Book of Notable Quotes

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A friend passed on some books to me this week. Included among them was one titled Noted Quotables published by World Book Encyclopedia, Inc.(1986). It is a selection of famous quotes compiled by Jerry Reedy organised by themes. I know we can find any number of quotes on the internet but sometimes it is good to hold a book in my hands!

Here are some examples:

Theme – Ability “Everyone must row with the oars he has.” (English proverb)

Theme – Adversity “Prosperity getteth friends, but adversity trieth them.” (Nicholas Ling)

Theme – Anger “The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough.” (Bede Jarrett)

Theme: Bravery “Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.” (Gen. Omar Nelson Bradley)

There are lots more and I may just include some more in a later post :)!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax

I was very tempted to post a beach scene but I resisted. This photo of my three sons was taken quite a few years ago when we lived in Geraldton, Western Australia.

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Anyone can boil an egg, right?

I always thought boiling eggs was easy. Put them in a pot and boil them! But what if someone wants SOFT boiled eggs? I couldn’t crack it! They were always too hard. I remembered that when I was younger I used to have an egg timer to time my eggs. I wonder if they still make them.

Anyway, my husband had a better idea and this is how we do it now …

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

I have chosen my tiniest teddy bear for this week’s photo challenge. There used to be a place called “It’s a Small World” in Perth, Western Australia where there was large range of, well, small things! That is where I got my teddy from🙂.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

For this week’s challenge I have chosen a succulent plant from my garden. When first purchased from the nursery it seemed to fall apart into dozens of pieces during the car journey home. I thought I had ruined it but it prevailed and keeps growing (and falling apart) on a regular basis!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify

Transmogrify – change form grotesquely or to change the appearance or form of something, especially in a grotesque or bizarre way.

I think that the horseradish and onion were in the process of transmogrification!

Fun new app

Recently I saw a post by a fellow blogger (sorry that I can’t remember your name) but they highlighted a new app called waterlogue that automatically converts photos into watercolour style images. I am trialling a copy of it at present and having fun with it. Here is an example of what it can do🙂.

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Preset Style = Vibrant
Output Size = Medium
Lightness = Normal

The software is a bit flaky (or it could be me!) and I am learning through trial and error.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

What can be more LOCAL than our local paper with the real estate lift-out?

Well, technically we have two local papers but this one is the better of the two (no bias of course!)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

My selection for this week’s photo challenge demonstrates what can happen if we get too much H2O. These photos were taken some time ago at Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

 

A bit nutty

You may not recognise the images below at first glance. I took the photos with my Supereyes microscope – it is great fun but I hadn’t used it for a while. I have another site at http://www.smallcreativity.wordpress.com if you would like to see some more images.

The photos are of a brazil nut, walnut and almond (in their shells).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Quest to find a missing bear! He was last seen on my desk around six months ago. I have searched everywhere and can’t find him. He was a gift from my mother so I would love to find him again.

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Here are some of his former companions … I am not sure if they were implicated in his disappearance!

 

Welcome to Cowtown

We went to Cowaramup for coffee and cake this morning. I have been wanting to photograph some of the 42 life size fiberglass cow sculptures around the town. According to Wikipedia, in July 2014, the town set a Guinness World Record for the largest group of people – 1,352 – dressed as cows. Mmmm …

More from Wikipedia: “The name Cowaramup derives its name from Cowaramup Siding, which was located near the town-site, on the now disused Busselton to Augusta railway. The town-site was gazetted in 1925, originally to support the timber and dairy industries. The name is believed to be derived from Aboriginal word cowara, meaning purple-crowned lorikeet.

Locals from the region often refer to the town as “Cowtown”, a reference to the use of “cow” in the town’s name and its history of dairy farming.”

We had a fun morning; and I wasn’t the only one on the street with a camera. These cows are quite a tourist attraction.

 

Do 4 dolphins = 1 whale?

Yesterday we went on a whale watching tour and enjoyed over three hours sailing in Geographe Bay, Indian Ocean.

The brochure highlighted that around 35,000 whales migrate through the Bay each year on their journey to Antarctica.This includes Humpback, Southern Right, The Blue and Killer whales. But …

There were none to be seen yesterday!

We were heading back to the Port when a pod of dolphins followed the charter boat for a short time. This certainly lifted everyone’s spirits and I took some photos of them. As I was snapping away, my husband said “Do four dolphins equal a whale?”

At this point we actually hoped we didn’t see a whale because the ticket guaranteed if no whales are sighted we  are entitled to another trip for free. We will have another go once the school holidays are over and the weather will be a bit warmer too!

 

Popular words in 2016

Have you noticed any words being used more often than usual in 2016? You know how some words take on a higher profile at certain times? They even get annoying and meaningless after a while.

I have noticed that a lot of things are TRICKY this year and I have been caught up in using it myself. Some examples include the tension between China and its neighbours in the South China Sea is very tricky or the refugee issue is a tricky one. 

I would be interested to hear of other words that are trending this year. I am fascinated by the way our language evolves, while at the same time aware that sometimes we use words in a way that negates any meaning at all.

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Retired… what now?

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Today was the final gathering of a small group I have been leading each Monday morning for the last six weeks. It was titled, Transitioning to Retirement and part of U3A – University of the Third Age. Feedback from participants suggested I should change the title of the group – hence “Retired…what now?” was suggested as an alternative.

We looked at all most of the issues that we face during retirement such as seeking a new direction, finding new ways to fill our time, setting goals for the future etc. Here is a link to the website of our local U3A.

