Tuesday, 31 January 2012

#janphotoaday days 27 to 31

{day 27}
lunch :: on the run :: way overstuffed subway wrap :: it didn't even join together it had so much in it :: only half was eaten

{day 28}
light :: the best kind :: sunshine :: 4:42pm

{day 29}
inside your fridge :: always full, always a mess :: 10:17am

{day 30}
nature :: nectarines straight from our tree

{day 31}
you, again :: i look and feel like crap after having a migraine yesterday :: it's going to be so nice to feel healthy again :: 10:13am

So that was January. It went rather quick, don't you think. Head on over to Fat Mum Slim because February's challenge kicks off tomorrow. It's a good one!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

grateful :: australia

I know it's all a little bit cliché, being the week of Australia Day, but oh well. This week, I am very grateful for living in this country. Actually, every day of every week, I am grateful. I'm a news watcher, and it seems that every second news clip is about some kind of riot or terror attack or a ridiculous celebrity break up in another country. At times there are awful things that happen here, but hardly ever.

Imagine living in in Baghdad and being in fear of your life every second of every day that a suicide bomber might be standing right next to you about to kill you and other innocent people around you. Imagine living in Africa and not knowing when or if you will get your next meal, or even worse, having your baby die in your arms because you are so emaciated that you can't produce milk to feed him or her.

I'm sorry if I'm being a little morbid here, but we live in possibly the best country in the world - even with a leader that doesn't really know what the hell she is doing {sorry to any Julia lovers out there}. No wonder there are so many people trying to hitch a ride on a boat to get here.

We have it all. The amazing beaches, mountainous ranges, wide open spaces, beautiful & laid back {mostly} people. I know it's not all rainbows and lollipops, but it must be one of the most loved countries in the world. Over 100,000 people migrate to Australia every year, after all. There must be some attraction. I think there is anyway.

I'm all for being quietly patriotic though. We spent our Australia Day at home in peace and quiet. I am supposed to be resting, but it wouldn't have been any different if I wasn't sick. We love Australia, but I'm not a southern-cross-tattoo-bearing-over-patriotic person who needs to reinforce my Australian-hood every Australia Day by getting drunk whilst being wrapped in an Australian flag. I know I'm Australian. I'm so grateful that I'm Australian and I would never want to live anywhere else.

This has been a little bit of a rant, I know, I'm sorry.

All I really wanted to say is "Thank you for having me, Australia. I will be eternally grateful."

Friday, 27 January 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - Inspired by SouleMama. A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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Have wonderful weekend x

Thursday, 26 January 2012

#janphotoaday - days 18 to 26

{day 18}
something i bought :: this louisa numina painting that i love :: not your regular aboriginal painting, but love the colours :: 7:43pm

{day 19}
sweet :: caramel slice :: as good as i'm going to get being stuck in here {hospital} :: 4:49pm

{day 20}
someone i love :: well, actually four :: they are my favourite people in the whole world :: 12:05pm
{i'm really not sure what the littlest was doing in this pic!}

{day 21}
reflection :: in the bathroom at hospital :: i gotta get outta this place :: 5:52pm

{day 22}
your shoes :: the only shoes i have while i'm here :: for yet another day :: i can feel it's gonna be a long one :: 10:06am

{day 23}
something old :: the flowers on the table in this room :: yes, i'm still stuck in this place

{day 24}
guilty pleasure :: thai take-away :: i needed food with flavour after over five days in hospital :: hospital food sucks :: 8:13pm

{day 25}
something you made :: this quilt :: still needs to have the binding put on, but it's my first ever attempt at a quilt

{day 26}
colour :: sweet sweet watermelon :: happy australia day :: 2:01pm

There are only a few more days left of January's challenge, but if you were late to get on board, fear not, the wonderful Fat Mum Slim has a new challenge for February here. Get over there and check it out.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

grateful :: home

I'm catching up again this week, but a turn of events {well actually only one painful event} caused me to be away from my computer {I know I did do one blog post about where I was, but it took so darn long, there was no way I was going to attempt to do another}. The worst part about being sick was being away from my beautiful family and my home.

