The greatest gift of all!

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As my family can attest to, I have absolutely NO problem with MY birthday – Happy Birthday ME! Yet of all the gifts I’ve received over the years, there has been no greater gift in my life then these three people here.

My greatest gifts of all time!

Miss Eleven was but three weeks old in this photo where her Big Brother and Besotted Daddy are comforting her (actually, I think she was peeing on Hubby at the time but let’s not ruin the moment!).

There’s no denying “things” are nice to have and of course can prove more than useful at times (as I look into my Studio) but to have the love of a family such as mine, well, this is the greatest gift of all. I say this with tears in my eyes as I do know, and give thanks EVERY day, for how lucky I am for the life I have.

And as I sit here in the quiet of the house counting my blessings whilst the children sleep (note I have three girls this morning and no boy, hmmm), I have to wonder, when it comes to popping the champagne cork… “mum, how much longer?”

Summer Droplets!

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The summer showers continue, bringing new life to the earth, refreshing what is already here. LOVE IT! :)

Summer Droplets

One can NEVER have enough water droplets. Unless of course it’s that continual leak from our bathtub over one of the tables down in the Studio.

Now THAT I have had MORE than enough of, seriously… “mum, how much longer?”

Stationery with a View!

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As we made our way home from the Big Smoke on Sunday having filled our trailer with fire-wood in readiness for winter, we detoured by a store or two. At one of our stops just as I opened my door I noticed this scene which rather took my fancy.

By the side of the parking lot!

Wedged between the parking lot where we were and the train tracks on the other side there was this small slice of beauty.

Perhaps it was with the cloud-cover above (as if the cloud-cover is going to be anywhere else…) but the greens and yellows of this bush along with the browns of the long grass appeared almost glowing in the late morning light.

Ever so slowly I’m learning to “seize the moment” with my camera, trying hard not to be distracted whilst others in the background tap their toes as if to say… “mum, how much longer?”

Virtual Blog Tour!

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Here’s something different for a Monday isn’t it?! Grab your Roadies and let’s go on tour, a Virtual Blog Tour! :)

Oddly, whenever I say those three words to myself this song begins playing in my head. Images of me at five listening to this whilst bouncing on the tractor-tire garden-bed also come to mind. Ah, memories!

The Lovely Linda at Living with My Ancestors invited me to be part of this unique tour. Linda originally began her blog with her intent being to “focus on my genealogy and to share the ancestry stories“. As with life, her blog has evolved with her photography, her own stories and so much more!

This Virtual Tour is somewhat a new project for bloggers and I am very honored to be part of. It introduces a blogger or two who, although not new to blogging, could be new to you whilst offering a little more insight into the person “behind” the blog.

So without further ado here are my answers to the four questions that are asked.

What am I working on?
This, that and everything in-between! There isn’t any ONE thing I am actually working on. I’m a constant “work in progress“. Lately I’ve begun toying with the idea of the various daily/weekly challenges to help give me a little “structure” but then life comes along, detouring me yet again. As I say, it’s a work in progress!

Perfect example of this is now. I’m meant to be focusing on this Virtual Blog Tour but as I went for a coffee refill I noticed how the lilies I bought yesterday and placed on my window-sill were being silhouetted against the backdrop of heavy clouds.

Blue Iris

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It differs in that the initial basis of my blog was to keep friends and family informed on the other-side of the world of our daily lives in a new country.

As we settled into a routine of sorts, the differences between Australia and Canada (and there are a few) became the norm for us. Such as what is currently residing in our bath. Yes, Master Thirteen went fishing this morning – meet Chum and Pinkie.

Chummin' up the bath - eew!

Over time its become more about the “visual” differences between the lives we had, to the lives we are now having. Photographing the journey we are experiencing – what we accept as the everyday but that which is so VERY different to what we have come from. These fish a PERFECT example!

Why do I write/create what I do?
Because I like it, lol! It encompasses so much of what I truly enjoy. Creating is something that’s always been part of me. From the time I was designing and making my own Barbie clothes, progressing to my own clothes, decorating yet another house, creating cards, photographing the world around me, or documenting the everyday.

There’s always something to create and I love it ALL! :) Well, perhaps with the exception of felting – those Hells Angels still haunt me even today {shudder}.

Having traveled solo though such incredible places as Scandinavia, Russia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and Europe, it was important for me to photograph these amazing moments of my life. And now that I have a family, it’s even more important to document the experiences we share as we travel this amazing world together.

Then when time permits, these images and words are transferred into scrapbooks. This is some I’ve created since arriving HERE, there’s plenty more in storage. This side of me can be found over at my other blog – Joanne’s Inkee Fiddlings!

