oneclaireday Feeling so grateful for the support and kindness that was generously sent my way last night when I was feeling down. Thanks for lifting me up, friends 2d
  •   belindagraham There is a fist-pumping, feel-good band of support in the right circles on Instagram isn't there?! Glad you found it x 2d
  •   coalvalleyview Sorry I missed this. All the best with his job interview, hope it all pans out and you can all be together soon. It is hard enough some days just doing it 9-5 on your own so hang in there x 2d
  •   littlegreenshed Xx 2d

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oneclaireday Life feels like one huge blur. I don't talk about it much here but us three girls are without our man for weeks on end while Paddy works away. It is so difficult. Most of the time I feel like I am in survival mode... No room for anything. No time for myself. No energy for anything but getting us all through each day. I am exhausted down to my bones and don't know how much longer I can do this for. Paddy had a job interview which could see us moving to Darwin soon. As much as I don't want to move, I just want to be together 2d
  •   josomerville I'm so sorry @oneclaireday, I never wanted you to feel your situation was trivial, I just so identified with your emotions. Solo parenting for whatever reason is hard. Big love xx 2d
  •   biancaemartinelli Oh Claire. Hugs and kisses lovely lady. I can only imagine that level of exhaustion but I hope with all my heart that your little family will be together soon. Maybe Darwin will be the best thing for your little family. At least until the girls are a bit older and more independent and then who knows what's in store for you guys. 2d
  •   lifecapturedinc Love and prayers, Claire. I have always had such respect for you. Ronnie xo 2d
  •   wovenspirit Oh Mama, big love to you ~ I can only imagine how hard it is for you all... my husband would struggle a lot being away from our boys for that long at a time... not to mention me struggling a lot on my own!! We have pondered sending him out to work further afield (he's a trained fitter and turner) but the big $$ require long stretches away and/or us living in a climate that I'm not prepared to live in (excessive heat). It's so difficult meeting everyone's needs and running a family... a constant juggling act... I hope you all get some time together soon xx 2d
  •   littlescoutco I am not much of a commenter! however I can definitely identify with what your saying - my husband isn't away constantly but spends long hours working - sometimes 7 days , and is often away till late at night,. When he is away I really struggle coping with three kids on my own, which I often feel guilty about and then I feel guilty for feeling guilty, ! So I can't even imagine how you do it for long periods of time , hoping things get better for you soon xx 2d
  •   sineadylemonadey So tough, my husband works away a lot but short stints at a time, I find it hard and just like you say, for those weeks I simply exist, very little 'living'. HUGE hug and fingers crossed for job interview. Xx 2d
  •   alittlepinkalittleblue Know this feeling all too well. Big hugs to you x 15h

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oneclaireday The most wonderfully soft, tactile linens that feel like they have been loved for lifetimes. My kind of cloth. 5d

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oneclaireday Sunday 7d

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oneclaireday It's been so hot lately. If we're not cooped up in air conditioning, you'll find us under a hose somewhere or in the outdoor tub. 1w
  •   shell_mcclure I shouldn't have filled my old concrete tubs full of succulents and herbs!! 1w
  •   nell_mallia Ha! Mine's the exact same! And I have a family of beautiful curly tops, so my frizz just looks even worse compared to their ringlets!! X 1w
  •   loved_by I dream of an outdoor tub (sink, either way)..and lalie's hair!! 1w
  •   oneclaireday Another good use for them @shell_mcclure ... But I do like throwing grubby kids in there for a rinse! 6d
  •   oneclaireday I don't use it nearly as much as I should @loved_by ... Always a novelty when I throw them in there 6d
  •   sarahmathenia Your photos are all so stunning! Loved scrolling through them and seeing your beautiful family! 😙 5d
  •   teaandfleur Lovely! Our small one's bath outdoor's most evening's at the moment.. it's so good! 3d

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oneclaireday A collection of old books providing endless colour palette inspiration. #wattlechildren 1w
  •   miettehandmade Yes looks like we're going to go and spend 6 months in France from May. Eek. Exciting and a bit scary. Mainly exciting though. Will definitely be looking forward to some wattle goodness, I have no doubt it will be amazing. And well done for managing it all, often solo - even if it's only just! xx 7d
  •   polly__loves Lovely palette! Can't wait to see what you have in store x 7d
  •   oneclaireday Heh! I'm just worried I've caused hype and there will be an anticlimax! It's very small batches, only a few items... I wouldn't say a whole collection but hope to grow and gain momentum quite quickly ... Fingers crossed @belindagraham 6d
  •   oneclaireday Thanks so much, friends @mooseandbird @polly__loves @maiyacassisi 6d
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  •   polly__loves I'm sure it will be beautiful, you have a great eye x 5d
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  •   hayleyann.styling Beautiful! 18h

