Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Houses

Be It Ever So Humble

House edited with Picasa's focal B&W and HDR filters

House edited with Picasa’s focal B&W and HDR filters

Cottages at Arthur’s Circus, Battery point, Hobart

House at Lake Baikal , Siberia 1990

Miniature house at the 2014 Hobart Model Train Show

The Dolly Mix dolls house Naomi gave me last Christmas and our shared Triang 61

A multi-story bird house.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Must have at least five letters and begin with the letter P.

This weeks photos are another dive into the archives but I chose them because they are lovely and colourful besides fitting the criteria of this photo challenge.

My P words are:

  • Piano
  • Pinwheel
  • Penguin
  • Plane
  • Panther
  • Protea
  • Painting
  • Puppy
  • Phone Booths
  • Playground

Christmas in Rosehaven; I mean Geeveston

There was not a TV camera or celebrity in sight at the Geeveston Christmas Parade but I can’t help thinking the residents of television’s Rosehaven would have a rather similar Christmas event.

Our annual Christmas Pageant is put on by the local volunteer fire brigade and participated in by most of the community. Half the town seems to be in the parade and the other half watches it. We were lucky this year that after a windy afternoon the weather settled down and the threatening clouds did not produce more than a few spots of rain.

I helped to decorate the Op Shop float but did not take up the invitation to ride on it because I wanted to take photos. Here are some of my favourites from before the parade and during it.

Everyone piles on for a test run round the car park.

Young Braden volunteers to be Santa for the second year.

Santa on a truck

The volunteer fire brigade cadets.

Canton of Lightwood.

Sam the Fireman and friend.

The local childcare centre with another driver with doubtful vision.

I don’t think that Dora knew where she was going.

Reindeer float

Our float was near the end of the parade.

The Op Shop volunteers.

Kids on the Op Shop float.

Santa arrives by buggy.

Usually the parade ends at Heritage Park but there is construction work going on there at present as we are getting a new toilet block and playground. Also we have often been rained out so the firies wisely decided to end back at the fire station where there was a sausage sizzle, ice cream and Christmas Carols.

Sausages and Hamburgers at the fire station.

We were entertained with Christmas Carols.

I met quite a lot of people I knew during the course of the evening. It made me reflect that when David and I came to Geeveston fifteen years ago we did not know anyone at all. Now I feel very much part of the community and as this will most likely be the last Christmas I’ll spend in Geeveston I made sure that I took plenty of photos.

Daily Prompt: Relocate

via Daily Prompt: Relocate

Relocating has been very much on my mind as I’m drawing near to the end of the task of sprucing up the house. Once I sell it I will have to face the unpleasant task of packing and moving all the things I’ve accumulated over the years.

 

I’m always seeing people having moving sales, garage sales or bringing house loads of things to the Op Shop.  They bring, appliances, china, furniture, bric a brac and even their clothes. I wonder what they are actually taking with them sometimes.

I am more like a snail or a tortoise, carrying my house on my back. Of course I will get rid of some things. Things that are old and broken, things that I have no further use for, what would I do with a beer brewing kit? (It was David’s). I would not like to give up all my stuff though even though it would probably be easier to move without it.

I guess people see relocating as an opportunity to get rid of items they no longer care about but by taking my stuff along with me I feel I’m taking home with me. I come to a bare empty space. I open my boxes and out come the things that mean home to me. The books, the ornaments and pictures. Once they are in place I look around and think “Yes, this is home.”

Op Shop

Opportunity Shop (Thrift Shop)

 

 

Share Your World 2017 – Week #48

Sharing My World This Week

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Does painting count as a household chore? I’m over it. I don’t love any of them.  There are far more interesting things to be doing than housework. However, I think the one that I procrastinate about the most is vacuuming. It seems that no matter how often I vacuum up the pet hair it’s there again before I can turn round.  I just got new carpets though so I am trying to keep them nice.

Living room with new carpet.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

I think the answer to that would be the times when I felt I was making a difference. Usually I like to just quietly do my own thing but if  I feel strongly about something I will participate in a community event. The times that particularly stand out for me are three or four years ago now when I attended anti government protest rallies in Hobart. It felt good to know that lots of ordinary people felt the same way as I did and felt strongly enough to say so.

Not In Our Name

How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

That is easy, not at all. David and I bought this house 15 years ago last May and moved in on 20 June, 2002. We had lived in our previous house in South Australia for more than 25 years. I think that people who own their own homes probably don’t move as often as renters.

How the hedge has grown.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

It might sound rather silly but I really appreciate the ladder I bought to replace my old step-ladder. It is so sturdy that it has enabled me to reach areas that I would not have been able to get to without it. I thought I would not be able to reach across the bath to paint the upper part of the wall but I feel safe enough on this ladder to try.

A nice new step-ladder – with a shelf.