Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Books & Paper

Paperless Society?

When computers first arrived on our desks we were told that we would become a paperless society. Thirty or so years later there is still a lot of paper in our lives even if we don’t write many letters, read newspapers or send cards. Here’s a sample from my letterbox this week.

I don’t send or receive as many Christmas and Birthday cards as I used to but getting an e-card is just not the same as a card that has been chosen or made just for you and you can’t hang an e-greeting above the mantel at Christmas.

I enjoy scrapbooking as a hobby, a nice way to embellish my favourite photos and keep them to look at from time to time.

Naomi and I love paper dolls and collect both vintage and reproductions of vintage paper doll books. This is a reproduction of a set I owned as a child.

Bride and Groom paper dolls, reproduction of a Saalfield set from the early 60s.

Even though many of my books are packed away in boxes I still have a lot on shelves including these.

Finally, did you know it’s only 102 days to Christmas? Here’s some wrap that was leftover from last year.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fashion

Fun with Fashions

I knew that I would have a lot of fun taking some new photos for this challenge. Amongst my “stuff” I have quite a lot of vintage women’s magazines and old dress patterns so I decided to use them to illustrate some fashions through the ages. Here is one from a calendar.

Advertisements from the 1930s, fashions from the 1950s and a pattern I am guessing dates from the 1980s.

Of course, I could not leave out fashion dolls. Barbie has been around for sixty years now and her fashions have reflected the trends of every decade since the fifties. Barbie has had as many books written about her as any Supermodel, probably more.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs

Roofs from the Archives

Here are a few interesting roofs I found in my photo archives. The first four are from our cruise holiday last year. I like the onion dome roofs of the Mosque. This was in Kuala Lumpur. Also in KL but not such an attractive site were the broken glass panels at the former main railway station. I had been looking forward to seeing this building for a long time and was disappointed to find it in the middle of renovations and looking very run down. The next one is the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel which has a roof that resembles a ship. The last one which I’ve shown before is the so-called “Durian” building in Singapore.

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, better known as The Durian in Singapore.

Another unusual roof, this time in Auckland.

an Auckland wharf
The unusual roof on the passenger facilities on an Auckland wharf

We had a roof that looks like a ship now here is a roof on a ship. This was the roof from the old Brooke Street Pier building. It was brought down to Franklin and sat between the Wooden Boat Centre and the Living Boat Trust buildings for some time. I believe the timber was to be used as part of the Cartela restoration but not really sure.

Last an old rusty roof on an abandoned shed near Cygnet.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees

As Lovely As A Tree

I think that I shall never see  
A poem lovely as a tree.  

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I haven’t managed to join in any of Cee’s Challenges for a couple of weeks. I never seem to be ready with a post in time but this week I am determined even if it has to be photos from the archives like this one of my beloved apple tree.

The apple tree October 2018

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close-Ups of Flowers


It’s mid-winter here and I didn’t know if I’d be able to find any flowers to photograph in my garden but guess what? The first jonquils are out!

First Jonquils of the season
Playing with editing software

My King Alfred daffodils are not far away from flowering either.

King Alfred Daffodil
Daisy edited

I do have a lot of daisies and although they are considered weeds I’ve always been fond of them. The pansies are about the only other thing still flowering.

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