Curvaceous Icon : Weekly Photo Challenge

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I’m sure this building needs no introduction. From every viewpoint its contours swoop and flow like waves on the ocean.

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It dwarfs the people gazing at its grandeur.

But it is not the only curvaceous icon on Sydney’s waterfront.

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The old “Coat hanger” is peering over her shoulder.

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If you look very closely you will see tiny ant-like dots, brave souls, nearly at the top as they climb this Sydney monument.


I wonder how many other Australian bloggers have chosen to showcase our well known buildings in this weeks photo challenge as Cheri asks us to “find inspiration in the curves around you.”

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Wordless Wednesday : Will you join me?

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Garden Photography Challenge : Tropical Summer…

Last week I reminisced about my English past and the roses that brought the “essence of summer” to mind from that bygone era.

This week I am  back in the present and what the “essence of summer” means to me now. I live in the sub-tropical area of South-East Queensland and the summers are hot and humid. The flowers and foliage are vivid, dazzling, showy even flashy. Demanding attention they flaunt and show off often surrounded by luscious tropical greenery. So here is a gallery of some of my favourites.



In the northern hemisphere it is mid-summer. Maybe the sun is shining, hopefully the flowers are flowering. But down under, in Australia, it is now winter in this topsy-turvy world, but our sun is still shining, well most days. So I have to go back to December, January and February to find these signs of summer. As Jude (Earth laughs in flowers)  says:

“This month I want to see what summer means to you. Still focussing on the garden or parkland let your photographs tell me your story of summer-time wherever in the world you live.”

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Thursday Doors : Armidale Cathedral…

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My eye was caught by the colourful peeling bark of this gum tree in the grounds of the Armidale Catholic Cathedral. Then I noticed how the door matched the bark colour.

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time)

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Garden Photography Challenge : The Essence of Summer…

This weekend winter arrived in Queensland, Australia.

Torrential rain, 90km/hr winds and the temperature plummeted to 19c degrees. Now that may be balmy in the Northern hemisphere but down under, after an endless summer of 25-30 degrees, it meant dragging out the winter woollies.

This month the theme Jude (Earth laughs in flowers) has chosen is “the essence of summer

“This month I want to see what summer means to you. Still focussing on the garden or parkland let your photographs tell me your story of summer-time wherever in the world you live. “

So I have travelled back in my memory to a perfect summer I spent in Adelaide and visited the Adelaide International Rose Garden.

The Adelaide International Rose Garden takes visitors on a heady journey that’s a delight to the senses. As you wander the garden you’re drawn through a series of colourful spaces, each cleverly revealing a rose collection from a different style of garden.

The garden displays over 2,500 roses, including areas devoted to Australian bred roses, single roses, heritage roses and pillar roses. A walkway in the garden highlights roses selected for specific Australian causes (Olympic Gold, The Children’s Rose). Mixed companion plantings add lots of seasonal colour.

Together with the National Rose Trial Garden – which began in 1996 to help the rose industry establish which roses not yet for sale in Australia are best suited to our climate – the International Rose Garden is a great favourite with national and international rose lovers alike.



Roses are one of my favourite flowers and, unfortunately, I cannot grow them in this sub-tropical climate. There are species bred for this climate, but they are hard work. The humidity attracts all kinds of bugs and viruses meaning constant spraying and pampering to survive and thrive. So I love visiting rose gardens when I am travelling.


It is 10 years since I visited these gardens so this is a 10 year younger me…

Thank you Jude, it has been an enjoyable browse back through my archives. I can almost smell the roses.

Jude has also chosen rose for her post this week. Pop over to see more summer scenes. 

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Thursday Doors : Armidale…

Last year when staying in Armidale we had a memorable bus tour around this remarkable city. A city I knew nothing about before taking this FREE bus tour.

(Come with me back to that tour, and find out more about this city, it is worth a look.)

But today I am showing you the door into Booloominbah. This magnificent country house is now at the centre of  The University of New England, Australia’s first regional university. It houses the offices of the University’s senior management, including the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

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Booloominbah reflects the Gothic revivalist influences of the ‘Queen Anne‘ style that emerged in England and the United States in the last half of the 19th century. Recent refurbishment has restored much of the original decoration. The building has National Trust classification, as well as being listed on the Register of the National Estate. It has been described as being “perhaps Hunt’s greatest achievement in the field of domestic architecture.”[3] It also has a New South Wales heritage listing.  (Wikipedia)

This impressive home was built in 1888 for Frederick White and his family, who decided to establish his family of seven children in Armidale because the cooler, fresher, drier air of the Tablelands was good for their health. Amazingly this was only the summer home for the family and stood empty the rest of the year.

The only way to see inside this building was to go on the bus tour.

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We only saw a very small part of the downstairs area, but it was very impressive.

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time)

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Thursday’s Special : Pick a Word…

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Restlessness : never at rest; perpetually agitated or in motion:


Paula (lost in translation) has given us a new challenge this week…

“I’m starting something new today. I’m giving you five unrelated words that are neither synonyms nor antonyms. Pick one and depict it in photo(s).”

  • Turbidity

  • Restlessness

  • Transience

  • Prolific

  • Decrepit

All are interesting words and I could choose any one of them, but because I live near the ocean and love its restless, ever-changing character I have chosen “restlessness” for my word of the week.

Which one would you choose?

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Wordless Wednesday : All aboard the Blues Train…

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Garden Photography Challenge : Wild Flowers

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 Australia is a relatively flat continent and the Snowy Mountain Range, in New South Wales, is the highest mountain range in the country. The highest peak is Mount Kosciuszko, it reaches to a height of 2,228 m (7,310 ft) above sea level.

It was February 2011, on our circuit of Australia, that our trusty old camper van, Matilda, slowly took us up and over this very impressive and steep climb. It looked as though snow was coating the far hills. But it is summer and that is the result of the devastating 2006 bushfires that ravaged over one million hectares of high country. One of the worst bushfire seasons on record, the fires raged for 69 days. 70 individual fires, caused by lightning strikes eventually merged to cause an enormous uncontrollable wildfire.

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It is now 5 years since the fires and the snow gums are stark and skeleton like stretching into the distance. But look closer and there are signs of life.

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Regrowth is starting from the base of these snow gums. Many Australian species are well adapted to fire and can survive, but it will take time.

Meanwhile the wild flowers have taken the opportunity to take over the empty spaces.

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If you look carefully you can see the winding road that we came up. This area has stronger regrowth. Maybe a different type of faster growing vegetation

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This is the last week of May and so ends the “wild flower” theme. I could go on for ever with this theme. But next month it is “the essence of summer”. This will certainly be a memory jogger for me as we move into winter down under. But then our winters are often as perfect as Northern summers!!!

It is well worth going over to Jude’s “earth laughs in flowers” to see the glorious wild flowers from all around the world. Maybe you have some you could show us…

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Happiness is hard to recall.

Its just a glow.

Frank McCourt


I could not resist adding this to Paula’s “Thursday Special” which this week is “glow”

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