Thursday 5th August 2021

What Bugs Me About Summer! #SundayStills. 93/2021.

What Bugs Me About Summer! #SundayStills. 93/2021.

Terri here has shared the prompts for August 2021 and I will share this post soon as ‘my’ Sunday becomes Monday here. Terri is in the northern hemisphere. I do enjoy sharing and am happy to wait till Monday.

Summer Bugs.

Well, I could have found images of the nuisance blowflies, houseflies and mosquitoes along with cockroaches and Christmas beeltes and cicadas but…I don’t have many any so I did a “play on words” for today’s 1 August post.

But first: It’s the Horses’ Birthday! This could be a Southern Hemisphere thing and it’s to do with horse racing I believe. So, here’s to the locals and another one where I have an image

And now, what bugs* me about Summer….

*may be a slight exaggeration…Aussie humour.

 

The spectacle on a January Day in Summer is too much on my sensory overload.

 

Far too many people enjoying themselves in the surf.

 

It bugs me that the surf is high and people have to wade a long time to get to the waves.

 

A picture perfect Summer’s Day. Sigh. Bugs me I forgot my swimming costume.

 

hello Summer Sun, you are very hot.

 

It bugged me that this man got in my shot!

 

And sadly, in Covid restrictions time, it really BUGS me I cannot drive here to walk in the beach now in Winter.

That’s it from me. I am hopeful Terri will see my take and have a smile. I look forward to seeing REAL Summer Bugs when I catch up with her blog post.

Denyse.

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Celestial Picks. #SundayStills. 69/2021.

Celestial Picks. #SundayStills. 69/2021.

Terri here has now  moved into her new abode and I will share this post soon as ‘my’ Sunday becomes Monday here. Terri is in the northern hemisphere. I do enjoy sharing and am happy to wait till Monday.

I am being somewhat tongue-in-cheek in my title. Picks for Pics ….because I have not that many photos I thought to pick from meet the ‘celestial’ prompt. Nevertheless, I am ready to share five

celestial: positioned in or relating to the sky, or outer space as observed in astronomy.

 

Sun flare over the beach on a recent visit to walk and check out the waves.

 

The beautiful blood moon about to be eclipsed. I was seeing others’ images on social media, and even though I was in bed, I thought, hang on, go outside….and there she was. Amazing. My husband even popped out too. What a sight shared all over the world it was.

 

Sunset outside our place in suburbia…clouds capturing the last of the pink!

 

Watching the dawn begin on Australia’s A.N.Z.A.C. Day was a privilege and then to see the sun creep up from the horizon into the sky was magnificent.

 

This was an amazing sky at night! So clear thanks to the moon and my iphone 11 ProMax (it knows what to do, I just hold the phone). In our backyard.

 

I admit I love looking up to the sky. It is one very effective way to feel grounded too!

Denyse.

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Was A Fave Vacation Place. #SundayStills. 63/2021.

Was A Fave Vacation Place. #SundayStills. 63/2021.

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.

It’s almost Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, where minds turn to memories of vacations and also to planning them. Of course, Covid19 has put paid to overseas travel from Australia to anywhere as we slide into winter. We do, however, have places all over this country that are far better visited in our winter.

  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Uluru
  • Parts of Western Australia
  • The Northern Territory

and for those who want snow…there are mountains in N.S.W. and Victoria. And cold spots too such as Tasmania.

My Fave Vacation Place is none of the above.

When we had a young family it was always easier not to drive too far from Sydney for a January (mid Summer school holidays) vacation of one week. Of course it was peak time so we paid a LOT of cash for that privilege but the drive took less than 2 hours from home and most things were in walking distance when we were in:

TERRIGAL

Fast forward about 30 years and this place has become an extension of the very expensive Northern Beaches of Sydney, so no affording to live there when we finally made our retirement move to the Central Coast in 2015.

But we can still visit!

I do from time to time when I am nearby at a meeting or going to the local larger shopping centres.

There has been a recent addition to help see the beauty of this place more directly in the form of a board walk…

Here are my images from Thursday 20 May a splendid Autumn Day.

This part is a gentler stretch of water called The Haven. I parked here, and walked towards the Boardwalk.

On the Boardwalk, trees in background, where I came from.

The boardwalk is beautifully made and the sounds of the waves crashing underneath and into the rocky walls made it even more special

 

The waves were quite small but as they broke against the sandstone they were pretty noisy.

The walk is relatively short but sure did show off the natural beauty and energy of this seaside mecca for tourists and visitors. I admit I find it very over-crowded in Terrigal itself now, and with prices of everything out of our budget, it becomes a place for me to enjoy what I can for free! THIS.

and this:

 

Terrigal Beach and its pines….and the almost ruined small pool which is washed by the ocean every day.

Next week is a week off Sunday Stills and I wish Terri a lovely family visit.

What’s your favourite vacation spot?

Has it changed over the years like mine has?

Denyse.

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Grey Images Today. #SundayStills. 60/2021.

Grey Images Today. #SundayStills. 60/2021.

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.

Honestly when I saw “gray” or as we spell it, “grey” on the colour challenge list my heart sank a wee bit. I considered that to be dull, boring and …blah…but then I went to my photos and found images I am proud to share.

Without further ado, here is my version, from Australia, of GREY: a colour challenge.

This new school’s appearance has many tones of grey. This is now 2 years old and where our daughter teaches and her daughter learns.

 

The War Memorial at Wyong, N.S.W. which is made of  the grey slate and stone.

 

The grey floor and pillars in an almost deserted shopping mall during the more restricted times of Covid 19 in 2020.

 

With this fading sun behind them, the grey of these clouds is magnificent! Taken outside our house.

 

I often look to see the tiny flowers and plants in nature and these weeds (am pretty sure they are) are growing up amongst the grey rocks on the shore of the beach/lake area.

 

The iron arches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are always grey (and re- painted frequently) but the grey weather emphasised this too. Taken on a grey day from Sydney’s Opera House.

 

One then 5 year old grandson, in grey shorts, checking out the grey stone fountain on our lovely day out in Sydney before he started school.

 

And here he is again, aged 4 with Miss 2, his sister, in his Batman grey outfit. Having the best time in what was the spare block next to our house.

 

Miss 2 enjoying the wonderful Brown Bear Brown Bear read  to her by her grey-haired Papa. 

 

Bye bye Christmas at Grandma’s and Papa’s ever again…2014 after we sold the house. Lovely Miss 5 and Miss 2 on the grey-stencilled driveway.

This was taken around 18 years or more ago. Family: my Dad, my brother, my niece and nephew, we are all in grey..the suits we had to wear to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Expensive (I was a substitute on the day as my S.I.L. couldn’t make it) but oh so worth it.

 

Proving yet again how I actually can find images and meet these challenges.

Love this Sunday Stills. Good for my brain!

Thanks Terri.

Denyse.

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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….

T

I

M

E

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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