Hump Day Post: Postcard from Tom Price, Western Australia

Tom Price, is a mining town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA). It’s the highest town (in WA) at 747 metres or 2.451 ft above sea level and as such, it has been dubbed ‘Top Town in WA’.

This iron ore mining town is under the control of Rio Tinto. Tom Price has a population of roughly 2.721 with an average age of 29, which reflects the relatively young family community that exists there. The town is named after Thomas Moore Price and is the closest town to the Karijini National Park which is awesome!

When we travelled through the Pilbara region last year, we were blessed with a great show of wild flowers. The rich red soil of the area has to be seen to be believed and the wild flowers flourish and grow, despite the dusty, parched terrain. The Pilbara region puts on an amazing wildflower show every spring and special trips are planned for tourists on an annual basis.

Here then, is a peep…

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Rich red soil

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Month stopping to get its bearing at a compass lookout

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View from Tom Price Mountain

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If you’re planning a trip to the northern part of Western Australia, keep the season in mind  and you won’t be sorry!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow

This week, Ben has challenged us to ‘keep things narrow‘ and to share a photo with our take on the theme.

So, I’ve decided to share one from nature and one man-made ‘narrow’.

This first one is a bit lethal but has beauty in itself.

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This second one is man-made and the beauty is awe-inspiring. I love these grand old building and marvel at how they did that centuries ago – all by hand!

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Have a great weekend – where ever you are 😎

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry On Top

This week Michelle challenged us to, ‘Show us the detail that made a good experience a truly transcendent one — let’s celebrate the cherries on top!’

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So, my grand-daughter saw someone put money in a chocolate machine and win lots of chocolates. Having a mouthful of sweet teeth, she asked her Mum for money.

Off they went without a glimmer of doubt that she too, would get chocolates out of the machine. She came back proud, as proud could be with nine chocolates that she had won all by herself.

Being the beautiful soul that she is, she offered to share them with us and that to me was the Cherry On Top! ❤️

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Details

Jen H’s challenge for this week is Details. It can be something from the natural world or human made.

So, this week, I’m sharing images from both, the natural world and human made.

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Nature doing what it does…

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The intricate details of man made

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Nature’s wonderful details!

Let, Love, Love, Love be your details for this weekend. ❤️❤️❤️

Have a great one – whatever you do! 😊

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

This week Nancy Thanki has challenged us to Look Up and share what we see.

So, I love sunsets and this one here was no exception.

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I also love lamp post – preferably wrought iron ones, but this old style caught my eye when I looked up.

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So there we have it, a couple of things to share for looking up!

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Hump Day Post: Postcard from Redhead, NSW

I’m lucky to live near one of the beast beaches around in NSW, but then again, I’m biased!

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Redhead Beach takes its name from the bluff which is bright red when the sun shines on it. Close to it is a shark tower which was built around 1929 from timber from an old coal mine. It’s believed to be the last remaining shark tower of its kind in Australia before the introduction of shark nets.

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Historic Shark Tower – Circa 1929

The beach extends to nine miles of coastline and the Redhead Bluff is at its northern end with the Redhead Surf Life Saving Club housed there. It is a patrolled beach at this point during the warmer months.

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Surfer and seagull check out the surf

There’s room for us all here: swimmers, walkers, surfers, dogs and 4WD. With so much to do, it’s the perfect location – mostly for locals, so don’t tell anybody, will you?

If I can keep a secret, so can you! 😊

PS: to see Redhead bluff with the sun shining to give it its name, check it out here:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners

So, winter has finally arrived down under. For most of us a chilly water temperature of 16℃ or 61℉ is enough to keep well away, but not so for these partners!

As I strolled along the beach fully decked out for winter with buttoned up jacket and hanging on to my scarf, there were plenty of warm-blooded surfer that treated it as a warm summer’s day!

Too chilly for me, I’m afraid!

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Hump Day Post: Postcard from China

So, a couple of weeks ago, a friend and I went to China for a quick ‘look see’.

Our days were full twelve hours with plenty of movement required which I was unable to do easily.

My trip was a blur as a few weeks before we left, I developed Hip Bursitis or Trochanteric Bursitis which is a bundle of joy! 😢  so, drugged up with pain killers, I forged on for five days. That’s all I could manage!

Still, it’s a good reason to return when I’m over this Bursitis and let me tell you, I’m over it!!

