My Lay-Flat Mondays (8)

Week 8 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
 
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
 
I can’t believe I started this photography challenge already 8 weeks ago!! (feels like yesterday…)
 
So here it is!
Week 8: Mar 30 – Apr 05
 
 
– Palm tree branch: living tropical
 
– Orchids: same as last week, and still looking fresh (which I find amazing)
 
– Paper fishes: for the First of April (April’s Fool day). In France a tradition is to stick paper fished on other people back… my kids obviously love that tradition, but they made those fishes just for my Lay-Flat challenge. I love how much they like this weekly project and invested themselves in it.
 
– Ester eggs and paintbrushes: well, this one is pretty much self-explanatory. We started this week or traditional easter eggs painting.
 
– Picture: our family outing this week-end to the Tree Top Walk in MacRitchie Reservoir. Quite a serious walk in the Singapore’s heat (with 4 little kids in toe). Although lots of activities are slowly shutting down, parks are still an option (still need to think about social distancing though). And two good things out of this: 1- we got a lot of exercise, and 2-the kids were so exhausted they wont ask to go outside for a while :-).
 
– Playstation Controller: for some indoor fun.
 
– mask: sadly no need to introduce that one anymore, and yes I have been using the same exact mask for these pictures for the last 7 weeks (and to ride the bus when necessary), so no worries, no wasting here!
 
– Camera

 

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (7)

Week 7 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!

The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 7: Mar 23 – Mar 29

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

 

– Palm tree branch: living tropical

– Orchids: same as last week, and still looking great

– mask: sadly no need to introduce that one anymore, and yes I have been using the same exact mask for these pictures for the last 7 weeks (and to ride the bus when necessary), so no worries, no wasting here!

tablet: more and more e-learning for the kids, but also for me (loving Creative Live!)

– ArtZen colouring book: for some low-key indoor fun time with my girls

– book: “Colomb de la Lune”, René Barjavel (my favourite author, I even named my first girl like a character of one of his books)

– Oranges: for a yummy juicy boost of Vitamin C

– Camera

 

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (6)

Week 6 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!

The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 6: Mar 16 – Mar 22

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

 

– Palm tree branch: living tropical

– Orchids: love them, but somehow not able to grow one, so fresh from the store

– mask: sadly no need to introduce that one anymore 😦

kids pencil case: for a week of homeschooling!!

– Xbox controller: because it was not whole work, lots of playtime too 😉

– book: “Ni d’Eve ni d’Adam”, Amélie Nothomb, my third book from her in a month (big fan here!)

– Insta pictures of leaves: for a new series I’ve been working on this week, featuring lots of leaves

– Camera

 

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (5)

Week 5 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!

The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 5: Mar 09 – Mar 15

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

 

– Eucalyptus branch: still smelling strong!!

– mask / french passport / picture of Italy:  because how not to think about all the people affected by the corona virus all around the world but right now particularly in Italy, and how not to worry about my family in France (I usually feel bad to be 14h flight away from them – not even talking about the train to and from the airport – but now there is almost no planes available and there would be 14 days quarantine both ways, so I feel so so so far away, when I wish I could just take my car, and buy groceries for them and keep them safe …)

swimming goggles: mine this time – I practise my social distancing at the pool doing laps, and it also helps me keep some sanity

– nectarines: to fill up my kids with healthy food

– Anthurium flower from my balcony

– Camera

 

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (4)

Week 4 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!

The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 4: Mar 02 – Mar 08

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

 

– palm tree branch: what’s left of my tree 

– frangipani flowers (Plumeria): my favorite flowers since I moved to Singapore

jumping rope: it was still school break, and my girls jumped and jumped and jumped!!

Pictures of birds and cages: as I discovered the Bird Singing Club, in Ang Mo Kio this week-end and loved it (Kebun Baru Bird Singing Club)

– Camera

(and yes I realised while editing the picture that I forgot to add the surgical mask – even though the corona virus is still very much around and spreading to the whole World – but it’s been affecting Singapore for many weeks now and the same way I see less people wearing masks in public transportation, I just forgot about it for a little while)

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (3)

Week 3 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!

