gallery Retrospective

My Year in Pictures

I went back over the photos that I had taken for blog posts in 2016 for this challenge. It was not an easy year for me to take photographs. I came back from our cruise holiday with a sore ankle from too much walking I suppose and a few weeks later I had a fall which gave me two bruised feet and made walking uncomfortable for some weeks. We had a long wet, winter which prevented me from going out very much so my photographs mainly focussed on home.
Highlights of my year were the cruise of course, the ship and New Zealand were everything I expected; and a trip to Adelaide in October to visit family was very enjoyable.
At home I watched my garden change as a new front porch, pergola and plants were added. I found that I took a lot more pictures of flowers in 2016. I enjoyed time with Cindy and Polly outdoors as well as in and became even more interested in the feathered visitors to the garden. I had new flooring laid inside too so although there is a long way to go gradually the house is starting to look better.

I managed to get to one cricket match in Hobart and also to a book signing where I met Michael Clarke the previous Australian cricket captain. I spent time at the Hobart waterfront as I do every summer and started to do volunteer work at our local Op Shop in Geeveston.

I bought more dolls both old and new and wrote about them for my doll blog and visited the model railways show to see tiny and full sized trains.

I broke my Nikon L120 which made me very sad because David had given it to me but bought a used Pentax K10 DSLR which was something the two of us had discussed buying when he was in hospital. I tried to learn more about photography by participating in photo challenges and will continue to do this in 2017.


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 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.


  1. Oh, I simply loved your retrospective!!! Having the photos makes it easier to remember the things we have done all year. I would like to do something similar. Your blog is so inspiring to me.

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      • Yes, I have been trying to capture moments more. I would love to sum up the whole year like you did. What I find is if I do not take a photo, I just cannot remember what I have done, and then it seems like life is just slipping by. The older you get, the more this happens. I am 71, so it is happening a lot. In my mind I am 40, but I have to keep telling myself I was born in 1945.

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