These Little Wonders

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A City Adventure With Twiggy

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The Perth central city has always been NEAR the Swan River but the main shopping precinct is a few blocks up from it.  That meant there was this beautiful river with… well… kinda nothing there.  So they built a brand new Quay which was opened to the public a few months ago.  Perth being a very suburban place, the average person who doesn’t work in the city, doesn’t have much need to go there often, so I still hadn’t seen the new Elizabeth Quay.  After a school holidays filled with sickness and being cooped up inside, I decided we were due an adventure and we planned a trip on the ferry from South Perth over to the new spot to explore.  And of course, we had to give our holiday visitor, the school turtle Twiggy, a good adventure before he went back to school and to visit a new child.

I could have just driven to the city but where’s the fun in that?!  When Scarlett first brought Twiggy home, she said she wanted to take him on a boat, and the ferry seemed the perfect plan.

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Off we set toward the ferry terminal – Scarlett looking a little unsure!

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We had just missed a ferry so we had a little play at the playground while we waited for the next one.

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Swing with a view!  Soon enough, it was time to head over the ferry.

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And we’re aboard!

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A short but exciting ferry ride and we arrive at Elizabeth Quay ready to explore.

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First on the agenda – ice cream!  Luckily the ice cream shop was opening up just as we arrived on the doorstep.

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After a delicious ice cream in the sun, we decided to head over the curvy bridge to explore.

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Scarlett decided she wanted to check out the Bell Tower (the tall pointy building).

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Up we go in the elevator (that I had trouble looking out the window of!) to the top viewing deck of the Bell Tower!

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Next down to see the bells ringing.

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And the bell ringers doing the ringing!

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And out (through the gift shop of course!) to let Isla stretch her legs at the playground.

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After meeting friends for a yummy lunch, it was time to hop back on the ferry, gift shop purchase clutched in hand.

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Once across, we decided to squeeze the last ounces out of the day with one last play at the playground.

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Scarlett told me on the ferry home “I wish this day could start all over again.”  I think that means our adventure was a success 🙂

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Scarlett’s First Day of School

Well, es ist soweit – the little surprise bean that prompted the start of this blog started school!

In Western Australia, “kindy” starts when you’re 3 if your birthday is before June or 4 if your birthday is after June.  Or something like that.  I dunno, it’s bloody confusing, all I know is, Scarlett has an August birthday which meant she started kindy this year, not last.  Kindy is usually part time and can be done at a primary school or community kindergarten.  Scarlett is going to her local primary school where she’ll likely be continuing her schooling, and is doing five full days a fortnight.

We spent lots of time talking about how exciting it was to start school and we even got to meet her teacher in her classroom, so when the day came she was mostly excited with a little bit of nervousness thrown in.  I knew that she was so beyond ready for this though and sure enough she kissed me goodbye happily and had a great day :-).  She has been settling in wonderfully and the teacher has told me she is “an old soul” and “unique” (in a good way :-P).

Naturally I took a few photos to document the occasion 🙂  Aussie primary school kids usually wear school uniforms.  I think it’s freaking adorable!

Morning snuggle in the big bed before the first day of school!

Morning snuggle in the big bed before the first day of school!

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She had to go and check herself out

She had to go and check herself out

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Time to go!

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Back home and time for some boobie snuggles with little sister

Back home and time for some boobie snuggles with little sister

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Coffee, chocolate, Harry Potter and SILENCE!  Am I supposed to be enjoying this quite so much...??

Coffee, chocolate, Harry Potter and SILENCE! Am I supposed to be enjoying this quite so much…??

Then I figured out how to use my phone as a camera remote...

Then I figured out how to use my phone as a camera remote…

And got some self portraits of me and my littlest munchkin

And got some self portraits of me and my littlest munchkin

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Babe finally went down for her nap... 10 minutes before we had to leave for pick up :-(

Babe finally went down for her nap… 10 minutes before we had to leave for pick up 😦

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Time to go, my poor sleepy one

Home time!

Home time!

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Time to kick off her shoes...

Time to kick off her shoes…

Say hello to sister...

Say hello to sister…

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and enjoy an after school treat.

and enjoy an after school treat.

