Weekly Image Of Life: A Lifetime Of Memories

This challenge is very difficult, for indeed when you are older you do have a lifetime of memories rather too many to express in one post! So Island Traveler I have limited myself to photos already on the computer, which does include a few scanned images of the pre-digital era. Isn’t it amazing how quickly our lives have changed! My memories all revolve around people, family and close friends, so of course I cant include all I would like, but just a few significant times. Others who are not included are perhaps even dearer in the heart, but this is about photos and memory. I would like to show you my first child in his bassinette, or listening to his father play guitar for him, or the second child using a hammer at about 13 months of age, for it was always tools and creating things that fascinated him, or the third child standing on the kitchen bench aged two cutting carrots with a sharp knife, because that was what had to happen. Instead here are more than enough images!

Father blowing bubbles for the first son, supported and held on an old Australian cedar settle that belonged to my great-grandmother. The seventies wallpaper brings those times vividly alive to me, a rich time of nurturing and love as we became a family.

Here we all are in 1994, with our exchange-daughter Anne from Switzerland. Having three sons and female standard poodle I asked specifically for a girl when we entered the AFS exchange program. Anne lived with us for a year, and loved her new brothers while she educated us parents about the ins and outs of having a girl in the house!!! During our next trip to Europe we will visit Anne in Zurich (she still calls us “Mum” and “Dad”).

Now you have guessed correctly, this is my mother, who I don’t look anything like. She was very unhappy with me when I was born because I looked like my father’s mother. Luckily her next baby looked just like her! In our later years we became very close when I helped her overcome some life-long difficulties by encouraging her to talk to a psychologist. Old hurts were healed and she was able to be free and loving in a new way. She had suffered from a frozen heart due to the disappearance of her beloved fiance. Somehow the “pull-up-your-socks-and-get-on-with-it” approach of the 1940’s had not helped her and depression had been the ‘black dog’ of her life. Although she loved my father she had always felt broken, frozen and distant. Here she is very happy with us on a trip to Darwin in 2002.

This is a slightly blurry image of me at the Sydney Opera House, frequently visited while we lived in the greater Sydney area. For many years we went with friends to Sydney Theatre Company productions, rushing into the city together after work, sometimes drinking champagne in the car together, to arrive in time for dinner before the show. We booked at the best places, had so much fun, saw a marvelous show and drove back out to our acres on the fringes of the city. It was a high time!  Now there are only three of us, since Neil died two weeks ago after a short battle with a brain tumor.

In 2007 we had a lot of fun with our youngest son and his wife in New York … here they are on the subway … now they live in Paris so we have to go that way instead.

Here is eldest son and his family enjoying Easter with us, so we made a sign and sent a message to youngest son and his wife who were overseas!

And here is middle son marrying his lady, the awesome mother of his daughter Edwina. So many wonderful memories of a long life, and a few of the significant people who have passed through.

Weekly Image Of Life: Colors

Island Traveler tells us that “colours make us feel truly alive and ready to face challenges ahead ….. they are a gift that nature and Mother Earth give us everyday”.  Colour is such a vital part of life, and not only visually, for colour is also used to express the spectrum of experience in other senses, feelings (I feel blue …for example), hearing, and so on. Here are a few of my favourite colour photos, the first one a fragrant bunch of flowers given to me by a dear friend. Her love filled the room just as the sweet fragrance and colour of the flowers.

The next photo shows an artwork in process during a Joy of Being weekend here …. where everyone becomes an artist, set free by the vivid colours, the natural tools, the atmosphere of fun and freedom.

Nature excels in colour and design, like this big Orchard Wanderer butterfly. They float gracefully through the garden in the most entrancing manner, just sublime.

Finally we are also part of nature and have always loved to mimic her colours in our clothing. Here I am laughing with my grandchildren as we flaunt our bright colours together.

Every day is a celebration of colour, a rainbow of love and joy pulsing through our world as we live heart-centered lives. Thank you Island Traveler for drawing attention to Colour this week!

 

Weekly Image of Life: Adventure

For children and adults alike it is a great adventure to be out of the house in the night-time, cooking around a campfire. Just getting away from walls, roof, phone, television is a new experience for some. Here we are cooking “twisties” on the fire last year, with the dark trees around us and a twinkling starry sky above. A little bit scary, but so much adventure and fun.

Cooking on the Campfire

See more adventures at Island Traveler‘s blog!

Weekly Image Of Life: Fun Under The Sun

These photos are from a summer about 8 years ago, when our Japanese friend Miruko came to stay. She was our son’s host mother for a year, and has since become part of our family! Vivacious and exciting, Miruko certainly added to the fun we all enjoyed that summer.

Miruko, Kitchen Ninja, cooking up a storm with Stuart

Firstly there was the food, all our favourite Japanese dishes, with Stuart a keen sous chef!

Browsing through our garden Miruko found treats we had never imagined.

The beach, so clean and unpolluted was heaven for her, she collected pippies and kelp to make traditional dishes.

We had one of those extraordinary days when the dolphins surfed in on the waves, whales spouted out to sea, the sea eagles flew overhead …. we told her it was all in her honour!

As well as all the usual beach excitement we had neighbours with horses!

I had a lesson in Ikebana!

Ikebana

Miruko plays golf and enjoyed several games on our beautiful ocal courses with out keen golfing neighbours. When they were out together the neighbours stopped by the road to pick up some rubbish someone had thrown from their car. Miruko was amazed, and promptly decided to spread the word via her radio program in Japan, that anyone can pick up litter and keep their suburbs clean. Then we headed over the range to Canberra for the highlights of the Capitol.

Parliament House

Miruko was surprised that were able to go inside Parliament House, something unthought of in Japan. She loved all the photo opportunities of the National Capitol, including Black Mountain Tower, below.

Black Mountain Tower, view to Lake Burley Griffin

We had family time too, Miruko came with gifts for the little ones!

Just one more tourist treat, a miniature town, Cockington Green in a beautiful setting.

Miruko enjoying a tiny town!

The flowers were quite impressive too.

When we were in Japan Miruko took us to some truly awesome traditional gardens, luckily she liked the novelty golf course here!

This was truly summer fun, even more special because it was shared with someone we all love, a generous, creative, vital soul who travelled across the world to be with us here at Dadirri. Join in this weekly challenge with your summer fun!

Weekly Image of Life: Happiness

The perfect time to do a post on happiness …. when i am in pain and on a weird drug high  after jaw surgery for osteomyelitis. I know happiness has nothing to do with pain, but with loving life, that rare chance of being here, being conscious and living each moment. Most of the universe is Dark Matter, and the part of life we know makes up about 5% of the known universe. Somehow we are in the fuzzy five percent where we can experience happiness!

Here are images of some happy moments, valued by us human beings because our values have been ingrained in us according to those things that enhance our chances of survival. We love out grandchildren because those ancestors who did care for grandchildren had more descendants ….

bliss 🙂

We are really happy when we provide food for our family, and the thrill of successful hunter or the prolific gatherer is deeply felt!

successful hunter!

Food is big source of happiness, because providing food meant more chance of life and reproduction of successive generations …. here is youngest son looking very happy about cooking up a treat for the family which of course includes his very beautiful wife…. not pictured here but regulars know her!

making food for those you love

For some of us happiness is enhanced when we feel we are doing something for others … the awareness that we are all One means that we wish for All to be happy, All to be well, All to be blessed with health and abundance.

praying that all life shares in happiness

This post is part of the first photo challenge organised by island traveler, a Weekly Image of Life challenge, with the first focus being Happiness …. would you like to join in? Follow the link and go searching for our own images of happiness!