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Madness [Apr. 4th, 2006|07:42 pm]
Well what can I say, work life has changed from mundane to highly charged and challenging, but overall very rewarding over the past four weeks. My daughter (who was less than impressed with my returning to my current work roll) made a comment to me a wek ago that she didnt understand why, but since I started my new job, I appear much happier depsite the long hours and addedd stress. The answer is really very simple. I am being fully challenged with work and well supported in this process. I can cope with the long hours because they amount to real work, not paper shuffling and do make a difference in children's lives. I have seen such positive changes in parents of two families that have resulted in really good outcomes for kids which is what keeps me in this work.

Hubby was away in Queensland last week and when I found the time to do so, I missed him very much. However he had a great time and returned home somewhat rested. This was hte first holiday he has taken in 6 years that was not related to softball competitions which result in his returnign home sore, tired and very sorry for himself. So it was nice to see him get away for a few days to just rest.

The mad ouse here continues to thrive. The dog has taken to guarding the baby's cot and growling if anyone approaches the cot (he used to guard the baby's motehr's bed when she was younger as well). While the sentiment is sweet, the result is not as his growling wakes her up when her mother goes to check on her.
Winky puss have become a little more daring and has made an entrance into the house a couple of times unchalelnged by muffy cat (I didnt name either cat, honestly).
The final member of the animal collection, the cockatoo reacts with agression every time I go near him. I suspect it is becasue he disliked me takign photos of him with a flash :) .

No photos to update this week, the weekend was merly for relaxing and sleeping and catching up with non photographer friends. Hopefully next week will see some new additions. I am trying to get to Traralgon tomorrow (work related but will still afford photo opportunities) amd may yet have to fly to Queensland in the next week (also work related).
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Werribee Zoo [Mar. 25th, 2006|11:48 pm]
Well, I finally managed to get out for a day taking pictures. A group of us from the POTD site arranged to go to Werribee Zoo today for there open veichle safari. We had beautiful weather and the 10 of us were joined by a couple from Perth who must have despaired of the company they found themselves in although they did seem to enjoy themselves. despsite the girl stating that she was initially afraid to bring her camera out after seeing what we were all toting.

We visited the hippos who were most uncooperative and would not give the must have image of a huge yawing hippo mouth. Oh well, on to the bison which are amongst the ugliest of animals. We stopped at a picnic spot beside the Werribee river for afternoon tea of coffee and choc chip muffins before proceeding on to the flood plains where the Giraffe, Camels and Rhinos and Zebras are. After many jokes about the attractiveness of Zebra butts, we concluded the tour and wandered back to the lion display. On arrival back at the lions, we discovered they had just been fed and were treated to one lioness who was showing off her dinner very close to the glass wall and after Richard cleaned the window (how wonderful to have a male along who was so well prepared) we managed some very stunning images of her eating.

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Change, the ever constant [Mar. 6th, 2006|08:17 pm]
Unfortunately no new images ot post tonight. Life has been beyond busy over the last week or so. Preparations for our wedding aniversary are well and truly underway and keeping me busy. If an image were to be posted, I am sure it would have to depict clutter and chaos, as that is how the week has been.

I commenced in my nw job today, a move from telephone work to direct case work and talk about being thrown in the deep end and trusting to the forces of nature to guide me. However it is exciting and challenging to be back in the the thick of active case work.

I am hoping to get out at the weekend for at least half a day making images, even if I get no furhter than Point Cook Homestead.
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(no subject) [Feb. 26th, 2006|04:02 pm]
It has been several months now since i have updated this jounal. Months in which a great deal has occurred. My depression worsened to the extent that I saw nothing but blackness in this world and no longer wanted to be part of it,I isolated myself to a large extent and finaly attempted to leave. Fortuantely my attempt failed and led me to seeking asistance. Three months later, I am getting well and am addressing my alcohol misuse. The world is now looking a much more pleasant place to be and I am now re-engaging with it. I have resumed getting out there and taking photographs and occasionaly creatign an image I am very pleased with such as the image of Altona Pier below. I set the alarm for 5.00am and trundled down to Altona pier in order to set up well before the sun started to make it's appearance. The reward for such an antisocial waking time was an image that I am very pelased with.

