Of course this always led to many fights and much drama and always with the wailing and gnashing of teeth. After much (MUCH) trial and error the poker chip system was born. Every Friday (or every morning on the holidays when they have chips for each day) I put out their poker chips in a little pile on the mantlepiece. The kids each have their own colour so they don’t get mixed up, and each chip is worth fifteen minutes of time. When they want to play they ‘pay’ their poker chips back into the box, take a kitchen timer and go to town. Works like a charm. (Really, it actually does.)
The kids love Friday poker chips. And pocket money, which you can also see in the photo- $2 each for Emma, Jericho and Soren and $5 for Nicholai. Which is probably a lot less than most kids but it’s working out for now.

Project 365-2015: Day 127 – Approaching Rain. I liked this one from this afternoon, with the sun shining on the different textures of the branches and leaves and the grey clouds gathering behind it.

Project 365-2015: Day 126 – Curious Cattle.
As I was driving along to the shops today I saw a herd of cattle looking very picturesque standing around and in their dam. Thinking it would make a nice picture I pulled up and got out of the car, only to have the whole herd come charging up the paddock to see what I was up to. Cows are such nosy animals!
Anyway, I liked this one because of her ears- they’re so big!
I will also add that taking photos of black cows on a very sunny day is very difficult.

Project 365-2015: Day 125 – Gulf Station.
Emma went to Gulf Station with school today. They’re doing some kind of short film thing in conjunction with the national trust. They spent today at Gulf Station with cameras and ipads, and then they’ll have two further sessions at school to edit their films. I dropped her off and took this photo in the carpark and that was it for me, although honestly I would have loved a few hours to wander around and take photos myself.

Project 365-2015: Day 124 – Down at the Snack Shack.
Just one of the bulls from the paddocks in town hanging out by the feed shelter.

Project 365-2015: Day 123 – Weekend Work.
Putting the children out in the garden planting daffodil bulbs and transplanting a bunch of agapanthus into the yarn forest.

Project 365-2015: Day 122 – Great-Nana’s Garden

Project 365-2015: Day 121 – Farm life.
I took this on the way to school this afternoon. I really liked the different textures of the fence and the grass and the metal just wrapped around it, and the perfect blue of an autumn sky.
The paddock that this fences in is now probably the last open space in town, and I wonder how long it is until it’s sold and developed into housing. There’s no subdividing beyond the current town boundaries so land is limited, and this chunk has got to be worth a LOT of money.

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