Every now and again I take my camera out

and shoot without really checking settings.

A similar problem occurs if I move from

a bright to dull setting.

The consequences are reversed if moving

from a dull to bright setting.

This Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC) image

on a foggy morning was far too dull for me.

A fiddle in Photoshop and I had two acceptable

and a bit different versions.

Same image, inverted colours.

I like both images but I think I am on my own.

Another form of editing I like

is cropping.

Image 2707 has too many distractions

and again a tad dull.


Image 2708 is much better with

the onboard flash operating…



Image 2708 (again) and the pick of the crop.

Again I used Picasa to crop and create

a macro style image.



Amanda                       Sandi





K. L. Slater


I think all parents want the best life partner for their children, even more so when your child has lost his/her partner and is raising two young children as a sole parent.  So it is with Ben who has lost his wife leaving him with two young boys to care for.  Fortunately his mother, Judi is a great help.

Then Amber comes of the scene. Ben and his father think Amber is wonderful.  Judi does not want Amber anywhere near her grandchildren.  A feeling exacerbated when Amber begins to discipline the boys not long after meeting Ben’s parents for the first time.

A struggle between two strong women, one of whom appears to be using the truth rather loosely, follows.  Amber appears to have an intense dislike for Judi and Judi reciprocates with her own antagonistic views of her potential new daughter-in-law which grow to the extent that she decides to delve into Amber’s past where inconsistencies abound.  This sets the stage for another fantastic ending, which was the icing on the cake, again, from K. L. Slater

Liar was my fifth K. L. Slater read.  Slater’s fans and fans of this genre should not be disappointed.


I rated



as a solidstar read.

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(of a plant, animal, or person) producing
much fruit or foliage or many offspring.


Our Cherry Tree…

…is again going to produce a good crop of cherries


I just hope we have learned from last year’s error

when we left just enough holes near the ground

for birds to get under the netting.

We have been harvesting around 3-4 kg of cherries

from our dwarf tree each year….so long

as the birds don’t beat us, that  is.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Prolific





Not sure if this was

a church, a school or a house.

Whatever it was the building certainly

has seen better days.



Another nearby house that is no longer.

With the sale of the farming land

on which it stood, came a bulldozer,

demolishing every last piece of it.

An aged and weathered building among

what was once one of the earliest towns settled

in Victoria’s Western District,

Another town, another weathered

main street building from yesteryear

in roughly the same area of Victoria..