Sad Moment

Over the last thirty-five years there have been people whom I have had only one opportunity to meet. Why only once? Because, unfortunately, they have made life-altering choices that no one saw coming or nobody fully realised how severe that person’s state-of-mind had become.

Memory of Melbourne Last month I rested my hand on the shoulder of two female friends and asked if they were OK. They were clearly in tears. I recognised those tears. I’d felt that pain.

I didn’t ask who it was, I didn’t feel it was my place. They simply said that a close friend had taken their own life a few nights before. It was a sombre moment.

This morning whilst going through emails, I spotted one subject line that started
On January 10th there will be an In Memoriam for Gi..
I choose not to mention her full name. I always feel uncomfortable doing so.

My jaw dropped and time stopped briefly. It was simply difficult to believe. If you know of whom I speak, wow, just wow. I met her just once. I watched her sit casually in my mother-in-law’s home, helping with label and postcard designs for her honey business. She had a wonderful smile, she appeared relaxed yet vibrant. I would like to have been a friend.

Sculpture of Woman But alas, that’s not to be.

I was standing next to our 5yo son Jai before I began writing this article. I put my hand on his shoulder and told him…
“If you ever see someone at school who looks sad but is not crying, always ask them ‘Are you OK? How can I help? I would like to be your friend. Would you like that?’ When you do this, you will have friends for life.”

Deep breath in, deep breath out.


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Carers Australia

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Headspace

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Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through a tough time.

Kids Helpline

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MensLine Australia

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MindSpot Clinic

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Relationships Australia

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SANE Australia

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Information about mental illness, treatments, where to go for support and help carers.

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

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Black Dog Institute

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Head to Health

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Support after Suicide

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Assorted Photographs at Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island

As per previous post: With our young kids and new friends, we all climbed down then up a cliff, then we went on the organised tour into the Cape Borda Lighthouse on Kangaroo Island.

Here are some of the many photographs I had a chance to shoot:

Pieces of History

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Architecture and Tamron Zoom Range Test 01

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Tamron 18-400mm Zoom Range Series 02

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Tamron 18-400mm Zoom Range Series 03

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And we cannot forget our very informative yet possibility stir-crazy tour-guide (which she would probably hate being titled!), Amanda.
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Cape Borda Lighthouse 

Originally only my wife, kids and older son’s best friend and his mum were going to visit Cape Borda lighthouse without me.

But at the last moment my work agreed they didn’t need me today.

So I grabbed my Canon 70D and Tamron 18-400mm, a loose shirt and wide brimmed hat to join them.

Cape Borda is about 60mins from Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. I have never been there before, so I didn’t know what to expect. 

The six of us staggered down smoothed volcanic rock to a lookout, then back again. 

Then we went on an organised tour of the history-buildings, then clambered up into the lighthouse with twenty other people.

Amanda the Ranger was clearly good at her job, plus a little stir-crazy from the endless amount of 5yo boys who told her where they’d visited. 

Then we drove home. 

Photographs shot with my canon 7D will be added to this post ASAP. The photo attached was taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note IV, and is the BBQ pergola for visiting tourists to huddle in during heavy rain and strong winds.

Ripping Down Old Verandah

I had almost forgotten about these videos I created in Adelaide in mid 2016. Let’s watch them again:

Old Verandah Removal – Step #1 of 5

Old Verandah Removal – Step #2 of 5

Old Verandah Removal – Step #3 of 5

Old Verandah Removal – Step #4 of 5

Wait, what? That’s four. Each say they are ‘of 5’. I will go through my records to find out how that ended – and upload ASAP!

Do you think I should combine all 5 into one video? I really don’t have time to do that, plus I like to have them as early examples of my vlogging style. What do you think?

My SALA-2016 Photography is STILL on Exhibition!

Do you remember when I exhibited my photography at SALA 2016? Thanks to good friends, at the 11th hour I was asked if I would like to hang artwork that year.

With the little savings I had available, I had a few images printed and framed – and on walls at  the Catalyst Foundation Adelaide office in their From Another Perspective Art Exhibition. All are available to peruse both in their reception and in their rear seminar room.

ORIGINALLY:
1 August until 2 September – Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
UPDATE early 2017: My photography will remain on exhibition an additional 4 weeks, or until we can collect the frames.
UPDATE early 2018: My photography is still on display as we have relocated to Kangaroo Island have no way to collect them at this time. Early this year they will

PRICE:
$195 each = A2 (40x50cm) print and frame. Additionally they are available upon my Redbubble gallery, on multiple mediums. The easiest way to hang them all is on a Calendar. Here is each image framed, similar to how they appear on display:

Seminar Room (left to right)

Reception and Elsewhere

I really hope to collect them early this year so I can display them on Kangaroo Island with either the same photographs or newer ones. Watch this space!

Calendars of Coffee

G’day everyone subscribed, following, or new to my blog:

This is just a quicky to tell you my 2018 Coffee wall calendar is finally available to purchase.

If I had got it out in time, it would be a great Christmas present. Now it’s a first-day-at-new-job or sorry-it-is-late gift.

The upside is you are supporting a local artist with each purchase!