When I was at school our assessments were made

using numerical values with 100 being the top value

and perhaps 1 or 0 being the bottom.

Under 50 was considered a fail.

With these values in mind I shall fast forward

to a few weeks ago when I had an echocardiogram.

All I remember was that I was told my heart was operating at 57%. 

This seemed like the end may be nigher than I hoped! 🙂

Today I had a visited my new, as of last year, cardiologist.

She assured me that I had nothing to worry about

with regard to my heart function

as 55 was as high as it was measured.


As usual Google disagrees indicating that 50-70%

is considered normal heart function.

If my lower extremities would have allowed,

I would have skipped back to the car.

I settled for steady walk and

a smile on my dial.

Only goes to prove that we

should always ask what a value means! 

Why am I seeing cardiologists? 

I have had an irregular heartbeat for

as long as I can remember. 

My GP said it was normal and that my heart

would skip a beat if a bull was

chasing me across a paddock. 

He was probably correct. 

However, it took the passing of Dad in 2001

before he would send me to a specialist. 

And here I will cease my story.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Value





This is what is left of the

Misery Creek Bridge.

It was still intact, I’m told, until a couple of years ago.

A sizeable tree landed on it, just to camera right,

and that was the end of the majority of the bridge.



Thought it a good subject for weathered and worn.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Weathered-Worn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Weathered-Worn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Weathered-Worn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Weathered-Worn




Didn’t stay home  for long….

Not that I’m a big fan of beaches,

but this is the first time I have

ever seen this type of sign.

Have been wanting to post some of these shots for a while.

I certainly don’t know of any sand dunes which look like this. 

You will find these sights at

Ohope Beach at the southern end of

The Bay of Plenty,

East Coast, North Island,

New Zealand.




These rock piles received a noticeable write-up

in local papers a few yeas ago.

I must have missed the part that said

they were created by tourists.


Dry stone/rock wall fences


A rather dark shot of the

Gibsons Steps

area near

The Twelve Apostles



Not far out of Geelong you will find Dog Rocks.

A popular spot for photographers

and night photography.