Extreme Weather Events It's a strange coincidence that Sandy chose "weather," for the prompt for this fortnight's Friendly Friday challenge, as my corner of Australia experienced several extreme weather events over the last day or so. Signs of climatic change? Freak weather events? Who's to say? Typically, the weather in my region is picture postcard… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Weather
No one lives forever, so as we get older, we inevitably think about our own mortality. Especially when we lose a family member or a close friend. I had imagined the leading cause of death for Australians to be either heart disease, vascular issues or cancer and I was wrong. It was a reality check… Continue reading When Will I Die?
"We have more in common than we often realise." Christchurch - 2 weeks before the first earthquake, Cathedral square Just two weeks before the first dreadfully unexpected earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, way back in 2010, a Kiwi friend had hooked me up to meet Jan and John - two residents of this fair city,… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge- Meet Jan and John
I 'm the type of girl who’s rarely without some kind of handbag, or tote. I have many. My so-named 'bag-robe,' consists of various D.I.Y. constructions, which have either been recycled, or have recycled fabric or zips incorporated into them. Many I've hand-made or hand-painted. There's one exception to this and it's that one exception that had me… Continue reading Is Buying Vegan Better?
Inner voices determine our mood and form part of our self-concept. There are times when listening to them is useful, but also times when those thoughts do not serve or support us. Credit: Meredith Gaston Some people will interpret a disagreement between two friends as aggression, and react in a defensive way even when it… Continue reading Finding a Kinder Inner Voice
Imagine you are a somewhat quiet and academically average high school girl, who had just turned 15. You don't like Science class much as you haven't yet made friends in that particular class. For the science lesson this day, the teacher is talking about heredity and how physical traits such as a cleft chin, might… Continue reading The Center of Attention
Photo by Alexandr Podvalny on Pexels.com I have yet to complete a death letter to my daughter. She requested I write one to her before I depart this earth. Not that my death is imminent, or at least I hope not! Is it bad that I procrastinate about the contents? I am still uncertain what… Continue reading Transfering or Inheriting an Existing Blog
How are your skills in close-ups or macro photography? Need some practice? The Challenge for the next two weeks is to make a post about close-ups or macros. It is not just about photography, so please note we welcome stories and writing based on the prompt, as well. Perhaps you have had a close-encounter and… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Close ups and Macros
Despite checking all directions and rear cameras and side mirrors, I nearly reversed over a child, backing out of my driveway, this morning. The young boy was scooting along so quickly on one of those mini scooters and being so small, I couldn't see any sign of him until the rear of the car was… Continue reading A Near Tragedy on Sunday
A dear friend turned the grand age of 80 this week and, for her party, asked the guests not to bring gifts, but instead bring some food. She politely suggested I bring some Potato Salad. Sounds simple enough in principle, but not in practice. Ordinarily, throwing together a potato salad would be child's play, but… Continue reading Potato ‘Patarto’ – Danish Salad
Recently, I have been writing about the skill of reflective listening as an adjunct to bettering our communication with, and understanding of, others especially when the others may have different points of view. Good listening is not easy. Bad news can be a heavy burden. Listening means overcoming roadblocks to effective communication and as such… Continue reading Better Communication Skills
By the time the humble spud or apple reaches your supermarket shelf from its trek from the farm, it could be up to three weeks old, due to storage times: days waiting for freighting in trucks, sitting in the open air at wholesale markets, transportation to distribution centres and then to individual supermarkets. Then, there… Continue reading REKO – Covid safe drive through food
Norwegian Rosemaling Why wouldn't I use Brian's challenge to post a pic of my favourite art? This isn't my original design but I was inspired to adapt a similar design that I used as the basis for this practice in colour.