Tuesday, September 30, 2014


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Maggie: that is her classic laugh/smile face. I love it!
Elisabeth: Such a grown up girl. But they still fit the dresses as tunic tops that my sister gave them last Christmas.

Joining in a little late with Jodi's 52 portrait project.

A busy weekend and then I worked Monday instead of today meant my blogging was delayed. The girls aren't 100% either.....

I'm hoping to do a Blogtober fest over the next month. I'm aiming low, a photo for each day and maybe a few words, for the six other days of the week.

Monday, September 22, 2014


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Maggie: They are both growing up, literally and in their behaviour.  In a rare semi-serious mood, the rest of the photos Maggie was pulling crazy faces and laughing.
Elisabeth: So innocent, yet I think she was holding Maggie's head down!!!

Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project at her blog Practising Simplicity.

We had a quiet weekend. Shopping for excellent bread at Pigeonwhole bakers, visiting my Mum in hospital as she recovers from a hip replacement, visiting friends for a lunch of baguettes and cheese and the best doughnuts, collecting eggs from their chickens, gardening together, eating together, taking backpack adventures (the girls favourite sort at the moment). Last Wednesday we had a check up at the NICU clinic. Girls are doing really well, no concerns or issues. Both had put on 2kg in the last 6 months, so Maggie is 8.6kg and Elisabeth 9.3kg. They were so funny after it had all been done, they climbed into the toy box in the Dr's room together for a chat. Even he thought they were so cute he asked if he could take a photo!

Monday, September 15, 2014


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It was Rob's turn this week with the camera. 
Maggie: My best friend sent these gorgeous little corduroy dresses and matching cropped cardigans down. The girls love to dress up and these new outfits were met with delight. I think they look a little like they should be in a Jane Austen TV show!
Elisabeth: What a cheeky look, tongue poking out and hands behind her back.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project at her blog Practising Simplicity.

Monday, September 8, 2014


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Yesterday we had a pretty much perfect Father's Day. I woke up first and went and got the coffee machine going and collected the gifts for Rob from the fridge and the garden. He woke up on the mattress on the floor with Elisabeth, Maggie slumbered on a little longer on the bed.
The girls proudly gave him the card they made at family day care and a little red takeaway box of fudge, and then preceded to help him eat it! Our gift were three pepper trees and some strawberry plants. After breakfast of toast and coffee we headed outside together to plant them. Rob declared them the perfect present.

We headed over the hill to Cygnet, the car packed with lunch provisions, picking up some fresh rye sourdough at Red Velvet Lounge we continued onto Garden Island Creek to celebrate a birthday (albeit belatedly) with friends who own the most perfect beachside shack. The day was gorgeous, we were all in shorts, t-shirts and Birkenstocks. Lunch with our friends always comes together with the least amount of fuss or organisation, a cheese platter, foie gras and our quickly-cured ocean trout (with lime juice, olive oil and decorated with dill, gherkins and capers) served with the fresh rye started proceedings with a bottle of bubbles. Main course was osso bucco and bbq sausages cooked over the sea-side open fire. We all have gardens so the sides are always impressive, salads, home grown potatoes, fennel, broccoli. The table outside looked over the water, and it felt almost summery with the warmth of the sun and the consumption of red wine. The girls sat in our laps quietly taking it all in, sharing our plates. Wet dogs ran in amongst our legs looking for tidbits.
Dessert was an array of cakes, our Chocolate Guinness cake joined a perfect duck egg sponge filled with cream and strawberries, a Kentish cherry almond cake and a Persian Love Cake! We had to drag ourselves away around 4pm, when the girls were looking a little tired.

Maggie: During dessert she relaxed and was happy to sit on our friend's lap to share her plate of cake. Smiling with her face covered in cream.
Elisabeth: Is more reserved in company, and stayed close to her Papa, preferring to hold onto his knee and just take in the conversation.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project at her blog Practising Simplicity.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


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I haven't used a single image for both girls in their 52 portrait project yet, but with a very busy weekend I ran out of time to take their photos individually. We have been taking these monthly images since June last year, and it is a great way to watch the girls grow up. 

Maggie: I love the way she is cradling her chin on her hand, and her arched left eyebrow reminds me of her father.

Elisabeth: She refused to smile, a bad night had left her in a grumpy mood.

Joining in a little late with Jodi's 52 portrait project.
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