Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 3 Photo

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Week 3 photo

This is the time of year when I almost  feel like I have gone into hibernation. The weather is wet and it makes going out with the camera unpleasant. I seem to have a month or so like this every winter and end up going back to my photo archives for inspiration.

Clouds

This photo was taken in April last year. The clouds look smoke tinged so I expect that there was a forest reduction burn that day and it is probably the reason I took the photo.

Smoke tinged clouds

Mirrors

In a bathroom on Explorer of the Seas, mirrors

Power lines

I live next door to this. power lines

Planes

Virgin Australia jet. planes, clouds.
plane, black and white

 

 

Share Your World 2018 – 13 August

Sharing My World This Week

A class you wish you would have taken?

I wish I’d continued to study languages in high school. I took French and German for the first two years but then I changed schools and French was taught in an entirely different way so I went from an “A” student to a “D” and took most of the year to get up to a “C”. This school did not teach German at all. They taught Latin which I avoided in my previous school as I thought it a waste of time to learn a language I could not use if I travelled. I did enjoy German and I wish I had learned it properly. That was 45 years ago so most of what I once knew I have forgotten.

Are you scared of heights?

I used to think so but actually what I am afraid of is falling. I have no problem taking a glass elevator to the top of a building. In fact I like them although looking through a glass floor in one is a bit unnerving. I enjoy visiting observation towers and riding observation wheels for the views but don’t ask me to climb a ladder or even stand on a chair these days.

The view from the Singapore Flyer.

 

Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef?

I’m certainly not a chef. I would say I am an adequate cook. I can cook edible meals and sometimes enjoy baking cakes. I am not interested in food preparation the way that some of my friends are. I never watch food programs on TV. I used to like to experiment with different dishes but as David could not eat most of them I rather lost interest in the end. There are many things I find more interesting than cooking.

image ingredients for Christmas Cake
Ingredients for Christmas Cake

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

  • The first King Alfred daffodils bloomed in my garden
  • Naomi and I spent a nice day together on her birthday last Sunday.
  • We started clearing up the back room of the Op Shop and it looks a lot more spacious now.
King Alfred daffodil

RDP #72 Cat

Tales of a Cat Slave

I’ve had both cats and dogs as pets and while I often see my dogs as four legged people when I look at my cats I see the wild creature in them. They may have chosen to live with us but they are not like us.

Watch a cat stalking a bird or even a bug, they are as focussed on their target as if their lives depended on catching their own food. Even Polly who was not allowed outside the house for the first year or two of her life knows how to stalk prey. It’s all instinct.

Cat’s are not needy. Some cats like to cuddle and some don’t. Some love to hang out with you and some are much more independent. One ginger male we had used to follow us to the railway station when we went to work meowing piteously all the way, often he’d be on or near the platform on the opposite side of the tracks in the afternoon when we came home. I don’t know how he learned that but he did.

Most of our previous cats have liked to sit on laps or sleep on the bed.  Polly has never wanted to sleep in the bedroom let alone on the bed. She has never been a lap cat either, at least not with me. I was very surprised that over the last week or two she has suddenly decided to curl up on my lap in the evenings but that may have as much to do with the fact that I was sitting in the armchair nearest to the heater as love. She’s sleeping on that chair herself right now and I am banished to the couch.

Polly taking it easy on the armchair.

I’m always amused by the saying “Dogs have owners, cats have staff.” They demand their food, usually at a set time.They demand your food and may help themselves from your plate if you don’t stop them. They will wake you up with a pat on the face if they want breakfast, even at 3 am and  they make you get up and let them in or out fifteen times in an evening sometimes coming in one door and going straight out another. If they want to sit on your lap you must accommodate them no matter what you might be doing. Never mind that newspaper you were trying to read or your knitting. Once they are settled you don’t get up out of your chair for fear of disturbing them. I am sure TV remotes were invented by a cat owner.

Then there is Naomi’s cat Tigerwoods who thinks it is amusing to jump into your chair the minute you get out of it. I’ve nearly sat on him more than once. I think that he does that just for a joke but often cats will do something annoying because they want attention and have worked out what action is likely to get it.

Despite their bossy ways I can’t help feeling very privileged when a cat likes me though.

image cat and kitten on couch
Someone is watching me!

