Shine on silvery moon…..

Last weeks full moon was enormous!

Unfortunately this isn’t it!

I went out several times to try and take photos but no luck……. For some reason the camera I have now doesn’t take great night shots…..So these are some I took of another full moon……way back in May 2010. ¬†That was when I had the old Blogspot blog also called Still Waters ūüėä

Nights like this always remind me of a special poem from my school days


Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;

This way and that she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;

One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;

Couched in his kennel, like a log
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;

From their shadowy cote, the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep;

A harvest mouse goes scampering by.
With silver claw and silver eye;

And moveless fish in the water gleam.
By silver reeds in a silver stream

Walter de la Mare 1873 – 1956

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Day time or night time there is always something to see if you look up to the sky

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Take the good with the bad…..

You can’t always have everything you want!
That’s something my mother impressed on me from a young age
Oh, and another saying of her was
You have to take the good with the bad

Bowen is (sometimes) our winter home and when I discovered a file of old photos those expressions turned up in my mind as well

Some winter days in Far North Queensland are great
Like this day at Queens Beach Bowen

July 25th 2011

Sunny skies with a hint of cloud reflected in the watery sand
as the gentle low tide waves rolled in and out

Then there are others that are not so great
Like this day – on the same beach

August 4th 2011

Very grey skies with lots of cloud definitely not reflected in the cold looking sand as the waves thundered in and out

As you can see the weather had a mind of its own this trip – I wanted sunny blue skies everyday but didn’t get them
We had to admire the good and accept the bad.

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A friend admired the recently knitted pink matinee coat (like this one) so that’s gone to new baby who has just moved into a new home in the northern hemisphere.¬† Like the original it turned out quite nice but it was what I would call a bad knit – just like the blue cowl neck jumper – not to be attempted again.

Anyway not to be deterred it was back to the ‘donated to me stash’ and on to another favourite – this sweet lacy front jumper. Such an easy knit which turns out just right each time yet I was undecided with it being such a bright yellow. ¬†There are some who say…’s for a charity, does it matter…… so I’m hoping it will brighten up some little girl’s winter day. ¬†What do you think?

And all was going well – until I woke up yesterday with aching fingers.¬† Yes, for some reason, after quite a long time in remission my mother’s gift of arthritis was making itself known again. Painful swollen knuckle joints are the pits, I should remind myself of this when I try to do too much.¬† Consequently I’ve put the needles aside for a day or two ……rubbed in the Comfrey Cream, which usually works ……and picked up a book instead.

All is good – but I’ll accept the bad when I have my friend to keep me company ūüėä

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The Weather Man said…………………

There was just a small chance of showers
So we went for a drive
Just a little way up the road
Into the Valley
(All photos enlarge with a click)

Vineyard hills

Into the Yarra Valley that is
Past the vineyards where the roadside Wattle was beginning to bloom

Vineyard Wattle

Along the Maroondah Highway
Past the wineries that line either side of the road
(And are hard to photograph travelling at 100kph/62mph lol)

Vineyard sky

Past the sheep grazing in the paddocks on the roadside
Who are also hard to photograph in a fast moving car lol

Sheep on the roadside

Past the vineyards where the pruning gangs
had been working  Рmaybe in the past week
(in the rain)

Vineyard trees

There was nobody to be seen
so it looked like they were enjoying a day of rest
Even tho’ the weather man had said
There was just a small chance of showers ūüôā

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A cloudy day before Christmas

We were on our way up the road before Christmas
Going out the back of Lilydale about 10.30am
Late start to the day – driving to Shepparton 
to see what was available at the SPC outlet
And this was the cloudy sky that caught my attention
Half an hour up the road and we are in open countryside
Clouds were lifting and opening up
This farmer likes his hay covered
possibly for sale
This is another hours drive further up the road
and the cloud is almost not there 
This farmer left his open to the elements
more than likely for his own use
But guess what
At 4.30pm on our way home through Yarra Glen
the clouds have reappeared
If you click and enlarge you will be able to see the tv masts
on the end of the Dandenongs
They are the ones I can see from my backgarden and
have featured here on more than one occasion
(not always through a dirty windscreen tho lol)
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Sunset at Glenelg Foreshore

Whilst we were in Adelaide recently we had dinner
at the Glenelg Surf Club
It had been a scorching hot day and when we arrived
at about 7pm the beach was still full of people
With the sun still above the horizon
it was hard to get photos of the area down below
That’s the lifeguards raised patrol hut in front of the club house
Now the sun has started to drop behind the clouds
the beach is still busy tho’
and for some reason
the sky has a cooler clearer look about it
9.15pm now and the jetty lights have come on
Quite an eerie look to the very hot foreshore
The white van is a local Police divvy van
Just doing a little run around the area 
 ‘cose if you enlarge the photo
you’ll see the foreshore and the beach is still full of people
so on a very hot evening
its better to be safe than sorry
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Going west