As part of the course I put together a document for the group (based on some information I found online plus some from my solicitor). It is a document that could be used to collect a lot of information in one place. It is probably Australian centric but I can email copies if anyone wants it in Word. I will post a link below to a PDF copy for you to download if you would like to.

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I hope that you might find it of some value🙂. Please note I have no legal training and this is just an administrative document.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

My choice for this week’s challenge is an old railway signal 0il lamp in what was a black metal case. It is a single wick 0il burner with rotating blue and red lenses. It was used in the Victorian Railways when Bendigo was known as Sandhurst (see the markings on the lamp).

A poll was taken on April 28, 1891 to determine whether or not to change the name. Click HERE if you would like to read an article from a paper at the time.

Transitions take time …

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My old workplace

I gave up full time work six years ago and I am still adjusting to the changes brought about by that decision.

Many, many times I dreamed I was back at work – usually late and a bit lost – people had moved around and I couldn’t find them.

This week I dreamed my old boss fired me! I was actually pleased, especially when he gave me a cheque for $14,000 (only in my dream)! I thought this might signal an end to my dreaming about work.

Not so! Last night I dreamed we had a work reunion and I woke up with the idea of setting up a Facebook page for my former colleagues. That idea wore off by breakfast time!

I hadn’t realised how much hold the workplace had on me. Hopefully I am ready to let go of the life I had in the workforce and enjoy in the life I have now.

Developing Your Eye II – Triumphant

This is the final post in a series by WordPress. I struggled to think of what photo I could take that would demonstrate the word, triumphant.

I decided on this one mainly with the reminder that we can be triumphant in most things we undertake if we can only get started and then have the boldness to complete the task.

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An interview with Lyn Murfitt, Colour Consultant (on retirement)

I recently posted this interview on my Transitioning to Retirement blog and decided to share it here as well🙂.

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Lyn, what does the word retirement mean to you?

BOREDOM! I love working, simply because it is so stimulating for my brain, and it certainly gets my creative juices going!  There is always an amazing experience or lesson to be learned each and every day!

What strategies have you used in transitioning from one phase of your life to the next?

Certainly staying in the workforce and working less hours. However, the remaining free days have allowed me to follow my passion in Body & Style Consulting. Assisting many women to feel more confident in themselves, and to feel less stressed about their appearance and body shape.  This gives me a sense of achievement and happiness in being able to help other women to realize their full potential, to work around the shape they are and to spend less time in agonizing about their appearance.

Exercise is very important to me also. It refreshes me daily to walk in the fresh air, thank the Universe for everything I have, keeps me positive and grateful for the life I have been blessed with!

Tell me about your Image Consultancy business?

This passion of mine came about 35 years ago, when I was employed as a Fashion Consultant with Liz Davenport.

Colour Analysis was an important factor when women were shopping with me. I saw so many mistakes being made with their choices; wrong necklines, lengths and styles that were not suitable for their body shapes. So I studied these factors and did many courses, especially the colour aspect, as that really ‘sets the stage’. Now I consult in Busselton and enjoy every moment of it!  Sharing my  knowledge is a large part of the process.

What drives you to want to help women be the best they can be?

I think the look on their faces when they have done a Colour Consult, or Body & Style, or even had a Closet Audit in their own home.  It really is an ‘ooh aah’ experience, and their pleasure and excitement certainly fulfills me.

Usually I make special friends out of my consultations, as it is a ‘personal journey’ into exploring working around the shape they are and not trying to CHANGE them.

What wisdom would you pass on to other women as they reach retirement age and beyond?

To attract positive people into your life, to make things happen, to join different clubs and organizations. This opens up a whole new world of experiences for you.  Don’t sit back and wait for it to HAPPEN!  Whatever your taste is …BOOK CLUB, SPORTING ACTIVITIES, CHARITY WORK, TRAVEL…….there is so much on offer out there! Read the LOCAL PAPER, that’s how I got started!

Now is the time for YOU!!

Anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?

CURRENTLY, I am ‘decluttering’ my life, and it is so UPLIFTING.  Also, it helps me to remember so many AMAZING POSITIVE things I have done and experienced.  Dare I say, it is tempting me to WRITE about my life, as many people do in later years when they have the time.

It is so enriching, even the sad and silly times.  It is always about GROWTH, and we NEVER STOP developing. There is always a SURPRISE around every corner!  Sometimes a CHALLENGE …..ONWARD INTO FOREVER!!

Thanks so much Lyn. We look forward to reading your book down the track!

Developing Your Eye II – Edge

If I understand this challenge correctly, it is to use an editing tool to ensure a straight line is visible within the photo. I struggled with this, so instead, I took a photo of some artwork in my office. The framed photo in the middle has driven me crazy in trying to hang it as straight as I can. It was when I recognised that the frame is straight but the photo subject (part of our local Busselton Jetty) leans to the right I understood the problem!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow

This week I have chosen a variety of photos from my archives depicting narrow in different ways.

For more information about the weekly Photo Challenge click HERE

 

Developing Your Eye II – Moment

When we visited the Peel Zoo in Pinjarra recently I enjoyed taking photos of the birds and animals. They didn’t all behave and stand still for the photos though. This wombat was on the move but I clicked away anyway and captured this moment as he rushed past.

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Developing Your Eye II – Natural World

It is a continuing battle between the natural world and our built environment. The photo below shows the result of being tucked up inside, nice and warm, while the garden is getting lots of rain and the natural world takes over. I really must get out and pull some weeds!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top

We enjoyed a couple of days in Mandurah last week. While there we visited the Peel Zoo in  Pinjarra and it really was the Cherry on Top of a lovely few days away.