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Sep 22 2014

Getting over the winter blues

DSC_0126aFor the first time in years I didn’t go away anywhere this winter. Which made it seem like winter just went on forever.

I don’t care who says Sydney winters are mild – I’m not good in winter at all. Winter for me is like one long episode of PMS, and the longer it goes on the worse I get. Doc very deliberately doesn’t sharpen the kitchen knives between April and September.

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Sep 08 2014

Drought, flood and changes in the dam

2012-12-Christmas Every time we go to the farm I’m struck anew with the changes that happen in a short time. The most striking of these is the big dam.

Sadly, this time we only saw the Murrumbidgee at night, but in the moonlight I could tell it was full. And of course, that means the dam is full as well – a big change from when we were there only a few  months ago.

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Aug 11 2014

Stop and enjoy the daisies

DSC_0044The ‘busyness’ of life sometimes just takes over, and the importance of just relaxing can get lost.

I’ve just realised that it’s been over a month since I wrote anything on this blog, because I’ve just been ‘too busy’.

It’s not that I haven’t been travelling, but my travel has been up and back between Sydney and Wollongong to work. I haven’t even taken any photos just for pleasure!

So the other day, on one of my rare days just to kick back and do nothing, I was sitting on my front veranda, in the warm afternoon sun of winter, just relaxing and enjoying looking at my garden. The sun was setting over the escarpment in the distance casting a golden glow over everything and my African daisy was closing up for the night. Like a toddler, it appeared to be fighting that moment when it would be fully asleep, staying open just enough to get the late afternoon rays.

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Jul 03 2014

Sunrise over Sydney Airport

Sunrise-Sydney-airport-3I used to love flying. It meant that I was going away somewhere and I love to travel. I also love that feeling of being up above the earth, above the clouds, just …. well, flying.

But I hate the reality of sitting in a small, enclosed space, barely able to move for hours on end.

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Jun 16 2014

Men make the worst patients!

In his hospital gown and red capI think I’ve mentioned Doc recently had shoulder surgery.

And that means recuperating time.  At home. Where I am. 24 hrs a day.

Men make terrible patients!

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Jun 12 2014

It’s not a photo session without macro photography

Spider-web---The-Farm-June-2012It wouldn’t be a photo session without some macro photography.

One of the things I love about photos at the farm is the fences. Not only are they great in long shots, but there are always opportunities for amazing close ups. Spiders particularly love the barbed wire on the top fence wire, and use it to build their webs.

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Jun 12 2014

A cold, foggy morning

Night-time-at-the-farm-(June-2012)“What a beautiful night” I said as I got out of the car at the farm, just after sunset.

I stretched my arms and legs (we’d been in the car for 4 hours), looked around and sighed.  It was still, quiet and the stars were all just appearing in the clear sky.

We started unpacking the car and I checked the thermometer. It  told another story: it was 9oC. It’s fascinating how your perceptions change according in different situations.

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Jun 10 2014

Sam’s sunrise

Sun through the fogDoc and I have been out to the farm again. He’s recently had an operation on his shoulder and can’t do very much yet, so we decided to get away and just relax for a few days.

There’s not a lot of work that needs to be done at the farm, so we could potter around doing nothing much. As it’s winter and it gets very, very cold out there I was looking forward to taking some fabulous sunrise/frost photos. Unfortunately, in order to get photos of the sunrise you have to get up before sunrise, while it’s still dark. That’s very, very early. And it’s very, very cold.

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May 26 2014

The blokey world of 4WD shows

Mistake-Creek, Old Tele TrackDoc is a typical bloke and loves shopping. At least if tools or cars are involved. Yesterday he found a great bargain on-line. 35 4WD DVDs for only $50. A saving of $450, and they were only just down the road! That’s the bloke equivalent of shoe shopping!

So guess how we spent our afternoon.

Hours of Roothy, Carlisle, Hasbeen, Rocket Rod, Graham, and all their mates, having boys own adventures in their 4WDs.  With a camera crew tagging along capturing it for posterity.

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May 15 2014

My first 4WD lesson

vlcsnap-2012-12-05-09h10m57s37Last time we were at the farm I had my first official 4WD lesson.

I have done some 4WDing before. Doc sometimes lets me drive across creeks or washouts when we go away, but, as the Cruiser is his baby, I’m not allowed to drive it too much. I’m definitely not allowed to take it away on my own!  He’s worse than a helicopter parent with a ‘talented’ child.

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