Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Outdoor Seating

This week, in her Fun Foto Challenge, Cee asks us to show outdoor seating. My choice was easy. This bench sat outside our back door for several years after it replaced another. David especially liked to sit out there on fine days. He would often take his lunch, coffee or a book outside and sit in the sun. Sadly it wasn’t big enough for both of us to sit on it together.

Cindy learned to jump up on to it so that I could groom her without straining my back bending.

Last spring I moved the bench to the bottom of the garden near the apple tree and now it is my favourite place to sit in the garden. I can enjoy the rustle of the leaves, the twittering of small birds hiding in the tree and the sound of the windchimes I hung on a branch. I too, like to take my coffee or lunch there or occasionally a book. I still get Cindy to jump on it so that I can groom her.

The bench is guarded by my cat and kitten statues who have been with me for nearly 20 years.


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.


    • I am still reading but it’s giving me good tips about depth of field, apertures, shutter speeds and how to adjust for a better exposure. It’s actually pretty much the same as we did for film cameras but as I have been using a point and shoot either with auto or scene modes for the last few years it’s good to review it. I find I usually work better when I understand why something happens rather than just doing it blindly which is why I enjoy CCYC so much.

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      • I tend to keep with auto most of the time. I do use aperture setting a lot though because I like clear crisp photos more than just a small focus point. I think the cameras are much smarter than they were back in the film days and early “auto” days. I’m not that picky of a photographer in that regards. I am obviously more into composition, but that is how my head thinks. There are plenty of people into the geeky turn the knobs things and they are much more qualified to speak on those function than I am. πŸ˜€


      • It’s mostly about compostition for me too but I will learn the functions of the new camera before deciding whether I like the results with them better or am happy to stick with auto most of the time.

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