One + Four = Life: the ordinary and something ace

Hello! So here we are! Sunday has rolled around again and we are gathering momentum as we hurtle towards the end of the year. Do you dread the frantic-ness of the end of year or does it exhilarate you? I try to feed off the happy energy but sometimes it just feels like a rather routine ‘to do’ list of things to tick off. Does that me sound a bit ‘bah humbug’?  Anyhoo, I am wandering off topic a little. How has your week been? Mine has been pretty standard but I did have one really nice thing happen. Read on!

image

Baking for the week was the trusty old brownie. Can’t really go wrong with chocolate-y gooey -ness, can you? If you want to find the recipe, head over here.

image

I’ve been following artist Jodi Wiley on Instagram for a little while now. I love her paintings of tree bark, books, and urban sketching, and, well, just everything really! I find her work so inspiring. She had a piece (the one at the far end in this photo) included in the ‘In Space’ exhibition at the Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in Ivanhoe so I thought I’d make the trip over there to have a squiz and at the same time catch up with an old mothers’ group friend for lunch. My day was made because the lovely Jodi was there manning the desk! She was so nice. I told her she was the reason I was at the exhibition and we had an ace little chat about art and motherhood and finding time to draw. You might like to check out her work too. She has an exhibition coming up at  Monstalvat from next week. If you’re a Melbourne person, you might like to pop out and have a look. You could make a day of it exploring the beautiful grounds.

image.jpeg

Our weekend walks take us along leafy streets, and through parks and gardens but it also takes us along the railway line. I like the strong lines of the tracks, the graffiti on the bridge and to see the trains passing by. I wonder where the people on the carriages are going on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Are they heading off for a fun day? Maybe they are going to work? Or are they heading home after a big night out?

image.jpeg

I was eating my lunch today and when I looked up and outside my back windows to see the oleander in the neighbour’s garden casting this beautiful shadow on my back fence. Isn’t it lovely? I think it would make a great fabric print, don’t you?

I hope, even if your week was just a fairly ordinary one, that you were able to find some little pleasures in it. If you want to see what others have been up to, head over to Isabel’s blog.

image

15 thoughts on “One + Four = Life: the ordinary and something ace

  1. That last shadow photo is so beautiful, Carolyn. Yes, it would make a great fabric pattern. Perhaps that’s your next creative project? I love me a railway line and crossing. I find something particularly magic about that space between the track and the fence, the ‘siding’ area, where plants and flowers grow in a wild way. Yours doesn’t sound like a bad week at all. I am personally quite excited about Christmas just because I’ll get to see everyone after a year long absence, so it should be pretty wonderful to catch up. But yes, I can see that it puts pressure on people, too! Especially if you’re the one doing all the cooking…xx

    Like

    1. We’ve had Christmas at our place for the last 16 years (I do share the cooking with my mum) so sometimes that makes me feel a little ‘here we go again’! It will be lovely for you to catch up with all your family again x

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Your post had me racing ahead to find out what had happened, clever you. I must admit to a tiny bit of dread at this time of year, mainly to do with shopping, crowds, car parks and logistics of planning to catch up with everyone. After that though I get really excited and just enjoy the festivities. Sounds like you had a great day, it’s nice to read about your week. Emily x

    Like

    1. Lists rule at this time of year! We have it at our place every year so that just adds to the organisation level! And I find it harder trying to pin the kids down to pressed ideas now that they are older. Do you find that too?

      Like

  3. I must admit I’m with you on the dreading this time of year. I have a bit of ‘groundhog day’ going on in my head. Last week was a bit ho hum for me as well. I’m hoping things improve this week. Our whole driveway is lined with oleander trees and they are all blooming at the moment. That makes me happy. I love the shadow image you’ve captured. x

    Like

  4. Jodi’s work is stunning – thanks for sharing. I love your ‘noticing’ of the oleander reflections and the lines of the rail tracks. I often have those thoughts – where do they lead/where are people going. Love these little snippets and insights xx

    Like

    1. It is, isn’t it, Rebecca? It has such texture to it. Quite stunning. Feel so lucky to have met her last week. It’s always interesting to think about people’s stories, isn’t it? Thanks for your comments x

      Like

  5. I love the shadows, definitely a sign of an observant person when you can spot lovely things which might be gone in a moment or two. Christmas is always just a family thing for us as everyone else is in the UK, so it is not too frantic. I operate on lists though!
    The railway track looks just like the path to our local Metro train.

    Like

    1. It’s lovely when you just spy something magical, in nature, isn’t it? We have a small family too (hubby’s extended family is all in the UK and our siblings are unpartnered) so the day itself is fairly quiet – everyone at our place! But the lead up is quite busy. How surprising to think that our train line looks one in Missouri! I would never have thought that x

      Like

  6. I’m now following Jodi on Instagram because holy cow that artwork is beautiful! Thanks for talking about her and her work.

    I tend to find the end of the year is quite anti-climatic. I think I’m too distracted by thesis work and teaching to really notice Christmas and New Years, which is a bit sad :/ I try to make a list for everything (just today, I made four relating to Christmas!) so I’m as prepared as I can be and I find that helps make sure I don’t get too nutty.

    I like your shot of the train line. I think the same things! I always wonder where people are coming from or going to. People-watching when you’re actually on the train itself is also excellent fun.

    Like

    1. People watching anywhere! Jodi’s work is stunning, isn’t it? I feel I could just pull the bark off those trees. She’s a clever one! Yes, I think the academic year does suck the joy away from Chrissie a bit. I have been out today with my list so feeling quite chuffed with myself!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s