Daily Prompt-Ceremony


On August 5, 1914, my Grandfather was part of a gun crew

which fired the first allied shot of what was

to become known as The Great War.

At the time he was stationed at Point Nepean which

is situated on the eastern side of the entrance to Port Phillip Bay.

The cannon on the right was the one used for the task.

The barrel on the left was used to fire the first shot

of World War II.

One hundred years later, August 5, 2014,

on bright sunny day in winter

a ceremony was conducted to commemorate that event.


All the ceremony the military could muster

was included to mark  the occasion.


We had mixed messages about who could lay the wreath,

so as my Grandfather did we took things into our own hands

and I and my two Aunties, Dad’s sisters,

to lay our wreath.

My Auntie, on the right, has since passed.

Just before 1245 a freighter came into view as it did in 1914.


Then at precisely 1245 a ceremonial shot

was fired from Point Nepean,

to mark the centenary of firing of the

First Shot of World War I.







Today, ANZAC Day 2018 the

Prime Minister of Australia…

Mr. Malcolm Turnbull…

is visiting the co-located

Australian National Memorial

and the

Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery

located just outside of Villers-Brettonneux

on The Somme Battlefields of France,

to open the Sir John Monash Centre.


The Sir John Monash Centre was…



under construction when

I visited early in June, 2017…

and is situated behind the Central Tower…


from which the views are stunning. 


It was extremely difficult to imagine

all the lives lost…


and bloodshed in

this idyllic farming land.


 There are wing walls flanking the central tower…


upon which are engraved the names of

10,732 Australian casualties who died in France…

and who have no known grave.


Used as an observation post by

the French in World War II…


the Memorial was extensively damaged by

German aircraft and ground fire.  

During the repair process it was decided to

retain some of the scarring.




Lest We Forget



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This past weekend…

I exhibited some of my photos…


in a local Arts Trail…many  artists, using various mediums.


A great weekend…came home all warm and fuzzy,

not rich and famous 😄



At least yours truly and one other artist have been

invited to exhibit work at a nearby gallery.


Hope you enjoyed. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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Black and White Tuesday


Somee BWs from Torquay again…

only this time from the…

engagement party venue.

This was the only table of munchies in sight

when we arrived….and when we left.

Constantly replenished during the night,

with friendly staff ensuring we had some

heartier finger food in our hands all night.

Wasn’t long before yours truly

ran up a white flag.



Hope you enjoyed.



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Visited the

Steiglitz Courthouse Museum

on Wednesday.
On display was part of a wooden water pipe…

which had only been decommissioned,

after seventy years in service, in 1960.

I have never previously heard of

a wooden water pipe.


Hope you enjoyed. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~



Our weekend commenced when the alarm

sounded at 0430 on Friday morning.

We quickly bundled ourselves into the car for the hour or so drive to Melbourne Airport.   Not much traffic that time of day an easy drive.  Check in, get rid of baggage hand have some breakfast before our 0850 flight. 

That WAS the idea/plan at least. 

Little did I know, when booking tickets, that Daughter-In-Law had her passport in her maiden name.  So when her passport was being rejected by a machine we could not work out why until Number 2 Son had a look over her shoulder.  They had this paper work for several weeks mind you. 

Time is ticking by. 

MGW could not proceed any further because the bloke who took our booking put Number 2 Son and Yours Truly on one booking along with luggage. 

Remember that piece of information! 

And MGW and Daughter-In-Law sans luggage on another booking.  There was a price differential. 

So while I stood guard over suitcases and laptops etc. off go all three to see if the can rectify this matter of an incorrect name on a ticket.  Which they did, at a cost of $130. 

By this time the clocks are showing around 0720 and we have a flight at 0850. 

Number 2 Son arrives back with some McDonald’s which was gulped down, no coffee, no tea, no liquid of any sort to start the day. 

MGW and Daughter-in-law have fronted up been asked if they have luggage and replied in the affirmative.  “It’s not on the ticket.  You will have to pay $130 per suitcase” (of which there were two) they were told.

We had booked with Virgin Australia, however, Air New Zealand was the operating the flight so Number 2 Son and I approached an Air New Zealand worker.  And explained what had/was happening.  “No worries!  I’ll fix it” and he did and we saved $260. 

Still no coffee! 

By this stage getting on the plane was our priority.  Coffee did not arrive until around 1000.  Both Son and I likened it to nectar from the Gods and begged for seconds.  However it was just airline coffee second time round!!

Life did begin to look better.  We had a safe flight.  We were met by daughter-in-law to be and taken to our accommodation with about half an hour to spare before we had to partake in a ‘meet the family’ dinner… which was excellent.  The wedding reception is to be at the same venue so it was kind of testing the food/chef as well. 

The effort was well worth it.  On Saturday night at the engagement party we met many of Number 1 Son’s future extended family.  We will not be strangers at the wedding now.

Brunch with our boys and girls this morning and then we were back at Auckland Airport boarding our Air New Zealand plane again by 1530 this afternoon and nearly four hours later back on home soil around 1730.  A busy weekend.

And with the clock now approaching mid-night (Sunday) it may be prudent to turn in and rest.