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I was looking through my Instagram feed yesterday and really enjoyed looking at old photos I had forgotten I had taken. If you’re on Instagram too you can find me as Midsommereve.


I thought this grouping actually worked pretty well as one!


A Few From My Garden – Galaxy Photography

I was fortunate enough today to have the chance to be out in my garden enjoying the blooming flowers in my garden. I only had my phone with me, but here are a few photos from my world.




I don’t think David Austin expected his beautiful roses to come with Australian flies attached.

An Experiment: for the little guys

I said yesterday I took my boys to the the playground. I mentioned that they gave me a flower.  What I didn’t mention was that my 3 year old decided to pick ALL of the flowers growing in the park.


My 1 year old also decided to bring me flowers. Just like his big brother.


Anyway, I decided that since the flowers had been taken we had better put them to good use.


We divided them into 4 glasses of water coloured with food colouring and waited to see if they would take up the colour. I added a few white roses from the garden as I knew they would take the colour and wasn’t sure how well jonquils would go.


We waited.

Several hours later we noticed a slight change and got all excited.


The roses were taking up the colour faster than the jonquils.


We left them over night and this morning we had a rainbow!


The boys were very excited their experiment had worked! Hopefully we have instilled in them a desire to be curious and inventive for life!!
…well its a start.

Mum used it as an opportunity to take photos of course.






Happy to be removing the stinky jonquils from the living room.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy, (also October Photo Challenge – 8. angles)

There are a lot of things that make me happy. Extraordinary and mundane things alike give me enjoyment. In fact I would say that I could find something in just about anything that would make me happy. The gallery thing didn’t seem to work?

I have also incorporated today’s October Photo Challenge – 8. angles into this post. My front door is a right angle and although its a pretty lame effort, I just didn’t get time to take anything better today. I may put in an additional angle shot later if I ever get to the place I had in mind.

Anyway, enjoy happy.

My garden fence is picketted and scalloped. Designed by me, for me. I love it and looking at it makes me happy everyday.
My solar panels make me happy because in the face of the recent electricity price hike, they are saving me a lot of money.
I am developing quite a collection of coloured thongs. They make me happy because I can put them on and off quickly and my feet feel like they aren’t wearing shoe even when they are. Can’t really go wrong with that.
I love the colours of the flowers in the pots by my doors. They are currently snapdragons and marigolds. I am also happy that I have taken a photo of them because if they follow the trend of the other things I have grown in pots they will likely have a lifespan of about 2 weeks. That makes me less happy.
My husband and best friend R definitely makes me happy. When he is smiling you can’t help but be happy. Even when we argue I am happy to be arguing with him and no one else.
Macro photography makes me happy because it reveals little details about ordinary things that really aren’t ordinary at all if you look up close! This photo is of a lavender flower and their scent also makes me happy for its lovely smell and that it reminds me of my Grandmother who I not only loved, but respected as a person in her own right.
My son makes me happy because he is awesome and I also feel happy watching him be happy while he plays his games. How his brain thinks also makes me happy…and often amused.
I am pretty sure that W’s kissy face makes everyone in the world happy.
This is NOT MY PHOTO. I can’t even credit it becuase my computer shut down while I was trying to do the link. It is from a blog that showed it as a link from another site that was no longer there. BOO 😦 I had to put it in because fairy lights and 50’s style full skirts make me VERY happy. Christmas in general also makes me happy, so much so that I am developing my December Photo Challenge list ‘The Christmas List’. As a foot note to that. Elf the movie also makes me happy. I could watch that movie daily.
Blossoms make me happy. Its like having natural wedding confetti! Beautiful
Roadtrips with my family and travelling or adventuring make me happy. I love exploring new places and discovering new things. I have a thirst for knowledge that I don’t remember ever not having and new things satisfy that thirst.
My yellow walls make me happy. I have always wanted yellow walls and I finally got them. Yay yellow. This is also today’s October photo challenge photo for angles. Mainly because I didn’t get a chance to take a great angles photo. In the interest of making sure that I get one on each day. This is it!
My handmade monogrammed doormat that cost me $6 all up. It makes me happy in its own right, but it also represents all of the creative crafty things that I do that make me happy for the creative process and also the end result.
My vegetable garden makes me happy. People thought I was mad when I said it had to look beautiful too. The flower pot in the middle was viewed as pointless, but I am happy everyday that I did it. I love how it looks and I love how the vegetables we grow taste and save us money. Who said things can’t be beautiful AND practical?
A blossom from my crab apple tree. The delicate pale pink colour and the blossoms make this one of my prize possesions. The blossoming doesn’t last long, but it is an amazing looking tree while it does. Happy.
W taking his first steps represents all of the milestones that my children take. Watching them develop into happy, healthy, well adjusted individual personalities makes me very happy.

Well, those are some of the things that make me happy. Finally, being happy makes me happy. Its kind of a positive feedback cycle. I am going to go and have cup of tea now with my husband. That is also going to make me happy.

I hope that everyone else is enjoying life too.

Travel Theme: Foliage

I love to hear people’s thoughts or comments so when it was suggested that I give the Travel Theme of Foliage a go I thought, “Sure, why not?!”. It was night at the time, but there is nothing like the present so out I went into the COLD. My neighbours no doubt thought the crazy lady on the corner is out there again with her camera, standing on her front door step pointing the camera up toward the sky. Frame no good…step back..check…frame no good….two steps left, bend top half to the right, cock head to the right slightly, click…frame no good…repeat, 1 step to the front and half a step to the left with a slight knee bend…got it…hooray! All in a dressing gown and Ugg boots that look a lot like Santa’s boots with red laces. Hmmm…the neighbours are used to it now. Probably didn’t even blink.

Our Cedar tree is MESSY! It is just coming to spring and these berries will all fall onto my garden and sprout mini Cedar trees everywhere. My 1 year old likes to eat them, they taste sweet. You can see the beginnings of the flowers starting to bloom. Soon the tree will be covered with tiny white flowers that look like confetti and the spring breeze will make it “snow” in our front yard. The flowers will be replaced with small leaf sprouts that will grow on stems that also fall in Autumn. It is not what you typically think of as foliage, but it is what adorns our tree at the moment and for all its messiness I do love the shade its foliage provides us in Summer. It provides a shady place for the boys to play in the sprinkler or for me to sit and watch them ‘help’ me by watering the garden (themselves!)

K is for kinetic…and kaleidoscope!

K is for kinetic. The kind of energy this bee uses to fly around these flowers collecting pollen.
It is also for kill which is what we no doubt BOTH thought was the intention of the other when we encountered each other at such close proximity.


It is also for kaleidoscope. Playing under lights makes interesting colour!



July Photo Challenge: Colour Series – Red, 10. ‘coastal vegetation’

I have been at coastal locations recently. A friend of mine thinks it’s pretty funny that I keep stopping to photograph the vegetation, especially when it often looks pretty average and scrubby if you don’t look closely. I thought I would make today’s red photo one of a plant growing in the granite sand and rocks

And then I thought I might include some other photos of the coastal vegetation I have snapped along the way. Most of them aren’t red, but I found them interesting anyway.

I love taking photos of tiny things. It reminds me that even the smallest things in life are just as important. Otherwise, whatever it is that made us all wouldn’t have gone to the effort of putting so much detail into something so tiny.