Thursday 2nd December 2021

I Am Back: For #TreeSquare In July. 81/2021.

I Am Back: For #TreeSquare In July. 81/2021.

Being Square is Fun!

Join in this lovely challenge and post a photographic square daily for one month every quarter. The theme changes every quarter and is announced on this blog a few weeks, occasionally days, in advance of the challenge month. The challenge months are January, April, July and October.

Here’s all you need to know: Thanks so much to Becky.

Create your square post, and include a pingback to one of my daily square posts (not this page or the home page as otherwise I don’t know about your ping!). You can also add the link to your post in the comments on any of my square posts

  1. Include the theme’s tag (sometimes this may be the only way I can find you too); the theme for July 2021 is Trees which makes the tag #TreeSquare


A little reminder of what I got up to in April for Bright!

Nature Is Pretty In Bright Pink. 52.1/2021.

Now I am ready for Trees. In fact #TreeSquare

I know the idea is one post for 31 days for #TreeSquare but I am going to blog for 5 weekends in July and use Instagram to share a (square!) collage each week.

I do photograph trees a great deal. There are many around us here on the Central Coast. I admit, as I knew this challenge was coming, I looked at more to photograph. Then I wondered:










Make the posts weekly, not daily, add up to 9 or perhaps more tree photos as a collage and do them in groups under topic names!

Easy? Yes. And. No.

In fact I spent some time researching my tree photos and found in just over a year I had well over 300, so narrowed that down to 200…and now even more for this!

Topic: Trees As Frames.

I often use a tree, part of a tree, a row of trees and more, to give my photos a ‘frame’ of sorts. I am always on the lookout for something that little bit different. Here’s the ones which made to cut to 9. Oh and taking photographs in nature like this is one important part of my mindfulness and health routine. Gets me outside, focussing on just one thing and I am always energised afterwards.


Tuggerawong Walking Path


From Wyongah Walking Path Looking To Gorokan


At The Lake: Flooding Rains.



Trees frame the water’s height, as it came up to the grass


A gentle frame for a sweet summer afternoon at Wyong River.


Dull & Cloudy: the tree made the lake view different.


Walking at Pyrmont, near Sydney Harbour, trees in a row.


How amazing! Just notice the heart frame as I added the photo. Canton Beach.


Gumtrees frame a very Australian Bush scene: Tamworth NSW below.

That’s it. Well, except for this: a collage of 9. These were made into a square themselves. I will share this via instagram too.

This post is going live on the weekend. No #SundayStills this week as it is 4th July. Next week, I will join in both #SundayStills and #TreeSquare as the theme is “under the trees”.

Do you love trees too?


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Calm and Balm For My Soul. 27/2019.

Calm and Balm For My Soul. 27/2019.

A gentle post of photos and how I help myself achieve more peace and calm in moments that are not always wonderful.

Some of those moments for me are pre-surgeries, recovering from surgeries at home, distracting myself from being hungry when eating was hard, calming my mind during a procedure or treatment by listening to music or an audio book, reducing my anxious mind’s whirling whilst being driven by my husband….not about him, about me, and not being in control!

I know many people have tried some if not all of these, but here’s my offering!

Getting Outside. Even Into the Backyard!

Making Something Creative.

Having These On Hand & On the iPhone Playlist.

These are some of the major ways in which I help myself achieve a greater level of calm. It is not easy. I am learning all the time. I also use the Calm app program each night. I highly recommend trying Calm and then signing up. I got a lifetime offer last year which has paid for itself over and over. Not only is there meditation but there are master classes in many fields such as cravings. There are adult ‘sleep stories’ which are a delight to listen to and hopefully nod off under the covers. I recommend these but no-one pays me to do so.

This link takes you to Calm and there is a sign-up for free sessions. See how you like it!

There is no sponsorship on my blog. I only want to share what I find works for me. Then if I tell you about it, and you like it too, that is a win!

What are your ideas for calm and balm for your soul?


Joining here with Min and friends for Zen Tips Tuesday. Thanks for the link up!