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oneclaireday She rises just after the sun and the first thing she does is bring me a book 1w

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oneclaireday I wonder how long it will take for her to notice someone's snuck up on her... P.s - thanks for all the support on my last post. Feeling certain Paddy will be safe... Cyclone has been downgraded 1w

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oneclaireday I have been trying to keep calm all day but the news of a severe cyclone intensifying off the coast from where Paddy is working (about 800km from us) is starting to make me panic. It's expected to be category 5 when it hits the coast and paddy is working on a small island and sheltering in de mountable building We spoke about it briefly on Skype last night but at that stage we weren't really worried at all but our casual conversation must have had an impact on Lalie because this afternoon her kindy teacher told me she had been very concerned about her Daddy being in a cyclone and he didn't have an umbrella ()... She also made her teacher brief the whole class because she thought it was important that everyone know. And now I'm sitting here, having just drank half a bottle of wine and demolished a whole bag of leftover Christmas chocolate elves with popping candy (and I hate popping candy!) thinking that maybe I should brief you all too! No doubt I am completely overreacting and all will be fine but please keep him in your thoughts/prayers, thank you 1w
  •   bechem I hate the popping candy too! But agree that desperate-times call for desperate-measures. Hope the cyclone calms down & all is well x 1w
  •   sewnancy Thinking of you 1w
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  •   polly__loves Oh Claire, only just seen this. I hope paddy is safe and you are ok. Xx 1w
  •   hillefant Lovely pictures in your feed 1w
  •   leigh_living_simply I live in qld so watching the news like crazy this morning to see how it's going, I have family traveling so I will add yours to my thoughts this morning xx 1w
  •   bechem Just checked IG to see how he fared? Hopefully ok. So wet here in Bris today but thankful to be safe & dry. 1w
  •   thefranglaise Hope you are feeling less anxious today Claire and that Paddy is ok. I cant imagine the stress you were going through. Sending huge hugs xxx 1w

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oneclaireday Online shopping is great but nothing beats supporting small and local. Coming home with a couple of lovely picture books in a brown paper bag really made me feel good today. Simple pleasures.
I loved the illustrations accompanying this cute story about chasing birds, butterflies and lizards... So like my girls!
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  •   oneclaireday The illustrations are so beautiful and your friend is right, it could be your girl! @juunkob 1w
  •   oneclaireday You will love it @honeyatkinson ! 1w
  •   oneclaireday There may have been a bit of additional styling going on with the billy buttons @theindigocrew but even a plain brown paper bag is a treat in this day and age. 1w
  •   mooseandbird Oh I couldn't agree more. It makes my heart happy and my steps springy!!! And your photographs are always sooooo beautiful xx 1w
  •   azschweiz I love her works I have the same book for my son in japanese 1w
  •   billyandaugust May leave it then. It maybe too young for kids at Kindy x 1w
  •   nannysknittings Oh I totally agree!! @oneclaireday There is the most beautiful bookstore/coffee shop in Maleny, up in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It has a magnificent brass Phoenix coffee machine. But my favourite part about it was this little quote on the wall they had "you can find what you're looking for online, but a bookshop is where you find what you're not looking for" 3d
  •   oneclaireday Oh I love that @nannysknittings - thanks for sharing! 3d

