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Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it. And in many ways it is my journal of everyday life. If you click on the Index you can see my posts under various topic headings.
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. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
Most recently I have been enjoying exploring other art genres, including Eco-printing with Australian leaves onto cloth and paper.
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Monday, 11 February 2019

Happy valentine's Day - and "Storm Boy" the movie

 Happy Valentine's Day to all the friends and lovers out there wherever you are.


And for those who love a romantic movie, here are a few that are on my list, in no particular order. I wonder what your list looks like? 
Meryl Streep & Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society
  • The Holiday
  • Out of Africa
  • Dirty Dancing 
  • Pretty Woman
  • Ghost
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • The Mirror Has Two Faces
  • Mumma Mia
  • Notting Hill
  • Poldark 
  • The English Patient
  • Robin Hood Price of Thieves
  • The Time Traveller's Wife
  • Kate & Leopold 
  • Australia 
  • Brief Encounter 
  • Chocolat
  • Frankie and Johnny

And another love story of a very different kind - the poignant Australian story, Storm Boy, based on the book by Colin Thiele, and staring young Finn Little as Michael and Mr Percival the pelican. With supporting roles from Jai Courtney (Hide Away Tom), Trevor Jamieson (Fingerbone Bill), Geoffrey Rush (Mike Kingley), and Morgana Davies (Madeline, Mike's grand-daughter). 

If you like Australian movies with a nature base, this is one for you. Filmed along the Coorong on South Australia's south coast, it tells the story of a young boy who lives with his father in a hut in the Coorong after tragically loosing his mother and sister, and the love he has for the baby pelicans who come into his life after their mother is shot by hunters.

Bring your tissues. I saw the original adaptation in 1976 and I am so glad I went to see this new version.

I'm now going to reread my book which I have had on my bookshelf since the 1976 movie.


A couple of my photos from the Coorong National Park in South Australia when we visited in 2013. With pelicans of course! Below you can see the lake with sand dunes beyond, and beyond that is the Southern Ocean. 

"Established in 1966, the Coorong National Park is a spectacular saline lagoon stretching 140km. It is separated from the Southern Ocean by sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula, and is internationally significant under the Ramsar agreement as a migratory wader and waterfowl refuge". from Coorong Country.com


26 romantic movies to get you through Valentine's Day 
50 best romantic movies 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 
 What romantic movies are on your list, and have you seen any feel good movies lately? Perhaps you would like to tell us about them in your comments.
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Sunday, 3 February 2019

The Roofgoats and friends - Fringe Festival Bunbury 2019

 Have you ever been to a concert in an Art Gallery?

On Saturday evening I went to see the opening night of "The Roofgoats and friends" performance, "12 Brag Faves", at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery as part of the Fringe Festival.  

Describing themselves as a folk-rock live theatre band, who have been performing since 1995, The Roofgoats performed all new material written by Roofgoat members to interpret through words, music and song, twelve pieces of art selected by Art Gallery staff. There was also original poetry by Ben Mason, comedy from Dave Phillips, dance interpretation by Nicole Kostezky, and a sea-shanty sung by The Anchormen.

And what a FABULOUS show it was performed in the chapel gallery of the Art Gallery to a packed audience.


 Before the show we were introduced to the selected artworks through a thoroughly enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek, comic introduction by "Dudley Featherstone". 

Paintings included works by Australian artists Guy Grey-Smith's "Landscape", Arthur Boyd's "Wimmera Landscape", the social-political work "The Lovers" by Julie Dowling, and an early "Bunbury Harbour" scene by Sam Wheeler.  The paintings were projected behind the group during the performance of each piece.

 Supporting The Roofgoats was an expanded group of supporting friends, which included Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) music student Lydia McIntyre, and University of WA (UWA) conservatorium piano student Annabelle Robinson adding their feminine tones to the group. 

A few pics from the show -
Below clockwise from top left - Brad Snelling (the husband of a school teacher friend), Lydia McIntyre (daughter of my dancing friend), Mike McIntyre (Lydia's Dad!), poet Ben Mason, comedian Dave Phillips, and Annabelle Robinson (vocals, trumpet and guitar).
The Anchormen (a group formed in April 2018) sang an original sea-shanty, "Yo Ho Haul Away", written by Damian Maher and inspired by the art work "Bunbury Harbour" (1903) by Sam Wheeler.



