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And then we snapped – 7/9 to 5/10

I missed out on the past 2 weeks, so I have quite a bit of catching up to do. And because I have so much to catch up on, I haven’t dated them like I usually do. And I’ve even missed a few days. To cut a long story short, we had school holidays and went away to the country, so the past 2 weeks have been difficult to get online. Rural internet and all that. But here I am, finally.

My first newborn session. She was difficult and wouldn’t sleep due to the parents’ heating not working (after they told me it would be on and only informing me upon my arrival that it wasn’t working), so we had to give the “nudie” shots a miss. But once she was swaddled, she was perfect and slept soundly for the remainder of the session. Such a beautiful baby girl, and it was so hard to relinquish her once the session was finished. Bring on the next newborn, I say!

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School disco, and Saraya was in fine form!


We went driving and happened upon a gorgeous little cafe, with a “secret room” tucked away up above that the kids enjoyed.


We drove to Sydney and spent a few days in the hospital for James’s drug trial follow up. I didn’t pick up my camera for those few days. But here are the kids up and Manly, on the steps of the Cardinal Ceretti Chapel where we got married over 11 years earlier. We also took a photo in this exact same location 2 years ago, and wanted to recreate it to compare how much the kids had changed.


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A great afternoon at Fox Studios and the Eastern Suburbs saw both Charlyse and Saraya try out a new activity. Their opinion was unanimous – they didn’t enjoy it at all. I’m serious. Apparently it hurts.


Recreating another image we took back in 2008. They’ve grown so much since then, and now Charlyse is taller than James.


The stunning Blue Mountains, with the Three Sisters in the foreground. Yes, I got up when it was still dark so I could get a sunrise photo. With a few hundred other people!

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Enroute to Mudgee, we stopped off at Jenolan Caves. I hadn’t been there in 30 years!


The view from Rebecca’s backyard. Rebecca is Julian’s sister and she lives in a 165 year old farmhouse surrounded by vineyards. It’s just beautiful.


Rebecca organised for the kids to visit a real shearing shed, where they witnessed real shearers in action.


They were mesmerised.


Learning to fish on the banks of the Cudgegong River in Mudgee.


Hanging out with one of the Mudgee locals.


A kangaroo stampede!!


Yes, that’s the farmhouse we stayed in. It has so much character.


I love how, on different days, the view of the tree can look so different.


The view out Rebecca’s front door.


We were lucky to visit a winery that also breeds thoroughbred horses. It was foaling season, and newborns were everywhere. Most of them end up being put with “wet nurses” and their mothers are sent back to breed again.


Tilly might not be Charlyse’s dog, but she fell in love with her anyway.


They spent a lot of time together.


We hated saying goodbye. Mudgee is one of our favourite places on earth. And Rebecca and her family always make us feel so welcome. We promised to be back next year.


The sun finally set on our Mudgee trip, and a final view of my favourite tree. It really does remind me of my photography business logo.

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Back home, and spring has arrived. It’s swimming season!


Our pool is too cold for me, but the kids don’t seem to mind.


Someone mentioned that I need to get in the shot with my kids, so I finally did. Can you see me?


Is it wrong to be jealous of my daughter’s impossibly long legs? Lucky for her, she inherited her father’s genes for her figure.


Footsteps in the sand.


And that’s me. Until next week when I won’t have to post so many images. Until then, follow the circle. And apologies to anyone who also follows 5-on-5 – they just happen to have fallen on the same day.

Here’s the link for my incredibly talented friend Julie, from Jujujems Art and Photo Studio| Palm Desert Lifestyle Photographer – go and see what she’s been up to! And I’ll see you again next week. xxx








  • Ally - Beautiful week!! Those landscape images are gorgeous. <3ReplyCancel

  • Annie - Every single one of these were so so great!! I loved that black and white photo at he dance and all the beach shots…But the Kangaroo stampede!I will most likly never get to see one of those in real life so thank you so much for capturing it and sharing it with us!!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Huis - Deja Vu…
    We were at mudgee in 2009, nice to see you’re beautiful picturesReplyCancel

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