Week 5: Up close

Alison

We returned to Tassie for Owen’s first birthday party this weekend. He was very (VERY) happy to be eating chocolate cake with blue icing and smarties. Happy boy, my favourite boy.

Daniel

Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are.

Debbie


This is what ‘up close’ looks like in a wine cellar at Chateau Tanunda in the Barossa Valley.

Grant

Up close with a cephalopod. This fossil, in a spherical ball of black mudstone, comes from the Kali Gandaki drainage, located on the western side of the Annapurna massif in Nepal. These little black balls are for sale everywhere in Pokhara (Nepal), but not all reveal a fossil when cracked open.

Mel

Getting up close to Bruce who is over the moon that there are bars between us as he really doesn’t like it when you try and get up close to give him cuddles. Cuddles are for girls, not for Bruces.

Sharon

On our flight to Tasmania on Friday, I looked out of the window and was struck by how up-close the wing was!

Tim

We are squeezed together on the train, up close to the windows, up close to the seats, up close to the walls, up close to each other. The window is the only respite; a view of open space and sky. And then even that view is replaced, up close to another train, more people, and even less personal space…

Next week…

Our week 6 theme is: The natural world…

Week 4: Long distance

Alison

Until 16 days ago, it was Beth on the end of the phone, keeping up with a long distance relationship (although not too long, just a treacherous body of water between us) and a whole lotta plans.

Now, my best little girl and best little boy and about four or five or six dozen other people who are on the other end of the phone.

Processing the light and the dark.

Daniel

I wonder how many miles these containers have covered. I wonder what type of cargo they’ve carried. I wonder if the crane operator played much lego or Tetris as a kid. I wonder why there’s an ibis but no bin in sight.

Debbie


The road to the snow…

Grant

The longest distance between any two places on earth is the distance along a great circle that passes through these two points. (A great circle passes through the poles, the equator being the only exception.) Using the mean radius of the earth (6371 kilometres), and taking the earth as a sphere (which it isn’t), the greatest distance between any two points on the earth’s surface is approximately 20015.0867960206… kilometres, or 20015086.7960206… metres, or 2001508679.60206… centimetres or 20015086796.0206… millimetres; which certainly seems a long distance.

Historical note, Eratosthenes (also famous for his prime sieve) completed the first known scientific calculation of the earth’s radius around 240 BC (now known as BCE), estimates of his accuracy range from 0.5% to 17%; due to the uncertainty of which measurement definition he used.

Mel

This old blue suitcase has been round the world a time or two. It’s done the longest distances and been loyally by my side since  I ‘borrowed’ it off my sister 16 years ago.

Sharon

George has traveled a long distance geographically between where he was born in Malta (he’s Maltese-Italian) and the Bourke St mall in Melbourne, Australia where I found him washing a pear in a bubbler. He also admitted to having traveled a long distance on his life’s journey!

Tim

Everything seems a long distance from here. It’s enough to make my head spin…

Next week…

Our week 5 theme is: Up close…

Week 3: Transport

Alison

I stopped on my bike ride (on my wonderful new bike, built just for me), because I was amazed by just how many people are going in each direction. 5pm Friday, Flemington Road, my new hood. I’m not in Kansas (Launceston) anymore!

Daniel

I took a wrong turn today and fortuitously found this vintage Land Rover.

Debbie


In honour of my daughters’ love of Harry Potter I couldn’t go past this photo of our most excellent day out on the steam train with Steam Rail Victoria. Arriving dramatically at Southern Cross station in a puff of steam, we were transported back in time for the day.

See what I did there with the word transport??

Grant

What’s lurking through the green tunnel?

Transportation to earlier days!

Mel

Hot Air balloons always make me think of the film UP and how the balloons transported the house to one hell of an adventure. Still working out how I could do that…

Sharon

After travelling on a steam train for many hours yesterday, I have come to the conclusion that something cosmic causes bystanders’ arms to raise and sees them waving as the train rumbles past … maybe it’s something to do with the gap (in time perhaps?).

