indie the elephant

I have a great love of elephants. I’m not entirely sure why. I just do.
They are literally ALL through our home…figurines, pictures, mobiles…everywhere.

And now we have welcomed another one.

Presenting ‘indie the elephant’

indie01        indie02

indie03        indie04

isn’t she just…fun!

She has pride of place in one of our busiest zones in our home | THE FOOD ZONE | and I love to see her looking down, sharing the time…and I think every now and then,
a cheeky wink…to remind me when I feel like I’m losing it, that I’m not alone and all is well

her and her little friend

why Ferdinand? cos I like it

x Anni x


we are enough | inspiration from across the seas

I follow this delightful blog, by a very honest, sweet, genuine lady living all the way over in the U.S.

I ADORE her blog: Brown Eyed Fox – you must check it out, she has a lovely style that she has spread through her home and life, and then generously shared peeks of it with her readers.

But what I really love are her words, her thoughts, her honesty about life, being a mummy, being herself, being true to her faith and convictions …. and the struggle of trying to be THIS all at the same time.

So the reason I mention dear Carissa, is due to her last blog post : enough : where she talks about her resolution for this year of being exactly that : enough. That she is enough, of which not only others are to recognize and accept, but more importantly that SHE accepts this too – and embraces that she IS ENOUGH.

And isn’t THAT something to ponder | stew around in your mind | play with in moments of doubt and uncertainty | something to adopt and embrace too…

So, as I was inspired to adopt her message, I placed it in a heart location in our home, to remember | remind me, when I’m frustrated, overwhelmed, doubting.

family - we are enough

Annika Jacob Elii & Caleb
“We ARE enough”

And we are … we are enough.

x Anni x

2014 | A sad start | Resolutions


David “Chub” Ker Bell
1952 – 2014
live to love | love to live

I have contemplated, over the last nearly two weeks, starting this year with the Chinese New Year
begin again after such a devastating calendar start

but that would be making it as though the loss of my father-in-law, my husbands daddy, never happened

and it did … and he needs | no, deserves | that recognition of his life [ his glorious, beautifully, truthfully lived life ] and sad but courageous passing from this world in to the next

so we have stopped … and we have recognized … and will continue to do so
every moment of every day   |   through memories of good times   |   in the smiles of our children
in our questions to ourselves; ‘what would Dad have done’?

he is with us always


A beautiful ‘Family Tree’ gifted to us by a dear, thoughtful friend, as a constant reminder of Poppy Bell

And that includes in our New Year and therefore the year ahead of us.

So what are my resolutions for this 2014?

Return to the heart of life

Time to re-evaluate life and what is in it.

From items and things and objects….
to attitudes, thoughts and feelings

what really matters?

| family | friends | love | strength in character | strength in convictions | being true to your heart | removing ego from your life | discontinuing the blame / shame game with yourself | loving yourself, as you are | looking for [and finding and nurturing] the good in all | removing judgement from your life | rejecting the negative and welcoming the positive | forgiveness [ of yourself as well as others ] | living life with truth |

that is my plan and year ahead

x anni x

Chub's family tree

“Remembering Chub, who grew his family tree with love”

so it’s been a long time

i’ve thought long and hard about this blog
and thought and thought and thought

all year long
and not done anything about it

so here i am doing something about it
starting … again

hopefully this time without feeling a pressure and therefore shying away from it … ‘adding another thing to the plate’

no, this time its simply about sharing what’s in my head | and heart | and life

simple as that



Throughout the ‘planning process’ prior to our little ones coming along I researched and looked at SO MANY cots in my travels, some were great, some where so incredibly OTT, some were simple, some where heinous, some were ho-hum…

But not once did I find anything like this… (or it would be sitting in their room right now!)

Tree Cot

I love seeing people’s creative minds manifest!


fish on a wet monsoonal day

Baked Fish, Spinach, and Tomatoes in Foil Packets

A reminder meal tonight…my beautiful Mama Bear is Brisbane side, and has been for a couple of weeks now, for health reasons, doing so very well … so tonight is a meal of fish that was caught at the Roper River by my darling Jake.

The Roper River is one of the many beautiful ‘stops’ along the way towards the ultimate journey’s end…Nathan River…home to Mama Bear and Papa Bear…and all of our hearts… its a place to escape the every day world….to breathe…to reflect…to recharge your batteries…to reconnect with family and special friends who join us out there….a very special place indeed.

So tonight is Roper River fish, baked and served with a side of happy memories and dessert of gratitude that Mama Bear is healthy and mending well xx


finally…my life is where I’ve always wanted to be


I have held many jobs
like….dozens…and have had many opportunities to make myself a really rewarding and fulfilling career.

without sounding up myself, I have the smarts to have gone to the ‘top’ of whatever field I have worked in…but

I’ve never had the true, heart-of-hearts drive to be at the top…of any job…of a career.

so what have I wanted to ‘excel’ at? What have I wanted to be the ‘best’ at? Where has my heart quietly but vehemently wished…for my whole life…to be?

right where I am now…a mum.

I am complete…I am mum to the two most pure, beautiful little souls I have ever met, and I am home…i am me.


sweet love

My Mr and Me

My Mr and Me, on our wedding day last year.

He really is my everything, the most sensitive, genuine, kind, sweet man I know.

He planned, set up and took me to one of our favourite places for Valentine’s Day last night.

Candles, roses, dinner, ginger beer and juice for the pregnant lady,

running water with lights scattered across the surface… the perfect night… our way.

My goodness I love this man!


She painted her what!?

Ok so that sounds pretty ‘siniser / potentially rude’ right? Or maybe that’s just me.
Oh well, that’s normal.

But really this is actually about one very cool lady who was sick of the colour of her…washing machine, so naturally she….

painted it…


with white polka dots!!

Love it! I might need to wait for a while though before I head out to the laundry for such an ambitious project…oh and finish the dining room chairs I’m already working on… yeah that might be a good idea.

Anyway, without further ado…here is the ‘painted washing machine’ by blogger Abbie at Five Days…5 Ways

One very cool washing machine named... Henrietta!

One very cool washing machine named... Henrietta!


I have so much respect for those who have the gumption to not only look outside the everyday ‘square’ but to leap out of it and turn it in to another shape!

Wishing a great day to the world.

Anni x