Weekly Photo Challenge-Resilient



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



 This week I decided to post

some images of landmarks which…


were talked about when I was at school…


have been through two World Wars…


and which we were fortunate enough

to visit in September, 2016.


Although we only made it to the second level

of the Eiffel Tower it was an experience

not to be forgotten.


We were told that we could climb up, inside,

the Arc De Triomphe,

however, my knees, ankles and feet

suggested otherwise.

And although were saddened to see this site

as it was our last night of the tour…


It was wonderful to get back on British soil again.

I don’t know how many times I said ‘grazie

only to realise that we had crossed a border

and now should have said ‘merci‘, or ‘danke‘.







Once December arrives, our focus every year…

nativity_2326 has been on this…


and this.

This means family and we can relax

in the company of relatives

for a few hours, where

work is not calling.

Of course all that is applicable if you are

not hosting Christmas, isn’t it?


A Photo a Week Challenge: December


Floral Friday-16-1230


Floral Friday Challenge.




We should have tried a few of these when in York.


However, I have no idea what this tree is.



Some York crocus flowers.

Ccrocus appear to grow randomly in the U.K.

We sighted many in St James’ Park

just popping up through the lawn.


Floral Friday

Floral Friday




One Word Photo Challenge-Dolphin




Another week where I have been saved at the last minute.


From out of one of our Christmas Bon Bons

popped this little fella.

I was so pleased it was not wanted by its ‘owner’.

I snapped it up in a trice. 🙂


 One Word Photo Challenge: Dolphin


DISCOVER CHALLENGE16_1227_Retrospective



After declaring this year the Year of the Doctor,

because of an eye problem which saw me

having, regularly two, and up to three,

medical appointments per week

until the end of June.


In fact my first totally medical free week

was the week beginning July 11.

By that stage I had attended medical appointments

on 42 occasions in 2016.


On Tuesday night it was a joy to still have both eyes

to view the sunset in  all its glory.

So although it was declared the year of thee Doctor,

we still managed a planned holiday and

our son’s wedding in  November.

At this stage I am really looking forward

to  a quiet 2017,


DP_Discover Challenge: Retrospective

Wordless Wednesday16_1228_London

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Some typical images from London this week.





This may be the only place in the world

where Clark Kent could change these days.


 And London would not be London without Big Ben.

I don’t think I have one photo of Big Ben taken during

my first visit to London forty years ago.

Made up for it in 2016 though.


Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday (create-with-joy.com)

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Duck-Duck-Goose


My contribution for this week’s

Duck Duck Goose


Have had kids play Duck, Duck, Goose, many times

but I think I would have been severely reprimanded

if I had produced a camera.

Would be interested to know what view

educations systems in other parts of the world would take.

I was not allowed to take photos students

(undertakning university requested activities) to send

to university lecturers because of possible ‘custody disputes’.

As soon as I was a qualified teacher, employed on

a casual/emergency basis, I was often sent to the back gate

of a school to supervise adults collecting children.

Jack the Ripper could be have been collecting kids

and I would not have known.

However,  that is the way schools treat/use

their emergency staff in Australia…by giving them these duties

that permanent teachers don’t want.

Rant over!!.

Thinking laterally again this week.

And it’s Duck…






(Egyptian) Goose.





My GoodReads Wrap for 2016


Early this year I completed reading the Nikon D7100 (Expanded Guide) by Jon Sparks.  I found this manual a helpful reference book to read when learning about my Nikon D7100.  In fact I would highly recommend this books for anyone purchasing a Nikon D7100.  For that matter I would recommend this style of  manual for any Nikon (or other brand) camera as it was much easier to read the the supplied manual.books_9546

This  being my first year with Goodreads I was pleasantly surprised to see My Year in Books published on Goodreads last week.

No surprise to see that my longest book, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, was also the most popular on my book shelf with 561,127 readers in 2016.

However, it was a case of ‘gasp, shock and horror‘, to discover only one reader had read the Nikon D7100 (Expanded Guide) by Jon Sparks making it my least popular Goodreads book in 2016.


 For some reason MGW did not share my surprise or dismay that  this book was my lest popular.

My conclusion is that it was widely read in 2015.  😉  Yep!  That must be why it was not read in 2016.

Book Review-The-French-Promise

The French Promise


Fiona McIntosh

I found the audio version of ‘The French Promise‘ thoroughly enjoyable and well worth a listen, or reading.

As mentioned last week I read this book before reading its prequel.   Though thoroughly enjoyable as a standalone, it does make more sense as the second of the series as many of the main characters (and their history) are introduced in The Lavender Keeper

A post World War II setting sees a whole range of themes ranging from romance to death and revenge.

The setting for this book is Tasmania, where characters established in The Lavender Keeper make a new home after World War II .

One of two criticisms I have with the audio versions is that the narrator’s voice is vastly different to my usual narrators, which is one I assume over which the author has no control.

My secondly grumble is that the book seemed to end abruptly.  However, the ending was appropriate…it was just that I was expecting a more, and a different ending.

I look forward to reading more of Fiona McIntosh’s books.

Image result for the french promise by fiona mcintosh

Definitely a



And also one of my favourites.