Shhh….

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I’m sipping a deliberately weak hot tea and am looking forward to tomorrow.  There’s nothing special planned…but even still I’m keen to see what tomorrow brings for me and Wesley.

Today he leaned how to crawl faster.  He tried to outrun me (cranked up his crawling pace with a giggle!) to the tv cables.  He’s only been moving 2 days…

Here’s to new adventures, big and small!

Snowboarding at Mount Ruapehu

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We rose early, stoked the fire, dusted off our snowboarding gear, gave Wesley some kisses and gently left the house to drive two hours to the nearest mountain: Mount Ruapehu.

On a clear day this mountain can be seen from the end of our quaint little road, beyond the chrysanthemum farm, dairy farms, pine trees and sweeping fields.  It’s vast peak has been slathered with snow most of this winter, and staring at it from a distance was really fuelling our need to strap into our boots and hit some snow.

Mount Ruapeh is 2797 meters tall, and is actually an active volcano.  It last erupted September 25, 2007.

I was three months postpartum.  I’d been running daily and doing leg exercises to get my strength back (my arms however are like steel guns lifting our heavy boy each day – no need to work on those!).

It was just before sunrise when we left. The morning light made for a beautiful drive.

We’d waited for this day for a few weeks, and the anticipation of getting onto the mountain was pretty high.  Slowly we journeyed forward… The mountain gaining height every moment we caught a glimpse of it.

We arrived.

The lines were long.  Very long.

Being a clear blue sky day, just about everyone from the North Island had turned up to enjoy the snow like we had.  Eventually, we boarded a lift and made our way up to the highest point.

It then hit me.  I did not feel confident… I felt wobbly and completely out of my depth, when I skid over some ice.  I caught my balance only to hit another patch and land very hard on my tush.  I lay down and cried.  It was like a car had slammed into me. It hurt so badly.  My right bum cheek was aching and sending pain up into my spine.

Not looking forward to the journey down the rest of the mountain (I sobbed to Mike) that I didn’t want to do this at all.  There was no other option but to keep moving down the hill.

I thought, perhaps it would pass and that I’d be ok in a few minutes.  We took a break at a cafe in the middle of the hill.  Mike headed out to do a few runs while I enjoyed the view and tenderly sat on my tush.

An hour had passed, and Mike returned – telling me he had only managed one run as the line had a 40 minute wait.  Yikes!

During the hour, I noticed the vibrating pain did not lessen at all.

It took me an hour (and a few more tears) to get down the rest of the mountain.  Afterward we took our time and enjoyed a scenic drive home, and I braced my body against every bump on the road.

It’s been 6 weeks since that day.

And while I can actually sit down now and stand without too much discomfort, it’s definitely still sore and I will probably always think of my tail bone and that insane pain when I see that beautiful snowy mountain in the distance.

 

Long Weekend – Eneabba & Greenhead

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 This weekend I traveled North to Eneabba to spend the long weekend with Brian and Tessa on the farm.  We headed to the coast our first few days to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere to beach always brings  During this time, we socialised for a few nights, enjoyed the local art scene and also got to witness the rare blood moon.  Tessie (our dog) warmly greeted us when we returned to the farm and I spent several hours taking her and the 3 other’s into the bush.  It was so nice to enjoy the quiet and company this weekend.

Mike will be headed to Coorow this Thursday to begin a seeding season, which will have him back on farm soil for about three months.  I’m happy that he’ll get a chance to get back onto the land, but also deeply sad that he’ll be away for 3 months (I’m trying not to think about it too much!).  I’m going to either pass my driving test in a few weeks time (fingers and toes crossed) or take a bus to visit him, depending on how I go.

Anyway, this Easter long weekend was really just great.  It would have been made even better if Mike were with us too.

Hoping you all enjoying your breaks too.  What did you get up to?  Did you eat buckets of chocolate?

New Portrait, Tunes & Architecture

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I’ve been meaning to take a new portrait (it’s been nearly 1.5 years since I’ve done this), and finally got over my embarrassment (actually, honestly a little afraid to document my new chic wrinkles)…so went to our local park with my camera and tripod to take this portrait.  I’m really happy with this image, my last one I felt I looked stern and cold hearted…

Moving on…

It’s been a manic week here, I’ve been running around the city getting some images for work, and also navigating my new role while still handling my old one… transitioning between the two has been mildly stressful.  I’m excited despite the extra stress, as I’m going to be learning new skills in marketing.

Mike is away at the moment but we are preparing for the holidays for when he returns next week. We’ll by flying to Adelaide for 5 days, to spend time with his family…and after he heads back to work and I’ll fly solo to Melbourne to spend about a week there with some friends and finally return to Perth to celebrate the New Year with Mike.

I’ve taken the time today to relax, and despite taking this portrait in a silk dress…and red lipstick (it’s all a farce!) I’ve been wearing a sports bra and been walking 5km in the summer heat.  Just lolling about like I normally do durning the day…

This morning I listed a few tracks that I’ve been really into lately… so if you’re keen for something new please take a look.

Banks – Beggin for Thread 

Drake – Too Much (Remix – Jesse Andrews & Jason Burns)

Four Tet – Lion (Jaime XX Remix)

Best Coast – I’ve got something for you (a happy, fresh christmas tune…I avoid christmas music but this one is superb!)

Glass Animals – Gooey (Gillian Moss Remix)

Lia Ices – Thousand Eyes

If you like them, please share.

Holly

xo

Gin Gin Space Observatory – Star Gazing.

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This is the moon rising over Gin Gin, Western Australia.

We drove ourselves an hour out of Perth to the little known Gin Gin Space Observatory (it wasn’t open) but we decided it would be the perfect place to set up and watch some stars.  Luckily the front gate was open, so we parked in a safe place and set up our blanket and pillows.  We were hoping to see the milky way, but the moon was blazing (it was fire orange).

In Western Australia there is very little ambient light when you get into the countryside…When we lived on the farm in Eneabba, we were able to soak up the night sky from the comfort of our front porch…nearly every night the milky way was sprawled across the sky above us.  Now, we made the observation that we literally had to drive an hour to get this view.  Just another reason why we miss the farm…

We stayed and photographed the sky for about an hour, the night was chilled and the sand soft between our toes.  Mike lay on the blanket watching satellite swing past, while I spent the better part of an hour photographing the silhouettes of trees against the light of the moon.

It’s incredible how much you can record from the sky… what looked like a cluster of three stars, was in fact hundreds.  The camera captured light I couldn’t observe with my own eyes. In the dark we could hear sometimes hear animals moving around us.  As we prepared to leave Mike noticed a few owl in the head lights of the car.  They were white and small.

It’s in moments like these that I reminisce about my father showing me the constellations from our driveway.  Orion’s belt was the first I ever learned of, and I always take note when I look up at the night.  Last night I recalled the time he packed all 5 kids into the car and drove to a grassy field outside of our city to view Kohoutek Comet… (I was too young to appreciate the significance of this moment at the time).

We’ve decided we’ll come back next month when they have a proper viewing of the milky way through their telescope.  I can only imagine what it will look like in closer detail…  Stunning I’m sure.

This adventure was all a by-product of a film we saw earlier in the day.  Yesterday in the afternoon Mike and I went to watch Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan. If you’re interested in getting a snapshot of our observable universe, please take a look at this post below.

It put’s our lives into perspective (just as the film does).

http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-universe-is-scary (it’s not scary)