Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Sunday Selections #263

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week my theme is distractions.  Welcome distractions.  I am not in a good space physically, mentally or emotionally and all of these things helped.


We took a small excursion to our National Library to see an exhibition called Celestial Empire:  Life in China 1644-1911.  A free exhibition.  It wasn't the best I have seen and photographs of the exhibits were banned but I was blown away by the colours in some of the documents.  Hundreds of years old, and so vivid.


A snippet of information intrigued me too.  Apparently there was a time when China, Japan and Korea shared the same written language...

No photos of the exhibit, but some of the outside of the National Library.




This monkey has been set in place for the Chinese New Year.  I think it is on the grotesque side, and am intrigued by the solar panels.  I assume it lights up at night - and when Enlighten is on in a few weeks we will see...





  The next day we went to the Lifeline book fair.  Do I need any more books?  No.  Have I room for any more books?  No.  Did I buy books?  Of course.  Nearly thirty of them.



As a bonus, Wesley, a memoir written by a woman who shared her life with a Barn Owl for nineteen years, was amazing.  I guzzled it and will read it again.




I have also had some welcome distraction in the garden.  My pineapple lily (eucomis) is in flower.  This link will take you to some more information about it.




There are Bromeliads in flower too.




And we have naked ladies blooming in the back yard too.  Not the usual pink ones which appear to be sulking but some white beauties (also known as Belladonna lilies or Amaryllis).  Naked ladies because they bloom before the leaves appear.




Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Words for Wednesday

The lovely Delores at Under the Porch Light has been running this meme for a considerable period of time, week after week.   Computer issues led her to bow out for a while and I took over.  When Delores' absence looked like being more permanent I begged and cajoled for other volunteers to share providing the prompts, and Words for Wednesday became a moveable feast.


Last month Jacqueline at Randomosity tested our mettle.  This month it is my turn.


Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.


Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

This week I am starting with two images.  Photos from my garden which I tinkered with.



And now some words.


  1. grease
  2. ambivalent 
  3. fiendish  
  4. exquisite  
  5. terrific 
  6. evolution

And another set.

  1. tongue 
  2. adaptive  
  3. angriest  
  4. furry 
  5. bold  
  6. zombie
Have fun.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sunday Selections #262

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  My father was a damaged, difficult and complicated man.  A difficult and complicated man who made some very beautiful jewellery as a hobby.  A little while ago my nephew's wife asked me to send her some photos of his work.  This week I finally got round to it, and thought I would post some of the photos as a tribute to him.


The rings are all my mother's.  My hands are bigger than hers and I cannot wear any of them.  I bit my fingernails for years and he flatly refused to make me rings until I stopped.  Some of the earrings are mine, and some hers. Note that the piece which goes through your ear is always in keeping with the overall design.  Not for him a simple post.   Father almost always worked in silver and, probably because of his influence, I prefer it to gold.



There is a large garnet set into this ring.



A moonstone. 


 

A stud.  I mourn (twenty years later) losing the other one.


Amber.



Amethyst.


He was not a happy chappy when I told him this brooch he made for my mother made me think of a slug.  It does though.


    

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Words for Wednesday

The lovely Delores at Under the Porch Light has been running this meme for a considerable period of time, week after week.   Computer issues led her to bow out for a while and I took over.  When Delores' absence looked like being more permanent I begged and cajoled for other volunteers to share providing the prompts, and Words for Wednesday became a moveable feast.



Last month Jacqueline at Randomosity tested our mettle.  This month it is my turn.


Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.
This week I am going to give you two sets of six words and a phrase.
First the words.
Set the first is:
  1. graveyard
  2. chapter 
  3. symbol 
  4. near  
  5. dangerous and
  6. sawdust
 Set the second:

  1. challenge 
  2. ballerina 
  3. billion 
  4. arcane
  5. conclusion  and
  6. convict
The phrase I am including this week is from one of the books I am reading and got my mind going into overdrive.  I hope it does the same for you.
'Absolution, my child, is not like the bus pass.  It does not run out.' 

***

While we are talking writing challenges I am going to throw another into the mix.

A Valentines Day challenge.

  The lovely Denise Covey and Yolanda Renee are hosting yet another WEP (Write, Edit, Publish) challenge.  The rules and timing for the challenge can be found here.  And the more the merrier.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sunday Selections #261

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  I am continuing with my Tommy Tourist theme this week.  The uncle has gone home again, and I think he enjoyed his stay.  


The weather continued its mostly grey path while he was visiting.  Some sunshine, but not enough for some of us.  Some rain, but not enough for others of us.

We headed off on a cruise on the lake one morning, to show off the city's features from a different perspective.  



Although it was very grey when we started off, the sun was shining at the Nara Peace Park.




Apartments adjacent to the city centre.  Many of them have lovely views, and a matching price tag.

The Carillion


The National Library.


The High Court - which looks much better from the inside.


Commonwealth Park.


The War Memorial.  


There is a flag here for every nation which has an embassy or a consulate in my city. There are ninety or so of them at the moment I think.   A day or two later at the uncle's request we drove round far too many of them.  They weren't open, but we did a drive by just the same.





This Paddle-boat is owned by the National Museum, and is rarely taken from its wharf.  We got lucky.


A closer look at some of those expensive apartments.  



Part of the National Museum - a controversial looking building.

 Dragon boat racers practising.  I think there were races on Australia Day.

Since the sun came out while we were on the lake we detoured to enjoy the kangaroos in Yarralumla when the cruise finished.  As always they were totally relaxed.  I have often said I would like to be able to relax as well as a cat, but being a roo has some charm too.






A miniature steam train for children which runs in loops not far away from the kangaroos.

The next day we went to Parliament House.  No politicians to be seen fortunately.  The uncle and I come from very different political viewpoints...
Regardless of the people who work there, lots of the building is very beautiful.




The pillars in the entrance hall are strongly reminiscent of the colours of our gum trees.


The wood work represents native species, and is all done in a range of woods native to our land as well.




I enjoyed this tapestry.  Prepared as a gift for one of our politicians, who donated it.

The saddle was a gift to Malcolm Fraser - a Prime Minister who I remember well.  I liked him a great deal more after he left politics. 




 Poor Julia.  Gifts (over a certain value) made to our politicians can be paid for by the person and kept, or are retained by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  The portrait above was executed in coffee beans of Julia Gillard while she was Prime Minister.  I am not surprised that she wasn't itching to have it on her own walls.




Not only is the building on the posh side the politicians' private gardens have charm too.







The next few shots are taken from the roof.  







The House of Representatives (our lower house).


 The Senate.



 Jigsaws from the gift shop.  The gum trees look like they would be 'challenging'.  I took the photos thinking of LL Cool Joe who is a jigsaw afficionardo. 


Jazz n Jewel have come out of the wardrobe now, leaving me the delightful job of washing everything they moulted up a storm on.  They are happy chappies though.  And one of them celebrated getting out of their (self-imposed) prison by throwing up copiously on the spare bed.  Visitors are NOT welcomed by them.  Ever.

I am tired to the bone and the PC has an issue or six so I will be in and out a bit.  Someone who shall remain nameless decided to update to Windows 10.  It failed, so he started tinkering.  Now the previous system is suspect.  Sgih.