Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth

Smooth As…

Ice: The ice rink on Explorer of the Seas

Studio B Explorer of the Seas
Studio B set up for the Ice Show.

A Marble: These are some of Naomi’s collection of marbles photographed in 2013.

Some of Naomi’s collection of old marbles.

Stone: A headstone in the cemetery at Beltana, Flingers Ranges, South Australia.

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The Johnson Family graves.

Metal: A vintage race car at the Motor Museum in Launceston.

Silver Race Car

Share Your World: 25 February


What, in your opinion, is the point to life?

I am not sure why we are here but since we are I think the point of life is to live it well. I can only speak for myself but I try not to do harm to others, to be kind to animals and appreciate nature. I enjoy the good things in life, family and friends, the love of pets, good food, good conversation, hobbies, reading and experiencing things. I try to speak up when I see something happening I feel is wrong.

I don’t know what happens when we die but I’ve always thought more about the here and now than the hereafter.

A sunny day at the Botanical Gardens in Hobart.

What was your most recent lie?  You don’t have to get really specific obviously.

Saying thank you when someone donates another big box of books to the Op Shop when I know there is absolutely nowhere for me to put them.

Non-Fiction books at the Op Shop

What country do you consider the strangest?   (it’s all In fun folks, ALL countries may seem strange to outsiders)

I’m sure that’s true. Please take everything I’m about to say in the spirit of fun.

  • Australia would probably take the prize for the strangest animals, platypus anyone?
  • Japan probably has the weirdest reality TV.
  • Iceland might come first for strange landscapes.

Platypus in Geelong.jpg
By TwoWingsOwn work (NB: this is scanned photography since it had been taken with an analogue camera), CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Lots of countries elect or inherit weird leaders so America is not alone in that although I’d have to say the USA and North Korea are neck and neck for that one at present.

Although I am very fond of my American blogging friends and I’ve met some lovely people from the USA over the years I often think that America is a strange country because:

  • People drive on the wrong side of the road.
  • People say “Booee” and “Aloominum” instead of “Boy (for buoy)” and “Aluminium”
  • American spelling is weird. Theater instead of Theatre, color instead of colour and there are zeds (zee’s to you) where I’d put the letter “S”
  • Voting machines
  • The Kardashians and other famous for being famous stars.
  • The Jerry Springer Show
Jerry Springer Musto Party 2011 Shankbone 10
Jerry Springer – photo by David Shankbone. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

I could go on but I won’t. I’m fascinated because in a lot of ways America and Australia seem similar. We both started out as British colonies, we both have a multicultural population, we both were opened up by pioneers looking for land or gold. On the other hand, sometimes things that happen in the USA make it seem like another planet.

What’s your funniest story involving a car?

I don’t drive and since David has been gone I no longer have a car so I have to go back a bit

Once, a long time ago I was visiting Naomi at her house in Semaphore, a beachside suburb of Adelaide. We drove down to the beach for some reason and then wandered back up the main street. At that time there were some interesting second-hand shops that we loved browsing in. We ended up buying a few things and not being far from Naomi’s house we naturally just walked back there. It was only some half an hour later when we were sitting down having a cup of tea that we thought about the car which was still parked in the car park at the beach. I can’t even call that a senior moment as we were both in our thirties at the time.


Do you have something you’re very thankful for or that showed immense kindness toward yourself or someone?

There is a lady that I know who is probably one of the kindest and most generous people I know. She spends her whole life looking out for other people.  I’m grateful to know someone like that.


A Photo A Week Challenge: Black & White

It’s in Black & White

My favourite subjects for black and white photos tend to be things that are old. I like to photograph buildings and I think that industrial subjects often look better in black and white.

Napier, New Zealand’s art deco city is one of the most attractive places I’ve ever visited. The art deco buildings are so colourful but even in black and white, you can appreciate the detail in them. Why don’t we build things like this anymore?

Wreck of the Belle Brandon-Franklin

The Belle Brandon was being restored on the Huon River when she unfortunately sank and sadly was too badly damaged to recover.

Elder Smith Goldsborough Mort buildings, Port Adelaide.

This building is part of Port Adelaide’s industrial area and was a favourite place for David and me to take photos. The photo below is a typical style for Adelaide where many buildings had these overhanging balconies.

Shops in Port Adelaide

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Isolated Objects

All Alone

A burned leaf from the recent bushfires.

I am not sure what happened to this gull.

Lighthouse, Devonport Tasmania


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Texture

Natural and Man-Made Textures

A carved seahorse at the Huon Show.

A Seahorse carved with a chainsaw.

Moss on a dry stone wall in Oatlands.

Dry Stone Wall one of many in Oatlands

Convict-made bricks in Oatlands.

Bricks made by convicts. The wall is part of the Oatlands Gaol complex.

A tray of meringues I saw touring the galley of Ovation of the Seas.

A tray of meringues in the galley onboard Ovation of the Seas.

A knitted tea cosy at the Op Shop.

Pearl beads on knitted fabric.

A collection of old metal hardware.

Share Your World: 18 February

Sharing My World This Week

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I’d read more, write more and unfortunately I’d probably shop more online.

Some old travel books from my bookshelves

What job would you be terrible at?

I can think of loads of jobs I’d be terrible at. I’d be a terrible athlete, I’d be terrible at anything that involved ladders, don’t ask me to clean your windows or gutters. I would be lousy at anything in the medical profession as I can’t even watch CSI without cringing at the sight of blood and gore. It would probably be a shorter list if I said what I might be good at.

Window Cleaners on a Hobart building.

 When was the last time you climbed a tree?

I’ve never climbed a tree. Fear of falling remember.

Polly has never climbed a tree either.

Do you count your steps? 

What for? I have tried a pedometer a couple of times but for me walking is more enjoyable if I am not thinking about exercise.

Lake Dulverton Walk 2 Photo by Naomi.


Bonus question (just because it’s really silly)   What’s the dumbest way you’ve injured yourself?

I’m not sure it’s the dumbest but I once put my back out cutting my toenails.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colour of Your Choice

My Choice is Red

Red is my favourite colour so of course, I could not resist using it for this challenge. Just for fun, I decided that all my pictures would be vehicle-related and the reddest reds  I could find.

The featured image is an old South Australian railcar, these were a maroon colour when new. We called them Redhens for a weird South Australian reason.

Scarlet Ferrari

I know Ferrari’s come in other colours but if they are not red what is the point?

TGR “Y” Class diesel

Old Tasmanian Railways diesel.

Hobart’s Hop on Hop Off bus.

A tourist bus needs to be eye catching.

A vintage fire engine at Hobart Fire Station.

A vintage fire engine.

US yacht Commanche in Hobart after the 2014 race.

A racing yacht.

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Boarding the Spirit of Tasmania

Red brake lights as we approach the red and white ferry.

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Virgin Airlines passenger jet from 2013.

I think it is a shame that Virgin no longer paints their jets red.