In April 2013 around ANZAC Day (April 25) I
transcribed this diary extract about my
Grandfather during World War I.
One day of routine manning I left Carlin and another at the tap in with instructions that if the line went we’d mend it at our end as it always got out about 150 yards from the O.P. the Hun strafing that point every day for no reason whatever and doing no damage except to a few telephone lines. Sure enough the Hun had his strafe and the line went. Harper was with me and another man, probably Davis. Of course they wanted to go out and mend it, but as the line was of no great importance at the moment told them to wait till the strafe stopped – we could see and hear shells bursting. Next thing Harper got a buzz on the phone showing it was through and a little later old Carlin’s head appeared at the parade, beaded with sweat and much wind up. I strafed him for coming out when he was told to stay in. His reply was, “I saw the O.P. was getting it and thought someone might be hit.” That did not prevent him stopping to mend the line amongst the S. 9.
I have always said that “Windy Bill Carlin” is the bravest man I have met and one of the windiest. The man who is not windy cannot be brave, but the man who does his job at all times and under all conditions and with the wind up all the time, is the man I admire.
It is one of the few pieces of memorabilia
I have of either of my Grandfathers,
and even though I think the conflict was abhorrent,
I am still proud of their efforts during that time.
My Grandfather was awarded a
Distinguished Conduct Medal
for this and other action while serving in
France and Belgium.
There are some typos or spelling errors and
are included to maintain faithfulness
to the original copy.
While we were away I asked our future PDIL and Number 2 Son
if they would deliver some photos to a local Art/Photography Show.
Having heard nothing from them via Facebook,
I assumed it had been a wasted effort.
Imagine my surprise when arriving home
I discovered that this photo had been awarded the
I assume that it is the same as ‘Acquisitive’
which is the only similar word I can find on Google.
Can anyone explain, in 25 words or less where
an Aquisitive Award rates in an art show?
I have never heard of it prior to last Thursday.
Google tells me that the work is purchased by
the organisation running the show.
Is it something to be pleased/proud of,
or is it more of an encouragement award?
I am pleased to have gained an award,
however, brutal honesty is welcome!
On Monday, July 21, Raewyn’s Photos nominated
Virtual Blog Tour
It is relatively new so totally unexpected
Here are the rules
Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour)
- What am I working on?
- How does my work differ from others of its genre?
- Why do I write/create what I do?
- How does your writing/creating process work?
- Answer four questions about our creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires us to do what we do.
- Then pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Get their permission first and give them rules and specific Monday they are to post. (Aussies are known to break rulles…so I hope my nominees will accept).
So I will start with the first question.
1. What am I working on at the moment?
I seem to have my fingers in several pies at the moment. Work has decreed that I complete some further study in Language, Literacy and Numeracy. I have been a bit reluctant with this as all readings are similar, if not the same as my university studies. I would rather be studying photography or something else that I do not consider work. But still if one has to be cooped up in front of a computer then winter is a good time.
From a blogging perspective, I am working on posts relating to the commencement of World War I. As I have said in several posts, my Grandfather was part of the gun crew which fired the first allied shot. A commemorative event is being held on Tuesday and my camera will be part of that event. Watch this space 🙂
2. How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?
I am not going to comment on my writing skills, or lack thereof, here. I am sure that nouns, adverbs, prepositions, verbs, adjectives, apostrophes, commas, semi-colons, colons and exclamation marks (to name a few) are all used incorrectly…at times.
Based on some camera club colleagues my photography differs in as much as I do not use Photoshop to ‘draw out colours‘. I sharpen, and add light and shade if required. Some photos displayed for a recent club exhibition were described as different to other photos. They were African wildlife photos. My colours were natural…which looks good, I think.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
When I write I need to be in the mood and the topic needs to have a light side to it.
When I create a post I just try to create a post that is interesting. I also post because I my photos can be used…even if only for fun.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
First and foremost, I write the little I do, for fun. For my enjoyment…and if that makes others smile that’s a real bonus.
Now, how I create. About twenty years ago I was taking part in a Communications unit as part of a course I wanted to complete. We had to give a five-minute presentation, “to local farmers on behalf of your organisation, S.H.E.E.P“, so said our teacher. What was I/we (my partner and I) going to talk about? I did not know. What I did know, at the time, was that I had to plough my paddock if I wanted to get my crop planted. My dog, Brandy, was trotting along just in front and to one side of the tractor. Suddenly condoms for dogs popped into my head. And Doggiedoms was born. Once the idea was there it was easy to create a five-minute talk…which had to be repeated so the teacher could record it.
Check out my Travel Theme:Simplify post this week. My photos had been selected and then as words began to flow and change, the idea formed. Massaged to suit. And yes, put to bed about two hours after I should have been. Sleep deprivation works well when I am in the mood to write. And yes MGW tends to cringe, at times…well a lot when she reads my posts. So I do know there are many rough edges in my writing.
