(UPDATED 1/1/09; more pictures added)
Australian Open: tennis on the lawn.
Forty celsius: herbs and succulents baking in late afternoon heat.
Mystery dish: Lasagne? Moussaka? Sweet potato layered with cheese sauce? Can’t remember. But the green thing in the middle is a basil leaf.
Instant circus: elephants dance on cans of peppers and beans.
Crescent moon: brittle sky on a cold late autumn evening, as seen from Merri Creek trail (moon right of centre, barely visible - click to enlarge).
Apprentice chef: Thomas with saucepans.
Downpour: Lygon Street in flood.
Birthday: William turns three.
Winter fun: Thomas reinvents library steps; clears shelves in search of favourite book. Mr Horse unimpressed.
Winter sun: lunch at Blairgowrie café: Tracy's hand and coffee obscured by giant cake serving.
Surf's up: early afternoon on a freezing Portsea ocean beach.
Snack time: two boys in a chair; Mr Owl looks on.
Storm: waves batter Point Lonsdale sea wall as obscured cargo ships heave across a spumy horizon.
Thomas turns two: chocolate sponge filled and topped with cream, strawberries and grated chocolate, a Tracy specialty.
From the Kitchen Hand observatory: stormy dusk in late spring.
Accurate to the day: the Travelling Poppies bloom without fail on November 11.
The week before Christmas: Thomas and pasta primavera.