22 February 2012

The Week Past: Rain, Shine and Him

This past week brought the most gorgeous, sunny day after a few days of rain. Naked branches are my fave.

I might possibly have the cutest dog ever. Love her to bits I do. She loves to catch the sunshine on cold mornings.

Last week's rain also brought with it wobbly drops on branches. Lovely aren't they? 

We also had shiny sun peeking through the branches the morning after the rain stopped.

The weekend saw my favourite bridge as we drove south. It wows me every single time.

And so does he. The best part of the week is always time spent with this guy. I still have the biggest crush on him. Yes I do.

10 February 2012

Education Illustration

We watched this in class tonight. I'm pretty sure I had seen something else illustrated by RSA Animate before as it was familiar. I like this. I like the message and the clever illustration makes it so much more fun to take in.

09 February 2012

Get Your Skate On!

Do you roller skate? Or did you use to roller skate? I think it would be safe to say that my second home was the local roller rink when I was a young teen. Oh how I loved to skate and still do. 
Last year whilst still living in Australia I went roller skating for the first time in years, and by years I mean a lot of years. I had not been to the roller rink since those teen years I'm sure. And like riding a bike I hadn't forgotten how and remembered why I liked it so much. It's wicked fun and great exercise. Now my guy and I get our skate on regularly. Yes that's right! We bought new skates. I know total geeks, right? We love it and we like discovering new places to get our skate on. They're usually old and quite weathered and feel a bit like stepping back into 1982 but that's all part of the charm. It's old school and it's still fun.

We went skating together for the first time at our old haunt where we both skated as teens. Lots of memories there and it hasn't changed that much.
So the story goes like this: We ended up liking it so much after two times we were hooked, again, and decided we'd invest in our own roller skates because using those yucky rentals is just that, yucky! And we knew we were going to be doing this regularly so why not.
The pair in the photo above are mine. Very similar to the ones I had as a teen. I love that! And funny enough now we're talking about getting some outdoor wheels and different indoor ones to suit our roller skating needs and I'm cracking myself up thinking about how we have become a part of the roller skating culture. And let me tell ya, it is a culture!

26 January 2012

Cirque Du Soleil

My mum's Christmas present was two tickets for her and I to Cirque du Soleil's Ovo at The Santa Monica Pier. Here are a few highlights from the day/evening.

We had hoped to eat at an old favourite deli but it is no longer. We wanted something new to us and not the usual. Mum eyed this place and so we tried it and we liked it. Very much. I don't know the name (or I'd give it praise + a link) so I guess we'll have to go back and try it again. It was a lovely little French cafe/bistro with great service.

We spotted these buskers on the corner. They had this cool, stylish thing going on. Kind of quirky. My mum really liked their music and I loved that there was a guy playing the accordion. Neat stuff.

Here's my sweet mum. I don't have a fancy camera so night shots are always a challenge. I keep saying I'm going to learn more about the camera I do have to remedy this as I know having the fancy camera does not equal the great shot. We have a little tradition and that is to take a photo in front of the sign at each show. So we did.

And then there's me. Here's as about as close as I'm going to get at being a performer in a Cirque du Soleil show. I can still dream though.

After we walked the pier, mum got a coffee and we chatted like we always do. I love hanging with my mum because she's fun and always game to try new things and she enjoys all the detail. We took in the magic of the day/night and had ourselves a good ol' time. The End!

28 June 2011


Today right outside my front door. I love the rain and I love that I get to see so many beautiful rainbows here in Western Australia. Truly lovely I say.

11 April 2011

Tell Someone . . .

My goodness where does the time go? Seven weeks away to America and back home for a month now. My sweet little blog oh how I've neglected you. Here's to new beginnings and fresh starts.

10 January 2011

Flickr: {Reconnect}

I wanted to see what searching 'reconnect', my word for 2011, would produce on Flickr. Sometimes Flickr can blow your mind. I initially had several photos but in the end it was really these two that spoke to me. Nothing like friends. Human and canine alike. Gotta love that!

[image sources] 1. reconnect. 2. Reconnecting

08 January 2011

Inspiring Words

These words by Albert Einstein via oh, hello, friend are words I want to live by and they seem to pair nicely with my word for 2011. Simplicity, harmony and opportunity are all key components for me in being able to actually reconnect to the things I love. I am loving having a word for the year to focus on because it gives me direction.

This poster below created by idea-obscura and made as a FREE download is just too cool if you ask me. I tweeted and facebook*ed it already like a teenage girl with a crush. These two things will adorn my pin board soon.

04 January 2011

{Reconnect} My Word for 2011

reconnect [ˌriːkəˈnɛkt]  to link or be linked together again

I am really chuffed about One Little Word for 2011. It's my first time. I'm familiar with the idea of choosing a word for your year but have never done this. Well this is my year and my word. In case it wasn't already obvious from the photo above (hee hee) my word is reconnect.

I'm also going to be keeping a journal. Karen of Chookoloonks wrote this great post about journal keeping. I recommend reading it if for nothing more than a gentle nudge and some encouragement. I feel keeping a journal will also help me to manifest and invite the things into my life that relate to reconnect. I truly enjoy having a space to write down thoughts/ideas/lists and whatever else I feel and I know the benefits will be many.

Reconnect for me encompasses a myriad of things (and now I'm scaring myself a little by using words like encompass and myriad) but the whole of it simply means getting back to what I love and enjoy most and making a conscious effort to participate in them.

What's your one little word for 2011?

01 January 2011

Two Thousand and Ten {2010}

Here's a glimpse photographically of what the year 2010 held for me. Inspired by MartaWrites.

It was lovely to reflect on what was even if I did not take as many photos as I had hoped.  Farewell 2010. You were a challenging year but nonetheless you proved to be one of tremendous personal growth sprinkled with abundant blessings along the way. Nice to meet you 2011.

{my parents w/ my niece & nephew}

Wishing each of you a lovely and bright year ahead filled with much adventure.

x0x ♥ ~ Collette