Floral Friday -

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Not in bloom at the moment, so it is nice to see them and remember…

Hobart, Tasmania

 

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

The first is perplexing, but the proverb reasonably sound.

The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself

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When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
African Proverb

Something to Ponder About

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Interislander Ferry ride from Hell..no wait, Wellington….. Travel Tuesday

The Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton, New Zealand, takes you from the bottom of the North Island to the tip of the South across New Zealand’s Cook Strait,and is notorious for its rough crossings, and this one did not disappoint.

We boarded the Arahura Interislander Ferry, at Lambton Quay, in Wellington, at around 11am. Every now and then, I stole a glance at the sky and back at the sea as both were beginning to look pretty forboding….


Ten minutes out, it was definitely getting rougher and the wind was picking up. As if he was reading my thoughts, the Captain tersely announced over the PA system,  that there was, “a bit of wind expected, once we head out into Cook Strait.” “In fact,” he said “it was blowing a gale and the waves were around 8-9 metres high!
What the????

On a boat in a gale with a young child….This was a new experience for me! Thinking that I should never have watched the Titanic movie, I craned my neck to check the status and location of those lifeboats again. Just in case y’know…

The crew got busy handing around paper vomit bags and ice chips, as food, drinks and trays started to fall off the cafeteria shelves around us, making several loud metallic crashes. Holy shit, this is serious! Apparently ice chips are a help if you are feeling seasick or nauseous, so Miss 10 had her face buried in a cup of these for the next 45 minutes without respite. I felt ok as long as I watched the land, and sucked on an ice chip when the big crashes came.

Seas were now getting rougher, and rougher…the waves repeatedly crashing over the bow.. and this was no small boat. Time to head up to the back of the boat and stick our heads out into the wind, trying not to get our fingers jammed in the heavy doors as they slammed shut, when the boat listed this way and that. Going up several flights of stairs holding a backpack, that is swinging violently from side to side across my back, in one hand and a child in the other, meant there was no way to hold on to a hand rail, so I had to rely on my sense of balance to make any progress at all. Am I going to survive this? What was the name of that ferry that sunk that time…. the Wahine? Would this boat be another Wahine?

After reaching the back row of seats, I thought perhaps I should phone my other half, back in Australia, to tell him in what conditions I was sailing in… in case I didn’t make it – ‘y’know’, and guess what …. he just chuckled in response! “At least you have phone coverage he said! ” Clearly no sympathy was coming from that quarter….

Ferry ride from Hell..no Wellington....to serenity of Queen Charlotte Sound.

 Now, I know what you are thinking – could it be that I was just an over-reacting ‘landlubber? In my defense, I would add that many of the passengers, including some kiwis, who had been seen entering the bar, as we set sail, suddenly re-appeared  on the rear deck, joining those of us gripping their cups of ice-chips…. therefore, my story can not be dismissed as ‘first-timer’ exaggeration.

Here is the video of a similar crossing:

Minutes later, I sensed a turning point has been reached, and the seas appeared to calm slightly, so I thought I’d snap the picture above, before the sea completely calms, if that ever does happen… and the boat stops the listing…

But what awaited ahead of us was nothing less than mind-blowing!

To be continued……. on Travel Tuesday next week. Check out other travel posts here

Something to Ponder About

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Travel)

Lens and Pens has a different phoneographic challenge each week. My choice for challenger’s choice is a travel theme.

Norway has been my dream destination and the Dalen hotel is famous for the resident ghost.

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The Dalen hotel is a photographer’s dream come true. It was an experience like no other staying there, and I hope to go back one day.

Nexus 4 – no filters

 

Something to Ponder About

 

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Raspberry Buttermilk Cake with White Chocolate

Raspberries are claimed to be the World’s healthiest foods containing massive amounts of Vitamin C, possess anti-cancer properties as well as the ability to counteract obesity. With that in mind, this delicious cake recipe, with a few alterations, was prepared:

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Raspberry Buttermilk Cake (with Cinnamon and White Chocolate option)

Ingredients

130g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
56g unsalted butter, at room temperature
146g sugar, plus a further 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar, divided
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest (optional)
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup (approx 140g) fresh raspberries

Topping: 1 dessertspoon butter, (melted)

1 tablespoon cinnamon (sprinkled over the top)

Method

Preheat oven to 205°C/400°F . Butter and flour a 20cm round cake pan.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. Beat the butter and first measure of sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest. Add the egg and beat well.

Switching the mixer to a low speed, mix in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Ensure that each time you only mix until just combined. Transfer the batter into the cake pan and gently spread to fill the pan. Scatter the raspberries over the top and sprinkle with the final 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of sugar.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, which should take between 30-35 minutes. Cool the cake for 10 minutes then turn out onto a rack to cool completely, then brush melted butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon.

For a dessert treat: serve with some vanilla yoghurt, or cream.IMG_20141026_202813

Variation: Add 100g  white chocolate buds with the raspberries prior to baking

Something Delicious, healthy and moreish to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We Today?

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. You can leave a comment if you think you know where this photo was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.Monday Mystery

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Last week remains a mystery! Surely this week is much easier?

