Modern Vintage

31/52~ Under the same blue sky

In different parts of the world but under the same sky. I miss them.

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I went around the house taking some shots of life as it is. If I were to only post photos, there are quite a few things you’d be able to guess about the people who live here. Interesting that stuff can tell stories about people. Perhaps long after we’re gone, which is probably how we know... Read More

29/52~ hello Sunday

We get into these routines.

Last night, Philip asked me what I wanted to do today. I said’ “no plans.” He said, “I want to vacuum the car.” A string of to dos rattled through my head; early morning exercise, clearing my desk, paying bills, laundry, ironing…

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27/52- coffee and light

Because I am inspired by words, I am often moved to write something while I am reading. The thing is, it is rare that I’d be reading while I’m sitting at my desk. Or in a place where it would be convenient for me to stop reading and write anything down. Today I was reading the winter issue... Read More

25/52- changing it up

Some Sundays are for lazing, some for catching up with housework. Some days you drag yourself around and some days you’re super inspired. Around here we used to have a thing called ‘off days’. When the kids were growing up we would have family meetings, time maps and off days. An... Read More

24/52- A hundred teacups


I decided to take a sort of an inventory of my vintage china collection as a prelude to packing up all the things in the kitchen before we start remodelling. I surveyed the contents of the two mid century teak cabinets in the dining area and another one which houses the very special... Read More

23/53-There are no ordinary moments

We came back to the house last Thursday. The plan was to stay at the apartment for a stretch. Two or three weeks. But life happens. One of the dogs got himself hurt and we had to be around to dress his wound. When I was moving things over for the long stay I told Ming and he said. “Enjoy! There... Read More

21/52- The story of a wedding

We walked into the ballroom, which was where ‘church’ service would take place that morning, and the minute Ming saw us his eyes filled with tears. Which made for a very sad looking groom in the before the wedding pictures. I’m guessing he was overwhelmed with joy and the enormity... Read More

20/52~ Goodbye & Hello

Two more hours of 2014. Like the night before an exam, if you haven’t done all the cramming you could manage, it’s too late now. Time now to reflect on what may possibly have been one of the hardest years. My mama’s passing opened up a whole basement of skeletons and ghosts that... Read More

19/52-This is what 52 looks like

As I write this I am a little disappointed that I haven’t been able to keep up with my posts. It didn’t seem ambitious when I started. At the time I figured anyone can write one little post a week, right? Just 52 posts in 365 days? Three things prevented me; discipline (the lack of),... Read More

18/52- It takes a village

Ming asked me to speak at his wedding. At first I said no. Then I said ok. As it turns out I will not be needing to speak up on stage, but as I was dithering, this thought came upon me. It takes a village to raise a child. From the very first day an ever changing landscape of people, doctors... Read More

17/52- the apartment life for me

If you’ve ever tried living in two homes you would have realised that it is quite a feat requiring expert planning skills and ends up still being quite disruptive to every day life. Especially when you have to go back to the original home daily to feed the dogs and water the garden. Letting... Read More

16/52- 100 blog posts

Before I started this blog I wrote on blogspot and on the smidapaper blog, I moved over here, to wordpress, somewhere in the middle of 2011. I suppose I’ve been blogging for about ten years and I’m no clearer on why I continue to write & post, except maybe the fact that I like telling... Read More

15/52- Week in the life

I must have started on this project in previous years and probably abandoned the idea along the way. This year something about documenting a week of my life in detail took hold of me. I think Ali has been inviting people to join her on this journey for about seven or eight years now, and week in the... Read More