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There is much on this site that may not be readily apparent. There are several ways to find your way around.You can use the links bar above to visit my most popular pages, use my archives or simply do a keyword search using the search engine in the navigation bar at the very top of the page.

If you find problems with any of my links not working, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or via my guest book and I'll will try to rectify the problem as soon as possible :)
I have had some problems recently with downloads from 4 shared and am in the process of moving them to another web storage. Please be patient.

And come back soon!

Monday, 31 December 2007

Summer Agapanthus

Click to see a larger version.

It is certainly summer in my garden now. After plenty of rain, the grass is growing [and needing mowing constantly] and my agapanthus are really blooming. This hardy perennial from South Africa is a survivor and welcome in many country gardens where it definitely comes into the "non care" category.

Click here for a zip with different sized images including ones with a January calendar.

Saturday, 29 December 2007

A New Year, a fresh start

Some words of advice from T. S. Eliot
Click on the image to enlarge.
For a slightly different version and images for a wider or bigger screen, download my zip here.
If you would like to send a card with a similar image, visit our card site.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

The Tenth Day of Christmas

Hmmm...I can imagine you thinking, yes she's gone a bit "dark" this time.

Just how do you handle Leaping Lords except to presume a little moonlight madness?

These 10 Lords Leaping are said to represent the 10 Commanments of the Old Testament.

Click on the image above to download or

1280 X 960 image here

1152 X 720 image here

Monday, 17 December 2007

Lorikeets Celebrating Christmas

Lorikeets celebrating Christmas by doing their best to pull my wreath apart!

These cheeky birds rule our bird feeder, making sure they receive only the best.

The wreath contains gum blossum [Eucalyptus sp] and flannel flowers.

A new window will open with a larger sized image if you click on the image above.

1280 X 960 image here

1152 X 720 image here

1280 X 1024 image here

Thursday, 13 December 2007

The Sixth Day of Christmas

On the sixth Day of Christmas,

My true love gave to me,

Six geese a-laying......
When I was putting together this desktop, I had initially in mind a more styalized a version, but started thinking and finally decided to include some Australian geese and the desktop became more naturalistic.
These are Cape Barren Geese from the Southern Australian foreshores and nearby islands.
I have used a bit of artistic licence here as I'm sure that these geese would never be seen nesting in close proximity! They are probably monogamous and in reality quite aggresive during the breeding season which runs from June until September. [so they are definitely running a bit late this year]
The six geese of the song are said to represent the six days of creation.
In a zip file which you can download from my 4-shared storage, I have included, as well as various sized images, ones without text.

The Magi

A desktop featuring the three wise men following the star to Bethlehem.

To see and save a larger version click on the image.

A version 1152 X 720 here

A version 1280 X 960 here

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

In my Garden

This is another photo that I took early in my garden after overnight rain. I first noticed this beautiful saucer shaped spider's web from above, when I went to empty my rain gauge.

The legspan on this little chap would have been less than an inch.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

On the First Day of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas
"On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree. "
The twelve days of Christmas represent the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany. The song is a very old one and each verse probably has religeous significance.
The single partridge has been said to represent God or Christ himself as the first day is of course, Christmas Day.
Click on the image to download and for a zip of larger sizes, click here.


Wednesday, 5 December 2007

December Early Morning

The light just after dawn on Monday morning was just magical when I took this photo. This little hopper and his friends have been creating havoc in my roses :)

Click on the photo to open or save a larger version of the image for your desktop, or click here for versions more suitable for even bigger or wider screens.
Have you checked out the webpages of other members of our group, recently? [ Links to the left.]
PS Rose is "Seduction"

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Remembrance Day 11 November 2007

Today is the 11th of November. A time to remember all those who served their country in times of conflict. A time especially to remember those who lost their lives so that we can remain free.

If you would like to see and/or save a larger desk sized image, click on the image.
A zip containing various sized desktops, HERE
If you would like to send a similar card you can visit our card gallery where we also have other cards to commemorate this occassion.

Monday, 29 October 2007

An Autumn Bouquet

This desktop was created for my friends in the Northern Hemisphere using a lovely tube misted by Daisy, original artist is unknown.

If you would like a full sized image for your desktop, you can download a zip here.

BTW there are some great new Halloween cards at our card site !

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Iris Desktop

The Irises in our area have been lovely this year, possibly due to our colder than normal winter.

I was making a card for a friend when this desktop just grew! If you would like a copy for your own desktop, you can download a zip containing various sized images here

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Another Illusion

I was playing with a stained glass image of a moth that I had made and ended up with this desktop! If you would like a copy for your own desktop, you can download a zip with various sizes, here.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Illusion 1

A somewhat "darker" desktop :)
I hope you like it.

