Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Musical Monday # 110

Musical Monday

I was introduced to Musical Monday by Delores who copied the meme from another site.

I think it’s a fun way to show off some of the music we like and brighten up our Mondays at the same time. 

I’ll be finding my clips on you tube, so will simply credit that site since there are often so many versions of everything and I wouldn’t want to accidentally credit the wrong artist.

Today’s clip is: Jimmy Barnes 

When Your Love Is Gone

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Selections # 286

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week we're going for a walk.
Along a clifftop.

I read about a coastal boardwalk down along the southern area, from Marino to Hallett Cove, maybe a little further in either direction, total distance approximately 7kms, I think.
I didn't walk the entire distance, I quit about halfway along. 
When you view these images, you'll see why. This is not the easy stroll I imagined.

if you're afraid of heights, I wouldn't recommend this.

look at those rocks!

walking from the road to the boardwalk, I saw these red hot pokers in someone's garden.

crashing waves far below.

some areas have little vegetation and you can see just how steep most of the boardwalk is.

more of the cliff and the waves.

down one side and up the other, I took it very slowly, being as unfit as I am, I was passed by several much younger people and also by an elderly gentleman who strode along quite quickly.
He possibly lives in the area and has been walking this trail a long time. 

some of the trail is stepped pathway, which looks easy, but the risers are a little higher than they look; my thighs got quite a workout hauling me up and down the steps. 

another look down at the waves.

there are seats along the way, not many, but I managed to pass three and sit on each one to rest a bit.

looking back up to where I'd just been.

rocks and waves again. The view was so amazing, the day sunny, a nice breeze was blowing. I felt like my face might be getting sunburned in spite of the sunscreen, but it didn't.
When I go back, and I WILL go back, I'll start at the northern end and walk away from the sun.

the risers don't look high, but they are about 30-35cm in some places and after a while I copied the elderly gentleman who'd passed me earlier, and used the goat track alongside the steps. It was much easier going.

another cliff view.

down, down, down, down, almost to the bottom, then across a narrow gully and up the other side.

see that triangular rock dead centre?

it was covered in birds, cormorants I think.

looking at most of these, you might think it is an isolated area, far from civilisation,

but there are houses and people aplenty. The houses you see here are on the westernmost street so no homes can be built in front of them to spoil their view. I took this standing on the boardwalk with the cliff edge right behind me. The green area isn't large, off to the left of the photo, the street curves around closer to the cliff.
There is no beach at the bottom, just rocks, waves and deep water.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, assorted people have been taking monthly turns at putting up a selection of words which is called “Words for Wednesday”.

We have taken over this meme from Delores, who had been having computer problems.
This month the meme continues here, with words supplied Olga Gadim.

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.   

Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or images.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  We would really like it if as many people as possible joined in with this fun meme.
If you are posting on your own blog - let us know so that we can come along and read your masterpiece.
I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.

It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are:

1. exhibition
2. feelings
3. bewitching
4. captive
5. gushing
6. candle 

a phrase: "the fog comes on little cat feet"
and we have a picture prompt too, which you will see in my story:

The promise of an art exhibition and sale lured me into the city, a place I rarely go. The work was listed as “impressionistic” by a newly discovered artist.

With mixed feelings I wandered past garish slashes and blobs of colour that meant nothing to me, but held captive many small groups who stood gushing 'ooohs' and 'aaahs' over the “mastery of the brushwork” and the “ moodiness of the colours”.

All the frames held tiny price tags on the bottom left corner and several already had sold stickers also. I shook my head and moved on, thinking perhaps I should have stayed home. 

Then I saw it. Over in a shadowed corner and clearly not part of the exhibition, the most bewitching image.

A girl, in a summery Victorian style dress, a little sad of face, a letter held loosely in one hand, gazing at a glazed ceramic ornament; a playful kitty cat.

Here was a painting that told a story!

I leaned forward to look at the price sticker on the frame. The painting would look perfect in the candle-like glow of a soft lamp in my study.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday Thoughts # 93

quote -
agent: "I made you a star and all of a sudden you're treating me like dirt!"
star: "that's not true. I've always treated you like dirt."

from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
"I think I would always find you, no matter how you were hidden. Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens."

from A Reason To Kill by Michael Kerr
"There was a temptation to go back inside the store and stretch out in a freezer cabinet to luxuriate among the frozen vegetables."

Today's Thought:

Last Tuesday, well, the one before that, you know, last week, we had some stormy weather that caused a lot of damage to a lot of homes and also caused power outages in several areas for several hours.
Not a huge problem for me, I lit every candle I owned, ate cold sandwiches for dinner and drank water instead of coffee. That last bit was hard. I really wanted a hot coffee. But the kettle is electric, the stove is electric, you see what I mean? No coffee.
Isn't it amazing how appealing coffee is when you can't get any?

Anyway, the candles were pretty, but I couldn't read very well by them, so ended up going to bed early. I left the bedside lamp turned on, so when I woke at 10+pm I knew the power was back on.

Two days later, I was talking to a neighbour, J, and she said something which was a wake-up call for me. She had a large candle burning on her coffee table, while she was opening her mail and as casually as she always does, tossed the envelope onto the coffee table. It landed on the candle and she threw her cup of water on it to put out the tiny fire.

So yesterday I went shopping and here's what I bought:

a battery powered LED camping lantern**

and a pack of batteries, D size. It takes all four batteries, but that shouldn't get too expensive, we don't have power outages too often.

the base which I had to unscrew to put the batteries in, which took forever and I thought maybe I'd got a defective one, but it finally lifted out,

and I discovered the central holding screw was about an inch long, that's why it took ages to open.

being a camping lantern, it has a carry handle and a little hanging hook,

and a teeny, tiny compass! Which I will never need, because if I ever go camping it will be in a five-star hotel.

here it is lighting up a corner of my bedroom, plenty of light to read by and much safer than candles, right?

and here it is providing enough light to pee, wash my hands and brush my teeth by. 
Oh I'm so clever!

**Bunnings, $29.87, the batteries were $9.94 a pack.

No, this is not a sponsored post, I don't do those. I just show good ideas when I have them.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Whimsical Wednesday # 236

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!

The day for your googled giggle that gets you over the hump that is Wednesday and sliding down into the weekend.

Angel does a similar thing at 3am! 
He lies right beside my ear and purrs as loudly as he can until I'm awake enough to get up and usher him to his bowl of crunchies. The little large so-and-so can go to them on his own but prefers to be escorted.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Musical Monday # 109

Musical Monday

I was introduced to Musical Monday by Delores who copied the meme from another site.

I think it’s a fun way to show off some of the music we like and brighten up our Mondays at the same time. 

I’ll be finding my clips on you tube, so will simply credit that site since there are often so many versions of everything and I wouldn’t want to accidentally credit the wrong artist.

Today’s clip is: Jimmy Barnes

Driving Wheels

another one that gets turned up loud when no one is home