Wordless Wednesday17_2504_ANZAC_Day

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Tuesday April 25 is ANZAC Day in

Australia and New Zealand.

ANZAC Day commemorates the

Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

efforts at Gallipoli in World War I.

Throughout Australia, New Zealand and other

countries where ANZACs served during two World Wars

Dawn Services are conducted

to commemorate…

those who served, lost their lives

and were injured during these conflicts.

This service had several hundred residents

braving wet weather to attend the 0600 service.

My home town had about 80 residents attend its service.

The area has a population of around 400.

Our eldest son, at the behest of his

New Zealand girlfriend drove across to

Melbourne’s Dawn Service.

Marvelous what love will do!!


Hope you enjoyed.


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Black and White Tuesday

 April 25, 2017



I seem to be having excuses for not posting Black and White photos recently.  

Today is another important day in Australian and New Zealand and

various other nations will be conducting dawn commemorative services

to remember the ANZACs


When I visited Ballarat in mid-February,

it was the day before…the Grieving Mother Garden,

located near The Arch of Victory,

was to be officially opened.

Ballarat’s Grieving Mother was receiving

some final touches from its creators prior

to its public unveiling the next day.

Based on figures in my Jo’s Monday Walk post

there would have been over 500 grieving mothers,

and families, during World War I alone.


All of that was forgotten on this

warm and sunny day in February 2017, however.

The whole area looked a picture.

Chairs were aligned for local and visiting dignitaries,

cameras were set up and the gardens was in top condition…


for Ballarat’s Grieving Mother.

Ballarat’s Grieving Mother was created by

Peter Corlett and Peter Morley

On ANZAC Day 2017 the Grieving Mother

is another reason not to forget.




Hope you enjoyed.



Wordless Wednesday17_0415_Ballooning

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Hot Air Ballooning

Some photos of other balloons aloft…

on last Wednesday morning…

over Melbourne.


Melbourne before sunrise


Hope you enjoyed.


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My contribution for this week’s challenge…



Recently it was our 30th wedding anniversary.
MGW surprised me with a hot air balloon flight

over Melbourne…scheduled for Friday April 7.

After a Friday’s cancellation all was good to go

yesterday Wednesday.

So, as the moon was setting…

our balloons were being filled with hot air…

in preparation for our journey.

Flame like this generated quite a lot of heat

which kept us warm on a chilly morning.

Due to the wind direction we did not go

directly over Melbourne’s

Central Business District.

However we would not have been able to capture

this image of a city waking to the new day, if we had.

A very memorable wedding anniversary surprise.



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Black and White Tuesday

 April 12, 2017


Last week I did not post any photos

as it was our wedding anniversary.

However I did mention that we were going

hot air ballooning over Melbourne on Friday.

We were told at 0400 on Friday that our balloon ride

had been cancelled due to strong winds.

 So, after rescheduling for Wednesday morning

and watching weather forecasts every hour

for the past 5 days…

we finally got the nod at 0400 this morning…

and these were some of the sights.

What appears to be a large light in the left of shot

is the morning sun reflecting off one of

Melbourne’s taller buildings.



Hope you enjoyed.



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Black and White Tuesday

 April 04, 2017


I decided to have a day off today.

At the time of writing it has been

30 years and approximately 5 hours

 since MGW and I exchanged our “I dos.”

Neither of us are sure where the time has gone,

however, it has passed and we have two sons,

one daughter-in-law and

a potential daughter-in-law (girlfriend)

to show for our time together.

All of the above mentioned we are

(or will be, if it comes to pass) extremely

proud of to have as part of our family.

My best friend and I have spent a lovely day together

and are now looking forward to hot air ballooning

over Melbourne on Friday, weather permitting,

and courtesy of MGW.

All being well…

(good weather, not falling out or dropping camera)

I will post some images later in the week.



Hope you enjoyed.







During our travels we sighted many hands.

Hands holding messages, usually meant…

that we should be watching these hands as well.

Then there holding hands, and…

and gesturing hands.

These could be mistaken for praying hands…

but there was only once that we prayed for a decent feed.

Finally hands….

waiting for next course!


A Photo a Week Challenge: Hands