My I Spy: something beginning with ‘Y’

Yes, the end of this alphabetical adventure is just around the corner. It is tempting to write that it only felt like yesterday when I came across the idea on Pip Lincolne’s blog to play a version of I Spy. At the time I thought it was a brilliant idea, a way to make use of some of the many photos that I already have plus keep an eye out for objects in my daily life. When I reached the halfway mark I remember thinking that the alphabet was a lot longer than it seemed – the adventure takes six months from start to finish. But it has been such a treat to keep an eye out for objects, familiar and otherwise. Here is what I’ve spotted beginning with Y.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Brunfelsia)
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia)

This is one of my favourite plants. The shrub appeared in several spots in my grandparents’ garden on the northern beaches of Sydney. One of my best memories is of walking around the extensive garden in the late afternoon with my Nan, and with endless patience she would tell me the names of plants. They had a wide range of camellias, gorgeous shrubs and trees with a variety of flowers that lit up the garden in the cooler months. The blooms of a brunfelsia bush were modest in comparison, but I loved the mixture of dark purple, lilac and white blooms said to represent yesterday, today and tomorrow.


As noted earlier in this quest, my favourite colour is green. In recent years I’ve started to gather red objects around me with yellow also starting to appear. There is something about the vibrancy of a sunflower or a bright yellow pot. This lovely glass bowl looks even lovelier with a small candle flickering within.

Yellow Tulips, Carrington Hotel
And above are some lovely tulips spotted in the gardens of the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba in early spring.

Platform Y, Temora
Platform Y

Passing through the central western town of Temora earlier this year, I detoured to take a photo of the old railway station. It was beautiful and ornate, and tucked up the end was Platform Y. I took a photo and continued on, discovering later that this part of the railway station has been repurposed as a youth centre. A brilliant idea and great to see the building have another life.

Have you spotted anything worth yearning for beginning with Y lately? Join me next week for the final instalment of this alphabetical extravaganza as I spy something with my little eye beginning with Z.

[Photo: yellow teapot spied at Bygone Beauties, Leura]

9 thoughts on “My I Spy: something beginning with ‘Y’

  1. I still think your I Spy idea is really awesome! I saw a lot of trees today in which the branches made a “Y” shape each time they branched out. 🙂

    Also, on a somewhat random note, I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award because I really enjoy reading your posts and I thought you definitely deserved it! So, please feel free to check it out and even participate if you would like: Thanks! And I hope you have a wonderful weekend and bunches of luck finding the last letter of the alphabet! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much – not just for your Y spotting (trees are an interesting source of shapes!) but for the nomination. I have just read your post and I really appreciate you thinking of me 😊. And thank you too for wishing me luck on my final stage of an alphabetical adventure 😁 – hope you have a great weekend too!

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  2. You have such an interesting blog, and this alphabet idea is a great one; really creative. I will nominate Ynys-hir, it’s a nature reserve near where I studied in Wales. A wild, mystical, rich area where I spent many hours birdwatching.

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