Gotta love them balls! (Travel Theme: Balls)

When visiting Niagara Falls one spring break, as gob-smacking as the fall themselves where, the mist from the falls that had frozen on anything and everything around the falls was just as fascinating.

Most intriguing were the ice-balls that had formed on top of so many of the plants immediately above the falls on the boardwalk. Mother natures very own cake pops!

Balls is this week’s fun Travel Theme from Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack.




It all comes down to one’s perspective (Travel Theme: Bark)

This could be a stretch for this week’s theme of Bark from Where’s My Backpack but I couldn’t resist. This came up last week on Darling Daughter’s daily calendar.


Yes, more than likely I’m barking up the wrong tree with this challenge but you have to admit, it’s both a little bit funny and just a smidge true of most of us. Well, maybe not me but everyone else, lol!





Under the cloak of Darkness (Travel Theme: Dark)

The Travel Theme Word  from Aisla of Where’s My backpack? for this week is… dark.

This photo was taken August 31, still technically summer. However with the dense rain-clouds that rolled in around the edge of the harbour, obscuring the islands behind them, you are instantly reminded winter is not far away.


You wouldn’t think it would be that hard but I have to admit, it took many shots before I was able to get one with the buoy light actually on.




BELOW Niagara Falls (Weekly Travel Theme)

When I read Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack had chosen Below as her travel themed challenge word for this week, given how cold I’m feeling right now, this image came immediately to mind.

Below Niagara Falls

We were standing under the falls at Niagara when I took this photo. Technically it was spring since it was March, but the icicles were still hanging long and strong as the water continued to drop over the falls, creating the mist that formed these and many other unique ice formations.

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Intense Morning Light! (Travel Theme)

This week’s challenge word from Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack is INTENSE… and what says this better than a glorious sunrise on a cloudy day.


I love those mornings where the colour fills all the sky as the sun slowly rises from its place of hiding. Sun-rays shoot through breaks in the clouds, like fingers pointing to a new beginning.

The intensity of the morning colours along with the shadows from that early light are a constant delight to me – with or without my camera!



ANGLES not Angels! (Travel Theme Challenge)

This week’s Travel Theme Word from Aisla from Where’s My Backpack is… ANGLES.

How embarrassing though, for days now I’ve been reading this challenge as ANGEL. Now at least Ailsa’s photographs make MUCH more sense as angles and not angels, lol. Anyways, here are some angles I’ve long admired!


The Sydney Opera House is one of those places that never ceases to amaze me. I know it’s made up of thousands and thousands of tiles on an angle. And I know those tiles are not white. Yet, whenever I stand beside this structure, I’m always surprised by the tiles.

From a distance you never see all those little angled pieces, whilst the colour really does appear quite white.


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A Mellow Halloween (Travel Theme)

Following our three years in Iceland and our North American friends there, the children had grown accustomed to celebrating Halloween so were saddened to learn on moving back to Australia it wasn’t celebrated quite the same.

Hence once I heard Australia Zoo was celebrating Halloween, I took the children out of school for the day, bought us some bus tickets and off we went!

Mellow Halloween

The day was nothing like we’d imagined (Young Sir IMMEDIATELY removed his costume on seeing we were one of the few families dressed for the occasion) but it was fun nevertheless. There is something rather unique about some of them there Australian animals.

Looking at this photo now, although this Mellow Fellow sleeping is rather cute, the fact the then Master Eight was lifting his sister up so she could touch a koala for the first time still brings a tear to my eye. He was, and still is, our Mr Considerate but just like Superman, chooses his moment carefully as to when and where he’ll share his superpowers, lol! 😉

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TOY boys! (Travel Theme)

This week’s word from Alias over at Where’s My Backpack? is, TOY… so I’m going with TOY BOY and not just one but FOUR of them at that. You see, last week Darling Daughter and I saw in concert none other than One Direction!

One Direction

And I will be the first to admit, I was pleasantly surprised, it was a good concert. I know, I’m shocked too but for the entire concert I was up, out of my seat, dancing with the best of them by the end. The best part, Darling Daughter didn’t even mind!

It was such a fun night as there was a definite camaraderie between the four boys albeit there were definitely four different personalities up there on stage: the one who is a musician not JUST a singer; the one who wished someone had declared “no glove, no love“; the one ensuring everyone else is okay; and then there’s the one who if not in rehab in the next five years, or worse, it will be nothing short of a miracle.

Given the average age of the concert goers was most likely sixteen as you can see, oddly I didn’t feel old (lol, what does that say about me I wonder?). However, I quickly learnt that this age don’t applaud at the end of a song, they scream.

I am NOT old

Between the girls beside us and these behind, honestly, I swear my ears were bleeding at time. My gosh they could scream loudly but hey, I survived to tell the story and have the souvenir program to prove it, lol!

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Water meets Land (Travel Theme Challenge)

Okay, so the actual Travel Theme Challenge set by Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack? is Land meets Water. However, when I look at this photograph I took whilst visiting Niagara Falls, Water meets Land perhaps is more apt!

Cold at Niagara

Before arriving at Niagara that spring, I was so disappointed that we weren’t going to be sailing under the water as it was still classified as winter. On seeing this though…boat ride, what boat ride?

This was just the most amazing phenomenon I’d ever seen. The mist from the falls that was blown even in the lightest breeze, landing on anything close to the water’s edge, then froze. This happened again, and again, and again.

Slowing building up over time creating this masterpiece. Talk about a winter wonderland, so incredibly beautiful!

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One word is TINY but many is so much more! (Travel Theme: Tiny)


The Travel Themed Word for this week from Where’s my Backpack? is… TINY! Oh the possibilities, the choices – there are just so, so many to choose from!

Then I stumbled on this photo from my archives from the Vancouver City Library of the original “data-base” of the library’s inventory. The choice was obvious.

One word becomes many

One word written on a page may seem TINY, almost considered insignificant but when you add another word, then another, and another… the possibilities are limitless!

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