Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”


This is the sunset I took when visiting family down in Hobart. Truly excellent place.



Weekly Photography Challenge: Motion

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion.”


This Saturday just gone was Anzac Day. For those who might not know, we Australians remember the landing on the beaches Gallipoli every year. 25 April 1915 was the beginning of a campaign that saw 26, 111 Australian casualties, a huge loss for such a small country. There’s a lot of different feelings about war in Australia, but we still choose to remember this day and remember all the soldiers who have served. I personally see the Gallipoli campaign as the first moment Australia began to lose the blind faith in ‘Mother England’, but there are still plenty of monarchists in Australia today…

Anyway, I went to watch the parade in the city and took some photos. While I thought it might be a little tasteless to show a photo of servicemen in response to a photo challenge, I figure one of the marching bands was a safe bet. Thank you St Andrews’ School! Lots of school bands marched, brass bands, pipe bands, drumming bands, and even a band from Mackay (which is pretty far up the coast). It was great to see ex-servicemen from other countries participate too.


Photo Challenge: Early Bird

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Early Bird.”


How disappointing! Nothing but grey skies looking to greet me when I got up early this morning. Rain is meant to keep coming for the next few days, so I suppose this is the closest to a sunrise I’ll be getting for this week’s challenge. Never mind – I’m looking forward to the sleep ins anyway!


Photo Challenge: Blur

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Blur.”

Two photos for this one, both from my trip to Budapest years ago. I’m not sure if I liked the glaringly bright yellow in the first one or the more subdued tones of the second.


Both photos are from a nighttime river cruise down the Danube. The one above is Buda Castle (I wasn’t sure then, but I’m pretty sure now).

The glowy building on high in the middle of the picture below is Fisherman’s Bastion.


Have I mentioned before that travelling is awesome?


Weekly #Photography Challenge: Ephemeral

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”


  1. lasting for a very short time.

Well, I had to look that one up. Daily Post could’ve just said ‘fleeting’ and I would’ve been fine but noooo….

Turns out, the answer to this week’s challenge was on our back balcony. We have two little potted herbs there that have been just barely hanging onto life since we moved. The balcony is so sheltered and in completely the wrong place so for most of the day it’s in complete shade. It only gets direct natural light for a maximum two hours every late afternoon, and with that, our chives and parsley have been able to hang in there.


You can do it!

So yes: ephemeral.



Carrot Ranch’s Weekly #Flashfiction Challenge via @Charli_Mills

I wrote this in response to Carrot Ranch’s weekly flash fiction challenge

When he pulled up the data, I was gobsmacked. Sure, I’d been there. I’d seen what was left of civilsation. But I’d had no idea of the scale of it all.

“It’s like an iceberg.”

He cocked his eyebrow at me.

“We’ve only been able to see, what, ten percent of the actual remains? This new technology changes everything.”

I budged him out the way to marvel at the new discoveries. Markets and homes, all made from easily rotted thatch that had now disappeared, retaken by the jungle. Only the indentations in the land mark the once sprawling empire.


Thanks to Carrot Ranch for creating a weekly flash fiction prompt! And thanks to Norah Colvin for introducing me to Carrot Ranch. The weekly challenge is open to all writers!

What was the prompt for this week you ask?

March 25, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include a juxtaposition between the ordinary and natural worlds. It can be civilization and nature; an edifice and a nest or cave; a human act and a natural occurrence; acculturation and adaptation. Compare or contrast as the prompt leads you to write.

March 25     Flash Fiction


Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Fresh.”


Sometimes ‘fresh’ is something as simple as the crisp, clean air you find out in the country. These are photos from when I went down to Ballandean (near the border of NSW) for a weekend to explore the wine country and poke around a bit.  I followed the road above to find myself at a beautiful little billabong:


I should go there again sometime. I’ve gone off wine, but it would be nice to just stay at a little cabin out in the country for another weekend 🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge

Three photos again for this week’s photo challenge! The first two are the walls of the Ishtar Gates. The original brickwork was removed and reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum (Berlin) in the 1930s.


It is a brilliant museum. I don’t know how I feel about one country owning another country’s artifacts, but on the other hand, at least this is something ISIS can’t get their hands on. Plus the original bricks will be better preserved in an air-conditioned museum, out of the elements.


The final photo is from Obidos, Portugal. There are plenty of Roman and medieval towns in Portugal that are confined to an old stone wall that used to keep out invaders; now they attract tourists. I was too scared to walk along it (there’s no barrier on one side!) but Mum did – she’s much more adventurous than I am (which isn’t hard to do, I’ll admit). She walked halfway around and only got down because it was too hot.

DSCN6040Travel photos! Such memories 🙂



@RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge

In response to Ronovan Writes’ Weekly Haiku Challenge: Miss & Past

Sir Terry Pratchett

Though you have now passed,

You will still inspire us.

We will all miss you.

 Rest In Peace Terry Pratchett, creator, satirist, brilliantly clever.

P.S. We will keep the orangutans safe.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange (3 varieties)

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photography Challenge



Low sun setting against reddish earth = orange! I took this picture back when I was still working up in the mines, and I love the orangy glow of the low light 🙂

Still glad to be out of there, but also glad I took some pictures before I left!

Also, here’s some more poinciana from December, just because I can.


Oh, and I have to include this photo too:



I like orange.