Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge -Week#2

Composing Myself

I had a fun day on Sunday taking some new photos for Cee’s photo challenges. Two of these pictures were taken at the Hobart Botanical Gardens. They were holding a spring festival and amongst the entertainment was an old fashioned Punch and Judy Show.

I also enjoyed photographing the spring flowers as I don’t often get a chance to do flower close-ups. I’ll just have to plant lots of flowers in our new garden.

The third photo is an older one but was taken just down the road from the Botanical Gardens. It is a panel from the gate of the old Beaumaris Zoo which has been gone for many years. Only the gate remains. I have always found the faces of the animals on the panels very melancholy and wonder if the artist designed them that way on purpose. I chose the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) as my subject because the last known one was a resident at the zoo until it died. I’ve seen film of the poor thing in its cage and it makes me cry every time I watch it.


Something that makes me laugh.
Something that makes me laugh.
Something beautiful. Bearded Iris at the Botanical Gardens.
Something beautiful. Bearded Iris at the Botanical Gardens.

Tasmanian TigerThylacine with sad eyes.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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