sometimes times stands still

In some places I'm quite sure that time is just a little bit elastic, you know?

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Gostwyck, up near Armidale, where we spent Easter with Ad's folks. 

Do you have a place like that? 

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I only wish I could say the same for the smallies.

I know it's a cliche,

and indulgent,

but far out, I feel like time sometimes evaporates and all of a sudden she's four,



he's nearly seven,


and she's ten months old.


(That was the sound of my heart stopping.)

I love them like this. I adore them right now. I'm excited about all the newness and the growing up business but I just want to freeze frame this moment, those freckles, that grin, those pudgy cheeks.

OK. I can move on now.

You? Got a place or a moment or a person you want to freeze?


6 Comments on “sometimes times stands still

Jodie Petrov
May 4, 2011 at 7:19 am

Every year I used to play at the Carols and Lessons Christmas service at Gostwyck, which was then followed by a supper up at the homestead hosted by old Mr Wright (sadly no longer with us)…. In the beautiful old house surrounded by generations of collections, old fashioned china and cakes, after the beauty of the service – indescribably lovely. I remember one year he took my friend and I carefully through his collection of glass paperweights (you know, those blobby ones with coloured glass things inside), fondly recounting where they had all come from. It really was like time had stopped.

May 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

This is wonderful! I have similarly-aged littles and I too wish I could make time stand still…at those moments we are laughing at something silly and I can’t believe my luck in being their Mama. Or when they say or do something amazing and I recognize how they are growing and learning…it is those moments I want to capture forever.

That spot is beautiful — it sure looks special!

May 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Oh, kerbang happens all the time here too. I get that feeling every day. I try not to see it as the anxiety of not wanting things to change, but as the appreciation of all of these little moments. I’m thankful that I’m witnessing it all, even though it is going too quickly.

May 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Now THAT is a stunning place that I could indeed stop and stand in for hours at a time, lost in time and space! When we want to escape we head out to the vineyards outside of Nantes where it is beautiful, green (in season) and perfectly quiet. A place where we can think, discuss, analyze and put our life into perspective! I miss my kids at that young age 🙂

Alex Nolan
May 5, 2011 at 7:39 am

What beautiful photos 🙂

Would have liked to see some of my brother – being the doting Cousin! Was he with you at this point?!


May 7, 2011 at 12:10 am

He hadn’t arrived yet. Stay tuned for Will and his famous Beer But Chicken though! xx


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