Monday, June 29, 2009

MY WORLD ~ 32 A Year of Blogging

Click to enlarge, they all like showing off!

To all the bloggers who come to call, I give you Roses!

Mr. and Mrs. Superb Blue Wren in my garden.

One year and 204 posts ago today my daughter pushed
me into the deep end of blogland. I coughed and spluttered
until I found my feet. Somehow my kite startd flying high
after I grasped the basics of enjoying my computer.

I am grateful for all the encouragement I have received
from my fellow bloggers, but more than that, for your
growing friendship during my learning curve.

Paddle Steamer on the Murray River at Mannum SA

Your expressions of sympathy and kind and caring thoughts
have helped me bear my recent loss. To all of you who cared,
a big, big hug and thank you.

Our cattle survived the drought although the calves
were tiny.

Blogging made me want to learn the basics on the computer.
Before, I only used it as a tool to do our rather complex
farm tax on, now I am enjoying it.

Blogging has given my photography extra purpose as I
photograph for particular memes, and learn to adjust light
and the shortcomings of my telephoto lens.

I have barely had time to scratch myself this year, so I
engaged Kip my Border Collie grand-dog to do it for me.

Blogging has re-awakened my writing from its hundred
year sleep, and even got me painting again.

An old Gumtree on the farm that I love very much.

Above all, I have met all you wonderful people I now call
friends, and am privilged to be invited to your homes for
an on-line cup of tea, a glass of wine or even a gala ball.

Sunrise on the farm in South Australia.

Through this means of communication the world has
shrunk and engendered much better communication
between individuals at least.
We are all born, live, love, work and die, no matter
what nation or belief system we prefer to belong to.

So let us love each other and the world we live in and
thus make it a bettter place for those who come after us.

The wonderful blue of Forget-me-nots.

To Klaus and the MY WORLD/SkyWatch team a big
thank you for all the help I have had from you this year.

Now click on the Logo and visit the rest of the world.


  1. Wow, one year and that many posts? You must be wonder woman!

    Love the photos, as usual, and the roses look scrumptuous!

  2. Arija I just wanted to send you my love and let you know I have been thinking of you.

    I hope that you are well.

    Love Renee xoox

  3. WOnderful BLog you are sharing with us all. I am fan of your photography... and your collie as well.

    Happy Summer to you wishing you many more happy blog entries!

  4. Edward and I wish you a wonderful anniversary day!! I am so glad you started blogging, as I do so enjoy my visits with you!

    Have a lovely day knowing that people all over the world are wishing you one!

  5. Amen to all that Arija - my sentiments exactly. Glad you are back in blogland - hope it has not been all too painful. You are right - blogland friends help tremendously. Long may blogland live for us all.

  6. Another fantastic post, Arija! And your photos are absolutely gorgeous, they take my breath away.
    I got gently but firmly pushed into blogging at a very low period in my life and now wonder how on earth I ever managed without it! It has introduced me to so many, many wonderful friends all over the world, given me a new hobby with photography, and given me a chance to do every day what I have always loved to do -- write. I will celebrate my one year of blogging in July and what a great year it has been!

    Again, I hurt for your loss and hope the pain eases as the days slip by.

    Have a great week!

  7. I'm so glad your daughter gave you that extra push to blog because I enjoy your words and photos. Blogging is a great opportunity to meet people from around the world and make new friends. I'd really like to meet you face to face Arija. Maybe winter of 2011 I'll make it Australia. Please take care of yourself and keep on watering the flowers you still have left.

    Big Hugs!

  8. Arija: What a neat show from your world. It was a fun trip with all the photos.

  9. Congratulations on your year of blogging. This was a wonderful post and I enjoyed all the photographs. So glad you are a fellow blogger.

  10. Aah! I like to blog. It is a very intimate activity yet detached and allows a certain level of anonimity, that is probably why some people who would never say hello to another sould will blog their hearts away.

    As for you, I am grateful to the angels who brought you to me.

    You are one of three I love in blogland.

  11. i can appreciate your many words today...and what blogging means and accomplishes for many of us. it brings us together, it brings out our creativity (writing/photographs and much more)...
    i so enjoy your photographs and words.
    have a lovely week.

  12. That's a wonderful world. I love the colors.

    Happy anniversary.

  13. With such beautiful images and poignant words it would have been a crime for you not to blog. An eventful year, sad and happy times but I am so thankful as a reader you blogged them.

  14. Congrats on a year. Hope you have many more.

  15. Congrats on your one year of blogging, amazing photos by the way.

    Have a fantastic week
    Regina In Pictures

  16. Meaningful post and lovely pictures..You're a wonderful blogger.

  17. Arija - happy blogiversary! I would never have guessed you'd only been blogging one year.

  18. Cool shots. I so enjoyed viewing them. Congratulations on your blogversary. Too bad I haven't been around earlier, but I can always go to your archives, can't I? :-) My favorite photo is of your collie. I'm a dog lover and large breeds fascinate me. This was a very lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Congratulations on one year.
    It is true that blogging open new worlds and friendships.

  20. Congratulations on your 1 yr blogoversary and I look forward to another year of marvelous posts and pictures.

  21. Glad you're safely back home, Arija. I always look forward to your lovely photos and thoughtful posts. Congratulations on a year of blogging.

  22. Beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated! I say your year in blogging is a success! Thasnk for sharing the the beauty that is Australia.

  23. Like you, it was my daughter who started me blogging, and now, I am hooked on it, made so many friends.

    I like the forget me not. We have them growing wild in a volvanic mountain.

  24. Congratulations on your year of blogging - it's fun, isn't it? And your photos are fabulous - I love the cow and her calf.

