Monday 27th March 2017

My Favourite Colour. #LifeThisWeek 11/52. 2017.41.

My Favourite Colour. #LifeThisWeek 11/52. 2017.41.

It’s not a secret that I love colour. I tend to dress colourfully so browns and beiges and greys do not get much of  a look-in although black and navy were my ‘base’ colours when I was working.

I like colours that are bright in most cases and I also like colours that bring out the best in other colours.

Since getting into art a few years back I discovered yellow is a great friend for many colours.

Before I get to my favourite colour disclosure I admit I really have tried hard to embrace and love many colours and these include red, magenta, purple, green and at times, orange and yellow…but the final reveal is this:

BLUE is my HUE.

Here’s why. It is cooling. It is refreshing. It is relaxing. It is the colour of my favourite water course – the sea. It is the colour of the sky. It calms me. It has many shades. The favourites for me tend to be the greeny/blues. I love turquoise and aqua. I looked for examples around me and I did not have to look far! Here they are:

The Ocean.

Part of my mandala bed topper.

Just love this vase.

When you realise how much you love ONE colour.

Mandala – ode to BLUE

My birthday – from Colorstrology Book.

The Book itself. It’s fun & accurate for many I have found.

I guess now that I own up to BLUE being my favourite colour it probably always has been. I remember loving the colour turquoise when I saw it in a paint tin when I was a kid at school. I have worn blue for preference more than I realise. I was wearing a blue and white dress the night I met my now husband.

Whilst blue is my standout, I do wear others and enjoy having many colours around me! Here is a favourite mandala I made recently.

 

So, what is your favourite colour?

Is there more than one for you?

Denyse.

Joining with Alicia for Open Slather here and Kell for Mummy Mondays here.

Thanks for linking up this week.

Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.

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A Pet Story. #LifeThisWeek 8/52. 2017.29.

A Pet Story. #LifeThisWeek 8/52. 2017.29.

I wasn’t (and probably still am not) a ‘pet’ person. I was brought up without pets. Oh. Wait. Mum had a pet bird, a budgerigar for a while. I didn’t like it when it was out of the cage.

Then as a married couple “we” ventured into pet ownership by accident and by choice. The accident was the cat who turned up one day on our isolated property house where we rented and stayed. We named her Cookie. From Sesame Street which we loved and was about 4 years old back then. She turned feral when we brought home our baby daughter and we “asked” her to leave. She did. No, she really did.

The one by choice was a dog, a  golden labrador. We named him Diggity (you know, from the song?) and he was a delight but oh so naughty. Who knew he would dig up the buried garbage, pull washing off the line AND bite into the new baby’s stroller…baby was thankfully inside the house…and ruin the lining. My mum who’d gifted us that was not a happy lady! He was far too unhappy when I was back at school and there was no-one to play with…so he’d follow us all the way via dirt roads and risk his life. We needed to be kind(er) to him. Off to a boisterous family of kids he went.

45 years ago!

We also had a cat for a while when our daughter was a pre-schooler. No photos but it was a cute black and white cat. It was a cat which found us..again…in a small rural place.

In the mid 1980s a cat turned up at the door of our Sydney house. With 2 kids keen to have a ‘pet’ and no idea of her origin, her first feed meant she became named and loved. In fact, Sandy was much loved. Still an outside pet and no trouble with all that either back in those days. Sadly, despite the most loving care, she was found dead under the house thanks to what might have been a slowly developing kidney condition due to food intake.

Favourite spot near the back door.

Do fish count? We had fish from time to time. Again, not good at keeping them alive for the long term because it was always up to me..and I got quite annoyed at how often that fish tank needed cleaning.

So, no more pets, right? Wrong. Moving to a newly built house that was very special for us, we succumbed to the “oh can we have a dog NOW, please?” from older and younger teen. We did have a fenced back yard of reasonable size and we did end up buying a dog no-one seemed to want. Her make was part kelpie and part lab. She had a heart, no idea of being disciplined and a great LOVE for our son. We named her Loopy. I am not sure why, but the name may have influenced aspects of her behaviour.

Favourite vantage spot. “looking and listening” for people/dogs in park nearby.

Eating, drinking, sleeping, waiting for our son to come home.

We spent money on getting her ‘trained’ via Bark Busters so she knew we were the pack leaders. It worked. Mostly. She loved escaping from our yard IF we accidentally left the gate open and then would be very deaf when called. But we did enjoy her and she moved on with us to our last house in Glenwood. That was until 2004. The yard was smaller at Glenwood and we did need her to occupy a smaller area as grandkids came into our lives. She could overwhelm little kids due to her boisterous nature. When our son moved out, she stayed. It was the fairest thing to do for her as she aged and he visited often. But, sadly, she became very unwell mid 2004 and despite the best treatment from a local vet, she did not survive. Loopy was buried by her loving family in the backyard…and there her remains stay.

