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Graciously and FINALLY accepting the awards you have generously offered me. Thank you.

Along the way several people have been kind enough to nominate me for blogging awards and as you  may know there are things to do do accept them. Until now I have not had enough time to accept them, but I haven’t forgotten you or your kindness in nominating me.

My solution is to accept them here. I will try to complete the requirements as a whole. I hope you will forgive me if it isn’t quite exact.


In an odd twist, one of the awards is the new one I just created myself that has no requirements, so Gerty, ‘Thank you!’ your kind words and encouragement always make me feel good about myself and I appreciate your support. You can check out Gerty’s blog ‘Paradise has Mosquitoes’, here.


Many thanks to Korea, Love & Longing for nominating me for the Reader Appreciation Award. Happily accepted. Sorry it took so long!!

Here are the answers to the questions you asked.

1. Your favourite colour: Its a close toss up between red and yellow. Different days you will get different answers. The exact shade makes a difference and I am not fond of them together – they remind me of fast food that way. We all know what I’m talking about!

2. Your favourite animal: Exotic Animal: Tiger. I love them for their exquisite markings. Bird: Pelican. Any animal that can store its lunch in its mouth for later is just plain efficient. No messing around there. Australian Animal: Wombat aka Mini bulldozer. If you haven’t read the picture book Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French. Go do it now. I’ll wait until you get back until I continue.

3. Your favourite non-alcoholic drink: Pineapple juice with lemonade. What can I say, I like pineapple.

4. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook. I am on Twitter but don’t really use it. Although Facebook is fast annoying me with the increase in advertising and clogging up my feed with pages I haven’t liked. If it wasn’t such a good social networker I would leave it now. They know that. Thats why they are commercialising now that it has become a way of life.

5. Your favourite pattern:  Um, are we talking texture or sewing? I am partial to the pants pattern I use to sew my boys pants and shorts and I quite like stripes???

6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents: I like both, but I find it frustrating. I can never find exactly what I want.

7. Your favourite number: 3

8. Your favourite day of the week – Saturday. Its the start of the weekend and I know I’ll have my husband home for a couple of days!

9. Your favourite flower – I like the old fashioned charm of the David Austin Roses.

10. What is your passion – Educating my children in a way that will impact the world in a positive way. Capturing their journey in still photography.


My thanks also to Beadstork for her nomination for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Graciously accepted and again, sorry for the delay!!

Here are 7 random facts about myself:

1. I am technically challenged. I can work out most things as I go, but it doesn’t seem to matter what I do the information leaves my head as quickly as it entered leaving me to start from scratch again.

2. I like baking. Generally things that aren’t good for me.

3. I like fruit in salad. Think pear, apple or mango.

4. I am qualified as a Homoeopath and Graphic Designer and was midway through a Psychology degree when I decided to put my education on hold to have a family.

5. I love dancing. I do acrobatic pole dancing and have also done belly dancing and ballet (both classical and jazz).

6. If I had lots of money I would have heaps of kids.

7. My first attempt at photography in High School was so bad that I was turned off photography other than family snaps until last year (2012). What did I take a photo of that was so bad? A stone snake ornament for the garden. It was horrible.


Finally thank you to iamtwixietops for her nomination for the Liebster Award. Again, I have been thinking I needed to get to this, but just haven’t been able to get to it until now!

I am going to um, bend the rules slightly here. As I have just stated 7 facts about myself I will add another 4 to make up the required 11.

+1. I am addicted to Alchemy Chai Syrup.

+2. I enjoy all of the conception, production and editing of photos. I could do it all day everyday!

+3. I wish I could live on a country property near the city. I need the city to learn things like pole dancing, but I love the space of the country. I like to look outside and see nature not concrete.

4+. I am physically affected thinking about spiders. I don’t like them. Even though I know that they are good for the garden and I am happy for them to live out there if I can’t see them (ostrich theory applies here), I can’t deal with them in my house. If I find one I make my husband catch it and relocate it to our neighbours garden (the one neighbour who won’t talk to anyone across the street). I was given a special long arm thing to catch spiders safely for Christmas and just looking at it gave me the willys when I thought about what it was for. Its now in the kids toy box.

