Upon entering the


Botanical Gardens…

…visitors are greeted by this couple.

After a brief chat and obligatory photos,

we continued on to the fountain.


I don’t think cycling is allowed in the Geelong Gardens,

however, this bloke was nice enough to stop and…


…and let the bridal party pass by.


My-Corner-of-the-World:  0729








At the end of the drive into my childhood home

grows a Cypress tree.

My guess is that it is only around 50-60  feet high,

but  to one in his early teens

it was a huge tree.

The  Sequoia in the Geelong Gardens

reminded me of my Cypress Tree

These branches are a bit far apart for climbing

and even if they were closer together

I’m not sure that I could climb these days.


Cee’s-Hunt-for-Joy-Challenge: Childhood-Joys





Still in Alaska…

Part of Juneau’s waterfront.


Last week I posted an image of frozen water,

better known as Mendenhall Glacier.

We had to wait for our ride down to return.

We had this little bloke (and his siblings)

to keep us company while we waited.

Goodbye Juneau.

Next stop Skagway.


Water-Water-Everywhere:   #38





Apart from the satellite dish and electrical wiring

this railway station appears to be abandoned.

Situated among gold fields of yesteryear

Google indicates that it is a bona fide

tourist attraction.



Country railway line in spring.

The line is still in use carrying one or two

goods trains each day and an occasional

tourist passenger steam train.


A country railway crossing.


About 200 kilometres west of Geelong

this was what was left of my hometown

railway station in 2013.

Only one building remains along the platform.

The line opened in 1890 and closed in 1977.

In my teen years we only ever collected

bagged superphosphate (fertiliser) at the station

and delivered wool bales for transport

to Geelong or Melbourne selling centres.

Somewhere there are photos of Dad’s truck

delivering our last wool clip to the station.

The station master’s house (out of camera left)

is still occupied by the station master’s daughter,

her husband and family.






We often hear of time machines which

are designed to transport us back

or forward in time. 

These machines only exist in our minds,

novels and movies such as the

Back to the Future series.

Yet all round are…

…time measuring machines

Big ones on Bell Towers…

…much smaller versions to hag on a kitchen wall…

…and finally, Melbourne’s famous landmark

The Flinders Street Station clocks.

Let’s meet under the clocks

was an oft used phrase of

Melbournians and visitors alike.

A few decades ago the analogue clock faces

were going to be replaced by their digital cousins.

This caused much discontent in Melbourne

that a compromise was reached.

These analog faces are now digitally powered.







Below is a photo of the retina of my right eye.

Experts told me that I had an Atypical Melanoma in it

which would effect the sight in my right eye.

The best course of treatment was to remove my eye

as all other suggested remedies would effect

the sight of that eye.

My Geelong ophthalmologist told me that

melanomas appear as brown pigmentation

and he sees one, maybe two each year.

He added that he had never seen this

coloured pigmentation in a retina

in his entire career.

My guess is that this is an extremely long career

as I think he has passed 80 and if not he

is certainly well into his 70s.

Further testing revealed that I have another

condition which has apparently caused


If it becomes symptomatic,

steroids will cure the problem.

Touch wood…still no need for steroids and

my eye is functioning at an age appropriate level.






Winter in Victoria or at least around

Geelong and the Western District of Victoria

is usually cold and wet. 

Maximum temperatures below 20 celsius

is considered cold. 

And under 10, freezing.  🙂

Wind chill is often a factor determining

how cold it feels.


June 2019 and our backyard was temporarily flooded

in the wee hours of the morning…several times.

However, in 2020 we were headed for our

wettest year on record such was rainfall

during summer and autumn.

When the calendar rolled over to June

the weather gods put their heads together

and decided we had had our share

and turned our rain taps off.

We have been getting cold mornings and

nice afternoons…at least for a few hours.

Many of our mornings look like this image

which was taken only last week.

The only snow we see is when weather

is cold enough to snow down

to 500-600 feet above sea-level.

The Great Dividing Range,

about an hour or so drive inland

often is dusted with short lived snow.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Winter

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Winter

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Winter

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Winter