Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: S & T

S & T

The Letter S

  1. Ship in bottle
  2. Shirley Temple (S and T)

This ship in a bottle was made by David’s great grandfather who was a sailor and passed down through the family. David’s father gave it to him many years ago and it had pride of place in our living room until last spring when I took it back to Adelaide so that it could remain in the family and hopefully be passed on to another generation.

Shirley Temple is a composition doll that Naomi and I bought last year between us, she was quite expensive. I was pleased to realise that Shirley is an S and a T so perfect for this challenge.

Ship in a bottle
Shirley Temple doll circa 1934.


The Letter T

  1. Towel Animal
  2. Tigerwoods
  3. Teddy
  4. Toby

I didn’t realise towel animals were a thing until we booked on our cruise. This was the first one that was made for us and is meant to be a rat but the big ears reminded us of Naomi’s dog Toby.

Toby is featured in this next set of photos of Naomi’s pets along with  her other dog Teddy and Tigerwoods her tabby cat. And no, we are not interested in golf.

A Towel Rat


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.


    • We found Shirley in an antique shop. They were reorganising the store and she was in a random pile of items. We were so worried she would get broken that we spoke to the store owner. She was very expensive so we walked away but we both felt anxious about her survival so in the end my sister went back and put her on layby and we paid for her over three months.


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