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Two Thousand Twelve

30 Dec

Can you believe it… 2013 is just a day away. It brings about reminiscing the year that was 2012, and what a great year it was. One of the best. For us, there were many personal milestones (travelling the world) and professional ones (taking the next steps in our careers back home) with lots of very special moments in between. We’re so very grateful for all that the Universe has given us this year and the promises that 2013 brings. Here are our highlights of 2012:

London Night Out

Canary Wharf Pub

{Hanging out with good mates before they jump on a plane back to Australia.}

Paris

{Spending our second wedding anniversary in Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate it.}

D&M Hens and Bucks

{Celebrating others’ milestones and friendships – there were plenty during 2012, including Derrin and Mariska’s wedding.}

Our London Home

{Our London home was so special to us during 2012 as we tried to soak up as much as we could of the city and our suburb during the last six months of the year.}

St Paul's London

London at night

Olympic medal!

{Being one of the first to run in the London Olympic Stadium.}

London Egg Hunt

{The Great London Egg Hunt and the interesting trips into streets and suburbs we hadn’t even stepped foot in.}

Amsterdam

{Our trip to Holland in the Spring. We will never forget the ‘amazingness’ that is the tulip fields of the country. Just stunning.}

Banstead Woods

{Our trip to Banstead Woods. The first time we heard of the bluebells that pop up in these woods, we couldn’t resist making the trip to take a look for ourselves. In the shade of the dense foliage, the bluebells make for a pretty sight.}

Ministry of Sound

{Experiencing a night at the famous nightclub Ministry of Sound.}

With Mum at Harrods

With Mum in Edinburgh

{My Mum making the oh-so-long plane trip to see us in London and experiencing Scotland with her.}

Matt playing at St Andrews

{Matt experiencing a game of golf where the game itself started… St Andrews Golf Course in Scotland.}

Melk

{Seeing one of the most beautiful monasteries in the whole world, Melk Abbey in Austria.}

Chelsea Flower Show

{Visiting the famous Chelsea Flower Show.}

London Summer Days

{Soaking up the very first Summer day rays in London for the year from one of the most beautiful spots in the city – Primrose Hill.}

David Guetta

{Seeing David Guetta at Alexandria Palace – an amazing DJ and an amazing venue.}

Diamond Jubilee

{Being in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.}

Wimbledon

{Going to Wimbledon.}

Saying goodbye to London

{Saying goodbye to friends we were leaving behind in true British style… by dressing up in the Best of British.}

Friends

Matt at Aston Martin

{More goodbyes as we say farewell to work and our amazing colleagues.}

Last day in London

Tower Bridge

{Spending our very last day in London by revisiting those sights we will miss the most. Such a sad day!}

{The amazing countries we travelled through on our trek back to Australia…}

Prague

{…Prague.}

Krakow

{…Krakow.}

Budapest

{…Budapest.}

Slovenia

{…Slovenia.}

Croatia

Dubrovnik

{…Croatia.}

Rome

Lucca

Bologna

Venice

{…Italy.}

Noni and Gez Wedding

{… including witnessing and celebrating the wedding of Noni and Gez in the Cinque Terre.}

Egypt

{… Egypt.}

Jordan

{… Jordan.}

Dubai

{… Dubai.}

Singapore

{… and Singapore.}

Flying over Toowoomba

{Flying over Toowoomba on our flight back home.}

Sunshine Coast

{Going back to visit the place we use to call home – the Sunshine Coast.}

Family Christmas

{Spending Christmas with our family again.}

HAPPY NEW YEAR from M&M x

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Netherlands in the Spring is the definition of colour

2 May

 

Type “tulips in Holland” into Google and what appears is photo after photo of bright and colourful bulbs sitting formidably in their rows in the Dutch countryside; a windmill in the background of a few. Seeing fields of tulips in images on the computer screen makes them seem made up, like you’re looking at a picture of a dinosaur – not able to fully imagine them to be real unless you were to see them with your very own eyes. We can’t vouch for the dinosaurs, but let us assure you that these tulip fields are actually there and the photos on Google are real; of course they are, somebody had to have taken them. But it’s hard to actually know they are real until you’re physically there, cycling past them, taking in the bright colours, row after row, field after field.

Upon glimpsing the first of the tulip fields, we were like Dorothy the moment she stepped out of her damaged house in Munchkinland, suddenly coming into a bright kaleidoscope of Technicolour. We were seeing the colourful fields of the Netherlands and they were beautiful. Amidst all the other ‘colourful’ things you can do in this very easy-going country, making a day of cycling around the infamous tulip fields was high on our list (pardon the pun). For our last Spring in Europe, we had to make a trip to Amsterdam to see the flowers for ourselves. And we didn’t regret it.

 

Five things… we love about spring in London

27 Mar

As London slowly warms, off come the outer-outer layers and up come the bulbs in parks and in gardens around the city. Spring is a lovely time to enjoy London, but it also means our time in the UK is coming to an end. We’re soaking up as many of the warm sunrays and experiences as we can around London town during this beautiful season.

