Sunset Surprise (WPC: Surprise)

What a glorious surprise it was last year to look out the window to not only see this beautiful sunset but to also witness the silhouette of this unique boat paddling past.

Surprise is the photo challenge this week from the Daily Post.




Lunchtime Reflections (Wordless Wednesday)









One Photo Focus – June

Woo hoo, it’s that time again, it’s… One Photo Focus time. This challenge is hosted by the lovely Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing and is where we all edit and manipulate the very same photo. LOVE IT!!!

Below is my submission of the photo offered this month by David Croker. My edits this month include a little cropping, adjusting the contrast, changing the colour for sepia, then adding a grunge-like frame (which I now wish was a tad narrower.)

One Photo Focus June

Here is David Croker’s original photo offered for the June One Photo Focus challenge.

June One Photo Focus

To see all the submissions for this month’s One Photo Focus challenge, please click on the badge below, you won’t be disappointed. And a big thank you yet again to Stacy for hosting this fabulous challenge!

One Photo Focus Badge




Rain or Shine (Monochrome Monday)

The weather was more than average one day last week but this person seemed to determine to go out regardless. There’s no holding back a true boatie!

Come Rain or Shine

The pop of red in the jacket they were wearing seemed in stark contrast to the rest of their surroundings. Great for safety, whilst also making for a great photo!




7 Day Nature Challenge – Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the 7 Day Nature Challenge.

For Day 1 I’m sharing a photo of Pincushion Island. This island sits at the mouth of the Maroochy River on the Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Each morning on a recent visit to Australia we looked out upon this island, finally exploring it on our last day!

Pincushion Island

The lovely Desley Jane of Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist has nominated me for this wonderful challenge. Do visit her fabulous blog if you aren’t already familiar with it.

In turn I’d like to ask Spotted Cow of Wandering Cows to join in. The Spotted Cow’s captures of her travels around England and abroad are just incredible. It’s so worth a visit if you haven’t already done so!





OWPC: DRY – High and Dry

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge from Jennifer Nichole Wells is… Dry.

Initially I was thinking along the lines of the Grand Canyon or maybe even the Hoover Dam, something at least with dirt and certainly not this!

High and Dry in Tofino!

When I stumbled upon this photo from when we flew over Tofino, High and DRY came immediately to mind, with high tides possibly the only exception. Perhaps not quite what was intended but it rocked my world, lol!



Legs Eleven – Motion (WPC)

This would have to be my all-time favourite photo of the children!

The MOTION of Miss Eleven’s legs remaining in the air even though the mattress is almost on the water again always makes me smile. The look on their faces – priceless!

Legs Eleven - Motion WPC

One shouldn’t smile though as when Miss Eleven’s body hit the mattress her front teeth dug into her bottom lip. It SO wasn’t pretty. There was lots of blood and a very swollen bottom lip (of course I did smile at this which only made things worse 🙂 ).

The good news however is that although this was the last run on the river for the day, the “incident” has long since been forgotten, only the exhilaration of the day remains!

Down by the Riverside – Wordless Wednesday


Down by the Riverside

Life goes by in a BLUR (WPC)

It’s hard to believe it was just over a week ago the children and I were enjoying time out with family on the Clarence River, in Northern New South Wales. Two incredible fun-filled days were spent out on the water with the children squealing and laughing in delight (most of the time…).

Who knew there were so many “things” which could be towed behind a boat? I certainly didn’t know but the children gladly gave them all a test-drive. This is Miss Eleven mastering the knee-board. Hard to believe how trepidatious she was when we first went out in the boat looking at her sitting confidently on the water!

Knee Boarding by MMR

When your child is first-born it seems EVERYONE is eager to tell you how quickly they grow up. In those first few months you think what a load of twot. Then, in the blink of an eye they go from helpless babe to young adult, the years flying by in a blur!

Yes, I know, we aren’t quite at young adult just yet but as Master Thirteen (soon to be fourteen) reminded me whilst we were away, “you know mum, in two years I can begin driving“… SAY WHAT???

No guessing what the question will be for those remaining two years until he’s planted firmly behind the wheel of the fishing truck… “mum, how much longer?”

Hauling in the Crab Traps – Monochrome Madness

Every part of our Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour whilst in Ketchikan was enthralling. Right down to watching the water spraying off the winch as the crab traps were hauled up on deck!

Hauling up the Ketchikan Crab Traps

This was one of those rare shore excursions where we were all so happy with the choice that no one was asking… “mum, how much longer?”