Something to Ponder About

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Daily Post Photography Challenge – Cover Art

Daily Post Photography challenge for this week – using my art, from Telemark

Poster, book, or photographic collection front cover:

imageTo join in click:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/cover-art/

and visit some others:

http://marshaleith.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-cover-art/

http://sassyethnicbohemian.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/weekly-photo-challenge-cover-art/

Something to Ponder About

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Anorexia – Beauty is more than skin deep

I am thirteen, and I hate myself. Hating is easy, but love takes courage. Courage I hope to have some day. For now, I just take each day as a gift. That is why they call it the present, a cliched expression says….

But this is not where my story starts, for I am the product of many years where I have cultivated the darker side of my personality. The thoughts, the distorted perceptions don’t flourish overnight; they  slowly sneak up, unnoticed, all the while sucking the life out of  my soul. Yet they are all of me.

They call it anorexia, an eating disorder. Yet it is nothing to do with my stomach, I feel it in my head, and in my heart. Do not judge me. I want to be judge, and jury.shadow3

My past haunts me, and is me. I am broken, but this is where I feel safe and whole. I feel in control of my body. Or am I?

People, such as this girl with anorexia, have complex problems, and strive for perfection and control that is difficult in an imperfect world. We all are imperfect, in many ways, we all fail, yet everyone still has a rite to be here and to be accepted without expectations.

Beauty is not just how you look on the outside. Can you make the world a better place? Can you make people feel good about themselves? Can you help others?  People like this are 100 times more beautiful than the cover girl on the fashion magazine. Inner beauty never needs makeup, or fad diets, or a stick thin body.

As Steve Maroboli writes:

“Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.”

Laurie Halse Anderson says:

“Food is life. And that’s the problem. When you’re alive, people can hurt you. It’s easier to crawl into a bone cage or a snowdrift of confusion. It’s easier to lock everybody out.
But it’s a lie.”

Hating is easy, but love takes courage. Courage I hope she will have one day. For now, she  takes each day as a gift. That is why they call it ‘the present.’

Something Serious to Ponder About

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Skywatch Friday

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Sunset on a train

Skywatch friday…

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from Around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.IMG_20131210_092952

In view of the passing of the maverick, brash, but visionary past prime minister, Gough Whitlam, a staunch egalitarianist, the quote is Gough’s response on his 80th birthday, when asked about the after life and on his possible future meeting with God: “You can be sure of one thing, I shall treat Him as an equal.”
- Whitlam

“A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.” Jewish Proverb

Something to Ponder About

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Black and White (Architecture)

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Monochrome

As it happens, Sally at Lens and Pens also picked an architectural subject for this week’s phoneography Black and White theme. And with a lot of contrast, architecture is often the perfect subject in monochrome.

This group of buildings spans three decades, eighties, nineties and noughties with a brighter foreground of more recent years. Modern history of a city of 35 years told in three buildings.

These photos were taken with an aging Nexus 4, and I applied a few basic filters (just for fun) through Picasa.

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Focal Black and White

Film grain

Film grain – not my favourite result

and the original:

Original colour photo

Original colour photo

I think the focal black and white, which teases the viewer with a taste of colour, yet retains the cold rigidity in the architectural forms and for that reason, is my favourite. What do you think?

Join in here

Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We Today? (Bhaktapur)

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. You can leave a comment if you think you know where this photo was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

Where in the World is the following photo taken?

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Monday Mystery

Last week  (see photo below), we visited the Kathmandu Valley in the mystical country of Nepal, once considered a Shangri-La). We were situated 10 kilometers outside the capital city. As M.R. had guessed  we were in Durbar Square, but not in Patan, or Kathmandu, but Durbar square, in the ‘Newar’ city of Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is a little known UNESCO World heritage site and has some of the best preserved 15th century courtyards and palaces from the Malla Kings and lies on the ancient trade route to India and Tibet.

(Nepali: भक्तपुर Bhaktapur ), literally translates to Place of devotees.  Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa (Nepal Bhasa: ख्वप Khwopa) [Source: Wikipedia]

mondmysteryphotooct13If you still think my Mystery photo was taken in Patan… check here….

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Soemthing to Ponder About this Monday morning

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.IMG_5432

“A father deserted by a wise son is like being caught in a shower without a felt.” – Tibetan Proverb

“A lake that is noisy cannot reflect anything”- Robert Adams

Some  wise words to ponder about

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A Lingering Look at Windows – Week 41

norway One of my favourite views….. Do you have a delicious photo of a window to the world? If so, you can join in at ‘The Day After’ here Windows on the world:

Something to ponder about

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro (Hot chocolate)

For this week’s Macro challenge – from Lens and Pens

‘Hot Chocolate’

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Even thought I prefer to drink my hot chocolate in a ceramic mug, I liked the effect of the crystallization of the cocoa and sugar on the glass’ edge, do you?

Join in with the challenge. Each week has a different theme.

Taken with a aging Nexus 4 – warmed and saturated slightly on Picasa

Something for you and your phone camera to ponder on…

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