RagTagChallenge-Mansion

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mansion

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Craigdarroch Castle

Victoria

British Columbia

Canada

Although named a Castle

both the interior and exterior

would pass as a Mansion

in my opinion.

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RagTagChallenge:…Mansion

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Cee-BW-Challenge22-Hot-or-Cold

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Cee’s

Black and White Challenge.

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hot or cold

Snow in June surprised even the Canadians.

 

In 2007, this sight surprised me.

 

Dubai, in October, was still hotter

than Geelong in mid-summer.

 

Heat.

A glass blowers friend.

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Cees-BW-Photo-Challenge:…Hot-or-Cold

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Black-&-White-Banner

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RagTagChallenge-Mermaid

RagTagChallenge-Mermaid

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mermaid

a mythical sea creature with the head and trunk of
a woman and the tail of a fish, conventionally depicted
as beautiful and with long flowing golden hair.

Initially, I thought that this swimmer looked a little

like a mermaid struggling in the wild surf of the day.

Zooming in, however, it appears that again I was incorrect…

 

…as I was when I first viewed this statue

of a girl in a wetsuit from

Vancouver’s,

Stanley Park.

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RagTagChallenge:…Mermaid

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RagTagChallenge-Swim

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night

propel the body through water by using the limbs,
or (in the case of a fish or other aquatic animal)
by using fins, tail, or other bodily movement.
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Elephants crossing the Chobe River

from Botswana to Namibia.

Not sure if they were

swimming or simply walking.

 

In the vicinity of Germany’s Rhine Falls


In the lobby of the

Parkside Hotel in Victoria

(British Columbia) Canada…

 

…these fish were enjoying their environment.

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RagTagChallenge:…Swim

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RagTagChallenge-Patterns

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patterns

a repeated decorative design.

The National Gallery of Victoria’s Art Museum

Melbourne City Centre

Australia

Craigdarroch Castle

Victoria

Vancouver Island

British Columbia

Canada

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RagTagChallenge:…Patterns

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FriendlyFriday21-Green

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Lush greens…

 

…of Canada’s…

…Butchart Gardens…

…which are…

…located on…

 

…British Columbia’s

Vancouver Island…

 

…about a twenty-minute…

 

…bus trip out…

…of the City of Victoria.

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FriendlyFriday:...Green

   Amanda                                Sandi       

FriendlyFriday21-Trains

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V/Line travel to and from Melbourne is improving all the time…

 

…with our rolling stock proudly made in Victoria.

Pre-pandemic we celebrated our wedding anniversary…

 

…with dinner aboard the Q Train…

…in our first-class cabin

 

 

Our next train adventure was a bit more modern

than the Old Queenslander…

…a real Red Carpet treatment on both mornings

and umbrellas to keep the rain off

as we boarded the second morning…

…and it was always expected that Canada’s

Rocky Mountaineer

would be something special.

Again we treated ourselves to the

Gold Leaf experience.

The Gold Leaf

cars are on two levels.

Upstairs, guests are seated and view the passing countryside

in the most comfortable train seats possible…

All dining is on the bottom level of Gold Leaf…

…while we were told that meals were brought to where guests

were seated in Silver Leaf carriages.

The difference between carriages is clear in the above photo.

Single versus double-deck carriages and

no rooftop viewing in Silver Leaf.

 

To wrap up our two-day journey a welcoming committee

greeted us upon our arrival in Vancouver

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FriendlyFriday:...Trains

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Cee’s-FFChallenge-Circles-Curves

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Circular light shade.

Canada’s

Rocky Mountaineer train

Curved outdoor seating

Manly

Sydney

Just made for this challenge.

Swirls, curves and circles form

this outdoor seat in rural Victoria.

 

Circular plant holder.

 

This ibis has nice curves along its beak and back

Circular Barrel ends.

 

Curves…

Curves…

…and still more curves form Rome’s Colosseum.

Finally, at Geelong’s Eastern Beach,

there is a curve in the water’s edge

which leads to corresponding curves

in the walking path and the tree line.

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