I didn’t have much to contribute this week.


…if your imagination rules your mind…

as mine must have been when I took this image,

I can make out a face looking at me

and just to the right a haggard like profile.

For the record this is fire.

A factory burning off waste materials.

A surprise late finding

among my pics.

Sydney’s Luna Park entrance.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Face-Like







Geelong’s Corio Bay

is always good…

for shimmering shine.


Doesn’t matter what time of  year…

These were taken in

May, October and January



A Photo a Week Challenge: Shimmer





Recently a group of us visited Smythesdale

for our bi-monthly lunch.

In the main street I found a Masonic Hall.

Not sure if it is still in use but at No. 40

must be one of the earliest in Australia.

The Chinese were another major part

of our gold mining history.

Ah Woa was in big trouble for

not having paid for a mining licence.

Some things never change, do they?



Just a little further down the road was

the Smythesdale Post Office,

operational for just over a century

according to this sign.





It appeared to have a magnificent backyard.

However, it appeared to be a private residence now

and there was no sign of anyone to ask.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  History

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  History

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  History

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  History




While visiting Europe a few years ago,

I found it intriguing,

…that buildings like the Colosseum were constructed

nearly 2,000 years ago and are still largely intact.



And wile the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is talked of

on a regular basis, many other churches have similar,

though not as well-known,

art work on their ceilings also.

And  while this is not the Duomo in Florence,

it has a similar hole in the roof.

I would love to return and spend a week or so

in many of European cities.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Intriguing


A Casualty of War


Charles Todd

A Casualty of War, by Charles Todd, is set in the dying days of World War I, and sees Sister Bess Armstrong serving in a forward aid station on the Western Front.  While on leave she meets an officer and they strike up a brief friendship.  Next time she sees him is as her patient.  Patched up he returns to the Front where not long thereafter he is returned again with a stomach wound.  Both times he claimed it was a distant (British) cousin who shot him.

Shipped back to England and a psychiatric Captain Travis is found restrained because hospital staff thinks he is ‘mad’.  Bess disagrees and sets out to help him find his English half of the family.  Captain Travis’ family moved to Barbados generations earlier due to a family rift.

The welcome Bess and her chaperone received upon arriving in the village where the British side of the Travis family live, is less than welcoming, and it takes some time find discovered why.  Two attempted murders, one murder and an assault, all take place prior to the mystery being unravelled.

I enjoyed A Casualty of War, that partly being due to Rosalyn Landor’s narration.   Ms Landor brought the upper class English characters to life with each of her character voices.

Goodreads places A Casualty of War in the ‘Crime/Thriller’ genre.  I would suggest it is more of a crime/mystery novel.  Either way one looks at A Casualty of War it is an enjoyable story.

I have rated

A Casualty of War

only two stars.

Goodreads readers have rated

A Casualty of War

an average of

3.90 stars

from 2,390 ratings and 329 reviews 

A Casualty of War

can be purchased online at

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