Rickety Old Bridge


One thing you just HAVE to love about toddlers is their imagination.  Their minds are like empty sponges, eager to soak up any new experience and place it in the context of their own world. Toys and stories play a huge role in shaping how they see their own environment. Currently, Thomas the Tank is my toddler’s world and his life seems to only exist within the adventures of this little blue tank engine.  Everywhere we turn and everything we do is yet another excerpt from a Reverend W. Awdry’s classic. When we go for walks, people don’t just pass us by, they “chuff along”. The faulty street light down our court is “flickering off and on…on and off and …off and on” (Misty Island). And, my personal favourite, when ever we approach a bridge (the Westgate included), we are “steaming towards the rickety old bridge”.  It melts my heart each time.

This week my world is void of Thomas. For family reasons, my husband has gone interstate and taken my little imaginer with him. I miss him, and funnily enough, Thomas the Tank too! I can’t wait until he comes back and we get to steam towards our local rickety old bridge again.   Meanwhile I shall snigger every time I drive towards the Westgate. It may be old, but I sure as hell hope it’s not rickety!






About Chamilka (CJ)

Chamilka Jayawardana (affectionately known as CJ to all those around her) is a Professional Photographer based in Melbourne Australia. Accredited with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), Chamilka founded CJ Photography in 2010, which specialises in Maternity, Newborn, Children and Family Portraiture. Inspired by her children, her photography aims to capture authenticity, feeling and above all stories - intangible things that can be revisited long after the moment has passed. CJ Photography has since moved into Weddings and Commercial works as well. An equally personal driving force behind her second venture, CJ Photo Escapes, has been her cultural background and her desire to give back to the country she was born and lived in during her early years. Fluent in English and spoken Singhalese, CJ has chosen to combine her love for photography along with her love for Sri Lanka and its beautiful people, to share with the astute traveler this quaint part of the world through the eyes of the lens.


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