The Place Where I Live

A few weeks ago the Weekly Photo Challenge was My Neighbourhood. I’ve been a little distracted but I am so excited to post about my home town. Frankston is actually the place where I was born. I grew up in Sorrento/Blairgowrie until I was 9 and love the peninsula. Frankston itself has a bad name, it has for years. My parents wouldn’t let us swim at Frankston beach as kids, it was too dirty.

Back in the old days it was a holiday destination, now it’s an outer suburb of Melbourne with it’s on culture and varying demographics. Here in Frankston there is a wide array of people, rent can vary from the cheap to the ridiculous. It has everything I need – the beach, paddocks close by, all the healthcare you need and bustling shopping centres.

People think I am nuts living so far away from the city in a place where crime and “weirdos” are common. They play classical music at the train station and seeing police around there is not uncommon. Yet it’s my home, it’s a community I can live in and love people from all walks of life. It is beautiful, from the smelly rubbish filled corners to the natural beauty of the beach.

Enjoy 🙂
Love,

Sara

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details Part 2

Another place that little Levi and I visited was the Australian National Maritime Museum. We went there for a “Mini Mariner‘s” session, an interactive tour for 2-5 year olds. If you’re heading to Sydney with kids, I highly recommend you check out their website and see what’s happening for kids. Levi and I had a whole lot of fun with the pirate themed hour.

Back to the point, on my way out of the museum, with Levi now fast asleep in the stroller, I stopped to watch the work of this man. He was crafting a replica ship. Simply amazing, I’ll let the photos do the talking.

Love,

Sara xo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost In The Details Part 1

During my recent mini trip to Sydney I visited Madame Tussauds and entered a whole other world. I expected the exhibition to be mostly a spectator sport and had thought that my little friend Levi would find it boring. I was looking after him as his parents were working in Sydney and so my two days were focussed on fun times for him.

I found instead that it was quite interactive and I was actually disappointed that I’d timed the visit for little Levi’s nap time. He was awake for the beginning but too tired to fully enjoy pretending to be a pirate on a ship or a pilot taking off. He actually got distressed when I hopped in the “plane” and waved goodbye. (Note to self: 2.5 year olds sometimes find it difficult to differentiate between real and pretend).

As I wandered through there was plenty of opportunity to take photos with the “celebrities”. I had my fancy pants camera and had a great time snapping lots of photos, lost in the details of a man made wax likeness. Some were uncanny in their life likeness, I had moments of thinking there were people in my peripheral vision only to turn and realise it was a wax figure. I couldn’t take full advantage of the props and photo opportunities as I was on my own. Levi can work a camera quite well, but he was sleeping soundly in his stroller soon after arriving. I don’t like others using my camera anyway. I couldn’t help but chase someone down to take a photo of myself with one of my heroes though.

Albert and I

Hot, bothered and having a bad hair day I had to have a photo with Albert Einstein. Misunderstood by so many he continued to explore and share his knowledge. If he’d been afraid and shut down because he was different, he wouldn’t have changed the world. He inspires me to keep sharing who I am with the world rather than my introvert inclination to close up. What an amazing man and this is the closest that I’ll ever come to meeting him.

Part of the exhibition details the process taken to make a wax model. It is intense! I won’t repeat it all as you can read about it here . One of my favorites was Queen Elizabeth. Her wax model captures not only her likeness but her dignity and grace. It truly was a captivating time of becoming lost in the details.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

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I had a whirlwind trip to Sydney and am catching up with my photo challenges. Sydney is such a fascinating city, it’s old and new all rolled into one. Kind of like Hobart but much, much bigger. I spent two days looking after my little friend Levi while his parents were there for work. We had great fun in Darling Harbor, visiting the aquarium and Madame Tussaud’s and a few other activities.

It was an interesting place to think about the a photo for the word “Forward”. A place that like Hobart, carries a deep history of our nation. I didn’t get time to explore much of the history of Sydney but from the magnificent old buildings and my glimpses of the Australian Maritime Museum, you know that Sydney has many old stories to tell.

As little Levi ran across the Pyrmont Bridge in Darling Harbor, I snapped this picture. A little boy running forward, surrounded by the old and the new. A little boy with his life in front of him.

