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Some images of…the Australian War Memorial at…

Villers–Bretonneux.

 

Behind the centre tower the Sir John Monash Centre…

was being constructed and may nearly be open now.

 

So peaceful and yet soaked with so much blood.

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Hope you enjoyed.

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Wordless Wednesday (create-with-joy.com)

Wordless Wednesday

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Floral Friday18-1201

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Floral Friday Challenge.

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A planter box…

at a coffee shop…

on The Western Front Battlefields…

in France.

June 2017

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Floral Friday

Floral Friday

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Week 1 Signs

Signs from Australia, Botswana,

Great Britain and France.

A tradesman’s sign, or service provided,

above his/her shop door.

 

No fast crossings.

 Personally, I think we are more likely to say “G’day”

 

A tea-room in The Somme.

My favourite sign in London.

Not certain exactly where, however,

we were on our way to the Apple store.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Signs

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-Best-2017-Picture

Best 2017 Picture

I have several pictures…all for differing reasons.This was a sunrise at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.

The sun should have been rising to my right and behind.

In other words I am facing West roughly speaking.

I had packed my tripod and long lens away

and was about to walk back to the car

and breakfast..somewhere…

when this rainbow appeared.

For only two minutes.

Had I not had a back up camera, with a shorter lens,

I  would not have been able to capture the few shots I did.

A few months later I ventured over to Melbourne’s St Kilda Pier.

A draw-card for tourists and photographers alike.

I confess to editing this a bit to capture the stormy winter sky.

But I am pleased with the outcome.

 In between those two shots was our

wedding anniversary hot air balloon flight

over Melbourne.

I will probably never take this shot again

and it is one I would like to enlarge.

However, I will always remember

our 30th Wedding Anniversary by this shot.

However, the shot I am most pleased with is not one of mine.

  Followers may remember that I visited France and Belgium

and spent three days touring

the Western Front Battlefields of World War I.

Why?

Because my Grandfather served on the Western Front

and Fired the  First Allied Shot of World War I.

 

I created four posts about a place known as

Lochnagar Crater for Jo’s Monday Walk Challenge.

While there I discovered that for a modest fee the

Friends of Lochnagar Crater would create a plaque for one’s relative

as a means of raising money to keep the site maintained.

So, when this photo arrived via email,

to say that I was pleased, proud and happy

would be an understatement.

My Auntie, my Grandfather’s only surviving child,

(Dad passed away in 2001 and his other Sister in 2016)

was also extremely pleased and proud to know her Father

had been memorialised in the country where he had

served his country during The Great War.

Click on this link to read Lochnagar Part 4. 

Links to all other Lochnagar posts can be found there as well.

Happy New Year

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Thursday’s Special: Best 2017 Picture

A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Directional

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I found this compass…

 in York.

An easy way o find one’s way around.

 

 When on the farm, and to a lesser degree now,

I use the sun for time of day and direction.

On a Victorian farm I would be facing North

with the time being about 1300.

In France, however, I am facing south and

not sure whether it is just before,

or just after, noon.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Directional

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Transformation

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Transformation

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It is hard to imagine that these peaceful fields,

near Bullecourt, France…

were once the scene of so much bloodshed.

The German Army was on this ridge…

with a clear view of the approaching opposition

which had to cross all this open ground.

Again it has been transformed into a quiet drive…

along original roads for tourists to hear

where their ancestors fought and died.

Some of these tourists surreptitiously create

small memorials to their ancestors.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Letter-M

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My contribution for

this week’s challenge

Letter-M

(Needs to have 2 M’s in the word
(mammal, monument, moment, hammer, summit))

Random Ms this week.This was the style of accommodation

we experienced during our first trip to Africa.

To curtail cost we were back to tents, stretchers

and sleeping bags for about one-third of the safari.

During my trip to France this year we were told that

it is not uncommon to find ammunition dumps

like this one outside many villages on France.

This was the first of two we were shown.

About two or three weeks since it was last cleared.

 Selling commonplace items like these oil cans,

on Facebook, was not hard.

What was hard to believe was

the price people were willing

to pay for them.

 

Tucked in behind the red bus is

Britain’s House of Commons…

if my research is correct.

Finally, my commentary about these photos

is another MM word! 🙂

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