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The 52 Project: a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016.

This week we camped with my two oldest friends and their kids on the Murray River, cherished days of endless swimming, playing cards, and jumping off the jetty. We watched our children, who don’t see each other often as we all live in different states, get along with one another like the closest of cousins.
Cass and Dash: a last swim and a quiet paddle in the river at sunset

Jem: we discovered the adrenalin junkie in him – wanted to go faster and faster on the biscuit
Scarlett: learning the safety signals for water boat fun on the river

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Last of the 52 Project for this year.
Scarlett: all she wanted for Christmas was a doll she could take in the bath. She went for a swim in the dam too, and may never be quite the same colour again.

Dash: in his element, leaping and climbing and exploring the walls of the gorge, and following a water dragon a bit too close to the edge (best not to watch)

Jem: watching the last of the light after swimming in the silky waters of this river gorge

Cass: spending a last few happy hours with his best friend before we set off on our northern adventure. 

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The 52 Project: a portrait of my children, once a week, every (most) weeks, in 2015.Scarlett: she loves pretty things but you can also rely on her to return muddier, wetter, and dirtier than all her brothers!

Dash: feeling around on the bottom of the river bed with his toes to collect freshwater mussels.Jem: fishing for slime with his feet

Cass: leaping from boulder to boulder across the river at sunset

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The 52 Project: a portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015.

Dash: hands full of ferns and feathers

Cass: has an eye for detail and loved the pattern created by this burnt out patch of gum tree

Scarlett: the neighbour’s herd of goats arrived in our garden and the playful kid goats brought hours of delight

Jem: he loved hanging out at this old hut and installing his treasures within

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For the 52 Project this week a portrait of the twins on their birthday morning, plus a few earlier cherished moments. Five years ago these two arrived much too early in the world. Today their strong bodies and their equally strong but oh-so-distinctive spirits give no indication of that turbulent beginning – or maybe it is a result of it. Happy birthday darling Scarlett and Jem.

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The 52 Project: a portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015. 

Scarlett: picking armfuls of wildflowers in the light evening rain

Jem: sending leaf boats down the creek

Dash: He has been tired and at times not very compliant lately, but in the bush he is relaxed and completely at peace

Cass: Leaping off the slope. He is pretty much always leaping off something.

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The 52 Project: a portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015. Scarlett: little girl wandering in the bush

Cass: bmx bandit

Dash: collecting fern fronds in the forest

Jem: beloved bike gloves adorn every outfit