January 1, 2019

Since the inception of WoollyMuses,

in early April 2013,

WoollyMuses has had over 104,000 views

from nearly 38,000 visitors.

When I think back to those first few posts

and how pleased I was with four or five ‘likes.’

Times and goals are ever-changing.

Many thanks and a

Happy New Year

to all followers and readers.


Word of the Day Challenge: Inception


Last Monday night (Oct 16,2017)

WoollyMuses blog

clicked over 20,000 views for the year (to date).

I have seen other blog stats which have

attained this milestone in a matter of months

since first being published, however,

this is a first for WoollyMuses.

This morning, Saturday, October 21, 2017

It was also nice to see that WoollyMuses

has received 72,952 WordPress hits

since its inception in April 2013.




DISCOVER CHALLENGE17_0112_Transcript



In April 2013 around ANZAC Day (April 25) I

transcribed this diary extract about my

Grandfather during World War I.

The entire post may be found HERE

One day of routine manning I left Carlin and another at the tap in with instructions that if the line went we’d mend it at our end as it always got out about 150 yards from the O.P. the Hun strafing that point every day for no reason whatever and doing no damage except to a few telephone lines.   Sure enough the Hun had his strafe and the line went.  Harper was with me and another man, probably Davis.  Of course they wanted to go out and mend it, but as the line was of no great importance at the moment told them to wait till the strafe stopped – we could see and hear shells bursting.  Next thing Harper got a buzz on the phone showing it was through and a little later old Carlin’s head appeared at the parade, beaded with sweat and much wind up.  I strafed him for coming out when he was told to stay in.  His reply was, “I saw the O.P. was getting it and thought someone might be hit.”  That did not prevent him stopping to mend the line amongst the S. 9.

 I have always said that “Windy Bill Carlin” is the bravest man I have met and one of the windiest. The man who is not windy cannot be brave, but the man who does his job at all times and under all conditions and with the wind up all the time, is the man I admire.

It is one of the few pieces of memorabilia

I have of either of my Grandfathers,

and even though I think the conflict was abhorrent,

I am still proud of their efforts during that time.

My Grandfather was awarded a

Distinguished Conduct Medal

for this and other action while serving in

France and Belgium.


There are some typos or spelling errors and

are included to maintain faithfulness

 to the original copy. 


DP_Discover Challenge: Transcript

Morning on the Bay


While we were away I asked our future PDIL and Number 2 Son

if they would deliver some photos to a local Art/Photography Show.

Having heard nothing from them via Facebook,

I assumed it had been a wasted effort.


Imagine my surprise when arriving home

I discovered that this photo had been awarded the

Aquisitive Award.  

I assume that it is the same as ‘Acquisitive’

 which is the only similar word I can find on Google.  

Can anyone explain, in 25 words or less where

an Aquisitive Award rates in an art show?  

I have never heard of it prior to last Thursday.  

Google tells me that the work is purchased by

the organisation running the show.  

Is it something to be pleased/proud of,

or is it more of an encouragement award?  

I am pleased to have gained an award,

however, brutal honesty is welcome!  



On Monday, July 21, Raewyn’s Photos  nominated 


for the

Virtual Blog Tour

It is relatively new so totally unexpected

Here are the rules

  • Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour)

  1. What am I working on?
  2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
  3. Why do I write/create what I do?
  4. How does your writing/creating process work?
  • Answer four questions about our creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires us to do what we do.
  • Then pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers.  Get their permission first and give them rules and specific Monday they are to post. (Aussies are known to break rulles…so I hope my  nominees will accept).

So I will start with the first question.

1. What am I working on at the moment?

I seem to have my fingers in several pies at the moment.  Work has decreed that I complete some further study in Language, Literacy and Numeracy.  I have been a bit reluctant with this as all readings are similar, if not the same as my university studies.  I would rather be studying photography or something else that I do not consider work.  But still if one has to be cooped up in front of a computer then winter is a good time.

From a blogging perspective, I am working on posts relating to the commencement of World War I.  As I have said in several posts, my Grandfather was part of the gun crew which fired the first allied shot.  A commemorative event is being held on Tuesday and my camera will be part of that event.  Watch this space 🙂

2. How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

 I am not going to comment on my writing skills, or lack thereof, here.  I am sure that nouns, adverbs, prepositions, verbs, adjectives, apostrophes, commas, semi-colons, colons and exclamation marks (to name a few) are all used incorrectly…at times.

Based on some camera club colleagues my photography differs in as much as I do not use Photoshop to ‘draw out colours‘.  I sharpen, and add light and shade if required.  Some photos displayed for a recent club exhibition were described as different to other photos.  They were African wildlife photos.  My colours were natural…which looks good, I think.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

When I write I need to be in the mood and the topic needs to have a light side to it.

When I create a post I just try to create a post that is interesting.  I also post because I my photos can be used…even if only for fun.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

 First and foremost, I write the little I do, for fun.  For my enjoyment…and if that makes others smile that’s a real bonus.

Now, how I create.  About twenty years ago I was taking part in a Communications unit as part of a course I wanted to complete.  We had to give a five-minute presentation, “to local farmers on behalf of your organisation, S.H.E.E.P“, so said our teacher.  What was I/we (my partner and I) going to talk about?  I did not know.  What I did know, at the time, was that I had to plough my paddock if I wanted to get my crop planted.  My dog, Brandy, was trotting along just in front and to one side of the tractor.  Suddenly condoms for dogs popped into my head.  And Doggiedoms was born.  Once the idea was there it was easy to create a five-minute talk…which had to be repeated so the teacher could record it.

Check out my Travel Theme:Simplify post this week.  My photos had been selected and then as words began to flow and change, the idea formed.  Massaged to suit.  And yes, put to bed about two hours after I should have been.  Sleep deprivation works well when I am in the mood to write.  And yes MGW tends to cringe, at times…well a lot when she reads my posts.  So I do know there are many rough edges in my writing.

Photography is another thing altogether.  I like to take photos and then crop for impact.  I have decided that wildlife and anything without a recognisable person in the shot is fair game.  The world has changed in the last thirty years when I photographed brides on their happy day.

I would like to photograph more of the human race; many, young and old, would make great subjects…but as I said times have changed.


 Unlike Raewyn, I am not going to make comment as to why I nominated each of these blogs except to say that I enjoy the photography on each of these blogs.

My nominations to join the Virtual Blog Tour are: (ten second drum roll)

It’s my way of thanking you for supporting WoollyMuses.