Who and what made the winners and losers list this week #18?

Friday Feature on Deb’s World

Winners & Losers #18

Welcome to Week 18 of my Friday roundup. It’s fun watching the stories that take my interest from one Friday to the next. Some of them, well actually most of them, make me smile, and the losers are in the minority. I’m not that into celebrating the negatives, I’m much more interested in the positives and anything that makes me smile is in that category. I’ve also learnt over the years, that I’m not into being controversial or confrontational.

So, having said all that, I present my Winners and Losers for another week. It just happens to be an all Aussie affair!

#JournalinginJuly – Week 1

As mentioned last week, I’m participating in Journaling in July with Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond. We are co-hosting a link up each Saturday for anyone who wants to participate in responding to Sue’s 31 daily journal writing prompts.

You can read my introductory post about the July challenge here and my Week 1 post here. If you’re keen, you can join in – the more the merrier. My weekly posts, a summary of the week’s daily prompts, will be posted each Saturday.

Sneak peek: This is my response for Day 11 prompt of JOY


Musings on a Monday quote 🙂

Friends make the world go round. So if you have a good friend, listen to what they say, as well as what they don’t say!

friends quote
friends quote

I share a new quote each Monday on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to have you join me.

Retired Life

Kathy, from 50 Shades of Age, asked some retired friends for their thoughts on how they keep busy in their retirement. I was thrilled to be asked to contribute and am pleased to share the link to Kathy’s post.

Keeping busy in retirement

Only in Australia v7!!

This segment is proving to be so much fun each week!

First we had politicians called Scomo and Albo; then koalas in a cuddle-train; followed by kangaroos keeping warm; then an amazing photo of a platypus, followed by a wombat massage. Last week we got to meet Pixie, an orphaned baby koala. This week I’m sharing a cute little creature, which is a new one for me – a yellow-footed antechinus, also known as a mardo.

Have you heard of these before?

NAIDOC Week 2019

As it’s NAIDOC Week in Australia, I’m sharing a video from Play School, one of my favourite TV shows, especially when my children were small. Now that I have a grandchild, and another on the way, it’s good to get reacquainted with it. Play School also introduced an Indigenous doll to their cast this week.

Baker Boy is an Indigenous rapper, dancer, actor and artist. His rendition of Hickory Dickory Dock is fabulous isn’t it?

Uluru – to climb or not to climb?

As Uluru is due to be closed to climbers in October 2019, lots of people are rushing to climb it. This is causing a lot of issues and is seen by many as showing a distinct lack of respect for the local Anangu people.

We visited Uluru a few years ago and listened to the guide who gave the reasons why visitors shouldn’t climb the rock. I wrote this post shortly after our trip – Uluru, to climb or not to climb. We chose to walk around the base and also hired bikes and rode around it twice. It’s the most amazing place I think I’ve ever been to.

There are mixed messages about climbing Uluru and we chose not to climb.   The local Anangu people ask visitors to respect the cultural significance of the area and to not climb the rock, as they believe all the important history and stories are around the base, not on top.  


Have you climbed Uluru or have any thoughts on this?

Wimbledon 2019

Unfortunately our #1 Womens player, Ash Barty, has bowed out of Wimbledon, but she did it with grace and dignity. I like her style!

Ash Barty
Ash Barty

She’s so right – the sun will still come up tomorrow!

Keeping with the all Australian theme this week

My favourite photos from a walk in the Aussie bush 🙂

My posts this week:

If you’ve missed any of the earlier posts in my Friday Feature – you can find them all here: Winners and Losers

You are very welcome to join in each week by leaving a comment with your own winners and losers. Thanks to all who read, comment or share my posts – your make me very happy when you do so!

Keep smiling and thanks for reading.

Deb 🙂

What a week!
What a week!

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29 Replies to “Who and what made the winners and losers list this week #18?”

  1. Your photos of nature in the bush are gorgeous Deb. As for the issue of banning climbing Uluru I think it’s a really good thing. We were there in 2015 and, like you, walked around it’s base and cycled it too. It’s a special place, incredibly spiritual and I think it can only really be fully experienced in person, but not by climbing it. Have a great weekend Deb. xx

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    1. Thank you Miriam, I really enjoyed getting the shots of the flowers and practising with a new lens on my camera.

