Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A sailor's woe

The sailor was troubled.
His Captain ordered him to find the Mermaid's pearl comb.
Or to die trying.
It was extremely rare, he said,
and possessed tremendous power.


With it he - The Captain - would rule the seven seas and become the Pirate King!
(and it would look fabulous in his curly wig)


The sailor staggered along miles of beach, looking for a sign of the mermaid.
He began to lose hope.
And then at last he spied her playing on the beach.


"My jeweled comb?" she said, "Why not?  Here take this one, I have a trunk full at home".



Coolum Beach, Queensland - May 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

Creatures of sand and snow

Slosh the Sand Creature was lonely.


So he asked his creator to make him a friend.


"Someone like me, but a little bit different please", he said.

So the little girl traveled far and wide in search of a suitable friend for her beloved Slosh.

And finally found the Snow Creature, Olaf.




"Slosh" was first created and named by my daughter when she was 2, and is such a fond memory that we often create another "Slosh" when at the beach.

First two photos taken at Coolum Beach, Queensland - May 2014
Snowman photo taken at Mount Buller, Victoria - July 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Reflections on human nature



If you look at my reading list to the right you'll notice that I've been reading a lot of Philippa Gregory books.
Books from "The Cousin's War" series.
These books are about the time of the War Of The Roses.
A time of great conflict.
Where not only the concerned parties suffered and died - but also many of the innocent.
A brutal time, and one likes to think that we have come a long way since then.
But in view of all the conflicts around the world today, and in particular of what happened on 17th July, I feel that as a species, we humans have learnt nothing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Back to work

Well holiday is over and I'm back to work.
I guess I'd better get to bed.


Night night :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Secret language of flowers

Falling petals decided to leave a loving message.
I wonder who it's for?


These petals however were content to artistically recline where they fell.



Flowers from my garden - March 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Windy weather, holidays and a collection of clouds

As you read this post I will have landed in Melbourne for some family time, shopping time and fun in the snow time.

Not to worry - I have scheduled some posts for your reading pleasure while I'm away.

However I do hope the weather won't be like this.



Or at the very least that any clouds will be white fluffy like this.



First two photos -Manly - March 2014 (was at work watching a huge storm come over the harbour from the city)
Third photo - Beacon Hill - March 2014 (sitting at a set of lights and daughter liked the contrast of the red cars against the white clouds so grabbed my phone and snapped away)


Monday, June 30, 2014

Time to slow the pace

Life has been a little busier than normal and I feel the need for a change of pace.

Perhaps I'll wander in a beautiful garden,
drink from magic pools,
sit and ponder in a quiet corner



Maybe I'll visit some Roman ruins,
or just sit on a shady verandah, sipping a mint julep and and flirt with a young Southern Officer.





Eryldene House - March 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Little lost rhinos


"I'm finding it a little hard to blend in", said the zebra rhino.


"I know what you mean, camouflage seems to be a lost art", said the rainbow coloured animal print rhino. 


Rainbow rhino - Martin Place
Coloured rhino - Manly
Feb 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fun with road signs


What would happen if we could design road signs for our homes?


What messages would we display?


Until next time............



State Library of NSW - Feb 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Paradise between the pages

The ancient archives awaited
Waited for centuries to hear my timid footsteps on the stone floor.
Finally I was here



I peered through the window and saw a fantastic world of opportunity and adventure
Of science fiction and fantasy
of romance and intrigue
mystery and danger



I pushed through the doors and entered heaven





I found myself in a world of stories, a world of knowledge,
a world of books



I'm not sure when I'll return home so don't wait up................


State Library of NSW, Sydney - February 2014



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