Brandy will go down as the best dog I have ever owned. 

Every time I looked out the kitchen window

Brandy’s face would be looking back at me

from the back of my little truck.


In his Buckethead days, which lasted

around six weeks due to an eye infection,

He was quick to accept that the bucket

was part of his dress code

and that he had to wear it until

he was told otherwise.


One Word Sunday Challenge:...Face









a metal disc typically of the size of a large coin
and bearing an inscription or design,
made to commemorate an event or awarded
as a distinction to someone such as a soldier or athlete.

My Country Fire Authority

service medal

…purchase a gift for my MGW.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Market




in a loyal manner.

Brandy knew precisely where I was

even though I was inside the house.

He always followed me faithfully

even waiting for me on

the back of my little truck.







a woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or trunk
growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches
at some distance from the ground.

About 30 years ago ‘Blue Gum‘ companies

commenced buying farms to grow blue gums on.

I had never given this venture a thought until I received

a phone call from one such company a week or two after

Dad passed away unexpectedly in February 2001. 

It was not until December 2001 that I signed on

the dotted line, after much soul searching,

and agonizing over spreadsheets, etc.

Turned out to be the best thing I ever did,

as I completed my Bachelor of Education in early 2001

and just after Easter 2002, I had landed myself

a teaching position in a nearby P-12  College.

The best part of growing Blue Gums is watching them grow

and knowing that there is, in our case, a lease payment on its way.

Spending time among the trees is fascinating. It is so quiet.

Road noise is almost non-existent and the only noises

are the occasional koala grunts and kangaroo paws

thumping the ground after being disturbed.

Eucalyptus globulus commonly known

as southern blue gum or blue gum,

is a species of tall, evergreen tree that reaches

harvestable size in 12 -15 years.

For comparison, the water tank is about 6 feet high.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Trees





Three of my treasures…

I purchased this painting while passing through

Alice Springs (Northern Territory)  in April 1975

on one of the best camping holidays,

I can remember.


Dear old Brandy.

  Fourteen years of the best and most

loyal dog I have ever known.



Born in March last year my final treasure is our first grandchild.

Fingers crossed we have two more arrivals: one

in early August and a sibling for this one.

The other in early October.

I hope the unborn are not infected by covid

because both expectant Mums have had covid

this past week or so.


Lens-Artist PC Patti:…Treasures

Lens-Artist PC Leya:...Treasures

Lens-Artist PC Amy:…Treasures

Lens-Artist PC Tina:...Treasures

Lens Artist PC Anne:…Treasures

Lens Artist PC Sofia:…Treasures

Lens Artist PC John:…Treasures





coat (iron or steel) with a protective layer of zinc.

The right side of the roof is new galvanised iron

while the left half is the original.

Only new due to a strong whirlwind

or mini cyclone that passed over.



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Black and White Challenge.


Good sheep and cattle dogs are the most valuable

asset those farmers can own.

Say hello to Ginger.

My Black and Tan Kelpie.

Ginger made the transition from farm dog

to town dog and passed away in 2015.

Ginger’s father Brandy was my right hand for 13 years

Brandy and Ginger were with me

for a combined total of 27 years.


An eastern view of my woolshed paddock and beyond.

Big squares, as they are known, bales of hay.

Dad’s hay shed.

I spent many hours stacking hay in that shed


Dad’s woolshed was built in the 1950s

with the skillion being added during the 1990s.

There were quite a few vehicles like this

Bullock dray on Dad’s farm, from a bygone era.

He often told stories of bullock drays

and their use on the property

over the road.

The woolshed and machinery shed on our farm.









An obelus is a term in typography that refers to a historical mark
which has resolved to three modern meanings:
Division sign ÷ Dagger † Commercial minus sign ⁒
The word “obelus” comes from the Ancient Greek word
for a sharpened stick, spit, or pointed pillar. Wikipedia

While researching the meaning of obelus

I came upon the word ‘historical mark‘ and

immediately thought of these markers

in our local cemetery, which date

back to the 19th century

These markers mark the sites of graves

from the early days of the cemetery.

Certainly historical markers, if not

the historical marks referred to

by Wikpedia.







land covered with trees

Images from…

…the Otway…


Our first Blue Gum plantation.


First, because it was harvested about 6 years ago

and has since coppiced into a second rotation.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:   Woodlands