Above Sydney

A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful Sunday morning, we did a very touristy thing – we went up Sydney Tower to enjoy the views (with a voucher we had to use). And, as usual, Sydney wowed us. Big time. We’ve been up there many times, but every single time I look out those windows, my heart beats faster – what a stunning place it is. What a beautiful city. The little one enjoyed it too, and he even braved the 4D experience before we went up, water being sprayed at us, loud sounds, 3D goggles, motion and breathtaking scenery of Sydney and surrounds shot from the air. One fearless baby!

Here are a few little snaps from that day:

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This post is a part of our monthly Where We Live blog circle. Please make sure to click HERE to see beautiful Hawaii through Marian’s lens!

Marian - October 16, 2014 - 4:23 pm

How fun and what a gorgeous view of the city!

Angelica - October 17, 2014 - 8:44 am

Beautiful! I love it!

Random Precious Moments

Admiring his reflection in the mirror, splashing like crazy in the bath, enjoying the view from the comfort of his father’s arms, trying to eat sand (when he knows he shouldn’t), having a rat as his favourite toy, tasting new food (that zucchini, kale, and fish puree wasn’t a hit taste-wise but was definitely exciting to smear all over his face), squealing with delight while being thrown in the air, going for short bushwalks and touching everything in sight – oh what fun it is to be nine months old.

He started crawling a week ago, and last night I found him standing in his cot, holding on to the rails with one hand only.  I was left speechless – how did that happen? And he was obviously proud of himself but not sure how to sit back down.

There is no stopping him now.

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Jay Down Under - September 25, 2014 - 9:35 pm

These are priceless moments. Love the green puree series and the one in black and white when he is crying.

Erica - October 19, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Love that first shot! I saw it in your profile pic on CM and came over to check out your work, love seeing your environment and family!

End of Winter, Hunter Valley

We have visited quite a number of wine regions, both in Australia and overseas. But coming to Hunter Valley is like coming home –  no any other place is like it for us. And while many other wine regions can boast the most spectacular landscapes (I must say we adore Marlborough in New Zealand for its breathtaking surrounds, and its sauvignon blanc of course), the comparatively humble view from our favourite picnic place in the Hunter is the dearest to my heart. The place where so many happy memories were created over years and years, over repeating seasons.

Hunter Valley has so much to offer. Wineries, art galleries, beautiful gardens, amazing fresh food (especially the cheeses and the olive oils from the area), restaurants, spas, boutique hotels, hot air balloon rides, concerts, and so much more.  But for us? We pack a picnic, drive a bit over an hour to Pokolbin, stop at a couple of familiar wineries to say hello and stock up on wine, then drive to that picnic spot, spread the rug, sit down, and relax, breathe, and have a glass of red while enjoying the food and the sunset. We have done all those touristy things before. And nothing can bring more joy for us than the simple pleasures of life.

This post is a part of Where We Live blog circle. Please click HERE to see some lovely photos of Disneyland by Californian photographer Lyka Chang

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Karen Buchanan - September 14, 2014 - 11:14 am

What an amazing area to explore! You captured it beautifully.

Shanna - September 24, 2014 - 3:13 am

Wow! These are fantastic!

The Magic of Simple Things

Life’s simple pleasures are the best. Such as watching my baby experience the magic of bubbles for the first time. It warms my heart, reminds me to pay attention to the little things. I am not sure who was more excited about the whole thing, him, or us, the two grown-ups blowing those bubbles, laughing, taking pictures, and making memories.

 Look at his expression at the last picture. I can’t even find the right word to describe it… My dreamer.

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Belinda - August 27, 2014 - 11:49 am

Anastasia….I can’t even…..no words can describe the emotions these photos made me feel. “Joy” doesn’t seem enough. “Love” falls short. Just know that this gift you have and the fact that you share it with us makes the world a better place. xoxo

A Saturday Stroll

I am now a part of a blog circle, with “Where We Live” theme. It means that every month a group of us will photograph where we live and share the images on our blogs, linking to each other (you will see the link at the bottom of this post), for the viewers to see our world through our camera lens.

And what a beautiful idea it is, to slow down once a month, to really look around you, to discover something in your usual surroundings that you might not notice in the whirlwind of the everyday life. To bring the picture up on your computer screen later and have the renewed appreciation of home.

Since we only recently moved to where we are now (that is from a very busy suburb in Sydney to a super quiet and relaxed corner of the Central Coast), I still have that curiosity of being a newcomer. My vision is still fresh, and my camera is often hanging off my neck, ready to capture the moments of the new life.

One sunny, wintry Saturday (but you could already sense the little hints of spring in the air) we left the house for a lazy stroll along the beach, to enjoy the soft light of the setting sun, the vision of the boats bobbling on the bay waters, the beautiful skies with a rainbow peeking from underneath the clouds. In moments like this time goes slowly, peacefully. The little one enjoyed it too, being quiet and content, just watching the world and sending us the most charming smiles from his Ergo.

Here are the snippets of that afternoon, through my lens.

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Karen Buchanan - August 13, 2014 - 2:03 pm

I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. I’m going to have to live vicariously through your photos for the next few months! It looks gorgeous there.

Marian - August 15, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Wow, its really pretty and your use of light/sun flare is beautiful. I want to visit Australia so much!