Our warm days are nearly over here in Australia and the chill is moving into our neighbourhood, to which I don't really mind at all. I love Autumn and I the fresh air, I love the change and I feel quite at peace. I take many of my images in the early part of the day when the light is just perfect. I photographed these images of my friend Rhylle and her granddaughter at Mackerel Beach over the Summer holidays one early morning before most of my family were awake.
"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine" by G.P.Upton, to me is the wonderful love that that we get from our Grandmothers. Grandmothers just have a special way of teaching you all about life. When I think about my Grandmother (who I called Nana) I always remember the beautiful way she quietly & gently made her point clear to everyone and the way she stepped back when my Mother was telling me something with a look on her face saying, I'm your Grandmother, not your Mother...... I'm sure you all know that look.
I was lucky, I spent a lot of time with Nana sitting in her room with her, I spent hours looking in her cupboards and playing with her clothes and her lovely old things. I loved the way she displayed all her fineries, I'm sure these were my first styling lessons. I loved the way she packed her shoes in the original boxes, the way she filled her handbags with fine tissue paper to keep the shape perfect and the beautiful scents she used. Each shelf was beautifully displayed with boxes, jewels, gloves and little treasures. I can still see it now. Everything was polished and perfect and in its place and a visit to her room was my escape from my noisy brothers and sisters as both my grandparents lived downstairs in my parent's home. She showed me so many wonderful things and by just watching the way she did things, I grew.
Observing Rhylle and her granddaughter at the beach was very similar and I hope these images bring back some memories for you today of spending time with your Grandmother.
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My dear friend Minna's Mercke Schmidt from Blomsterverkstad blog, book is finally available and she is giving away some copies on her blog this week.