a short pole with a broad blade
at one or both ends,
used without a rowlock to move
a small boat or canoe
through the water.


A paddleboard on Lake Lucerne

Paddling Lake Lucerne.

One bloke, four girls and guess who

is doing the work?   

Maybe he’s just the ballast!


Paddling at the beach


An old stern-wheel paddle


Paddling at

Gibson Steps Beach 

Large webbed feet and ducks paddle.










My earliest memories of Roy were at shearing time when he would help out in the shed. 

Roy and his wife lived on 20 acres on the outskirts of our small country town and he would turn his hand to just about anything for work.   He was well known and well liked.

When father-time (and ill health) caught up with Roy and he decided to retire, Dad suggested he hold a clearing sale after he sold his house and land.   A clearing sale is a bit like a garage sale.  Everything the vendor does not want is put up for auction. 

With the assistance of a local auctioneer, Roy reluctantly organised the clearing sale which he believed was a waste of time. 

The sale was held and Dad’s suggestion netted Roy another $2,000 if my memory is correct.  

So, on sale day, Dad was wandering around seeking a bargain, when Roy’s neighbour Stan approached Dad and asked:

Frank, how would you feel if your saw your ladders for sale?”  

To which Dad replied, with a laugh;

About the same as when I saw my old drill for sale I guess.

True story!

Only the names of the implements have been changed for photographic reasons.

Apparently Roy did have a habit of borrowing from neighbours and, in fairness, it was an era when neighbours did borrow from each other.









This morning I was amused to see had

taken up residence in the spare middle kennel

which for the last few months

of her life was Maggie’s kennel.








Both my knee operations have seen me

discharged from hospital with

fourteen syringes to be injected,

one per day, into my midriff. 🙂







Japanese Maple about two months back.



Japanese Maple.


Agapanthus in Autumn.


Hydrangea in Autumn colour


Japanese Maple.


Ginko Tree on Corio Bay

Autumn leaf


The best of our Golden Robinias


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Autumn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Autumn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Autumn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Autumn





I have resorted to the archives

as still a bit early for spring.


Our flowering pear and some bulbs

are in process of, or have already,

bloomed early.

African Blesbok with a spring in their step


Usually daffodils are our first sign

of garden spring.

However, for many years…

…I have always acknowledged…

…the flowering of the

Golden and Cootamundra (above) Wattles,

both Acacias…




…as announcing that Spring

is just around the corner.

Australian natives they brighten up roadsides

in mid to late August and…



….are always nice in larger

garden settings as well.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Spring

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Spring

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Spring

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Spring