Photography is another thing altogether. I like to take photos and then crop for impact. I have decided that wildlife and anything without a recognisable person in the shot is fair game. The world has changed in the last thirty years when I photographed brides on their happy day.
I would like to photograph more of the human race; many, young and old, would make great subjects…but as I said times have changed.
Unlike Raewyn, I am not going to make comment as to why I nominated each of these blogs except to say that I enjoy the photography on each of these blogs.
My nominations to join the Virtual Blog Tour are: (ten second drum roll)
It’s my way of thanking you for supporting WoollyMuses.
On Sunday March 16, br4ceyourself awarded WoollyMuses
On Sunday March 16, WoollyMuses was nominated by br4ceyourself for The Lighthouse Award.
Hi! I love your humor, and your photos. I’ve nominated you for the Lighthouse Award for being a bright light in this world.
With many thanks I appreciate and accept The Lighthouse Award.
• Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
• Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.
• Inform your nominees of their award nominations.
• Share three ways that you like to help others.
• Nominate as many bloggers as you like.
Three ways I like to help are…
– I like to take MGW out for a meal, theatre, movie whatever so we can simply relax and have some time together.
-I have taught students whose ages ranging from five to ninety-two to use computers. It is a real buzz to be around for that light bulb moment when a student, of any age, realises how they will be able to apply a new skill in their personal life.
-I also enjoy creating posts which others, hopefully, enjoy or find some humour. My main aim when this blog began was to have fun, not to be too serious, so I feel as though I have achieved this after being nominated for this award for my humour and photos.
I would like to pass on the The Lighthouse Award to the following bloggers.
All of these bloggers are some of my regular visitors who have in some small way inspired WoollyMuses
I totally understand if any blogger does not wish to participate.
It’s my way of thanking you for supporting WoollyMuses.
A bit of self promotion…
At 1600, January 4th, 2014
has received just over
since its inception in early
Many thanks to all my followers
to all those who may pop in from time to time.
On Saturday, December 7th, Cee’s Photography granted me the
Most Influential Blogger Award
Although I thanked Cee via email last weekend, I have taken a while to publicly thank Cee. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cee once again for conferring this award on my blog. It was totally unexpected.
The Rules for the Most Influential Blogger Award are: 1. Display the Award on your Blog. 2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you. 3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award. 4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment. 5. Answer each of the 11 questions that your awarder asked, and then write 11 for your awardees (or use the same ones up to you!)
First up, my answers to the questions:
1) What makes you happiest?
Knowing that we can leave the kids in charge and that they are old and responsible enough to manage.
2) Do you love the Oceans or Mountains more?
Probably somewhere in between. I love the unpredictability of the ocean and the serenity of the mountains. Camping at the 7,000 foot level in the Canadian Rockies was unforgettable. Likewise a rough sea or a mirror like body of water can be fascinating
3) What has been a special moment in 2013?
This year our special moment(s) have been spent in Africa. We expected to see animals but not as at such close range. Our hosts from Imagine Africa 4×4 Safaris and Sausage tree Safari Camp were the best I ave ever come across. Plans for a Pacific holiday have been ditched in preference for another trip to Africa.
Our travelling companions also made the trip an enjoyable experience and hopefully we can stay in contact, even if it is only via email.
4) What’s your favourite quote.
I love JFK’s “Ask not….” quote. There are times when many of those younger and the very young could/should take note.
Martin Luther King also gets a guernsey for his, “I have a dream…..” speech. Again, there are times when I think the world is nearly there…only to find we have taken one step forward and three steps back.
However, depending on the situation there are many others.
5) Do you like yourself?
Most of the time.
6) Do you stay up till midnight on New Year?
I am a bit of a night owl and tend to sit up until the Melbourne and Sydney fireworks have run their course.
7) Something you wish could be done ASAP?
We have a big front and back yard so I will stick with landscaping as well as some ready-made trees to shelter us from harsh winds.
8)What was your favourite class when still at school?
French all through high school and add physics in my last year.
9) What musical instrument have you tried to play?
I tried to learn to play a banjo in my early teens, took some guitar lessons but mainly taught myself to strum a few chords…can’t play any thing now. And I always had to play right-handed which did not make it any easier…..
10) Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?
I wish I had learned that you are never too old to learn at a much earlier point in my life than I did. However, even being a bit slow off the mark, I still think that my timing has been reasonably good. I now encourage others to achieve and have the patience and empathy with older students and understand their frustrations, having experienced most of them myself.
11) Do you like to do Crafts, Drawing or Painting?
The only thing approaching any of these is my love of photography and making home movies, in the past. An occasional bit of woodwork, but again I rate my ability with a camera as higher.
I would like to pass on the Most Influential Blogger Award to the following bloggers. In the nearly nine months since I commenced WoollyMuses blog these bloggers have in some way assisted me and influenced me to keep going. Some are award free blogs. Please don’t be offended if your blog is one. I can read 🙂 I am just taking this time to say thank you for your help and I hope you enjoy the mention.
I totally understand if any blogger does not wish to participate. I just wanted you to know that I think your blog is great.