The purpose, describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 3: Feb 24 – Mar 01

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

 

– eucalyptus leaves: still here, still smelling good

– red poppies: “coquelicots” in french, I was so excited to find some at the store (reminds me of France :-))

– pink goggles: it’s school break, which means lots of time in the pool with the kids!

– Music sheet: Clair de Lune of Debussy – One of my favourite piece to play and that I was working on this week (I rented a piano a few months back hoping to be able to play one day like I did a (long) time ago… not sure it will happen but still enjoying it…).

– Passion fruit: my new foody obsession!!

– Camera

– surgical mask: for the corona virus, still around 😦

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (2)

Week 2 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!

The purpose, describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 2: Feb 17-23

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston 

– eucalyptus leaves: the smell is getting stronger as it dries
– lavender: I gave up trying to grow it in Singapore and bought a bouquet 🙂
– mask: for carnaval day at my kids’ school
– book: Amélie Nothomb “Nostalgie heureuse”
– Camera
– surgical mask: for the corona virus, still around

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (1)

Let’s be true to myself, disorganised or super busy (or any mix of the two) I just can’t keep up with posting “regularly” normal size (if such a thing exist) blog post.

And, as I started a new year this week (my birthday was two days ago): I’ve decided to start also a new very personal photography series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose, describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 1: Feb 10-16

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Week 1: Feb 10-16

– eucalyptus leaves: my new go to scent in the house
– red rose: for Valentine’s Day
– candles: for my birthday (a few more were needed!!)
– Click: my new favourite photography magazine
– Camera
– surgical mask: fro the corona virus

 

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Like a Valentine’s Rose…

 

“Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
Qui ce matin avoit desclose
Sa robe de pourpre au Soleil,
A point perdu ceste vesprée
Les plis de sa robe pourprée,
Et son teint au vostre pareil.
Las ! voyez comme en peu d’espace,
Mignonne, elle a dessus la place
Las ! las ses beautez laissé cheoir !
Ô vrayment marastre Nature,
Puis qu’une telle fleur ne dure
Que du matin jusques au soir !
Donc, si vous me croyez, mignonne,
Tandis que vostre âge fleuronne
En sa plus verte nouveauté,
Cueillez, cueillez vostre jeunesse :
Comme à ceste fleur la vieillesse
Fera ternir vostre beauté.”                                   
    – Pierre de Ronsard

Because there is no Valentine’s Day without Roses

Because I can’t think about Roses without remembering the first verses above.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

(yes ALL of you –  singled or happily married or anything and everything in between, don’t we all need flowers and chocolates at least one day in the year??).

Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day Ⓒ Catherine Houston

To Ends and Beginnings.

Well well well… here we are again, starting a New Year!

A time to reflect on the past year and dream upon the upcoming one.

To be honest I dreaded 2018. The arrival of my fourth baby was freaking me out, I could not start to imagine how I could possibly take care of 4 kids and run a business at the same time, all of that while being so far away from my family (not babysitting back-up plan with grandma here).

But then, 2018 arrived, and not long after my little man was born. And yes that was a lot of hard work, but it was also an awesome year, maybe my favourite as a mom.

I’m not one of those perfect moms who always entertaine their kids, never turn on the TV, never loose their temper (and did you notice that those moms usually manage to have also perfect hair and make-up!). Our home is often messy, the windows filled with little finger prints, and the fridge often missing something I forgot to buy (and I often look like a “witch))..

But then again, my kids are healthy and happy, we’re living in paradise (a lonely paradise away from home, sometimes though), we did our first (awesome) travel as a family of 6, and I kept my sanity (well most of it ;-)).

It was a year full of laughter (and fights), full of loving and cuddling (and of the big sisters spoiling the baby “but mommy he’s sooo cute!!”). A year full of first times (first grade for one, first time at school for another, first time biking or biking without training wheels, first mandarin classes for all girls, first time sitting alone, first time clapping,…), a year full of energy.

A very full year indeed.

So there is not much more I wish for 2019 (more sleep will be great!!). I don’t really have “new resolutions”. I would just want to be able to do pretty much the same and to spend more time with my parents (and I promised my best-friend to put aside some “me-time” everyday :-)…).

So welcome 2019, I’m ready for you!!