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 …

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 …

Celebrating

On our honeymoon

Another year of marriage successfully completed! Congratulations to us 😊 I really can't believe it's been 35 years since that memorable day -  except when I stop and think that I have children either in their 30s or very close to it. The intervening years aren't all that clear at times, but then a lot …

Black and White Challenge #5

My final black and white photo for the 5 day challenge is a fluffy dandelion.  They looked quite nondescript in the paddock when I went walking, looking for suitable subjects, but when I looked closer I saw the patterns, the structure and I just loved the ethereal, floaty nature of them. Make a wish and blow! I …

Black and White challenge #4

Day 4 of the 5 day Black and White photo challenge - kites flying at the beach. Despite liking black and white for some things this is an example of what I don't particularly like.  I think the colour version is a much better photograph by virtue of the colour! It shows the sunny day, the blue sky, …

Black and White Challenge #3

Blue tongue lizard

  This is a Blue Tongue Lizard which lives around our house and shows himself every now and again.  We found him eating the cat's dry food in the garage just the other day - the cat wasn't very happy about it but left him to it!  I took this photo with my iPhone and …

Black and White Challenge #2

Pine cones are abundant in the pine forest near our house.  Apparently the cockatoos eat bits out of them and then discard them on the ground. I love their intricacies and patterns. This is my day 2 photo for the 5 days of black and white photo challenge and was taken on my iphone and edited using Instagram. …

Weekly photo challenge: New – 2015 is a blank canvas

A new year ahead with unlimited potential just like a blank canvas, not a cloud in sight, the sky is the limit... are there any other clichés I could have used for this photo? If you have any others just leave me a comment 🙂 This week's weekly photo challenge is new. Possibility. Opportunity. Potential. As …

Birthday thoughts

Life is better when you're laughing

I'm officially another year older today. Funnily enough I don't feel any older than I did yesterday! I have had the best day - presents, a day off work, a nice walk/run, a long lunch with 2 other birthday friends, our town's Christmas street party and lots of lovely messages, hugs and kisses from friends and …

It’s not called the ‘silly season’ for nothing!

It's now officially the silly season!  The person who coined this phrase was spot on (apparently it was first noted in 1861).  Ay my first event for the season, I looked around at all these normal, sensible people suddenly transformed by wearing silly hats, telling silly jokes from their bonbons and playing with silly plastic …

Ouch – multiplied by a million

Today I had my second ever mammogram. My first one, over 2 years ago, was a memorable occasion as I was excited to have finally reached this 'invitation' stage of my life (for some reason I was excited??). I have decided after today's experience, that I do not like them.Today was worse in some ways …

I want to shake it up!

I want to shake it up! I'm letting you know that I’m participating in the Run Melbourne https://runmelbourne2014.everydayhero.com/au/debbie and will be proudly supporting The Shake It Up Australia Foundation to raise funds to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, in this life time. My sister and I have decided to run/walk in this event to …