So, this week I am grateful for home.


Home to me is not just a place where I live - it's the place I love and am loved

It may not be my dream house. It needs a lot of work done to it - bathroom to fix, and maybe one to add on; extra bedrooms; extra living areas; new kitchen...the list goes on. We are out of town, and sometimes it's hard to juggle all the running around with the kids.

On the flip side we live on acreage so there are wide open spaces and fresh air to breathe. The house also holds sentimental value to me - it was my Great-Grandfathers home. It was his soldier settlers land, and he built the house and raised his own family here. My wonderful Papa was raised here and began his dairy farming journey on this land.

This place is special. It's the home where my family are. The place where I long to be when I'm not there. Our sanctuary. Our refuge. Ours.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

All is fine with the world, then..

BAM. I've been hit with pneumonia and stuck in hospital. It's all very strange to me. I haven't been sick at all. No cough, no runny nose, nothing. I woke up Thursday morning with a severe pain in the right side of my chest. I couldn't breathe properly as the pain was so bad. I had no idea what was going on. My husband came home from work to check me out and we decided to call the ambulance - its the only way to get straight into the ER, otherwise who knows how long you'll sit in the waiting room. I waited eight hours a little while ago with my four year old. She had a gash in her head that needed gluing - a five minute job, an eight hour wait. Totally ridiculous!

On the way in, the paramedic decided I had a pulled muscle in my chest - too much pushing my daughter on the swing the day before! I felt ridiculous being taken to hospital in an ambulance with a pulled muscle! And how on earth could a pulled muscle hurt that much! After blood tests, chest x-rays and a full check over by the doctor {who is my doctor that I trust wholeheartedly} the result was atypical pneumonia. I'm apparently a bit of an enigma as I still have no symptoms apart from the chest pain and a bit of a rattle when I breathe.

So, I'm still in hospital, bored out of my brain. Instagram doesn't cut it when you're checking it every ten minutes. I've read quite a few magazines and the newspapers. I needed a good book. Hopefully I'm out of here tomorrow. Another chest x-ray to make sure my lungs are clearing up, a truck load of antibiotics and more blood tests to make sure everything is heading back to normal and I should be right to be discharged.

Cross your fingers for me xo

{taken by hubby in the ER}

{my girls came to visit and brought a surprise}
{still on this darn bed}

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

windy days, balmy nights

The last two days here have been hot. Hot I can take, but throw in the ridiculous Northerly wind and I start to loathe it. It's great for getting washing dry really, really quickly. But that's it. Even then, I'm out there for half an hour trying to get the wet stuff on - the line goes crazy as soon as one item is attached.

But, days like that usually bring wonderful balmy nights. Nights where we stay outside for as long as we can, watering the garden, laying on the grass, playing on the swings, watching the sun go down. Just being.

Last night we headed to the beach. It was close to dark so we just dipped our toes and felt the cool breeze on our skin. It was bliss.

Tonight looked something like this:

{she was already outside taking pictures - and of course instagrammed it straight away}

{my girl rocks}

Hope you can find an escape when the heat visits you xo

#janphotoaday catchup..again

{day 13}
day 13 :: inside my bag :: not even going to take it all out, it's full of stuff that shouldn't even be in there :: 8:15pm

{day 14}
day 14 :: what i'm reading :: nothing but a menu today :: 8:56pm

{day 15}
day 15 :: happiness :: coming home to a clean house after being away for the weekend and finding sticky notes to follow that in the end lead me to the couch to relax :: my girls are amazing :: 6:15pm

{day 16}
day 16 :: morning :: waking up next to this princess :: 8:01am

{day 17}
day 17 :: water :: my morning cup of tea wouldn't be any good without it :: 8:35am

It looks as though I can't get myself into gear to do this everyday, so we'll most likely be playing catch up for the rest of the month. 