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Rocked it!

 


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Christmas Day 2014 {on film}

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Well, here we are, arrived back in Perth and before we knew it, Christmas was upon us!  Scarlett enjoyed putting out food for Santa and the reindeer, and woke up to lots of pressies under the tree.  Unfortunately Adam had to work in the afternoon, so I decided to take Scarlett to the beach which was just beautiful and was the perfect was to spend Christmas evening.

Because we’re living in a temporary furnished apartment, I don’t have my computer to edit digital photos, so I decided to shoot a roll of film on Christmas day.  I shot this roll of Fuji Superia 400 in my Canon Elan IIe and these are straight scans from a local camera shop.  They aren’t perfect and some of the colours are a bit funky but I’m not going to adjust them.  Cos you know what, film is imperfect and a bit funky and that is the fun of it.  I’m tired of always questing after perfection in my photography.  This year I’m aiming for less perfection and more fun and creative freedom!

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Scarlett Coffee

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Scarlett went through a phase of really loving going to a café with me and getting a “Scarlett coffee” (a little cup of frothed milk, actually called a Fluffy or a Babycino).  She never actually drank the milk and she doesn’t like marshmallows, but she would play with the chocolate on top and just feel cool cos she had a coffee just like mum.

These photos were taken when we were stay in Wellington in March and the whole Scarlett coffee thing was still an exciting novelty.

She has lost interest in Scarlett coffees now.  Maybe she realised she doesn’t actually like to drink them.  I really miss our little café coffee visits.

(Images taken on Kodak Portra 800 film on my Canon Elan IIe and scanned on my Pakon).

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Hide and Seek

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Scarlett’s new favourite game is hide and seek.  She would play it all day if she could, and she can play it anywhere.  Even in Nana’s tiny courtyard.

Images on film – Lomography 400 except for the last two on Fuji Superia 200, shot on my Canon Elan IIe and scanned on my Pakon.

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Picnic on Mt Vic

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Once moved over from Perth to New Zealand, we spent a couple of weeks in Wellington with my family.  They were a stressful couple of weeks trying to get our money transferred across to NZ and buy a car in order to make it up to Palmy for Adam to start work on time.  We did have a few nice trips around Wellington though.  One was a picnic we took up to the top of Mt Victoria with Aunty Jessie on a sunny day for a view over the city.

There is a saying where I’m from that “you can’t beat Wellington on a good day”.  Sometimes good days can feel few and far between, but when they come, they sure are gorgeous 🙂

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These images were shot on Lomography 400 film in my Canon Elan IIe and scanned by myself on my Pakon.


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Christmas Day 2013

 

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We had a nice quiet Christmas at home this year.  It was the first year that we really started telling Scarlett the Santa story and her being able to understand it somewhat.  When she came and woke us up on Christmas morning, we went out to the tree and she exclaimed: “Santa’s not here!”  Daddy said “No but look, he left some presents” and she cried in a concerned voice “Oh dear!”  She thought he had forgotten his presents – it took her a moment to click they were for her.  So very cute!

She had a great time opening all her presents and really loved them all.  Unfortunately she had contracted a skin infection just a couple of days before and before lunch I had to take her to the walk in doctors clinic and get her wounds cleaned which was not a very nice experience for her.  She was a really good girl though.  She fell asleep in the car on the way home, so I even managed to have a nice quiet Christmas lunch with a glass of wine.

Once woken from her nap, Scarlett spent the rest of the day enjoying and playing with all her presents and I was rather pleased that Santa seems to have gotten it right this year 😛  Favourites were all of the Peppa Pig items – a dress, a doll house and a Peppa soft toy, as well as the whiteboard/blackboard/easel and the cheapie xylophone.  I think she will definitely continue to get enjoyment out of her pressies for some time to come.

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Peppa Pig house – a firm favourite.

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 Xylophone!

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Helping Daddy put together the easel.

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Can’t have Aussie Christmas without prawns!

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Enjoying her Peppa Pig plate set.

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“Mummy and Daddy” Barbie and Ken sent over from Nana – I think the resemblance is striking ;-P

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Poor little bandaged legs girl!

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