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Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist. Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.



Tuesday, 2 March 2021

February 2021 wrap up - Covid photo a day project

 Hi everyone! Here we are already in March! It is the first day of autumn here in Australia, so I guess those in the northern hemisphere are looking forward to spring. I hope you and yours are staying well and safe. 

There is always something flowering here in my corner of the world. The bees are loving the Eucalypt Marri - Corymbia calophylla - flowers right now. 

I know I have said it before.....but I didn't expect when I started my Covid photo a day project in March 2020 to still be taking photos a year later. But here we are. The Covid vaccine is starting to roll out around the world, and I hope this will make us all breath easier, that there will be a dramatic drop in hospitalisations and deaths, restrictions will ease, and we will slowly get back to life as it was before Covid. Though I think we should hang on to some of the things we have learnt during this time....like what is important, and having a quiet space. 

We in Australia have been very fortunate with relatively very low case and death statistics. I don't know when the vaccine will be available to my family, but we will certainly be ready for it. 

I am not sure when my photo a day project will end. Perhaps I will round it up on the day I started last year, or the day I receive my vaccination. I don't know yet. But here for your enjoyment, I hope, is a glimpse into my life in Australia during February 2021.

1 February 2021 - Monday - we came into a  unexpected snap 5 day lockdown due to a community spread case of Covid 19 in our capital city Perth. I spent the day making 2 masks each for everyone in my immediate family. 

2 February 2021 - Tuesday - early morning walk along the Collie River in Eaton. Yes we wore our masks.. Something new to us. 

3 February 2021 - Wednesday - early morning light on paperbarks along Millers Creek walk in Eaton.

4 February 2021 - Thursday - bonus shot - street art under the bridge along the Millers Creek walk.

4 February 2021 - Thursday - the bush is tinder dry. Our hearts go out to people north east of Perth where there has been a bushfire raging all week. Over 80 homes lost.

5 February 2021 - Friday - beautiful Frangipanis in my garden

6 February 2021 - Saturday - bonus shot - raindrops on my hydrangeas in my garden.

6 February 2021 - Saturday - the bees are buzzing in the marri flowers

7 February 2021 - Sunday - we have had rain all night from a tropical low. We went down to the beach this afternoon. It started to rain again. I wanted to capture some dramatic shots. It wasn't as rough as I expected due to the offshore wind. I've enhanced in Lightroom.

Monday 8 February, 2021 - kite-surfers and wind-surfers having fun on the Leschenault Estuary. Should have had my bigger camera!

Tuesday 9 February 2021 - again, should have had my bigger lens with me. Egret along the Collie River walk

Wednesday 10 February 2021 - eucalypt leaves along Millers Creek walk

Thursday 11 February 2021 - getting some new botanical eco-print cards ready for Tree Street Art Safari in March

Friday 12 February 2021 - back to our normal Friday morning volunteering routine in the Eaton Primary School library

Saturday 13 February 2021 - fabulous Chinese lantern display in the Stirling Gardens friendship gardens for Chinese New Year. These lanterns were decorated by school children. So effective. More pics here - Chinese New Year

Saturday 13 February 2021 - bonus shot autumn leaf eco-print

Sunday 14 February 2021 - surprise Valentines Day lunch at Green Door Winery in the Ferguson Valley. This is the 100 mile share platter.

Sunday 14 February 2021 - bonus shot - after lunch we went up to the Collie Dam to check on progress of the dam wall mural. It is looking amazing. More about this project here - Painting the Wellington Dam Wall

Monday 15 February 2021 - paperbarks along the Miller's Creek walk

Tuesday 16 February 2021 - baking day - apricot slice - yum

Wednesday 17 February 2021 - collecting shadows

Thursday 18 February 2021 - getting ready to sew

Friday 19 February 2021 - making tote bags from eco-printed fabric

Saturday 20 February 2021 - flags at the Bunbury Multicultural Festival

Saturday 20 February 2021 - bonus shot - taken by my husband - me with my Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company family at the Multicultural Festival.  That's me standing next to our only male dancer, 4th from left. 

Sunday 21 February 2021 - Scarborough Beach waterfront, Perth - we travelled to Perth to attend our nephew's 40th birthday party which was cancelled last year due to Covid. 

