Personal: London Gold
I'm loving the Olympics. After week one Team GB are currently 5th in the medal table with some fantastic wins last night in three of our strongest sports: cycling, canoeing and shooting. If only darts was in the schedule as well. The green and gold on the other hand are not exactly giving this new citizen much to cheer about.
London has put on a mighty fine show so far, so much so that I'm actually feeling a little homesick. There, I've admitted it. More than six years after leaving Blighty on a one way flight vowing never to return, I reckon it would be quite nice to be back in England's green and pleasant land right now. Minus Lakeside.
But it's not just the Olympics that are turning my thoughts to London. My parents are there too, just a few miles from the Olympic stadium. I only see them every couple of years when they head Down Under so I miss them dearly and when I do see them our time together is very special. Their last visit was just a couple of months ago and it was the first time they had seen their son in his new career as a professional wedding photographer. I was half expecting them to tell me I should get a real job but fortunately they said they were very proud of me.
My folks love the countryside so as it was autumn there was no better day trip than a drive down to Bowral in the Southern Highlands. Autumn in Bowral is spectacular. The scenery is always amazing, but at this time of the year the Japanese Maples burst into fiery hues of orange and red and the landscape becomes littered with explosions of colour.
My dad has always been a keen photographer, and as much as he used to drive us nuts when I was a kid by taking half an hour to set up every holiday snap, he taught me a lot and always encouraged me to shoot. His hands are a bit shaky now so he's swapped his SLR for a compact. With image stabilisation.
My mum is the complete opposite. She's never taken a photo in her life and avoids cameras like the plague. So it took all my client handling skills to coax her into a few photos for a mini Love Session as we toured Bowral and visited one of my favourite wedding venues, Milton Park. Such a great name, hey?