Bench Series : July, unusual detail.

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July has raced by and this is the last unusual bench I have to show you. Next month Jude will be looking for coloured benches.

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Travel Theme : Grass

For 40 years I called New Zealand my “green green grass of home”

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It also brings to mind a song

Now that will be playing in your head all day!!!

I also like to use grass to frame the front of photos.

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That is my interpretation of Ailsa’s challenge. To see how others have interpreted it go here.

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Bench Series : July, unusual detail…

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This is a teeny, tiny bench only 10 inches or 25 centimetres to the seat. Jack bought it for the grand children when they were toddlers. They are now teenagers. They loved to sit on it and trace their fingers around the animal motifs.

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Now it sits among the plants, guarded by the fearsome dragon Jack made, gently rusting and storing memories of times gone by and waiting for the next generation of tiny bottoms to sit on it…

This weeks bench for Jude’s bench series lives in our garden.

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then please take a look at Jude’s Bench Series page. No complicated rules, just a bench and a camera required :)

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Half and Half

Southern Alps New Zealand

Southern Alps New Zealand

In the bright light of day these reflections create a half and half image in the crystal clear waters.

Reflections at dusk

Reflections at dusk

Then as the sun sets the landscape changes into a silhouette of trees in a mirror image in the water.

This week we have been challenged to share an image that has two clear halves, literally or figuratively.

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Bench Series : July, unusual detail…


Unusual detail? Is it the wheels, or is it Jack???

Found this at Normington in the outback of Australia.

Jude is looking for benches with unusual details. (This month I want to see photos of a bench which is different to the norm. It may be the shape, style, length, height, colour, material or even location that attracts your attention) Have you any you can add to this series?

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Thursday’s Special : Patterns

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Patterns made in the sand by man with the wheels of his vehicle.

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The ancient marks and patterns made by the Aboriginal people to tell their stories and map their journeys.

Then there are all the beautiful patterns made by nature. The ripples and reflections on water.

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The ocean creating its impressions of the waves.

Zig zags created by the ocean

Zig zags created by the ocean

Then the collaboration of man and nature to delight us with the patterns in these artistic beds of flowers.

Beds of colour

Beds of colour

Finally as the sun sets over the ocean it paints a blood-red pattern across the waves.

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I believe we create our own lives. And we create it by our thinking, feeling patterns in our belief system. I think we’re all born with this huge canvas in front of us and the paintbrushes and the paint, and we choose what to put on this canvas.

Louise L. Hay

Paula’s special challenge this week is to find patterns in our world.

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Bench Series : July, unusual detail.

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This bench stopped me in my tracks when I saw it outside a pub in Richmond, Tasmania’s premier historic town that dates from the mid 1800’s. (click here for a walk back through history with me.)

Can you see what it is?

This bath-seat brought back memories of our garden in New Zealand because Jack converted an old bath, cutting out the front shape, with great difficulty, by hand. It sat under a plum tree in our cottage style garden surrounded by roses. Sadly, we had to leave it behind when we came to Australia. I did not think I would ever see another one as then we thought it was a unique design.

This month Jude would like us to show her benches with unusual detail.

(Jude says, this month I want to see photos of a bench which is different to the norm. It may be the shape, style, length, height, colour, material or even location that attracts your attention)

I think this one qualifies….

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Doors

These delightful and varied doors in Oatlands, a village in Tasmania, that boasted over 90 heritage buildings, including 3 historic churches and a faithfully restored and fully operating windmill. To see more of the buildings go here.

For this week’s challenge, Cheri asks us to publish a new post with a photo of a door (or multiple doors!). Consider how color affects the image, but also think about size, shape, texture, and details — how might these elements add up to tell a story?

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Travel Theme : Independence


FREEDOM comes in the form of a camper van…

I couldn’t think of a better way to define independence and freedom than sharing this post with you again in response to Ailsa’s theme of independence…

Originally posted on gypsy life:


Matilda has been our transport, accommodation and trusty companion  for 4 years as we travelled 70.000 kilometres around Australia. Slowly trundling up and over mountain ranges, across the outback and along the coast, coming to rest each night in iconic Aussie places. The beach with the sound of waves peeling  on the shore to lull us to sleep. Alongside mighty rivers or dry river beds. In the outback the Mitchell grass plains stretching to the horizon and at night the sky a blanket of twinkling stars. The bush and rainforest each with their distinctive smell and sounds as the birds serenade us and unseen creatures scuttle in the undergrowth.

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Near the beach in the rainforest Near the beach in the rainforest

In a field of dreams In a field of dreams

Crossing borders Crossing borders

Every place different and a joy to experience.

There are memories of campgrounds. Sharing a glass…

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Thursday Special : Bird’s Eyes

Eyes are the windows of the soul.


Eagle eyes amazing information…

Eagles have unusual eyes. They are very large in proportion to their heads and have extremely large pupils. Eagles’ eyes have a million light-sensitive cells per square mm of retina, five times more that a human’s 200,000. While humans see just three basic colours, eagles see five. These adaptations gives eagles extremely keen eyesight and enable them to spot even well-camouflaged potential prey from a very long distance. In fact the eagles’ vision is among the sharpest of any animal and studies suggest that some eagles can spot an animal the size of a rabbit up to two miles away! (for more information about eagles go here)


Amazing facts about owl’s eyes…

Of all an Owl’s features, perhaps the most striking is its eyes. Large and forward facing, they may account for one to five percent of the Owl’s body weight, depending on species. The forward facing aspect of the eyes that give an Owl its “wise” appearance, also give it a wide range of “binocular” vision (seeing an object with both eyes at the same time). This means the owl can see objects in 3 dimensions (height, width, and depth), and can judge distances in a similar way to humans. The field of view for an owl is about 110 degrees, with about 70 degrees being binocular vision.

An Owl’s eyes are large in order to improve their efficiency, especially under low light conditions. In fact, the eyes are so well developed, that they are not eye balls as such, but elongated tubes. They are held in place by bony structures in the skull called Sclerotic rings. For this reason, an Owl cannot “roll” or move its eyes – that is, it can only look straight ahead!
The Owl more than makes up for this by being able to turn its head up to 270 degrees left or right from the forward facing position, and almost upside down.

Since Owls have extraordinary night vision, it is often thought that they are blind in strong light. This is not true, because their pupils have a wide range of adjustment, allowing the right amount of light to strike the retina. Some species of Owls can actually see better than humans in bright light.

To protect their eyes, Owls are equipped with 3 eyelids. They have a normal upper and lower eyelid, the upper closing when the owl blinks, and the lower closing up when the Owl is asleep. The third eyelid is called a nictitating membrane, and is a thin layer of tissue that closes diagonally across the eye, from the inside to the outside. This cleans and protects the surface of the eye. ( for more information go here)


The bright yellow eye of a Pelican who’s beak can hold more than his belly can…


Another interesting challenge from Paula at “Lost in Translation”

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