Gilded fence at…

Buckingham Palace.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Gilded







Seeing as there is no official challenge this week,

I thought I would add to last week’s offering.

Last week I posted this photo and commentary….

Amid that crowd is a Beefeater at work

guiding tourists around the Tower of London.

and did not realise…


I had a better/close up photo of the man at work.

This from my 2017 trip to Arras, France.

Phil, an Aussie, operates Sacred Ground Tours

out of Arras across World War I Battlefields.  

Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 was

the first cemetery we visited. 

Phil is showing us how easy it is to find

a grave of a relative who perished in France.   

Easy if you know which cemetery to visit. 

If your relative is one of the tens of thousands

with no known grave, or an unknown soldier’s grave….

then that is a different story.









Workers from all over…

A gondolier.

My limited knowledge of lumberjacks’ work

tells me that they actually did climb trees

as part of every day work.

Memory could be way off though.

Happy to be corrected.

Beefeater Guide Tour

Amid that crowd is a Beefeater at work

guiding visitors around

the Tower of London.


While in Europe each guide carried a flag of some kind. 

Trouble was there was so much to see

and dawdle over, the coloured flag

was often forgotten (by me). 

All guides were very knowledgeable but

sometimes it was just nice to walk and look

without the constant commentary.

Our favourite African guide,

planning the next day. 

Or was he offering up thanks for

a successful day just ended?






Some colour and BW shots from our backyard.

During summer months we often are visited

by various members of the parrot family

seeking a feed of grass bulbs.

Just had to include this shot after heavy rainfall.


We have often enjoyed this scene during the past few months.

However, Taji’s kennel now needs some repairs

as the visible wall is being damaged

during these togetherness sessions.

A few months ago our backyard became a killing field

when one Sunday morning a mud lark

annoyed a hawk just too much.





All over the world, at airports large and small,

are scenes likes  this.

Jet and propeller driven planes large and small waiting

to take passengers and/or cargo

from point A to point B.

The fact that little planes can become airborne

is amazing let alone these giants of the sky.

My current favourite plane is the Boeing 787,

the lightest of which weighs 229 Tonnes,

yet is still able to lift around 242 to 335 passengers,

their luggage and fuel for the journey,

with relative ease.

All thanks to Bernoulli’s Principle.

 Daniel Bernoulli recognised that the shape of a wing

helped lift a plane into the air because

air passing over the curved top of the wing

has to travel faster to achieve the same distance

as air passing under the straight bottom of a wing.

Fast moving air equals low air pressure

on top of the wing while the reverse

is true of air passing under the wing.

Higher air pressure under the wing assists

a plane to lift off the ground and stay airborne.

Source: Wiktionary.org

At slower take off and landing speeds flaps are

extended forward and aft to increase

the distance air has to travel over the wing

and therefore increases lift as well.

At least that is my assumption.

Although I have sourced Wiki for today’s post,

I also taught a ‘Flight’ unit to Grade 3 & 4 students

during a placement while studying

my primary teaching degree….and still remember it.





A wet day in… 

colourful Murano.


Even the rain could not hide…


Murano’s colourful character.

A young African dancer’s dress.

A preening parrot at Geelong’s Balyang Sanctuary.

LIghts in a restaurant… 


near the London Eye.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Colourful

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Colourful

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Colourful

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Colourful


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Wk4-Topic-from-Photo


Topics from Cee’s photo…

This week

Mirror, Air Plane, & Power Lines.

A few years ago our youngest

was training other Safeway staff. 

I accompanied him on one of these training days.

As we returned to Geelong the sun was setting.

On the outskirts of Geelong taking electricity

another three hundred kilometres to power 

the Alcoa smelter at Portland,

in Victoria’s far south-west.

Last year’s Avalon Air Show. 

Avalon is an airport between Geelong and Melbourne.

I have enhanced/darkened the photo because the plane

was over 6 kilometres away on a hot February day

with the palest of pale February skies.

Goodbye Heathrow and London.