Wednesday 12th May 2021

Weather Is Variable! #SundayStills 57/2021.

Weather Is Variable! #SundayStills 57/2021.

About Sunday Stills:

Terri here has now  moved into her new abode and her friend from Always Write  was caring for Sunday Stills while she did so. I will share this post soon too.

Weather is variable.

Not a truer sentence ever, right?

I delved into my history of photos ….takes a while and found these examples from recent times and waaaay back.

What’s the weather going to be where you are today? It’s a question we often ask in our place.

 

East Coast Low: constant rain & wind April 2015 kept us without power & access out for 5 days. Not fun. We had just moved the the Central Coast too.

After the roads re-opened there was a lot of damage to them from trees and so on, but I needed to ‘get out’ so drove to local beach where there were huge waves as the east coast low retreated…and one keen surfer there as well.

 

A lovely day…to be on a ferry on Sydney Harbour moving from west to east, and I would eventually be going under the Sydney Harbour Bridge on my way to…I can’t recall…but a bright blue day on Sydney Harbour when we still lived there was irresistable. This was Summer.

 

Have you ever waited for the news of a new baby to have safely arrived in the world? I have, eight times of privilege have been granted to me. On this WET Winter’s  day, I was stopped at lights before going to local shops to buy a BLUE or PINK welcome baby card for a new grandchild who was to be born that day. She arrived around this time, actually, and when I got the word, my husband and I had the joy of collecting her siblings from school and pre-school to take them to meet their sister..who will be 8 next month!!

 

Back on a ferry on my favourite harbour : Sydney Harbour: the Bridge in the background, the Sydney Opera House on the left, and Fort Denison is the stone structure a mini-island….and I am outside loving the salt spray and the joy of being where I have loved since coming to Sydney as a 10 year old. Now, aged over 70 and living away from Sydney, the last time I did this was pre-surgery for my final mouth reconstruction. Must get back again..on the water! Summer time here.

 

The weather was fine, warm and great Autumn day to be able to show a first-time to Sydney friend around parts I knew well and are tourist favourites. This view is of Manly N.S.W. Beach (South Steyne) and I took this photo from the walkway around Fairy Bower to Shelley Beach. My niece swims this most Saturdays in  Summer as part of a group of surf swimmers. This day was glorious as you can see.

 

Now, we are back to the part of the New South Wales coast where we live and this is my husband, in Winter, looking for the whales who are making their winter migration north. It’s hard to see them but I have seen their water spouts a couple of times. They are already heading this way again from the Antarctic so best I take my binoculars again. Seeing a whale breach is such a huge event. I did via a whale watching cruise a few years back when the whales were coming back and I was on the far South Coast of N.S.W. that time.

 

What do they say about ‘after the rain’? Here it is on a winter’s day at Pretty Beach, near Killcare Beach on the Central Coast.

 

More from Pretty Beach on a windy day..sand in the eyes was not fun. Two (now adult) grandkids out and about with us to explore this amazing environment.

 

Our son’s children visited us another time those holidays on a much sunnier day, and here is Papa with Miss born on the winter’s day as we explored rock pools and her older siblings tried to jump over waves.

Exploring the water at low tide on a colder winter’s day did not stop these grandkids having fun writing in the sand and exploring areas for fish and shells..and I gave them a little camera so they had fun with that too. The was exactly opposite where we lived in 2015 – a most unsuitable house but it had this nearby. We moved away within 10 months.

 

A much younger me got to see the beaches of Oahu after being a ‘surfer girl’ fan of Beach Boys and Jan & Dean in the 1960s. I have to say, I was very underwhelmed when I saw no such waves I had hoped at Waimea Bay in Northern Hemisphere winter!  Got the photo right though!

 

And yes it was winter and wet and windy in San Francisco on my “one and only” trip overseas but I did not let anything like that stop me. This was my gear on the day of a very wet half day bus tour of San Fran…crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in fog so saw very little. I did however, see it more from the ferry taking me to Alcatraz and I loved SF. Reminded me of the city I will finish on….

A day around the rocks area, close to Sydney’s Circular Quay, and the overseas Terminal with my favourite icon in the background. “A Beautiful Day” as my Mum would say.

Do you have a weather app or three on your phone and Apple Watch as I do?

Denyse.

