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LIFE IMAGES BY JILL............."Stepping into the light" and bringing together the stories and images of our world........
Through my writing and photography I seek to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.

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Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........
I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. I have a day job, but my passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography. For now my day job supports me until I can pursue my passions full time.
I am a member of South Side Quills in Bunbury, the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia, Photography Group of Bunbury and the Western Australian Photographic Federation.

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Everlasting magic - midwest Western Australia

We have been away for the last 2 weeks travelling and camping in our Pilbara and Mid-West region through Karijini National Park, Mt Augustus, Kennedy Ranges and Coalseam. The wildflowers particularly on our way south between Murchison and Mullewa in the Mid-West region were starting to come into bloom. The everlasting wildflowers were opening their white, pink and yellow faces, and spreading across the red dust like a carpet through the trees as far as you could see. It is hard to show you how magnificent there were.


 Those of you who have stopped by my blog from time to time will have seen my white everalstings images that have gone through several transformations the last couple of years.  Everlastings have papery petals and if you pick them and dry them upside down they can last for years.


We hadn't been up to the Mid-West to see the everlastings blooming for a few years, so I was in wildflower photographers heaven.  I will let some of my images do the talking for me. I am not a botanist, so I won't guarantee my identifications are correct.

 Pink everlastings - lawrencella rosea






These white Splendid Everalstings - Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. splendida
were closed up. I am not sure if they weren't quite ready to open, or the dull overcast day was the problem. However, we did see some open later on. 


These yellows are Golden Myriocephalus - Myriocephalus guerinae


Large Paper Lily - Laxmannia grandiflora 


There seemed to be a yellow variety too.....or perhaps it depends on the age of them. In the RHS pic you can see the flower head before it opens -



Here is my hubbie - animals and birds are more his thing - he probably got tired of waiting for me. He certainly is a patient driver when the call comes to "stop the car"!

 
I could go on and on with more everlastings pics, but I had better stop. I will be back next week with some pics from our travels. Until then have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed the floral show.

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Winter soup warmers in my winter garden

It is winter here in Western Australia. I went around my garden this morning and snapped some pics to show you. It is actually looking very green at the moment... 

In my front garden the last few roses are blooming, the hydrangeas are shooting, the lavender is pushing up a few flower heads, some winter bulbs are coming up, and the gorgeous Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) growing by my neighbour's front driveway is really spectacular. The yellow flower you see in the top row is Hibbertia - a Western Australian native. 



In the back garden, the grape vine has dropped most of its leaves and my lemon and orange trees are offering up their bountiful crops, but my herbs are not looking that great. Amazingly my tropical theme green patio garden is looking really good despite the cold weather we have had. We have managed to resurrect some elk horns, and my old maiden-hair fern in a pot is looking wonderful.



It has been very cold here today, so we put a pot of Pea and Ham soup on the stove. 
It is so easy - just a cup of dry split peas, a ham hock, and whatever vegetables you like - onion, carrot, pumpkin, celery, turnip, parsnip. Just chop the vegetables up roughly, add boiling water, and cook till soft. When cooked, take out the ham hock and chop off the meat into small pieces. Mash the vegies in the saucepan with a potato masher. Return the meat to the pan and reheat. Eat and enjoy! You can have it thick, like in this pic below, or water down if you like a thinner soup. Don't forget some crusty bread.
 


I love home made soup. There is nothing like it. Do you make soup? What are your favourites? Here are some of mine....  Pea and Ham, pumpkin, minestrone, Mulligatawny, and an old family staple - lamb shank, vegetable and barley soup. 


Minestrone with tomato and herb scones. I make the tomato soup base during summer when we have tomatoes in the garden, and freeze it in containers for making minestrone in the winter. 


Did you know that Mulligatawny soup dates from the days of the British Raj and was introduced to Britain by colonists returning from India in the 18th and 19th centuries? The names comes from a Tamil word, milagutannir, which means "pepper water". Ingredients include curry powder, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric. Delicious and certainly a winter warmer!



And those lemons? How about some lemon meringue pie? It is my favourite and my eldest son's favourite, and I think my son's eldest son's favourite too! In fact I think it is our family favourite! We always want a second piece when I make it.


So there you have it, a little look at winter in my corner of Western Australia. Thanks for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.

