discover or perceive by chance
or unexpectedly.

Finding a golf ball in a pool of water reminded me

of the years I spent leasing our local golf course.

I used to lamb around 300 ewes on the 147 acres which

comprised the Golf course and the nine-furlong

race track which closed in 1968.  

Every now and again I would find golf balls in a water trough. 

They usually did not get there due to a poor stroke,

rather it was more likely the crows would

steal them after a very good shot.










a roughly cylindrical open container with a handle,
made of metal or plastic and used
to hold and carry liquids.

Buckets also make a good

hiding place for cats…


…and a plastic bucket was recommended for Brandy

when he had an infected eye

earning him the nickname









the action or fact of leaving one’s job
and ceasing to work.

I would have agreed with this definition

of retirement until around twenty years ago.

That was about the time I retired from

woolclassing and farming to persue

a less taxing (physically speaking)

however brief teaching career








a large tree which bears acorns and typically has lobed deciduous leaves.
Oaks are dominant in many north temperate forests and are
an important source of durable timber used in building,
furniture, and (formerly) ships.

One of the Oak/Acorn trees in my hometown.

These trees seemed huge to 5-year-old Woolly,

65 years later they appear to have shrunk.

I guess it’s all to do with their

slow growth rate.










a person living next door to or very near
to the speaker or person referred to.

On the farm our nearest neighbour was

over 450 metres, or 25.33 suburban house frontages,

west of our house.

Our next closest neighbour was over 600 metres

north-east just out of the top right corner of this image.






Black and White Challenge.


Acknowledging Buninyong’s pioneering

and gold rush days.


From Horsham Botanic Gardens


White knights are ready.






-for more than one – benches, couches,





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