Category Archives: randomness

Music makes the world go around…

I love, love, love music recommendations.
I have some friends that have excellent taste in music and somehow always seem to be recommending my next favourite album. I don’t get a chance to listen to the radio very often, so these recommendations are my lifeline to great new music – otherwise, I’d be stuck listening to John Farnham, Bette Midler, and really bad 90′s music.
I love live music and on occassion have gone to see an unknown band with friends, and left with an album & a new band to add to my list of faves.
I do like to attend the odd fesitval too, and sometimes have happened upon a fantastic band, and wondered how I lived my life to this point without knowing their amazing music. Those are goosebump moments and one reason why I love a festival – such a great way to listen to so many different bands in one short (& loud!) weekend.
So, in the spirit of ‘giving back’ I thought I’d share some of my favourite music just in case you take a listen and realise there was actually something missing from your life, but you just didn’t know it. (click on their name to go straight to their website)

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Super cool, relaxed vibe. Put this on when you’ve got friends over and you want some chilled background music that’s not ‘chillout’ music.

If I could turn back time and see one band live it would be these guys. So many of their songs sound like they could have been created today. Love them.

Great Australian band. Listen to their album ‘Cruel Guards’ from the beginning to the end. Love it! Their new album has just been released, and it’s growing on me.

I fell in love with their music after seeing them at a festival. I had never heard of them before, but their music drew me in straight away. Especially love their self titled album.

Another festival surprise! These Norwegian girls are all gorgeous and swapped instruments after almost every song at the show I saw at the Woodford Folk Festival last year. Amazing harmonies, and probably one of the highest-energy bands I’ve ever seen live. So, so fun! If you ever hear of them touring, you should definitely do your best to see them live!

So many great songs and awesome live both times I’ve seen them. Their song ‘Mary’ on their new album is fantastic to sing to turned up as loud as possible in your car!

This guy is a genius! If you haven’t heard his song ‘Somebody that I used to know’ then click here and listen to it. You’ll love it. The rest of his (old & new) stuff is awesome too!

Can you recommend any bands I should check out? I’m always looking for new music and would love to hear some new recommendations! Please leave a comment below as to who you think I should check out.
Thanks!
xx Shannon xx

These are a few of my favourite blogs!

So, I recently posted about RSS feeds, and I thought I’d share some of the blogs that I follow…Warning – some of these are excellent time-wasters!
(click on the name to go straight to the blog).

Photography-related:
[stunning images and really well written]

[excellent 'moment-in-time' images from photographers around the world]

[amazingly well branded, and she shares so much about what she does and how & why she does it]

[portraits, weddings, lifestyle - it's all beautiful work]

[great for learning about photography, lots of interesting articles]

Home:
[lots of great ideas for DIY & renovations]

[like the other offbeat sites (offbeat mama & offbeat bride) an interesting and sometimes strange range of offbeatedness!]

[I really like buying the magazine - has some good ideas to steal for our renovations]

Food:
(one of my favourite subjects!)

[Yum. Yum. Yum.]

[A good variety of different yummy recipes.]

[More yummy recipes]

Other:
[Fun & dreamy imagery from different contributors]

[Lots of different & interesting photo answers to the same question]

[A cool art concept - artworks randomly hidden around her city]

[Exactly what it says. Mostly funny, some just plain bad!]

[Just curious notes from random people]

Well, that should keep you busy for a while!
Please make sure you leave a comment if there is a blog you follow that I should add to my list!

xx Shannon xx

It’s been a while….

I’ve been completely off the radar for a little while….I didn’t mean to be, but what with shooting, editing, renovating, more editing, more shooting, spring cleaning, more renovating and general happenings that keep my life moving so quickly, I’ve had blogging on the back burner for a bit.
So, I’ll be back on track for the next little while, and sharing some of what I’ve been doing with you, as well as some completely unrelated posts to keep it interesting.
xx Shannon xx

(Just one little image to share with you right now – this was how I spent a rare weekend free recently – in Byron Bay celebrating my husband’s birthday. Bliss!)

Keep missing interesting blog posts? Then read on…

Now, I’m not super tech-savvy. I know my way around a PC (and can turn on a Mac, just). I know a few different programs and how to google things as well.
And, until quite recently, I didn’t know about RSS feeds.
Do you?
If so, you’re probably already using a feed reader and have subscribed to a bunch of blogs (hopefully this is one of them!)
If not, then let me briefly explain so that you can discover a super easy way of keeping up to date with blogs, news sites, facebook pages and probably a bunch of other things I’m yet to discover.

So, I use Google Reader to follow my blogs, but there are loads of programs you can download for free. Just google ‘rss readers’ (or click here for some suggestions).
Think of it as a kind of e-mail program. Once you ‘subscribe’ to a feed (ie, choose to follow a blog or new site etc), as soon as a new blog post appears on that site, or the site is updated, it is sent straight to your reader. It appears kind of like an e-mail, and you can scroll through to see what you want to read now, mark things to keep for later reading, share & e-mail.
Using a reader means you don’t need to keep checking back to a blog you are interested in to see if it has recently been updated, and you won’t miss out on any interesting or relevant posts if you forget to check those blogs on a regular basis. So, it’s a great time-saver and an easy way to keep informed.
If you start following lots of different blogs, you can create folders that hold similar themes – I have a few such as ‘photography’, ‘food’, ‘housey stuff’ & ‘fun’. You can choose to look at just what’s in those folders, or scroll through everything at once, depending on what you feel like reading.

To ‘subscribe’ to a blog is super simple. Some blogs have a little orange button (it looks like a radar) which you can click and it lets you subscribe to your reader (check out my blog and look for the little orange button!). Or, if there isn’t one (or if the button doesn’t work) then you can simply copy the link of the blog straight into the subscription section of your reader and then it’ll automatically come up in your feed. Easy peasy.

So, if you want to make your internet browsing time more efficient & you’re tired of trying to remember to check the blogs you like, you should definitely give this a go.
Soon, I’ll share some of my favourite blogs you can add to your feed!

xxShannonxx

Green eggs & ham!

Just had to share this photo of some eggs I was given by one of my awesome clients.
They have a dozen or so chickens, and one of them lays green eggs!
They call her the Easter Chicken.
Now I’m just working out what to cook with the dozen fresh-from-the-farm eggs I have in my fridge. Yum!
xx Shannon xx

Just for fun.

I took these photos a while ago, just for fun, of two dear friends.
I’ve been trying some different looks & feels of the images, and thought I’d share some of them with you.
Thanks Shane & Yatarla for being my models. :)
xx Shannon xx




Word free Wednesday…

Word free Wednesday…

Meet Pushka

She is our little cat. She can’t tell us about the first 6 months or so of her life, but she decided to allow us to feed & care for her when she turned up on our doorstep looking hungry about 6 years ago.

She enjoys dining on tuna & slow lizards.

Her sleeping arrangements commonly include the paper bin, my shoe rack, or any small space she can squeeze herself into.

One of her favourite pastimes is teasing Doug, the neighbours dog, by rolling around on the grass and meowing at him through the fence.

Her dislikes include other cats, car rides and the vet. She has some quirky habits including being obsessed with sitting on paper. Any paper. And licking humans. And sometimes she watches documentaries about animals with us.

Her favourite visitors are always those who are allergic to cats.

Every afternoon she sits on our driveway waiting for us to get home, and then meows loudly while rolling in the dirt so we can scratch her belly.

My husband Jeremy thinks she’d be perfect if she could just be a dog. :)

It’s a rainy day in Brisbane today…

I like rainy days…especially when I can curl up with a good book. Couldn’t do that today unfortunately, but I daydreamed about it.