Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Houses

Be It Ever So Humble

House edited with Picasa's focal B&W and HDR filters

House edited with Picasa’s focal B&W and HDR filters

Cottages at Arthur’s Circus, Battery point, Hobart

House at Lake Baikal , Siberia 1990

Miniature house at the 2014 Hobart Model Train Show

The Dolly Mix dolls house Naomi gave me last Christmas and our shared Triang 61

A multi-story bird house.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Must have at least five letters and begin with the letter P.

This weeks photos are another dive into the archives but I chose them because they are lovely and colourful besides fitting the criteria of this photo challenge.

My P words are:

  • Piano
  • Pinwheel
  • Penguin
  • Plane
  • Panther
  • Protea
  • Painting
  • Puppy
  • Phone Booths
  • Playground

Daily Prompt: Relocate

via Daily Prompt: Relocate

Relocating has been very much on my mind as I’m drawing near to the end of the task of sprucing up the house. Once I sell it I will have to face the unpleasant task of packing and moving all the things I’ve accumulated over the years.

 

I’m always seeing people having moving sales, garage sales or bringing house loads of things to the Op Shop.  They bring, appliances, china, furniture, bric a brac and even their clothes. I wonder what they are actually taking with them sometimes.

I am more like a snail or a tortoise, carrying my house on my back. Of course I will get rid of some things. Things that are old and broken, things that I have no further use for, what would I do with a beer brewing kit? (It was David’s). I would not like to give up all my stuff though even though it would probably be easier to move without it.

I guess people see relocating as an opportunity to get rid of items they no longer care about but by taking my stuff along with me I feel I’m taking home with me. I come to a bare empty space. I open my boxes and out come the things that mean home to me. The books, the ornaments and pictures. Once they are in place I look around and think “Yes, this is home.”

Op Shop

Opportunity Shop (Thrift Shop)

 

 

Share Your World 2017 – Week #48

Sharing My World This Week

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Does painting count as a household chore? I’m over it. I don’t love any of them.  There are far more interesting things to be doing than housework. However, I think the one that I procrastinate about the most is vacuuming. It seems that no matter how often I vacuum up the pet hair it’s there again before I can turn round.  I just got new carpets though so I am trying to keep them nice.

Living room with new carpet.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

I think the answer to that would be the times when I felt I was making a difference. Usually I like to just quietly do my own thing but if  I feel strongly about something I will participate in a community event. The times that particularly stand out for me are three or four years ago now when I attended anti government protest rallies in Hobart. It felt good to know that lots of ordinary people felt the same way as I did and felt strongly enough to say so.

Not In Our Name

How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

That is easy, not at all. David and I bought this house 15 years ago last May and moved in on 20 June, 2002. We had lived in our previous house in South Australia for more than 25 years. I think that people who own their own homes probably don’t move as often as renters.

How the hedge has grown.

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

It might sound rather silly but I really appreciate the ladder I bought to replace my old step-ladder. It is so sturdy that it has enabled me to reach areas that I would not have been able to get to without it. I thought I would not be able to reach across the bath to paint the upper part of the wall but I feel safe enough on this ladder to try.

A nice new step-ladder – with a shelf.

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Gates and Fences.

Gates and Fences

I had to dig deep into my archives again because the weather here is strictly for ducks only. I did not put a big toe past my front door today and the dogs not one little furry paw. They stayed curled up in their baskets instead. I longed to jump in the car and go to one of the other near or far towns for a walk and to take some new photos but it was not to be. With the bad weather and the Xmas Toy Run on it would have been very hard. Instead I have put together a mish mash of different photos of gates and fencing for this photo challenge. Some have been shown before but there are a few different ones. I hope no one finds this boring with the reruns.

 

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fences & Gates

Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

After a week of hot sunny weather the rain is back with a vengeance. It has been raining here since Thursday evening, sometimes quite heavily so my pictures today are taken in my garden and yes it was raining when I took them. When I put them on the computer I played about with some of Picasa’s special effects to make them a bit more interesting.

They say that good fences make good neighbours. I try to be a good neighbour by having a fully fenced back garden to keep Cindy in. It doesn’t always work as Cindy can climb over the fence if she really wants to. Luckily the only time she really wants to is when I am on the other side of the fence and she wants to get to me.

Metal gate in my back garden.

Raindrops on the gate.

My back fence used to be a post and rail fence but then they built houses behind me. My back neighbour is kept busy repairing the holes that his dogs chew in this fence.

My back fence has been repaired several times.

My front fence could also use some work.

Broken fence.

Next door to me on one side is the local power sub station. Best neighbours ever! They don’t have noisy vehicles, destructive pets or parties.

The well fenced power sub station.

power sub station.

Last of all an old photo that I took some years ago now. This is the gate of the old Hobart Zoo which closed many, many years ago. This zoo was where the last known Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) was kept until it died. It is a very ornate gate but if you look closely at the animals they all look sad. Of course zoos today provide a much better environment for animals and have breeding programs so that endangered species can be helped to survive. If only they had been more forward thinking when the Thylacine’s were still with us.

The old Zoo gate

Tasmanian Tiger Sculpture