Share Your World 2018 – 20 March

Sharing My World This Week

What is your earliest memory?

The earliest memory I have that I know is my own not something I was told is of looking down from a bridge and seeing the railway line and trains below. It was in Clacton on Sea and the bridge was on the way to the local Recreation Ground.  My grandparents lived in Clacton and we used to visit them for a week or two every summer. When I was about six or seven I was puzzled that I could no longer see the trains when we went over the bridge as the guard rail was too high for me to see over. I asked mum why this was as  I knew I had seen the trains before. Mum told me that my grandfather used to lift me up to see them when they looked after me before Naomi was born. I was two years old. I suppose it says something about me that I remember the trains but not my grandfather lifting me.

Clacton Station in more recent times courtesy of Wikemedia.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

These days I’m not too fussy but it should be over so that you can do the little pointy fold at the end.

What makes you feel grounded?

I think I have a strong sense of place. I always feel grounded at home with my own things and my pets around me. I feel part of the community I live in. I don’t think I could be a transient  even though I like to travel I need a home to go back to.

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

Last Friday I went to Hobart to do some errands, new shoes and a few other small things I needed for our holiday as well as getting my hair cut. When I arrived I saw that there was a cruise ship in port. Passing a local coffee shop that always welcomes cruise passengers with a chalkboard sign I discovered that it was Explorer of the Seas . It’s just over two years now since we cruised on her so after I’d done my shopping I went down to the waterfront to say hello. I have a bit of a soft spot for this ship even though we’ll soon be sailing away on a much larger one.

Explorer of the Seas, Hobart 16 March 2918.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes of any kind

Pedal Power and Horsepower

Here are a few photos from the archives. The bicycles were all taken in Melbourne in 2014. There was a Jehovah’s Witness conference on at the time and I spotted these bikes sitting on the footpath. I was also interested in the hire bike stands around the city.

The motorcycle photos were taken on Explorer of the Seas, I had fun playing with that one in editing, and at the Motor Museum in Launceston.

The opinions expressed on this sign are not necessarily those of the photographer

Cycling in Melbourne

Bikes for Hire Melbourne.

Hire Bikes in Melbourne 2014

Motorcycle artwork Explorer of the Seas

Motorcycles in a museum in Launceston.

Snapshot Sunday: Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas, Hobart March 2018.

On Friday I went to Hobart to do some errands. I saw that there was a cruise ship in port and from the chalkboard of a local coffee shop learned that it was Explorer of the Seas. It’s just over two years since we sailed on this ship and only a week now till we set off on our next adventure. I didn’t have my camera with me so as I wanted to practice using it anyway I took this with my phone.

Share Your World 2018: 13 March

Sharing My World This Week

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?

Well first of all I’d be surprised. Secondly, I’d think how I could best put it to good use. That amount of money, while it would not buy a new house, would certainly mean we could buy a better house or do any repairs that were needed to whatever we bought.

If I didn’t need it for that I guess I’d spend some, a holiday for Naomi and I, some new toys, save some for a rainy day and give some to deserving charities or individuals. I know a couple of people that I’d love to lend a hand to if I had the means.

What sound or sounds do you love?

Birds, I really enjoy listening to the birds when I sit in the garden, the kookaburras laughing in the gum trees near my house, the little birds, wagtails, finches and so on who hide out in the apple tree and chirp away, even the harsh cries of parrots, crows, gulls and the plover family tell me that nature is all around me and are certainly better than my neighbours taste in music.

Male and female superb fairy wren edit21.jpg
CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

taken by User:Benjamint444 using Helicon Filter.

Steam whistles on trains or boats, thunder and the sound of waves crashing onto the beach are also favourite sounds if mine.


What’s your middle name?  Why?

My middle name is now Eileen and there is s story behind that. Mum’s name was Eileen Carol and she was always known as Carol. Grandad got the names the wrong way round when he went to register the birth. I was named Eileen Vanda but always known as Vanda. I quite like the name Eileen now but as a child I got annoyed by schoolmates asking if they could call me Eileen instead of Vanda. I like my name and didn’t want to change it. When I went to apply for my first passport I was dismayed to learn it would be issued in the name of Eileen as that came first. I was eighteen and in a fit of contrariness I went and had my name changed to Vanda Eileen by deed poll so I would never suffer this annoyance again. So I am Eileen after mum and Vanda because mum wanted an unusual name and during her pregnancy read a book where the main character was called Vanda.


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

Our holiday trip is drawing near now and last week we went to Hobart to pick up our tickets and other paperwork. We certainly smiled a lot about that.

Travel diary and note book, my sister knows me well.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves or Trees

Leaves or Trees

I just acquired my first smart phone so some of these photos were taken on it while I try to get used to operating the camera.

Smartphone Photos:

Cyclamen Leaf from my new cyclamen plant.

Leaves on my Poinsettia plant.

A leaf from the apple tree.

DSLR Photos:

The trees in my garden are favourite subjects and I’ve taken a lot of photos of them in every season over the past three years or so.

Weeping Maple in my garden.

Leaves on my Japanese Maple.

New leaves on the Photinia hedge. Spring 2017



Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects

Large Subjects

I looked amongst my archives for large subjects, most of them were taken while on holidays. I edited most of  them in Adobe Photo Elements 9 which is good practice in learning the software.

  • A large dish – radio telescope at the Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbindilla, Canberra
  • A large ship – Ovation of the Seas visiting Hobart
  • A large wheel – The Melbourne Star Wheel
  • A large building – This used to be the Victorian Railways offices I think but is now a hotel.
  • A large rock – Uluru/Ayers Rock in the Northern Territory
  • A large face – The entrance to Luna Park in Sydney


Large Dish Tidbinbilla, Canberra

Ovation of the Seas – A large ship

Star Wheel Melbourne – A large wheel.

A large building in Spencer Street Melbourne.

Uluru NT – A large rock.

A large face at Luna Park , Sydney