last but not least …

Singapore Stopover


16 Random Photos from the Past 12 Months

I started this post this morning with a plan.



I had a whole bunch of photos on my phone and my camera that related to the post I wanted to do.



I moved them onto my laptop and, well, got distracted.



Apparently there are things I was going to write about but didn’t.



Including this delicious tea selection I got from someone.



And last year’s spring flowers.



I’ll tell you about our drives and travel plans soon.



But for the moment, I’ve lost my train of thought :).




You know that feeling when everything starts to blend into each other? When life becomes a blur of work, home, weekend, start again and everything starts to look a little beige? I was starting to feel weighed down by that feeling a short while ago but then I stepped back a little and looked at what I’ve been doing lately …

Weekend One

The Sparky decided to clean up and clean out in the shed and garage


because we needed to make room for The Beast


Rather tight fit and as it turns out she hasn’t been back in there since (and probably won’t fit now that she has roof racks as well).

While he was busy outside I decided to attack the inside and, among other things, finally managed to turn this


and this


back into this


with a little help, of course.


A rather practical weekend but it was nice to get to the end of it and feel like something had really been achieved.

Weekend Two

The following weekend we headed out on Friday night to the Zoo to see Something for Kate perform as part of the Zoo Twilights concert series.


It was, as always, a fabulously busy, fun evening.


And then Saturday evening we went out with a couple friends to a delightful restaurant, O.My.


Seven delicious courses, O.My indeed!

Weekend Three

The next weekend we took The Beast on her very first adventure. Although she is new to us she is actually about ten years old but had in fact never been used for her true purpose … we changed all that pretty quickly!


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Turns out life’s not so beige after all 🙂

Fully Automatic

Late last year, in the lead up to my birthday, The Sparky and I had a large number of conversations about cameras. SLR, DSLR, compact, interchangeable lens’, price range, image size, capacity … so many things to consider!

I have had an interest in photography for a long time but have never really made an effort to do anything about it. For some reason I felt that a shiny new camera was necessary for me to make a change. In the end though I came to the conclusion that there is in fact nothing wrong with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 sitting in a draw in the study. Yes, it’s seen quite a few years now but at the time we bought it it was just about the best thing you could get (in its price range, that wasn’t an SLR).

So, this year I’m going to read the manual, play around and slowly (possibly very slowly) learn how to make the most of what I’ve got and become a better photographer.

Starting myself off easy, January will be ‘fully automatic’ month. I need to get into the habit of having the camera handy and being willing to pull it out whenever I have one of those ‘I could photograph that’ moments. I have already discovered that I can’t change the flash settings so, yes, the basics will definitely need to be re-learnt before I move on.

Yesterday, immediately after the battery was finished, a very hot and bothered Samson provided me with a great opportunity to get started.