It was more of a shock to my system when she died than I realised it would be and I wanted to honour her memory as she had been part of our family for over 10 years. I had some photos enlarged and framed and did a painting. I am still touched by how much I was able to create her look and I believe she was helping me do that!

Love you Loopy.

And whilst I say ‘never say never’ we are not intending to be pet-owners again.

So, that’s more than ONE pet story! I hadn’t quite realised how much pets had been part of my life.

What’s your pet story?

Denyse.

NEWS from #LifeThisWeek.

Can you believe next week is Week 9/52? I am using each Week 9 in 2017 for a Taking Stock post. Pip has a template over here for anyone wanting to use this popular post material. This means…that after next week there is a NEW set of prompts. They are already done and on the HOME page for your perusal..and use I hope! 

Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.
* You can link up something old or new, just come on in.
* Please add just ONE post each week!
* Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not.
* Please do stay to comment on my post as I always reply and it’s a bloggy thing to do!
* Check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right!
* Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!
* THANK you for linking up today! Do come back next week. Next week’s prompt is “Taking Stock”.



Joining with Alicia for Open Slather here and with Kell for Mummy Mondays here too.

 

 

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Fabulous Frangipanis. 2017.19.

Fabulous Frangipanis. 2017.19.

I declare that I love frangipanis ….on the tree.

They are delightful, smell sweetly and look a treat.

Then they fall…their fabulousness decays…and they become rubbish and need to be swept away before someone slips and falls. Life with frangipanis!

We used to live in a hotter area of Sydney around 45 minutes drive from the coast. We did end up buying and nurturing a frangipani back in 2011 when I renewed my love for them. It remained small but it did produce the lovely flowers. Not many but enough.

In my family’s house on the coast, Dad ended up with several frangipanis which ‘took off’ and were from cuttings from an old friend’s tree in Wollongong. So, it appears, in the right setting and climate they thrive!

We moved to this house on the NSW Central Coast late 2015. It has a HUGE old frangipani tree in the back garden. I am not sure, but it could be two trees in one. What I do know is that we had to cut in back a bit to enjoy what plants were hidden underneath! We took some of those cuttings and they’re in pots and in other garden spots now.

This summer I have notice more frangipanis that are different to ours around this local area.

I went for a walk for the purposes of this post to photograph them. The colour and size differences were interesting.

What was the same, however, was the mess they leave when they fall.

Frangipanis! Beauties which give and give while they’re on the trees.

They give me the reason to exercise when it’s time to sweep them up after they’ve fallen.

What’s your view about frangipanis?

Do you have them where you live?

Have you ever grown one?

Denyse.

 

I hope my photography friends enjoy these: Link ups are here:

Trish, Sue, Steph and Jen.

On the weekend I link up with Sammie and friends for the Ultimate Rabbit Hole here.

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Norwest Sydney Remembered. 2017.11.

Norwest Sydney Remembered. 2017.11.

We moved from our country teaching posts to Sydney in 1978. We were fortunate to be able to buy a new house and land package at Kellyville, on the fringe of Castle Hill and almost semi-rural area for $44,600. (today’s value: $900k) We raised our two children here, and then in 1993 succumbed to the lure of a new house, and an easy-to-obtain mortgage to buy land at the newly created Bella Vista (suburb) and build an architect designed house. All for around $400,000.

It was wonderful being almost pioneers on the old land that was inhabited firstly by the original owners, and then by the early settlers including John and Elizabeth MacArthur. In fact, the house we built looked up to the original Bella Vista farm (still there in part for historic purposes and appreciation of current citizens) so it always felt like being a part of history too.

Over the years much has already happened to the area, see the timeline here and we bought our land in 1993 and moved to the house in January 1994.

1801

Seven Hills Farm

Pre-1788

Aboriginal custodianship of the Cumberland Plain by the Darug people

1788

European settlement and exploration of the Cumberland plain commenced

1799-1801

Seven Hills was sub-divided by the Crown into a series of grants to free settlers including 500 acres was transferred to James Robertson

1801

Stock Farm was sold to John Macarthur along with 1,250 sheep. Bella Vista Farm Park still contains the historic homestead and farm buildings with a single avenue of bunya Pines and is open for public recreation.

1949

North Sydney Brick and Tile Company Limited (Norbrik)

Norbrik purchased a total of a thousand acres of land with part being used for their brick and tile manufacturing plant which operated on part of the site from 1956 to 2002.

1980′s

Norbrik investigated alternate uses for the site and came up with the concept of a business park where people worked, lived and played.

1987

Baulkham Hills Shire Council and the New South Wales State government rezoned the land as Employment land.