 

 

A Photo A Week: Music

 My Kind Of Music

Marching Music

You can’t have a parade without music and preferably live music not canned. Not everyone likes bagpipes but I do. I’ve liked them ever since mum first played me a recording of a pipe band when I was a child. I also like the colours of the clan tartans so seeing a pipe band is a treat for me.

I enjoy the sound of a brass band too especially playing marching music.

Police Pipe Band not everyone likes bagpipes but I do.

image brass instrument

image drummer
Army band

Street Music

Buskers in Salamanca and singers at a protest rally.

Buskers in Salamanca Square

A busker at Salamanca
Singer at a protest rally.
Choir singing “Lean on Me” at a rally.

My Favourite Music

Of course that is not the only music I like. Naomi and I went to many rock concerts when we were young and in the early days before there were mobile phones and everyone took pictures at concerts I used to occasionally sneak my camera into a show to take photos. It was forbidden but Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide where we often went was not large and if I didn’t use flash they didn’t notice although I kept waiting for the hand on my shoulder and confiscation of my film. Most of the pictures were not great but I  got one  set of New Zealand band Split Enz that I was very pleased with and I still think I didn’t do a bad job all these years later. I think that I had a used Yashica SLR then, the first one we had and used 400 ASA film which was push processed at the shop. David told me about this method so that I would not need to use flash. These photos were taken in 1982.

Vinyl albums are making a comeback although they are hideously expensive. I’m old enough to have seen the rise and fall of cassette tapes and  CD’s imagine that!  We do still get people coming to the Op Shop to look for pre recorded cassettes which surprised me. We usually have some, as well as vinyl albums and CD’s.

I always liked the artwork on album covers and all the bits and pieces you’d get with them, lyrics, photos, band bios. Sometimes you’d get an album with fancy coloured vinyl. You are never going to get a poster inside a CD cover and those things always break.  Naomi and I still have our vinyl albums. Here are some of mine.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week Three Photo

Cee’s Week 3 Photo

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This week I’ve chosen to go with wood panelling and upholstery fabrics on chairs, cushions and carpet.

Timber panelling

Timber panelling in a bedroom
wood panelling on a counter.

 

Upholstery fabrics

The new carpet in my spare bedroom.
upholstered chair by Barton 1950s
upholstered chair by Barton 1950s
upholstered chair and cushions on Ovation of the Seas
cushions at the Op Shop

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches

Please Be Seated

We bought this bench from a local hardware store to replace the previous one which was getting a little rickety. It used to sit under the kitchen window and David liked to sit there and read when it was sunny. In the first photo it is up on bricks to make it a little easier for him to get out of. We didn’t have much of a garden at the time but if he had a book he was quite happy.

I moved the bench to the bottom of the garden after the path to the shed was built and like to sit there sometimes with a book. It is cool and shady there so I don’t use it as much as the seats under the pergola but it is a good place to watch and listen to the birds in the apple tree.

Country Benches

A bench with a view.

This bench is beside the Huon River at Franklin. A lovely place to sit.

A bench with an unusual occupant.

The occupant of this bench was an entry in the Scarecrow Competition run in conjunction with the Middleton Fair in 2012.

City Benches

A bench in the city.

A bench in a little lane that runs off Collins Street, Hobart.

One of the benches at the bus stop on Murray Street Hobart where I often have to wait.

This is where I wait to catch the bus home from Hobart.

Benches in the Elizabeth Street Mall, Hobart, at dusk.

It looks much later but it was  only about 5:40 pm on an autumn evening in 2015 when I took this photo after visiting David in hospital.

 

 

A Photo A Week Challenge: Neglected

Lady Jane

This blog would qualify as neglected itself for the past week as I’ve been busy with the doll blog but I don’t think a photo of blank screen would be very interesting do you?

Lady Jane used to do cruises on the Derwent from Hobart but was abandoned by the previous owner a few years ago. For a time she was berthed on the Huon at Port Huon and later near Huonville where I took these photos. The last I heard she was over the other side of the river at Cygnet being worked on. One day I hope I’ll be able to get over there to see if she is still there.

Lady Jane at the old mooring near Huonville