New photo app I found

I needed to do a collage of photos and so went looking online. I found an app that is fairly easy to use and I am having fun learning what I can do with it.

Here are some wildflowers from our region:

Here is an image of some of the popular tourist attractions where I live:

The app is called Phototastic (I am not making any money out this post!). I signed up for a free trial for 7 days.

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!


In search of the elusive Western Hooded Plover

Still no sign of this elusive creature however it is fun looking.

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It wasn’t without excitement though!

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I spotted these fishermen on the shore when I arrived and saw them bring in a big fish just as I was leaving. They didn’t know I was behind them and they were really excited – jumping up and down and using the F word prolifically. I think they were a bit embarrassed when I asked if I could take their photo :-).

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We just got home before a big downpour of rain. Timed it perfectly.

The Enormous Purple Thing

Today I went to the my first creative writing meeting. There were about a dozen of us there – all ladies of a certain age! The group is coordinated by the University of the Third Age (U3A).

After a brief introduction and a few handouts, the timer was set to 45 minutes and we started to write. There were three topics to choose from as follows:

1. Write about yourself

2. Start with … I opened my eyes and …

3. Must include the following: purple, enormous and furniture.

I chose the third option and here is what I wrote …

As I drove home along Bussell Highway, I caught a glimpse of something purple in the sky. It was enormous but I had to focus on the road as the traffic was busy as schools were closing for the day.

I decided to get off the Highway and so pulled into Holgate Road and drove towards the ocean where the visibility was much better and there was very little traffic.

I was a little afraid, but more excited than anything. The enormous, purple object was getting much closer to ground level. It was bigger than a Jumbo Jet. I started to discern its shape and I couldn’t believe my eyes. It looked like a chest of drawers – an enormous, purple, chest of drawers. I pinched myself as I thought I must be dreaming, but no, I WAS awake.


A crowd started to gather. What was it really? Nothing made sense. It came within metres of the shoreline – we were all breathless with anticipation. But then – it was gone in an instant and we were left stunned and confused.

The next day it was in the papers – it was the State Government’s latest shark mitigation strategy …

NB.This may give some context if needed 🙂 Shark mitigation strategy finds resistance

I think I am going to enjoy this writing group. There is no critiquing of each others work – it is about having fun writing 🙂

Up close and personal


Many local “baby boomers” are taking part in a new four-year study on healthy ageing. I recently received a letter in the post inviting me to take part and I happily agreed to participate.

The State Government is contributing $1 million to the Busselton Population Medical Research Foundation Inc to conduct the study. The Foundation is working in conjunction with researchers from The University of Western Australia, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Lions Eye Institute and Ear Science Institute of Australia.

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I had to fast from midnight and arrive at the facility at 7.30am this morning. The process started with a range of blood tests, including one for my DNA. Afterwards they provided me with toast and Vegemite for breakfast, then on with lots more tests.

I was there for three hours in total and there wasn’t a minute where I wasn’t being tested for one thing or another.

The study hopes to include about 4,000 people. There are around 7,000 “baby boomers” living locally but not everyone wants to take part in research. From my point of view, it was a great opportunity to get a comprehensive medical check-up for free!
Researchers are investigating factors related to:

  • Obesity, nutrition and physical activity
  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Stroke and disability
  • Dementia and mental disease
  • Respiratory and sleep health
  • Physical function
  • Spinal pain
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss

Media references from the original press release in 2009.

Jennie Hui (Busselton Population Medical Research Foundation)  (+61 4) 11 233 458
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs)  (+61 8)  6488 5563  /  (+61 4) 32 637 716

My fridge magnets

Actually they are on my filing cabinet really 🙂

1. One day as a TIGER is worth thousands as a SHEEP


2. Chill out!


3. God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change

Courage to CHANGE the things I can

And WISDOM to know the difference

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4. DANCE as though no-one is watching you

LOVE as though you have never been hurt

SING as though no-one can hear you

LIVE as though heaven is on earth

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5. Go confidentially in the direction of your dreams

Live the life you have imagined (Thoreau)

On the look out for whales in Geographe Bay in October

On the look out for whales in Geographe Bay in October 2013


Creepy Crawlies …

We seem to be attracting a variety of wildlife in our home. I thought it might be fun to put them all together in one blog. (Apologies if you have seen them all before in previous blogs). Whenever possible we transport them back outside and avoid harming them in the process 🙂

Weekly photo challenge: Horizon

I have selected a diverse range of ‘horizons’ that I have witnessed over many years. Enjoy 🙂