Weekly photo challenge: Rewards (are always worth waiting for)

Yellow sunflower

I have been a bit obsessed with my sunflower lately and have taken photos of it at every opportunity.  Lucky for you, my loyal readers, I haven't shown you every photo I've taken (it might seem like it I know). This morning upon checking its progress, I saw that it had completely opened. Hooray!! When …

Sunflower progress report

My sunflower is opening up nicely, there's only a little bit left that's still shy. It all started with a seed, then a beautiful bud, and gradually, over a few weeks it has almost completely opened up.  The precision and artistry are so clever and amazing to observe. I've said it before and I'll say …

Weekly photo challenge: rule of thirds (or not?)

I don't claim to be a photographer despite many of my posts using photos and my regular participation in The Daily Post's weekly photo challenges.  I do have talented relatives who are acclaimed photographers and I am envious of their skills.  I only ever photograph things that take my fancy for one reason or another, like the …

The best book I’ve ever read

1960 with dad

The lovely Jade at Scatterbooker has nominated me for the Real Neat Blog award. Thanks so much Jade! I'm not sure how I feel about these sorts of awards yet, but I do appreciate the thoughtful nominations from other bloggers. As I don't want to appear to be ungrateful I usually go about answering them in my …

Tea time #6 – with a confession

I'm always up for a tea party and a visit to Justine's Tea Time #6, over at Eclectic odds n sods, is just what the doctor ordered today as I'm feeling a bit poorly 😦 First up I have a confession to make! As you know on my last visit to Tea Time #5 I took along my …

Looking ahead

The issue of ageing is something we all face and everyone has their own take on how they will cope. Some are grateful for the chance to get older as they have lost family and friends at an early age and know how precious life is. Others fight it all the way by putting toxins in …

Sunflower bud – Photo Rehab

I love looking at the photos that bloggers take for the Photo rehab clinic that Lucille at Bridging Lacunas co-ordinates.   I offer my latest favourite photo to be included. We had a power blackout for the second night in a row tonight after another violent storm swept through the area and I took the …

Monthly Photo Challenge: Changing seasons 02

The second month of Cardinal Guzman's Changing Seasons has come around very quickly. In case you don't know what it's all about here's a brief rundown - every month at roughly the same time we are to take a collection of photos of somewhere around our area so that we can see the seasons change, …

Weekly photo challenge: On a scale of 1 to 10

On a scale of 1 to 10 - This morning I was running hill sprints and decided to put a stone down for each time I did a run up the hill and a walk back down, as I often lose count when I'm training (too many things to concentrate on) and decided this could be …

Tea time #5 – I’m bringing my teatime buddy with me today

Tea Time It's time for Justine's tea time again - don't the weeks just fly by? Tea time Today I'm bringing my little tea man buddy with me if that's ok. I fill his bottom half with tea leaves then let him recline in my mug for a while.  He doesn't drink much, he just …

Oz Obituary

I don't often get upset on my blog but I am at the moment.  Why you may ask? Colleen McCulloch, a brilliant Australian author, passed away on 29 January 2015, aged 77.  It's sad enough when someone passes away but to make matters worse an Australian newspaper published an obituary that was absolutely dreadful.  My mother always taught me …