Returning to the Fold, via Whipsnade & Other Places.

After numerous months away……I’m back!

Not that I’ve been away – well, except for a short UK holiday – I just lost control of my life for a while.  But, you’ll be pleased to hear; I’m starting to regain ownership.

Because, of other commitments, over the next few weeks my posts will primarily be pictorial, but; at least, I’m here!  And, can I just say…….I’ve missed you all.

During my trip back to Ol’ Blighty, I went to one of my favourite places on earth; Whipsnade Zoo. There’s so much to see, and as you’ll note from the following images the animals well cared for, with plenty of room to roam.

https://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo

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It’s the bear necessities, la-la-la.

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Esme; Does my bum look big in this?

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Like this George, It’s not so hard on the neck.

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Stay still Tildy, and they’ll never see us

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Oi, Bozo! You looking at me?

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Eenie-meenie-minie-mo. Gotta love this behind-glass food, huh Bert?

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How long; is this cold shoulder business gonna last, Sweetie?  I’ve said; sorry!

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Bet you’d love to see us close up? Oh well, thems the breaks…hehe

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Bit more realism Harry, she’s not even watching.

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Dunes!  My kingdom, for just one sand dune.

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What, you lot, looking at?  You never seen a Tiger pacing before…..puh-lease!

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Fred…..Listen; You can’t fly….alright?

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So I’m a little shy…sue me!

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Girls, we on the ceiling or the floor?

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So, what time did you say Santa was due?

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Don’t Settle!

Four weeks ago, I started a new daytime job, and whilst the people are very nice, and the salary always comes in handy, it’s not the position I applied for or the hours I wanted, yet – I accepted their offer when it was made, and for the moment, I’m remaining in the role, because……

Perhaps, it has something to teach me.

Although, within a week of commencing the position; I tore 3 ligaments in my left foot, an injury which is still hampering my life. This includes; no gym, and as it’s a sit-down role, I’m becoming stir crazy.  Aaaaagghhhh!!

Not, a full 2 weeks later, I contracted a horrendous cold, which I’m still suffering from, and unfortunately, my contracted hours do not allow for much else in my life, and I’ve temporarily given up many things I enjoy.

Not forgetting, the intensive training, which the role requires, ensuring I’m too tired when I get home, to even want; to pick up my laptop…..as you can imagine; my emails are taking on a life of their own.

(It also has, too many rules & regulations to suit me – I feel like I’ve lost my freedom).

As time’s been passing, I’ve come to the conclusion, that; I’m doing what’s expected, or; what’s considered socially acceptable, because it’s the right thing to do. And, in the process; my life is passing me by, whilst; I’m settling for something I don’t want.

Perhaps, this was the lesson, I needed to learn – My life, is exactly that; “My Life” and I shouldn’t; Settle!

So…….I’ve set my inner-self a time limit, and made a vow, and you’re all welcome to hold me to it.

By the end of September or, preferably; June; I will have moved on from this position, and not only found something better, but it’ll  also be more fitting for accomplishing my own life’s dream, and I’m hoping that those of you in similar situations, will do the same.

Find Your Dream, and Live It!

(PS: I haven’t forgotten you.  And, thank you to those, who haven’t forgotten me either).

Dont Settle

 

The World; It’s A Changing.

Like every city, Perth is going through changes, and I wanted to show you some images of recent alterations that have been made, not only to the river frontage, with the addition of Elizabeth Quay which is still under construction,  but also the renovation; of one of my favourite places; Perth City Library, which now has 5 incredible floors.

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Foot Bridge

Foot Bridge

Elizabeth Quay

'First Contact' Sculpture at Quay

‘First Contact’ – Sculpture at Elizabeth Quay

Part of Elizabeth QuaySoon-To-Be Cafe

Elizabeth Quay & Lagoon Area

Perth City Library

Perth Library Exterior

Library Stairwells (Part of)Fiction Floor - From AbovePerth Library Children's FloorLibrary TerraceView From Library Terrace

If you’re interested in seeing more; please visit the following…..