Just SOME of the scrapbooks made since moving here!

How does your writing/creating process work?
Frustratingly SLOWLY, lol! :) It’s the photographs which usually determine the direction in which I’m heading. I find it much easier if I can get the basis of a week planned and set-up, then change it if necessary as the week unfolds. Otherwise I’ll sit here at the computer, becoming continually distracted as I have done-so repeatedly even this morning!

Add to the mix a husband, two cats, and two children with umpteen friends – all of whom seem to require constant feeding, along with managing a house-hold and running a small business, there’s plenty of life to get in the way of “simply sitting and creating“.

Speaking of which, thank you again to Living with My Ancestors for this opportunity to “share myself“. Now It is my turn to pass on the baton.

Let me introduce Middle East Moments. Andrea is an Australian now living in Jordan, “learning to live in a foreign country with a different language, culture, traditions and way of life certainly has its fair share of challenges both frustrating and funny. Join me in my adventures, laugh and cry with me as I share my new life with you from everyday moments to classic only in the Middle East moments.” Andrea has me wanting to go to Jordan NOW!

Also, let me introduce The Wandering Poet. Andy is “a single father to a beautiful daughter who has become my inspiration to change the way I see the world around me, as such. I would like to share with you all that I see and all that I feel, I hope you will enjoy your stay.” Andy pairs his most heartfelt verse with the most incredible music which often leaves me swaying for the rest of the day!

Plus I’m giving a shout-out to Kathy Samuel’s Photography. Due to work and family commitments Kathy isn’t able to participate but if you haven’t already visited her blog, I highly recommend it as her photography of her life in the French Alps is breathtaking!

Now as my morning has become afternoon, I must give my undivided attention to Chum and Pinkie before it’s time for Miss Eleven to take her bubble bath. Imagine her going to the bath only to discover those creatures from another pond.

I know I shouldn’t but I must confess I’m just a wee bit tempted to leave Chum and Pinkie where they are, if only to hear her reaction. Can you imagine the screams? You would hear her screeching from wherever you are… “mum, how much longer?!”

Eyes on the Road

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Joanne:

This is some advertising I couldn’t agree MORE with!

After watching this when I was out driving the next time, with children in my car I might add, two cars/trucks went by at intersections. Both driven by men, both had their phones on their steering-wheels “dealing” with something. Excuse me?

Not unlike last week-end when we were driving home from Terrace. It’s only two lanes – one up, one down – so it’s slightly “disconcerting” when you see two cars “approaching” your vehicle at a good speed. Eventually the car over-taking dove back into the correct lane and what a lovely pink phone she had on her steering-wheel whilst achieving all this. Sadly it didn’t match the green “N” stuck on her car.

People, it really can happen in the blink of an eye, and it CAN happen to you… “mum, how much longer?”

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High on a Hill…

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What’s that Julie Andrew song from The Sound of Music that begins with… “high on a hill”? That song always plays through my mind when I see this house high on the hill.

Abandoned house high on a hill!

From our road-side vantage point there is NO apparent road or even a PATH that leads to it. Who built it and for what reason?

For now it sits, ostensibly abandoned, keeping watch over the water and all of us who pass beneath it. The question is… “mum, how much longer?”

Flowers against Time!

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This would have to be one of my favorite photographs of our week-end away last month as it captures the beauty of today with the buildings of yesteryear.

Flowers against Time

The wildflowers on the sides of the roads here in British Columbia always astound me with their natural beauty during the summer-time. I’ve never known such a charming assortment.

Although not the biggest fan of summer {understatement}, when it comes to the road-side flowers I’ll make an exception and will be the first to ask when it comes to their longevity… “mum, how much longer?”

Boat to Nowhere

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It was only fitting after seeing a wharf with no pier to find this boat so close-by. Perhaps it was waiting there just until the pier was rebuilt, lol! :)

Land Boat at Port Edward!

These old structures always leave me in awe. The things theses things have seen, the stories they could tell.

Instead it now sits, decaying. It’s time of glory over. As to its future… “mum, how much longer?”

Wharf without a Pier

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The serenity of this scene at Port Edward is still with me even weeks later. Although in a state of dilapidation and disrepair this structure remains standing!

It’s only now when I look at this photo that I notice that the pier has long since disappeared that once lead to this wharf structure. Too funny!

Port Edward, Prince Rupert.

Looking at the gutters falling off, the side-rails falling down, one can’t help but wonder as to the rest of the structure and… “mum, how much longer?”