1956 Olympic rings at Ballarat’s

Lake Wendouree,

home to all rowing events in 1956.


Track and field and Opening/Closing Ceremonies

were held at the

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)…

…in front of the newly built Olympic Stand

and around 100,000 spectators.

The most recent Olympic Venue we have visited is

Whistler Mountain,

British Columbia,

Canada, 2018.


One Word Sunday Challenge:  Olympic



Degrees of Darkness


Tony J. Forder

Tony J. Forder’s Degrees of Darkness, was the first book I have read by this author.  And I must confess that it was one which I wish I had never read, not because of any writing flaws, rather because it is so dark.

Strawberry blonde twelve or thirteen year old girls are being abducted after the rest of their family is murdered in the dead of night.  Laura is one of those abductees.  She is the daughter of an ex-detective (Frank) who had separated from his wife and family.

Frank is asked to help police track her abductor and killer of his son, ex-wife and several other families.  With virtually no leads to follow Frank and friend Nicky, also a detective, set out to track down and hopefully save Laura’s life.  During the investigation the killer contacts Frank and then begins to leave him ‘gifts’ in the form of bodies of the earlier girls he has tortured and murdered.

Fans of the thriller genre will enjoy Degrees of Darkness, although should you have twelve or thirteen year old strawberry blonde females in your family, prepared to be disturbed.

I rated

Degrees of Darkness

Degrees of Darkness


as a solid


At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Degrees of Darkness

an average of 4.38 stars,

from 418 ratings

and 43 reviews.

Degrees of Darkness

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon






I was not expecting any of…

…this disruptive behaviour…

…when we took delivery of…


….Taji and Candi.

We just seem to cure them of one bad trait…


…and like kids, they find another way

to disrupt our lives.   😉   🙂


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Disruption






an act of waking from sleep


It could be argued that….

…our bulbs are awakening from

their summer hibernation.

These snowdrops have been up

for a month at least…

…while our new pink daffodils although planted

nearly a month ago have only a

few forward scouts out see

what their new home is like.