Fire

Well my plan had been to walk you through our journey with Cancer, and I stillness plan to do that, but things got a lilltle complicated on Saturday when our house burnt down.

We have lost everything including my camera and computer. We do have insurance but of course that all takes time so in the meantime I am using my phone to write this.

Colin & I were out at the time and the dogs were not at home so the most important things, us and the fur babies are safe.

Here are some pictures

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New Skate Park in Busselton

There is great happenings afoot in good old Busso, what with all the foreshore redevelopment, miles and miles of bike tracks, a great history that you can learn about at the old courthouse and yes,t he latest edition the HUGE skate park.

When I say HUGE i have not been to many so you will need to check it out for yourself. It has tow bowls, a smaller on and a larger very deep one as well as lots of skate tracks with all manner of aids to jumping and doing tricks off.

 

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small bowl, skate park Busselton

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the small bowl and looks like a lot of fun. Before I go on though I want to add a little word about safety. Please all wear your helmets, one fall can do a lot of damage. The sprinklers are making some of the ramps slippery at the moment so be aware that it is dangerous to use the park when it is wet. The sprinklers are being adjusted and as of next week most will only come on at night, which brings me to the problem of people breaking the sprinklers, they are quite close to the path so please be aware of them and stay away from them. One broken sprinkler can have the bowl wet for hours which is not what you want. Finally this is a great facility that Busselton has provided free for everyone, so please clean up after yourselves. There are bins, shelters and water refill points so there is no excuse to leave rubbish behind.

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water, bins and shelter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok back tot he fun stuff…and notice he has on a helmet!

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Skater coming out of the bowl ad getting airborne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The park is for everyone from the smaller kids on bikes and scooters, to the bigger kids and adults on boards.

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Artwork and part of the skating area

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More of the track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are smaller areas where younger kids and beginners can find their feet.

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smaller area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there is even somewhere to keep up your basketball skills.

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Basketball halfcourt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally the big bowl….

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Big bowl, can”t wait to see some skill happening here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I hope you check this out next time you are down in Busselton. It is park of the foreshore precinct. To drive there head down Queen street, the main drag through town and then at the end of the paved section of road turn right at the roundabout, go to the next roundabout and turn left. This is also the way to the Jetty and The Goose for the time being as more construction is under way.

Something new to enjoy as well as all the old favorites. if you fancy a walk to the end of the jetty there is now a direction and distance pole there to places all over the world as well as a spot for a selfie that tells you how far you are out to sea.

 

 

Sunset Capital of Australia

I have been truly blessed to live in a wonderful place called Busselton which is about 21/2 hours drive from Perth the capital of Western Australia. We have been named as the sunset capital for our fantastic sunsets.

Busselton is located on a north facing bay, so we have the opportunity to see both a sunrise and a sunset over the waters of Geographe Bay.

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May this help lift your spirit

 

 

 

 

This was one I took the other night. People often say you can never capture it as it was, but I like to think we can get pretty close. No we don’t have the sound of water lapping at our feel or get to see the stingrays float by or the dolphins jumping, but we can still impart the beauty of the days end.

For most people when they find themselves looking at a beautiful sunset the only camera they have with them is a phone camera. The wonderful thing is that you can still get great memories with just this camera.

I have an iphone, so when I put the camera up towards the sunset I turn it to landscape orientation, the long side of the phone matching the horizon, and then I touch on the screen where I want to focus. When I do this a little square box comes up. If I want to lock the focus and exposure I hold down for longer on the box and a ef/evLock symbol comes up. This means it will stay locked to this setting. When you are setting the exposure there is a line with a little sun symbol next to the box, you can drag this up and down to increase or decrease the exposure. Your phone may have a slightly different setup, so go online and check out what they are.

This is important in sunset shots as the sun is actually very bright and so the image often loses most of it’s lovely colors, but if you slide down with this slider you will see the colors really stand out again.

It is also worth noting that most camera phones now have some great editing software that come with them and for more options you can download apps.

These are some of my iphone sunsets.

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slow kiss goodnight

 

 

 

 

 

sunset with iphone

sunset with iphone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset over harbour

sunset over Port Geo, Busselto

 

 

 

 

 

 

So as you can see you never need think I wish I brought my camera, instead pull out your trusty phone and click away.