The wet weather has certainly ruined my weekend off as far as going out was concerned so I am stuck here at home. Of course I had seen the forecast but was wishing I could put the dogs in the car and take off for the day. It would have been great to get out of the house but we would not have been able to walk about much due to the rain. It has really set in here so decided to get on with editing some photos and some of my other hobbies. I am also using a trial photo editing program that I recently downloaded from the Microsoft Store. I’ve played around with most of these photos a little bit. One or two have been left alone as I like them as they are. Others I changed more for the fun of it rather than because they were too dark or whatever. I always try to find photos that I have not used in the past but this is sometimes hard as I have not been taking pictures for very long. Here are the shots I picked for Columns and Vertical Lines today.
This old church was the former Sacred Heart Catholic church at Ranelagh. When I took my original pictures of it I was making a series of photos of local churches, especially the wooden ones because many of them were falling into disuse. The day I took this one the weather was really threatening and I liked the effect very much.
Eventually a brand new church was built next to this one to replace it and the old church at Franklin. This little building sat empty for a while but one day I went by on the bus and it was gone. I believe that someone bought it and had it transported to another location but that is all I know.
I’ve had fun trying different effects with the photo for various blogging challenges and today I did the last one in Adobe Photo Elements 2018 just for fun.
Of course I have lots of pictures of trains, hundreds in fact, but most of them were taken when we used film cameras, some are even on slide film. I’ll try to find some on the computer that I haven’t shared before or at least not too often. I have again used Adobe Photo Elements 2018 to edit these and played with some different effects.
This is a rerun. I have used it at least once before but I like it. It was taken in the Adelaide Railcar Depot where we used to work. It is a 300 Class diesel railcar probably built in the late 1950s. They had no air conditioning and in summer got very hot, especially when they had been sitting in the yard for hours. They were like ovens and we had to clean them.
Another picture I’ve probably used before but with a different effect. Museum Station in Sydney. Museum is one of our favourites because of its old-time decor so it perfectly suits the vintage look and I even added some scratches.
Tracks can also be for trams. Here is one at the Tram Museum at Loftus outside Sydney.
A V Line locomotive at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne 2014. I shot this through a glass window and was unable to get rid of the reflections but if you look closely you can see a tram reflected in the middle of the picture.
Then of course there are model railways. This one was at a show in Sunbury, Victoria 2014.
This last one is very old, taken on a trip to Alice Springs in the 1980s, one of the few I have of this class of locomotive. At the time this was taken you had to go to Port Pirie or Port Augusta, South Australia to see one as they were on standard gauge and the main line to Adelaide was still broad gauge so seeing the standard gauge diesels was exciting.
As it is too wet to take photos today I’ve chosen a variety of pictures from all over the place starting with one of the many new office blocks going up in Brisbane. These pictures were taken between 2007 and the present with a variety of different cameras from my old point and shoot Kodak Easyshare, Fujifilm point and shoot I think, Nikon L120 and Pentax K10 for the Brisbane one. I’m doing a free trial of Adobe Photo Elements 2018 so edited my pictures with it today to help me decide if I want to shell out the money for it or stick with Photo Elements 9, Picasa and the Windows photo editing program which are the three progams I use currently.
New Zealand in 2016. I knew Napier would not disappoint, it has some wonderful old buildings.
In Auckland we liked the interior of the old railway station building.
I took this one in the Myer Centre in Adelaide in 2011. The upper floors were empty and deserted which I found very disconcerting in a building I remembered as a busy shopping centre.
Still in Adelaide one of the older style buildings in Rundle Mall which I photographed in 2011. I won’t guarantee it is still there now.
On a trip to Canberra in 2007 we stopped off at Gundagai, NSW.
I usually read Cee’s Share Your World questions over breakfast but yesterday I was hurrying to get ready for the Op Shop and misread the first two questions as one. My immediate thought was I don’t want a historical character for an imaginary friend. I want Doctor Who then I could visit all those decades and any others I wanted as well. Of course it would have to be a previous Doctor Who. I am not ready for a lady Doctor and don’t think I ever will be.
If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would it be and why?
This one has really had me flummoxed, who from history would I like as an imaginary friend because after Doctor Who I really wanted to say Mr Spock; another fictional character. Who would I choose in the real world? Not a princess, or a politician, maybe a writer, someone who would like the things I liked and make me laugh with her sense of humour. Two writers I think it would be fun to have been friends with would be Betty McDonald (The Egg and I) and Emily Kimbrough who wrote such amusing travel stories. Maybe she would take me with her on one of her adventures.
60s, 70s, 80s, 90s: Which decade do you love the most and why?
I was a child in the 60s, a teenager in the 70s, a young adult in the 80s and turned forty in the 90s and there were good and bad times for me personally in each of those decades. However, just looking at things like music, fashions, decor etc. I would choose the 60s. You could still travel on a steam train to many places that are now without a railway, it took a month to travel to Australia from England by sea; you could buy a Pedigree doll, a Barbie or a Triang Hornby train set for just a few pounds. The scariest thing on television was a Dalek not an orange haired politician and his Korean best buddy.
When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?
I’d like to think that I had made some contribution to helping fellow doll collectors learn about their dolls and maybe inspiring some new collectors through our doll blog but I would be happy just to be remembered as a nice person.
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.
This past weekend was a long one for the Queen’s Birthday holiday so the shop was not open Monday. As I don’t go there on Fridays I had four days to myself. I stayed at home, did a few odd jobs tidying the garage and a lot of writing and photography for our doll blog which had been a bit neglected lately. I never feel lonely spending days on my own like this. I have Cindy and Polly for company and I know that if I want to talk to someone I only have to pick up the phone or there is always someone to chat to on the internet.
I’ve been busy with doll posts today so here is a picture taken on holidays. We saw so much shipping in the Straits of Malacca but these small boats were some of the most interesting . I don’t know if they are actually for fishing but they would certainly be too small for anything more than local freight.
You don’t see too many of these anymore. Another old gem found at Kempton. I do love it when I find something like this during my travels.