Monday - 22 February, 2021 - sheep truck on the highway on the way home from Perth

Tuesday - 23 February 2021 - collecting shadows along the Miller's Creek walk

Wednesday - 24 February 2021 - making eco-printed tote bags in prep for the Tree Street Art Safari

Thursday - 25 February 2021 - our quinces are looking fabulous

Friday - 26 February 2021 - red capped gum - Eucalyptus erythrocorys - illyarrie - are bursting into flower in our area.

Saturday - 27 February 2021 - Corymbia calophylla "rosea" - the rarer variety of Pink Marri - flowering at the end of the Miller's Creek walk. You can see the common creamy coloured Marri at the beginning of this post. 

Saturday - 27 February 2021 - bonus shot - beautiful moonflowers in my garden. They only flower at night for one night. Epiphyllum oxypetalum, or the Night Blooming Cereus. You have to keep checking the buds to work out when they are going to open and then remember to go out in the dark with a torch. They have a very strong scent to attract insects. 

Saturday - 27 February 2021 - bonus shot - making greeting cards from hand-made paper made with eco-printed paper scraps and leaves.

Sunday - 28 February 2021 - grinding sand pigments during a fascinating workshop making artists paints from natural materials with Helen Coleman in Mandurah.

I hope you and yours are safe and well. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 
I am linking up to the link-ups below. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!
All Seasons
MosaicMonday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf
Sharon's Sovenirs 
Our World Tuesday
Pictorial Tuesday 
ThroughMy Lens 
My corner of the world through my camera 
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global hosted by Randomosity. 
       and Little bird - Pienilintu
Thankful Thursday 
The Lovin' Life Team over at: Deep Fried Fruit
 Month end link up @ Live love craft me

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Monday, 22 February 2021

short blogging break this week

 Taking a short blogging break this week. Hope all is well with you all. Stay safe. 

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Happy Chinese New Year - gong hei fat choy

Gong hei fat choy as they say in Cantonese 
or iMandarin, xin nian kuai le (pronounced shin nee-an kwai le)

2021 is the Chinese Year of the Ox - In Chinese culture the ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.

Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12th, 2021, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 26th, 2021
Began over 2000 years ago, the lantern festival has developed many meanings. It celebrates family reunions and society. It features ancient spiritual traditions.

In our city on the weekend of 13-14 February the Chinese New Year Festival committee set up an amazing lantern display in the International Friendship Gardens.  Many of the lanterns were made by local school children and powered by little battery candles. It must have taken hours and hours of work to set up and turn on all those lights and it looked truly amazing. Here are some pics

This is the entrance to the labyrinth in the gardens, where lanterns were placed around the pathway to follow. 

We are so fortunate in Western Australia to currently have no community spread Covid cases, so there were many people at the festival in the gardens enjoying the lanterns. Traditionally the lantern festival is a time for families and our local festival certainly had a lovely family friendly feeling. 

You can find out more about Chinese New Year here - Chinese New Year

What Chinese zodiac year were you born in? I was born in the Year of the Goat

You can find out your year here - Chinese Zodiac

Strangely, just after I finished this post, my Chinese picture which I bought in Singapore several years ago, threw itself off the wall, breaking the glass. I wonder what that means???

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You can also visit this Facebook page to see more images from our local festival - Bunbury Chinese New Year Festival

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you and yours are doing well. And that we will soon see a slowing down of Covid cases around the world. 

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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Sunday, 7 February 2021

The Dictionary of Lost Words and the Oxford English Dictionary

I have just finished reading The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. Have you read it? 

This is a fascinating history about the production of the first Oxford Dictionary by Dr Murray and his lexicographers in a corrugated iron shed, the Scriptorium, in Dr Murray's garden in Oxford. Published in separate parts, fascicles, A-Ant was published in 1884, with the last section V-Z published in 1928. The dictionary eventually contained around 400,000 words, definitions and phrases demonstrating their usage. 

Into her book, Pip has skilfully woven real and fictional characters with a background of historical fact like the Women's Suffrage Movement in England and the onset of World War 1. 

I was interested to learn that women in South Australia were granted the right to vote in 1884 and could be elected to Parliament, although it wasn't until 1902 when white women were given the right to vote in Australian Federal elections.

Whereas women were not granted voting rights in the UK until 1928. White women in the USA were given the right to vote in 1920. In all cases, for people of colour and ethic background, the right to vote was granted much later than this. 

The book's blurb says -  In 1901 the word bondmaid was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. 
This is the story of the girl who stole it. 

Who was this girl? She is Esme and her father, who she refers to as Da, is one of the lexicographers. Esme's mother has died, and Dr Murray's housemaid and Esme's minder Lizzie, and her aunt, "Ditte" (Edith Thompson) are major characters in Esme's life.  

