Weekly photo challenge: Culture

IMG_1030 IMG_1031 IMG_1032 IMG_1034My focus today is on Indigenous Australian culture. I lived in a remote Indigenous Community (Numbulwar, Northern Territory) and in Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The woven basket is from Numbulwar. The featured book includes a story about The Brolga and the Emu told by Wingathana, who was my son’s school teacher in Grade 1 (1980) in Numbulwar.

The didgeridoo and boomerangs are from Fitzroy Crossing. The one with the almost 90 degree bend is, I believe, called a killing stick and is used for hunting kangaroos.

The dot painting originated in Laverton in the Northern Goldfields region of Western Australia.

The egg is actually and Emu egg and it has the face of an Indigenous man etched on its surface. I am unsure where the artist was from.

I hope you enjoyed my choice this week for Culture :-). They are quite unique artifacts purchased from the maker and won’t be found in commercial outlets. They may not be as pretty as what is available in the souvenir shops however they are the real thing!



In memory of my Mum – 02 January 1922 – 25 April 2005

Mum and Dad with their first grandson, Robert in 1968

Mum and Dad with their first grandson, Robert in 1968

Mum was born in Williamstown, Victoria on 2 January 1922. It is eight years today since my Mum passed away. I decided to share some of my memories of my Mum today.

  • I remember when I was walking home from school she often walked toward the school to meet me. I was always pleased to see her in the distance.
  • Sometimes we went to Goulding’s Cafe and had a malted milkshake and a chat while listening to some music on the Juke Box
  • She had lots of sayings but in particular, we learned the Golden Rule from her  – do unto others as you would have others do unto  you.
  • Mum was a Nurse and worked various shifts. I will always remember her dressed in her navy and white striped uniform. She always smelt so pleasant as well. Often she had a lolly in her pocket and she would give it to me as she left the house – perhaps to distract me from feeling sad about her leaving me behind 😦
  • My siblings and I will never forget her insistence that we made our beds properly with “hospital corners”. It is something that stuck and I still feel bad if I do a sloppy job of it.
  • Another saying comes to mind: if you smile, the world smiles with you; if you cry, you cry alone. I struggle with that one considering my experience of depression over the years!
  • Yet another saying, and I believe a good one: if you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all.
  • I really took Mum for granted during the early part of my life. She was a very giving person found it hard to say NO to anything I asked for. She gave of her time by visiting me when I lived away from home. This meant giving up her free time on her days off. She also welcomed my family into her house at a moment’s notice or no notice at all. I would turn up with my three sons and she always accommodated us. We took over her home, her routine and her resources. Where Mum and Dad lived was always the central focus for the family.
  • Mum loved her work and was well known in the local community. She was present at the delivery of many people and then went on the be present at the delivery of the following generation!
  • She was well known and loved by many.

Lots of fond memories to hold on to.


Anzac Day and the first Dawn Service

In 2011 we visited Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. It was a beautiful sunny day and Albany was picture perfect.  We spotted a very old church that was open to the public. There was a member of the congregation present who he gave us a tour and some of its history in relation to the ANZAC troops from World War 1.

He told us that a dawn service was held here for the troops, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp who left Australian soil in a convoy of ships in November 1914 for their tour of duty in World War I. This was the very first of what has become an Australian tradition on Anzac Day (25 April each year) where a dawn service is held to remember those who lost their lives in this terrible war.Albany and Denmark July 2011 025 We visited the memorial at the summit of Mt Clarence, overlooking the ocean where the troops departed Australian soil. We remember today on Anzac Day, 25 April 2013, that  many of those young men did not return home again.

Albany and Denmark July 2011 023Lest we forget


My favourite ten blog photos + 1


River boat on the Murray River at Echuca

life above the clouds

This was the view from the window of the plane while flying from Perth to Melbourne Victoria recently


The Southern Ocean from the shoreline at Esperance in Western Australia

Deserted miner's cottage

Deserted miner’s cottage at Gwalia in Northern Goldfields Western Australia

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Sculpture at Lake Ballard in the Northern Goldfields near Menzies in Western Australia. sculptures done by Antony Gormley.


Father and son at Eighty Mile Beach in Western Australia


The sun shining on some foliage over my back fence.

2 June 2012 006An Autumn leaf from last Autumn – I love the colours in it


Nothing compares to my new grandson falling asleep in my arms 🙂

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My scarf collection –  I love the array of colours and textures


A flower from our passion fruit vine

I am finding it difficult to write a “proper” blog at the moment so I thought that today I would show case some of my photos I have used in blogs in the past.