And the many faces of my friend and dance teacher, dancer and artistic director of Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company, Nicole Kostezky, as she physically interpreted the music and art works. 

"Surely some physical expression would help showcase these visual artworks?" "I know someone" said Mike and so began Nicole's collaboration with The Roofgoats.  

Nicole commented: " It was a privilege to dance as part of an amazing show, with such a talented bunch of artists."
Nicole giving a Spanish Flamenco interpretation of the song "She's a Rose" written by Brad Snelling, influenced by the painting "Landscape" by Guy Grey Smith. 



At the end of the night The Roofgoats were given a standing ovation. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of "12 Brag Faves" by The Roofgoats and friends, and lucky for me I had a good seat from which to take photos! :) 

But why Roofgoats? I asked them -
"Alan Payne, our squeezy player, when we were fishing around for a name said " I saw goats on a roof in City beach once and thought 'that would be a good name for a band'". We've tried, but never been able to shake it."


 See more of the Roofgoats on Facebook at - The-Roofgoats
 The Fringe Festival - Bunbury Fringe
 a few more photos from my Facebook album - Jill Harrison on Facebook
and Sol-y-Sombra Spanish Dance Company - Solysombra Dance


The Bunbury Regional Art Gallery is housed in the former Sisters of Mercy Concent and Chapel built in 1897 in Federal Free Medieval style, a blend of Gothic and Southern European architectural characteristics.


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Monday, 28 January 2019

Australia Day - Cooee!!

26 January is Australia Day and Australians gather together all across the country and overseas to celebrate our amazing country. 

I've blogged before about Australia Day, what it represents, and what Australians do on Australia Day, so today I am going to do something a little different - "Cooee!" If you are not Australian you may well ask what is "cooee"? 
It is a loud and shrill call - a long "cooooo" followed by a whippy "ee". Play the video below to hear it.


 If you are Australian you will know that it is a call that carries over long distances to attract attention, find missing people, and which means "where are you" or "I am over here". 

I've heard that sometimes Australians will call it when they are in a big crowd overseas, just to see if they will get a response from another Aussie. I wish I had thought to do this when we were among the thousands of people at the Trevi fountain in Rome last year! It would have been amusing to hear the result. 
If you have been to a cricket match in Australia, you may have heard a 'cooee' called and then picked up and called by others around the stadium.




Cooee, the iconic call of the Australian bush, has its origins from the Australian Aboriginal - Originally a call used by an Aboriginal person to communicate with someone at a distance, the word comes from the Dharug Aboriginal language of the original inhabitants of the Sydney area, from the word gawi or guwi meaning 'come here'. Cooee is recorded from the early years of European settlement in Sydney.

Later adopted by settlers and now widely used as a signal, especially in the bush; it is often found in the phrase "within cooee" meaning 'within earshot' within reach, near'.

from: Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms

The expression "within cooee" has developed within Australian English as slang for "within a manageable distance". It is also used in the negative sense i.e. "you're not even within cooee", meaning not close to or, a long way off. Another example would be: "They realised they were lost and there was no-one within cooee". 

The word cooee has become a name of many organisations, places and even events.

·         Many recruiting posters in Australia during World War 1 used "Coo-ee". A number of songs and poems were written at the time and a competition to select the best of these was held.  The poster below depicts an Australian solider in the Dardanelles using the "Coo-ee" to summon reinforcements from Australia in 1915.

Australian World War 1 recruitment poster
Perhaps the most historic event was the Cooee March during the First World War. 


In 1915 recruiting committees were formed in nearly every town throughout Australia. In the central west of New South Wales a movement began which became known as the 'Gilgandra March'. Under the leadership of W.T. ('Captain Bill') Hitchen, 20 or so men who had determined to enlist started off to march to Sydney. Gathering other recruits along the way, they numbered about 300 by the time they reached Sydney. This was known as the Coo-ee March.

 The monument you see above, designed by Brett Garling, was unveiled in Gilgrandra on Anzac Day 25 April 2015

Their example was soon followed by other marches from around New South Wales and Queensland.

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Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you have enjoyed my post today. Have you ever heard a "coo-ee"? Have you used it? Perhaps you would like to tell us about it in your comments.  I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.  

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Celebrating Australia Day and Waltzing Matilda 

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