As a young child Esme sat under the sorting table at the Scriptorium to keep out of the way while her father worked. Esme steals a discarded word that has fallen to the floor. The word is Bondmaid. She hides the word in a trunk underneath Lizzie's bed. Many more words are added to the trunk over the years and Esme eventually becomes a lexicographer a person who compiles dictionaries.

Edith Thompson actually wrote the History of England for schools in 1881. Edith and her sister Elizabeth Thompson provided 15,000 quotations for A & B, and continued to provided quotations and editorial assistance until the last word was published.

Pip says that The Dictionary of Lost Words was her attempt to understand how the way we define language might define us.  Pip asks Do words mean different things to men and women? 

The first dictionary was defined by men, ....older, white, Victorian-era men....with women cast in minor or supporting roles. In addition to Edith & Elizabeth Thompson, there was also Hilda, Elsie and Rosfrith Murray who worked in the Scriptorium to support their father. Eleanor Bradley worked at the Old Ashmolean as part of her father's team of assistants. Countless women sent in quotations for words. The women who wrote novels, biographies and poetry that were considered as evidence for the use of particular words. 

The Scriptorium stored the words - written on a slip of paper the size of a postcard. Volunteers mailed them from all over the world. They were kept in bundles in hundreds of pigeon holes that lined the shed walls, with examples of their usage attached as proof. 

The word Bondmaid was discovered missing from the dictionary in 1901 following a letter from the member of the public. 

Bondmaid is not the kind of word people drop during conversation anymore, and that’s for the best: It means “a slave girl.” The word was most popular in the 16th century. Murray’s file for bondmaid, however, reached back even further: It included quotations as old as William Tyndale’s 1526 translation of the Bible....

However all was not lost for the lost word.....In 1933, bondmaid made its Oxford dictionary debut. It had taken nearly five decades to make the correction.  The Time the Oxford Dictionary Forgot a Word

Today the dictionary archives, original slips and proofs are held at the Oxford University Press in Oxford. 

Below you can see Dr Murray in the Scriptorium, and in the group photo, Dr Murray with some of the staff, including his two daughters Elsie and Rosfrith.  

When I was in high school, many years ago, I had a "Little Oxford Dictionary". Last week I went to our two local libraries to find an Oxford Dictionary, but could only find these two. 

At over $1000 Australian Dollars obviously a local library is not going to house all these volumes! I wonder if our State Library might. The Dictionary of Lost Words has really sparked my interest in the Oxford Dictionary and the origin of words. 

The second edition of the dictionary was not printed till 1989. You can now access it on line, but you do need to subscribe. More words being added every year. You can see the new words list here - New words list January 2020

In 2020 the Oxford's Word of the Year encompassed several "Words of an Unprecedented Year". Unfortunately you have to subscribe to find out what they are. I think you might be able to guess what they might be. 

Mental Floss has a list of 13 Facts about the Oxford English Dictionary. It makes amusing reading. 
The most complicated word in the Oxford English Dictionary? Set. In the dictionary’s 1989 edition, the three-letter word contains 430 senses (that is, shades of meaning) and requires a 60,000-word definition. Other short words with endless definitions? Run (396 senses), go (368 senses), and take (343 senses).
Have you been to Oxford? We visited briefly on a bus tour in 2005. I now wish I had gone to Oxford University Press archives. But we did visit The Eagle and Child pub, made famous as a meeting place for fantasy authors CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. You can see it below here. 

Thank you to the sites from where I have borrowed photos and information. 
For more information and your own research: 

Lynda Mugglestone - Lost for Words

Peter Gilliver - The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionery on line 

History of the Oxford English Dictionery

Oxford English Dictionary blog


Book review - Publishing Arts Hub

Mental Floss.comThe Time the Oxford Dictionary Forgot a Word

and 13 Facts about the Oxford English Dictionary

Wikipedia.org - Oxford_English_Dictionary

I hope you have enjoyed my look at the Oxford English Dictionary. The more I research the more interesting it becomes. 

I love curling up with a good book. Don't you? What have you been reading lately? Perhaps you would like to tell us in your comments. 

Below is a pic of my old school dictionary. I just noticed it was published in 1941! No I am not that old! It actually belonged to my sister originally and then passed to me. It still has her name in it. Perhaps I should give it back to her. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you and yours are doing well. 
My old school dictionary
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