portraits

(of a moment beautifully ordinary, odd, wondrous to remember always)
Reuben speaks with shining hazel eyes in loud, delighted tones at the Malmsbury Botanical Gardens: "Mamma! I've been exploring "the Lion" (island)... yes, it's a very nice Lion"...

Beren sleeps wrapped up warm on the big bed, with the clatter and clang of mama in the nearby kitchen, with the squawks and sounds of his older brother at play, with the bathroom fan or vacuum cleaner humming, he sleeps sound...
Reuben takes to the new sandpit immediately and no bad weather will deter him, on this particular occasion he is joined through the fence by his friend "sheepy"...

Beren, with his old english name and his dark blue eyes and sometimes furrowed brow, ponders this new life on the outside...