We are lucky in Australia to be home to beautiful and different animals. Growing up with a mother who knows the name of every Australian animal and flower, I especially love our birds. Major Mitchells, Pink and Grey Galahs and Rosellas are among my favourites. But the Rainbow Lorikeet is the best of them all. Look at those colours! This post is dedicated to how much I love living in this country, even if I want to go and discover more of the rest of the world. Sometimes I have to remember that beauty is just in my backyard.
This month, I’ve decided to participate in the inaugural month of NaPhoPoMo! You may have heard of NaNoWriMo – the writing version – but Karen over at chookooloonks has starter her own Photography version this year and I can’t wait! As always, I post a photo a day over on Instagram, as @mandajanex. But I will be posting on here photos I take every day from my camera. I always wanted to do a 365 challenge with my DSLR but some days its hard to bring it, so I went with a phoneography 365 on Instagram. So making my self do a 30 day challenge with my camera is perfect! Hope you enjoy my November!
Last Friday, November 1, I took my gorgeous dogs for a walk to my favourite park. They had been a bit lonely for the last few days so it was perfect afternoon for all of us.
Growing up, one of my favourite movies was Blinky Bill so finding these chocolates at the Royal Melbourne show was a trip down memory lane. Please pardon this change in format of blog post, but I just couldn’t help myself from sharing these videos from the movie. The first is the original trailer – it doesn’t actually start until about 30 seconds in – and the second is a few of the best songs from the movie, though not my two favourites so I still want to track down my CD. I still seem to know every word to these songs – that is a testament to how many times my mum had to listen to that CD!
Blinky Bill even followed us to the States, where we shared watching Blinky Bill with two of our closest friends – Maggie and Stewart. I still remember not long after we moved to America when the four of us dressed up and re-enacted the whole movie. So while Blinky Bill is so perfectly Aussie (based on a beautiful children’s book), he really reminds me of moving to Mid-West America and sharing our Australian culture in the only way a kid can – dressing up and singing.
Last weekend, I went along to the Royal Melbourne Show with two of my closest friends from school, Courtney and Lai-Ling. I hadn’t been to The Show since I was about 4 or 5, which means that I barely remember it. Hence, this was the first time I’ve ever been! It was a lot of fun. We got there nice and early, which was an excellent idea, and left when the crowds got crazy. The crowds were so crazy in the afternoon the line to get into the Showbag Pavillion was probably 300 people long!
We enjoyed wandering around looking at gorgeous dogs, lambs, goat kids, Masterchef kitchens, horses, finding couches and tvs converted into pot plants, eating Dippin Dots, buying showbags, and winning toys.
So I tried to do 10 on 10 this month but forgot to bring my camera with me! So I did 11 on 11 since 11 is my favourite number and then got carried away with my garden! I’m lucky to live with this beautiful garden in my backyard and to have two beautiful dogs to play in it with.
Linking up with Rebekah Gough <3
So this Thursday it was rainy and miserable outside – hello Winter has arrived! So instead of wandering around the streets of Melbourne, I took shelter in the National Gallery of Victoria, NGV, and visited the Monet exhibition. I have been lucky enough to visit Giverny, the home of Monet, back in June 2011 and I have been to Musée d’Orsay to see several of his masterpieces (though Degas is EASILY my favourite Impressionism painter). However, I absolutely loved getting to see more of Monet’s work in my own hometown. I went with two family friends, Gail and Kate, from Bangkok and I loved visiting the exhibition with them. Afterwards, we spent quite awhile marvelling at the two installation pieces in the foyer of the NGV – one of floating white china bowls and another of a taxidermy reindeer covered in glass baubles. Since I was not allowed to take photos inside the Monet exhibition, most of my photos from the day focus on these two beautiful pieces.
Because he thought he was a Griller! Enjoyed a lovely Valentines Day at the Zoo today with the gorgeous boy. The elephants were easily the standout of the day – got to see the baby elephant (calf!) enjoying the sunshine! The meerkats were another highlight, as usual. The day was topped off by delicious homemade risotto by Kit and tasty moscato. Easily the best Valentines Day I’ve ever had!