Where am I?

“Just go. Go see all the beauty in the world.” – unknown Just for fun… Can you guess where these 10 textured places are? This is for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge CFFC – Texture 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 The clue is in my tags 😂

The Windows of St Giles

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own.” – unknown St Giles’ Cathedral is a working parish church located in the Old Town of Edinburgh. The cathedral is located on the Royal Mile, and one thing that…

Purple Flowers

“Enjoy every purple moment.” – unknown These are some purple flowers which I saw by the gate while walking to the Mornington beach, Melbourne. For Cee’s FOTD Challenge- Purple Flowers and for Irene’s Sunshine Macro Monday Purple Flowers

Abbotsford Convent

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton Just 4 km away from the Melbourne CBD, you will find the Abbotsford Convent. This is a 16 acre historic building with amazing sprawling gardens. It is home to studios, galleries, cafes and…

Bottle Brush

“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.” – Paulo Coelho The bottle brush, is an Australian native blossom. Bottlebrushes are Callistemons, a member of the Myrtacaea family (Myrtles) (Thanks LWBUT for the info). This is for Cee’s FOTD Challenge Bottlebrush – and for Irene’s Macro Monday – Bottle Brush

The Benches in Paoay Church in the Philippines

“One day you will wake up and realize there won’t be anymore time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho This is the Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. This church is also known as the St Augustine Church and has been standing since 1704. The architecture…

Those Doors and Street Arts

“Oh, the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind.” – Dr Seuss Found these doors and streetart one rainy day. It is in the middle of the city of Melbourne and is in alley ways. There are also doors in sprinklers, fire hydrant and water meter which are camouflaged with street arts. This…

Roadtrip to Ilocos, Philippines – Wanderlust @97

“Discover how beautiful our country is and how wonderful our people are. Time to fall in love with the Philippines.” – Tony Meloto A few years ago, my husband and I went with my family on a road trip to the northern part of the Philippines. It was a fun and educational experience. We went…

Venetian Masks

“Behind every mask there is a face, and behind that a story.” – Marty Rubin Venetian masks are very popular in Venice, not only during the ‘Carnival of Venice’, which is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy, but it is also used in many other occasions. These masks are characterised by elaborate, ornate designs…

It’s Been Two Years…

“Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way they they could never go back to the person they once were.” – unknown “Hi, my name is Teresa and it has been two years since I had my stroke.” I went to my Zumba class after dinner. Two songs after, I felt…

Doors in Edinburgh

“Collect moments, not things.” – unknown Here are some doors from my 2016 trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. This is for Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge – featuring the Doors in Edinburgh. I am also squeezing in some sites in Edinburgh near the Royal Mile. A painting of a door on a wall. The Kirk of the…

Purple flowers

“I must have FLOWERS, always, always.” – Monet Spring flowers are all out now, and I love it. This is for Cee’s FOTD and for City Sonnet’s Favourite Colour – Purple flowers

A View of The Scottish Highlands – Wanderlust @96

“The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” – Cherie Gilderbloom The Highlands of Scotland is a mountainous region, the centre of which is Loch Ness. It is known for its mythical monster called “Nessie”. Unfortunately, I didn’t see her/him. The city of Inverness is known as the “Capital of the Highlands”. To continue with the…

Pull Up a Seat

“Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss I have here some long benches for Xingfumama’ Pull Up a Seat Challenge. I found these benches in the Melbourne Museum grounds where I took this photo of my husband and my daughter.