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Water Is All Around Us Here. #SundayStills. 54/2021.

Water Is All Around Us Here. #SundayStills. 54/2021.

About Sunday Stills:

Terri here has now  moved into her new abode and her friend from Always Write  was caring for Sunday Stills while she did so. I will share this post soon too.

May is here and if you too want to follow the prompts here they are for May 2021.

May 2    Water
May  9 Weather
May 16  Monthly Colour Challenge: Grey
May 23  Favourite Vacation Spot
May 30  NO CHALLENGE

For our planned move from the landlocked space of North Western Sydney back in 2014 we both knew we wanted more space around us, nature and W A T E R.

My husband and I both had childhood and teen years by the waters of towns and cities of N.S.W. but we could not afford to buy anywhere near those areas when we returned to the city after teaching in the country.

We always holidayed annually near the beach, and it was to this area we have retired. Still not purchased a house but we are renting where we feel like we belong for now.

Water IS All Around Us.

The Wyong River.

We live on land which  belongs to the local Darkinjung people who are the original inhabitants of this land. European settlers also farmed this land and it was only a short while ago (less than 10 years) that where we live was a place for dairy cows. The Wyong River’s source is in the hills we see in the distance from near where we live and it meanders in gentle times, and floods in times of big rains. I visit the river at different locations. One is at Tacoma as it readies itself to join Tuggerah Lakes, which then flows to the sea. Another is what I call Porter’s Creek which is where I often go to contemplate and appreciate nature and just up from there is the place, of the original Wyong Milk Factory,  where the fresh water from the river meets the brackish water of the lakes.

Tuggerah Lakes. A Huge Inland Water System.

I see the lakes at various places near us: Toukley, Gorokan, Budgewoi, Tuggerawong, Wyongah, North Entrance and The Entrance.

And undoubtedly my favourite. The Pacific Ocean.

Also known by Tasman Sea – our nearest neighbour to the east is New Zealand. Each beach along the East Coast of Australia has unique qualities and often different coloured texture and types of sand. I sometimes walk on Lakes Beach, and down to Soldier’s Beach. These are places I see the surf and the waves. I also visit the rock platforms close to shore. So much water. So much to enjoy. And I do!

What is the water like where you live?

Denyse.

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I Can’t Find Photos With Violet* In Them. #SundayStills. 47/2021.

I Can’t Find Photos With Violet* In Them. #SundayStills. 47/2021.

*oh but wait. Look here.

I found some. Phew.

Indeed I did.

But first, About Sunday Stills:

Terri here has now  moved into her new abode and her friend from Always Write  was caring for Sunday Stills while she did so.

V I O L E T.

The first thing that came to mind was of course, the flower but then I saw colour challenge and had a look. Oh my.

So many varieties in this colour with blue tinges and red tinges.

So, without further ado,

Here are my examples of violet from family snaps and my garden and a few from here and there.

Family snaps in violet.

From Our Garden Violet.

Arty Violet.

Out and About Violet.

I ended up loving the images I found and am indeed very fond of violet in all her tones.

Denyse.

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Emerging From Illness To Wellness. #SundayStills. #15. 44/2021.

Emerging From Illness To Wellness. #SundayStills. #15. 44/2021.

As I am loving to do, I played with the words for this week’s prompt for the Photo Challenge from Terri called #SundayStills. Her blog is here so come and check out the posts, particularly those that relate to the photos because you too might join in.

Terri here is still moving into her new abode and her friend from Always Write  is caring for Sunday Stills again this week.

It’s now my 15th week! Loving it.

Content warning: some images may be distressing for some.

When you are ill, for whatever reason, you want to be well again.

Impatience does not help the cause.

However, as so many of us know from experiences there is one factor that usually is the reason….

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And my experiences in how I emerged from illness to wellness are, in this instance, from my head and neck cancer (in my mouth) surgeries which eventuated in giving me some (artificial) teeth where cancer had taken hold. I used some of the strategies above to help me through the time productively and to stay well emotionally.

 

Content warning: some images may be distressing for some.

 

I admit, some of the images are a bit confronting. I LIVED with them and took photos every day to help mark my progress. On some days, I could feel  despondent….hence the need to do something with my TIME….but generally I felt gratitude for all that was being done for me. I just had to do (and still do) some of the hard yards as we say!

