Monday, August 31, 2009

Playing with a flash light

Today was one of those days.  Three loads of washing on the line, just put my daughter in the car to go buy some milk, when the rain came down.  Later bumped my eye so it looks a bit like I walked into a door.  Then I came across this idea that looked safe and simple and fun.

These are my results so far.

 

If you will excuse me, I am going to go experiment some more!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Weddings on Spring street

The buildings on Spring street seem to be really popular for wedding photography.  We spotted this couple on the steps of the parliament building.

We saw a huge black limo Hummer parked nearby, my guess is it was their bridal car.  This one was parked a little further down, next to the old Treasury building.  I really adore the classical cars.

Walking through Albert Park

We took a side trip through Albert park.  The light was just fantastic after the rain, with little ducks on the pond and seagulls in the fountain.  The flowers' colours were really brilliant in the late afternoon.

 

A group was practicing martial arts in the park.  It is always fascinating to watch.

A Trip to Melbourne Museum

On a rainy day, it is a lot of fun to go to the museum.  We took the tram in to Melbourne.  The kids each brought with a book to read for the trip.  The younger two were terribly sweet, sharing a book.

My oldest really enjoyed the “Mind” gallery.

So did my husband.  He got to lie down to see what happens when you dream.

The dinosaur exhibit is always a huge favourite.  This is the view from upstairs.

  

The pygmy blue whale is still really big!

The forest gallery is beautiful, but with the open roof and the rain, we kept to the edges. 

Now and then the sun peeked through so we could venture in.

The excitement  was exhausting for my youngest.  She fell asleep on the tram trip home.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

All four seasons…

On Friday the weather was absolutely beautiful.  Sunny blue skies with wisps of cloud, virtually no wind after days of wild weather. 

I took the chance to take my daughter to Ruffey Lake Park again, so we could try to see more of it.  It really is a beautiful, huge park.  Was really lovely chatting to some of the people walking their dogs.

We saw some birds I first took to be cockatoos, but when we got closer, I realised they were something quite different – pink instead of yellow.  Still big and noisy, but really aggressive towards each other.

A river flows through the park, with bridges connecting the two sides.

    

Many flowers are blooming close to the water.  All the colours and shapes were beautiful.  Here and there were signs of the insects making them home.

 

A big tree had lost its battle against the elements, falling down carrying tons of pinecones.  Its broken trunk looked bright and golden in a shaft of sunlight.

And Saturday?  Well, Saturday the rain came pouring down!  It is very welcome though.  Hopefully Melbourne will get a lot more of it.

Friday, August 28, 2009

School Expo Night

This time of year we get to see what the kids are up to at school.  We first got to look at the classroom and all their work, then the kids held a little concert. 

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bayside Sunset

Sunday afternoon the kids played a little in the sand while we watched the sun set.

Some amazing things wash up on the shoreline.

The skyline was quite something, a herald for the rains to come.