      I can’t believe all the people climbing Uluru at the moment, it’s just not right to me!

      Stay warm over the coming weekend, we’re expecting snow here!!

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  2. Good for Ash Barty, I admire sports people for their dignity in winning or losing, not for how many points they get.
    I have never been to the interior, but if I was to visit Uluru? Looking at it even in pictures is impressive. So standing there quietly seeing it without people scrabbling all over it, seeing it as a lonely rock that’s been there for ever would be awesome and respectful.

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    1. Yes I agree with your thoughts on Uluru, it is very impressive and the climb is very dangerous among other things. Nearly 40 people have died over the years not to mention all the waste they leave up there which then washes into waterholes below, which in turn impacts on animals.

      It’s well worth going there and seeing it I can assure you.

      Thanks for your comment and I’m with you on the Ash Barty and similar sports people.

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  3. Another great week Deb and isn’t Ash Barty an great ambassador for the game of Tennis and for Australia? I loved the native flower and the little mardo. Great to see you as a guest for Kathy and I’m in two minds about climbing Uluru. I have always wanted to visit and would be tempted to climb for the view but I also think we have to respect the traditional owners and their wishes. Have a fabulous weekend and I wonder what next week’s Winners and Losers will include? xx

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Sue. I couldn’t climb Uluru even if I wanted to because it just looks so dangerous and scary. I enjoyed being in Kathy’s post and seeing how many of us do retirement in a similar, but different, way.
      Ash Barty is the epitome of a great sportsperson to me and I have so much respect for her. I’d never heard of the little mardo either so was very impressed. Have a great weekend. We have snow predicted so I’ll be staying inside where it’s nice and warm. I really appreciate your ongoing support xx


  4. Your nature photos are truly stunning, Deb! The color is amazing. My loser this week is that the brakes went out on my car (due to a manufacturer’s defect) while I was taking my 80-year-old mother home. The winner is that I managed not to hit anything and we were not hurt. The other winner would be the wonderful massage I got the next evening to work out all the stress.

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    1. Thanks Christie, I enjoyed taking these photos while out walking in the bush this week and am happy to share them with others who may not see these types very often. I’m sorry to hear about your brakes issue, how scary for you both! I love a good massage too 🙂


  5. Another enjoyable round up Deb. I really like Ash Bartley’s attitude to her tennis too – it’s just a game (albeit a well paid game!) Life is more than being a celebrity or winning every time – it’s in the losses that you see people’s true colours isn’t it?

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    1. That’s lovely to hear Donna, thank you for always being so supportive. I learn things too! Yes the race to climb Uluru is very disappointing, and unfortunately it’s often overseas tourists who don’t understand the significance of Uluru to the local people, but see it simply as something to climb.


    1. Yes you’re right Sue, there definite issues with over-tourism as you mentioned in a recent post! We can only hope people learn to respect the local people once the climb is closed but I doubt that will happen unfortunately .


  6. Of course I have to mention that the most joyous news of the week is England are in the cricket World Cup final having beaten… Tada! Australia. So there is a god and he’s English as we always thought… I will milk this until the next time we’re thrashed!!

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  7. What a great week Deb. That photo of Uluru is horrific isn’t it? Over-tourism is such a big problem world-wide and that lack of respect for local people and their customs is so disappointing.

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      1. Probably best not to mention the cricket at the moment. Loads of Aussies are very busy ‘not mentioning’ it. Wonder if that would have been the same if the result had gone the other way?

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  8. Your lead pic this week is stunning. All that colour. I’ve never been to Uluru but have no inclination to climb it – for the reasons you’ve mentioned & also because I don’t really have an urge to climb anything that isn’t in my way. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend & getting some snow!

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    1. Thanks Jo, I loved the photo too and I’m happy to hear your thoughts. I am amazed about the Uluru situation too and really it is a very scary steep climb. It’s cold here but only a few snow flurries here in Tumbarumba so far!

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