Thursday, 28 April 2016


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2016

Jimmy: Blow dandelions!

Ok, so he's running through a field of them, but the joy is the same because the seeds fly away and it's wonderful. So is Michael's camera work.


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2016

Jimmy: Ice cream on a stick...

There was a bus ride with Daddy to Cico Park, and a visit to MATC and they found vending machines... including one with ice creams (!!). Needless to say, it was a hit and Michael took some sweet photos of our boy.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2016

Jimmy: Going through tunnels...

Seriously, this is one of Jimmy's favourite things to do with Michael. It's a thing Michael did as a child and he may yet write a blog post on it, but for now there are these photos, taken by Michael of course.

I love these photos. The joy. The energy. The long limbs and changing face. My baby boy is changing into a boy and I'm getting glimpses of a school aged boy. (Not yet, not yet! There's still a few years!)


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2016

Jimmy: Disk-covery-woo center...

Daddy took Jimmy to the Discovery Center on a Saturday when I wasn't feeling well, so yes, Michael took this photo. Jimmy will spend an hour or so playing with the train set there because he's obsessed with trains, but after a while he gets bored and wants to play in the tunnel and go down the slide. And in the tunnel there is this porthole which looks out over the ground floor - it's a great spot.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

It's not jacaranda season, but...

It feels a bit like it, but in a good way.

Now, for anyone who lives outside of the Brisbane university/higher education circuit, "jacaranda season" refers to the manicness and stress associated with end of semester assessments and the last few months of the calendar year, and summer holidays. Jacarandas just so happen to be flowering.

It was a term I first heard from a friend who was not studying but working at a Brisbane university. Over the years working there, he had noticed the two events kept coinciding. In a way, he was right, but after living in Brisbane as a non-student for a few years any sense of doom and university-related panic that (probably should have) picked up at the first sight of jacaranda blooms had faded away. It was the change in the air, the warmer days and still cool nights...

And the other day I was reminded of the way the air feels when the weather changes and jacarandas are in bloom. I had a work deadline coming up, but the air was just too nice to focus.

And the dandelions are out.

And we've recently had spring break.

So, perhaps Kansas State University has "dandelion season" instead.

Photo taken by Michael.