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Australia Day – Highfields Pioneer Village
Sonny and I decided to go to the Australia Day celebrations at the local Highfields Pioneer Village. It is a purely volunteer run tourist attraction where various machines and cars, tractors etc are restored and maintained. They dress up in the period of time which is pretty impressive considering it is January and the temperatures are pretty hot. thousands of people come to see this place once a year and all they ask for is a gold coin donation which is amazing considering what they put on. You can buy woodfired damper and have billy tea.
In keeping with my quest for black and white with a 50mm I took a series of images showing some details. I felt really sad to see these old cars purely a remaining skeleton. I wonder what stories they have to tell. Who drove in them? What journeys did they go on?
I know technically the next two are not true black and whites as they are tonal however I think they still can be added.
I just love the character this guy has. The weathered face and that beard! and the warmest of smiles. I wonder if he really is a pieologist lol?
I am not sure about you, but I am an early riser. Which is great in Summer as I can get lots done before it is too hot. The mornings are just beautiful listening to the birds in our garden fluttering around our pond.
The morning dew glistens in on the leaves and blades of grass creating miniature rainbows for all the little ground creatures to enjoy. Aren’t they lucky to get rainbows everyday?
So before the dogs get up and cause a ruckus I sit and enjoy my tea if I haven’t gone for a walk first. I am a little particular about my tea and my morning tea comes from Canberra, Adore Tea. Little blue corn flowers add a delicate flavour.
What is you morning ritual?
Happy New Year
I have wanted to set myself a challenge of capturing little moments of our daily lives with just my 50mm and in black and white. Today being the New Year has seen this challenge started. We have such a range of photographic opportunities just in our back yard. Even our dogs can not escape.
I am on holidays at the moment and really enjoying just taking in my surroundings. We had some rain last night and I thought I would let the old girls out to roam for a little. Since we moved into our home in 2010 I have had a range of chickens which provide gorgeous eggs. Something none of the shops can compare with. I love to bake and with two growing teenagers eggs were something we went through quite quickly.
For a while there we would be struggling to eat them all as we were getting 6-8 per day so neighbours and work friends would benefit. People would pass on their empty egg cartons and I would have a nice healthy stock pile. Now though I have four left and they are not producing as much as I would like. On the other hand I haven’t the heart to see their lives come to an abrupt end either. So they give me one or two every couple of days and I continue to put up their board and feed. The threats have no longer worked they know I am bluffing so all I have is bribery. I will let you roam free more often if you will give us some eggs. It sometimes works.
Now is also a time where the kids and Sonny are also on holidays and it is nice to see them relax as well. Andrew is in his element eating cherries and watching his favourite YouTuber with his new wireless headphones. Andrew has certainly grown in these holidays and I believe it is all due to the many late sleep ins he has been enjoying. Sometimes we have to wake him at 2 in the afternoon! I wish I could sleep in at least till 8am. Oh well.
It is nice to see Sonny actually bored. We are usually running from one job to the next and today he admitted he was bored. So seeing him here reading some photography books to gain some inspiration was great. I know he has a few model shoots coming up in the next week or so and he is looking at pushing his skills again to create further pieces of work for our ever growing portfolio.
Not sure what I will focus on tomorrow however I know I am meeting up with Jen Shaw who is such an inspiring lady who has beaten all the odds and continues to mentor and create programs for disengaged teenagers. She has started Emerge which teaches the children business skills, food prep and other hospitality skills. I am hoping we can collaborate and create something spectacular.