1992

First Stage of Norwest Business Park

The first large-scale business park in Australia of some 377ha was brought to the market. Subdivision works were completed for Stage 1 and construction of buildings commenced in the early 90′s with Australia Post, Cathay Pacific and Hillsong Church acquiring land and commencing construction in 1993.

The first residential development took place in the Bella Vista Village precinct.

SOURCE: http://www.norwestassociation.com.au/history/

We sold our house in 1997 for $474,000 (today’s value: $1.5million) and moved to a suburb across Old Windsor Road, Glenwood, which had been a large dairy farming property. We purchased this house and land package for around $300,000.(today’s value:$950k)

Over the decades housing sprang up on both sides of Old Windsor Road as did the multitude of businesses and other commercial enterprises such as schools, hospitals, churches and retirement places. Much changed in that time and the establishment of a ‘centre’ with a man-made lake gave the area some quiet spaces and pleasant areas to view and rest.

I often walked around the Lake at Norwest Shops. Grandchildren who accompanied me over the years enjoyed feeding the ducks. This was a fun thing to do but sadly those ducks were over-fed and the waterways added many fish of dubious species as well such as carp.

It was in 2014 I took these photos. We have not lived nearby since then and I do know that changes have been made, of course, with even more buildings for both business and residential purposes. There is a rail system being added to the area to hopefully reduce to huge road traffic component of living away from good public transport. However, all in all, the area no longer held any appeal for us after all the years so we have moved on!

Family and friends who remain do so because of location, work and school/study commitments, relationships and more…. and because it’s Sydney!! We have retired to the Central Coast of NSW about 90 minutes drive north.

Do you know the history of where you live?

Are you familiar with this part of Sydney?

Let me know more in the comments!

Denyse.

Joining photography link up friends here:

Jen, SueSteph and Trish

On the weekend I add my post to the Ultimate Rabbit Hole here with Sammie and Paula and new friends too.

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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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What Is A Job These Days? 366/327.

What Is A Job These Days? 366/326.

When I thought about this response to this question more answers came to me (and my brains trust a.k.a. husband)  than I was ready for.

wordle_jobsearchhelpA job is:

  • a task
  • a role
  • a profession
  • a position
  • an occupation
  • work
  • a career
  • employment
  • volunteering

Yes, but what more does that entail?

  • training
  • experience
  • being engaged as an employee
  • working full-time
  • working part-time
  • working flexibly
  • working outside the home
  • working at home
  • working in a group or company
  • working solo
  • being an employer
  • being paid
  • not being paid

My brains trust and I have finished. Do you have any more ideas?

Why then am I pondering this? Next Monday’s “Life This Week” #ltw13 {optional prompt} is

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My First Paid Job.

Because I started working for money waaaaay back there was no images for what I did. However, do come along next week on MONDAY 5 December, and link up (or not) but come and see what it was that I did in the mid 1960s!

Interesting topic, this work thing! These days work can mean things to different people.

What is your current work?

I know that there will be many answers!

Thank you for joining in the conversation.

Denyse.

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Joining the link up on Thursdays called Lovin Life with Leanne here and she has so many types of work I think her response would be a ‘blog post’ in itself!

 

 

 

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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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Sport, Anyone? 366/245.

Sport, Anyone? 366/245.

I have an interest in quite a few sports as it’s both helpful as a wife to a person who follows them and in general I like having some knowledge about what’s going in in the world of sport. I am interested but don’t usually watch much sport, or it can be ‘on’ and I am ‘on social media!

As kids I grew up in a family where some sport was played by our parents – namely golf (Dad) and tennis (Mum and Dad). In primary and high school I did sport (it was compulsory) which included these:

  • tennis
  • squash
  • ten pin bowling
  • golf
  • netball (it was still called basketball back then)
  • swimming

At teachers’ college we had to learn skills in sport to be able to teach them to the kids in our classes.

  • athletics
  • swimming
  • volleyball
  • cricket
  • dancing (PE)
  • gymnastics

As a young adult I took part in:

  • golf
  • tennis
  • cricket (fielding in slips was my speciality, batting was good, bowling forget it!)
  • netball
  • skiing

Then I stopped my participation other than as a teacher in schools who both supported the kids’ teams and followed their progress. I had become a parent and it was the kids who got to do the sports. I actually did not retain enough interest nor energy to do sport anyway so was ‘happy’ to become the sport parent and all that entails.

Our kids played:

  • netball
  • tennis
  • cricket
  • golf
  • soccer

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What sports have you played?

What do you continue to enjoy in sports?

Are you, perhaps, not into sports at all…tell us why!

Thanks for participating in this Q&A.

Denyse.

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Joining with Anne at Domesblissity for Thriving on Thursdays and Grace at With Some Grace for Flog Your Blog Friday.

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