What Are Your 5 Favourite Things?

What are your favourite things?  Do you have a cause, project or something that you are truly passionate about that truly makes you happy?  Is it baking cookies or cakes by yourself or with your children?  Do you love to sit and watch a thunderstorm rolling in?  Do you lay on the ground in the long grass looking up to the sky with your kids and seeing what animals or shapes that clouds form?

Whatever it is, I'd love to know!  And if you can, take photos of any of your favourite things and post it to our facebook wall and leave a little blurb about them and what they mean to you.  It doesn't have to be a professional photo...take it with your phone, a point-and-shoot or whatever you have.   Here are some great tips for you... 7 Hacks to Photograph Your Day Without Losing Your Mind.

Even better, how about emailing me some of your own photos at info@truth-seeker-images.com  and attach a little blurb about your five (5) favourite things and what they mean to you?!  And then each week I'll post one person's story about their five (5) favourite things and include their photos for others to enjoy!  So please join in and share your favourite things!

So I'll get you started, and you can follow my lead...


Oh my goodness!  Where do I start?  I'll keep it simple.

1.  Sitting, Reflecting and Contemplating Life

I don't know if you've worked it out, but I'm a bit of dreamer.  I am a bit of a polyanna, though this is not outwardly apparent.  I love to dream about the beautiful things in the world and about how to make this world a peaceful and more loving one.  And I believe it starts with us, and in our homes and families. I usually do a lot of  my reflecting  from my favourite private little area of the garden overlooking the forest and creek behind our house.

This is where I sit and drink coffee, read a book or just listen to birds, watch butterflies and contemplate the world.  I always have a vase of flowers or plants cut from the flowering shrubs or trees sitting on my little table.  It's important that I surround myself with little things that are beautiful and give me pleasure.

This is the forest I look out to behind our house


2.  Gardening

Due to uni studies, I haven't been able to do any gardening for nearly two years.  I have missed it so much and am so happy that I've been able to return to it.  It gives me such pleasure to watch things grow and become beautiful.  It's something where you can give of yourself and will always be rewarded with beauty.  And plants aren't unkind.  They don't talk back or give you grief or cause sadness.  I love feeling the ground beneath my bare feet and having my hands in the bare earth.  Gardens...plants...flowers,  only give pleasure and I think are wonderful for soothing a weary soul.  When I am disillusioned at times I draw sustenance from it and it restores my wonderment about life.

One of my projects is to resurrect one garden bed at a time.  In this our first bed, Miss Phil and I have our own petunias that we have planted and are watching them grow and the flowers bloom. We've also planted some garlic chives around the edges and a couple of Rosemary plants.  We're starting another garden bed soon.

Miss Phil's exquisitely colour petunia.  Mine have double flowers.


3.  Bedtime with Miss Phil

I've been guilty over the years of pushing my daughter away at bedtime when I've been 'too busy'.  But not anymore.   I'm realising that soon my little girl won't be so little any more and she will no longer want me to read her stories, sing her lullabies,  cuddle up with her in bed, have nuzzles (a bit like an eskimo kiss where we touch and sweep our noses), sleep in my bed when daddy is away or listen to her talk about her day or her problems or worries.  And when she's fallen asleep I just love to watch her so peaceful and listen to her breathing gently.

So now I'm getting in as much I can.  I'm still singing lullabies (she's 8 years old and 9 yrs old in April next year), reading her bedtime stories and giving her nuzzles.  And we have this cute little thing that we say which we picked up from one of her favourite story books, 'Koalu Lou' by Australian children's author, Mem Fox. Whoever starts says, "I love you".  Then the other will say "I love you more". And the last thing said to each other is "I love you most!".

Miss Phil who has fallen asleep on the couch, and her little mate, Duffus Dawg, who will lay with her until she goes to sleep.


4.  Baking 

I think many of us who are mums would have to agree that baking is something that gives us great satisfaction, knowing how much our efforts will be appreciated.  I just love it when kids gobble up what you go to the trouble of cooking, because let's face it...they don't always like what you cook!  But baking...ahhh...that's a different beast - cookies, muffins, cakes are such sweet delights!

A regular and favourite with everyone...Banana Bread


5.  Photographing What I Love!

Well what do you expect?  I am after all a photographer and I've developed a real passion for it that grows daily.  I have the pleasure of seeing life from a different perspective, witnessing others' points of view and then sharing it with a little of my own creative finesse added.  There are no limitations when it comes to how creative you can be and the skills you learn.  And mostly, it's the stories that truly inspire me.  Whether they be stories of the landscape or elements and details of things of significance.  And of course, it's people's stories, especially...your stories that absolutely keep me amazed and spellbound!

Mum putting on Annie's shoes before heading outside to play.  Mum's stories are dear to my heart, knowing how tirelessly they give.

I never understood why photographers went on about light until I became one.   Now it seems I spend my days chasing the most beautiful light wherever I venture.

Before I focused on portraits, I spent most of my time photographing landscapes.  This is a recent photo from an engagement shoot and is one of my favourites.  I love environmental portraits, where people are not the only focus, but become part of their surroundings.  Our surroundings and our favourite places also help to tell our story.


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