Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

Me & My Shadows

Usually, when I’m taking doll photos I’m working very hard to eliminate shadows so this challenge is a bit different for me.

40th Anniversary Barbie

The weather has been so dull that finding shadows outside or even in the kitchen has been almost impossible. So I decided to create some artificially.

Shadows of plants on the kitchen bench

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items

Five Plus

I misread Cee’s Challenge post and thought I needed photos containing only five items. There are six items in this first photo but five of them are vintage wooden cats.

A stack of five doll books.
Five vintage kitchen canisters
Five mugs with bird pictures.
Five bobbins

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms & Outhouses

Mirror in the Bathroom

I’d love to have got some pictures of outdoor toilets, “dunnies” as Aussies call them. Don’t ask me why. I wasn’t born here.

Instead, here are some of my own bathroom when I was painting it a year or two ago and earlier after we had the new shower put in. We were so pleased with it.

Bathroom renovations

A modern bathroom in a Hobart apartment I visited as part of Open House Hobart a few years ago. I could not avoid getting myself in the picture.

A public bathroom aboard Explorer of the Seas.

My featured image is an edit of one I took for the doll blog some years ago. It was for Halloween and I was trying to recreate the old tale that if a girl brushed her hair in front of a mirror at midnight on Halloween she’d see the reflection of her future husband. The doll is a Fashion Fever Teresa (Barbie) and the sink and mirror are vintage Sindy ones which belong to Naomi.

Share Your World 2019: 8 July

Sharing My World This Week

As we have the option of answering these questions in a seasonally appropriate way I thought that I’d comment on both summer and winter in my answers this week.

  • Are you a Summer person?   A Winter person?   Or one of the other seasons suits you best?

I’m definitely not a summer person. I didn’t mind the hot days so much when I was younger but now I hate extreme heat and humidity. Summer in Tasmania is usually cooler than the other states but we seem to get more hot days than we used to and of course, there is always the spectre of bushfires. I don’t mind winter so much although the rain and the grey days can get a little depressing sometimes. I really prefer spring and autumn, spring for the flowers and blossoming trees and autumn for the foliage. It’s probably the nicest weather we have as spring can be windy.

  • What is your favorite summertime clothing?   
A selection of clothing for sale at the Op Shop.

I don’t really wear dresses and skirts much and certainly would not be seen in shorts, nor do I like cropped 3/4 length pants on me. Mostly I wear jeans or if it’s really hot lightweight summer pants and a v-neck or scoop neck, short-sleeved T-shirt. I have some 3/4 sleeve T-shirts that I like a lot and I wear these for three seasons out of four with a cardigan over if required. Now it’s winter so I’m wearing a long sleeved “spencer” under a sweatshirt or knitted jumper (sweater to my American friends) and sometimes a fleece vest over that. Australian homes tend not to be centrally heated so layers are good. I do have what Tasmanians call a heat pump and the rest of Australia calls a reverse cycle air conditioner which keeps my living room, dining room and kitchen warm but the rest of the house is pretty cold at this time of year.

  • Do you find yourself eating out more during the summer?  Or making ‘cold food’ like salads and stuff you can heat in the microwave?

No, I eat out about the same amount all year round, hardly at all. I do have salads more in summer, coleslaw, potato salad, pasta salad are what I have at home although I might get a Caesar salad if I eat out. I’m not a huge fan of lettuce. If it’s really hot things like quiche and cold meats are good. At this time of year though it’s pasta, Shepherd’s Pie, stews and casseroles.

  • Do you like watermelon?   What’s your favorite summertime treat?

I do like watermelon. I didn’t when I was younger but now I do. I also like rockmelons. A favourite summertime treat would be cream or ice cream with strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. A favourite winter dessert would be a steamed pudding with custard.

Ice cream stall sign

Are you thankful it’s finally (sorta) dry and warm?

Well, it’s neither here but that’s OK. It’s dry and warm inside.

We get a bit of fog here especially in winter time.

A Photo A Week Challenge: View

Some of my favourite views

It’s no secret that I think Tasmania, and the Huon Valley, in particular, is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. I never get tired of looking at the river and the mountains.

image boats on Huon river
The tranquility of the Huon River at Franklin

I wouldn’t want to live there but I do look forward to visiting Sydney because I love to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the views around the harbourside suburbs.

View of Wellington NZ


A view of Wellington

New Zealand.


Water always seems to be a part of my favourite views. This is Loch Ness.

Lake Baikal, Siberia.

The famous Merlion on Sentosa Island Singapore.

The featured image for this post was taken at the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China in 1990 and is one of my favourite photos as I feel it captures what I felt when I stood there.