I could tell by the sky this morning that it was going to be another wet day so I went outside before it started to capture some images of trees.
First my favourite tree, the apple tree. which is starting to get some leaves. It had a prune over the winter and always looks interesting when it is bare.
Here you can see a variety of trees, my “spare” Photinia tree which is now taller than I am, behind it three of my back neighbours trees. Finally in the background the tall gums where the kookaburras live. These are on farm land and crown land behind the power sub station.
I thought that it would be fun to do some portraits of Barbie over her nearly six decades of dolly life. Non doll people please be aware that there are many styles of Barbie and Barbie friends, different hair and eye colours, different body shapes and sizes, different ethnicity. This is not an attempt to show that. Naomi and I have a doll blog where you are very welcome to visit if you’d like to see more dolls.
Barbie is first released in 1959
Barbie changes her hairstyle several times. During this decade Barbie also got a boyfriend, best friend and little sisters as well as a whole wardrobe of fashions and accessories, a car and a house.
My titian Swirl Pony tail Barbie.
Naomi’s Swirl Ponytail Barbie
A reproduction Barbie with “Bubblecut” hairstyle.
The Mod Era began in the late 1960s and carried on for nearly a decade. Barbie gets a new body with a twist and turn waist.
The Superstar Era begins. The first Barbie with the “Superstar” face actually appeared in 1977 but this face predominated the Barbie line in the 80s and 90’s.
Most Barbie’s had the Superstar or new “Mackie” face with closed mouth smile.
Lynne has the Mackie face
One of my Barbies from the late 1990s.
Fashion Fever. Barbie gets a new body with a belly button. The Fashion Fever line of dolls appear from 2004 onwards.
Barbie Basics. Starting in 2009 Mattel release a line of higher quality but affordable dolls with a different body sculpt. These were aimed more at collectors than children.
Fashionista era. The current Barbie playline has a diverse range of dolls and Barbie appears much younger than in previous eras.
I love taking pictures of reflections, we do get some beautiful ones on the Huon River but first something a bit more mundane. A wall of my house reflected in a puddle, finally found a use for all that rain we’ve been having.
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.
This bench was where David liked to sit.
The bench relocated to the bottom of the garden.
This bench is beside the Huon River at Franklin. A lovely place to sit.
The occupant of this bench was an entry in the Scarecrow Competition run in conjunction with the Middleton Fair in 2012.
A bench in a little lane that runs off Collins Street, Hobart.
This is where I wait to catch the bus home from Hobart.
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.