Friday, 21 June 2013

Being The Mother Of A Son...

Raising a son was a completely foreign concept to me. I don't have a brother & I whilst I had always planned on being a mother I had imagined myself raising daughters, so finding myself the mother of a son has been rather unexpected. Just changing those first nappies in the hospital seamed rather odd & I felt like someone was having the last laugh watching me trundle off to sporting activity after sporting activity.


Sometimes in the day to day minutiae of child rearing it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Getting the kids washed, fed & on the school bus appropriately attired takes precedence over some grand plan for raising  exemplary human beings. But at the end of the day, with every choice we make, every word we utter & every action we take we are moulding out children into adults & our sons into men. Whilst we cannot control the world at large, we can control our reaction to it & how we help our boys navigate it.

I do believe that it takes a village to raise a child. My son is lucky to have lots of wonderful male & female role models in his life, who show him though their actions what is is to be a good person.
There are so many things that I want my son to be.
To show respect, yet to question things. To be brave, yet embrace his emotions. To laugh, yet not be cruel or thoughtless. To be ambitious, yet not selfish or arrogant. I think most of all to be caring & loving. It's not dissimilar to what I want my daughter to be but 

It's nice along the way to have reassurances that you might just be doing something right, especially from someone who sees your child when you are not around. Such reassurance recently came from a teacher at school, she was recounting how well Ryder has settled into his new school environment & saying that he is well liked because he is kind & inclusive. She also mentioned how sweet he is with his little sister, making sure she is ok looking after her. Admits the sibling fights at home, it's not something we get to see so I was happy to hear that in the wider world my son was being the kind of person I had hoped he would be. 

Which is lucky, because I'm pretty sure that I don't know enough about sport to raise a son on my own.

I worry about the pack mentality of boys & helping him navigate situations that I have never experienced. I have experienced far more sport in the last 8 years than I have d

It's funny knowing that given the choice all those years ago, I wouldn't be raising a son today & when I think of what I would have missed out on. There is something very special about the relationship between a mother and a son, there is a simplicity to it.


Many thanks to Lexi for being our hostess with the mostess & if you would like to read some other thoughts on being the mother of a son, then start clicking...

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Sunday, 5 May 2013



Willow: In the midst of a birthday party, complete with Chocolate covered face


Ryder: He still loves Star Wars & Lego

Inspired by Jodi, a portrait of my children, every week in 2013.

Sunday, 28 April 2013



Willow: Getting lost in the Magic


Ryder: Impossible to get him to stay still for a photo

Inspired by Jodi, a portrait of my children, every week in 2013.

Sunday, 21 April 2013



Ryder: An post-game snake, unfazed by his first Football loss.


Willow: Snuggled with Grandma & completely disinterested in the action on the field.

Inspired by Jodi, a portrait of my children, every week in 2013.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

My Creative Space...

It's a very dull day today, so I decided that some very bright spray paint was in order.

creativespaceI can't even remember how many years ago I bought the W, but I found it in the shed recently & today it was an excuse to avoid mopping the floors.

More creative spaces here.

Sunday, 14 April 2013



Willow: Completely & utterly mesmerised by the Wedding ceremony.


Ryder: He desperately wants to get his hair cut, but I love his shaggy mop.

Inspired by Jodi, a portrait of my children, every week in 2013.

Friday, 12 April 2013

I Heart Cables...

I heart cables

As the weather is changing I'm starting to think about Winter & knitting through my wool stash. The I Heart Cables pattern knitted up super fast in Bendigo Luxury 10 ply & is so snuggly.


I knitted the child's size, but it fits me comfortably, although I don't look this cute in it. The earflaps need blocking to get them to sit flat, but now that it's being worn I don't think that will be happening.

I heart cables

As an aside, it's getting harder & harder to get the kids to willingly pose for photos. After much negotiation Willow allowed me to take 10 shots (which she counted) before our little photo shoot was over- the pressure! All the details are on Ravelry.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Local Loves : Ethic

One of the great things about moving is getting the chance to explore & discovering lots of wonderful local haunts. This is the first of a series of posts that I will be doing on some fantastic spots I have discovered in the Macedon Ranges. I hope you will enjoy a little look at some lovely regional businesses & if you are visiting you will take the opportunity to visit them.

Ethic - Woodend

I'm always looking for ways to cut out household waste, but try as I might the recycling bin is always full, so as you can imagine I was pretty excited to discover Ethic.

Ethic - Woodend

Ethic sells an extensive range of bulk organic whole foods & cleaning products. You can either bring alone your own containers or use the recycled containers they have available for customers.

Ethic - Woodend

The system is pretty simple; weigh your container, use the provided labels & fill it up with your product of choice. There is everything you could need to clean your house, a large selection of natural skin & hair care products, spices, teas, grains, flours & sweet treats. They also have a selection of locally handmade gifts which are a lovely extension of the store's ethos.

Ethic - Woodend

Staff are friendly & helpful & Ethic's owner Jenny is the epitome of a passionate business owner. They also have a large cafe & play area which is pretty handy if have have kidlets en tow while you shop.

Ethic - Woodend

It's a pretty great feeling to come home from the shops waste-free, to choose organic & buy the exact amount that you need.

Ethic - Woodend

If you live locally or are visiting Woodend, Ethic is well worth a visit.

mon-fri: 9am-5pm
sat: 11am-3pm
63 urquhart street, woodend
03 5427 1998

Monday, 25 March 2013


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Sunday, 24 March 2013



Ryder: Boys & sticks. I love looking out the window & seeing him sitting there, totally engrossed in his activity.


Willow: Dressed in her hat, boots & mama made top covered in dirt.

Inspired by Jodi, a portrait of my children, every week in 2013.