Iris Germanica


Black Wave Iris.

Geelong Botanic Gardens,

Victoria, Australia.








of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine.
an inexperienced newcomer to a particular activity

An authentic

Tasmanian Blackwood

dining setting.

This eight place dinging setting

was crafted around 1900 and valued

at somewhere between AUD$1,000-1,700, as is.

Restored the valuer suggested a price tag

of around $7,000-9,000.


It has two removable panels so the setting

cab be converted to a cosy 4 or 6 person setting as well.

Unfortunately no-one even enquired about it

The entire setting  is still waiting to be restored.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Authentic







**  feel or express a strong desire or hope
for something that cannot
or probably will not happen.

**  want to do something.

Young Taji wishing…

 …she could get out of her temporary

enclosure after her visit to the vet.

She was just aching to stretch her stitches.


Word of the Day Challenge:  Wish








Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Trees



Some different sort of trees.

Grass Tree.



Sheep taking refuge from November sun

under Eucalyptus trees.

If I was back in my ‘home’ territory I would say

this was a Sugar Gum, (Eucalyptus cladocalyx).

  However, in this drier climate it may be

one of several eucalyptus species.



Cypress Trees.

No prizes for guessing which way the wind blows,

or how close to the coast.








an inexperienced newcomer to a particular activity

Anyone, no matter what their standard

as a photographer, upon joining


joins as a newbie.

Participants have eight levels to work through

before becoming a Guru and able

to run challenges.

This was my first contribution

as a Gurushots newbie.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Newbie






First up I am assuming that the

Mock Orange is the pruned shrub.

However, to assume anything is dangerous

as it makes an ASS out of U and ME.

We have never pruned our Mock Orange

let alone that hard.

Maybe that is why it seems to

be flowering less each year.

Geelong Botanic Gardens,

Victoria, Australia.