Thursday, December 31, 2015

love & cherish

As this year draws to a close, I'm recalling all that was 
this beautiful hideaway and time in particular.

I'm still left without words to describe the magic and wonder of this day..

our day, 
21 March 2015

My heart overflows with all that was, 
the memories we recall almost daily
(like dancing in the rain)
 The love that we shared with those who mean so much
 and who travelled so far to be with us.

This day, cherished for ever more.


all images by the very beautiful ash oostdyck 

Monday, December 28, 2015

joyeux noel

the first as husband and wife...

carefully chosen surprises
new traditions begun
and old ones shared
fun and laughter
family and love.

the merriest of merry

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

signs of summer...

can it be, already?

I'm all over the head is filled with so many wonderful ideas for my blossoming project, so dear to my heart.  I'm so excited, I don't really know where to start and that's not a good thing!

I need a list.  To tick things off one by feel like I'm making progress!  My desk is a project must be finished before I really get down to business.

So in this little space, I'm a little hap-hazard as well.  I think I'm just going to embrace this and share little things that have happened along the way, in this wonderful year that is rapidly coming to a close.  I've yet to share our wedding (oh my, there are no words for this day...just moments captured so beautifully), our road-tripping in Tasmania (it was cold and funny and oh so spectacular) and the days with amazingly creative souls who have opened my mind and heart and encouraged me no end...I'm truly grateful for all of these opportunities.

My head is a little full but my heart really is overflowing.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


I find myself torn between my favourite seasons...I adore autumn for the warm hues of the changing leaves, of the cosy evenings indoors and the walks in the brisk air and yet still feeling the sun kiss my cheeks.  And then there is much colour and freshness, crisp bright leaves and blossoms of every colour, the optimism of new growth and even sunnier days.

When there is opportunity for the two to collide, my heart sings!  Last year, my surprise was at the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere - the tiniest hint really, but gosh it was pretty!  Returning home meant that spring had bloomed in all her glory.  I couldn't have been happier!

Of course, in my part of the world, our seasons are less distinctive and finding hints of each one is a treat to savour.

These little moments were captured across a couple of days wandering the countryside near Harpenden with my dear friend Jane.  There were long evenings and sweet little places to retreat to for scrumptious food.  Treasures times with the dearest of friends...loads of laughter and reminiscing. Was it really a year ago?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

these months...

have been filled with magic and wonder...

this day...there really are no words.

sending long overdue thank you notes
and creating one final keepsake
for those most special to us.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


This morning I went down to Byron to go to the beach side was raining and windy and cold.  I wandered through the lovely stalls briefly, jumping the puddles and battling the other umbrellas, and then found myself the last remaining spot in amongst the many cafes for coffee and breakfast.

I ended up next to a lovely young family who were holidaying from Sydney...despite the weather, they were laughing and happy and embracing the slower pace.  Their smiles and holiday happiness was contagious.  When he went to pay for their treats, the gentleman told his wife that he'd asked the lady behind the counter to 'pay it forward', leaving money to pay for someone elses coffee.  It caused complication with the billing process (sometimes I believe we are just a little too reliant on technology and the limitations it has) but they assured him they would make it happen.  I remarked that hearing this had made my day and got me thinking about this random act of kindness.  I too, will pay it forward with a random act of kindness in the days ahead and again in the months ahead...what  a wonderful way to bring a smile to strangers and to warm one's own heart.

When I went up to pay, there by the register was a hand written note with enough coins for a tea or coffee.  The note read...

'pay it forward'

{byron fresh...such a lovely spot}

Thursday, July 30, 2015

little beginnings...

 are starting to blossom.

There have been new beginnings all round these last few months.  Least of all, this little glimpse into something so wonderful, so perfectly right that I'm just bursting to share.  I'm secretly hoping you'll be smitten it too!

There has been travels and exploring; learning new things and finding my creative rhythm.  It's been quite the journey of discovery with moments of pure happiness.  Treasured moments...a clarity I've not felt in such a long time.

I have so very much to share...

Saturday, May 2, 2015

these days...

have been filled with wonder and magic...
my heart is full

Sunday, February 22, 2015


battering the grapes and frangipani

{thankfully, that is all she did}

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


has been unbelievably hot...the sticky, muggy, can't-get-comfortable kind of hot!

finding 'cool' with the blues around me...
the sea so beautiful
and flowers gathered from the garden against my blue wall

January has been beginnings and little celebrations.
 This year holds hope of all sorts of wonderful.

Wishing you happy in the months ahead too x