Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

9 02 2013

I’ve never really felt ‘at home’.  I’ve lived in lots of houses and spent most of my life living in one city but rarely felt ‘at home’ in a place. I wonder what it is like to feel at home somewhere?  Is it tied to a place?  A person? A feeling?  I’m not sure.

This challenge comes at a very interesting time for me.  I’ve just moved house, city and state, changed jobs and moved from the south west of Australia to the Central North coast, in the tropics.  It’s vastly different.  I’m homesick, but it’s not for a place.  I just have sense of yearning, longing for some connection, to feel whole, to feel full, to belong, to feel content but not bored.  As I don’t have a ‘place’ that feels like home, I went through my photos to find some images that made me feel whole.  These images remind me of a time that I felt the most alive, the most settled, clear, and connected with my core. Maybe that’s what it’s like to feel at home?   In the process I’ve realised that I feel most at home when I’m out in nature.  Whether it is hot or cold, I feel most ‘at home’ when I’m away from the bustle of a city and connected to the earth.  I love to feel its rhythm and voice, the raw elements of earth, air and water.  Rocks, trees, flowers and creatures complete the picture.  I am at home in the quiet, natural rhythm of the earth.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

22 09 2012

A crisp winter’s morning was the perfect time to climb Bluff Knoll; the steep, 3606ft craggy peak in south west of Australia.  It was a challenge to keep going but was well worth it.  After twenty minutes alone at the summit, we tackled the descent.  It was a peaceful, surreal experience.  Two tiny people witnessing nature’s grandeur.  True beauty and a precious solitary moment.

Descent – Bluff Knoll – Western Australia.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

8 09 2012

We tend to venture to Albany in winter, always buoyed and refreshed by time spent near the rocky coastline when the ocean is at its wildest.  The air is strong, fresh, cold, invigorating.  This is the sheltered bay of Middleton Beach with sweeping views out to Michelmas Island, the last piece of land before Antarctica.  We were walking along the beach, wading in the cold water, trying to ease the aches in our legs left from the previous day.  We’d climbed Bluff Knoll, the 3606ft peak in the Stirling Ranges.  Today was a glorious day for a rest.

Middleton Beach, Albany. Western Australia.

This week’s challenge is to share a photo that means ‘near and far’.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

23 06 2012

We are all creators and co-creators in this life.  What are we creating?  This week’s theme from WordPress explores images that mean “create”.  In the last few years I have started to let out my inner artist who has been locked inside for a long time.  On a trip to Albany, I was relaxed and content enough to create a quick pencil sketch of a cottage on the Strawberry Hill Farm.

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11 Things about me…

26 04 2012

My favourite clothing item.

I’ve been challenged to reveal 11 Things by my good friend Cee Neuner, over at Cee’s Life Photography Blog.  She’s tagged me and asked me to play along, so here we go. The questions she posed are:

1. Where do you want to retire?
That’s easy.  I’d retire to Albany, on the South Coast of Western Australia.  It is a beautiful place with history, ocean, bays, forest, rivers and fresh air.  Ideally I’d have some land where I would live in a passive solar designed house made from straw bales, grow my own veges and live as self-sufficiently as I could including powering my electricity needs by wind turbines.  I’d have a studio where I’d write and paint which looked towards the Stirling Ranges and I’d plant the land based on permaculture principles to provide habitat and sanctuary for wild animals and birds.

2. Which country/city in the world (that you have never been to) would you most like to visit and why?
Well, I’ve already mapped out the plan for when my Long Service Leave is due. I’ll buy a Round the World Ticket and visit the following:  Fly Perth to Munich then overland to Berlin (always wanted to see it).  Overland again via Paris to London and north to Yorkshire to see my Fairy Godmother.  Manchester to New York and on to LAX then overland to Oregon to see Chris and Cee.  Leave LAX again to Auckland, NZ, then home to Perth via Sydney.  Quite a trip – all with one ‘carry on’ bag.  Hmm, better stock up on memory cards for the camera LOL.

3. If you could give $100,000 to one charity, what would it be?
I would donate it to Assistance Dogs Australia – they train Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people who have physical disabilities.  There are  Companion Dogs (at home) or a Service Dogs (out in public on transport etc).  They also provide “Facility Dogs” which are trained to support residents in nursing homes and hospices.  I know how much difference a dog makes in my life, as a companion and friend, yet these dogs help lead and guide people with physical tasks through their everyday life.

4. What is your favourite item of clothing and why?
My patent red Dr Marten boots (top).  Because they make me feel like me, with the added bonus that so many people disapprove of them (or me wearing them) – poor uptight souls. LOL.

5.  Do you take the shampoos and other sundries from your hotel room when it is time to check out?  No.

6.  What made you smile today?
A photo of my niece who has just lost her first tooth.  The Tooth Fairy is going to visit tonight and I suspect she will start wiggling more teeth.

7. For your computer – Mac or PC? Mac for sure.

La Trobe Reading Room, State Library of Victoria: Melbourne.

8. Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)
I like a mix of both.  Last year we visited Melbourne to see the touring Tutankhamun Exhibition and we planned several things around our ticketed entry times.  We visited the museum and the Melbourne Cricket Ground including a tour of the players’ rooms and the National Sports Museum (brilliant!!).  We also did some things on the spur of the moment and discovered some fantastic treasures of the city, especially the galleries on each floor of the State Library and the La Trobe Reading Room (above).

9.  What is your favourite comfort food?
Melted cheese on toast or porridge.

10.  Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
No.  I only push it once and only if I really have to (when no one else is around) and I try to push the germ smothered button with my key or my elbow.

11. What chore do you absolutely hate doing and you can’t say clean the bathroom or any part of it?
Ironing.  Absolutely.  I take mine to an ironing shop nowadays and buy linen shirts with gay abandon.  🙂

Thanks Cee!

Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2012

25 04 2012

WWII - Service Medals, Pacific Star and RAAF Pay book

ANZAC Day (25 April) marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The soldiers in these forces quickly became known as ANZACs  and the pride they took in the name endures to this day.

Today we recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance for all those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions. We too remember the sacrifices of their families who supported them through such difficult times.

ANZAC - Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. Albany, Western Australia

The Desert Mounted Corps and the rest of the first detachment of the Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Expeditionary Force became known as the ANZACS and left Albany in a convoy of ships in November 1914 to join World War I. This memorial is a copy returned to Australia from Egypt and erected on Mt Clarence, overlooking King George Sound.

Across King George Sound and Princess Harbour, Albany.

As dawn rose over Albany on 1 November 1914, thirty eight ships of the fleet with thirty thousand troops and 7500 horses were aboard, waiting to sail into history, through the islands and on to an ‘adventure’ on the other side of the world. This would be their last view of Australia, and the final view for those who did not return.

Old Fort Building: Albany, Western Australia.

We will remember them:

Second Boer War | World War I | World War II | Korean War | Malayan Emergency | Indonesian Confrontation | Vietnam War | War in Somalia | East Timor | Solomon Islands | War in Afghanistan | Iraq War |

Some fellow bloggers have also posted ANZAC tributes:

Lest we forget

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey

7 04 2012

This week we’re challenged to express the word “Journey” and I’ve chosen some pictures from our trip to Melbourne. I know some of you are regulars on trains and the underground but it was quite a novelty for us.  We travelled on the Underground from Parliament Station after descending a few escalators.  I am fairly sure the platform is quite near the centre of the earth…

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Here are some fellow bloggers’ entries for the Weekly Challenge.  Enjoy!!
Cee Neuner
Mirth & Motivation
The Urge to Wander
Lucid Gypsy
Beyond the Brush

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