Friday, 19 December 2014

FMS Photo a Day Challenge - December 2014

I've been playing along with the Photo a Day Challenge set by
since August 2012 and haven't missed a single day.
Nope, not one day!

Now I'm back at it for another New Year.
I add to this post daily
and also post the photos to the
FMS Photo A Day Facebook group.

1. Fruit - I've just seen this...KATY BERRY...oh wait. Close enough!!

2. Grass - Long grass in the afternoon sunshine.

3. Pop! On Katy Perry's "birthday suit"!

4. Free - This brings a song to mind..."The best things in life are free..." The best thing in my life recently was a mini-break with my husband to see Katy Perry last (not Friday) Monday night. We took this selfie...something we haven't done since our honeymoon 12 years ago, but I'm so glad we did. Free selfies can be fun!

5. Me - I cannot believe that I'm about to post 2 selfies in a row...ME, the one who protested loudly of my loathing for selfies!! But I took this selfie last week (with my el-cheapo phone that doesn't even have that reverse camera thingy so I couldn't see what I was taking) just after I had my hair done for the Katy Perry concert. It was the first time I'd felt pretty in a very long time. Gotta love a wonderful hairdresser who waves her magic wand and turns my out-of-control hair into pretty soft curls!

6. Joy is...putting up the Christmas tree! But joy was mixed with devastation today when I discovered my very favourite decoration, that we bought in Germany on our honeymoon, was smashed into a million pieces. Still recovering... :(

7. Weekends are for...searching for your dream property....

8. Simple pleasure -'s simple but I love it!

9. Decoration - Many of you read my sad story three days ago for "Joy" but for those of you who missed treasured Christmas decoration from Germany was smashed to pieces when the bag fell out of the cupboard earlier this year. I was devastated to find it that way when we put the tree up on Sunday. My Miss 7 tried to stick it back together so I put it at the top of the tree anyhow, but now I get a lump in my throat every time I walk past it.

10. Closed door - These doors are permanently closed because they built a brand new police station a few doors up.

11. Something red - My little Santa Bear...looks like he's had a hard night under the tree!

12. Skyline - Gympie's skyline at dusk.

13. Much loved - My vinyl record collection! I pulled this one out two days ago, don't laugh!!

14. Drink - My favourite with bubbles! Cheers!

15. Super! Super excited to see that my Poinciana has finally flowered this morning. I've been waiting for those buds to pop open for days!

16. Beautiful - Something beautiful for the two innocent lives lost in Sydney overnight. I have such a heavy heart this morning.

17. Sunshine - Sunshine at the farm.

18. Sign - A very clear sign that we're about to get a big storm!! Taken last night.

19. Something to be happy about - Christmas lights' reflections on a rainy night...

20. Food
21. This is interesting
22. 'tis the season to...
23. Tree
24. Colour
25. Celebration
26. Animal
27. I like...
28. Book
29. I need liss of this...
30. Us
31. My best bit of 2014

365 Days of Man's Mark on the World - December 2014

At the beginning of 2013 I began a 365 Project called 365 Days In Nature.
This year I'm continuing that one and starting a new one called 365 Days of Man's Mark on the World.
My goal is to take a photo of something man made every day for the whole year.
I've started a Facebook group to share our photos.

If you want to join us, you can find us here... 365 Days of Man's Mark on the World

Day 335 - 1st December - Glass - More finds from local second hand stores. We have 4 of the yellow glasses and 3 green ones.

Day 336 - 2nd December - Glass - One of each of our whole coloured glass far.

Day 337 - 3rd December - Glass - My favourite glass pendant from Venice.

Day 338 - 4th December - Glass - Christmas is almost here...pretty glass Christmas tea light holders.

Day 339 - 5th December - Glass - My favourite kind of glass on a Friday...cheers!

Day 340 - 6th December - Cultural - Part of the cultural history of our town is the annual Gold Rush Festival. My little Miss 7 danced has danced at it with her Hyland & Irish dancing group for the past two years.

Day 341 7th December - Cultural - Another one from the Gold Rush Festival, some Scottish culture.

