Family Memories

Family Memories - A Digital Scrapbook Layout preserving a precious family moment during our Grade 1 hike through the Minamurra National Park sub-tropical rainforest boardwalk.

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During our Great Australian Road Trip in 2017-2018 we visited many National Parks; Minnamurra National Park was one of the more memorable ones. As we were walking the boardwalk trail I came across a bunch of berries strewn across the walkway grill; they reminded me very much of the berries that we had seen in Wolemi National Park although these were a little larger and slightly less purple. I have a passion for learning about Australian flora and bush foods and have sampled many as well as foraged when appropriate.

This photo holds a very special place in my heart as it was amongst some of the first photos that I took of my sons and I using the selfie stick that I had bought a few weeks beforehand but not really used much up to that point. Sometimes I am embarrassingly so slow to keep up with the new gizmos that hit the market!

And so, this photo, even though you can’t see the berries that I am talking about, remind me very much of being in that place with my sons and talking with the rangers who were there that day and in particular the one who also has a keen interest in Australian flora. Unfortunately he could not identify what the berry was although he said he was going to follow up on it.

The atmosphere there that day was muggy, which is perfect for the sub-tropical rainforest that it is, and very beautiful being a stunning example of the very few remaining pristine sub-tropical rainforests that still exist here in Australia as, sadly, nearly all of it has been lost to either farming, housing, mining, logging or other destructive actions.

Because we were on a hike that day, the bold background statement image is a compass on this page, a pointer of true north for me to what is most important in my life, and the triangle tag is evocative of a basic location tag.

I decided to go with muted colour behind the photograph so that the main focus would remain on the photo and the “berries”, and the photo I cranked up the contrast and made the colours rich and deep, paying homage to the forest.

As an aside: Speaking of plates, when I became engaged, my fiancé and I held our Engagement Party at a fabulous Greek restaurant. We did this because my then future husband’s step-father is from that region of the world and his Mother and extended family is widely known in the Community here in Perth. And, as was custom … we broke plates! My fiancé smashed them all over the dance floor and then jumped up on a table and danced for me. Well, when we got married I had a beautiful Mikasa dinnerware set on my Bridal Register and the Community blessed us with the whole collection! The set is now long gone, as is my husband. Rest in Peace. However, my wish is to be able to get a new, even more beautiful Mikasa set. Sighing. Praying that my wish comes true.


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Layout Credits:

  • Anita Richards Designs: sketchPLATE No.0009 template, Angel Kisses Collection (charity kit for Austprem Inc to be remastered for charity) purple and pink paisley paper; Books are Golden Collection (to be remastered) background papers; Krafty Chic Petite Collection ribbon piece & wordart; and
  • Font: Olivetti Type2
  • Photography: Anita Richards

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