move from a lower position to a higher one;
come or go up.

At  Battle of Bullecourt during World War I…

…the German Army was dug in on the higher ground.

To win the battle the British army had a long advance

up the rise to overtake the german Army.

It was a costly exercise largely due

to the ineptitude of British commanders

and the experience of the German commanders.



Book Review-Gabriel-Fallen

Gabriel Fallen

Dirty Empire Book #2


Nina West/K. A. Tucker


Gabriel Fallen book two of the Dirty Empire series by K. A. Tucker, aka, Nina West, continues on with Mercy and Gabriel’s steamy relationship intensifying.


When reviewing Sweet Mercy I commented that Sweet Mercy reminded me of the Pretty Woman movie and Fifty Shades of Grey book.  Gabriel Fallen is all Fifty Shades.  The other thing which I find interesting is the number of times we read about Gabriel’s calloused hands and how he is using them.  I confess to not knowingly reading a passage where Gabriel is working with his hands, so, where do his callouses come from?  Certainly not from any of the activities so widely written about in the Dirty Empire series.


The graphic descriptions of Gabriel’s sexual antics continue unabated in Gabriel Fallen, to the extent that it seemed there was very little other plot.   Mercy accepts that Gabriel is not an angel and manages to convince herself that what she is doing has an upside.


I think most readers will read the series just to find out what happens in the next book.  Both completed books have moved along at a cracking pace and both have had cliffhanger endings.


I have again rated Gabriel Fallen a three star read.  At just over 200 pages the Dirty Empire series could be labelled a series of short novels.


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A few years ago…

…this cloud formation passed over Geelong,

looking very ominous, I thought.

Just how ominous was revealed on

television news a few hours later.

Low lying roads were covered

by three feet of water and several cars

were shown floating therein.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Ominous






In 2015 the best of our Golden Robinias

was a pretty sight in bloom. 

Every year since there have been

abundant blooms on that tree.



The Spring of 2020 was proving no exception

until the last week of October. 


There was either rain or wind

or both which ensured

that many of the new blooms

ended up on the ground

by week’s end.



Other than the sudden disappearance of flowers

spring sees all plants thriving and enjoying

some Sunday sunshine.



Even our cherry tree is fairly well

stocked again this year. 

We did not eat many last year

because birds found a gap where

the netting was not quite

joined properly.       😦

We shall be more careful

when netting this year.

Normally, because of their colour,

our maple trees are photographed

in autumn.


Because of our theme this week

I have added an image of our

Japanese Maples

in their spring dressing.