I loved going to bed in Rondavels

and seeing……this view in South Africa’s

Kruger National Park

From South Africa to

Melbourne’s Federation Square

and its associated buildings.

This is the National Gallery of Victoria,

which Melbournians either love or hate.

Mostly the latter!


And I think this is a shot of the angles

above an entrance on that building. 

At least it is probably one of a kind.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Angles

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Angles

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Angles

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Angles






Zen: a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions

are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort.

I have also used your meaning of ‘zen’ Terri.

The intuition of a surfer…


…or kite surfer,

has always intrigued me.

However, I have never thought of it

as a ‘zen’ moment before.

Hope I’m somewhere near it 🙂






willfully causing pain or suffering to others,
or feeling no concern about it.
“people who are cruel to animals”

I often hear in the media that

this group or that

thinks farmers are cruel

to their animals.

However, if that were true

many animals would not be as

healthy as these ewes and lambs.


Word of the Day Challenge:  Cruel









The Chain


Adrian McKinty



Adrian McKinty’s The Chain was my introduction to this author thanks to a Goodreads friend.  And what a read it was!

Imagine arriving home one night to find your 12 year old child is not home as he/she should be.  To no avail friends and neighbour’s are called as panic begins to set in and is exacerbated by a ransom call which not only demands money, but also to conduct a kidnapping of your own.  Any form of law enforcement involvement will certainly be a death warrant for your child and perhaps family members.  However as in all good stories there is always someone willing to break The Chain, or die trying.

The Chain is a fast paced novel which captured my interest on page one and held it until the final word.  The Chain is a story of intrigue and mystery with several unforeseen twists.  The Chain is the kind of book which would make one frightened to let their child walk anywhere by themselves.

I think The Chain is worthy of a star rating.

Other Goodreads readers have awarded

The Chain

an average of 3.94 stars,

from 5,617 ratings

and 1,235 reviews.




The Chain 

can be purchased on-line at

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon