Wednesday 22nd February 2017

San Francisco DID Steal My Heart. 2017.7.

San Francisco DID Steal My Heart. 2017.7.

Eleven years ago this week I visited San Francisco for 2 nights and almost 3 days.

It was one of those overseas trips where I tried to cram in as much as I could as I would never be sure I would be back. My first trip and my last so far! I wrote about it here.  I was a solo traveller. By choice!

I chose to travel to Hawaii first where I stayed for some nights, then across to the Mainland of USA.

The 3rd city I visited there was the delightful San Francisco.

My blogging friend K, is an expat Aussie living there now and when she posted a pic on Instagram about a wet day in SF, I was reminded of MY wet day for a morning tour. This is her blog and it’s full of cool facts, pics and stories about her life in the US of A.

Here are the photos. They are not great quality as they were taken from a bus AND it was wet!

Did I mention that??

Have you visited San Francisco?

What are your memories?

I thought it was like Sydney and I loved it!

On another occasion I will write about the tour to Alcatraz. It was both amazing and terrifying!

Denyse.

Joining with photography friends here:

Trish

Steph

Jen

Sue

and on the weekend with the Ultimate Rabbit Hole crew where Sammie gets the news out fast along with Karin and the newly-wed Paula!

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A Photo Finish for 2016! 366/344.

A Photo Finish for 2016! 366/344.

I had to finish the year on an even number of posts! I did set out to do 366 posts, but changing my mind about blogging daily from November 2016 means I am 22 short of that number. I am OK with that!!

Today’s post is photo-centric and contain some of what has been part of MY 2016.

Beach writing …again!

Mandalas are everywhere!

Love this tiny insect making its way up the rose bud. From our garden.

Ocean water at Snapper Point in Munmorah State Park is an amazing colour.

This is where I become ‘grounded’…the ocean waves wash over my feet.

Just 5 minutes drive from home is Wallarah Peace Park, Pelicans and Views!

Soldiers Beach at Norah Head is one of my favourite go-to places for re-connecting with nature.

 

Family matters! Here we are with the 3 eldest grandchildren.

Enjoy!

Thank you for viewing  my photos and posts in 2016.

And take a the 17 seconds to watch at the end!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwCyE5PT0vU

 

I will be back here on Monday 2nd January 2017 for the first Life This Week link up in 2017 called “A Favourite Post from 2016” so bloggers can ease their way back!

Denyse.

Thanks to Jen for Photo Friday.

Trish here, Sue here and Steph here.

Joining Vanessa at Bloggers and Bacon for ArchiveLove.

See you in 2017!

 

 

 

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Self-Care Excursion. 366/337.

Self-Care Excursion. 366/337.

I am making time for self-care these days. I know I could have been more diligent about this a lot earlier in my life, but as a busy mum, wife, grandma, teacher, uni tutor and more I put myself LAST then some!

Occasionally back when we lived in Sydney I would remember how good it was to have a day for me and to pop into the city or by the beach for a self-care photography excursion.

I did some of these trips beaches and other natural spots once we moved to the Central Coast too. However, in recent months my big camera has stayed in the cupboard and I have stayed a bit ‘stuck’ in routines. Sometimes you just have to remember what helps nourish and revive.

On Monday last that is what I did!

I drove to a spot I discovered quite a while back and as it was a Monday and kids were still at school, I had this place to myself. Along with the seagulls and the cockatoos.!

Here’s a few from the day. It was very refreshing!

Do you do enough self-care?

Do you enjoy taking photos when you are out and about?

What was the last occasion when you ventured into nature?

Denyse.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to these blogging friends for Photo Link Ups!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephsjoy

Fridays have a new link up here called Archive Love.

On weekends it’s always fun to visit other blogs here with Sammie and co for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

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#24DaysofXmas Photos. 1-8 Dec. 366/333.

#24DaysofXmas Photos. 1-8 Dec. 366/333.

I wrote here about this photo challenge which I started in preparation for the 24 days leading up to Christmas.

Some lovely people on Instagram and Facebook have joined in and it’s fun to see their take on the prompts.

Here are my photos for this week. Two of my entries were mini vids so I did not include them.

Follow me on Instagram to see more of what I like to ‘shoot’ each day! @denysewhelanblogs

 

Family of 2 (that’s me and hub) just need a small tree with some pretty lights & g’kids decorations!

 

No tinsel in this house…was a staple when our family was young for making decorations.

 

Words to Live By.

