Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

We savoured Scottish summers – both because they were so short, but are also a magical time when you live so far north. The scenery is bursting with life – the grass lush and thick, the trees hanging with fruit and the flowers in bloom. The nights can stay light past 10pm, and occasionally we …

Beneath the canopy

It was hot. 36 Celsius and no breeze. The summer was coming to an end, and making one last attempt to zap anyone foolish enough to go outside with UV. But my five year-old son needed to let off steam and do something physical, so we headed up the mountain to Katoomba, and took his …

Magic in the mountains

The Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival is held each year around the winter solstice, and is a community event that brings artists, musicians, drummers, dancers and the wider community together. The sense of fun amongst people who were gathering for the parade was fantastic, with singers, drummers and a samba group all creating as much …

Apple Concentrate

The Apple store on George street is always interesting from a people-watching point-of-view. The glass walls and free wifi means there are always groups of people concentrating on their devices to photograph. It makes me think of the store as a combination of temple and social meeting place.

Autumn

Autumn has slowly pushed aside summer. The temperatures are dropping, along with the leaves. We took a trip up to the Blue Mountains National Gardens at Mount Tomah, which along with the native trees, hosts pockets of European and North American flora. There is something reassuringly familiar about seeing conkers on the ground, and I …

Swimming holes and exploration

Summer is here, and with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Centigrade (that’s 104 Fahrenheit for our American cousins) some days, we wanted to explore the Blue Mountains National Park. With shade from its trees and the prospect of taking our son paddling in the swimming holes, we headed out for Jellybean pool on a Saturday morning. …