Share Your World – 2014 Week 51

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? 

It never snows here. I would like at least one snowy Winter, so I could qualify for answering that question. I don’t mind the cold; short days/long nights is what I do not like about Winter. As it is currently mid Summer here, no problems with that. Off to spend NYE at the beach today.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

I live on 20 acres. Raincoats are the most practical solutions here, which are always on hand. I love it when it rains, so you’ll find me out there checking downpipes, tiles etc. It can be quite windy here, so umbrellas are not really a good option. I think my partner Jo will know where they are.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

Separated for sure. I like to know what it is I am enjoying, if I am.

What is set as the background on your computer?

A black, white and blue version of my close photo of the agapanthus posted earlier on my blog. It’s been there awhile. It’s time for it to move on.aga wet

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for having caught up with my large family on Christmas day; and I am also grateful that it is over and done with. It can be a little overbearing and stressful, especially for the hosts.

I have the next five days off. Off to the beach! Thankfully my son will be staying home looking after the dogs and the fort. (and working hee hee). See more answers here.

Friday 2 January

Min 15
Max 36
Mostly sunny.

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

PABUCA Arriving in Melbourne

Some lucky travellers see this as they arrive in Melbournefoggy cityMelbourne’s founders travelled up the Yarra to arrive a rock barrier, which used be at the bottom right hand side of this photograph. Over the years, this arrival point has moved further downstream, including the man-made Victoria Harbour, mid-right. Ships do still arrive at docks downstream of the Bolte Bridge, however, large modern ships will be too large to enter the river, possibly even Port Phillip Bay.arrival 2Many commuters arrive at the city by train at Flinders Street Station, completed in 1909.arrival 1See more Arrival Photos here.


I am fond of olives, especially on a napolitana pizza, or any sort pizza. I can get olive overload though, so no photographs of them. The windows on the 89th floor of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne were an olive colour, giving an olive cast over everything, until your eyes adjusted. Below is a picture of the Spirit of Tasmania as it is leaving Melbourne heading for Tassie. For Jennifer’s Olive.spirit

Southern Hemisphere Solstice Update

Update? Do I have much to update? It seems the last 3 months have galloped by and I currently on lull with my interest in photography. I have got to say it’s lovely sitting here in my tshirt and shorts with the window open. Having the fire lit seems like a distant memory to me. This year the land has dried and the temperature has rose earlier than last year. Rainfall figures are very low but not the lowest. It’s looking like it will be under 500 mm (~20″) for the year. Since the equinox, I have bought a new camera and a new 2nd hand car. Our little music group put a show for a select non-critical audience. Hooked up a new slasher up to the tractor and kept the boundaries legal. This year I paid someone to cut the rest of the 20 acres. Peace of mind. We’ve survived the majority of the Christmas gatherings; as a matter of fact, enjoyed them. Christmas Day is yet to come! My work only closes for the main holidays, so it’s back to work tomorrow for me. We are having a few days down at Wye River on the Great Ocean Road later. Thankfully my son will be able to stay home with the little dogs and his rabbits. I took some pics today of roseagapanthus dry 1agapanthus dry 2