Friday, December 19, 2014

Day's ending

 
I only saw this sky because its reflected glow bathed the courtyard at the front of my home - I bet it looked a treat from the seashore (less than half an hour's drive away).
 
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Thank you for the joy you've brought to my days with your marvellous photography.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fossombrone

 
The following images were captured in Fossombrone, an ancient town of Roman origin, standing midway up the Metauro Valley and located in the Marche region of Central Italy. 
 

 


 
  

 

 
It was a fun challenge to converse with the locals, as they didn't speak English and I don't speak Italian, but we managed to grasp the basics!
 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Sweet beginnings

This sweet duckling was one of several under the watchful eye of Mother, spotted in the waters surrounding Whittington Castle in northern Shropshire, England earlier this year. (It's apparently the only castle in England to be owned and managed by a community)
 
 
Wishing you all a wonderful week in the lead-up to Christmas, and now (thanks to the respective dedicated hosts),
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seeing double

 
524 Yates Street, Victoria, British Columbia
 
Joining in the fun with James' Weekend Reflection

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winter in B.C.

The following images were captured at beautiful Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island, British Columbia during my house exchange there in February this year. Some of the Douglas Fir trees in this Grove are over 800 years old.
 
Since our "brothers and sisters" in the Northern Hemisphere are coming into Winter, it seems appropriate to include these in today's post, because scenes like this seem somehow synonymous with Christmas in those regions.
 
Meanwhile, those of us in the Southern Hemisphere - just beginning our Summer - are likely to experience many many days of temperatures in the 30s and 40s Centigrade over the next 3 months!
  

 




 
Well, wherever you are (or will be) for Christmas, may it be a happy, safe and meaningful celebration for you and your loved ones.
 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Funghi

One morning last month while running my Jessie on a local oval, I spotted these unusual funghi.
 

 
 
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Biddulph Grange

 
Following are some images I captured during a visit to the National Trust property Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire, England earlier this year.
 
The splendid grounds reveal an amazing collection of plants from around the world, showcased as "pockets" of other nations' gardens and was created by James Bateman in the 1800s.
 





 
I liked the angular design of this section, and ....

 
... my over-active imagination saw this resembling a face depicting shock and horror!

 
I almost missed this little sweetie hiding amongst the foliage.
 
Joining in James' Weekend Reflection
 
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monarto visit

A few months ago I joined a dear friend on a special outing - for those enduring Parkinson's Disease and/or Dementia - to South Australia's Monarto Zoo.
 
The Meerkats are so entertaining, as are the Chimpanzees.  (It was a cold Winter's day when we visited, and the Chimps were carrying around a pink bed quilt - when they weren't wearing it !)
 
 
 
(I've missed catching up with you all over the past month as my new computer had a serious "melt down".  Have also been heavily involved in supporting my dear friend and her husband these past few months as dementia progressed rapidly and it was necessary for her to move into permanent professional care - a devastating time for all. While clearly different from one's own home environment, her new home is bright, attractive and has lovely garden settings with water features which she enjoys and the carers have wonderful attitudes towards those for whom they are responsible).
 
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Wishing you all a wonderful week with hopefully not too many pressures in the lead up to preparations for Christmas celebrations.
 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Any takers?


While showing my English visitors around South Australia in June this year, we visited the Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide - a fascinating place and worthy of your time as you step back into early history of our Australian State. Experience the on-board accommodation voyagers contended with on their journey from the UK, and hear the creaking of the boat's timbers as "she" ploughs (plows?) through rough seas.

The poster above makes interesting reading, and it caught our eye as my friends live in Truro, Cornwall, UK!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Braving the elements


This was taken back in June, at the beginning of our Winter 
("down under") and both surfing and beach fishing are popular at Waitpinga on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula.
It was a sunny but blustery day with temperatures in the low 'teens (and that was on land - I wouldn't want to have been standing in that chilling water for long, but these fellows were obviously hoping to catch the big one, possibly salmon trout)

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