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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Look up

This photo is taken at Melbourne Central Shopping Centre where the historic shot tower is preserved in its original location.

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Shot tower in Melbourne

For more information about the Weekly Photo Challenge click HERE

Federal Election and Online Shopping

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Three wise koalas

I finally tired of listening to the Federal Election results on Saturday night. I DID put in several hours in front of the TV.

Instead I went on my computer and did some online shopping for new sheets and towels (end of financial year sales). Being satisfied that I got a good bargain I went off to bed still not knowing the election outcome.

Here we are a few days later and my new sheets and towels arrived this morning!

No election outcome yet though😦. We may end up with a minority government which is a bit of a surprise to most people. It was thought the incumbent government would have a comfortable win. Time will tell …

PS I bought the Three Wise Koalas from Parliament House in Canberra🙂

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites

When in Melbourne recently I visited some old haunts from when I lived there in the early 1970’s. I stayed at a Private Hotel called The Great Southern. The picture below is taken from across the street. It is the building with the dark tan and cream frontage. It is a more  upmarket hotel today and has been refurbished inside. Many of the old features were retained thankfully.

I thought the image of the modern tram was a great contrast for this week’s Photo Challenge on Opposites.

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For more information about this week’s Photo Challenge click HERE

Real Estate Tales

one (3)As part of my job I visit a different three homes each week and do a write up for the local paper. Sometimes the agency provides me with the keys to a house, especially if it is vacant. Well today I was given a set of about eight to ten keys for a house I was to visit.

The luxury home was fairly isolated in a rural setting and the house numbering was a bit confusing. I eventually found the beautiful ($1m plus) house, parked in the driveway and attempted to open the front door. I tried every key several times but none fitted. I located another external door and still had no luck.

It was in an elevated position and I couldn’t resist taking some photos with my mobile phone in between trying to open the doors. In the end I rang the sales rep and after some clarification I discovered I was a the wrong house! Oops!

Sometimes these homes have security cameras and I wonder what they made of me trying to get into the house and taking photos as well.

I found the house I was meant to visit but actually I preferred the first one. Shame it wasn’t for sale!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners

When in Melbourne recently I walked through Block Arcade just as the clock struck 10am. All of a suddent there was music from above – you will notice the ‘musicians’  – one on the right and the other to the left. It was delightful to listen to this partnership and it made my day!

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For more information about this week’s Photo Challenge click HERE

On Writing

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I came across this passage recently while researching about writing memoirs. It really struck a chord with me.

According to Elizabeth Sullivan, a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Francisco:

Writing creates a mind-body-spirit connection. She also said that when you use your hands to pen or type something directly from your brain, you are creating a powerful connection between your inner experience and your body’s movement out in the world.

Source and for more information about Elizabeth Sullivan CLICK HERE

 

A Little Bit of Love

Sometimes it is hard to come to terms with the increasing rhetoric of hate and fear that is found in society. Has the world always been like this? When has it become OK to vilify people because of their religion, race, gender …

The challenge, as I see it, is to remain hopeful that there is more good than bad in people and not to respond to hateful attitudes in a way that fuels them to grow but to remain optimistic that love will overcome.

You really should write a book …

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When I tell people about some of the places I have lived and things I have done and seen, many suggest that I should write a book. But would it really be of interest to anyone?

I have made a start and written around 10,000 words – a very brief summary of my life up until now. I am unsure where to go from here. I decided to do some brain-storming to flesh it out a bit. It raised more questions than answers, such as:

  • who is included and who is excluded?
  • should I use real names and my real name?
  • what are the ‘touchstone’ events that really must be included?
  • do I bare all about my struggles and challenges or are some things too private?
  • should I seek  professional guidance at this stage eg a literary agent or wait and see how it goes?
  • what is the secret of keeping it interesting?

I guess the easy road to take would be to keep writing the truth as I see it and perhaps make amendments down the track. 

It has been useful to put my thoughts down here to share with you as it now seems a bit clearer. I think I will start on the ‘touchstone’ events and see where that leads me.

