Week 49: Purple

Daniel

I hadn’t seen any purple all week, and finally as we parked under the Story Bridge tonight for dinner the ever changing lights of the bridge were all the colour I needed.

Debbie

This week while cycling around the top of Amsterdam I’ve been on the look out for all things purple, as have most of my fellow riders (I’m very inclusive that way). There’s been lots of beautiful purple flowers but my wish was to find a purple house. Unfortunately the Dutch don’t do many purple houses, so imagine my delight when I managed to find this one on our walk around Alkmaar tonight! It was a momentous occasion! I hereby present my purple Dutch house.

Grant

This week I would like you to focus on purple. Now concentrate hard.

Melanie

The colours of the flowers in summer are out of this world and yet this lovely purple one actually looks like it’s got a whole other galaxy nestled within its petals.

Sharon

In times of desperation, having an eggplant to hand can only be a good thing.

Tim

Lost in a neon maze…

 

Next week…

Our week 50 theme is: Photographer’s choice …

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Week 48: One object only

Daniel

I’ve always liked the tropical laid back vibes that the palm tree symbolises and now this ring serves as a constant reminder to slow down, chill out, because somewhere on a secluded white sandy beach under a perfect blue sky the palm trees are dancing slowly in the coconut scented breeze.

Debbie

It’s quite fitting to share this Celtic Cross from our time travelling in Iceland. The Saga centre told the history of Iceland which included their Celtic roots. A fascinating country and highly recommended.

Grant

Only one object of this type survived.

What is it?

No one really knows but it is believed to be a … .

Melanie

I heart waffles and I especially heart waffles when eating them in Iceland.

Sharon

Pear… or pair? Given that the theme is one object, it should probably be just pear.

Tim

Its beauty doesn’t diminish; it just changes form…

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Our week 49 theme is: Purple …

Week 47: Portrait of a stranger (Sharon’s choice)

Daniel

He got his selfie, I got my shot, then he was gone.

Debbie

Meet Mike from Berkshire. Mike was out riding the Strawberry Line with his wife, 2 young sons and towing his daughter in the bike trailer. They got chatting to us as they took a short break in Axbridge’s market square. He lived in Perth for 18 months, and his sons proudly told us he is half Guyanese which made them a quarter. They were staying near Cheddar for the half term school holidays and the furthest the boys have ever ridden was 10 miles so they weren’t expecting to do all of the trail today. They were very interested in our travels and the fact we had lived nearby in Cheddar for a year on teacher exchange. Asking a stranger if it’s okay to take their photo and then getting their story was more fun than I expected.

Grant

Meet Mike, a volunteer at the Sandford Station Railway Heritage Centre, located in the iconic old station booking office at the heart of the St. Monica Trust Retirement Village, adjacent to the Strawberry Line Rail Trail linking Yatton and Cheddar in the UK.

Mike and his friends Douglas, Chris, Carol and Patrick invited us in to have a look around while they were spending the morning on maintenance of the site. We had ridden out to have a look at the recently renovated Shute Shelve Tunnel and we hit the jackpot when we met these lovely people. They have a great little museum.

Mike reminded me a bit of my grandfather – in looks and in the way he was tinkering about to solve problems in putting a new display together.

Melanie

This is Nicholas. I thought he was an Icelandic Viking but alas he has another story to tell. He is a Londoner who fell in love with an Icelandic lady and relocated to this lovely little island. He took our picture at the Blue Lagoon so it was only fair that I took his.

Sharon

This is Graham, and his vintage 1965 caravan. I chatted to Graham at Bordertown SA, where he was on his way back to WA after attending a vintage caravan festival in Wangaratta. He bought the van two and half years ago because it matched his Holden Brougham. Shortly after this, he stumbled across an online vintage van forum, and has been travelling around Australia attending events ever since.

I even got to peek inside…

Tim

“Would you mind if I took your photo?”
“Go right ahead.”
“Thank you… that’s great. Can I have your name?”
“Yonni.”
“Thanks so much Yonni.”
“No, Joni. J. O. N. I.”
“Oh right – Joni.”
“Yes. Can I see the photo?”
“Oh, no, sorry. It’s a film camera.”
“Oh okay!”
“Well, thanks again.”

 

Next week…

Our week 48 theme is: One object only…

Week 46: Look up (Mel’s choice)

Daniel

I said I bet those windows are a pane. She didn’t laugh. Are your ears painted on? I asked. Still nothing.

Debbie

In the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project in Cornwall, there’s a floating walkway leading to a viewing platform way up high. It has spectacular views of the world below and a very impressive waterfall. This is what you see as you look up from the ground. I love the shapes and the touch of rainforest you can see here, but with the temperature at 41.3C, the walkway was closed to us on this particular day. I had to go and do the longest and fastest zip wire in England, soaring way above the centre, to get my thrills for the day. If you were on the ground looking up you would have seen me flying by.

Grant

Out for a promenade along a wide sandy beach below our motel at Newquay and a ‘look up’ presented this amazing sight. It looked so dangerous from down below (a long way below) on the beach. As we continued on our way our eyes were continually drawn back to the ‘look up’ position to check on the safety of the worker; he had an off-sider who occasionally held the ladder for him, but I’m not sure what they were doing would pass muster with Australian Work Health & Safety regulations.

Melanie

As pretty as the shapes from the barb wire are at HMP Shepton Mallet this is not what I’d want to look up and see everyday.

Sharon

I thought I should look up photography, just to see that I had the right idea.

Tim

Not what you generally expect to see when you look up, but as long as they aren’t moving I guess I’m okay with it…

 

Next week…

Our week 47 theme is: Sharon’s choice: Stranger (a portrait of) …

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…