Cairns Grass.

Considering this was my only visit, to date,

into banana and sugar growing country,

I found these sights fascinating.

When I saw this weekend’s theme…

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I immediately thought of bananas and sugarcane.

While sugarcane is definitely a grass,

the classification of banana trees is not unanimous.

According to

banana trees can be

…considered the largest grass on earth,

the banana tree is a very interesting tropical plant

that can be grown even in non-tropical areas

if a few precautions are taken.


was the only website I found which proclaimed

banana trees to be a member

of the grass family.

Most (websites) agreed on the ‘herb’ classification.


FriendlyFriday:  Splendor-In-The-Grass

Amanda                       Sandi




Scenes from the


Saturday Market

in France.





I am constantly reminded of this market because

I purchased a pendant for MGW to wear to work.

It must have received the tick of approval

as it is still a regular.


Nectarines and strawberries…two of my favourites.




FriendlyFriday:  Markets

Amanda                       Sandi





Being partially colour blind…

I was going to opt for safe

contrasting colour (or non colour) scheme.

However, then I thought I’d live on the edge

and risk some real colour schemes.

Perhaps these are

complimentary colours.

And I hope these last two…

…fit the monochromatic colour scheme.


FriendlyFriday:  Colour-Harmonies

Amanda                       Sandi





Two new faces at a new home.

They started out as good friends…

…they didn’t even mind Soxie joining with them. 

The really had no choice..cats being cats.

Naturally, there are occasions where there

are robust discussions regarding who’s boss…

…but they soon kiss and make up and peace

reigns supreme in the backyard.

That is…until the next time!


FriendlyFriday:  Friendship

Amanda                       Sandi





Not sure why I have managed to accumulate

some half decent spider images

which fit this theme. 

Spiders are marginally ahead of snakes

in my opinion. 


From this shot came…



When I see the hairy spider legs it almost makes

the hair on the back of my neck rise.

I have seen this sight twice in 15 years.

Once when I opened our front door and

saw this rather large spider crawling

up the framework.

It took fright and one became about 31

many of which landed near my bare feet.

The above image was the second time

and out in the garden.



Something more pleasant to finish up with.

Our Orchid has an oddity growing out of a petal.

Unfortunately not much of a photo,

except if it was beamed back

from Mars, or the Moon.


A bee and Agapanthus.



FriendlyFriday:  Close-Up-Macro

Amanda                       Sandi






Kalahari Scrub Robin

and shadow.


Winter shadows on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

The MCG was the site of the 1956 Olympics,

the 2006 Games

and countless Cricket and (AFL) Football Matches.


Shadows at Pisa.

Summer Shadows in…


…Bourke Street,




FriendlyFriday:  Shadows

Amanda                       Sandi






a thing that is absolutely necessary.


Breakfast essentials.

A nice hot cup of tea…sometimes coffee...


A couple of slices of nicely toasted bread…



…topped with a nice spread.

These are all the essential ingredients

required to commence a new day.


FriendlyFriday:  Essentials

Amanda                       Sandi






a sentimental longing or wistful affection
for a period in the past.


I was going to post some travel photos

as they are memories of some

good times and experiences

in the past decade or so.

Then I remembered this family photo

posted a few days ago.

If you missed it from left to right:

My Grandfather Bill, Rita, Jim, Frank and Edie.

All brothers and sisters.

There is a photo of 18 month old Woolly

with his grandfather.  Sadly Bill passed away

a week after the photo was taken.

Edie lived in Perth (W.A.) and I never met her either.

Auntie Rita lived nearby and I had

the deepest voice of anyone I have ever met.

She was also a smoker and used to pierce

her cigarettes with a pin and

hold the pin while smoking.

Presumably to keep her fingers nicotine free.

I think Uncle Jimmy must have spent some

time with us as I do vaguely remember him

However, it was his dog,

a Border Collie, called Boy,

which I associate with Jimmy.

Uncle Frank and his wife were the people

introduced me to boy’s beer

in my pre-teen years.

Boy’s Beer was any form of soft drink which

happened to be in their fridge when we visited.

Strangely after being fed Boy’s Beer when young,

I have never touched the real thing.

The only time I think an alcoholic beverage

is a must is in a wine trifle.

All through my adult/working life

Coca Cola has been my poison.

And sadly I have copped a bit of flak

because I do not imbibe alcohol.

Interestingly all age groups have at

one time or another tried extremely hard

to get me drinking.



FriendlyFriday:  Nostalgia

Amanda                       Sandi





A tradition the same the world over…

 Whether it’s Lucerne….


…or Sydney’s

Manly Beach…



…when the sun shines and warms our planet,

many of us head to water for a picnic

and a relaxing swim.


FriendlyFriday:  Summer-Traditions

Amanda                       Sandi