Photo Project 2011 | Weeks’ 11 & 12 and a small tribute

I am a little behind with my posts so am posting last week’s dictionary word with this weeks’. But first I would like to say a little about my beautiful father-in-law who passed away on the 13 March, surrounded by his children after a long illness.

He had battled Parkinson’s Disease for the last 5 years. This saw him deteriorate markedly mentally and physically over the last 12 months. It was very hard for his family to watch this once active and very intelligent man become a shell of himself. This disease is slow and can be very cruel. Like all diseases I suppose….

He loved his grandchildren, of which he had 7, with a passion. He was the type of man every kid would love to have as a grandfather. He would interact with them as if he was a child – a great way of relating to them – and they loved it! In his father’s eulogy, my husband referred to him as the fifth Wiggle! In a gathering he was the one who would be watching the kids. They kept him young.

He was a very intelligent man; a Professor of Engineering and was extremely generous and selfless.

Mr U, as we in-law’s called him, was 81 when he passed. We will all miss him, but are comforted in the fact that he did have a good and long life and that he was very much-loved, and that is all any of us can ask for, if we are lucky!

OK, last week’s word…

‘contour – 1. an outline, esp. representing or bounding, the shape or form of something.’

On our recent trip to country NSW, the pics of which I am also yet to post (arrgggh!) we went to ‘The Dish‘ in Parkes. My mother actually came from Parkes and as a child, I spent many of my school holidays with my grandparents there, but never went there! So this was a first for me! It gets really hot in Parkes!! Anyway, This pic is very relative to last week’s word. Let me know what you think…!

Now, this weeks’ word… I tried the other end of the dictionary!

‘MP – 1. Member of Parliament 2. military police ‘.

Don’t have any pics handy of either of those and don’t think I’ll be able to go out and get some considering the current NSW elections! Really, quite a boring word, and I did consider picking another one, but we took the kids to Canberra a few years ago and took some pics of the new and old Parliament House foyer entrances. Parliament is where our MP’s sit, so it still fits! These were taken with my old point and shoot and not my current arsenal, but they are not too bad! I would have shown images of the buildings facade, but my pics of the newer Parliament House have unsightly fences in them, and I don’t have that much time to Photoshop them out!

Notice in the pic of the older steps, there is a figure at the top of the balustrade. Looks ghostly! It’s not, but it could be!!


Photo Project 2011 | Week 10

I have a large stockpile of images on my external hard drive.  Most are personal images, but many are those I have just snapped if they have caught my attention, found them interesting, different or thought beautiful.

And there are some that I have snapped if they have done what this week’s dictionary word has done.

‘impact – 1. collision; the force of a collision 2. an influence or effect.

When I saw these two standing on the shore in Manly (near Oceanworld) they immediately caught my eye. The scene made an impact on me on a personal level.

I thought it beautiful.

Beautiful as a moment and time shared. One that this little girl will more than likely, hopefully, remember forever. And a moment  that her father (I can only assume that it is her dad), will also treasure. Doesn’t matter if they caught anything, we didn’t see if they did!

Weekly Photo Challenge: shadow

I was trying to think of something creative for this challenge. I had an idea, but trying to get it to come to fruition was going to be time-consuming and possibly a little frustrating! It involved my one-year-old daughter.  Say no more!

As a back up, I had some pics I took a little while ago which I could use, but thought I’d give my first idea a go first!

Well, we tried more than a few times, with more than a few clicks of the shutter and this was probably the best one of about 5o images! There was too much to explore for my little one to sit still for mummy and help her with the challenge!

Here is what we came up with… She is reaching for me, albeit a little half-heartedly 😉


Alien shadow - aka mum and daughters' reaching hands!

So, seeing as the above image did not really turn out how I envisioned, I’ll post my back up plan too! A little while ago, I found a praying mantis sunning itself on my front balcony. I grabbed my camera hoping to get some good close ups without scaring it away.

