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

Share Your World 2018 – 23 July

Sharing My World This Week

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing?

I enjoy quite a few of these although I don’t do puzzles all that often. My favourites are probably the word search puzzles or trivia questions. I like straightforward crosswords, not cryptic so much. I also enjoy jigsaw puzzles. I have a couple of puzzles and a puzzle mat currently packed away but one day Naomi and I hope to do a lot more of that sort of thing together.

List at least five favorite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food.

I’ve mentioned a couple of treat foods that I rarely get to have but some of my favourite treats are things you can do on an outing.

  • Chocolate Mud Cake
  • Mince pies
  • A day out visiting markets or antique shops
  • A trip on a steam train
  • A ride on an Observation Wheel

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I love all dogs and I can’t really say I have a favourite breed. My dogs have all been mixed breeds. Tessie was the dog we had before Cindy and she was a Corgi X. I rather like the Corgi personality described as a big dog in a small body. She used to talk to us more than any of our other dogs.

Scrapbook page about Tessie

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. 

For most of last week I was at home with a sore back. One thing that did make me smile though was Polly deciding to sit in my lap. Polly never does that as a rule, she used to sit on David’s lap but not mine. Lately I’ve been sitting in the armchair that he used most often and Polly has been sitting on the arm of it. I stroke her which she likes and I could tell that she was thinking about getting on my lap for a few days.  Then one evening she put a paw on my leg and twisted her body around so that she sort of fell into my lap landing on her back. That is exactly what she used to do with David. Since then she has been on my lap for  a while every evening which is lovely.

Polly sleeping or pretending to sleep July 2015.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week Two Photo

Items From Cee’s Photo

Week 2 Photo by Cee Neuner

Here are my pictures featuring items from Cee’s photo. I’ve chosen to go mainly with the blue, orange and sea themes.

Blue, sky, clouds

Blue sky and white clouds.
Blue sky and white clouds.

octopus, orange, blue

The children’s play area on the pool deck Ovation of the Seas 

orange, water, clouds

Antarctic vessel Aurora Australis berthed in Hobart, Tasmania

sea, sky, orange, blue, clouds

Sunrise on the harbour in Darwin.

orange, fish, water

Fish in a pond, Singapore


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs

Signs of the Times

I notice signs and I often take photos of funny signs I see when I am out and about or the faded ghost signs often found on the side of old buildings.

Today while I was at the Op Shop I snapped a couple of pictures of signs on my phone.  We were not too happy about having to put this first one up but a few people take advantage of our sale by stuffing way too many things into their bags which is unfair to the rest of the customers.

We have the $5 sale every school holidays and the entire month of July every year. The money raised at the shop all goes back to support our local community so it is a bit disappointing when people try to take advantage.

A notice at the Op Shop

This one is more humourous. Sorry it’s not a great photo. I was holding the phone above my head.

A funny sign at the Op Shop

I do enjoy funny signs and snapped these two in shop windows in Hobart I think.

So it is!
Seen in a Hobart Shop Window

Here are a couple I spotted outside a church near Bellerive Oval.

You have been warned.
Ricky is former Australian Cricket captain Ricky Ponting, a Tasmanian.



Snapshot Sunday: Stretch Merc Limo

I came across this car in the Hobart suburbs some time ago and never got around to posting it. Years ago my boyfriend at the time took me out to dinner at the Adelaide Casino in one of these. I can’t remember if it was a Mercedes or not but it was fun to go for a ride in one instead of the boring taxi or public transport. We got dressed up and had a fancy dinner in one of the good restaurants and then we played the pokies and I won a hundred bucks which was a fantastic win back in 1995. This one looks to be from the 80s. I’ve taken a few shots of it from different angles. I remember the road being very busy at the time and I had a job to get across as there was no pedestrian crossing. It was equally hard to get back to my car on the other side of the road. What you do just to get a photo!

Snapshot Sunday: Not So Lazy Sunday In The Garden

After a wet week today has been one of those lovely, sunny winter days where it has been warmer outside than inside. I decided that I had better get on with pruning the rose bushes in my front garden. I always like to get the three bushes there and the three in the back garden pruned by the end of July but as July is often one of our wettest months it doesn’t always happen.

I don’t always enjoy the job, the bushes are thorny, the ground is muddy and I am short so it is not easy to reach the tops of them. For that reason I like to cut them back fairly severely every year. If I let them get too tall I’d never be able to prune them.

I did two today before I had enough. It took a couple of hours. I could have done one more but instead had a walk round the garden to see what bulbs were coming up. I have had jonquils flowering since May, silly things don’t know it’s winter. I can see the Erlicheer daffodils and the King Alfred are growing well and we’ll probably see them next month.

The jonquils started flowering in late May.

I planted a few bluebells and grape hyacinths under the apple tree and I can see a few of them have popped up although they are still too tiny to photograph well.

I planted some pots of bulbs in mid May and of those the one with freesias and bluebells is making the best progress, another one with more freesias and grape hyacinths is starting to sprout but no sign of the tulips yet. I never have a lot of luck with them but they do bloom later here so maybe it is just too soon.

These will be Freesia and bluebells.

I had a look at the new rose bushes that were put in last summer but they only needed a snip here and there. They are still babies.

Finally I sat in the sun and ate my belated lunch and then brushed Cindy who is shedding like crazy at the moment.