Summer

Stormy Bay – A day at Minnie Waters

Stormy Bay – A day at Minnie Waters

Yesterday I awoke to the sound of wind and rain beating against my new bedroom window. In the cover of semi darkness I packed my backpack, polished my camera lens and sipped my coffee. Pulling on my jacket, I donned my hood and sprinted to the car.

 

D2X_0167

 

We took the drive slow. I was happy to be a passenger for once – the rolling hills were choked in fog, and the pastures we glimpsed were sodden and green.

 

D2X_0182

 

When we hit coast, the storm stretched out far beyond the horizon, merging the sky blue with the waves of teal close to the shore.

 

D2X_0201

D2X_0182

 

The view was spectacular.

 

D2X_0187

D2X_0277

 

Sliding over pebbles and rocks and free form inlets created by the storm, we hopped on to the sand and started our walk.

 

D2X_0212

D2X_0232-2

 

Minnie Waters is a very special beach. With the steal grey sand stripes and the abundant sea life thrown on to the shore, with every step comes something new to see and explore.

 

D2X_0258

D2X_0255

D2X_0257

 

As we trekked on, the rain grew more fierce, and grass rivers broke free of their shallow homes and spread out towards the ocean.

 

D2X_0285

D2X_0192

 

It reminded me very much of one of my favourite Alison Lester Books, Magic Beach – “We walk when it’s cloudy and grey” x

 

03-magic-beach-we-walk-when-it_s-cloudy-and-grey_1024x1024

 

Do you have a magic beach?

Stranger.

read more →
DIY Holiday Wreath

DIY Holiday Wreath

Wow.

Where has the year gone?! In saying that, the last few week and months have had some pretty slow patches that have all faded in to one nice blur. There’s so much that has changed and so much that is changing still, but that story is for another time. For now, let’s be excited about the holidays!

One of the big changes that I have made is moving interstate [again], so in my first Christmas in my new house I wanted to spend some time making some useful, beautiful decorations with my hands.

First, I went exploring.

 

D2X_0494

D2X_0492

 

Olive. What a perfect, bendy branched tree to be the main structure of my wreath.

 

D2X_0485

 

D2X_0484

 

Rosemary. Perfect not only for the warm, savory scent, but also for the change in texture.

 

D2X_0486

D2X_0488

 

Bay. A fantastic excuse to dry out some leaves, as well as bulk out the wreath.

 

D2X_0500

 

I trimmed my pieces in to manageable sizes, with one larger branch for the circle. Using twine, I knotted my two circle branch ends together, making sure they overlapped enough to create a fluid shape. Once the wreath base felt secure enough to start, I took my pieces one by one and added them to my winding twine.

 

D2X_0505

 

VoilĂ !

I know I didn’t take any photos mid build, but really it’s up to you how you go about it, and as long as you keep twisting the twine in the direction you started everything will turn out fine!

 

D2X_0528

D2X_0522

 

Look at the brilliant differences in colour and texture. I was careful to keep the twine to the branches as much as possible so as to keep all the leaves free.

 

D2X_0516

D2X_0514

D2X_0510

D2X_0511

 

My new house smells so delicious with my new wreath, cookie scented candles and fresh summer air.

I’ll be blogging a few more times before Christmas, and then I’ll finally be back blogging regularly in the New Year!

Stranger.

read more →
1 of 5
12345