Weekly Photography Challenge: Lines

The week is almost over, but here are my lines…

Straight lines in bricks and graph paper, curvy lines in some sort of succulent – growing in the incredible Cactus Country at Strathmerton in Victoria, Australia. If you are ever any where near there, make a bee-line for the garden and cafe, and make sure you order a slice of cactus cake with your coffee!

Weekly Photography Challenge: Connected

The challenge this time is to portray connection in some way. Bridges have been popular, and I was thinking of our brand new wireless NBN connection (not very exciting photos, though), but my grand daughter Juniper is 2 (TWO!) tomorrow, so I’m going with family connection, and trying not to post too many pictures. There are only a handful of photos of my baby years (nearly 60 years ago), but there must be hundreds of Juni, thanks to digital technology…

We are going to see Juni for her birthday in a week or two, so I don’t have recent photos of my own – but here are some that mum Zoe sent me…

Feel free to add comments of the “my how she’s grown” and “isn’t she the cutest kid ever” variety! Sometime around New Year, she will have a little cousin. Renovations to our kids old cubby are planned…

We all met up at Cactus Country for Juniper’s Uncle Simon’s 40th – one of the staff took family photos for us, so no one was missing. It’s a great place to visit – make sure and take your camera when you do!

Weekly Photography Challenge: Door

We had a weekend away from home, and having read before I left that this week’s Photography Challenge theme is “Door”, I made sure and took photos of some along the way.


My historic doors are brand new compared with Mike Hardisty’s, but in Australia, they are quite old! The first pic is of the tiny Savings bank in Avoca, followed by our whole family in the doorway of Cactus Country at Strathmerton. Then there are the door of the water tower and an old pub in Nathalia, plus the door of our room for the night. All 11 of us stayed at the motel – it was for our eldest’s 40th birthday. He’s been a fan of cacti since visiting a display garden with his Grandpa when he was 11. The next three are in Castlemaine – the venerable looking door of my brother’s passion project, Tonk’s Bros Second-Hand Centre, and the Mechanic’s Institute in Barkly Street. Last but not least, the driver’s side door – complete with mechanical ‘indicator’, of my Dad’s old Commer truck, which is quietly rusting away in their back yard.

Friday Poem: Seminole

IMG_4652 (Large)We took a different route this time on our way to Canberra, going through Echuca (and Cactus Country in Strathmerton), staying the night in Urana (I’d never heard of it either….) and stopping for a break and coffee in Wagga Wagga. It was foggy when we left Urana, the vast flat empty landscape ghostly for miles, but by lunchtime at Gundagai, the sun was warm and we only had a couple more hours to go.IMG_4717 (Large)

This is a tiny poem, as alliterative as anything, and absolutely true!

I saw a woman in Wagga.
She was wearing
a Seminole skirt.

I was impressed.

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I’ve been doing some sewing, and I keep thinking about than skirt, so I did a little bit of very simple Seminole patchwork yesterday. It can be much more colourful and complex than this, and requires precision and attention to detail. Not my usual style!

The Kurt Cobain quote that includes the words “you can be as sloppy as you want” is my favourite with good reason, although he did add the rider “as long as it’s good and has passion”, so not too sloppy…