A Little Bit of Information About My Surgeries.

I had half of my mouth removed. The upper part where there was cancer in my gums and under top lip. I had the BEST ever team. Simple as that. In fact, my head and neck surgeon is the top Professor in the field. I was told, in May 2017, one day after diagnosis that the team would remove half of my mouth, and replace it (jaw, gums and palate) with parts from my leg. These 3 photos show some of this. In total I had 4 surgeries. The BIG one for 11 hours, then subsequent day surgeries to add more skin to the inside of my mouth: November 2017, February 2018 and May 2018. Full details are here.

The good news is that I am doing well.

I got an all-clear and I will see you in a year, last September so I am half way there.

I admit, managing the upper prosthesis has its challenges but generally, I do well.

This of course, is how I look now:

Denyse.

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About Volunteering. #SundayStills #14. 41/2021.

About Volunteering. #SundayStills #14. 41/2021.

This week’s post is a pretty easy one for me as I only recently wrote about volunteering here. However, I will do my best not to repeat myself and look for some photos to illustrate my #sundaystills.  Terri here is still moving into her new abode and her friend from Always Write  is caring for Sunday Stills again this week.

 

Volunteers, called Surf Lifesavers look after swimmers’ safety for around half of the year here on N.S.W. Central Coast’s Beaches. There are also paid Life Guards on duty seven days a week: These flags represent the safe area in which to enter the surf.

 

Those people who volunteered to go to war are remembered in particular on A.N.Z.A.C. Day in Australia. Here is a place, a statue of remembrance, that is found in most towns, villages and cities in Australia. This one in my local town of Wyong.

 

Related to those who volunteered to go to war, for 1914-1918, a 100 year remembrance of Australia New Zealand Army Corps (known as A.N.Z.A.C. Day) was a field of volunteer made Poppies (the flower of remembrance) which cascaded down a landmark here on the N.S.W. Central Coast, the Skillion at Terrigal.

A local and very important landmark is the Lighthouse at Norah Head. Much of its care is in the hands of volunteers who show visitors around, tend the nearby gardens and report the weather conditions back to the Bureau of Meteorology. This is where our weather forecast comes from: rain, wind speed, temperature and more.

Two grandchildren here a few years back.

 

Schools always need volunteers...and those of us who worked in them know this very well. My old primary school shown here where my Mum was one of the first volunteers to do a Monday Lunch tuckshop for the students back in the early 1960s.

 

Back then, when my brother played cricket as young student, Dad was here, on some Saturdays, being the volunteer team manager. At times, he would encourage 12 year old me to come along and score…..

 

Functions like the recently re-started Newcastle Writers Festival could not take place without volunteers who act as ushers and guides at large functions. I was pleased to attend the first “back after COVID” function where our former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard was interviewed by Rosemarie Milsom from the festival. It was a special occasion as an audience member too.

And of course, I am a volunteer Ambassador for Australia’s only charity to raise awareness of head and neck cancer. I give my time, experience and energy to attending meetings, giving talks, meeting with those who can help more, and by being part of my local head and neck cancer community. If you want to know more, here is the link to Head and Neck Cancer Australia.

Are some of those volunteering activities ones you are familiar with too?

Thanks for reading and viewing…and I hope, commenting!

Denyse.

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CATastrophe: Flooding Rains. #SundayStills. #13. 38/2021.

CATastrophe: Flooding Rains. #SundayStills. #13. 38/2021.

This week’s post is brought to you by a non-cat owner…and I believe they own you from what I know…and I understand that #13 can be unlucky and black cats can bring fortune so perhaps I can be forgiven for taking the  original prompt about respect the cat day from Terri here and her friend from Always Write now caring for Sunday Stills over the next 2 weeks.

News update: whilst the rains have stopped. Sun is back, sadly the devastation remains. Some towns and suburbs on the fringes of N.S.W. capital city, Sydney remain impassible due to high levels of the local rivers and catchment. This is not new but it is never nice to have running muddy water through your house and have it sweep all your belongings away.

These photos from local media:

1.The Hawkesbury: a flood plain before the Blue Mountains start.

