We became empty nesters a few years ago.The absence of school fees freed up a handy few dollars.

Life had suddenly become comfortable…so,

when planning our recent holiday

and the question was posed…

Gold or Silver Leaf on the Rocky Mountaineer?

The comfort of Gold Leaf sounded appealing.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Comfortable




Week 4

Many years ago Simon and Garfunkel sang of

a vision softly creeping…

and it was certainly a vision which

softly crept up on us the morning

many of us saw falling snow for the first time.

and if we had tarried too long, we would…

certainly have been covered by that

freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.

Columbia Icefield/Athabasca Glacier

straddles the

Alberta-British Columbia border


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Soft

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Soft

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Soft

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Soft




Earlier this year we had a

Wedding Anniversary dinner

aboard The Q Train.

The Q Train is a refurbished Queensland Train

which operates for lunch and dinner on a

 short two-hour length of rail, near Geelong,

making the experience a four-hour return journey .

These are but three of the matching drinks

which were provided with each course.


For me/us, summer or winter,

any drink which does not…

~~~~contain alcohol is the drink of the day.



Book Review-Hammer-of-God-Greig-Beck

Hammer of God

(Alex Hunter #5.5)

Greig Beck


Hammer of God commences with a nuclear explosion somewhere in Iraq.  Naturally this upset the status quo a coalition peace keeping force was trying to bring to the region.  To exacerbate the situation the last images from the area do not show and sign of an airborne device being used.  The only thing out-of-place is a huge man/person carrying a rather large package on its back right into ground zero.

Major Jack Hammerson and Alex hunter (The Arcadian), join forces with an old ally and Mossad spy Adira Senesh.  They are soon enmeshed in a story of ancient prophecies which appear to be true.

Again Greig Beck has written about the ancients and prophecies of evil and shaped it into a plausible storyline.   However it was not one of his best books I my opinion.  That may be entirely due to the subject of his story which are these giants walking around with nuclear devices strapped to their backs.  It was not until the first explosion that I remembered reading/listening to it about four years ago and I felt I was going through the motions of reading ‘because I had started the book’.  A book needs to be really bad (in my opinion) before I will discard before completing it.  Hammer of God was good enough to listen to a second time, but I find I am liking books which do not have monsters lurking…somewhere these days.  A sign of age?  Maybe.


I think

Hammer of God


is a



In 2018,

Goodreads readers have rated

Hammer of God

 an average of 4.09 stars from

346 ratings and 28 reviews.

I am also surprised that so few have bothered

to rate and review this novel.


Hammer of God

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon

Booktopia does not have Hammer of God.

Floral Friday18-July27


Floral Friday Challenge.


Butchart Gardens…1

Foliage and blooms…from Butchart Gardens…

Victoria, British Columbia.


Floral Friday

Floral Friday







Black and White Challenge.


A definition of bench is a seat upon which

two or more people may sit.

So two out-door benches…

which meet that definition.


This photo is of a very different ‘bench’…

and this, a view from that bench.

The 2016 census put the population of Steiglitz at 53.

In the 1860s-1890s the gold rush population

was over 1,000 and was probably the reason

for the construction of the Court House.

Finally, a work  bench I made a few weeks ago.

It was made to take the pressure off my back and knees.

  And I think it fits my definition…

two or more people could sit upon it. 🙂


Cees-Black-White-Photo-Challenge: Benches