Here are the answers to the questions left for me to answer:

  • What is your greatest dream? to live out a long and happy life with my husband and children (its working so far!)
  • Who is your favorite teacher and why did you like him/her? I had a teacher in Primary School called Mrs Stanley. I was smaller than the other kids and had trouble doing the same physical activities as I was younger than most. She gave me personal encouragement to achieve goals. I remember her kindness. She was lost to cancer years ago.
  • If you are to meet one celebrity who would that be and why? I’m not much into celebrity. Does the Dalai Lama count? I think he has a great view of the world. If you can still feel compassion in the midst of unfair treatment then you are on my most highly repsected list.
  • Who is your most valued Role Model and why? I would have to say my husband. He is better than me in every way. He is also the opposite of me in everyway. He shows me the other side of any given situation. He is giving, loving, patient and full of energy.
  • Black or White? White.
  • Coffee or Tea? Tea. Religiously. Every morning and night. Preferably Chai, but Lady Grey or even normal tea will do.
  • Heart or Mind? I think one exclusively of the other is dangerous. A combination with balance is the only option.
  • Who is the most important person in your life now and why? My children. I would move mountains for them if need be.
  • If you are to pick one scenario in your childhood days that made an impact in your life what would it be? My positive experiences of Christmas as a child has practically turned me into a Christmas elf. And now anyone who comes into my world is in turn Christmaserised!
  • What is your perfect date? Something relaxing. Fish and chips by the river and a walk in the warm breeze with a dip at the end.
  • Who is your best friend and what makes him/her the best of them? My husband is my best friend. He is the best because he accepts me faults and all.


The Blogs I Love to Read In No Particular Order:

A Walk With My Camera

Life, Photography & Other Mistakes

Frames & Focus

Junsjazz Images & Inspiration



Richard Tulloch’s LIFE ON THE ROAD

Steve McCurry’s Blog

David Williams Photography


I would like to say that this list is by no means extensive. I check in with many blogs for different reasons and I enjoy them all. These are 10 of the photography blogs I follow. I love their photography and the effort that clearly goes into constructing a well thought out and beautiful blog.

I will nominate each of them for an award, but it will be The Clements Award because I just want them to have it. Irrelevant of whether or not they decide to link to me they deserve recognition for their efforts. Congratulations.

WHAT A MARATHON! If you made it to the end type ‘pickles’ in the comments (just to confuse people – naughty me, I must be delirious from typing)!






Just Because: A New Award

I decided to make a new Blogging Award. I think the sense of community that the bloggosphere provides is great. People read and love the effort that others make and they want to let them know. Only I think it would be nice to be able to award someone without there being any more expectations than that. Just to say ‘You’re blog is great’. That’s it.

So here is a new one

The Clements Award

The Clements Award

For outstanding blogs that make the blogosphere better!

It is a blogging award that you can give to the outstanding blogs you love. It is to let them know you love their blog and appreciate their efforts.

What makes this award different from others?

There are no strings attached. No requirements to accept it and no questions or links to write up. YOU GIVE THIS AWARD EXPECTING NOTHING IN RETURN. It exists solely to let bloggers know you love their blog and you think it is outstanding.

How do I give this award?

Leave a comment for your nominee telling them why you want to nominate them with a link to this post so that they can see what it’s about. Much the same as other awards.

What do I do if I receive the award?

The only guideline is to write a post displaying the award badge and thanking the person who awarded it to you with a link. It is only a guideline. You can accept the award without linking to the awarder, but it is polite to thank them. You can display the award on your blog with your other awards.

You can decline to accept by not writing a post accepting the award.


October Photo Challenge: 26. listening to…just another Mum blogger

No photo today. WHAT?! I think you failed today’s challenge.

It is a protest.

It is true that a photo challenge should include a photo, but I don’t have one of what I am about to mention and although I don’t usually post things like this, several days later it is still irritating me so instead of a photo you get an argument.

For anyone who is left reading after that last statement, I was watching a program called Media Watch the other night in Australia. The main purpose of the program is to find mistakes or poor journalistic morals in the current news items running on Australian media to highlight the problems with them and keep them honest.

I have no problem with the show normally. I enjoy watching it enough that it is something I watch most weeks, BUT the presenter last week flippantly threw out a phrase that irks me.

