Share Your World 2019: 11 June

Sharing My World This Week

What do fish do all day?   What thoughts do you think they have?  (Credit to the awesome Teresa and her Fibbin’ Fridays for this one)

Swim, obviously, and if fish think I guess they think about what they are going to eat or what might eat them.

Fish in a pond, Singapore

What celebrity would you have as a SPOUSE, if you HAD to choose?

Nope, never given it a thought. I don’t see celebrities lining up to ask for my hand so I think the likelihood of having to choose is zero. I was quite happy with the husband I had anyway; don’t ever want another.

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken?

Well, two things come to mind. Several years ago I accidentally broke a pane of glass in our front door. It used to stick in damp weather and I gave it a harder than usual tug and a pane of frosted glass just shattered.  I forget how much new frosted glass would have cost but too much for us, we had it replaced with plain glass.

The other thing was my Nikon Coolpix L120 camera which got broken in Sydney after our first cruise when I dropped it while trying to carry my luggage to my room. I think the camera was between $200-300 new but worse than that was that David had given it to me one Christmas, quite unexpectedly, because I hadn’t said I needed a new camera. I was so sorry to lose it because it happened only a few months after he died. I still miss it sometimes.

Nikon Coolpix L120s5s

When was the last time you slept more than 9 hours in a stretch?  Why?

I can’t remember. I practically never sleep that long. Usually, I wake up automatically after six hours or so although I may drop off again especially if I know I don’t need to go anywhere or do anything in particular that day. Sometimes I might wake up because I have to go to the bathroom and sometimes Cindy wakes me to let her out. She’s a good dog; she doesn’t often wake me up in the middle of the night but she’s getting older too. I generally sleep about 6-7 hours no matter what time I go to bed whether I set the alarm or not.


An Attitude of Gratitude!

Share something you were really grateful for this year (so far):

With nearly half a year gone I have to say that the thing I have been most grateful for this year is that my town was saved from the bushfires, my house did not burn and I had friends who were willing to take me and my pets in when things looked the worst.

Smoke from nearby fires discolours the sky.

30 Days, 30 Songs (10)

I’m playing along with Sarah from Art Expedition again and as her choice today was a song from a favourite movie I thought I would do the same. I picked “The Blue Brothers” and as I had a hard time deciding which of the great songs in the movie to feature I decided to have two and they are both theme tunes, a sort of theme within a theme.

The first one is “Peter Gunn”. David absolutely loved this because he had a version of it on an old Henry Mancini album. I think he used to watch the show before I knew him too. Anyway, I can’t hear “Peter Gunn” and not think of David.

Theme from Peter Gunn

The second one is the theme from “Rawhide” which came from one of our favourite parts of the movie. The Bob’s Country Bunkhouse scenes. I remember this theme very well because when we lived in England mum used to love “Rawhide” which starred a young Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates. I’ve chosen the scene from the movie which features a bit of “Gimme Some Lovin” as well. I must say I think the crowd at Bob’s had poor taste not to enjoy that but they only liked two kinds of music, country and western.

30 Days, 30 Songs Challenge (9)

Yes at the Marquee club
Yes at the Marquee club | by takoyaki 77 The original line up of Yes:

I am playing along with Sarah at Art Expeditions again today and have picked a song from the genre that was known as “progressive rock” or “prog rock” for short. Lately, Naomi and I have been listening to Yes a lot. We have enjoyed their music since we first heard “Roundabout” when we were still teenagers. We were fortunate enough to see them in concert in Melbourne in 2003.

Yes has had numerous line ups over their long career. This recording features Rick Wakeman on keyboards as original keyboard player Tony Kaye was fired during the recording of the Fragile album. However, he has returned to the band on several occasions since.

Still a favourite.

30 Days, 30 Songs (8)

Today I’m playing along with Sarah from Art Expeditions again. Sarah has chosen a Spanish song and although I’ve been trying to match her theme this time I’ve got nothing so I’m sharing a song by a musician I like so much that I bought all of his CD’s. It is Ian Moss, formerly of Cold Chisel.

I like this song so much that I had it as my ringtone for several years before I got a smartphone. I also hope the title would remind me to answer the then unfamiliar mobile phone. I would listen to my CD player on the bus going home from work and I always had a feeling of well being when I heard it.

30 Days, 30 Songs Challenge (7)

Disco Fever

I’m playing along with Sarah at Art Expeditions again today and trying to match her theme. I’ve picked “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth Wind & Fire. When Foxtel first arrived in Australia Naomi and I often used to sit up late watching the music shows and Music Max had a lot of themed programs including disco. We’d watch Earth Wind & Fire, Chic, The Jacksons, Donna Summer, Boney M, The Village People and many others.

Maurice White and later Phil Bailey were both good singers and I like a lot of their songs but picked this one because they have the most outrageous costumes in this video.

A Photo A Week/Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smiles

When You’re Smiling

The whole world smiles with you.

This week two challenges coincide on the theme of smiles. These pictures are for both Nancy’s “A Photo A Week Challenge” and “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge”.

I don’t take an awful lot of photos of people. Naomi hates having her photo taken even more than I do and generally if I do take a photo of someone I don’t always like to share it but I’ll make an exception today because the people in these pictures are friends or they are in the public eye.

Actress Celia Pacquola between takes. on the Rosehaven set 2017.
Tasmanian actor Luke McGregor, Geeveston 2017.
Michelle and Juarne at the cafe, July 2017
David’s friend and former workmate Effie paid us a surprise visit in 2014

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowers of any kind

Since I started to play with Cee’s black and white challenge I’ve found it a lot of fun to experiment with editing my photos using different filters, desaturating or sepia for different effects. I also love to photograph the flowers in my garden so although I still like them better in colour it’s quite fun to see how they come out.

Flowers