Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teddy Bears, Dolls, Toys

Dolls, Teddies and Toys

You can imagine how delighted Naomi and I were to have a challenge involving dolls, bears and toys as we  collect them but not all my photos today are  of my own things. Every year I try to get to the Hobart Model Train Show and every year I take photos so I have quite a lot of photos of model trains. Everyone loves model trains don’t they? These photos are from last year. The gentleman in the uniform is Peter Fielding who lives near Naomi. I met him some years ago when we were often travelling on the same bus. Model trains are one of his hobbies and he always exhibits a railway based on military history, usually World War One. Last year he had “The Desert War”.

I love all the layouts but I am especially fond of the ones using Triang trains as I used to have a Triang train set as a child. I also rather like the scenery of the British and European model railways.

David and I were always very fond of the British TV series Doctor Who. The TARDIS was given to him by Naomi as were the little Dalek and 11th Doctor figure.

The Eleventh Doctor and an old enemy.

Here is a vintage monkey who belongs to me. His name is Roy. The Teddy Bear was made by me and the cute little picnic set was a gift from Naomi. The Cabbage Patch baby was in an odd lot of dolls I bought so I knitted him an outfit but he has now moved on.

Teddy and Roy

Of course I was going to add some dolls, here are just a few of my collection.

Share Your World 2017 – Week #24

Sharing My World This Week

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

So many things these days:.

  • Taking photos of your food
  • The Kardashian’s and other “famous for being famous” celebs
  • Internet crazes like the”Ice Bucket Challenge”
  • Tattoos all over your body
  • The “Industrial Look” in architecture and decor
  • Painting everything grey, black and white

What quirky things do people do where you are from?

I am sure it is not unique to Tasmania but we have a mid winter festival coming up next month. Here is a quote from the website.

If you haven’t sung to an apple tree whilst banging pots and pans by firelight lately, head to the Huon Valley to celebrate the regions apple picking history and join in the ages-old tradition of wassailing – basically scaring nasties out of the orchard’s cider trees to ensure a bumper autumn crop.

And if singing to the trees doesn’t bob your Geeveston fanny, we’ve added a Friday night of feasting, craft ciders and music by the fireside to kick off the festival.

Quirky enough for you?

We used to have a regular Forest Festival which featured events like the Bush Push. My photos from 2010 are of men pushing a stationary vehicle but I can’t remember the rules. There was a chainsaw competition where the participants had to put on their safety gear and carve through  a log, fastest time won. Also speed carving using a chainsaw.

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? 

I think that most things I’ve learned have some value even if only that of showing me that those things were not for me, so nothing really.

Who is someone who you miss having in your life?

Obviously David, it will be two years in October and although I am OK most of the time I am still angry that we were robbed of all the years together we should have had.

David at Port Huon 2014


Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week was fairly routine for me, no trips, no tradesmen, nothing out of the ordinary. Naomi and I have been planning new blog posts and taking photos. This Friday I’m having dinner with some local friends and may try to make a trip to Hobart or Kingston for a bit of a change of scenery.


Snapshot Sunday – Cemetery

Old graves at the catholic cemetery in Ranelagh

Old graves at the catholic cemetery in Ranelagh

This photo, taken in Ranelagh in 2013, was inspired by a blog post I read this morning suggesting that there should be a Cemetery Day. Old graves are always interesting. They don’t look as scary during the day either.

Here is the link to the page I read.

Daily Prompt: Blossom

via Daily Prompt: Blossom

nectarine blossom

nectarine blossom

Whenever  I see blossoms in spring I think how pretty they are but I also remember my mum who would say “Never bring blossoms in the house. It’s bad luck.”

I have no idea why it is bad luck. Some superstitions make some kind of sense. Don’t walk under a ladder. Well, that could get you into an accident.  Peacock feathers in the house are unlucky, well they might look like they have the evil eye to some people.

I ended up doing some reading about plant related superstitions and wrote a post about it entitled “Superstition – Unlucky Plants”  . 

To my surprise it turned out to be my most popular post ever. Who knew so many people were interested in why blossoms shouldn’t be brought into the house or why you should not have red and white flowers in the same vase ? That was a new one on me too when I read about it. If you want to know why read my post.






Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Lights


I knew that this challenge would be a tough one for me. I live in the country and my house is just outside of town. There is no street lighting, few houses and to make it even more fun I can’t see very well in the dark. However, as it is winter it is dusk at about 5:30 pm so I ventured outside to see what I could come up with. But first, here are some I prepared earlier. (You know I love saying that.)


SAR 520 on a Steamranger excursion in Adelaide.

A foggy morning near my house.

Christmas lights at Central Station, Sydney


Now, for this evening’s efforts. These were taken at about 5:30pm and it was barely light.  Half an hour later and I would not have been able to see much at all. I carry a small torch in my handbag if I am catching the bus home at this time as it is hard to see to cross the road. I did not turn on the front porch light and the back one does not work so the driveway is lit with my two remaining solar lights.I bought six two years ago, the others were taken out by Cindy running into them, the garden guys with their whipper snipper or the postie who hit the one I had by the letterbox (at least I think it was the postie). You can see the two solar lights in the first picture. The second one is my favourite, it looks pretty good in colour too. You can see the lights of the neighbour’s houses and the headlights of an approaching car.

It really is only 5:30 pm.

A car approaches at dusk.

A Photo A Week Challenge: Boats and Ships

Boats and Ships

How could I resist this challenge when ships and boats are some of my favourite photography subjects. Here are some I took on the Hobart Waterfront and at Franklin on the Huon River.

Antarctic vessel Aurora Australis berthed in Hobart, Tasmania

Princess Cruises Dawn Princess in Hobart 2016

Dooen - Hobart 2016

Dooen – Hobart 2014

Durham - On the Huon River at Franklin July 2014

Durham – On the Huon River at Franklin July 2014

Emmalisa, , Hobart waterfront 2015

Messing about in boats – Franklin, Tasmania

canteen of cutlery

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Dishes, Pots, Pans, Silverware

Dishes, Pots, Pans and Silverware

An Op Shop is a great place to photograph pots, pans and dishes. I sometimes take them to post on our Facebook Page but a few were taken especially for this post using my tablet. I don’t like to take my good camera to the shop very often when  I am working there. The tablet is easy to slip into my bag.

Back at home again I would like to share some photos of my best cutlery. This canteen was one of two given to our parents as wedding presents. Naomi and I have one each. Mine has mother of pearl handles on the knives which are stainless steel from Sheffield, England where a lot of flatware was made. I love this set and usually bring it out at Christmas and other very special occasions.

If you look very closely you can see my reflection in the knives. Nice and shiny!

canteen of cutlery

Mother of pearl handled cutlery set circa 1956 Made in Sheffield , England

Dessert spoons from the set.

Mother of pearl handled cutlery set

Mother of pearl handled cutlery set circa 1956 Made in Sheffield , England