Her light & His love.

Meeting John & his beautiful wife was like accidentally walking into the middle of a love story.

John is 81 & like me we share a love of photography.

 We also share a dislike for having our photo taken.

 John is a Portrait Volunteer for the 82 Life Project.

He telephoned me one afternoon after learning of the project.

He asked me what my motivation was & I spoke honestly about what had inspired

me to start this adventure

John is a listener, not to reply – just to listen.

When we meet I learnt that

for over a hundred years his family have had a photography business.

His love of photography very present, he walks &  photographs while his beautiful

wife spends time teaching mahjong at the library.

If you look through the window into the home of love you would see that it is warm, nurturing & gentle.

Wholesome & giving, kind & open, honest & unguarded.

You would only be looking though.

John and his wife opened the door on their love just by allowing me

to sit with them & talk.

She will forever be his light

&

He will forever be her love.

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George at 90.

The 82 Life Project is my passion work.

Without a doubt I receive so much more than I could imagine by hearing the moments of incredible living from people who have made it.
They have lived, hard, strong, big brave years with passion.

George has so much to teach us all about life.

George at 90 is the essence of what the 82 Life Project is about – Spirit & Courage & Love & History.
This year for his 90th Birthday this year his daughter took him to Mt Baw Baw to go Dog Sledding in the snow of the high country.

When we spoke about it, I asked him if he loved it I think the sparkle in his eye gave way to his words – “I loved every moment”.

Those eyes of his shone so brightly and the magic of his soul filled the room.

What a determined, Strong soul George is and my heart is so incredibly grateful for meeting him.

As we talked over many things, George spoke of life in the Snowy Mountains and his life devoted to horses and  harness racing.

His majestic trophies from his Champion Harness racing days on display and also close by him.

His love of horses is clear when he speaks of their company being better than humans..

His dry sense of humour is quick and cheeky.

I felt so humbled to be in the presence of greatness, to be illuminated by the light of his spirit

George at 90 Thank you.

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This project is about connection and love – about the light that the elderly in our lives have to share

with us – take the time to be inspired by the love they have to share.

#82LifeProject.

Disconnected is my new 5 Star!

We had no phone, no internet, no connection to the world wide webs

unless we went into town to the internet cafe – which we choose not to do..

We set out to be disconnected for the constant of it all,

the habit if you like – the none stop ringing’s

the “hang on I am just on the phone”

or

“hang on I just have to send this”

to our kids.

We turned off and in the process

we switched onto the best three days I can remember.

We played handball with the kids in the Sheep paddock.

We walked alot and made up games along the way..

We sat outside with the dogs in the sunshine and talked

about all the ways we could do the dogs hair to make her look

really stylish!

We feed chickens and collected eggs.

We feed the horse and checked the goats.

We had the fire on all day and all night.

We cooked delicious food and drank red wine.

We went to bed at 9pm

We laughed, and skipped and jumped and talked and didn’t.

The silence, we all had our moments of just loving the silence

The giggles,

of the kids playing outside in the sunshine discovering something

slimy or squishy or crawling or flying..

We were so present and were there with them for 3 whole days.

You can’t imagine the absolute luxury we all felt.

The kids played outside from morning till afternoon.

There was no driving, only walking.

There was no waiting only being.

There were no tears only smiles.

There was late afternoon rain

and then rainbows..

There was so much joy.

More than I can explain to you here.

There are now questions – oh the questions.

Then there are the choices.

Disconnected is my new 5 star.

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I am not sure how this will all finish up really.

I am just so replenished with love that anything is possible.

Bec xx

The market

There is some amazing things to find when you look around your local community.

Hidden gems as we know them!

This local market was over flowing with good food,

cold people and a collective desire to live beyond

the supermarket!

The shoppers looked happy however more importantly,

the produce looked happy!

There really is something to be said for eating in season.

We are so blessed to live in a place with plentiful

nourishing food.

Enjoy.

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Head out and hit up the local markets,

you will find inspiration everywhere

to nourish you and those you love!

Bec

6 degree’s of separation – Maybe..

There was a fleeting moment where I thought the 6 degree’s of separation had crossed my path.

I think my heart was willing chance to arrive and greet me.

There was a slim possibility this beautiful lady had worked or at least meet my

husband’s grandmother.

Both women worked in Costume departments

one for the Sydney Theatre company

the other for

the Adelaide Theatre company

many, many moons ago.

It was not to be, however there was an overwhelm of

delight that she would agree to be part of the #82LifeProject

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Thank you Maureen for opening the door of your

home and showing me a glimpse of your life.

Bec xx

Country adventuring

On my quest to seek out those who are willing to be part of the 82 Life Project

I took a pre organised overnight adventure out to the country to meet a

thriving community of souls who all have their own stories.

It is one of those beautiful places that some people will never get to see.

Tucked away in a valley, far from a main road, hidden by enormous gum trees

 were warm generous and welcoming families.

 I could feel such a genuine sense of community amongst those that sat at the dinner table.

Both the hilarity and red wine warmed us as we sat together under the stars on

a stunningly clear and beautiful Autumn night.

There is so much adventuring to be had, so many people to meet

such a feast of life to be lived.

The 82 Life Project already has me more than grateful

for the people I have meet and the places I have been.

Thank you for the incredible country hospitality and the crisp

country air that re-envigorated my spirit.

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If you love the 82 Life Project and would like to have one of your family members

photographed I would be grateful to hear from you.

I can’t wait for my next adventure.

Bec x

 

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 Quietly in her beautiful tapestry chair by the window

Aunty watched as the goings on happened around her.

The races playing on Tv in her sight

while her watchful eye steadily surveys the room.

She is part of their sisterhood.

A family of beautiful woman showing

each other love and care

more so than many will ever see in their lifetime.

As I take her photo,

she has placed down her form guide

she has chosen her

 pony to back

and the bet is placed.

She is in fine form for 94.

Dorothy May,
Thank you for being
part of the 82 Life Project.
Bec xx

Evelyn the treasured.

Time has become irrelevant.

The space that surrounds her familiar, yet not.

As her grandson lent in to give her a kiss hello

her eyes glistened,

as she briefly came back from where she had been.

She recognised the feeling of love by her side

and there she was

brought to the present

with their indescribable connection.

At 93, Evelyn

is a woman who is respected,

she is loved

and it is love that

lights her way back to the now.

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#82LifeProject

Bec x

 

Fairies and magic

There is something beautiful about a maternity session.

Possibly the excitement about the little tiny fingers and toes

about to arrive.

Or it might just be the love glow that a woman carries

when she is in her third trimester.

This was a maternity shoot in the middle of a forest where

the fairies dance and magic lives.

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Maternity dreams.

Bec

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere

When you rinse repeat your life – wake, work, sleep

and then wake one day to realise it’s not the life you planned.

Not the adventure you thought you would have,

you realise you are

somewhere in the middle of nowhere and

that is where you have set up your life.

What happens next is only your choice.

In this case – my choice.

My choice then becomes the families choice

and before you can

remember what it was like to be

living somewhere in the middle of no where

you are adventuring at a rapid pace

out into the unknown.

The rush, the laughter, the freedom

all returns and suddenly

you fall into bed and realise

that life is not so scary and

that tomorrow is so exciting

you can barely allow yourself to drift into

the deep unconscious sleep you need

to have the energy to face the unknown of tomorrow.

Make the choice – live the adventure.

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere

when the sound of adventures calling seeks your heart

make your choice,

to live your way,

your dream…

#82LifeProject.

Somewhere

Bec x