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 Fun Photo Challenge: glasses, cups, saucers

Glasses, Cups, Saucers

I was so pleased to see this challenge as it gave me an excuse to show off some of my vintage china. I love old things and have been collecting vintage household items for years. For this challenge I am going to show you some of my English bone china tea cups, my beautiful Royal Albert dinner set , my seventies stacking mugs and last but not least some vintage glasses. Some of you might think they are sexist. I am sorry in advance if anyone does not approve of these and is offended. I always thought they were rather interesting myself.

Royal Albert

Moonlight Rose by Royal Albert

Vintage tea setting

Here are some of my vintage tea cups. Anyone for High Tea?

More vintage tea cups

There is nothing more relaxing than a good cuppa and a chat with people you love.

Stacking Mugs

I won most of these mugs on the sideshows in the 1970’s. They were a very common sight at the breakfast table and at morning and afternoon tea.

Vintage Glasses

Vintage Lady Glasses. When you turn these around the elegant ladies are in their underwear.


Hobart Botanical Gardens

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Gardens

I went for a walk around the Hobart Botanical Gardens. It was Autumn and most of the flowers were finished but the leaves were lovely. All different colours. Still vibrant and beautiful. Here are a few shots I took while I was there that day.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors

When I was a child we called this game “Chinese Decision”. I am not sure why and it was probably very un PC but I was a child when  Americans were looking for “Reds Under the Bed” and Australians were worrying about the “Yellow Peril”. Anyway if you say Rock, Paper, Scissors everyone knows what you mean.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Northern Territory – As Crocodile Dundee probably would have said “Now that’s a rock!” 

Uluru taken on holiday around the early -mid 1980s. I have cleaned the picture up a bit as there were a few dust spots but the colours are what I saw.

Uluru taken on holiday around the early -mid 1980s. I have cleaned the picture up a bit as there were a few dust spots but the colours are what I saw.

I often keep old newspapers with interesting headlines. This was one I used when I was writing a post about the Cartela.


Front page of the local paper.

Front page of the local paper.

I tried to gather all the pairs of scissors I own but I could only find about half of them. I can think of at least four other pairs that are somewhere about the house.

A few pairs of scissors.

A few pairs of scissors.


Then of course there is “The Big Bang Theory ” version. “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard. Spock”

The Tasman Bridge from Rosny Hill Lookout

Share Your World – 2016 – Week #35

Sharing My World This Week


List 2 things you have to be happy about?

  1. I have my health. Despite a few aches and pains, difficulty in getting up from chairs or off my knees and a dodgy back that sometimes inconveniently goes out on me I am in reasonably good health.
  2. I live in a beautiful part of the world with a climate that is not too hot and not too cold to be comfortable.

If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?

That’s a tricky one to answer, there are many places I’ve visited and fallen in love with but I guess the place I love most to photograph and write about is my own home state of Tasmania.

Should children be seen and not heard?

I wish that they didn’t make  that high pitched shrieking noise that toddlers are so good at but I don’t think that we need to go back to Victorian times when children were barely seen and not heard from except when asked. I do think that a lot of children these days behave in a way that my mother would certainly not have tolerated from me. I think that even young children can be taught to respect other people and not, for example, run around everywhere in restaurants disturbing other diners or picking things up that don’t belong to them in shops or other people’s homes. This is not always the children’s fault as they need to be taught and some parents seem happy to let their children run amok while they do their own thing. I don’t have children or grandchildren myself which may be why I find this sort of thing aggravating or perhaps I’m just becoming a grumpy old lady.  I just think it’s never too soon to learn courtesy. I’ve never liked television programs that featured wise cracking kids who talk back to adults either. I don’t find it cute and it is even less so in real life.

List at least five of your favorite first names.

For girls it was easy:

  • Natalie
  • Valerie
  • Rebecca

I had to think about the boys names but here are a couple I like.

  • Ian
  • Jeremy


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

Last week Naomi and I went to the doll show in Hobart where I bought a doll and she bought a teddy bear. I met a local doll collector who reads my doll blog which was nice too. Naomi had also found me a Pedigree Walker at the Tip Shop who needs some work but will be very nice when she is all fixed up.

Penny the Pedigree Walker.

Penny the Pedigree Walker.

After the doll show we enjoyed a lovely relaxing afternoon at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart where we had High Tea. I also enjoyed seeing the Green Rosellas back in my garden again and my daffodils are all coming up. I was especially pleased about that because after all the garden disruption and the dry summer I thought I had probably lost them.

The rest of this week will be the usual Op Shop and chores at home but I am happy at home so that doesn’t matter.