Once I saw the shadows this little creature was creating, it was all very interesting. The insect was actually watching me! It climbed up on one of my daughters’ roller skates to get a closer look! It then saw it’s own shadow and stood there for ages, swaying back and forth. Hilarious!

I knew these might  come in handy one day!


Here I come!


I see you!


Ah grasshopper!

Photo Project 2011 | Week 9

Another week, another challenge! I searched through my folders of images to find an appropriate representation for this week’s word.

As soon as I picked the word, I knew immediately which image would be the best one! Actually it’s two images!

You know when you have an image and you say, “I’ll use that one day…”. Today is that day :).

This week’s word:

‘cleanse: 1. make clean. 2. purify from sin or guilt.

Number two meaning, I won’t be attempting that one… but number one, well let me say, everything has to cleanse! Some are better at it than others, but this little  baby was having a ball cleansing itself!

I love the way they pop their heads under water, shake it all off and bingo, all clean! I just kept my finger on the shutter and here’s the result…



It’s  amazing the way the water droplets have formed on the feathers. These images really highlight the ‘water off a ducks back’ saying. Oh and are a good example of the word of the week too!

Thanks for looking. 🙂



Weekly Photo Challenge: abundance

Returning from a recent trip to country NSW,  we stopped to purchase  a whole pumpkin at a roadside vegetable stall. You can see the honesty box in the background.

We were honest 😉 and I took advantage of the opportunity to capture the abundance of pumpkins in the trailer! A watermelon snuck into the pic. There was an abundance of them in the other trailer!

Two dollars for a whole pumpkin! Gotta love that!

Photo Project 2011 | Week 8

I’m on time for this one and I think the dictionary gods are looking favourably on me! This week’s word is also a pretty easy one.

I will say, I’m trying to think outside the box for this challenge but I do think that it somewhat impossible to do that with some of these words! They are too straight forward! Good for my brain, but not good for my creativity. Don’t want this challenge to become toooo boring! 😦

Soldiering on to work with what I have, this week’s word:

‘stain:’ click here for all the meanings…

Now I could have taken an image of some of my kids clothes with paint stains, but that would make me look bad considering I do the majority of the washing in the household! Can’t have that!

So my lovely, long-suffering husband is going to take the fall for this one! xx

We have a deck leading out to our backyard which we recently re-stained with some gorgeous timber stain. I will present three pics for this challenge to give you the full effect!

1. The newly stained deck.


Nicely stained deck - complete with dog fur!


OK. Now anyone who has worked with stain before knows it can be a little troublesome when it comes to cleanup. The stain is a water-based stain which means it ‘just washes out in water’. Easy. Put the lambswool pads in a bucket to soak, wait till they are semi-clean rinse and throw the dirty water into the garden, right? Or the even easier option, throw the pads in the bin!

Well, in the interest of keeping the pads for re-use, my husband decided to wash them out, which was great! But his choice of location to do this was not. At the tap in the front garden near our letterbox. The slope of the garden/street runs west. Look at our driveway now…:

I will take no responsibility for this stain! I will however, in the interest of staying married, take full responsibility for the colour of the stain which highlights the white dog fur! Note to self: white dogs, dark stain and driveways do not mix!


Photo Project 2011 | Week 7

I’m a little late! This is actually my post for last week. My family and I went on a little adventure to country NSW for my husband’s work. I’ll be posting some pics from our trip on an upcoming post, but for now, back to the business at hand and apologies for my lateness!

This week’s dictionary word is a pretty easy one.

‘hire: 1. procure the temporary use of (a thing) for an agreed payment. 2. employ (a person) for wages or a fee.’

I got my local paper and combed the pages for an advert of something to hire, like a chainsaw or other piece of machinery (we have hired a chainsaw before and for the cost, we could have bought one, but that’s beside the point!). There was nothing advertised for hire! Only sale. Wrong word.

Flicked through to the job section. Challenge done. 🙂