‘So we are subjected to another Mum blogger.’

Here is WHY it bothers me.

The word ‘subjected’ is obviously my main issue. It is insulting to me that somehow Mums blogging are offensive.

I happen to be a mum who blogs.

Shouldn’t mothers who manage to find the time to research and write about things that matter to them be applauded not only for excellent time management skills, but also undertaking what amounts to voluntary study and education with out any expectation of a payoff in the end? I suppose I am thinking of myself when I write that, but I am trying to educate myself in the area of photography and practising my developing skills and I use my blog to journal my efforts. Being a mother can be isolating so I get great feedback from other people with more knowledge than I have in this area. My blog entries are my equivalent of handing up an assignment.

I think it equates to other areas too. It might be a subject blog or a blog that focuses on one or more of the many aspects of mothering and educating children. I still think that the content is as interesting to one person as another subject is interesting to another person. Why then are Mum bloggers singled out as flippantly wasting valuable space in the bloggosphere. The statement assumes Mums who dare to blog are forcing unwitting people to be subjected to the pressumed always tedious and mundane experience that staying at home provides.

Sure the pay for the hours worked is SH@#!, but how many other careers offer the flexibility of choosing your location daily based on the weather and your mood. Or offer the opportunity to undertake a (very) longterm project with sole (nearly) responsibility for the outcome and the impact of the result can mean the world to someone.

In the end no one is subjected to anything in the bloggosphere. You can always choose not to read or look. But it isn’t OK to trivialise the existence of a mother or to tell her its not OK share her experience. And it is worth listening, you might learn something.

That is what I listened to.


My Celebration

I recently opened my dashboard to be informed that I had my 1000th like! For those of you who have been blogging a while that is probably not much, but I am FLOORED! Thanks for taking the time to like my posts and comment.

You may know that I am a Stay At Home Mum and trying to teach myself photography is a bit like bumping around in the dark. My family love me and think that every photo I take is great, but I suspect that they are SLIGHTLY BIASED! haha. The feedback I get from readers really helps me to be motivated to keep doing better and suggestions on how to improve are appreciated, considered and I try to take it on and use it.

Thanks again for interacting with me and my blog. You don’t have to do it and I know that, but I appreciate that you do.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

As a final comment on growth I wanted to highlight myself. I started taking photos in May with my first photo challenge. I have been taking and blogging photos everyday in the last 3 and a half months to try to improve. The first photo I took was using the prompt peace. Here it is in all its glory.

Look at that photographic genius! haha

Here are a couple I took the other day with the same iphone.

They might not be perfect, but in my opinion they definitely show growth.

Here’s looking at you.

I have been having a look at the blogs of the people who have left comments or liked posts and others who I have seen while browsing the categories in wordpress.


What have I learned?

There are a lot of great people taking the time to share their passion through their blog.

You take great photos.

I need to get better at photography.

I have been inspired and over-awed at the same time.

Other blogs have lots of people commenting on their posts. I have no idea how to get people to do that. I love getting feedback and other comments from people, so I need to look into that further.

I learned a new word! Iphonography?! I guess I should know that since I use an iphone. I do it because I don’t have a camera. Other people choose to do it. Great!


Thank you for letting me into your world. I appreciate you taking the time to make something so interesting for other people, like myself, to explore and enjoy.

I am…continuing to explore the blogosphere.

Do you have a great photography blog?

Do you have a great photography blog? I am always looking for inspiration and new ideas. I love to see how other people view and capture images. And let’s be honest I love to look at beautiful images because they are beautiful. Not necessarily traditionally beautiful. Shape, lines, light AND shadow (shadow seems to be highly underrated) colour, monotone. I like to expand my mind.

If you have a great photo blog leave a comment and I’ll check it out. And thanks for sharing! (in advance)

Here comes the Sun!

Just as I was lamenting that I could not do what I wanted with my blog layout, I have finally found a page layout I am happy with!  I am staying with WordPress!

The universe seems to be feeling my joy with two lovely days in a row and I just had to take a photo of the bees in my backyard enjoying a yellow flower. I am less sure that the bees were impressed when I (having no ability to zoom on an iphone) had to stick my hand right next to them while they ate.

I am… enjoying the sun!