Here then, are a few memories for you to enjoy – pain-free! 😊

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Needs no introduction…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve

Ah, Curves! I love curves. They are soft, flowing and mostly gentle.

That’s our photo challenge from Chari this week.

So, on my recent trip to China, I found an excellent collection of curves I’d like to share for this week’s challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Face

‘For this week’s photo challenge, let Mica’s insights inspire you: share a photo of a face. It could be your own face; the face of a loved one, whose lines and creases you know well; or even a face out in the wild, where you least expect to see one:’

Visiting Cable Beach, Broome, in Western Australia, camel rides at sunset are a must for tourists. Whilst waiting for his rider to arrive, this camel’s face caught my attention. There’s almost a resigned look about him that made me take notice.

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This lizard sunning himself was fully aware of my presence, yet continued basking in the sun, whilst keeping a watchful eye on me!

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Hump Day Post: Postcard from the Heart

‘A little ray of sunshine, has come into our world,

A little ray of sunshine, in the shape of a girl.’

This week, I’m sharing with you our brand new Grand Daughter ❤️

So, last week, little Cora came into our life and looking at her, it was easy to forget the rest of the world. 😍

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Peaceful slumber

Below: Cora’s eyes are closed, resting from her arduous journey. The minute she is placed in her sister’s arm, she opens her eyes and looks at her for the longest time. In silence, two gentle souls are locked in recognition and their bond and love sealed.

Hello Cora, I’ve been waiting to meet you…

Grandchildren are our second lease of life. Just when we think we’re beginning to fade, along they come to rejuvenate us with their love.

We’re honoured to be part of their lives.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Hump Day Post: Postcard from Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park is in the northwest section of Western Australia and is centred in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara Region. Located north of the Tropic of Capricorn, it is 1,055 km (656 ml) from the state’s capital city of Perth.  It was formerly known as the Hamersley National Park and was renamed in 1991.

At 627,422 hectares (1,550,390 acres), Karijini is the second largest national park in Western Australia with Karlamilyi National Park being the largest park.

The park is physically split into a northern and a southern half by a corridor containing the Hamersley & Robe River railway and the Marandoo iron ore mine.

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The Pilbara Region was one of my favourite places as when we visited, wild flowers were a plenty. I’ll do them on a separate post as I found them amazing.

On thing that hits you first up is the vibrant colours of the red soil and rocks, the blueness of the sky (being pollution free) and if they’ve had a good wet season, how green everything is.

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Joffre Lookout

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Joffre Falls

Mr Oz, being a nature lover, can’t help himself climbing around – regardless of the terrain.

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Having said that, I’m glad he wasn’t one of these two brave souls who climbed down Joffre Falls!

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If you’re planning a trip around this part of Western Australia, the Pilbara Region and Karijini National Park is a must!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

This week Jen H’s has challenged us to share our interpretation of Future.

In thinking of the future, we can place our mind either in a negative or positive spin. I’m choosing a positive one!

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The one below, I believe is very much connected to our future. It can help us create a positive self-image – regardless!

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Have a fun weekend! 🙂

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Hump Day Post: Postcard from Kurri Kurri

Kurri Kurri is a small town in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia and its Nostalgia Festival is now in its second decade. It has established itself as one of the Hunter’s premier festivals, featuring all things rock n roll, cars, music, fashion and dancing all from the bygone era of the 50’s.

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It was like stepping back in time and although I’m not stuck in any particular era, it was refreshing to see people making the effort to dress well and look smart – just like they used to. I find it a bit sad sometimes at how our current society is so ‘casual’.

I guess that’s why they call it the ‘Nostalgia Festival’ which gets both thumbs up from me!

We visited there for a day and wished we had planned a longer stay which I’m sure to do next year as the town is also famous for its murals, so it’s worth a weekend visit.

Their website has all the information you need to make sure you have a great time at the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival in 2017.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

This week Chari has challenged to share a landscape photo. For this challenge, I’m actually submitting a Lakescape  🙂

I’m lucky – I live near Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia. Below is one of the many yacht clubs that are on the lake’s shores.

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Lake Macquarie (or Awaba) is Australia’s largest coastal salt water lake. It covers an area of 110 square kilometres (42.5 sq mi) and is connected to the Tasman Sea by a short channel.

Lake Macquarie is twice as large as Sydney Harbour and is the largest permanent salt water lake in the Southern Hemisphere.

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