I am in the midst of palnning for three major events in the next couple of months. Marcg 13th sees my husband and I celebrating our 25th wedding aniversary with our friends and family during which we will be rewnewing the promises we made to each other 25 years ago. April 19th sees the 1st birthday for my little granddaughter. It seems no time at all since I was posting about her birth and now she is crawling and attmepting to stand up.

Finally, I am preparing for a four week trip to Scotland leaving here on 28th april. This is a trip I have been wanting to make for a very long time. Planning this has been a challenge, however all is organised now and I just have to wait now until the day I depart.
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(no subject) [Feb. 26th, 2006|02:58 pm]

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How time flies [Oct. 7th, 2005|11:41 pm]
It seems no time at all since she was a new born and struggling to feed

at all.  Now look at her.  She loves her food and is very

independant, wanting to help in feeding herself.  This is

certainly a pic for the 21st birthday story board, or to show

boyfriends.  Have simialr pics of her mother which she hated, yet

for this image, I responded to her mother's cries of MUM, wheres the

camera, you HAVE to get a pic of this :) .  Brit sat by herslef

for the first time on Wednesday night, although it was only for a few

seconds.  Sh eis also trying very hard to crawl.

On other news, hubby is in Adelaide for the next ten days playing

softball (up to 3 games a day), no doubt he will arrive home tired,

sore and sorry for himself.

The cocatoo has settled in soemwhat and so far is behaivng himself with

the only intellgble words uttered being "hello cocky", mind you, the

unintellible sqawks could be hi s gaelic swearing, bu twho would

know.  His worst offences to date are sqarking at 6.30 am. 

The dog sits at the cage staring at the occupant in some disgust but

not sure what to make of him, mind you, I am soemwhat the same.

I arrived home from work the other day to fnd mysekf having a serious

discussion with the bird as to why he was lsoing feathers, before

realsing, "ahh this does not seem normal somehow:.

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Of tulips and madness [Sep. 28th, 2005|07:30 am]
I visted the Tesselar Tulip Festival on Sunday.  A delightful

display of colour and a chance to catch up with friends.  Even

managed a couple of nice images :) .  This is probably my

favourite from the day (others can be seen at


This weekend will see me meeting with firiends for a photo day at the

Melbourne Zoo, so hopefully some nice images from there.  My

favourites at the zoo are the butterflys and the baby orangatung. 

Meanwhile back at our own private Zoo (mad house) we have aquired a new

addition of a cockatoo, I arrived home yesterday from work to find the

cage being installed (outside my bedroom wall).  I am informed

that it's name is Cocky and that knows six swear works in English and

many more in Gaelic, I can see an educative time ahead, not to mention

the reaction of hubby's cutomers when they walk into the shop after

being  sworn at :).  The dog and cats are even less impressed

than I am at the new arrival.

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(no subject) [Aug. 25th, 2005|06:25 pm]
Well, I have an interview as a result of my recent application. Interview is scheduled for 8 September 2005 so time no wto ensureI am well prepared, so lots and lots of reading to get through and picking the brains of everyine I know in the non government sector.

Feeling pretty unenerved by the prospect of moving to an NGO if succesful cos it will be far different to where I am currently.

Work has continued to be fast paced and demanding a lot of hours. I was lucky to escape some training being cancelled on me. Is only the fact that I have been scheduled to complete this on 4 prior occasions, all of which have been cancelled due to workload issues that allowed me to still attend.

On a less possitive note, I attended a funeral for on eof our friends on Monday, a healthy vibrant 56 year old who suffered a massive haart attack with no prior warning at all. A sad loss for all who knew him and whos elife he has imapcted upon. Also a bit of an alert to all of us to watch our diet's and lifestyles and maintian the best health we can.
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2005|09:49 pm]
Well today was the DIGI day out for a group of us form POTD and the four images below were all taken around the Queenscliff area.

I headed there yesterday and stayed at a wonderful cabin in the Beacon Resort in Queenscliff (it actually had temprature controleld hot water and lots of water pressure).

Took some images around the Point Lonsdale area before heading back for a relaxing evening before metting up[ woth the crowd today/
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2005|08:48 pm]

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