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.







It is with great joy, pride and excitement

that we can finally announce the birth

of our first grandchild Charlotte Grace.

She was born on Tuesday 2nd March

at 8:13pm NZ time to

No. 1 Son and No. 2  Daughter-in-Law.

Charli came into the world at 42 weeks

weighing eight pounds and seven ounces (3.9kg).

Mum, bubs and Dad are all doing well!

Both of us cannot await to see

our first grandchild in person.

We are certain that Charlotte will be

a shining star in our lives.










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







Images of Christmas through the years.






The first Christmas as ‘empty nesters’

it was decided to use a smaller 4 foot tall tree.  

The two who had flown the nest

were not impressed.











Like the rest of 2020 Christmas

was different this year,

enjoyable…but different



A Photo a Week Challenge:….Christmas-2020








Christmas daisies in bloom.


The first indoor sign of the Season.

…followed closely by another important sign.

Christmas Gifts

A typical Christmas lunch table.

And who would have thought, 30 years ago,

that our eldest, and his wife,

would be in another country (New Zealand)

awaiting the birth of their first born

due in February.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...The-Holiday-Season

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...The-Holiday-Season

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…The-Holiday-Season

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…The-Holiday-Season



See the present at the back of the tree.

I wrapped it and it’s there for a reason.  🙂


Just picture trembling hands, sticky tape,

scissors and wrapping paper,

all of which has a mind of its own.  😀


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Gift-Rappin







Christmas Tree 2020.

Like the rest of 2020 Christmas is going

to be different this year, not so much

due to COVID rather  personal circumstances. 

Our eldest is in New Zealand for Christmas

awaiting the birth of the first child. 

No 2 Soon is going to lunch with his in-laws,

however, we will see him on Christmas Eve

for Carols and again on Christmas night. 

This year instead of around 20 for

Christmas lunch there will

only be eight.


A Photo a Week Challenge:….Christmas-2020






I’m not sure if this is crazy, however…

…after years of talking about edging

a garden bed we call  the orchard


…finally talk came to fruition back in August/September.


This past weekend…

…I captured a few images for this forum and

for my pictorial records.


Due to my limited photoshop skills some

of these images appear washed out.

While lightening shadows

I lost highlight clarity.



I  don’t expect this bed to be completed before Easter.

The final touch will be mulching; if I can locate

a suitable much that will not blow away.


Meanwhile, Petunias brighten the bed until soil settles

over the summer months.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Covid-Crazy