Tuesday, January 1, 2013

And so we wandered

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Yesterday we ventured up the mountain. I knit as Dave drove and we spoke of our plans for the coming year. Paddocks with horses and cows lined the road until we started the climb and in their place there was thick rain forest. Past the main strip, at the end of a street full of houses, we made our way to the Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens. I love it there. So fresh, lush and green. It is a place that makes me feel at ease. The rose walk, the hill of hydrangeas, the Japanese garden. We walked the paths before sitting beneath old trees on the lawn. Emerson crawled and sat, tasting leaves and grass. Cohen made a friend and they explored and imagined together. Bush turkey's walked past, an eel swam in the pond, kookaburras laughed above us. It was simple and beautiful. 

I wish we had packed a picnic so we could have stayed for longer. That feeling of family, togetherness, quiet, comfort, I want to take that in to the new year with me. To always leave space for those moments where my children can just be themselves and I can soak them in without interruption.  

I saw in the New Year with a baby in my arms who'd been awoken by the sound of fireworks and dogs barking at midnight. I'd been laying in bed, unable to sleep for excitement at all this year has to bring. There is something about the clean slate of the New Year. Of intentions, resolutions, unfulfilled plans. Promise, expectation, possibility. I kissed both my children for the first time this year before slipping back in to bed.



Emerson's bonnet c/o Tuppenny Lane 

11 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and peaceful end to the old year, wishing you an abundance of both for a very happy New Year!

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  2. What a breathtaking place that is and such a lovely way to see out the end of a year.
    x

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  3. Lovely photos!

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2013!

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  4. Happy new year! Great photos and best wishes for 2013!

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  5. Those chubby little baby legs are the sweetest.
    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.
    x

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  6. Happy New Year! These photos are wonderful ~ I especially love the one of Emerson's sweet baby rolls.... Here's to a great 2013!

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  7. Oh she is so very beautiful Christina! happy 2013 to you. :)sarah

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  8. Beautiful family photos, taken at one of my fav places! Here's to the BEST 2013 for all of you...

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  9. Ah it is such a lovely place! I wish I had known you were up here, we could have had a cuppa. We will definitely have to catch up sooner rather than later. I need some quilting advice :)
    Happy New Year lovely, here's to the fulfilment of those plans...... oh the possibilities!
    Jen xox

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