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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.
Focussing mainly on Western Australia and Australia, I am seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.

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Monday 29 January 2024

Australia Day - I am, You Are, We Are Australian


Friday 26 January was Australia Day -
Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Observed annually on 26 January, it marks the 1788 landing of the First Fleet and the raising of the Union Flag of Great Britain by Captain Arthur Phillip at Sydney Cove, a small bay on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour.

In present-day Australia, the government Australia Day Council organises events that seeks to recognise the contributions of Australians to the nation, while also encouraging reflection on past wrongs including towards Indigenous Australians and also giving respect and celebrating the diversity and achievements of Australian society past and present                 wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day

There has been a great deal of controvosy, discussions and protests over the last few years about whether we should be celebrating on 26 January - the indiginous people of Australia claiming it to be "Ïnvasion Day" and wanting to change the date.

I won't buy into this debate here. I am proudly fourth generation Australian on both sides of my family - both early free settlers and convicts, those who fought and died for their country, battled the Depression, cleared and farmed the land, worked hard for what we have. No matter what colour, religion, or nationality we are, we are all an important part of what makes this country a wonderful place to live. We should celenrate this.


Instead I will share of song with you, which I think says it all.

Aunt Stella Floyed, possibly at the time of Federation

I am, you are, we are all Australian.
I AM AUSTRALIAN.
(1987 - by Bruce Woodley, The Seekers and Dobe Newton, The Bushwackers)
I came from the dreamtime from the dusty red soil plains I am the ancient heart, the keeper of the flame I stood upon the rocky shore I watched the tall ships come For forty thousand years I'd been the first Australian.
I came upon the prison ship bowed down by iron chains.
.I cleared the land, endured the lash
and waited for the rains.
Great Great Grandfather James Fairhead
arrived Australia 1853
I'm a settler. I'm a farmer's wife on a dry and barren run,
A convict then a free man
I became Australian.

I'm the daughter of a digger
who sought the mother lode, The girl became a woman on the long and dusty road

I'm a child of the depression
I saw the good times come I'm a bushy, I'm a battler I am Australian

Great Grandmother & Grandfather Floyed 1887
Great Grandfather born in Australia 1858 






[chorus] We are one, but we are many And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice: I am, you are, we are Australian I am, you are, we are Australian.

I'm a teller of the stories
I'm a singer of the songs
I am Albert Namatjira I paint the ghostly gums


Great Uncle Norman Clayden, died Gallipoli, WW1
I am Clancy on his horse I'm Ned Kelly on the run I'm the one who waltzed Matilda I am Australian.

I'm the hot wind from the desert I'm the black soil of the plains I'm the mountains and the valleys I'm the drought and flooding rains.
I am the rock, I am the sky The rivers when they run The spirit of this great land I am Australian
[chorus] We are one, but we are many And from all the lands on earth we come We share a dream and sing with one voice: I am, you are, we are Australian I am, you are, we are Australian.

And below from You Tube an inspiring rendition of this song.


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Monday 15 January 2024

Chinese Lantern Festival - The Year of the Dragon - 2024

 Welcome everyone to the Year of the Dragon - allbeit slightly early. But on Saturday night we visited the Chinese Lantern Festival in our International Friendship Garden. 

The Lantern Festival aims to promote reconciliation, peace, and forgiveness. The holiday marks the first full moon of the new lunar year and the end of the Chinese New Year. 

Chūn Jié, in China, marks the beginning of the Spring season. The Chinese Lantern Festival ( 元宵节 Yuán Xiāo Jié ) marks the final day of these celebrations. The lanterns symbolise people letting go of the past year and welcoming the new year with good fortune.

2024 is the year of Dragon based on Chinese zodiac. It's the year of wood dragon starting from Feb.10, 2024 to Jan.28, 2025. The Dragon is the fifth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. The Years of the Dragon include 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024...

Chinese Dragon is an imaginary animal, also the only fictitious creature in the 12 zodiac animals, which is composed of 9 animals, including the body of a snake, the horns of a deer, the head of an ox, the mouth of a crocodile, the claws of an eagle, and the scales of a fish. The Dragon enjoys a very high reputation in Chinese culture and it represents auspiciousness and imperial power since ancient times.

Chinese people regard themselves as descendants of the Chinese dragon and emperors entitled themselves exclusively as the 'dragon'. It is the token of authority, dignity, honor, success, luck, and capacity.  Chinese Zodiac

The personality traits of people born in the year of the dragon are: charismatic, intelligent, confident, powerful and they are naturally lucky and gifted. In everything that they do, they tend to do it to the best of their ability with high standards.

The image of the dragon dance below is from our Multi-Cultural Festival in 2020. 


Part of the Lantern Festival was the Chinese Wishing Tree where we were invited to write our dreams onto red paper and hang them from the tree. Experience the tradition of hope and abundance and let the Chinese Wishing Tree grant your wishes and usher in a year filled with blessings

Chinese wishing trees, money trees, and hong bao trees are a big part of Chinese New Year festivities. People toss their red ribbons up into the wishing tree with hope that it will stick and their wish will come true for good fortune in the coming year.

Over the last few months community members and children have been making the lanterns

There was also Chinese dancing to enjoy. 

And two girls made spinning light sticks and danced with them to Chinese music. 


I hope you have enjoyed this little look at the Chinese Lantern Festival. It is wonderful living in a multi-cultural community. Have you been to a Chinese Festival? Perhaps you might like to tell us about it in your comments. 

