Max is one year old. What a year! We became parents, moved halfway across the world, travelled around NZ, found a new house in a new city and got engaged. Toby got a new job, and had two exhibitions and wrote a book. I juggled a new baby and a blog, made a bookedited a magazine and found my feet as a mother. So many highs, a few lows and not quite enough sleep. 

This is Max on his present from his Oma. Happy birthday little froggy boy!

Photo notes

These three things:
1 - The car park on Greys Ave where our car got broken into (but nothing was taken.)
2 - I had a day-date with Toby to see Moonrise Kingdom. Felt like we were wagging school being at the movies in the day. It was the first time I've been to the movies in well over a year and it was such a beautiful film.
3 - Dawn from Max's window. He just went through a series of 5am wake-ups. People who tell you their baby sleeps through the night are generally lying. I know. I do it too.

The Cardigan

This cardigan is Max's most favourite thing in all the world. It also happens to be cashmere. Little boy has expensive taste.

Wedding mood boards

Weddings. I'm not a huge fan of wedding blogs. But yes, I am going to be married and so yes, I am planning a wedding. But really, do you want to hear about all about every little detail? Doesn't that kind of spoil the fun? I guess I will post a few things about it now and then. But there will be no Pinterest moodboards. Sorry.

This shot was taken on a location scout for a venue. SOLD.

In the flesh

The latest issue of Extra Curricular (that I edited) is out now! You can get one here and here and lots of other places too. And I'm giving a copy or two away- just leave a comment, and I'll pick a name out of the hat and send you your very own copy for FREE. What could be easier?

Tea on the balcony

Tea in the sun on Ellie's porch. There's something so Auckland about that top photo. This city is definitely growing on me.

Beach babe

A chaotic, rainy weekend ended with some last minute sunshine at the beach. It's staying lighter for longer now, summer is coming. That feels pretty amazing. Max has never experienced summer and he's nearly a year old.

Chewy chocolate yumness

Brownies are not health food. Oh no, not by any standards. But these are moderately better, honest,  brownies, at least compared to some out there. And they are delicious. This recipe is (barely) adapted from Smitten Kitchen.


85 grams bittersweet chocolate ( I used Whittaker's 72% Dark Ghana chocolate)

115 g butter

175 g sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup flour

Preheat oven to 170°C.

Melt chocolate and butter together in a large bowl over a simmering pot of water (or in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between each) until it is 90% melted; remove from heat and stir the mixture until it is smooth. Whisk in sugar and then eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Add flour and salt together, stirring until just combined. Spread into a buttered baking pan about 20cm square, and bake for 25 minutes.

Cool in pan and cut when cold. Resist temptation and don't eat them straight away when they're still hot. They are so much better cold, even more so the next day, right out of the fridge.

Sick bubba

Max when he was sick and miserable last week. He's all better now though.

Stolen Flower #12

522 Richmond Rd

These glasses

Toby has been working like crazy to get his exhibition finished and posted off. His first solo show, and it's in New York! I'm so proud of him. I took a few shots of the pieces before he packaged it all up. It's going to be such a fun show.

11 months

11 month olds like eating rocks, pulling washing off the line, banging laptops, eating jelly and sucking on their mother's most expensive cardigan. They are scared of vacuum cleaners, hedge trimmers and hand mixers. They are more fun when they are well, as when they are sick, it all gets very snotty.

The first one

When unpacking yet another box that had been in Dad's garage for the past thirteen or so years, I found the first film I ever shot on a SLR and developed myself. These were the first two prints I made from it, in the rusty old darkrooms of Hillcrest High. Probably while  listening to Pearl Jam.

Never fail cookies

This week has been a bit tough, as Max has been pretty sick. On top of that, Toby and I have both had a lot of work on and so we're feeling rather drained. One afternoon we needed something to cheer us up, so I found this old recipe that Ellie scribbled down on a postcard for me once upon a time. Ellie May's never fail cookies did not fail us. They cheered us up big time.