Last week I asked a question about favorite beverages and the overwhelming favorite was coffee. If you drink coffee, how do you like it best? Hot, cold, iced, with cream, with sugar or black as black?
At home I use a plunger and drink my coffee with milk but no sugar. If I am out I’ll usually ask for a flat white or a cappuccino. Very occasionally in summer I’ll treat myself to an iced coffee with cream and icecream.
In your opinion, what’s the greatest invention of our age?
I am not sure what is meant by “our age” The industrial age, the twentieth century? There have been so many inventions that have changed the world how to pick one? Penicillin? The internal combustion engine? Wireless? You could make a case for each of these as they have all changed the world.
Global warming? Reality or myth?
Despite the opinions of various Australian Prime Ministers global warming is real. Those ice caps are not melting for no reason.
Are you an explorer or more a home body?
I would not call myself an explorer. I am not one to seek out strange new worlds where no-one has gone before. However, I would not say I was a complete homebody either. I still get a little thrill about setting off on a journey especially to somewhere I haven’t been to before but I also like being at home with my pets and my stuff. I don’t think I could be a nomad. I like to come back to familiar places.
What were you grateful for this week?
I probably should not say this because I may jinx myself but I am grateful that so far at least I have not caught the bug that seems to be going around as several people I know seem to have got bad colds this past week.
I do enjoy action photography although I find it quite difficult. We used to go regularly to the Australian Grand Prix when it was held in Adelaide and I took many photos there, most of them still not on the computer as this was in the days of film.
Between 2010 and 2017 I practiced my skill at capturing moving objects at cricket matches at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. I went to a lot of games in that time always striving for the perfect capture, when I wasn’t busy cheering for our team or groaning at some awful play that is. The photography part was always fun even if we lost. Here are a variety of shots from those years.
What Is Your Favorite Beverage? (for those who really dislike “favorite” questions, hey, time to time, one just pops in and will not be denied).
It depends on the time and place. I’d have to say that I drink tea and coffee more than anything else. I don’t drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks as I find that more than a glass at a time just makes me feel gassy. I do like a glass of wine sometimes though I am no wine buff or a some of our locally made apple or pear cider.
What Is Your Interpretation of ‘The Golden Rule”? Are there ramifications to breaking it?
Don’t do anything to other people that you would not like done to you. It’s so simple I don’t know why so many have such trouble with it. If you break it I think that it will come back to bite you.
Sunrise person or sunset person?
I like both although these days I’m not often up to see a sunrise. I love the colour the sky turns just before the sun rises and the colours of clouds in the evening.
Do people in modern society anthropomorphize animals too much?
Yes I suppose we do but it is not a new thing and mostly harmless I think. If it makes us treat animals more kindly it is probably a good thing.
What Were You Grateful For During the Past Week?
I was out and about a bit last week, one place I went I had a nice conversation with a lady I’ve known for a long time but never had a long chat with, I had lunch with some other friends and met some new people who seemed very nice. I went to Hobart and finally got my hair cut which was great as it had been driving me crazy. I ran into Naomi who was also in town, we hadn’t planned it but naturally we both went to Target’s toy aisle so we ended up having lunch and then we visited a gift shop I’d heard about where I bought a tin suitcase to use as a doll prop and had a nice chat with the lady in the shop. She had a very cute toy poodle who made us laugh too.
For this week’s challenge I started by photographing some red things at the Op Shop using my phone.
Red shoes at the Op Shop
As red is my favourite colour you would think there would be a lot of red things in my house but although there are shades of red, mostly darker ones I used my reds sparingly. In the garden though it is another story.
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.