Lamb  shank, vegetable and barley soup
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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Lyndendale in the winter

Today I am sharing some images from around the grounds of beautiful Lyndendale Gallery along Crooked Brook Road near Dardanup where I have been running a basics photography workshop. Last Saturday was mostly theory, and yesterday afternoon was practical - taking pics around the garden.

Lyndendale is such a wonderful creative, peaceful and supportive environment. Thank you Denise for the opportunity to run my photography workshops at Lyndendale.


How about a sit on the porch?



 I wonder what Miss Muffin kitty cat is looking at through the window?


I love these rustic metal emus on the fence.......Oops! Denise has just told me they are blue wrens! Sorry Denise! and sorry blue wrens for calling you emus! .... well they looked like they had long legs.....oops!



ducks on the dam


By the time I left this afternoon the light was such a beautiful golden and casting wonderful shadows. I took this pic at the front of a property just down the road.


 If you live in the South West corner of Western Australia or are travelling through this way you must go and visit Lyndendale Gallery and see the beautiful artworks on display and for sale from around the South West. Open 11am-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
Here is a link to their facebook page  - Lyndendale Gallery -
 and their workshops page - Lyndendale Gallery workshops


Two of the participants in the first workshop came to us through Art Partners - mentorships in the arts for people of all abilities. You can read more about Art Partners and what they gained from the photography workshop by clicking here - Art Partners Bunbury


Thanks for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Travel Photos Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Travel Photo Thursday, What's It Wednesday, and Oh the Places I've Been. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Making Anzac biscuits & my week in pictures

Last Anzac Day, 25 April, I realised that I hadn't made Anzac biscuits for years.  I mentioned it on my blog post on Anzac Day - you can see it here - 25 April-Anzac Day-We will remember them

So a couple of weekends ago when my grandson came for a sleep over I decided to make Anzacs with him. He loves cooking.


Anzacs are a traditional Australian family favourite biscuit. Everyone has their own ideas as to whether they should be crunchy or soft. I remember great trays of crunchy Anzacs coming out of the oven of my Aunt's wood stove. They waft out a delicious smell through the kitchen.

Here is my Aunt's recipe - she called them "John Bulls" - maybe from the brand of oats she used. 
Mix together 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup dessicated coconut, 1 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup sugar.  
Melt 125gm butter or margarine. Stir in 2 heaped tablespoons of Golden Syrup. Dissolve  1 1/2 teaspoons bi-carb soda in 2-3 tablespoons boiling water. Mix into the butter mixture. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix in well. 
Place flattened balls of mixture onto you baking tray. Baking paper works well. Leave room for spreading. Cook for about 15-20 minutes at about 180C.
Cool on a wire rack. 


According to the Australian War Memorial website it is unknown how Anzac biscuits got their name or how they came to be a traditional biscuit to make on Anzac Day. 

From the 1920s onwards Australian recipe books nearly always included Anzac biscuits but exactly how this recipe became identified with Anzac, or the First World War, is unknown.  The sweet Anzac biscuits are far different to hardtack biscuits which were the standard ration of soldiers and sailors.
Anzac biscuits don't have the shelf-life of hardtack biscuits but they do last a reasonable amount of time, so it is possible that they became known as a suitable inclusion in parcels of small luxuries and comforts that families and charitable organisations used to send overseas to soldiers.

You can read more about Anzac and hardtack biscuits by clicking here - Anzac biscuits 

I think I should have left my Anzacs in the oven a bit longer, as they were a bit soft, but they were delicious anyway!  Do you make Anzac biscuits. Do you have a memory of them from your childhood? 


A few more pics from this past week......
It may be winter, but my grape vine is still wearing it's beautiful autumn colours 


 I drove home via the beach on Thursday to take photos of this beautiful sunset


On Friday I went for a walk along the beach at Koombana Bay in my lunch hour. The shags were drying their wings on the jetty, and didn't particularly like my intrusion....


On Saturday I ran a beginner's photography course at beautiful Lyndendale Gallery near Dardanup. One of the "composition" elements discussed was "leading" and "converging lines". So I snapped this pic on the way home as an illustration. I love this long line of trees.


On Sunday we went up to the bush - I of course had my camera and I spent some time playing around with Aperture priority and looking for interesting shapes, patterns and textures. Can you see the little picture of a tree that a creature has drawn on the leaf in the RH corner pic?


So there you have it - Anzac biscuits - and my week in pictures.

 Thanks for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.