Somewhere in the Highlands

“All I need is just a little trip around Scotland. That’s all.” – Scotland travel quotes Fascinating views while my cousin drove us around. Sorry that some shots were even blurry. But here are some doors of farms, an exhibition centre, residential houses, distilleries and a shop. For Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge – Somewhere in…

The Stone Walls of Holyrood Palace

“I travel because seeing photos in a brochure wasn’t good enough for me. It was to be there, that was everything.” – Wiremu Ratcliffe Holyrood Palace is the Queen’s Official residence in Edinburgh. It has been the home to royalty for over 500 years now. It is in the east of the city centre, at…

Countryside / Small Town in Scotland – Wanderlust @95

“So much of what you are is where you’ve been.” Travel quotes Braemar in Scotland is surrounded by mountains and unspoilt and unpopulated countryside. This week, this is my entry to Amy’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge #64: Countryside and/or Small Town The Scottish town of Braemar is in the Highlands. It has a lovely looking village…

I Want to Say Thank You ……

“The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.” Julia Child No matter if we’ve been together for 1 or 30 years, anniversaries are still a special time for us. But it is now a different feeling for me. It…

Orange Clivia Miniata Kaffir Lily

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.” – Buddha I love this time of the year when all the flowers are showing off their beautiful colour. This is spring time in Australia. Cee’s FOTD Challenge

Step Aboard the Britannia – Wanderlust @94

“I name this ship Britannia. I wish success to her and all who sail on her.” – HM The Queen It was a great start to our few days in Scotland, by having a visit to the royal yacht berthed just 15 minutes away from the Edinburgh city centre. But first… coffee and lunch at…

Bronze Unicorn and Lion on the Gate of the Queen’s Gallery

“Coming back to Edinburgh is to me like coming home.” – Charles Dickens Today, let me take you to the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh, Scotland for Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge. On the entrance of the gatehouse of the Holyrood Palace you will see this panel with a unicorn and the little plaque below it…

The Colour of Spring

“Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.” For Cee’s FOTD Challenge – The Colour of Spring And City Sonnet’s a Photo a Day Challenge September – Floral

The Golden Gate to Versailles – Wanderlust @94

“No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang The Palace of Versailles is perhaps the most opulent and beautiful palace in Europe. This was once home to kings and queens of France. It is one of the most…

Silhouettes and Monochromes

“You go to new places and it opens your eyes to different things you haven’t seen before. Everything from colors, to silhouettes, to patterns – it just comes from everywhere.”-Lauren Conrad This is for Monochrome Monday and for Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Silhouette

My little Pirate is now 29

“Whatever you do, do it well,” – Walt Disney Boys when they were little, would usually say that they would like to be a fireman, a policeman or an astronaut when they grow up. But no, not my Timmy Boy… he wanted to be a pirate! His drawing was chosen to be on the cover…

The Sun, the Rain and some White Lilies

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh Loving these Lillies … It is Melbourne, so it is just normal to rain then following shortly after, the sun comes out so brightly. For Cee’s FOTD Challenge – The Sun, the Rain and some White Lilies ; for My first…

Musee du Louvre – Wanderlust @93

“My favourite thing to do is go where I’ve never been.” – anonymous The Musee du Louvre or just plain the Louvre is one of Paris’ most iconic attractions. It was first a medieval palace during the 12th century, then becoming a Royal palace. Presently, it is the largest museum in the world, spanning more…

Four Doors and a House

“If you feel you have to open a particular door, open it, otherwise all your life that door will haunt your mind!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan The following are bright coloured doors which make it stand out from neighbouring homes. This is my entry for Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge-Four Doors and a House. Hope you…

Falling Leaves

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” – Chad Sugg November is not my usual choice of month to travel primarilly because it is too cold (if destination is Europe). But so glad my husband and I decided to do it last year, as we were…

In My Daughter’s Garden

“A father holds his daughter’s hand for a short while, but he holds her heart forever.” It was Father’s Day yesterday here in Australia and my daughter invited us over to her place to have lunch. But what I noticed first are the blooms in her garden. This is for Cee’s FOTD – In My…

Roaming the Streets of Paris – Wanderlust @92

“Paris is not a city; it’s a world.” – King Francis I Aside from Disneyland, Paris is the only other place that was in my bucketlist when I was a lot younger. I thought to myself that when I find a boy, Paris is the place to be, because it is the City of Love…