With love

Sara xo

An Ode To Claire’s Garden

In our little backyard grows rows of vegetables. We have an abundance of tomatoes, hidden zucchinis and cucumbers, rows of lettuce and herbs to infuse our meals. My housemate Claire has lovingly and diligently grown these plants. It’s amazing to watch it all go from small seedlings to a little jungle. The amount of produce that Claire’s garden has given out is amazing. We have enjoyed fresh homemade salads and Claire has given some overflow to friends and neighbors.

You Can’t Catch Me… ner…oh…

I was never good at playing tag. I was always too slow. Here I am… I’m IT again.. but this time it’s awesome! I love that Steph has tagged her blog tag post “awesome”. She’s the one that got me. Like Steph, I love that it’s a game with words and not the sporty type. It’s too hot to move here in Melbourne today anyway! Like any game it has rules….

1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and eleven random facts about you.
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

Here’s me when I had lovely hair. It had pink in it….

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It’s longer and still blonde, except the roots which give it all away.

Ok, so 11 facts… this will make a total of 25 facts about me pasted all over my blogs. I feel like a celebrity. You know, everyone knows all about you but you don’t know them?!

1. I don’t like the heat although I loved visiting Africa. It was the constant dodgy belly that did me in.

2. I am a hoarder, not like the ones you see on TV though. I can still see my bed from my bedroom door.

3. I only have 6 subjects to go in my Bachelor of Arts in Ministry!!!

4. I’m going on a road trip to Sydney with my best friend and her 2.5 year old on Monday!!!

5. Superman is my favourite superhero.

6. I watched Rambo and I liked it.

7. When I move into my own place I’d like to get a turtle and a cat although I can see possible problems with that combination.

8. It’s too hot today. I should go to the beach but I sunburn just opening the blinds. I am also prone to exaggerate.

9. I love to cook but I don’t let people know. I can cook a decent meal too!

10. I am very artistic and can paint and draw well but space and motivation (lack thereof) has limited me for many years. That’s why I took up photography.

11. My dream is to be a foster mum.

Now to answer Steph’s questions: 

  1. Who is your favourite celebrity and why? Angelina Jolie. She’s beautiful, has adopted kids from overseas and planted orphanages. She has done good things with her fame.
  2. If you could take one thing into outer space that wasn’t for survival what would it be? An iPad or eReader with 100’s of books of all types loaded on it.
  3. Lemon sorbet or double chocolate ice cream? Double chocolate ice cream all the way!!!! I do like trying other creamy flavors but I tend to always go for the chocolate. I was really excited when the girl at the ice cream shop let me have a half scoop of chocolate and half scoop of something else the other week.
  4. What music do you listen to? Loads of different types, this week my favourites are P!nk (as usual), Emeli Sande, Jesus Culture and Mumford and Sons. This song is a great motivator to write: 
  5. What’s your favourite movie of all time? This is such a hard one! Despite my preference for action, adventure and sci fi – it’s probably Dirty Dancing. I saw Silver Linings Playbook last night and I think it might end up being a very close 2nd. Les Miserables is also up there
  6. How many pairs of shoes do you own? I haven’t counted them recently but I’d say about 10.
  7. If you could have any animal, real or imagined, for a pet what would it be? A pride of lions without a doubt!!!
  8. Beer or wine? Or maybe something stronger? Beer for the hot days and wine for dinner.
  9. If Bert and Ernie could have kids, and they had a baby would it be a boy or a girl? Name the baby. It would be a girl and her name would be Matilda. She’d hang with Abby Cadabby and Zoe a lot.
  10. If your skin could be any colour in the rainbow, or combinations of colours, what would you choose? Blue? Purple? Rainbow with sparkles? I’d just like to have porcelain white skin. No freckles or moles or spots, just nice smooth skin. I am pale but freckled and go pink when I am hot.
  11. Truth or dare? Truth. If I could control the dare I’d choose that but then that defeats the purpose of a dare!

Now.. I will create some questions

1. If you could have lunch with anyone present, past, future, real or fictional who would you choose?

2. What would you want to talk to them about?

3. What is your favorite colour?

4. Sweet or savoury?

5.What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

6. How is your day going?

7. If you had unlimited resources what would you do?

8. Who would you cast as yourself in a movie about you?

9. Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?

10. Why is it so hot today?

11. What’s the last thing you watched at the cinema?

Now to tag some people then flop back under the fan….. Be a dear and join in will you all?

1. Parenting and Stuff

2. Snide Reply

3. My Novel Addiction

…go!!!

Ok… time to flop…