Thursday, April 19, 2018

Around Here

Week 1 of Term 2 is underway so it's back to routines.  Last week when we were on school holidays the kids and I went to our favourite bush BBQ location for a lunch time BBQ.  We keep it really simple with a packet of sausages, a loaf of bread, sauce and cut up onions in olive oil and a tablespoon of brown sugar so they carmelize.  We collect twigs and sticks to get the fire going and cook the sausages and onion first and then after we finishing eating it's time to roast some marshmallows over the fire.

While we were there I also took the opportunity to snap some family pics of the three of us.  With kids and photos you have to make these things fun so I set the camera up on the tripod with the remote and self timer to get our family photo.  The kids decided it would be fun to jump off the log in front of the camera just as the timer went off so we ended up with some funny photos and what's better is, they were having a heap of fun taking turns trying to jump into the photo.

Our lovely bush BBQ spot.

We love the wood fire BBQ.

Our simple BBQ supplies.

Lunch is served.

Marshmallow roasting time.

Our family photo we ended up with.

Family photo out take #1.

Family photo out take #2.

Family photo out take #3.

The kids loved doing this one.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Around Here

We don't eat out for dinner however I have been wanting to go to Eat Street for a while to try it out and since the kids are on holidays it was a special treat.  It was so busy and we queued to get into the car park and then queued to get into the venue and shuffled around behind people to walk around.  It was crazy busy and packed and very overwhelming in terms of "what are we going to eat".  After about half an hour wandering around the kids wanted to have a potato on a stick and had that and then afterwards we went to the Asian section and ordered a few entree type meals.  We got some dumplings, peking duck in little pancakes and honey chicken.  Tables were at a premium however we did find a little spot to sit down.  There are the most outrageous over the top deserts at a premium price and so much that one serving could feed a family.

On the way out we saw the fairy floss being made and stood there for about 10 minutes watching it.  As a kid we always got fairy floss at the local fete and it's still fun to have some every year or so.  The first fairy floss we saw being made was wrapped around a flashing lightsaber so that it was flashing pretty colours throughout the fairy floss.  The second one was being made like a sombrero and the guy who was getting it made he and his girlfriend were squealing with delight as each new bit of sugar was being poured into the spinner.  We stood in amazement at the performance of it being made and how huge it was when it was finished.  I doubt that anyone would eat all of it but it certainly was something to watch.  It's not a place I would visit often or ever again however if I had relatives visiting it's something that would be fun to go and do again because it's a bit different.  Basically it's shipping containers and food trucks on some unused land by the Brisbane River.  I'm glad that we went as a family and it was a treat and the fairy floss was something to remember.  Here's some photos of our night.

That big blue thing is the kids fairy floss....

This was the sombrero fairy floss for the next customer.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Around Here

Around here we are in the second week of the school holidays and chilling out.  One of the things I love doing with my daughter is going on a "photo walk" in our neighbourhood.  We both have a camera and we take a nice leisurely stroll down to the park and take photos along the way.  Usually it's about 30 minutes or however long we like.  Here's went about half an hour before sunset to get the pretty light.

Nature in people's front garden near the footpath.

Budding photographer.

Australian gum leaves.


Tree bark.

She does her own braids and is really good at it.

On our Mummy and Daughter walk.

Bird of Paradise.

Stopping for some photos.

Such pretty light in this spot.

On the way to the play ground.

I love taking out of focus leaves with pretty light.

Pretty flowers near the play ground.

School holiday fun with the henna kit she bought herself.

Some signs of Autumn.

Home again.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Around Here

Around here we had a lovely Easter with my family with a few traditions that have continued for years.  On Good Friday we always have morning tea with hot cross buns at my sisters place and then on Easter Monday we have a family gathering with Mum's special "Chilli Fish" dish.  This is a once a year treat and we always look forward Easter Monday.  This year my sister and I cooked the fish tempura style then froze it for reheating on Monday for lunch.  The kids got quite a few chocolate Easter eggs and my Aunty made some lovely Easter biscuits.  I also made a pavlova for dessert and as we had 12 people for lunch I made the pavlova spread out further so everyone could get a piece so it ended up being not as high as I would normally make it however everyone loved it. 

We also have been minding a friends dog over Easter as they have gone away so it was a full house with lots of puppy cuddles and walks.  The kids loved having the dog here.  Here's some photos of our Easter.

Cooking the tempera fish for Easter Monday.

So yummy...

Sienna's little fern and her little pot she spray painted gold.

The fridge at Easter time.

Billy was watching the neighbourhood kids ride their bikes up and down the street making lots of noise.

The Easter table with James having some down time on the Xbox before our guests arrived.

Easter touches.

Chilli Fish & Rice which is our family's Easter Monday tradition.

Biscuits my Aunty made for Monday lunch.

Pavlova for dessert.

Sienna enjoying our Easter house guest.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Timeless photos

These days with digital photography and mobile phones so many photo get taken and posted socially however not a lot of these get printed.  I have just received my Week in the Life Photo book for 2017 from Blurb which I have previously written about before.  Getting photos off your computer takes time and money however when you have a book that you can touch or feel it makes all the difference to your family's history.

Another thing I love is black and white photos as they can have a nostalgic and timeless feel to them.  I was looking through our suburbs Historical Society website recently as the council provided a grant for the website and lost of history and photos have been added to this.  Looking through the old photos of our suburb with horse and carriages at two well know locations in our suburb just screams of a place and a time.  I thought I would share some of my favourite black and white photos of my own.

Mummy cuddles.

Views of Samford Valley

Before school.

Dayboro Bakery for lunch.

Beach walks at Bribie Island.

This one is always smiling.

Off to school.

Love close up face shots and those stunning eyes of hers.

Making dumplings together.

Visiting the Museum of Brisbane via the lift which conveniently had a mirror.

Those homework feels.

Doing some cooking.

Indoor portraits of this cheeky girl.

Don't you wear gloves when eating crumpets with honey so you don't get sticky hands?

Love that smile.

Old radio style at the Museum of Brisbane.