used before the first of two (or occasionally more)
given alternatives (the other being introduced by ‘or’)

A stone from either of these images…

….assuming these had been real diamonds…

…would have been well above our budget.

This stone was valued at

42,000 Euro / $AUD 67,955 / $US 46,800.






*  (of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often.
*  (of a thing) not found in large numbers and so of interest or value.

Diamonds are said to ‘…be a girl’s best friend…’ 

However, they are not rare and the cost of

a diamond is manipulated by the amount

of diamonds mined and marketed.

Rubies, emeralds and sapphires are much rarer and,

therefore, far more expensive than diamonds.

However, a diamond cutter we visited in Amsterdam

valued this piece of carbon at

42,000 Euro / $AUD 67,955 / $US 46,800.

Well over my/our budget.






Again garden ornaments are few and far between

in our garden and not the type of thing

I normally photograph.

However, we did have these ‘Miss Saigon’ ornaments.

Did have because about three weeks after

this photo was taken…



…we think either a energetic young

kelpie and or Labrador cut the corner.

We searched high and low for another,

but no such luvk.

These were a gift for MGW’s last school when we moved

Our smallest ornament was some

solar powered tortoise lights.

They did work for a while.

Garden Art



And every time we pass this house I suggested

to MGW that we should think about getting

a plane ornament in our front yard.

My comment is a real conversation stopper! 🙂


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Lawn-Ornaments





Houses of any kind.

I have taken this literally.

This was the chook (hen/chicken) house

we inherited when we purchased the farm. 

During our tenure it never housed chooks, only ducks. 

My infrequent comments about having

a roast duck for dinner were never well received.   

So I left them alone and the foxes ate well.  

Old farm house.

Now demolished.

So glad this was not our house. 

Not a house but one whose owner

was not happy several years ago.



A small country town.

A court house museum

in an old gold mining town.

A small Amsterdam house.


Finally, the house where I spent

many hours during the 1950s.

My Grandparents owned this

post office for many years.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Houses



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Legs-Feet


I thought this would be a difficult challenge because

I don’t set out to photograph people these days.

However, it’s scary what some cheap software and

a digital camera can glean from an image.

Legs entertaining tourists.

London legs admiring…

..these legs

Dry legs on wet afternoon in Murano.

Pompeii legs.

Dutch (Amsterdam) legs.



A business woman’s legs?

Sun baking legs.

Just hope they do not end up like

my sun baked head 🙂

More January legs watching…

…these seemingly untiring legs.

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