Flower Art

I recently enjoyed the garden show in Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens and loved the displays of flower art in the beautiful old hall. I don’t usually take photos of flowers like this but I was blown away by the creativity and beauty of the displays. Here are 6 of my favourites. Enjoy!

Sisterly fun

I visited my sister in Melbourne recently, her husband Tim has moved there for work and Sharon is in between places. Our parents were also visiting so it was too good an opportunity to pass up.  I haven’t seen my sister for a few months and she has lost even more weight than the last time I saw her – her…

Somewhere over the rainbow!

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On my way to work this morning I  looked in the rear view mirror to see this beautiful rainbow and stormy sky over the vineyard next door.  The amazing thing was that the other end of the rainbow was over my workplace, over 5kms from home – and it was a double rainbow to boot. What a lovely way to start the day.

Weekly photo challenge: reflections – me and my shadow

The theme of this week’s photo challenge  is reflection, which made me think of the many different ways this can be interpreted. I have already submitted one version (which I am very happy with)  – it’s the classic reflection photo in a pool of water.

Recently I have rediscovered my love of running, embarked on a healthier and fitter lifestyle and become a new woman in many ways. I enjoy walking, running and cycling for the quiet thinking time they afford me. I find I am more reflective as a result of these activities, they soothe me, I am at peace and I feel good.


These photos are of me and my shadow enjoying our quiet, reflective time together. Is a shadow another form of reflection?

Weekly photo challenge: reflection

Reflection in the fountain

This photo was taken at 6am in Fitzroy Park in Melbourne in January 2014. The temperature at 6am was already 29 degrees Celsius and the day was forecast to get to 48 degrees. I remembered all of this when I read the topic for this weeks photo challenge. I immediately thought of this photo.

I took the photo of the fountain on my phone while I was out for my morning run. We were heading into the Australian Open tennis later in the day and I remember thinking how cool and serene the water looked, which seemed in stark contrast to what the day would bring.

Not only did the water look cool and inviting but also the park in general, with the sprinklers swishing, the majestic old green shady trees, the cool freshly mowed grass, and of course this gorgeous fountain with its tiled pool. I’m sure it would have been a lovely cool haven from the heat later in the day.

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Weekly writing challenge: Golden Years – ageing gracefully

Here’s my post for a recent Weekly Writing Challenge on the Golden years and ageing.

How did I get to this point in life?? I honestly don’t know how I came to be in my early fifties, I don’t feel that old!!

In actual fact my body isn’t that old…..what do I mean by that?

I have been doing a health and fitness challenge for the past few months and one of the steps has been a body composition analysis. At the beginning my body age was 45 (despite my actual age of 53) and at the end of the challenge my body’s age was 42. This has made me very happy!!  I am feeling fit, healthy and fantastic and I’m in my early fifties – how lucky am I?

I love this picture of a teenage me, all bright eyed and bushy tailed!! I am still that teenage girl on the inside, despite the outside saying something different.  I firmly believe that if you think you are old, then you are old.  This can happen to people at any age.  I am happy to report that I don’t think I’m old so therefore I’m not old!

I have learnt so much along the way and gained so much from life changing events that I wouldn’t even consider swapping to return to my younger self, if I was given the chance. I’m happy being this age at the moment – this is the oldest I’ve ever been.

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