After some very rainy wet days last week the thought
of a few days interstate sounded like fun
so we take off very early last Thursday morning
We meet more rain not far along the Western Highway
It came down so heavy at one time
the wipers had a hard job keeping up
so we pulled over for a break
A little further down the highway it cleared up a little
See the blue sky lol
The white blobs are sheep – can’t get great shots when the car is going at 100kms
and someone thinks thats the only speed the car can do on the open road
Thanks goodness for cruise control ‘cose he tends to forget
 that thats the maximum speed
the car can go on the highways
Saw some nice benches and a War Memorial when we took a loo break 
Went past the vineyards at the town with the same name as the winery
Drove past an enormous Koala
Then the sun came out again
Judging by the number of trucks parked at this roadhouse
I’ve a feeling the food must be good 
Grain silos are a common sight now
so were the dark rain clouds
Stopped for a break near the big river
On to the Freeway – not long now
He can now go at 110ks (legally) lol
Still had those black clouds overhead
Heres the tunnels that were put in when the road into Adelaide was altered
Down to the Old Toll House 
and heres that strange sculpture
at the first intersection at the bottom of the hills 
We are here till Tueday
Now which way will we go ??
Time to meet up with friends and veg out
Will fill you in another day
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Grey skies are going to clear up

Well thats what Captain Werner Timmers said
last August on the day we cruised into Glacier Bay Alaska
I’ll leave you to decide ūüôā
Early in the morning looking a bit ho-hum
A couple of hours later
yes – theres some blue sky there
Didn’t last for long tho’
Here we are later in the evening
with the sun going down behind some very low cloud
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Long walk – lots of sit downs

After the very long flight from Australia to Vancouver last August
we certainly needed time to rest up before the Alaskan cruise 
So as well as part days – arrival day and departure day
we decided on having one full day in town as well
This time we planned to start the day by walking from our hotel
over Burrard Bridge to visit the Maritime Museum
 missed out on our last time in town
wander round Vanier Park and then make our way to Granville Island
We had a day of blue skies and sunshine
This photo is of a beach close to the Maritime Museum
Taken from one of the rear windows 
And here is the start of our long walk
Wandering over the grass I came across this strange sculpture
Couldn’t find any information near it and haven’t been able to find any since getting home either
Does anyone know its name and why its there?
We did discover an abundance of benches along the way
Some of which came in very handy
 There were doubles
Heres a couple of singles 
All with views of  downtown Vancouver
As I said lovely sunny skies with a hint of cloud build up
Perfect for walking
We’ll go further another day
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Here I am
– a  little bit chubbier –
under a cloudy sky
on a rather cool day 
Vancouver’s Stanley Park
on our visit in 2004
And Look 
there are benches all over the place lol
Sitting on one close to the inukshuk sculpture
I am surrounded by them :)) 
Hopefully we’ll get time to go to Stanley Park again 
when we are in town next week
Remember I told you about it the other day
Heres an article that shows that same bench and that same sculpture lol
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Our bedroom is at the front of the house and faces West
so when I open the curtains in the morning 
(that would be about 7am at the moment)
I can usually see what is going on where the weather is concerned.
Now its when I get to the back bedroom
aka as the ‘Computer Room’
which faces East and open those curtains
I can ‘really’ see whats in store
Some of you know Dh was sick recently
I didn’t open the curtains in our room, just let him sleep
which meant that I first saw the day from the back window
Oh, it amazing how very different each of our Winter days can be
Heres what greeted me on July 25th
No sunrise but Fog
Yet 2 days later – July 27th
I saw the start of a glorious sunrise 
Same days but from another window
Theres that sunrise again
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Sunset at Waikiki – Skywatch Friday

Not the best of photos
But I hope you are able to see
the masses of people still on the beach
the evening these were taken
After a very warm day
it was a stunning sunset
the low light
making the beachgoers,
the surfers in the waters
the boards and the outriggers
look quite eerie in the shadow
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Cold Cold day – Skywatch Friday