You can download a zip containing various sized desktop images, here.

Friday, 14 September 2007


Most of my printable projects are made at 300 dpi however quite often elements will still print well if enlarged another 50% ie to 150% 0f original.
Similarly I have reduced the size of many of my pages to 8" X 8" for a small album and they look OK. If I intend doing that I like to keep the layout simpler ...but that is my taste :)
You may like to use papers in A4 or standard US letter size images too.
Getting to know my printer.
Investigating the quality options for printing is a must before tackling any high quality printing exercise. Choose the finest/best/highest quality for optimum results.
Use the correct settings for paper type. This can make a world of difference.
Printers vary a lot, so I would tend to select a small area of my project and do a couple of test runs for colour on scrap paper similar to what I would be using... looking carefully at skin tones in particular. I use Paint Shop Pro as an imaging programme and find the simplest method of colour adjustment is to add an adjustment layer for hue/saturation/ darkness. Often a minor adjustment there particularly with saturation will make a world of difference.
I know my old CRT monitor gives me a much more consistent matching with my printer output colour than my new LCD flat screen. If you are going to be doing a particularly important project it may be worth while calibrating your monitor and or printer. This article is worth checking out.
Precious Photos.
Many of the older family photos I have, have been given to me by relatives from all over the world and whatever the quality cannot be replaced. Before I use them in a page layout I often need to do a bit of digital repair work. I've learnt from bitter experience to always work on a digital copy of the original and make sure I give it a different file name before saving it.
I've also found that slight changes in the hue of both sepia and "black and white" photos can make all the difference to their look on a page.
In an Album.
I try to make my pages "flow" by using matching pages opposing and not too many abrupt changes in colour and style...sometimes a bit tricky. A method which sometimes works well is to reduce the size of my page to say 90% and lay it on a background of a plain colour which blends both with it and the previous page...even if that is black!
And yes...I've changed my colour scheme completely after seeing my pages all laid out even if only in my browser :)

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Picasso's Owl Desktop

I have always been intrigued with Picasso's art. I love his early drawings and have included a one of his simple outline drawings of an owl in my latest desktop.

You can download a zip containing various sized desktops here or here .

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Carpet Snake Desktop

Where we live , we share the bushland with one of Australia's most beautiful carpet pythons,
Morelia spilota variegata.

At this time of the year they are just waking from their winter hibernation. A non aggresive snake, the python feeds on small animals and is most welcome in farming areas as it is very effective in keeping down vermin such as mice and rats. Occassionally it does develop an appetite for chooks :)

I hope you enjoy this desktop I have created. You can view a larger version by clicking on the image below or download a full sized version here .

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Receding Tide - A Desktop

This desktop was created using one of the photos taken last year on a visit to Burrum Heads on the SE Queensland coast. The view is in the estuary of the Burrum River just as it joins the Pacific Ocean at Burrum Beach. This is one of those quiet unspoilt areas that I so love on our coastline.

You can download a zip containing various sized desktops with calendars [and without] here.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Another fanciful fish

It is another cold winter's day today. ..this morning's minimum the coldest so far this year. I have been having fun creating another desktop using an image of one of Renard's Fanciful Fish, which I love. You can download a zip containing various desktop sizes here

Monday, 9 July 2007

Oriental arrangement

It is bitterly cold here today. I have been busy at my computor for most of the day but found some spare time to make a new desktop...... "oriental happiness" You can down load a zip containing various sizes here.

Monday, 25 June 2007

Leopard butterfly Desktop

It is cold and wet in southern Queensland today,...a chance to make a new desktop!
If you would like to have a full sized version you can click here to download a zip with various sizes.

Monday, 28 May 2007

"Dawn Rose" Desktop

I photographed this lovely rose "Christopher Marlowe" early one morning last week, just as dawn was breaking.

For the rose growers...it is a David Austin rose, shrubby, repeat flowering with a great perfume.

You can see a slightly larger image by clicking on the image above or download a zip containing full sized desktop versions by clicking here.

Friday, 25 May 2007

Renard's Fanciful Fish

I have been having fun with an image of one of Renard's Fanciful Fish.

You can download a zip with different sizes of this desktop by clicking on the image above.

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Desktop for Autumn

It seems as if Autumn may be finally here. Sun coming through a fog this morning and sighting deer tracks in the forest last night, inspired this new desktop.

You can click on the image to download a zip of a full sized desktop.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Sunrise Orchid Beach Fraser Island Desktop

This simple desktop was created using a beautiful dawn photo taken looking east from Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland by my son-in-law Holger.

You can download a zip containing full sized .jpg for your desktop [including a widescreen version] by clicking on the image