9 years later.

So, I completely  missed the 9th birthday of helenthura.com (formerly “me, my camera and my life”) I thought it was like March 23, nope March 8.  As shown by this very apt testing 1, 2, 3 post.

To make up for it, here is a birthday cake. I made it especially for this brain dump of a blog I have.

And one more cake.  This one for my not so little brother who turns 27 tomorrow :) @helkos

It’s a Malteser cake and … actually it was for my little brother who had his birthday during the week. This blog, has actually existed his entire adult life, as one of my early posts was for his 18th birthday dinner.

As I went back in to the archives to find the birthday, I came across this post and thought it would be interesting to see what responses would differ between Helen now and Helen 9 years ago. 

1.  What time did you get up this morning?
2005 – 4:30am, well I did start work at 5am.
2014 – 6am 🙂

2. Diamonds or pearls?
Pearls, not a big fan of the Diamond (reasons why)
No change here.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
2005 – Million Dollar Baby, I was sobbing.
2014 – The Butler, and I sobbed in that.

4. What is your favourite TV show?
2005 – The OC, probably the only TV that I make an effort to watch each week.
2014 – Crownies is back in the form of Janet King so it would a toss up between Janet King, Newsroom, Nasville or Rake.

5. What did you have for breakfast?
2005 – Corn Flakes
2014 – Avocado plate from Little Pawpaw
#thissundaylife is halloumi and avocado for breakfast 😊<br /> #littlepawpaw

6. What is your middle name?
Yep, no change here at all.

7. What is your favourite cuisine?
2005 - Mexican, mmm
2014 – Malaysian for the roti canai which I could eat and eat and eat. I still go mmmm at Mexican though.

8. What foods do you dislike?
mmm anything that is really salty.
Nope, no change here.

9. What kind of car do you drive?
2005 – Subaru Forester 2004 2.5X and Toyota Tarago 1991 (both Silver)
2014 – Well since 2007, I’ve been driving my own car, a Kia Sportage.

10. Favourite sandwich?
2005 – Turkey/Ham with Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, Carrot on Wattleseed bread
2014 – mmm  as long as the bread is good, the sandwich is good.

11. What characteristic do you despise?
People who always try to move guilt on to you or anyone who lies/is rude.
yep, still the same.

12. Favourite item of clothing?
2005 – well I love my funky PJ shorts but my funky brown top is my fav for sure.
2014 – Kinda, wishing I knew what this funky brown top was.  Now, it would be this Maiocchi dress.

Exploring a Korean Navy mine layer that was in Auckland harbour today.
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
gosh, I want to go everywhere but for this let me say Morocco
Still the same answer.

14. What colour is your bathroom?
2005 – Yellow and fuchsia, soon to be white and fuchsia
2014 – yep, so Helen in 2005 read bedroom instead of bathroom. The bathroom is actually white and yellow and has been for quite some years. 

15. Favourite brand(s) of clothing?
2005 – Urbane/Just Jeans
2014 – Maiocchi and Veronika Maine 
16. Where would you retire to?
Somewhere where I have lots of space.
yep, still the same.

17. Favourite time of the day?
The afternoon, the sun is descending in the sky, the lorikeets are screeching.
The light in the afternoon is something special. 
18. What was your most memorable birthday?
2005 – My 19th was a good one, had heaps of fun but most memorable would be my sweet 16th – the day of 911, mentioning of my birth date always causes comments.
2014 – my 24th, I got “foiled” , I got River Fire and I got a Chris Isaaks concert as well.

19. Where were you born?
yep, that ain’t going to change.

20. Favourite sport to watch?
2005 – mmm I quite like to watch AFL or Union but hockey(field) is always going to have a spot in my heart.
 2014 – AFL of course. 🙂

21. Who do you least expect to send this back to you?
not really relevant is it :)
same answer.

mmm what happened to 22?

23. What fabric detergent do you use?
2005 – Drive
2014 - Bosisto’s

24. Pepsi or Coke?
neither, much prefer something like water or Club Lemon
yep, the same.

25. Are you a morning person or night owl?
mmm both? I like to stay up late but I also like to wake up early. mmm
yep, I still fight the urge to go to bed late, wake up early and still get a decent night of sleep.

26 . What is your shoe size?
2005 – 9.5/10
2014 - Still the same

27. Do you have any pets?
nope, I do have a little brother though ;)
Still the same, though the chickens are coming shortly.

28. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with your family and friends?
2005 – Matthew was 18 yesterday but we all know that of course.
2014 – Matthew was 26 a few days ago…

29. What did you want to be when you were little?
It changed every day, the common one was to be Prime Minister
Since I can’t be little again, the answer is the same. 

30. What are you meant to be doing today?
2005 – Uni readings and scrapbooking work for the magazine
2014 – CA readings, gardening and some sewing.

31. Favourite Flammable substance?
Yep, Metho is pretty darn special

32. What is your favourite CD right now?
2005 – REM – In Time
2014 - INSX – Kick

and there we are. Helen in 2005 and Helen in 2014.

The sweet smell of November rain

The house is filled with the sweet smell of November rain mingled with the perfume of the Mock Orange.