 

Our old traditional wreath is resting in the Christmas box so I made this one with art and an app.

 

When the grandkids who are now teens were young, it was mandatory to have a sleepover at our place and view the pretty lights in the neighbourhood. Now, this is the little display on the right is at our place.

 

The green of a living tree cannot be replicated!

Do you like photo challenges?

Are you  taking Christmas photos in the Christmas season?

Denyse.

Joining with Lydia over here for her Christmas link up.

Thanks to these blogging friends for Photo Link Ups!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephsjoy

 

 

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November Photo Challenges. 366/328.

November Photo Challenges. 366/328.

In November I took part in two photo challenges.

One is the popular Fat Mum Slim Photo-A-Day which I have done on and off for some years.

The other was a new one from Deb at Inner Compass Designs and hers was self-care and love based.

I added one of my own, on-going, called #mandalascountdown.

The photos I am sharing show how easy it is for me to find inspiration..in nature!

Enjoy.

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Did you take part in any photo challenges recently?

I’ve started a new one for the first 24 days of December called #24daysofXmas. The link to a post about it is here if you want to join in!

Denyse.

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Thanks to these blogging friends for Photo Link Ups!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephsjoy

 

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Sydney Vistas From 2014. 366/308.

Sydney Vistas From 2014. 366/308.

I often ventured into the city when we lived in Sydney for a solo photography day and a chance to see my city.

These pics, deliberately capturing different vistas, are from that mid-year visit in 2014 where The Rocks was the focus.

I miss seeing the city, especially as I know it has already changed around the harbour at Barangaroo but I am not visiting anytime soon. Traffic!

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Walking almost ‘under’ The Harbour Bridge. Details of the Southern Pylons can be seen.

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From the edge of the water, near The Rocks, with the AMP Building (originally the tallest building in the city in 1960s) prominent. Dad’s office was located in that building.

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Old Wharves and Storage Buildings Now Converted for Offices, Cafes etc. The Rocks.

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From the walk under The Bridge looking to the famous Sydney Opera House with an iconic Ferry going past.

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Viewed from The Rocks, this iconic building is one which was for public housing and its future is yet to be determined by the current NSW Government.

Do you know Sydney well?

Have you visited The Rocks?

Denyse.

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Thanks to these blogging friends for Photo Link Ups!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephs Joy

 

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Random September Pics. 366/274.

Random September Pics. 366/274.

I tell many of my stories in photos and today on the blog, I picked a few from 3 years of September which are part of our story since deciding to sell up in Sydney and move to the Central Coast.

Do you have photos that tell the stories of your life too?

Photos taken in the month of September 2014, 2015 and 2016 shared:

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Time to sell our grandkids’ play equipment and onto another family for this! Sept 2014.

 

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Pool garden surrounds looking great in preparation for house going on the market in November. Sept 2014.

 

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An example of the creative ventures of mine in Sept. 2015.

 

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Purple Pigface at Ocean Beach in Sept. 2015.

 

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Along The Bay Where We Lived in Sept. 2015.

 

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Country Spring Fair at Yarramalong near where we live now. Sept. 2016.

 

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The back deck and mini-garden where we live now. Sept. 2016.

Have a lovely Friday! It’s the beginning of a long weekend here in NSW Australia and it’s the weekend when daylight saving starts. I am writing about that on Monday!

Do you link up on Mondays here?

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Optional Prompt for Monday 3 Oct: Daylight Saving. Like or Loathe?

Denyse.

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Joining with photography friends here:

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephs Joy

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Noticing Nature. 366/269.

Noticing Nature. 366/269.

I need to remind myself to do this EVERY day and it pays dividends each time for my senses and my mood.

Saturday was a beautiful spring day here and so I went for a little drive along the Wyong River.

It’s been a while since I’ve done that drive so I was interested to see what I noticed.

Here’s what I noticed in nature!

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Watching the ripples on the water

 

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Looking west Wyong River

 

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Coral Tree with a LOT more flowers than last time.

 

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Rail Bridge over the Wyong River, just before the Wyong Station stop.

 

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Look…mandala in nature!

 

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Blue Sky! Look Up, even when the clouds cover it, in meditation we learn there is always BLUE sky!

Do you notice nature (and the changes!) each day?

It’s amazing.

Nature is teaching me that everything changes every single day!

Have a great Sunday wherever you are.

Denyse.

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Joining with Leanne and friends for her Lovin Life Linky here.

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