  25. Arija, Congrats on your blog anniversary! You have a really blog and ohh.. you live on a farm.. now I know. :)

  26. Your photos are like always a delight for the beholder( now that's posh English!!) My daughter also persuaded me to go blogging though I started at EFX2 blogs.Many of the bloggers from EFX2 are now here. Arija I hope you will keep blogging as long as possible!"So let us love each other and the world we live in and
    thus make it a bettter place for those who come after us." I second those words.

  27. Your photos are amazing. Thanks for visiting My Muskoka.

    Unlike your marvellous parrot photos, I couldn't capture the swarms of mosquitoes who threatened to carry us away!

  28. These are beautiful photos. How did you learn to take such fabulous photos?

    Congratulations as well on you blog anniversary.

    I hope that you know the award is because I think your blog is great, but it is not mandatory to post. I know it was probably bad timing for you as well.

    I have trouble posting those awards too.

    Take care,

  29. that was such a delightfully beautiful post! thank you for sharing your world and your wit to make life eminently livable!

    Have started a new meme Pet Pride where you can display your or your friends' pets every week beginning every Sunday! Do join in and share your pet pride with the world!
    Would love to have Kip on board!

  30. Very beautiful places from where you are. Congratulations of your one year of blogging. You blog very well. Love the beautiful flowers.

  31. What a wonderful post! Happy Blogoversary and may you have many more. Visiting is a pleasure.

  32. Congratulations on your first year. You have really gone far.

  33. What a lovely post. Blogland is certainly a very special place. Congratulations on your 1st year hopefully there will be many more. I do love Mr & Mrs Blue Wren.

  34. What wonderful photos to celebrate a year of blogging.


  35. Great photos. I know a very dear boarder collie name Oreo. These two could be sisters!

  36. Lovely post and congrats on your year. I agree about blogging bringing back writing and photography skills lost.

  37. Gorgeous shots!! congratulations on your first blogaversary and many, many more!!

  38. Congratulations on getting on your first year blogging anniversary. Now I can access MWT again, I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful Australian scenery again.

  39. Arija, I'm so glad that have kept blogging, I know my world would have been a lot smaller without my wonderful friend in Australia!

  40. I just want to thank you for your comments and visits. They mean so much to me. Your words of wisdom are very much appreciated. You always knew how to read me and even more. I have always felt a special closeness to you. I consider you very wise and I trust your words which in blogland is all we have sometimes. Yet you are more than words to me. You are a friend to me and I am grateful. As for friendship at the soul level it is very rare indeed and I do not want to be so presumptuous but I do consider Bella Sinclair the best thing that happened to me in the friendship category! Thank you.

  41. Congrats! I do so enjoy my visits here, I love your photos and tales of your beautiful country!

  42. Love all your beautiful photos and your post itself is beautiful too. Thank you so much for stopping by today to see my world :-)

  43. A wonderful post; love the roses and took quite a bunch. Great stories and pictures, I think you can't deny it, that you are a great Tusitala!
    Thank you Arija, I am well, just very busy in the garden and we also have renovated inside the house. I have a lot of work in the garden and I am not sure If the garden has expanded or I have become slower. I think I was also a little "blogged out" so I did not mind to be busy.
    I read that you have lost your brother, it is always a sad time when saying goodbye for ever to loved ones. I hope you are well and thank you so much for caring.

  44. Congratulations on your anniversary :) The photos are all gorgeous, but the gumtree is my favourite.

  45. Congratulations Arija on your blogging anniversary and thanks to your daughter's prompting we enjoy your beautiful photos and the amazingly appropriate text you always add. I love the gum tree! (((Hugs)))Jo xxx

  46. I enjoyed this post very much; both in your wonderful photos and in reading your beautiful and touching words.
    Congrats on your blog anniversary!

  47. Congratulations, Arija! You've made the bloggyhood a brighter place, dear friend.

  48. Wow! 202 posts in a year! You have a fantastic blog, and have entertained us. Thank you for the Roses, and congratulations on the Blogoversary.
    - celine

  49. You have been busy, thats a lot of posts for the year.
    This is a lovely series of photos, a little of everything, I liked them all. I also really like the seashore in the next post lovely with the waves lapping among the rocks.

  50. congratulations! it's an important milestone!

  51. Congratulations on your blogging. Your photos are really wonderful.

    I missed my first year's anniversary. Just wasn't paying attention. :-)

  52. Hi Arija, all your fotos here are great...keep it up! a photo addict hubby said..hahaha

  53. Congratulations on your fist year of blogging, Arija! I do love your poetic pictures so very much! Hugshugs, Maria :)

  54. I just looked closer at your gum tree picture. It's gorgeous! What a wonderful tree!
    Arija, thank you so very much for your many visits and your kind words! :)

  55. Happy Blog Birthday Arija :) I am so happy that I found your wonderful blog.

  56. Congratulations on a year of blogging! I'm delighted to have encountered you in this 'virtual world' through Sky Watch and Today's Flowers and feel privileged to see YOUR WORLD through your camera lens on a regular basis. Here's to many more years of connection ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  57. Congratulations on your blogaversary Arija. Welcome back after your break and I hope things are returning to normal for you after your loss. I agree with everything you say - blogging has done all that for me too (apart from the painting!) and I'm so glad that you do it too, for us all to enjoy. Re visulaising my strange shooting position for some of my SWF shots - don't!!

  58. you have some beautiful photographs here. i'm looking forward to spending more time enjoying them in the future.

  59. Happy Anniversary and I have been so happy to get to know you dear Arija.. Michelle


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