You can follow me on Instagram. I'm sunshineandgreentea on there too. xo

grateful {catching up} :: sisters-in-law

So, I've been away from my computer and am now trying to do a bit of a catch up with everything. I had one of my sister-in-law's hens show on the weekend, and what a weekend it was. But the most important part was that I got to spend it with my two beautiful sisters-in-law, and they are what I am grateful for this week. They are beautiful, kind and compassionate - I love them to bits.

The list could go on and on as to why I love them so much, and to why I am so thankful that they are in my life, but how about just a few.

::  non-stop chatter in the car, making the four hour car trip go by in a flash

::  sleeping in the same bed and talking & giggling with each other until sleep takes over

::  sharing the good shoes - always

::  not caring when I forgot to put my charged battery in my camera {this was devastating for me - where has my brain gone?}

::  being comfortable enough to be looked after by me {or maybe just too inebriated} but knowing that if the high heel were on the other foot, they would do the same for me

::  making me laugh the whole way home - it kept me awake after a couple of late nights

::  loving me back the way that I love them

Love your guts out you two xx

Thursday, 12 January 2012

day 11 & 12 #janphotoaday

{day 11}
day 11 :: where i sleep :: fresh linen, which i don't iron, hence all the wrinkles :: 2:04pm

{day 12}
day 12 :: close up :: my most treasured possession :: necklace featuring my girls :: 8:01pm

school holidays

I seriously love them. I haven't had the funk that others have had..just yet. I'm hoping it won't raise its ugly head. Sure there have been moments - there always are in this family. We have a pre-teen on our hands after all. There are definitely moments! But, on the flip side, there are magical, wonderous moments that make me want stop time and try to soak it all in. These girls of ours are just growing so fast - it makes me want to cry. I've been looking back at photos today of when they were little. How could they have possibly ever been so small {note: not really all that small at over 9 pounds at birth for all three - ouch}.

More often than not, I look forward to them going back to school by the end of the holidays. I don't think that will be the case this year. I love not having the morning rush, which inevitably ends in me yelling at the oldest two to get out the door or they'll miss the bus. I love having them all home with me, baking, playing games, taking photos, spending time. I love taking them places - visiting the beach, finding new spots, exploring, and the most important to them, going shopping. I love sleeping in, snuggling and dozing with the littlest. I think, however, the worst thing about them heading back to school is knowing that my baby will be heading there in the middle of the year, and that will be it. They'll all be there. All day. And that totally sucks.

But, when the eldest does this, it makes me feel a little bit better.

The only scary thing was that this:

Equaled this:

But while she's not too close to bounding off the school yet, I can totally handle it.


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

day 9 & 10 #janphotoaday challenge

{day 9}
morning routine :: porridge, green tea, water with lime & vitamins :: every single day :: 8:47am

{day 10}
childhood :: me, my cousin and our papa :: i saw him nearly every day of my life, and loved him so much :: miss him every day {i'm the chubby-cheeked, curly haired one in the front by the way}

The plan was to do this every day. Hasn't happened! So I'm playing catch up..again. x


I've decided to follow suit and join up with this pretty lady for '52 weeks of Grateful'. I found her via a beautiful friend of mine here on her blog, and I love the whole idea of it. I'm not really someone who goes out of my way to think about things like this, but I love the concept and the thought that it might make me a better person and appreciate all those around me a hell of a lot more that I sometimes do.

So, this week I'm grateful for my garden. Corny, I know. But after Monday, it's beginning to become my life line. It's in need of tender loving care at the moment, but it still supplies me with goodness even when I'm not showing it enough attention. I grew up watching my grandparents grow vegetables. We lived in their old house after they relocated to the coast, but they would drive to our place every day to help my dad out on the farm and tend to the vegie patch that they were growing. It was always huge, and always flourishing. They were both major green thumbs, and I always loved helping. I think it helped grow my love of the garden.

It's cold and windy outside today, but I'm going out there to show it my gratitude by giving it some love.

{strawberries - I don't get many of these as our dog seems to like them a lot}

{the rhubarb is going CRAZY}

{zucchini love}

{i love these apples - in autumn we pick them and eat them straight from the tree - there's nothing else like it}

{the celery is almost ready}



Have a wonderful day x