What sign of the Chinese Zodiac are you? I am the Goat. 

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Tuesday 9 January 2024

2023 ends... and so 2024 begins..

2023 ends and so 2024 begins - but what to write? 2023, all things considered was a good year, with health, travel, art and family. I hope it was the same for you and yours, and if not, I pray that you have found a way through the troubles, and I wish you new beginnings and a better 2024. 

I wonder what 2024 will bring. My hopes other than happiness and health for my family and friends is that I will do a little more art, a little more esperimenting with art, a little more committment to art, walking every day and getting fitter, not getting bogged down with socials on the internet, a little more travels to places unvisited and places to revisit, a little more socialising with friends and family, a little more committment to my photography, a little more reading, writing...and publishing.... 

I don't make New Year resolutions. But the world is open to lots more little mores! 

But for now I went to a Gellie printing summer school workshop at the Stirling Street Arts Centre in my town last week, and I am going to another workshop "naturally printed" workshop at the end of this week. I am hoping to expand on my art this year. I would really like to do more sketching and dabble with watercolours. 

Next week I go to Summer School in Albany for a 3 day advance ecoprinting course with the wonderful Penny Jewell - who I have been to two workshops with before and assisted her at a workshop here. I have been doing eco-printing for a few years now, but there is so much more to learn, and so much that I don't know. 

I hope that these workshops will spark my "little more committment to my art". Perhaps I might join a local art group. My sister belongs to one where she lives  which has a vibrant arts community, and I can see the benefits of it. 

On Monday we took a quick trip down to Yallingup just south on Dunsborough in our stunning south west coast to visit an art exhibition by the Dunsborough Art Society which my sister is a member of. Sorry I didn't take any photos!

I am back on the committee for the Photography Group of Bunbury after a few years not on the committee - so that hopefully will spark my "little more committment to photography". In February our club is back to photograph a major triathlon - so great for practising action shots and panning.

We have not been overseas since 2018 (Covid stopped us in our tracks in January 2020 only weeks before flyng out), but we have just renewed our passports. Perhaps "a little more travel" will involve an overseas trip - who knows - nothing planned yet. More likely local trips in Western Australia this year after our epic 9 week caravanning trip to Queensland last year. 

Further to our Queensland trip, I am plugging away at a photo book of that trip - to finish it is on my summer to do list. And I still have lots more to share with you from that trip. 


That's all from me today. Do you have plans for 2024? Perhaps you would like to share with us in your comments. 
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. 

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Sunday 24 December 2023

A Christmas wish for you

Hi everyone, tis the night before Christmas, and I began thinking about the people I know that will have someone missing from their Christmas table for the first time this year, as I did back in 2014 when my darling father passed away a couple of months before Christmas, and then my mother-in-law on Boxing Day of the same year. I lost my dear Aunt earlier this year, and I am thinking about how my cousins will feel her loss this Christmas. I also have other friends and family who have lost someone this year, or who are going through difficult times. 

The first year is always the most difficult after loosing someone. 
A couple of months after my father passed, I wrote the poem you can read below here, and I hope it might bring some comfort to those of you who have lost someone this year. This is my gift to you. Hold onto your precious memories of your loved one. They are with you still. 



The Ghosts of Christmas Past
                                                                                                                  
Christmas only comes but once a year
It brings with it joys and tears.
 
As I go through the motions of gift buying, decorations
And planning menus
I am thinking of those who will be missing from my table
for the first time this year
They are the ghosts of Christmas past.
 
My father hanging Christmas lights in the pine trees
at our front gate
The carol singers under our corner street light.
 
I lay in bed wondering how Father Christmas could possibly
come down our kitchen chimney and through the little doors
at the front of our Metters Stove.
But he did – because the carrots and cake were gone
 in the morning.


 
The excitement of seeing my new big doll Lucy
under the Christmas tree.
 
My mother dishing up the Christmas pudding with the
threepences hidden inside
Her Christmas carols that filled the house.
 
The long Christmas table at my Aunts
With aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents
And silly hats.

 
Summer heat and laughter,
Playing under the sprinkler on the back lawn,
And laying on the cool lino of the passage way with a new book.
 
The simple pleasure of humid summer evenings on the
back lawn looking up at the stars.
 
As I hang the special Christmas baubles on my tree
And light the candle of remembrance
I look into the eyes of my grandchildren

And I see the ghosts of Christmas past.


I found this beautiful song from Enya several years ago, and I thought I would share it with you.


The Spirit of Christmas Past.....
When tears are in your eyes, it's time to look inside, your heart can find another way
Believe in what I say, don't throw this time away,
Tomorrow will be Christmas Day, Christmas Day

So, let the shadows go, and drift away like snow,
Tomorrow will be Christmas Day, tomorrow will be Christmas Day

So dream until the night becomes the morning light
Tomorrow will be Christmas Day, tomorrow will be Christmas Day.

You can hear the music track by clicking here (skip the advert) -   The Spirit of Christmas Past


A very subdued Christmas message this year. If you are looking for something more upbeat I recommend you go to some of my past Christmas posts -


Red Flowering gum - Australia 

My thoughts are also with those around the world who are suffering from wars, famine and natural disasters. I wish man could find a way to live together in peace and help each other no matter what our religion or culture. I wish for a light to shine in the darkness, peace and goodwill towards all peoples. 

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I wish you peace and safety, shelter, food on the table, and time spent with those you love. 


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!