Yesterday was my Mum’s 60th Birthday. 60. I remember being a little girl and seeing my own Grandparents turn 60 and then 70 and thinking that it was just so old. It’s so not old is it? My Mum was just a spring chicken when she had me {25} and I was even her third child! She raised 4 children into confident, smart, kind adults who are now doing the same to their own children. We had a little celebration at my sister’s place with a small group of her friends. We ate an amazing meal, we toasted a few glasses to her, we sat and chatted and laughed and all stopped to celebrate just what an amazing woman she is and what a special part she plays in all our lives.

It was such a lovely afternoon. My sister and brother in law did an amazing job…as only they know how to do.

I tried to take photos throughout the day but with it taking me approximately 10 times longer to take each shot working out my settings etc, I didn’t take as many as I would have liked. We left yesterday afternoon and even though we were in Sydney for just 24 hours it felt much longer. The girls were tired and cranky and I struggled to drive us all home with my eyes awake. Life seems so busy at the moment – with School and activities, things to do in the Village and the blog too – I much prefer being busy to bored but could do with some hanging out. Perhaps next weekend instead?

  • Cherie @ ‘a baby called Max’

    Happy birthday Sue!

    Your Mum sounds amazing :)

    & the photo with the blurred heart foreground & in focus background is my fave! :)


  • tim coulson

    Photos look rad – worth the extra time and loving you gave them. We will be up this week! I’ll let you know when.

  • Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock

    The photos are stunning. Good job!!! My fave: the 3 champers bottles with the 2nd in focus….LOVE!

    Looks like a brilliant celebration for your Mum. And yes, I hope you get to enjoy a quiet weekend next week?! We all need them every now & then.

  • Little Miss Moi

    Ohhh Happy birthday to your mum! My mum turned 60 3 years ago and I remember thinking the same as you – I can remember when my nana was 60 and boy did it feel old. I was my mother’s 4th child – she had my big sister at 21! Blimey!

    Your photos look fab!

    I’m not a great photographer but I do only shoot on manual when I use my DSLR and trust me, it will become like second nature. Just keep that camera on the bench and use it every spare second you’ve got. Also, sounds dumb?! – but reading the instruction manual, if you still have it, will teach you a lot about the manual settings as well.

  • Maryandlil

    a gorgeous day all round. Our mums turn 60 at the same time ….we are taking my mum away in a few weeks to celebrate how special she is. What would we do without them hey?!! Xxxx

  • [Good Mum Hunting]

    Happy Birthday Sue!

    Bev, these photos are SPECTACULAR! Well done lovely.

    This weekend is Mother’s Day, I sure hope you have some downtime scheduled for Sunday.


  • Kakka

    Happy Birthday to your wonderful Mum. xxx What a lovely way to spoil her, can I borrow your sister and brother in law for mine in a few years. Or come to think of it, can I borrow you – I love what you cook and your house, well I might just have to steal it from you – lol. Hugs from Perth xxx

  • Nic

    Lovely pics – you have a great eye and that’s something that can’t be taught. I recently bought a great book called ‘Understanding Exposure’ by Bryan Petersen. It was recommend by Carla Coulson – have you seen her books/photography? She’s an aussie living in Paris and shoots gorgeous images – funny that she has the same surname as Tim – wonder if they’re related? I got my copy on book depository for about $25 – found that even though I’d done courses I couldn’t get the whole f-stop/shutter speed business to stick in my head and become second nature – this book was really helpful. Looks like you had a great day at Tim’s workshop.

  • jody

    Happy birthday Sue and great photos Beth! xx

  • Deb

    pfffft, as if you dont have that “eye”. Your photos have always been spectacular, now you just know the lingo.

    Sounds like a lovely day.

  • Mama of 2 boys

    Oh Happy Birthday to your lovely Mama… and no, 60 is definitely not old. I think 60 is the new 50 quite frankly.
    Lovely pics too, you’ve got the flair lady, run with it! xo

  • Bug Adventures

    Beautiful photos! The first thing I thought was wow, she really is getting the manual thing! Taking a class in a few weeks myself and hope the results are as good :) Happy Birthday to your mom, love the post on riding in the car with Daisy too. Once my mom and I took a 3000 mile roadtrip without a working radio or heater, in a low-riding sports car on the potholed Alaskan highway – it was the best!! A memory I will hold in my heart forever.