a hard mineral consisting of silica,
found widely in igneous and metamorphic rocks
and typically occurring as colourless
or white hexagonal prisms.


Although I cannot see any green (colour vision loss)

in this Amythest now, which may be due

to using an on-camera flash for the photo,

I thought I could when I purchased it for MGW

for our 35th wedding anniversary a month or so ago. 

The stone is an Amythest (our birthstone)

which, according to Google, is

a member of the quartz family.







the anniversary of the day on which a person was born,

typically treated as an occasion for celebration

and the giving of gifts


The pandemic stopped many events…


…however, family birthdays continued…


…albeit in a smaller format.

Earlier this year, we celebrated

the first birthday of our first grandchild.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Birthdays

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Birthdays

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Birthdays

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Birthdays

Lens Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Birthdays





kids ‘n’ treats


A still from a short video we received yesterday.

Just had to signify the day.

An open-air, family get together is planned

for Saturday along with up to 60 ml of rain,

according to the weather forecast.

Is this for me?

A birthday cake,

with all her favourite foods.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:   Kids-‘n’-Treats






In among our Blue Gum plantation

is one of the most serene places

I can think of.

In the middle of the paddock I would

shut down the vehicle I was driving

and just sit and listen to the

deafening sounds of silence.

A silence only broken by the breeze in the leaves,

birdsong and the occasional kangaroo or wallaby

as bounds away to perceived safety.


Driving through the temperate rainforests

near the Great Ocean Road

Is where this image was taken.


In 2017 I visited the

Western Front Battlefields

including Belgium’s

Toronto Avenue Cemetery…


…which had to be the most serene cemetery

on the Western Front.

Aalthough having made that assertion

all the cemeteries we visited had

an air of serenity about them



How ever many you have in your house

for Christmas 2021,

may we wish you all the blessings…

…a gathering of your clan may bring.

Merry Christmas

one and all!

And may your world have a

Happy and Safe New Year



Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Serene

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:..Serene

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:...Serene

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Serene





My choice this week was to drag out

as many Christmas tree photos

from years gone by.

Christmas Day 2014

Many of my images are taken in early

December when our tree is decorated.


With two sisters-in-law we only have

Christmas at home every third year…



…and our trees tend to towards a lonely look

when it comes to gifts under the tree.


Although 2020 was another Christmas where

both boys spent Christmas with their in-laws,

our tree appeared to be more interesting

than some other years.


I am planning to get a night shot of

this year’s tree as well.


How ever many you have in your house

for Christmas 2021,

may we wish you all the blessings…

…a gathering of your clan may bring.

Merry Christmas

one and all!

And may our world have a

Happy and Safe New Year



Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…You-Choose

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...You-Choose

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:...You-Choose

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...You-Choose





Whether it’s a 21st or…


…Faher-in-law’s 74th birthday we still celebrate.

We celebrated Father-in-law’s 87th birthday

in October.


Christmas is always another reason to celebrate,

perhaps more so this year with the arrival

of our first grandchild last March.


Until this past weekend, we had been planning

on only six adults for Christmas this year.

A weekend phone call between sisters

and suddenly…

…the lucky number is now 14.


However many you have in your house

for Christmas 2021,

may we wish you all the blessings…

…a gathering of your clan may bring.

Merry Christmas

one and all!


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Celebrating

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Celebrating

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:...Celebrating

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Celebrating






Weekend Black and White



A couple of weeks ago our ‘baby’ celebrated his birthday.

As we were limited to two visitors (Lockdown)

our eldest and his wife and child were univintied.

We were aware that No. 2 Son was

to visit Melbourne which was under

a tighter lockdown restrictions at the time

and did not want to take any chance

of passing on any bug to the parents of,

or, our granddaughter.









2020 in review

January bushfires, although a long way from us

created some spectacular sunsets.


February we attended the last large gathering for the year

when our youngest graduated from

Geelong’s Deakin University

with a Degree in Business.


Marching into autumn we found

our supermarket shelves bare…

…due to panic buying because of a thing called COVID 19.

Soldiering on into April saw the first of several

home delivered meals arrive at our front door.





May was almost normal minus crowded outings.

Even Zoom meetings were were fast becoming

a normal way to get together.


My first sunrise outing came in June

after lockdown restrictions were eased.


By July, wInter was really upon us;

cold and gloomy mornings,

followed by cool sunny days

What better time to learn a bit more about Photoshop.



By August we were well and truly in lockdown again

and our panic buys had nearly filled a spare room.

Mid-September, out of lockdown

and spring had arrived.



When were shown this scan, of our first Grandchild

and asked to wait until the twenty-week scan

until the parents made their announcement.

So in October we could talk about the news.

  November found me on a day trip to Port Fairy

for some photography.


November also brought an abundance of cemetery wild flowers…

…not to mention Callistemons in our garden.

Another morning and I found myself photographing

a ship leaving Port Phillip Bay.

The last week of November our cherries were harvested.

Early December some of the fruits of

lockdown projects in the garden.

Another December task is erecting and

decorating our Christmas tree.

And New Year’s Day it will be packed away

until next December.



SUNDAY STILLS PHOTOS:...2020-Retrospectively