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Nature’s Bounty

Pictures of our first granny-smith apple crop, arranged next to an obviously inferior example from the supermarket. We had great hopes for those apple trees.

On a more successful note – an awesome flower from one of brother Kevin’s cacti. 🙂


GrannySmiths2 GrannySmths1 cactus


I love my ROOMBA!

As you can see,  I did the vacuuming this morning. A beautiful day.. I may go for a jog and a swim this afternoon… It’s a great life and ‘boy! DO I LOVE MY ROOMBA ROBOT’

Listen to the Light II



Magnificent art shows,  traveling in time.
Masterpieces for a moment,  then suddenly gone,

Reflections and silhouettes,  perpetually reborn,
Transient poetry,  a visual rhyme.



My Friend Sol and Another Day in Paradise

My sleep-in days have finished. I’ve reached the age now where once awake, I have to get up. As I get older I find I cannot just lay there and go back to sleep. May as well get up and do something. It’ s early, dark, fresh and another day begins!

Two days in three,  up early, 4.30am,  go for a jog to the nearest pool and  have  a swim. I am a casual worker so, if I am working I make my way home (by bus)  and get ready to go to work. If not, it’s a relaxing walk home from the pool.

I don’t like running in the evenings. I find running in the mornings much better. You are fresh from a good nights sleep, conditions are always refreshing and unlike an evening run,  there is not a multitude of daily thoughts running around your head.

Once dressed and ready, I walk  one block to arrive at the local ‘Subway’ store just as they unlock the doors (7.00am).  I order a ‘foot-long’ wrapped  in two halves, half for breakfast and the other half for lunch.

On the way to the bus stop I take my phone out and get a picture of my friend ‘Sol’, as he  peeks over the distant hills to say ‘Good-Morning’.

Here are a few pictures  of  ‘Sol’ greeting me in the morning ;




I have to keep walking while I take the photos as the time-frame between Subway opening its doors and my bus coming around the corner is very tight. It was a lot easier when they opened at 6.30am. I could take my time. Although I suspect that the Subway staff would prefer to open a  half hour later.

More often than not as I near the roundabout, about 75 metres from my bus stop, the bus comes around the corner. I begin to run. The bus driver usually signals me, with a smile and a wave, to say ‘Slow down, I’ve seen you.’ 

The bus is so prompt, we regularly share a joke about her hiding around the corner, waiting, until I’ve come into view. I have not yet missed the bus and been forced to go to ‘Plan B’, however It’s bound to happen sooner or later…..

After work I often  make my way to the nearest watering hole for a good Guinness or two. I call this my proverbial ‘short-cut home’. More of a psychological short-cut, as physically it often involves traveling a few kilometres further. It is well worth traveling a little further to get a good Guinness,  find a quiet corner where I can read a good book and just chill in silence.

Having wound down and left the noises of work far behind, I then make my way home.  I emerge from the watering hole to find my friend ‘Sol’ waiting to say goodbye to another day. It’s dusk, getting late and  I’m well satisfied at the end of  ‘another day in paradise’.

A few more pictures of  ‘Sol’,  saying goodbye !



Things I am good at!

– Getting 2 numbers in lotto, consistently!

– Ironing shirts with a clothes dryer, effortlessly!

– Dialing the first person listed in my mobile phone, regularly!!


– Enjoying the glorious view, 🙂 from the bus stop, on early winter mornings.

Another Day in Paradise

Just over one week into winter and we are still getting those wonderful fresh cloudless mornings followed by a welcome sun. The sun’s rays slowly replacing the long cool shadows.

The trees are adorned and the ground littered with beautiful yellow, brown, red and orange hues, set against the bright green grass and perfect blue sky.

The day moves on and it is still cold in the shadows. You still feel the chill as the air passes, through your clothing, and onto your skin.

At any time during the day you can find a sunny spot, stand still, and bathe in the warmth of the sun’s rays. It’s at that moment you understand why ancient civilizations worshiped the sun.

Listen to the Light

I’m only just beginning to learn how to use my mobile phone’s camera. This is one of my first attempts, and I’m quite proud of the effect.  🙂  Alan

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