(of living conditions or a way of life)
having no comforts or luxuries.

Some of our accommodation

was described as rustic…

…which is probably not quite austere,

but very close to it.


Fandango’s One-Word Challenge:…Austere





a number,
especially one which forms part of official statistics
or relates to the financial performance of a company.

They tell us when we can eat and

how much the meal will cost.



…the weight a bridge will hold… fast we can travel.


I’m told 63 Degrees is the temperature

of a cup of coffee at a popular coffee shop

in Geelong.


In some countries, it is wise to read and obey

these safety warnings.


Signboards like this tell us how far to the next town

and what number the road is.

As students arrive at and leave school

there are periods of time when drivers

have to slow to 40 km per hour as they

pass through school zones.

Figures on a clock advise us of how much

of the day has passed by.






Black and White Challenge.


Burj Khalifa…the largest/tallest building

I have ever been in.

An elephant’s ear…rather larger

than any other ear, I have seen.

However, those ears look right at home

on their owner.


Californian Redwood in Geelong Gardens

A Giant Baobab Tree on

Lekhubu Island, Botswana.







A welcoming committee was awaiting

our arrival at our next

Okavango Delta campsite.

It was only after we were out of the vehicle

that these Yellow-Billed Hornbills

donned their vehicle inspector’s caps.

The boss had a really good look around.

He even spotted my camera bag

on his way through.

Inspection completed, they quietly left…

…but not before checking out

the good looker in the mirror.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Curious-Critters




Lekhubu Island Camping Ground

Off-Road in Okavango Delta,

Savuti Camp

Moremi Camp…

…Okavango Delta…

…came complete with garbage disposal…


…and one or two locals in whose

thoroughfare we were camped.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:   Off-Road-Fun




A back road near Geelong

with a beautiful view.


Not a Botswana back road,

however with wandering livestock,

it could be a back road

We travelled over this road for several hours

before reaching the salt lake.


Greater Kruger National Park…

…provided a variety of tracks/roads

and many wandering wildlife.


This Kruger National Park road

may pass for a back road,

but it isn’t and that maybe that is

why the hyenas used it.



Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Black-White*

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Country-Back-Roads

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Country-Back-Roads

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Country-Back-Roads






Our 2014 Botswana Safari was the last time

we came near to ruffin it.   

We soon discovered that connecting to the internet

in the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta

was not going to happen.


Instead we once again discovered the joys

of sitting and eating around a campfire,

sleeping in tents, without any connection

to family and friends via social media networking.

However, even on our rough trip

our guide acted as cook.

We all commented on how nice it was

to spend 7 nights around a campfire.

Upon arriving at Chobe we once again

were able to access the outside world

via our social media connections.

Conversation died a quick death as

all eyes were fixated on our devices.

So much for ruffin’ it  🙂


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Ruffin’ It