Week 109


I Googled the meaning of ‘steadfast’ for inspiration,

and found

resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.


loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable,

reliable, steady, true, constant, staunch, trusty.

Now at the risk of boring readers all I could think of

was dear old Brandy.

From the day I brought him home…

 until he became the master and was

teaching his apprentice, he was

all of those definitions of steadfast to me.


Pic and Word Challenge: Steadfast




Week 108


Upon seeing this week’s theme, my first thoughts were of Africa’s Gentle Giants.

Gentle enough to walk between two vehicles…

But still ready to tell you where to go

or they will really get cross.

Finally this is an experience I will never forget.

  A six ton, thirty year old male who had killed

several hippos in a fit of youthful rage

after his mother was killed or died.

And he still remembered our guide

who raised him after he lost his mother.


Pic and Word Challenge: Giants



Week 107


Back in the day the

Sulphur Crest Cockatoo

was everyone’s pet bird.

While they appear to be sweet,

gentle birds in these photos…

several hundred of them in a neighbour’s tree saying

goodnight to each other is very noisy and takes

the best part of half an hour if not more.

I have heard them nearly quiet,

and then the neighbour decides

he has had enough and fires his shot gun in the air,

which starts the process all over again.

Is it any wonder I like to live away

from my neighbours.


 Similarly the Corella Cockatoo appears

quite serene high up in a tree.

Now we are wondering why our television reception

is not so good…Corellas!

Then after the TV antennae they decide…

 to dig up our front and back yards.

However, with all this aside they are still kind of cute.

Google told me that Tumult was

‘…a loud, confused noise, especially one caused

by a large mass of people….’ 

I dropped the word ‘people’ and

substituted ‘cockatoo’ as the definition

fits the ‘cockies’ behaviour, perfectly…at times.


Pic and Word Challenge: Tumult



Week 106


Numbers near the Barwon River mouth.In a playground right alongside the river…

are the designed to reach the young

how to double…

or show them that is their beginning of a lifetime

of numbers ruling the world?

Melbourne’s Royal Arcade is also

dominated by numbers.


Pic and Word Challenge: Numbers



Week 105


About four years ago we awoke to find….

the hills and mountains around Mt Sheba Lodge…

in South Africa, covered in a veil of mist, or fog.


However, that fog was not a patch one the one

which shrouded Geelong’s…

Queen’s Park Golf Course

in early August 2017.


Pic and Word Challenge: Veil



Week 104


Another hard challenge this week.

An ice rink in Melbourne.

 The first and only time I have seen it was in July 2015.


This is the sort of ice I usually see.

No more than a heavy frost.


During our second winter here I found this

horizontal icicle stretching from the roof

across to the outside edge of the spouting/gutter.


Pic and Word Challenge: Ice