Wednesday morning – freezing outside
but such a bright sunrise
These first 2 were taken at about 7.30am
Someone told me that this is called a mackeral sky
and tells of nasty things to come
Actually the weather forecast was for low temps overnight
and a strong wind in the afternoon
Cold it was, there is snow in up in the ski fields
just over a 2 hour drive away
I found it hard to get the house warm so daft as it might seem
I sat reading with a blanket round me
even tho I had the heating on.
The wind did pick up after lunch
Maybe not as strong as was forecast for our area
but enough to be worrisome
At the same time I noticed this low cloud away to the north east
Still there at 1pm – under a very heavy grey sky
Even the poor sun was in the outer today
Here it is trying to shine through the cloud at 10am
Moved a bit in the sky at 1pm
but still hidden by the low cloud
The strong gale force winds hit the hills
just up the road from us during the night
We live in the foothills of the Dandenongs
and apart from a gust or two during the evening
didn’t see much of them at all
Until Thursday lunchtime lol
Those winds came across the city with a vengeance
sheets of rain making driving hazardous
lightning added for dramatic effect
Sorry no pctures of that tho
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Morning has broken – Skywatch Friday

Morning has broken
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word
Words by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)
set to a traditional Gaelic tune known as “Bunessan”
Sung Here  by a group called Angelis
7.30am May 26th 2010
Its a shame a morning with such promise as seen in this beautiful sunrise
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8.25am May 26th 2010
should just become a bit ‘blah’ once the sun has risen

Silver – Skywatch Friday

A favourite poem of mine from schooldays
Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.
Walter de la Mare
1873 – 1958
The full moon together with a very cloudy sky
last night here in Melbourne
gave me a chance to try out the night setting
on my little point and shoot camera
Some good – some not so good
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Here are some more photos of my early morning walk
The walk I took whilst we were in Adelaide the other week
The one to the little bridge in West Lakes Shore 
that goes over to Delfin Island
Standing looking at the bridge I could see blue skies with some cloud
Yet when I looked down the river to my left it was decidedly grey 
If you enlarge the photo
you’ll get the first glimpse of the rowers
I featured the other day in Watery Wednesday
up there in the top right hand corner

Looking the other way to my right I could see those lovely blue skies 
On the bridge I double checked to my left
still misty and grey
See the large houses with their river front moorings
Yet there was that sunshine on my right
as well as more large houses with their river front moorings
Had to double check the sky on ‘our’ side of the river
the side I was staying on
Yes – we had the sunshine and fluffy clouds
All those misty grey clouds were over the city
where it rained for part
of the Anzac Day March
yet we got only a sprinkling where we were

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Early morning
Very early morning – April 23rd
Filling up at Laverton
Western suburbs of Melbourne
on our way to Adelaide
We’d already been on the road for over an hour
Long interstate drive ahead of us
I’d just about woken up lol
Dh had gone in to pay
I got out to stretch my legs 
looked to one side
as I got back in the car
and saw this beautiful sunrise
So many cars on the road already
I wondered if any of the drivers on their way to work
were able to take it all in
Fabulous way to start a long weekend away from home:))
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April 3 – C (posted early)

Letter C in the Blogging from A-Z April challenge
These are the Dandenong Ranges that are to the east of Melbourne
You can faintly see the tv masts that serve Melbourne and surrounding areas 
The masts can be seen from so many nearby suburbs
and I’ve featured them in lots of posts
Todays letter is C and I could have chosen Cats
but decided that was a bit obvious for me
so chose to look at Clouds
These big fluffy ones below were over the hills on Wednesday
and just itching to be snapped
These photos were taken at the footy oval in Kilsyth
not far from where I live
and where you can get a long shot of the hills
And if I had rembered to use the panoramic setting on the camera
thats what you would have seen lol
to see these in more detail
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Thinking about this post I did some reseach
(Some may remember I didn’t know the name of the clouds in my last Skywatch post)
and discovered :
There are ten main cloud types, which are further divided into 27 sub-types according to their height shape, colour and associated weather,
Apart from their beauty and interest, clouds can provide a useful indication of weather conditions, and weather observers at some 500 locations around Australia send regular reports to Bureau of Meteorology forecasting Offices on cloud types, height, and the amount of sky covered.
A cloud is a visible mass of droplets, in other words, little drops of water or frozen crystals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of the Earth or another planetary body. A cloud is also a visible mass attracted by gravity, such as masses of material in space called interstellar clouds and nebulae. Clouds are studied in the nephology or cloud physics branch of meteorology
There are lots of descriptions and photographs on these links 
This is a very basic site for children
Posted early as this is also my post for Skywatch Friday

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Looking at archived photos
I found these funny ‘scratchy’ looking skies
taken in Proserpine Qld exactly 7 months ago
Taken into the sun
in the main street of town
The church tower has a bit of a menacing look about it
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The sky still had that same look about it
visible through a grubby windscreen
all the way back to Bowen
Does anyone know the name for this sort of cloud formation?

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Theres something about watching dark clouds gather
on one side of the house
Taken 2 days ago from my back deck
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Then looking at the fair blue
 – not quite so cloudy – 
 blue sky on the other
Taken about the same time
from my front door
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