2. The Windsor Bridge: recently re-built to be “flood proof”….on the Hawkesbury River. No, it wasn’t.

 

Source: abc.net.au

source: The Hawkesbury Gazette

 

 

Catastrophe is affecting every town, village, city and remote areas on the New South Wales Coastline as I write this post. Unprecedented Autumn rains, combined with already healthy dam levels and water systems made for the awful, sudden and very wet times.

  • Figures for amounts of rain have broken rainfall records held for decades.
  • Watching the nightly news and keeping up with feeds on social media the areas concerned, most familiar to me as a long time resident of this state…having had holidays in some areas, lived in others and taught in schools in many.
  • We are safe, dry and relatively unaffected.
  • We did not venture out of the house because of the damage caused by rain making potholes and familiar roads covered with water.

Signs everywhere.

DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH when road is covered…and of course, there are always those who do, and volunteers are called out to rescue them. Sadly one person in N.S.W. died whilst trying to drive in the dark and did not see the effects of rising waters on the road.

source: The Australian

My photos for Sunday Stills are, where I can, shown with comparison pictures of familiar places.

A day or so before the weather set in…pretty dramatic clouds!

Canton Beach: before the rains

 

During and after the rains when I ventured out.

Lakes Rescue Base. Before the rains. Note the jetty.

 

No jetty to be seen! Taken from road above and road was completely flooded below.

 

Budgewoi: Bridge at Mackenzie Reserve. The grounds here were completely covered during the heavy rains.

My view back to Mackenzie Reserve a few days after the rains.

 

High on the hill at Wyong, looking east to see Racecourse flooded.

 

After almost a week, this happened late in the afternoon…..

I hope that some of the levels of rain affected areas can be appreciated through these.

I also send my best to those who read here and know of people affected by the devastation…living in Australia is a place of droughts and flooding rains alright.

Next week I know the prompt for #sundaystills is volunteer and I have that one sorted!

Denyse.

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Green of Spring In Autumn. #SundayStills. #12. 35/2021.

Green of Spring In Autumn. #SundayStills. #12. 35/2021.

As I am loving to do, I played with the words for this week’s prompt for the Photo Challenge from Terri called #SundayStills. Her blog is here so come and check out the posts, particularly those that relate to the photos because you too might join in. It’s now my 12th week! Loving it.

Did anyone say “green?”

Green, dear colour I love, is a mix of BLUE and YELLOW and makes such a range of greeeeeens that I can barely show you them all.

I do know how much I love being in areas where there is a lot of GREEN.

I know too, that I have a selection of GREENS in my paints, crayons and pencils.

So, how to creatively approach “spring green” was to look at the greenery around my local neighbourhood in Autumn.

Enjoy the scenery. It’s good for us.

 

So much growth by the lake seen on my walk

 

Local Shopping Centre: a wall of greenery.

 

Vine taking hold on a tree by the river.

 

Norfolk pine in a yard bordering the lake.

 

Spiky succulent type plants that abound around here.

 

A sneak peek over a fence to capture a hibiscus

 

On my Walk In Wyong last week, I saw Autumn changing the Spring/Summer Green Leaves.

 

Lots of green..of different colours and types….

 

Through the green, a duck family rests by the river.

But what I haven’t captured is that Spring Green IS a colour from the many lists of paint colours and shades. It’s more of a colour like this:

S P R I N G       G R E E N   or maybe this……..spring green or…maybe it is in the eye of the beholder and the paint mixer.

How about you?

Do you find green a soothing colour?

Denyse.

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Feed The Birds. #SundayStills. #8. 23/2021.

Feed The Birds. #SundayStills. #8. 23/2021.

Each week I am writing and posting here for inclusion in the #SundayStills from this blogger and kind person, Terri from here.

And also this is part of my blog’s category for sharing photographs.

I have now combined the two and made a shared purpose photo for this photographic challenge.

Late in 2020 I noticed a flash of movement outside our house.

We have a glass splashback over the stove (never install one, people, we are renting so no choice!) and I saw something flitting in and out of the agapanthus we have growing there for most of summer.

I did not do anything after that other than find my iphone and get some images.

I later found out this was a kind of honey-eater bird and have never seen one since but on this day, the agapanthus WAS feeding this bird!

Have you seen any like this before?

We live in a coastal region of New South Wales Australia in a temperate climate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sure would love to say I have seen the bird return, but no, we just have regular nuisance birds who mess up our back patio!

Denyse.

 

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