I hope you enjoy them 🙂






Townsville, Queensland 2012

SUMMARY OF WELL-BEING THEORY: “Here then is well-being theory: well-being is a construct; and well-being, not happiness, is the topic of positive psychology. Well-being has five measurable elements (PERMA) that count toward it: Positive emotion (of which happiness and life satisfaction are all aspects) Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Achievement. No one element defines well-being, but each contributes to it.”  Source: Seligman, Martin (2011-05-02). Flourish (p. 24). Random House Australia. Kindle Edition. asn.

The information above is a cut and paste from Seligman’s latest book. Is it a formula for the good life? It does seem to be a balanced and considered theory. To put it into my own language, I believe I experience well-being when: 1. I experience positive emotion i.e.  feel happy and am reasonably satisfied with my life as it is. 2. I am engaged or connected in some way to the society that I live in. 3. I have at least some positive relationships – I am not alone or lonely. 4. My life seems to have a sense of meaning in the context of the world I live in. 5. I feel that I sometimes achieve positive outcomes in my daily activities.

I cannot be sure that my interpretation of Seligman’s theory is correct but I think I might be on the right track. When I look at the five elements, the one I struggle with most is finding meaning in my life. I am, by nature, a bit of a dreamer and often find myself thinking about the meaning or motivation behind aspects of my life. Some people get by without wondering WHY and I do envy them.

I am interested in hearing your thoughts on the Theory of Well-Being as described by Seligman. He has done a significant amount of work with the US Military plus the Education sector. He makes the point that our psychological well-being is at least as important as our physical well-being. I certainly agree with that point of view. What do you think?




My Wandering Boy There’s a freshly cut red ros...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday I was trying to find the words to an old hymn about Zion City. I have a hymn book so I determined to go through it page by page until I found it. I was confident I would recognise the words once I found the page. I pride myself on my patience at doing tedious jobs and felt very virtuous patiently flipping through the pages. I stopped to reflect on the words of some of my old favourites. After some time I got tired of it as there are 624 hymns in the book and I had only made it to #370!

I resorted to the modern approach of finding stuff and did a Google search and found it in less than ten seconds. Now that I had the first line of the hymn (Glorious things of you are spoken, Sion city of our God) I checked to see if it was even in the book and it was number 374! I was only four pages away from finding it when I gave up.

When we tire of a project we never know how far away success/achievement would have been if we persevered for a bit longer!





Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

new house 007 DSC00412Moving house, as we did in May 2010, is definitely a big change. We also changed from living in a big house in the city to a smaller house in the South West. I must say that I do miss my old kitchen sometimes 🙂 but I DO love living in the country in near to the beach.

Geographe Bay in sunshine



Decisions, decisions, decisions…


We can’t get through our days without constantly making decisions. Some time ago I came up with a formula that works well for me. I will share what has helped me in the past and you may find it useful too.

1. If you decide to go with Plan A and not Plan B, ask yourself if it is taking you forward in your life or is it going backwards. Be sure you are not just running away from a current situation but moving towards a much better option.

2. Is it logical? Is it the sort of thing that people would anticipate you doing? These questions help you to see if the decision is consistent with who you are and not just a spontaneous decision that is out of character. A spontaneous decision can still be a “right” decision however check with those who know you well and test their reactions – then make the choice yourself.

3. Is it legal, ethical, right, moral etc? Sometimes we can be overtaken by our emotions or even the influence of others. Check your own value system and see if the decision still sits comfortably and that it is something that won’t take away your peace of mind.

4. Does it fit with where you are at in your life at present? Does it flow on from what you are doing now or is it outrageously different. It is ok to be different but identify if it is really YOU or just a moment of madness.

Finally, I usually consult with friends and or family and get their point of view but then go ahead and make my own decision and be happy with the outcome. Sometimes decisions are neutral and are neither right nor wrong. It is what we make of our choices that  all the difference.



What went well today?

Family Picture (On The Balcony)

Family Picture (On The Balcony) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My new book is very exciting! Do you know how it is when you read something that really creates a shift in your thinking? I have read most of this author’s books and so I was delighted to find a new one to download to my Kindle.

Flourish by well known and respected psychologist, Martin Seligman was released on February 7, 2012. In the Preface he says,“This book will help you flourish.” Seligman’s new theory is applicable not just for individuals but for communities, schools, the workforce, the economy…
A simple activity that I have incorporated into my day is the “What went well?” exercise. At the end of each day I reflect on my day and name three things that went well. At first it took me a little while to come up with three things but now it is getting easier and I am finding more and more experiences I can add to my list. It makes me realise that even if I have been a bit down or grumpy, there are still lots of positive things happening and this exercise is making me more aware of the good things in my life!

That has to be a good thing 🙂