365 Unusual things: 330-336

330. In a huge shop of Christmas decorations, only one small table held nativity scenes. The rest was tinsel and bling, including witch dolls and black Christmas trees. 331. I’ve had just one translated story published this year (it used to happen more often) and today I got an offer to publish a second one,Continue reading “365 Unusual things: 330-336”

Black and white Art Deco

A few years ago I went to Napier in New Zealand, the Art Deco ‘capital’ of the world due to the style of its architecture constructed after the commercial part of the town was destroyed in an earthquake in 1931. I took this photo (on the right) of one of the buildings with vintage carsContinue reading “Black and white Art Deco”

365 Unusual things: 323-329

323. A potter friend made a ceramic egg carton, put a few eggs in it and advertised it on Facebook who took it down because it promotes animal products. She took the eggs out, advertised it again, and it passed the test.

365 Unusual things: 316-322

316. At an ice cream shop this afternoon, I had to ask which flavours had dairy in them because about half were marked “vegan”. 317. I signed up to sponsor a girl in Ghana today. Her name is Forgive. She has been waiting 99 days for a sponsor. 318. Went out for a walk becauseContinue reading “365 Unusual things: 316-322”

Black and white dams

At present there is a lot of water in the south-east of Australia. The rain keeps falling and the rivers keep overflowing into towns. Sometimes the authorities release water from catchment dams to try to prevent them spilling over, though the released water can cause problems downstream. The release of dam water is always aContinue reading “Black and white dams”

365 Unusual Things: 309-315

309. At a major grocery store I saw shelves of bread loaves behind the counter and asked if I could buy one, but the “bakers” assured me they weren’t cooked yet. But they looked cooked! 310. Today I found a beehive in a tree hollow. 311. Saw two baby peewees (magpie larks) on an overheadContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 309-315”

365 Unusual Things: 302 – 308

302. Passed a pink house falling into ruin, all blinds down, letterbox smashed, flowerpots full of rubbish, matching pink fence collapsing, next door to a house with fake security tape stretched across the yard saying “Keep Out. Haunted House”. 303. Today I saw a gallows with a skeleton hanging from a noose, dressed in aContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 302 – 308”

Black and white animal lovers

Recently I was leaning against a tree with my camera shutter set to electronic, that is, silent, when a girl walked towards a swan to tempt it out of the water. She was wearing a dinosaur dress with spikes down the back. I took her picture and converted it to black and white. Then IContinue reading “Black and white animal lovers”

365 Unusual Things: 295-301

295. Walked on a beach where the driftline was peppered with blue things, mostly bluebottles. 296. Been married 40 years today. That’s unusual. 297. Stopped to look at a large vertical rock on the beach but couldn’t get close to it because of storms and a high tide, but noticed there were several memorial plaquesContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 295-301”

365 Unusual Things: 288-294

288. Watched an adult woman climb a rock-climbing wall in a children’s playground. 289. Saw two boys who had caught a yellow fish at the pond. Possibly a type of goldfish, grown large out of the fishbowl. 290. Went to a pub named Sirens which is opposite the Ambulance/Police/Fire Brigade building. 291. Received some freeContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 288-294”