Monday, 23 October 2017


With Halloween around the corner, here is a favour box you can make. Print on card at whatever size your printer can cope with (I have made the file 200 ppi, so the resolution should be OK). The original file should print OK on an A4 sheet. I have also enlarged it to A3 size and it prints fine. I did make a trial box first!

Cut around the outside border carefully and make a slit between the bottom (gravestone) panel and the side flap (marbled) until the white dot. Score carefully the inside edges so that the box folds easily. Glue the sides (to "A") and fold the side flaps (marbled) into the box to make it more robust and to decorate the inside (you can put a dab of glue on the under side  of the flaps if you like - that keeps them down and out of the way). Glue tongues "B" on bottom. Top tongue tucks into box to secure lid.

Fill with lollies (candies). Happy Halloween!

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Macro Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.

Sunday, 22 October 2017


Mount Conner, also known as Attila and Artilla, and occasionally found as Mount Connor, is an Australian mountain located in the southwest corner of the Northern Territory, 75 kilometres southeast of Lake Amadeus at the border of the vast Curtin Springs cattle station in Pitjantjatjara country. It reaches to 859 metres above sea level and to 300 metres above ground level.

Mount Conner is a flat-topped and horseshoe-shaped inselberg/mesa, part of the same vast rocky substrate thought to be beneath Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/Olgas. It can easily be confused with Uluru, since it can be seen from the road to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, when approaching from Alice Springs. It was named Mount Conner by William Gosse in 1873 after South Australian politician M. L. Conner. Attila is close to the site of Kungkarangkalpa, the Seven Sisters Dreaming.

The flat-topped mountain mass jutting out from the great flat plain around it has inspired many artists and photographers, each immortalising its characteristic shape in their own way. The last image is a watercolour by Albert Namatjira, the Australian Aboriginal artist active in the first half of the 20th century.

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.

Saturday, 21 October 2017


The elms are wearing their new Spring green leaves...

This post is part of the Weekend Green meme.

Thursday, 19 October 2017


"But he that dares not grasp the thorn, Should never crave the rose." - Anne Bronte

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


oar |ɔː| noun
a pole with a flat blade, used to row or steer a boat through the water: She pulled hard on the oars.
• an oarsman; a rower: I was stroke oar and John was in the bow.
verb [with object]
propel with or as if with oars; row: Oaring the sea like madmen |
[no object, with adverbial of direction] : Oaring through the weeds.
Old English ār, of Germanic origin; related to Danish and Norwegian åre .

This post is part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Dion or Dio (Ancient Greek: Δίον, Greek: Δίο, Latin: Dium) is a village and a former municipality in the Pieria regional unit, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform, it is part of the municipality Dio-Olympos, of which it is a municipal unit. It is located at the foot of Mount Olympus. It is best known for its great ancient Macedonian sanctuary of Zeus and city, much of which is visible in the Archaeological Park of Dion and the Archaeological Museum of Dion.

The ancient city owes its name to the most important Macedonian sanctuary dedicated to Zeus (Dios, "of Zeus"), leader of the gods who dwelt on Mount Olympus; as recorded by Hesiod's "Catalogue of Women", Thyia, daughter of Deucalion, bore Zeus two sons, Magnes and Makednos, eponyms of Magnetes and Macedonians, who dwelt in Pieria at the foot of Mount Olympus.

Hence from very ancient times, a large altar had been set up for the worship of Olympian Zeus and his daughters, the Muses, in a unique environment characterised by rich vegetation, towering trees, countless springs and a navigable river. For this reason Dion was the "sacred place" of the Ancient Macedonians. It was the place where the kings made splendid sacrifices to celebrate the new year of the Macedonian calendar at the end of September. In the Spring, purification rites of the army and victory feasts were held.

A city was built adjacent to the sacred sites that acquired monumental form during the reigns of Alexander the Great's successors and Cassander took a great interest in the city erecting strong walls and public buildings, so that in Hellenistic times Dion was renowned far and wide for its fortification and splendid monuments. Dion and its sanctuary was destroyed in 219 BC by Aetolian invaders but was immediately rebuilt by Philip V. Many of the dedications from the sanctuary that had been destroyed were buried in pits, including royal inscriptions and treaties, and these have been discovered recently.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Monday, 16 October 2017