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oneclaireday Paddy sent us flowers for Valentine's Day He asked me to send him a photo so I asked Lalie to hold them. But behind the pretty picture there's tears... She accidentally snapped a flower from the stem and the perfectionist in her couldn't cope. I had to comfort her (after photographing her, of course!) and remind her that there is always beauty, even in brokenness. 2w
  •   oneclaireday Hi Jette! Thanks so much for commenting You have really inspired me and moved me. I really admire your outlook and I feel so happy that my words have resonated for you Wishing you so much love and light (and a great big miracle!) @jettesappho 2w
  •   jettesappho Thank you so much Claire! I just had to let you know ! Btw...we've talked before...years ago you contacted me and my friend Manuka in regards to our shoes 'all about Heidi' ...so I felt like I know you and wanted to let you know how much that inspired me! Sometimes all you need is a couple of words threaded together to inspire you and make you happy! 2w
  •   oneclaireday I absolutely knew it was you @jettesappho ! Sorry, it just didn't feel right to talk about kids shoes in that reply Do you still catch up with Kellie? Actually my little M has been wearing navy Heidis around this summer, they were a gift from my sister in law (who knows I'm such a fan!) @jettesappho 2w
  •   jettesappho That is so funny! I guess that name isn't very common, ey? I actually don't catch up with Kell as we moved to Berlin 1 1/2 years ago...but I talk to her a lot! She's been very supportive all the way from oz...Berlin was planed for an adventure for a couple of years...than I got diagnosed, and now we are staying here for now. It's good to be close to family at the moment...and manuka is doing an absolute amazing job with the business... great to hear that your little M is enjoying our shoes as well! 2w
  •   laurapshort Lovely 2w
  •   loved_by x 1w
  •   polly__loves Love this x 1w

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oneclaireday Bringing more light than she'll ever know. 2w

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oneclaireday The last one from the archives. Feeling a bit guilty about the fact that there aren't nearly as many beautiful portraits of Marguerite.... Must do something about that! 2w
  •   oneclaireday Oh thank you for leaving such kind words @oneseventwoseven 2w
  •   oneclaireday Nell, are you serious?! I'm blushing!! Thanks so much, friend. So nice of you to say I hope you and those sweet girls (and the boy too) are well xx @nell_mallia 2w
  •   oneclaireday Natasha! Thank you so much... I really appreciate you coming back here to tell me that... I am so drawn to your words and images also... so poetic. And I love that you have 2 girls of similar ages to mine. It's great finding women / mothers on here to connect with -- if only we didn't all live so far apart! @itsnatashagentry 2w
  •   itsnatashagentry thank you so much, claire. I know! I love coming across other families with similar numbers and similar styles. I don't have very many friends here with children! so it's so inspiring to find on Instagram. especially when I find they also have blogs! really amazing. I love your photos they're so beautiful.. so natural and full of love. 2w
  •   nell_mallia I absolutely am being serious!! Always beautiful and magical and honest and genuine. We're all well (if not a little sleep deprived!) I hope you and your girls are too - is your boy back yet? Xxxx 2w
  •   juleyak so darling 14h

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oneclaireday Feels like yesterday... Lalie in a field of glowing weeds #5dayswitholdpics 2w

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oneclaireday I've missed a couple of days but here's another for #5dayswitholdpics ... This old pony very recently passed away at a very ripe old age of 38. I was only 6 when we brought her home... She brought so much magic and love to my childhood. So happy my own children got to enjoy her too. Rest in peace Goldie girl 2w

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oneclaireday Going through old photos for #5dayswitholdpics and wanderlust is burning inside. Here's Lalie watching the ducks in Central Park as the light slipped away 3w

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oneclaireday Asked by gorgeous @piperandpoppies to play #5dayswitholdpics ... Here's sweet little Lalie in the window of a gorgeous little cafe in Brooklyn... I ache to go back one day, we just loved it there Fancy a trip down memory lane @me_and_orla @sunday_collector @nell_mallia ? 3w

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oneclaireday squish 3w

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oneclaireday Asked by the gorgeous Elesha @harryandthefrog to share one from #theterrifictwos ... I love this picture of Eulalie taken on Mother's Day when she was two. Perfectly sums up my gorgeous little (over)thinker care to play @mypetalandpeach @maiyacassisi @practisingsimplicity 3w

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oneclaireday Camera phone is broken so I'll be posting 'big camera' photos for a bit. Here's some pretty things that arrived in the post this week... Sweetest shoes and basket for Marguerite and gorgeous fabric for #wattlechildren #comingsoonish 3w
  •   oneclaireday Thank you! @mooseandbird ... As do you! 3w
  •   polly__loves Beauties! 3w
  •   mayillustrator So cute 3w
  •   nell_mallia So beautiful. I can't wait to see your clothing line Claire, I fear my bank balance will be less pleased ;) such sweet shoes too xx 3w
  •   jiwonkae Absolutely beautiful pictures! Can't wait to see what your clothing line looks like :)) 3d
  •   nannysknittings We love supporting small australian business! Can't wait for your beautiful line. And wattle children, such a perfect australian name I will be first in line x 3d
  •   oneclaireday Thank you so very much for your enthusiasm @nannysknittings 3d
  •   oneclaireday Thank you for your kind words @jiwonkae 3d

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