THANKS FOR LISTENING🙂

Mentioned in passing …

I was reading some old letters (snail mail) my mother wrote me in the early 1980’s. I was struck by one line where she mentions my brother, Peter:

“Peter has gone off parachute jumping today, he wishes to be remembered to you all.”

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Photo source: Wikipedia

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

For this week’s (tough) Photo Challenge I have chosen a photo I took of one of a series of sculptures by artist Antony Gormley, in place at Lake Ballard, north of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.

I feel these sculptures in this location add up to pure genious!

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To learn more about the artist click HERE

For more information about the Photo Challenge click HERE

Ocean liners and polished boars!

Well, what do ocean liners and boars have in common? And what is a polished boar anyway?

Each Thursday I do some real estate writing and editing for our local paper. I edit short descriptions of various properties for sale. Because we are near the beach it is quite common for agents to state that there is room to park a boat or caravan. However, today an enterprising sales representative expected me to believe that there was room to park an ocean liner!

That got my attention! I then read on only to to find something even more interesting. The home comes with polished boars! I don’t know if they are naturally shiny or if someone regularly polishes them.

In case you didn’t work it out, I am pretty sure they meant polished boards🙂

I found a picture of a not very shiny boar on en.wikipedia.org

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

Have you ever loved a book so much you bought a SPARE copy, just in case you lost the original? That’s what I did when I was at the Melbourne Airport on our way back to Perth a few weeks ago🙂.

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For more information about the Weekly Photo Challenge press HERE

Getting Started on my Memoir

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I asked for ideas on memoir writing a little while ago and received some excellent tips.

Even so, getting started was still a  problem. I decided to do a mind map/brain storm and see where that took me. I looked at it from the following angles:

  • why do I want to do it?
  • how am I going to do it?
  • what do I need to do it?
  • when is this going to happen?

I then put a table together with those headings and answered the questions honestly. Once I had the first three thoroughly considered I set a time-frame.

At the conclusion I committed myself to write just two pages for each different period in my life:

  • 60+ (where I am at right now)
  • 50-60 years
  • 40-50 years
  • 30-40 years
  • life in remote communities in my 20s and 30s
  • 20-30 years (when my children were born)
  • teenage years
  • primary school years

My commitment is to do two pages for each of the above before the 30th June 2016. I have a whiteboard where I tick off the days that I write so it is quite visual.

I am really enjoying the process. I don’t have a goal beyond 30 June but I will consider that when the time comes. Whether it ever comes to print doesn’t seem important. I am enjoying reflecting on the BIG PICTURE of my life – the good and not so good!

I am also collecting (in one place) other bits and pieces that I may merge at a later date.

Just thought I would share the process I developed as it may be useful to someone else🙂

 

 

Puffing Billy Steam Train

Here is a (very) short video I put together of our ride on Puffing Billy while on holidays recently. Around 1979 my husband at that time, was employed by Puffing Billy to maintain the track and supervise volunteers. It is mainly run and operated by volunteers today. I enjoyed the ride but I mostly wanted to experience some of the lovely rain forests in the hills that I remember so well. That is why I took the video🙂

This is only my second attempt at making videos and I acknowledge there is a lot for me to learn,

Revisiting Melbourne

I first lived in Melbourne in 1972 after I left school. I found work and at different times rented in the City, East Melbourne, West Melbourne and Brunswick. We left Melbourne first in 1980 to go and work in the Northern Territory and then finally said our goodbyes in 1982 when we moved to Western Australia.

I travelled from Western Australia to Victoria dozens of time over the years but didn’t ever stay in Melbourne as my folks lived in the country north of the Melbourne. For a while now I have been hankering for a walk down memory lane. We finally booked a holiday staying in the centre of Melbourne with five days to explore old haunts and recent additions such as Federation Square, Docklands and new shopping malls.

Below is a selection of photos that hold  memories for me.  There are the beautiful arcades, the place where I worked, and the Puffing Billy Steam train in the Dandenong Ranges.