Enough food for a feast?

Not with two teenage boys around.

This lot barely made it through the week.


Word of the Day Challenge:  Feast





Seeing as it is still February and I am playing ‘catch up’…

I thought Valentine’s Day roses…

would fit this challenge nicely.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Red



Back to St James Park in london.

I spent ages trying to eradicate two large clumps of this bush

from around the family home in my youth.

A pick and shovel were the tools of trade.

And new shoots would sprout while I was having a cup of tea.

I know it as Castor Oil Bush.

Not sure it that is anywhere near correct.

But to find it in the middle of London

and only a five-minute walk

from Buckingham Palace…..


And not far from the above monstrosity was

this beautiful Dahlia…and friend.




the quality or state of being different or diverse; the absence of uniformity or monotony.

February 15, 2019


Photographing even one sunset will

provide a photographer with a diverse range

of colour depending on when the photo was taken.

This shot was around five minutes

after the sun had dropped out of sight. 

I’m sure tomorrow night Mother Nature

will provide us with a different experience.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge: 



Was wondering what flower I would post this evening…

…then it dawned on me that I had photos of some roses

purchased for MGW on Wednesday for Valentine’s Day.


Hope everyone had a

Happy Valentine’s Day.



During my 2017 visit to

The Western Front Battlefields

in France and Belgium…

I came across the

Lochnagar Crater Memorial.


THe crater was created by detonating 27,000 tons

of explosives under the

German Front Line

Surrounding the crater are tributes and memorials

to many men and women who served…

on the Western Front during

the Great War.

The boardwalk around the crater is created by 4 inch planks. 

At either end of these planks a small tribute

can be placed to commemorate one’s relatives.


I placed/paid for this tribute to my Grandfather

who served all along the Western Front

after being part of the gun crew

which fired the First Allied Shot of World War I

from Point Nepean at the mouth of

Port Phillip Bay,


The time was 1245, August 5th, 1914…   

a mere 2-3 hours after War had been declared in London

at 11 PM the previous night…August 4.

Lest We Forget.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Tribute




a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event.
the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgements logically.

Once upon a time there were two young dogs

who decided that chasing or two vehicles was good fun. 

Only one or two white trucks. 

As we don’t have a front fence it was

imperative to stop this behaviour.

So every time they chased,  I would head out 
with my 

loudest voice and tell them to get to their kennels.   

Growling and telling them what bad dogs

they were was all part of it. 

They were tied up for ten or fifteen minutes. 

Soon they decided that it was better not to be

growled at and to have more freedom. 

Now I don’t even need to exit the house and they will

go to their kennel on command and sit and wait (no chain)

until they are ‘released’ or they think they

have served long enough in the ‘penalty box’. 

Initially their idea of a penalty did not coincide with mine

and they served further time. 

They are now more prudent about when

it is ‘safe’ to leave their kennels. 

I’m not sure if they are reasoning. 

However, I do know the reason for their ‘punishment’

has worked and they are better behaved

although at times loud while they are free. 

Do they sound like anyone you know?


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Reason