Day 342 8th December - Cultural - Some Chinese culture at the Gold Rush Festival.

Day 343 9th December - Cultural - ANZAC Day is a very important part of Australian culture.

Day 344 10th December - Cultural - Another one from ANZAC Day.

Day 345 11th December - Cultural - A quirky past of the Aussie culture is our "BIG" things. This was us at the Big Pineapple at Nambour a few years ago. Look how little the kids were!

Day 346 12th December - Cultural - There's nothing more Aussie than Santa on the back of a ute!

Day 347 13th December - Fences & Gates - All of this week's fences and gates will be from the farm.

Day 348 14th December - Fences & Gates - One of the new fences on the farm, with an old one in the background.

Day 349 15th December - Fences & Gates - A fence with an old shade shelter for the calves.

Day 350 16th December - Fences & Gates - A gate to Nan's house. We lost Nan years ago but we still call it Nan's house.

Day 351 17th December - Fences & Gates - White fences and a gate on the cattle yard.

Day 352 18th December - Fences & Gates - The fence around the house I grew up's about as old as me!

Day 353 19th December - Fences & Gates - A favourite from the farm, looking at the church on the hill through the fence.

Day 354 20th December - Christmas Lights -

365 Days In Nature - December 2014

I began taking a nature photo on the 1st of January 2013.
My goal was to take one every day for the whole year.
I achieved that, now I'm back for another year.
I started a Facebook group to share our nature photos.
It has grown to more than 200 members from all around the world.
And it's the best group on Facebook.
No, I'm not at all biased!
If you want to join us, you can find us here... 365 Days In Nature

Day 335 - 1st December ~ Nature Vs Man: The waves, the rocks, the sand with the Gold Coast high rise buildings in the background.

Day 336 - 2nd December ~ Nature Vs Man: Footprints on the beach.

Day 337 - 3rd December ~ Nature Vs Man: Beautiful man made gardens and ponds at the Maleny Botanic Gardens.

Day 338 - 4th December ~ Nature Vs Man: Blue sky, magpie...power lines & clock tower.

Day 339 - 5th December ~ Nature Vs Man: The final one for the theme...a tree near the man made dam on the farm.

Day 340 - 6th December ~ Frozen/White/Snow: No snow around here but I photographed this pretty white agapanthus in my mother-in-law's garden last week.

Day 341 - 7th December ~ Frozen/White/Snow: A pretty white daisy, with a bonus fly, in my mother-in-law's garden.

Day 342 - 8th December ~ Frozen/White/Snow: White and fluffy...

Day 343 - 9th December ~ Frozen/White/Snow: My favourite ever rose photo, from my Aunty Rose's garden.

Day 344 - 10th December ~ Frozen/White/Snow: A pure white gardenia...perfection.

Day 345 - 11th December ~ Frozen/White/Snow: The closest thing we get to snow here in Queensland...the snowflake bush!

Day 346 - 12th December ~ Frozen/White/Snow: Look! I do have a real frozen/white/snow photo!! Taken 12 years ago on Christmas Day in Vienna....we were so frozen!

Day 347 - 13th December ~ Favourites from the archives: So many photos, which ones to choose for this week?? I have to start with my very favourite pink rose. It's fairly recent so you may remember it.

Day 348 - 14th December ~ Favourites from the archives: I just love the Illawarra Flame Trees that are blooming all around town at the moment. And I love the contrast of the red and blue in this photo.

Day 349 - 15th December ~ Favourites from the archives: I have SO many photos of Rainbow Lorikeets but this is one of my favourites.

Day 350 - 16th December ~ Favourites from the archives: It's my favourite colour and I love how the background came out black. I took this one at Binna Burra a few years ago and today I dedicate it to the innocent lives lost in the Sydney siege.

Day 351 - 17th December ~ Favourites from the archives: My favourite ducky shot.

Day 352 - 18th December ~ Favourites from the archives: This one makes me happy.

Day 353 - 19th December ~ Favourites from the archives: Finishing this week with one of my favourite sunset shots.

Day 354 - 20th December ~ Any kind of animals: