I'm a redheaded mama with four lovely daughters. We're based in southern Australia and travel in a small, colourful housebus — meeting inspiring people, learning lots and re-thinking everything. I feel passionately about spirituality, good design, alternative education, discussing death and conscious parenting.
We are so blessed to have the opportunity for our girls to meet David’s brother James and hang out with him. Based in London, James flies around the world for his photography shoots, and is not usually in Australia for long. However, with all Qantas planes grounded in an industrial-relations dispute, James is stuck in Sydney at the same time as we’re here!
We first met James in a local café and spent hours chatting.
James took this photo of Aisha sitting on David's lap in the café.
After spending most of the day in an inner-city café, we decided to head to the beach in the afternoon. James led us through Sydney’s back streets to Gordon’s Bay.
James has a little video camera that he places in a waterproof case, and he let the girls play with it in the rock pools at Gordon's Bay.
Brioni, especially, loves playing with James. He took her into the water, braving the cold to engage in her games.
Gordon's Bay is a rocky beach with boulders to climb and rock pools to peer into.
Delaney likes reaching into the shallow pools and pulling out handfuls of stones and shells.
Sometimes she even puts live snails into her mouth!
Brioni was pleased to find this tiny starfish in one of the rock pools. We watched it eat for a while.
A friend of James' joined us for a picnic of hot chips.
It's been wonderful for James to get to know the individual personalities of our daughters.
Sitting outside our truck — on the grass, in the shade — this is our living room.
Aisha is wearing James' HD camera as she plays with a walking stick.
By the end of the afternoon, James is Brioni's new best friend.
We had such a good time with James. We’ve changed a lot since we last saw him in January 2008, and were able to share our love and connect in a special way. It’s wonderful that our girls now have a memory of this extraordinary, inspirational individual, and we look forward to seeing him again in the future!