Lyndendale Gallery, Crooked Brook Rd

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Autumn days of May in Western Australia

 May was a hectic month, especially the last few weeks. Some aspects have been purely creative pursuits, and this last week has been elderly parent concerns.

Those of you who stop by my blog regularly might know that I have been doing a 365 project this year - one photo a day for a year. Sometimes this is easy for me, sometimes I take time over taking images, other times not so easy and I just snap a pic on my way home from work, just to get a pic. 

 I thought for today's post I will show you the autumn days of May - and looking at all the yellow and orange it certainly does look like autumn - although we don't get the autumn leaf fall that is common in the northern hemisphere. In Australia our trees are "evergreen", that is, green all year.   If we see any autumn leaf colour we know it is an introduced tree.

Lets start with Flamenco! and our beautiful teacher Nicole from Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company when the company danced for an art group in Busselton - Sol-y-Sombra on Facebook  I love the movement and swirl in this image



The all-line collage program - Picmonkey - crops the images a bit, but you will get the idea I hope.

Below you can see May 1-16th - sunset beach, sunset trees on my way home from work, a park in Armadale, Spanish flamenco dancing at Jackson Art Supplies in Busselton, persimmons, Leschenault Estuary grasses, jelly topped cheesecake at Muffin Break cafe, windswept basalt rocks in Bunbury, sunset over the Bunbury Port, Farmers Market (I must admit the only pic I took on this day!), lunch at Moody Cow in the Ferguson Valley for Mother's Day, matting photos for an art display, coloured pens, rain on my windscreen, waterfront lights, and a new pair of boots for work.





 My favourite image from a Food Photography workshop which I assisted at, held at Evedon Park Bush Resort in the Ferguson Valley.



 and below you can see May 17-31st - it's time for winter sports - junior hockey game, Lyndendale Gallery where I had a photographic display as part of the Ferguson Valley Art Trail, lavender, raindrops on leaves, lunch on the waterfront with my girl-friends, a historic Bunbury house (it's for sale!), Evedon Park Bush Resort in the Ferguson Valley for a photographic event, carrots at the Farmer's Market, photographing food at Evedon Park, oranges on the tree in my garden, my work place, paddocks and trees on my way to work, garden store in South Perth, shadows on lookout steps, and morning skys on the highway to Perth.


I had 2 trips to Perth in 3 days this last week. Here is another look at that morning sky - the LHS is the original, on the RHS I have processed in "Lightroom". I wonder which one you prefer?


 Sunday was the start of June and the official start of winter in Australia. I wonder what June will bring? Next weekend I will be running a "Beginner's photography course" at beautiful Lyndendale Gallery. My first ever photography class! I am looking forward to it with a mixture of excitement and trembling in my boots. 

This afternoon we went to historic King Cottage in Bunbury as they were having an open day. I haven't been there for years. 


I was astounded to see this book in one of the displays. I distinctly remember looking at this book at my Aunt's when I was a child. It held a weird fascination - full of fearsome tales and drawings about what would happen to children if they were naughty - or as on this front cover - what happens when you won't cut your hair or fingernails! Remembering the contents of the book I wonder about the title - Merry Rhymes and Funny Pictures! 
So I looked it up on the net - 

From Wikipedia -

Struwwelpeter in a 1917 edition.
Der Struwwelpeter (1845) (or Shockheaded Peter) is a German children's book by Heinrich Hoffmann. It comprises ten illustrated and rhymed stories, mostly about children. Each has a clear moral that demonstrates the disastrous consequences of misbehavior in an exaggerated way. The title of the first story provides the title of the whole book.
You can even see the whole book by clicking here - Struwwelpeter


I rather liked the idea of this tall circlular kitchen cabinet (see below), circa 1920 made by Metters, to hold spices, flour, sugar, rice etc etc Although I don't know how a round storage cupboard would fit into a modern kitchen. Perhaps drawers in a shallow cupboard flat against the wall might work better.


My month finished on a high - I won a "gold" award last Thursday evening at the Photography Group of Bunbury for this pic on the right of cumquats ready for marmalade making


 I hope you have enjoyed my little look back over my month of May. I hope you had a good May, and an even better June. I know in the northern hemisphere you have gone into summer holidays, whereas down here - down-under - it is winter. Time for hot soup, oranges and lemons on our trees, crisp cold mornings and a fire to warm our home. No snow where I live.

Thanks for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Travel Photos Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, What's It Wednesday and Travel Photo Thursday.  Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

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