Weekly Photo Challenge- 2012 in pix

My favourite pix for 2012 start in the Blue Mountains, 2 hours from  Sydney, and where I spent my high school years. A huge national park, much of it still wilderness but also partly accessible for humble bush walkers.

P1040404sandstone cliffs

My own backyard boasts a magnificent olive tree and two native Australian lillipillies.The lillipillies were just about to flower for this shot.

Lillypilly fruitbuds, Sydney

A trip to Europe included The Netherlands where we stayed in beautiful Amsterdam, a great city to explore and very enjoyable to live in.

AmsterbikesBulbfields, Lisse - The NetherlandsKinderdijk

A side trip took us to Venice for a week. Venice is a living museum piece and a photographer’s dream.

Washing Day Venice (Arsenale)Lost in VeniceQuiet canal, VeniceMurano street, Venice

A highly recommended, extremely fast train trip from Amsterdam  to Paris gave us a look at another culture. Paris of course has everything. These pix provide a mere snapshot.

Night boules, Sacre Coeur b&wNotre Dame pink budsLuxembourg Gardens

Whilst we were travelling overseas our recently acquired kitten, Ziggy stressed out his babysitter by being run over by a car. Just as we were returning he had to go to the vet and required serious surgery on a broken leg. Here he is recuperating.

Ziggy kitten 3

In a sad year my father passed away, only 18 months after my mother. I always loved this photo of them relaxing at a country cottage on a weekend away with all of us.

.mum n dad

And to end the year our unique wooden christmas tree with real candles. Handmade by my father about 20 years ago, it’s still a favourite and looks beautiful lit up with candles and tiny wooden ornaments.

Christmas tree handmade by my father

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