Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Found in the Kitchen

Kitchen Capers

I take a lot of photos in my kitchen but not many of it. It’s a well-lit room compared to the rest of the house so I often take dolls and other small items in there to photograph. Like most of my house the kitchen is a place to display precious “stuff”. I used to have cookbooks on these shelves but as some of them are a bit daggy looking I put them away when I painted the kitchen a few months ago so now the shelves only contain my small collection of tins and my vintage canisters. They are from the 1950s made by Nally and are called Harlequin. Each canister is a different colour. I picked mine up some years ago for about $25-30 I think as some lettering is gone on a couple of them but these days collectors will pay a lot for ones in top condition. I do use them too, they are full of flour, sugar, rice and tea bags. I don’t think I have any instant coffee. The wooden canister at the end is a tea caddy. Naomi has a larger one for biscuits.

Canister and tin collection

Nally Harlequin canisters

Obviously one thing you will always find in the kitchen is food. These items were bought in preparation for Christmas baking which will soon begin. Below that the large freezer David and I bought as we liked to stock up on certain things. Now that I can’t carry things home from the shops easily it is handy because it can hold several weeks worth of goods. I use frozen vegetables a lot. Don’t judge me!

If you are wondering why the ladder is still in the kitchen it is because I often need it to reach the food on the top shelf of the cupboards. I hope the next house has a walk in pantry so I don’t have to climb a ladder every time I want a tin of something or a packet of pasta. My bread tin came from the Op Shop and although it is rather large I like it because there would be room for bread rolls and long loaves if I wanted them, none in there this week though.

It’s nearly time for Christmas baking.

Inside the freezer.

Guess what I keep in here.


My cleaning basket, not normally kept in the kitchen.

Normally a resident of the laundry,my cleaning basket is in the kitchen today because obviously I was going to clean before letting you all look in here.

Last of all here is another page of my Steamrail calendar. I hope I will be able to remember all these things next time Naomi and I play Scattergories.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Weather

Whatever the Weather

I don’t always get out and about when the weather is bad. If you rely on public transport walking around in the rain is not something you usually do for fun because you might have to wait a long time for a bus home.  However in 2015 I was travelling to Hobart on the bus regularly to visit David in hospital and always carried my camera. This was taken from the bus window during the big snow of August 2015.

The big snow-August 2015

A frosty , foggy morning at home.


When you see clouds like this you know you had better hurry and find some shelter.

The Cenotaph before a storm

In 2012 my friend Gillian and I both turned 55 and we celebrated with a trip to Tasmania’s west coast to ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway and cruise on the Gordon River. As it was late May the weather was less than ideal. In fact it rained heavily both days but we were not about to let it spoil our trip. They are used to rain in that part of the state and our tour guide carried on with her talk about the native timbers regardless of the fact that it was pouring.

Tour Guide, Gordon River cruise.


It’s nice to have sunny weather when you go on holidays but Sydney in summer is just a bit hot for me. This photo was taken on the beach at Watson’s Bay.

Summer in Sydney, Watson’s Bay 2016



Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Pets


Now here’s an easy one for a pet lover but how to make it different? Maybe some special effects.

A black and white picture of my black and white cat. What could be better?

Polly looking attentive.

Polly likes to sleep on the dining chairs.

Of course we can’t leave Cindy out.

Cindy on the couch.

And one from last year.

A pair of pets October 2016

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bricks or Stones

Things of Stone and Brick

I have a week of painting and moving furniture ahead of me so I don’t see myself getting out to take any new photos. Luckily with the B&W challenge I never feel quite so guilty about using old photos and I enjoy the creative part of choosing which colour shots to change to black and white or sepia. So, as I like to say, here are some I prepared earlier.

Brick Building in Hobart

Convict Brick and Stone steps, old Oatlands Gaol.

Brick and Stone work St David’s Cathedral ,Hobart

Stone Edging around a flower bed.

“Crazy Paving” outside a 1950s style house.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance

A Long Time Ago, Far, Far Away

I apologise in advance for the quality of these pictures. They are taken from scans of photos that I took on our trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the  1980s. I made copies of them to play around with and produced some black and white images using effects from my Picasa software to use for this challenge.

Katajuta (The Olgas) from the top of Uluru.

Uluru from a distance with my shadow in fhe foreground.

Uluru from a distance.

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways and Elevators

Just Keep Walking

Here are some photos taken on various trips away to Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

  • Adelaide Arcade is an arcade that connects Rundle Mall and Grenfell Street in the CBD. It is an old building on two levels. The lower part has become very upmarket with expensive shops and cafes. Upstairs there is a display of the history of the building with pictures and information. Here is part of the corridor leading to an upper level.
  • Next is a view taken inside Central Station in Sydney. I took it around dusk and as the lighting was a bit odd I think it actually looks better in sepia. This corridor leads out to the street.
  • The Colgate Palmolive Building which is now apartments. This building is in Balmain, Sydney. An indoor walkway taken from the outside.
  • A photo I have used before in a slightly different form, taken at the National Sports Museum in Melbourne.

Corridor in the Adelaide Arcade.

Corridor leading off the concourse at Sydney Central Station

Walkway between two buildings at the former Colgate Palmolive building, now apartments.

Corridor in the cricket section of the National Sports Museum.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Lines and Angles

Books, Books and more Books

I remembered these angled bookshelves which are in a little room called The Bower at the Botanical Gardens. I had another opportunity to photograph them while we were there on Saturday and that inspired me to use books as my sub theme for this challenge. Rows of books create a lot of straight lines.

Books at an angle

I have a lot of books myself and recently had to move three book cases. I can’t remember why I photographed these books but it was probably thinking that I might use them in a challenge. These are my favourite travel stories.

Some old travel books from my bookshelves

Of course I have a lot of doll and bear related books that come in handy for a doll blogger.

Doll and bear books

Here is part of the book area at our Op Shop. The book nook is my pet project as I try to fit books onto the shelves and keep the whole thing reasonably tidy and accessible to customers. I have had to do a lot of stacking to achieve that.

Books at the Op Shop