Sunday Selections # 285

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections but this week it's a random selection of stuff.

because of the stormy conditions, we had a power blackout last Tuesday, from just after noon to after 10pm.

early enough that I was able to set out candles and make sure the battery operated Christmas lights were still working.

I had every candle I owned set up ready to light once it got too dark to see.

this one didn't last as long as I hoped, even the tealights burned longer.

the biggest one was on my table where I was trying to read, you can just make out my kindle there.

I gave up around 9pm and went to bed with my torch so I could read a bit longer snuggled under the quilt, but I fell asleep and woke at 10:40pm to find the bedside lamp on, so I knew the power was back. I turned off the lamp and went back to sleep. 

Do you think Angel is looking fatter? His winter undercoat has grown thicker and he's just a giant fluffball now, lovely to snuggle against when he creeps up the bed to sleep beside my pillow.

there's a new house on the block:

IKEA style:

assembly required (*~*)

good luck with that,

I don't see any giant Allen keys lying around.

a neighbour has put pots of cyclamen on her window sills

they add a little interest to the building facade.

snack foods! I'm trying to stay away from chocolate; ice cream; chocolate ice cream; fudge, all the yummy stuff I really don't need.

this beautiful tree is very close to the bus stop where I catch the bus to the city,

and Friday morning I could hear dozens of twittering birds in there,

but couldn't see a single one, not even a rainbow lorikeet, although I knew they must be there, I could make out their sound amid the others. 
See that sunny blue sky? Winter in Australia.



  1. Your 'power outage' lights are very romantic. Good idea - battery operated Christmas lights.
    Your kitty looks like a warm bedfellow.
    That does look like a kit house, doesn't it?
    Loving your bus stop tree!
    Great pictures, River.

    1. S.J.Qualls; I plan to buy a lot more battery powered LED lights, they're safer than candles and will last longer.
      The bus stop tree is a hive of activity when the flowers bloom.

  2. Battery operated christmas lights - what a clever idea. LOve the outdoor pictures - as always.

    1. Grace; the lights were on sale just after Christmas and I bought them to copy a table decoration idea with the lights inside a jar, which didn't work out. So I strung them along the wall just inside the entrance and there they've stayed.

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    1. fishducky; I'm pleased to hear it, your cartoons fascinate me.

  4. It sounds as if Tuesday night was wild and woolly across a lot of Oz. My Sunday selections relate to its aftermath too. Angel looks gorgeous. Some people in my suburb lost power for two days. Love your bus stop tree.

    1. Elephant's Child; some of our people lost power far longer than I did, but I think your two days beats us. It would have been hard on families with young children. Angel was a bit spooked, but handled it better than he did last year.
      The tree is one of my favourites, the camera doesn't do it justice.

  5. It is a magnificent tree and it looks very healthy. I like your striped Angel photo, with Angel soaking in a little warmth from the weak winter sun.

    1. Andrew; the tree truly is a magnificent specimen and I wish you could all see it for real. The winter sun isn't too weak just yet, without the wind there is still enough 'bite' in it. I sat in a sheltered spot yesterday to soak up a bit of vitamin D and had to go inside because I got too warm.

  6. Angel looks like he's earned his stripes!

    That certainly is a lovely tree.

    Have a well-lit, wonderful week, River...and cuddles to Angel. My two are lovely furry hot water bottles, too....they're almost attached to me at present. :)

    1. Lee; aren't they lovely as bed warmers? Angel sleeps across the bottom third of the bed mostly and the warmth goes right through to the mattress, so when I get into bed and stretch my feet down, there's a warm spot for them.
      He's not day time attached to me though, preferring to lie by the front door in the small patch of sunlight.

  7. Angel looks like the perfect snuggle buddy! 'Tis hot, extremely humid and frequently stormy here just now; I'm loving it!

    1. The Cranky; stormy I can handle and probably a bit of heat too, but you can keep the humidity. I hate humid conditions. I love the crackly, ozone filled air when a summer storm is brewing.

  8. Angel is a fluffy boy, he will keep you warm when cold weather arrives. That is good you have a big stash of candles, we do too. And a fluffy cat.

    1. Terra Hangen; Angel is fluffy all year round which is annoying in summer when he wants to sleep on my shoulder, but a real bonus in winter when his undercoat thickens. I need to replace my stash of candles, only the big one is worth keeping now, the others are too far burned to be of any use. I'll be buying more LED battery powered lights too.

  9. We haven't had power outage for a while. Mid morning we had a good rain.
    Coffee is on

  10. peppylady (Dora); we get power outages every winter a couple of times, but they don't usually last as long as this one did. Other areas were worse and had power out for a couple of days.

  11. A lot of Oklahoman's had power outages this week from big storm. We were missed here but my poor son was without power for several days. Love all your photos and that tree is so great it tells a story of it's own. I tried a few Sunday Selections this week myself.

    1. Granny Annie; so hard to be without power for so long. Bad enough with my ten hours, at least I still had sandwich fixings and candles for lights, I can't imagine no power for longer though, it was awful not being able to make a coffee. I'll pop over in a bit and see your selections.

  12. Last week's storms played havoc with many of us it seems. We had no power for fourteen hours.
    I must say though, I do enjoy a blackout at night. Like you, I light all my candles, and have some eco-candles that look like big fat pillars which switch on at the base, they flicker like real candlelight.
    The soft glow in the house is a welcome change.

    Lots going on in your area by the looks of it. I imagine the ikea house won't take long to build.

    Beautiful Angel is so big and fluffy in his winter coat - your own snuggly water bottle :)

  13. Vicki; take 2. I tried to leave a comment earlier, but the page froze.
    Vicki; fourteen hours is too long, but what can you do when nature tosses her clouds and trees about like a baby with toys? At least if it happens at night we can go to bed. When we hear of others without power for several days 14 hours doesn't seem so bad.
    I must get some of those eco-candles, I looked them up a couple of years ago, but didn't buy any then.


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