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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Painted Haybales

So here we go, I thought it about time I joined in again for this weekly photo challenge over at Cee’s.  A new theme every Tuesday, this week is anything painted.

I was considering giving you a boring photo of peeling paint, but I had a stroke of luck yesterday on our trip to visit Mr R’s mum when we spotted these painted haybales just off the Digger’s Rest / Bulla Road.

Painted Haybales

I’m fairly certain they are characters from SpongeBob Squarepants. [Sue and Claudette inform me that the middle one is a Minion, from the movie ‘Despicable Me.’]

haybalesThey bring attention to the produce sign.

haybales1Snapped with the Nokia Lumia 530 windows phone.

They brought a smile to this old girl’s dial! Have a good day and thanks for looking. 🙂

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 1990s Seascapes

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Landscapes or Seascapes

For this Fun Foto challenge, I’ve decided to share some old photographs taken in the 1990s with my horrible olden-days camera. This first one is at a beach near Adelaide, South Australia.

1993, Near Adelaide, South Australia

1993, Near Adelaide, South Australia

This second one is what is left of the Twelve Apostles, along The Great Ocean Road, near Port Campbell, Victoria. We called in, on the way home from the Port Fairy Folk Festival, and joined scores of tourists on the viewing platforms. In 2005, eight years after this photo, the apostle in the foreground collapsed.

1997 - The Twelve Apostles, near Port Campbell, Victoria

1997, The Twelve Apostles, near Port Campbell, Victoria

Wikipedia says:

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. Currently there are 8 apostles left but the name remains significant and spectacular especially in the Australian tourism industry.

These old photos have a certain nostalgic charm and are just as they scanned, without enhancement.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Loose Nuts

The first time I  flew was from Australia to New Zealand, February 1989 – on the same day nine unfortunate people were sucked out of United Flight 811 from Honolulu. I didn’t hear about this for another day or so,  after having flown for the second time – this time in a tin can with wings. My unease almost spoiled my “Grand Traverse” of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, flying over ‘the largest glaciers, highest mountains and some of the most spectacular scenery in the Southern Hemisphere’.

Posted for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vehicle Details

Here I was, thinking I was taking my life in my hands, daring such a trip in this little plane while, unbeknown to me, the remaining passengers on our bus taking the mountain route to our accommodation were in real danger. nz busDuring  the pre-tour servicing, the wheel nuts on the bus were tightened by hand, but someone forgot to come along and tighten fully with the machine.

I found out all this when we landed at the airstrip later. (The same airstrip I lay on watching the stars later that night – only I had no idea what the asphalt was in the dark. I thought it a road.)

The photo shows the bus-driver and a fellow tourist trying to either take the wheel off, push it on, or to straighten it so they could get stripped nuts off. They were at a photo-stop, I believe, when someone noticed missing nuts.  There was also the problem of not being allowed to interfere with the wheel that contained the mileage counter. Anyway, they salvaged enough nuts to go around to get to our destination.

We didn’t get our trip up to some famous mountain resort or homestead the next day, because the nuts had to replaced and machine tightened at the next town. Needless to say, it was a cautious trip down the mountain.

(I will have to find my notes to fill in the names of places, but I boarded the plane at Lake Tepako. )

nz plane


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(Yes, I have changed the look of my blog theme, yet again.)

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Soft Pastels

House Sparrows outside my kitchen window

House Sparrows outside my kitchen window

These photos are a little suspect, they don’t quite fall into the soft pastel category for Cee’s challenge.  But, it is as good an excuse as any for posting them. (FujiFilm Fine Pix A607 camera, with the daisies and apple blossom snapped with my Nokia Lumia phone.)

Geranium leaves


Capeweed Daisies (sunwashed)

apple blossom

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, It's all about me, Photos

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Black and White Photos

BELOW: My baby brother making mud pies.

I took these photos way back in December 1970 and March 1971 with a Box Brownie camera. (I turned 16 in February.) I probably didn’t know enough to keep the sun out of the lens, but these are still a precious photos. I loved this house. It had a huge garden, with great swathes of Agapanthus, and lots of trees to climb. My parents carapkrented an old farmhouse at Carapook, near the top of the Muntham Hill between Coleraine and Casterton, Victoria. This was my last home with my parents and siblings: I moved to Mount Gambier the very next year, for training as a State Enrolled Nurse, then married.

In South Australia we learned to give injections, this wasn’t part of the duties in Victoria, but I think that was the only difference. I’ll do a page about my training one day, but don’t hold your breath! In those days, all the training was provided by the hospital staff, including the lectures and exams.carapook hills 1970
carapook sheep 1970LEFT: Looking across the valley behind the house. The long dark lines are cypress tree plantations, planted as windbreaks to protect the sheep from the weather.

RIGHT: The sheep were shorn not long before, as they aren’t very woolly.