The street is filled with the soft patter of rain drops, the Four Tops from next door and the sound of whistles and yelling carrying up the hill from the netball.

The makings of Christmas presents cover the living room floor and the kitchen table.

There is  big container of dried fruit soaking in rum and spices in the pantry.

There is only a few days left till the calendar reads December.


Bubbles and more bubbles means Uni is finished.

So I’m getting not so subtle hints from various people that since Uni is now finished I need to update my little place on the internet more often.


Uni is finished.

I’m currently not so patiently waiting for my results. As I’ve mentioned previously, the two subjects I did this past semester were hard.  QUT also ever so kindly scheduled my final exam for 5:30 on a Friday night. It also earns the title of hardest exam I’ve ever done, both in my undergrad and postgrad lives. It was the exam where we all walked out at the very end of the time and looked at each other and just went “mmm, well that was fun”. Still it was the last exam and we celebrated like the good postgrad students we are with cheap bubbly and plastic cups.


We then celebrated again with a long lunch and more expensive bubbly  the following week after T had her last exam.  It was a lovely lunch, there was eight of us who started together two years ago and now we were all finished.  We’ve all gone or are going into very different aspects of the accounting/finance world but we’ve all toiled together over the past semesters.


Since then I’ve enjoyed doing a lot of sweet nothing. It’s been fantastic to no longer be reading text books on the bus to and from work or falling asleep on the aforementioned books. Coming home from work and just kicking back on the patio with a drink and watching the world go by. In saying all that I’ve also done a whole lot of everything else as well. There’s been road trips, cleaning, early family Christmas, shopping, gardening and hanging out with those dear friends who let me go radio silent during the semester. Now the count down is on to graduation and Christmas.


watched Happythankyoumoreplease the other week whilst on sick leave and whilst parts were weird, parts were sad and parts were darn funny. There was this one scene that just about summed up a part of me oh so very well. More so than I think I’ve ever summed it up myself.

Annie: So, what got you into photography?

Sam #2: Oh, I wouldn’t call it photography.

Annie: What would you call it?

Sam #2: I love taking pictures, I guess.

Annie: Okay. Well, why do you take pictures?

Sam #2: Umm.. I don’t know. When I see something I like looking at, I get to keeping looking at it.

That last line, right there. Yep. “When I see something I like looking at, I get to keep looking at it”. That’s why I take pictures. I like how something looks, or the way the light falls on an item. I take a picture and then I get to keep looking at it.

These are three such pictures.

Daffodils, driedBreadcrumbsWattle


Excuse me while I kiss the sky

Excuse me while I kiss the sky

That’s right, Excuse me while I kiss the sky, I certainly don’t say it like Jimi said it oh it sounds good. Oh the sky has been glorious the last few days. That lovely blue, mostly clear with just whispers of clouds around and so crisp. Love it.

There’s been quite a few going-ons in my life recently hence the radio silence.
1) I moved back in with my mother a few days ago. I loved the location in Spring Hill but I had a few issues with one of my flat mates over what joint tenancy means … I gave a few options over Easter and my last option was that I would move out when she found a replacement.

2) Grandad is still in the hospital, he is now in the rehab unit but it doesn’t look like he will be going home to his home at the end of his stay. Mum is in the process of looking at aged care options. It’s sad. It’s also quite consuming visiting him.

3) Uni, ahh Uni. I handed in my Cost Accounting assignment on Monday night – so glad to have that finished.

4) Work, we’ve had our staffing levels reduced significantly the last few weeks with one girl resigning, one girl on leave and another two going on leave for a week each as well … It’s been non-stop at work.

Tomorrow though I’m going down the coast to pick up a very special purchase. You’ll have to wait and see what it is but I’m nearly over the moon in excitement at picking it up.

the next few days

The next six days are going to be slightly manic.

Tomorrow – I have work (of course), I get my tooth implant, I’ve got postgrad orientation stuff to do at uni and then I have The Whitlams with the QSO tomorrow night.

Friday – Work and then straight to the airport to catch a flight to Hobart.

Saturday – Wedding of my cousin on the beach at Coles Bay/Freycinet

Sunday – Post wedding activities and flying home Sunday night.

Monday – Work and first uni lecture

Tuesday – Fly to Japan for 2 weeks. (Yeah, I’ll be missing four classes – two for each subject, whilst I’m away)

I’m so crazy looking forward to going to Japan. G (one of my best girl friends) and I are going to have a blast (literally as they having a bit of a cold snap at the moment and it is forecast to snow for the days we are up in the alps!!!).

It’s going to be crazy. I bought a new lens the other week, the 28mm 1.8 which will be one of the two lenses I’m taking to Japan, the other will be the 50mm 1.4. I was thinking of taking my 16-35mm 2.8 but it is a heavy piece of glass. I took a few photos with the 28mm the other day and I’m impressed

Multi use Figgjo
Yep, some more of my Figgjo Flint Lotte. Here you see a creamer which doubles as a bobby pin and nail utensil holder, a sugar pot that holds bracelets and hair clips and my soufflé dish which holds jewellery.

Playing with the 28mm 1.8

Playing with the 28mm 1.8

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