Elizabeth Quay – Perth

Perth City Library

 

 

A Challenge: One-Dollar-a-Week May save An Animal’s Life.

Over the last few months, whilst trawling Facebook, much to my dismay, and abject horror, I’ve noticed a sharp incline in reported cases of animal abuse. This made me question “are we as humans, becoming increasingly cruel, and losing our sense of compassion for other creatures, including our own class of bipeds?”

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Some stories are so appalling, I veer between, sadness and grief, to anger, and hopes for instant karmic retribution, but recently; I saw another perspective……

For all the instances reported – other than, extremely dire, or cultural situations – someone took a stand.  Perhaps, a passing Good Samaritan found an injured animal and took it to a refuge, a vet or a wildlife centre.  Or, maybe a member of the emergency services rescued a stranded pet, or farm animal, during a fire, flood, or earthquake.

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There are numerous refuge centres throughout the world, that give freely of their time, volunteering at all hours, and conservation workers in inhospitable places, put themselves at risk to ensure some species are preserved – These kind-hearted souls, are already aware; there are far too many animals on the endangered list as it is. Approximately 41,415 species, at last, count.

Various trusts and charities have been set up, to ensure, we; the supposedly ‘more intelligent’ species, donate our money if not our time, to help our earth remain; a beautiful world, flourishing with a true menagerie of wonderful creatures. Filling the skies above our head, the oceans and rivers we admire. They reside in rainforests and jungles, even in our gardens, and some, below our floorboards.

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Animals feed us, clothe us, work for us, trust and follow us blindly, but most of all; they love us……….and, can we honestly say; we deserve their adoration and assistance?  Or; is it a case of; in our arrogance, We Expect It!

All this introspection, brought me to another thought……if each one on my friends or followers on social media, started to put aside; just one dollar a week, whether it be in an old coffee tin, a jar, or, even a special money box, at the end of 2016, the total amount would be $77,844 after 6 months $38,922 and at the end of a quarter $19,461. 

Surprised?

So am I…..although, in actuality; it would only cost each individual $52 annually.

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My challenge to you is; start you own $1 a-week, charity jar, and, whilst; ‘animals are my thing’ perhaps you’d prefer to donate your money to a cancer-related or childhood charity the choice is yours.  I currently, donate monthly to the RSL, but whomever you choose; they’d appreciate the gift, whether it’ $13 a-quarter, $26 twice-yearly, or $52 annually.

I don’t know about you, but $1 wouldn’t even buy me a full-priced chocolate bar, but cumulatively, ‘all’ our dollars, might save a beautiful creatures life.

Below are some wonderful charities that would love your donations or perhaps you have your own personal favourite.

Make 2016, the year you give something back.

P.S: It’d be tax-deductible.

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http://www.soidog.org/en/about-soi-dog/

http://www.puppyrescuemission.com/

http://wwf.org/

http://www.ifaw.org/

http://www.rspca.org.au/

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“Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” – By Naomi Shihab Nye

We need more of this in today’s world.

Kindness Blog

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours, I heard the announcement: If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.

Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.

An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress, just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly. Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her problem? We told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she did this.

I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.

Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick, sho bit se-wee?

شو دعاء , شو بدك حبيبتي , استني استني شوي , من فضلك , شو بتساوي

Translation: “Duaa (girl’s name) what do you want honey , wait, wait a second , please , what are…

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Perth Royal Show 2015 – Misc. Images

These are just a few ad hoc pictures I took whilst visiting the show, and my next, and final post will the dinosaur exhibit, which (hopefully) will include a few videos, as the dinosaurs were animatronics.Air Rides

Balloon Man

Blacksmith

Farming Equipment

Sideshow

Sideshow

Fleece Competition

Haunted House

Haunted House

Horse Events

Horse Events

Ride 2

Rides 6

Knitted Toys

Knitted Toys

Vintage Race Car

Vintage Race Car