Phoneography Monday: Black and White

Although I took a lot of B&W photos in the 70’s, this challenge made me realise that I’d never tried it with the smartphone. So thanks to Sally and the weekly Challenge I was excited to do this again.

Needs a bit of a trim


All set and ready to start weaving


The first photo was literally snapped as I walked past. I’m pleased with the way all the different greens in the leaves of the plant and the striations have shown up in the grey scale.

The second photo, in my studio with natural light, is again just a snap with no preparation.

Camera: Android – HTC One – using standard phone app with B&W filter.

There are many more links to wonderful photo entries over on the Lens and Pens by Sally Blog.




Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge

Late morning and the frost still hangs around

Late morning and the frost still hangs around

I love the colours of the Australian bush, but sometimes it can be quite tricky to capture – especially with a smartphone. This is my macro contribution to the Phoneography Challenge organised by Sally from Lens and Pens. I tried to get some wonderful mushrooms as well but I need a little tripod as they were all just out of focus.

Phone used: HTC One with no editing.


Old books, warm memories

wpid-wp-1402208378072.jpegI’m standing here cooking a recipe from this book and just realised that this was probably one of the first books I bought that hadn’t been published for the Australian market.
While the book was published in 1975 I wouldn’t have bought it until some time after 1981 – my first year away from home and in need of some good recipes.
I’m not going to photograph the pages that I’ve obviously used a lot, I’ll leave you to imagine what they look like. But clearly back-in-the-day I made lots of Fresh Pea Soup, Potato Soup, Pumpkin Soup, Tomato Soup, and today’s late lunch French Onion Soup.
Clearly I’m feeling the arrival of winter way down here in Tasmania.

So, tell me, what are you cooking tonight?

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014


I love this challenge – it makes me read new stuff. I’m still pretty slack at reviewing though, so this year I’ve upped the anti in the reading department, but opted out of reviewing.  It doesn’t mean I won’t review, just that I’m not committing to reviewing. I guess you might have to be me to understand.


I feel no inclination to preselect the books, I always liked wandering into a library to wait for a book to jump out at me so that’s what I’m going to do here – read other people’s selections, reviews, do my own research and see what comes up.

The main focus will be fantasy but that’s not to say I’m wedded to that genre (not really).

So, off the shelf in January,

  1. Trudi Canavan – The Traitor Queeen
  2. Katie W. Stewart – Treespeaker
  3. Heather Rose – The River Wife

Sisterhood of the World – A Blogging Award

Thank you Margaret Lynette Sharpe for nominating me for this award before the Christmas break.


The rules for receiving the Sisterhood of the World bloggers award are as follows.

  1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
  2. Answer 8-10 questions.
  3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
  4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
  5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

I’m delighted to be considered worthy of this award.

The Questions:

  1. Your favorite color – oh Indigo without a doubt – not only do I wear it the history of the colour is fascinating
  2. Your favorite animal – I can barely remember a time in my life spent without a cat nearby
  3.  Facebook or Twitter – Google+
  4. Your favorite pattern – twill
  5. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? – I enjoy both – especially when it is a surprise
  6.  Your favorite number? – I don’t know but “7” is insisting I write it down
  7. Your favorite day of the week? – Saturday – so much potential in a weekend
  8. Your favorite flower? – Roses or boronia or stackhousia – all with exquisite perfumes
  9. What is your passion? – Spinning, weaving, phoneography, writing, living quietly

And to continue Margaret’s trend I will pass these same questions on to the following bloggers and say thanks for sharing your worlds with me:

  1. Tazzieval – life in the Huon Valley sounds wonderful
  2. Nancy Merrill – whose photos I enjoy
  3. Ellen Gregory – who always has something interesting to say
  4. Cathelina di Alessandri – the alter ego of a Queensland Living Historian
  5. Mary/Mazz –  who shares her experiments with natural dyes
  6. Sally Donnatello –  writes and takes pictures with her phone
  7. Jill Sanders –  whose Saori weaving was the first I encountered
  8. Kaz Madigan –  a wonderful Australian weaver
  9. Nancy Munroe –  handspinner, knitter, designer
  10. Janice Heck – a writer who also like cats

Thanks again Margaret Lynette for the opportunity to explore all your wonderful nominees, I had fun. I hope my nominees find something of interest, too.

I realize not everyone is interested in awards, that’s fine. I find passing on these awards is a way to recognize the bloggers we like, and to share your sites with others bloggers.  So, feel free to accept it or not, there’s no hard feelings either way 🙂