Fifth

The word prompt for Terri’s Sunday Stills: Fifth

The fifth of five
a son
nine months before
I went to
a party
with Dad
I came home
with Mum
Always the baby
the spoilt baby
two brothers have gone
two sisters remain
I am
the fifth of five

 

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Two of us

The inspired quote from Debbie at Travel With Intent

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

— Ansel Adams

Not only has the quote inspired, but Debbies post was about a sculpture so I went to my folders of the Sculptures By The Sea exhibition to find the photo I wanted inspired by the quote.

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What’s in a Name?

V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #38: What’s in a Name

V.J. asks “As I type up each week’s summary, creating links to various blogs, I am struck by how different blog names are, and compelled to ask: what’s in a name? Specifically, your blog name.”

My blog name comes from years ago when I was referred to as bushboy as I live in the Australian bush. The term bush is used for anywhere outside of cities. More specifically I live among the trees with birds and animals. The word bush means means different things to different people. Going bush is getting away from everything to a place of peace and being at one with nature. It is not a geographical term it is an evocative feeling.

I asked Twitter what does the bush mean to them. I had a couple of replies

“It’s the ‘real’ but often overlooked Australia; an incredible network of life that sustains our existence and makes our continent unique.”

“I think “the bush” has meaning in terms of what it’s NOT .. that being “the city”. It’s simple generic imparts a non stated overall “unknown” and perhaps even “unknowable””
“Harsh paradise”

“The Australian bush is a varied description that can apply to forested areas or equally to arid areas with little more than just some bushes or somewhere in between but regardless it’s a natural area with little influence from humans”

“Untouched by greedy developers and self interested entrepreneurs”

“Ancient unique wild lands that underpin everything I love about being Australian as opposed to just being another citizen of the planet”

“Home”

 

The world part is just that. In bushboys world it is all about my little part of the world and occasionally other parts of our world where I have travelled, but mainly it is all about my place in Australia, my town, the beaches and the rural land where I live.

Trees surround my house and are in my garden. I live in the forest but forestboy doesn’t have the same feeling that is within me. So I am bushboy and this is my world.

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Gory – A Man, A Chainsaw and A Leg

The Daily Word Prompt: Gory

This post contains a photo that could make some people squeamish. The title photo is to make you feel good

 

 

In February last year, I was helping my bestie clear out some small trees from her place. The trees, Yellow Bells, had become extremely prolific and were in a dense thicket. The trees were only saplings at this stage so it was a relatively easy job  with the chainsaw. I was going through methodically, cutting and keeping the area free of the fallen saplings. At one stage I was moving back to see where to cut next. I felt what I thought was a scratch on my legs from some of the branches. What is was actually was my leg meeting the chainsaw which hadn’t quite stopped. There wasn’t any blood running down my leg as the hot metal of the chain, I think, cauterised the wound. There wasn’t any pain either surprisingly. I think my bestie was in more distress than I was. A trip to the hospital and a few stitches later I was good as new. No I didn’t get back to work.

OK now are the following photos. The one showing the cut. Yes I did take a “selfie” while I was waiting for my bestie to get a bit cleaner and a change of clothes. One showing the bandaged wound and what my leg looks like now.

 

 

 

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I thought I should show what it looks like now and just took this photo
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