{Daffodils can be seen popping up in parks and gardens around the entire city, all as if from nowhere. They really do bring a sunny disposition to the city streets}

{Dusk gets later and later as we delve deeper into spring. The clocks have turned forward and there is sunlight now as we walk out of work in the evenings. It’s so nice to walk home from the tube in the beautiful twilight}

{Outdoor activities become more and more frequent with the warmer weather, especially on Sunday afternoons when the need to drown out thoughts of work the following day become necessary. You can always count on a friendly backyard BBQ – no matter how small – to do the trick}

{It gets extremely exciting when the sun comes out – it means you’re able to shed those outer layers. Sure, you still need a cardy but at least you can feel a weight off your shoulders with that bulky winter jacket gone, just don’t put it out of sight yet as the weather is still unpredictable!}

{The end of March marks the beginning of having only three months left in the UK! Our room is scattered with travel guides as we read up on all the amazing countries we’re set to visit on our travels home. I’m not sure if I should be crying saddness or sprouting happy smiles at the thought of leaving! Maybe this blog will shed some light…}

The countdown begins

25 Mar

Ok, take a deep breath. Breath in slowly… breath out. Breath in slowly… breath out. Here goes… as the end of March approaches, Matt and I have come to the stark realisation that we have only three months left in London. Yes, we knew we were only going to be here for a limited time but where did that time actually go?? Last we checked it was Christmas and we were on a sleigh getting pulled along the snowy ground by mighty husky dogs in Sweden and saying ‘six months left’. It seemed like forever. Now, all of sudden we’re researching shipping companies to ship home our accumulated goods, looking into renewing our travel insurance for the last time and making plans for the trip home. We’ve even booked our flights back to Oz (shock horror!) and now there’s no turning back. Or is there?

Lately we’ve been thinking about how lucky we’ve been in our lives in the UK, or more specifically, London. London has given us throngs of possibilities, opened doors for our careers and thrown us into some of the most memorable experiences we’ll ever have, all without even asking for it. I don’t know how people feel back home, but I don’t think Toowoomba, or even Brisbane, is going to live up to the benchmark that London has set for us. Where in Brisbane will we be able to meet a Prince, shake hands with celebrities on more than one occasion, walk past the most beautiful century-old buildings on the way to work (hell, I even work in one!) and experience exclusive ‘London only’ opportunities like running in the brand new London Olympic Stadium (six days to go!) and to be official photographer at some of the most prestigious events for one of Britain’s ‘2012 CoolBrands’. For some reason I’ve walked across Waterloo Bridge quite a lot recently and every time I look to the skyline and see the magnificent dome of St. Paul’s cathedral, I sigh and feel sad about the thought of leaving a place that is so stunning and that has been so good to both of us.

But then I think of what awaits us back home. Without a doubt, the one key thing about going home is the chance to see all our family and friends again. We have four babies to meet – some yet to be born – and missed witnessing the marriage of friends. There’s no explaining how much we have missed these experiences and more importantly, the very important people in our lives to the point that we feel it has really come time to leave. We are also excited about the possibilities in terms of work – our CVs have been enriched by our experiences here and we cannot wait to settle down and make a home for ourselves again. For the chance to drive and to visit the beach and to experience sunshine for more than one consecutive day in the row will be absolutely lovely to make part of daily life again.

However, I cannot help but take notice of that nagging question still running through my mind… what if we stayed just a little longer? Now don’t go getting all ‘up in arms’, you don’t have to worry, of course we are coming home and I don’t think we would change our minds at this stage. I just think that it’s taken this long for us to actually feel part of the city and we’ve gotten to know it quite well. Sure we’ve merely scratched the surface of things to do here but it takes time to immerse yourself into a city and to set up a life. Only now do we feel that we’ve gotten to that point and it makes me wonder what our lives would become if we were here for a couple more years. Where could London take us given the chance? I guess my consolation lies in the fact that we could always come back, alas not on a working holiday visa, but perhaps if we get to the point where we could be ‘highly skilled immigrants’. The enticement of further possibilities in London will mean that we may never really rule that possibility out. At the moment however we are on that plane back to Australia and are very much looking forward to it. But in the meantime, we’re making the most of our last three months in London and we cannot wait to make it the best three months ever!

London at Night!

11 Mar
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Tower Bridge Lifting

Tower Bridge

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Hungerford Bridge, Waterloo

Hungerford Bridge, Waterloo

London Eye and Houses of Parliament

London Eye and Houses of Parliament

Embankment along the River Thames

Embankment along the River Thames

Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

Big Ben and Westminster Bridge

Big Ben and Westminster Bridge

London Eye and County Hall

London Eye and County Hall

St Pauls Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral

Our year through the lens

29 Jan

Two thousand and eleven – what a year it has been. Mel and I have been able to see and do some amazing things that we feel very grateful to have had the chance to do. However this was the year that I took my photography to another level. Instead of simply pointing and shooting and not giving the images an extra thought, I finally decided to bite the bullet and sign up and complete an online photography course. Last year was the year I was to start ‘creating’ my images and not just capturing them. I started an online course in January and after completing this course in December, I was able to learn many new skills on how to craft great pictures. Two of the images below were taken for my course assessment, but the other 10 were selected because I really like how they are composed and know what effort was involved in creating each shot. Each photo is a representation of something we did in each month of the year and I have added a variety of images to spice things up. Please enjoy the images and feel free to make comments as I am always learning and it helps to have extra eyes look over and critique them. Bring on 2012 with a new camera and lens, so everyone and everything better look out!

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January: Wild Deer in Richmond Park, London

 

February: Boario Terme, Italy

 

March: Carwash night club, London

 

April: Cappadocia hot air balloon ride, Turkey

 

May: North Greenwich University, London

June: Santorini, Greece

 

July: Portraiture, Mel with lavendar, London

 

August: Edinburgh Tattoo, Scotland

 

September: London Eye looking over Houses of Parliament, London

 

October: Hardknott Pass, Lake District, UK

 

November: Constitution Arch, Hyde Park Corner, London

December: Northern Lights, Inari, Finland

 
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