Tim

There are four different forms of transport in this shot – can you spot them all?

Next week…

Our week 4 theme is: Long distance…

Week 2: Winter

Alison

If there’s not a lot of colour and not a lot of warmth outside, sometimes you’ve just gotta make it for yourself.

Daniel

Winter in Brisbane means crisp mornings and beautiful blue sky days.

Debbie


Raindrops keep falling….no snow, or frost photos, just rain drops and blue skies.

Grant

Winter = July = Le Tour – late nights beside a raging fire watching magnificent scenery and an absorbing contest (particularly in this year’s Tour de Carnage); and taking in the vocabulary  – maillot jaune, echelon, gruppetto, peloton, soigneur, domestique, Lantern Rouge…

The mountain stages are amazing spectacles – the crowds go nuts, the riders are amazing and the scenery breathtaking.

Mel

Although it’s actually summer in the UK you would be surprised to know the weather at the moment is colder and wetter than my family have in actual winter in Southern Hemisphere. Winter for me is mainly about football (soccer) season so today I was out in the pouring rain running around getting drenched, laughing and training hard getting ready for our upcoming season pink rain coat and all.

Sharon

To me, winter is boots. My inside boots and my outside boots. Alison’s aunty made the inside boots (to my exacting specifications – which just meant ‘make them the same as Alison’s’). I wear my outside boots to work every day! Yes, every single day – they’re the comfy-ist boots ever! I’m not a ‘shoe’ person, but I do like my boots. I just need some gumboots now to finish off the set…

Tim

Winter in Melbourne is all greyness, mist, icy air, and umbrellas. Umbrellas everywhere! Which is great fun for those of us whose eyes are at roughly the height of your average umbrella point. So, I duck and weave my way to work, dodging raindrops and sharp metal objects, my hands turning blue in the cold, and yet somehow I still mostly prefer it to summer…

Next week…

Our week 3 theme is: Transport.

Week 1: Self-portrait

Alison

I bought this chair secondhand, right before I moved into this house. It was the first piece of furniture I bought to have here with me. It is comfy and a little worn in the arms. I have spent many an evening in this chair, tucked away in my little office, with a cuppa and my feet up, safe in this little house. This is the house that I made home for myself, for the very first time; a home that wasn’t made home for me, but by me.

This corner of my house was once set up with toys and books for Livvy and Owen. Right now, it’s one of the few corners in the house that isn’t exploding with HEY LOOK, I’M MOVING, and that’s only because I dusted and pushed junk out of the way and moved some pretty things around so that I could take the picture.

Flanked on one side by the beautiful orchids that were gifted to me by my colleagues when I left my school last Friday, and on the other by the equally beautiful fig leaf ficus gifted to me on Valentine’s Day by the girl who would very shortly go on to reveal herself as The Best Ever, matching and complementing AND complimenting all the things that are The Best about me too.

Growth and change and movement and gratitude and excitement and EEEEEE THIS IS CRAZY. An aptly timed self portrait, once again.

Daniel

Hi, I’m Daniel. This is a photo of me standing against my front wall in Brisbane, 16th July 2017.

Debbie


This self portrait is a statement. As I only use my phone I didn’t want to just produce a standard ‘selfie’ so I have used an editing app to give it some interest and a pop of colour. I have been reading a lot of Over 50 blogs lately and they all mention wisdom, experience, fashion, style and how not to become invisible as you age. This photo therefore is my take on being over 50, being a bit colourful, a bit trendy and features my trademark Debbie smile. I’m definitely not intending to become invisible as I age. I’m happy with myself just as I am.

Grant

This is almost how I look most mornings at the moment, rugged up against the heavy frosts and heading out to do various jobs around the place. This particular morning I have just emerged from crawling around under the house (complete with an unbelievable number of spider webs) looking for Luna (our 20 year old cat), who we now believe has wandered off to a place unknown to rest in peace.

Mel

Happy, content and relaxed in the garden. Summer is here!

Sharon

It’s cold out!

Tim

This is the face that I choose for today…