Every week, the Photography Challenge sends me on a quest to find images that fit in with the week’s challenge – this week, that challenge is – Quest!. I’m staying at my daughter’s place in Canberra, cat and dog minding while they visit family back in Perth. If grand daughter Juniper was here, I’m sure I’d get some brand new pics of a quest to a playground, (with which Canberra is well supplied) but instead I’m sharing these from a few weeks ago. Juniper adores trains, she has a growing collection of engines from the Thomas stories, and she’s had rides on several miniature railways.
But this was her first real V-Line train ride, and it was exciting! I took this set of photos before we’d even left Ararat station on out quest to Melbourne. We had a ride on a suburban train later, but by then, the novelty had worn off, and she was much less impressed…
This photo is from April – she has even more trains now, and she knows and loves every one of them, but she’s always happy to go on an engine quest to a toy shop for more!
Luckily the “partners” Weekly Photography Challenge came up while I was visiting Canberra with Alex – staying at his sister’s and playing with his niece. They formed a productive partnership with Legos and trains.
Alex was born when Zoe was four (and a quarter), and as far as she was concerned, he was her baby, and I was just the surrogate and nanny. Now they are both adults, and Zoe has a child of her own, making Alex a proud Uncle. Juniper is not yet three, so I was very impressed with her imagination and dexterity using the Lego blocks. Unfortunately she was equally good at demolishing her partners creations! The house with eyes is a collaboration, though – Alex made the house, she added all the eyes.
We live a whole days travel away from them, so visits are infrequent, but as lengthy as we can wangle. On the last of our six days, a heavy-eyed Juniper snuggled on the couch with Uncle Alex watching Thomas videos, and was soon sound asleep…
I snapped Zoe taking photos of the pair on the couch, just before she scooped her up, and took her to bed. She was still sound asleep when we left next morning at sunrise…
The latest challenge is to show “Jubilant”, which looks like a good excuse to share more photos of my grand daughters…
Juniper, as I may have mentioned before, is extremely fond of Thomas the Tank Engine and his many friends. since Christmas, she has amassed quite a collection, but there is always room for more…
A new engine is always an occasion for jubilation (here she is after I bought Edward for her), as are the endless reviews of her collection.
Matilda, however, at around 5 months of age, has no particular interests (apart from warm milk and a dry bottom), but is hugely amused by odd noises made by her grown-ups, and for some reason no one can fathom, the blank white rectangle that is the camera side of my Tablet. I picked it up to take a photo of her, a little concerned that she’d be upset by me shoving this thing in front of her face, but she giggled, laughed and cackled so hard I thought she’d burst…
Babies are very mysterious creatures, but they do know how to be jubilant about not much at all!
I’m away from home, spending time with my little granddaughter and her mum and dad. I’m busy doing “nothing”, keeping company with a toddler obsessed with Thomas the Tank and his friends. Poetry has taken a seat at the back of the bus (Bertie, to his friends), and yet…thinking about neglecting my Muse somehow seeded a poem….I’m so sorry My Muse
I don’t mean to avoid you
I garner a few lines
And they vanish on the breeze
Like dandelion clocks
Scattering at a puff.
O My Muse
I am as vacant and empty
as a ploughed field
I am waiting for
I am waiting for
I am waiting for you
to send down roots
and uncoil shoots
And bring me poems.
I had some fun looking for photos that would go with the words (the toddler is napping at present). The void is not highly regarded in Western culture, and yet emptiness is necessary before something new can come in and grow. Maybe I should be thanking my Muse for the blankness of my poetic sheet, not apologising…what do you think?
The third photo is a detail of a lampshade I made from wire and eucalypt-dyed tulle and thin silk.
I feel like I should add a pic of Juni and her trains, just for the record. I’ve taken so many!