Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: View From The Side

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I enjoy taking candid photos of people doing things. I like it when their attention is focussed on what they are doing,  not on what I am doing.

David’s old friend Effie at Hobart airport in 2014.

At the airport check-in counter

Taken through the glass, the fireman at work during my trip to the Puffing Billy railway in Victoria in 2017.

Fireman on a steam loco.

My friend Bruce who is an occasional contributor of photos to this blog.

Bruce with his camera

Taken back in 2008 at Naomi’s house. Teddy, in the coat and Stacie, his mother show off their tricks.

Stacie and Teddy, the dogs Naomi had before Toby and Teddy.


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.


  1. My cat has the same toy. I bought it for her too when she was very little. But it was not her thing. I still have it in one of the cabinets… “the graveyard for cat toys” xD If I ever get a second cat, maybe the second cat will appreciate these toys more 😀 Who knows!

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    • Polly eventually lost interest in the toy too. She broke the first one “killing” the ball so I got another but she lost interest after a while. It had served its purpose teaching her to hunt I suppose. Are you thinking of a second cat? Or did you mean in thefuture after Shyna?

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      • Back then I thought it was just my cat, but over the years I learned that all cat owners experience it… cats can not be pleased with toys for long. But yes, they’re good in destroying the things and demanding new stuff 🙂

        I never gave the idea with a second cat up, but I never had the balls to get a second one. No, it’s not really planned. The idea just never left my head in the last years lol. A couple of friends told me that it worked for them in the exact same scenario. More recently… my best friend got a second cat, he threw it in there and both cats fought it out lol… now there is a hierarchy and they cuddle with each other.

        You know my medical story… Over the years I went from being always at home to actively take part in life again. I am worried that Shyna comes too short. I see in the evening that she’s very pushy when she was alone during the day. So, I sometimes wonder if it would be good for her to get a second cat. But you know the horror stories you can read all over the internet. I don’t want a war between two cats at home. But experiences of my friends show it works, in a very similar scenario (new cat many years later).

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      • It’s a tricky one, Shyna is obviously missing your company now you are out and about more but cats are quite territorial. If you did decide to get one would you be able to create a seperate area for the new cat and introduce them to each other gradually. If you can do this you might be able to avoid them turning you apartment into a battle ground while they sort it out. Would you get another adult cat or a kitten?

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      • Yeah. Other cats are used to being alone for several hours. For her it was completely new… I think she got used to it too, it’s not super dramatic, but it’s sometimes noticeable that she definitely demands that I pay attention to her when I am at home. And I do, but I can’t all the time… this leads to funny moments, like this weekend when I played PC with my friends, and she jumped on my shoulder pushing her head against mine, like she would think “Here I am, what next? Playing games with me too?” 🙂

        We often try to understand our cats, and maybe we’re completely wrong. But it’s human always wanting to improve things for ourselves, or people and pets around us. She already has a good life here, so, maybe it’s just my brain tricking me to believe that things would be even better if she would get a cat as friend. But like you said, cats are territorial, and I might be very wrong.

        Both of my friends where it worked, they had a cat for about 10 years and got a kitten the recent years. One friend said there was a bit of fighting in his case, the other friend mentioned the older cat was even protective with the younger one, like it would be offspring. That’s probably the best thing that can happen, but maybe he had luck that it just worked.

        I’d be more interested in a kitten, because I honestly want to have influence on the cat, like I had with Shyna. I’m trusting myself more to grow pets up, than any strangers who possibly brought the cat to the shelter. I wouldn’t like to play the lottery. As much as I like the idea of helping a cat from the shelters, I am not rich enough to have a very badly behaving cat in my apartment (yet again another friend had this happen to him years ago… got a grown cat from the shelters, and it piddled all over the place, to mention just one problem, and his apartment started smelling and he got trouble with the landlord and eventually brought the cat back, because the other option would have been to lose the apartment, which is a really bad option too). I don’t want to get into the situation to make such decisions too. He felt really bad to bring the cat back, but he couldn’t change the behaviour of the cat.

        I think you have the highest influence on a pet, if you grow it up youself. I am sure a lot of other people can do it too, but I wouldn’t bet on it that everyone did, because this society does also has to offer the type of humans that don’t care about their pets at all. I’d do it if I would have a house with a front yard, an unused barn and maybe a field. But with just an apartment, I don’t see how I could be a help for the cat if I get into trouble because of it.

        This is the main reason, why it definitely would need to be a kitten. I have a second room where the other cat could be if introduction doesn’t work well in the beginning and if things need to be done in a slower pace. But since I’ve never been brave enough to get a second one, I don’t see how it would happen anytime soon xD As you said, it’s tricky. 🙂


      • I think Shyna is happy enough as an only cat. It is your attention she wants when you are at home. If you do decide to try a second cat I think she’d be more accepting of a kitten and I know you would plan how to socialise the two of them but I think you should probablly only do it if you want another cat yourself not just for Shyna.

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      • I’d like a second cat too. But who doesn’t 🙂 But I am slow with decisions and don’t rush things. This is both, one of my good traits and bad traits. Bad because it can also obstruct decisions. My mother always says I am perfectionist, and that I think too much about all kind of stuff.

        I sometimes watched local ads, and the shelter website if they have kittens, but it’s difficult to find them and then I forget about it again. Maybe I miss some ads because I don’t watch all the time, and I am also not subscribed. For some reason, you can always find bengal kittens here… but they’re too big. If I take a look, I am usually watching for European Shorthairss like Shyna. I wouldn’t mind a Siamese cat either or similar ones. Just not Bengal, because too big.

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      • The two busiest times for kittens in Australia seem to be October-November and February. All my cats have been born in those months and over the years i’ve had about 10 cats. If the cat breeding times are the same in the northern hemisphere that might help you work out the best times to check the shelter. A short haired kitten that won’t be larger than Shyna would be best for you and for her I think. I’ve always been fascinated by Siamese too but have read that they can be quite vocal and quite destructive so maybe not the best in an apartment. I don’t know anyone who has one though. I expect that like the decision to buy and SLR or a the decision to buy guitars you will know when the right time to add a new four legged family member has come.


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