Darling Harbour

Taken in 2014 for a FotoRiesel photography competition in Sydney.

Photo itself pictures the Sydney skyline and Darling Harbour – the Wildlife Museum and Madame Tussaud’s. Background is viewed through the cross-hatches of a footbridge.

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Made in America

The above scene is a light festival in Centennial Park, NSW. It was one of my first experiences with night photography. The below scene took place in my favourite cafe in Surry Hills. It, too, was a first experience. Italicised writing is me.

Are you American?

Yes.

Do you know Francis?

I’m sorry?

Francis. Do you know him?

Um,  no, I’m sorry I don’t know your friend. It’s not exactly a small country.

(In my head: Of course! All Americans know each other.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

23 November

We spent a beautiful long weekend in Ulladulla at our friend’s parents’ holiday house. I’ve never stayed in a house so large and beautiful before. I’m not exaggerating whatsoever when I say that nearly every room in the house had an ocean view. Today, therefore, I’m thankful for the ocean and calm it brings to my life and to those around me.

24 November

We drove back to Sydney today. We made a few exciting stops along the way where we got to show a visiting friend kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats in the wild. We loved it, but she really did. Today, Sunday, I’m thankful for the diverse environment I live in. I learned this week that 80% of the creatures that live in Australia can only be found here. I knew it was a remarkable percentage, but I didn’t know it was quite so high. We also had a lovely time at the Sydney Wildlife Park earlier this week. The photo above is from that happy trip!

25 November

Today, Monday, was the last day that our visiting friend had in Sydney. We filled it to the brim with reminiscing, beach going, and laughter. I’m thankful that living on the other side of the world doesn’t have to change relationships. If you’re lucky and if you work at it, nothing changes.

26 November

Today was my first day back at work since last Thursday. What a worthwhile little break! I’m so thankful that my office let me take the time. I needed it.

27 November

We had quite a prestigious event after work today. I had the privilege of listening to Ms Ita Buttrose AO OBE speak frankly and favorably about the HIV sector, where I work. We presented her with an honorary life membership to our foundation and she thanked my team endlessly. It was a night of celebration and of honour. Tonight I’m grateful for not only my commitment to the non-for-profit sector but those I work with day in and day out. It’s important work we’re doing and we’re improving lives daily.

28 November

I love Thanksgiving. I love even more than my birthday. It’s, hands down, my favourite holiday. We’re having a party on Sunday and inviting 10 of our closest friends and family. I’m so excited to cook and care for our loved ones this weekend. I may not be able to be with my immediate family back in Boston, but I’m so thankful to be surrounded by these wonderful people.

30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you :)

30 days of still thankful

9 November

Today I’m thankful for coffee, espresso, and iced lattes. And yes, I had all three of those in one day. I don’t have a problem with caffeine. I have a problem without caffeine.

10 November

I’m so thankful for the arrival of one of my very best friends arriving in Sydney tomorrow, Monday. For two glorious weeks, she and another best friend and I will get into all the havoc we did in uni/college all over again. I’m so excited to share these moments with these two incredible women.

I’m also thankful for these incredible muffins (mine are strawberry with dark chocolate chips!) and the recipes I’ve gleaned from this lovely baking wiz. I would love to own her cook book.

11 November

Tonight I’m reminded how thankful I am for my kitchen. I’m not a stress eater, but I am a stress cooker, if that exists. I wasn’t stressed tonight, but I did make some awesome burritos for our dinner. I love cooking and baking. And I love feeding and taking care of my loved ones. Last year was my first Thanksgiving away from my immediate family. In the past, no matter where in the US, I lived, I always made it back to Boston for Thanksgiving. Last year, for the first time, I hosted the holiday myself for friends here. It was beautiful, and sad, and I’m glad I did it. We’ve created a tradition of our own.

12 November

I took today off from work to visit with one of my very favourite people while she’s in town. Despite her jet lag and feeling a tad under the weather, nothing’s changed between us and I’m so thankful to have her here. I’m thrilled to have her here sick or healthy; it doesn’t matter to me. I just appreciate the time.

 

 30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you :)

The Way You Intend

Australian SeascapeNot everything turns out the way you intend. Sometimes though, the outcome is beautiful.

I was working on one canvas today and it came out completely, horribly, in every way the opposite I had planned. I put it aside and threw myself into this. I’m glad I did.

I washed my brushes, cleaned up my artist’s board, and started anew.

Narooma

This image began as a photograph I took in Narooma, NSW, Australia. In the above three shots though, it’s clear I took this piece a few steps farther. This is a 12 x 15 1/2 inch canvas (1/2 inch thick). The  image has been transferred to it, creating an entire new effect. This clear, Australian seascape has life to it now.

An Idyllic Cafe

These are a few photos from a long weekend trip up north a few weeks back. This café was so much more than your average café though. This café is also a winery. And let me tell you, Di Lusso does not disappoint. I bought us a bottle of perhaps the best moscato I’ve ever tasted.

Mudgee, NSW
Mudgee, NSW

Mudgee, NSW

Legend Tells Us

I mentioned a few posts back that we spent a gorgeous (but chilly!) long weekend in Mudgee recently. This pit stop of sorts was one of the best pieces of the entire weekend. You’ll see why.These rock formations are known as the Three Sisters. You can learn more about their background here.Aboriginal legend says that the three ancient formations were three sisters turned to stone by a magic doctor of some kind. He wanted to protect them from harm and so temporarily transformed them from women to stone but was killed before he could change them back.

Legend aside, the view was spectacular.

Twelve Kangaroos

Mountains, man. They’re pretty sweet.

No, in all honesty, I do love the mountains. There’s a calmness that comes with living near them. These few photos (more to come), were taken in a recent trip up and past the Blue Mountains. You can see them in the distance.

Mudgee

This dirt road leads to the guest house where my extended family and I stayed for a long weekend. Our first trip down this dirt road was nearly at midnight. We’d been warned to keep our pace slow and caution–wildlife, kangaroos, cows, hares and more had been seen traversing throughout the evening. While the concept thrilled me, my other half just laughed at my excitement. The drive was anti-climactic however. NOT A DAMN THING. And I love kangaroos. You can imagine my disappointment.  Upon arrival, I (sort of jokingly) tell the group that I swear there must only be a dozen or so roos in the entire freaking country and I bet some bloke in a van just drives them around, dropping them off here and there, then picking them up again. For some reason, they found this (and me) hysterical. We ended up seeing plenty of critters the next day… Not more than 12 though.

Mudgee

It was a beautiful trip. And wine filled. Not much beats family, friends, vineyards and birthday parties!

Spontaneity has its place

We had a staff development day at work this week. Half insightful, half shocking. No exaggerations.

The insightful bit was focused on interaction, team skills, and personal styles. We were divided into four generic personality types. I suppose you could label it a simpler Myers Briggs. I was labeled appropriately for the most part. As negative as that sounds, the traits I was defined with were far more positive than those of the stark opposite personality type. That group was joking labeled the  “assholes” while mine received far kinder words, like “empathetic” and “relationship and listening focused”. That was alright. And completely factual on my part. I was also labeled “on the fence”. A bit wishy-washy, right? I do tend to be take my time in making decisions, but I assure you I do dumb things quickly just as often as I do them slowly.

Spontaneity has its place. I found some spontaneity, in fact, when I found this fence last weekend during a family holiday in Mudgee. Striking, isn’t it?