Cee-BW-Challenge-Corners

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First up we have two…

corner units for a bedroom or else where.

These pylons in Venice’s Grand Canal

are effectively street corners as

they mark the corners/intersection of waterways

in the same fashion as a street corner does.

Finally, VC Corner near Fromelles, in France.

Not sure why it was named VC  Corner.

No VCs (Victoria Crosses…the highest award for bravery

in the British/Australian Army)

as no VCs were awarded.

However I read that fighting was so fierce

that all soldiers fighting here should have been

awarded a Victoria Cross.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Toys

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 I guess we all find that the more birthdays we have there

is a tendency for the price of our ‘toys’

to rise significantly.

This is the toy Santa gave me at Christmas just gone.

As yet still unused…but just what I wanted.

My Nikon D90 DSLR was the first of these two toys.

The Sigma lens is several years newer.

 

Say ‘Hello’ to Quinn.  Quinn was given to me

by Number 2 son and Daughter-in-law because Candi

was not ready to leave her mum at Christmas/Birthday time.

  Candi was their real present to replace Ginger.

Again from Number 2 Son and DIL.

Ted E. Bare was a gift for MGW this past Christmas.

Ted comes complete with an iPod full of phrases

and comments from his show.

Ventriloquist, David Strassman has toured

most of the world, I believe, and is definitely worth parting

company with some of your hard earned dollars

to catch his show.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Water

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A random range of photos again this week.

 This is Geelong Foreshore keeping green.

We have needed to do the same already this summer.

Then today we had 6 mm of rain which

helped the  garden immensely.

Geelong sunrise reflections.

Surfing Torquay’s beaches.

I wish Taji had not learned this habit/play.

Our household waste water is treated and automatically

sprayed on a garden bed via a water treatment plant

and a system of around 50, $6 sprinklers.

when the hose was not watering plants the sewerage system was

and the little darlings managed to chew

nearly all 50 of the sprinklers.

And when I replaced the sprinklers the pups thought

I was replacing them for their enjoyment.

It took several rants, raves and generally behaving

like a madman to get the message through that NO!

these are not for your enjoyment.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Arches

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Arches from Ypres, Belgium

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The architecture is so different to Australian designs.

 

 Arches everywhere.

And just beyond the tourists was a…

 Canadian Pipe Band entertaining us for a while.

 

Unless there is more than one Mariposa in Canada,

according to Google, Mariposa appears to be

a small country town/region, in Ontario…

not all that dissimilar to my home town.

Please correct me if incorrect.

 

And of course the reason for visiting Ypres

was the Last Post ceremony

at Menin Gate.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Abandoned-Alone

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Although I have titled my post

Abandoned-Alone,

my post this week takes

a slightly different tack…I think.

 A tourist tied to his phone while…

 

people all around look…

 in the opposite direction.

Resting alone…

while the world passes by.

Finally,

are these two tourists travelling together or alone?

This face says lonely to me.

 And yet they are all in the same location

surrounded by hundreds.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Houses

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Compared to most houses in Australia…

most of us thought many European cities

contained small houses which went up instead

of sprawling along the ground.

On the other hand, this is the back yard of

Schonbrunn Palace.

It is also known as the

Hapsburg’s Summer Cottage.

There is only 1,441 rooms in Schonbrunn Palace

compared to 3,000 rooms in the

Hapsburg’s Winter Palace.

At the other end of the spectrum was

this refugee camp at Calais.

Back to Amsterdam and this tiny house

squeezed in between others not much larger.

Finally, one of the many houseboats

moored in Amsterdam’s canals.

My perception of ‘small’ is based on the frontage.

Only those living in my ‘small’ houses know

how roomy they are…particularly when a house

is several stories high.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Fences-Gates

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 I discovered that I had… more photos…

of cemetery fences…

than any other fence.

I also thought them…

a bit more interesting….

than other types of fence.

 

Gates were going to be a problem until I expanded

my thinking from farm gates to other gates.

Above is one of the gateways into York City….I hope.

 

 The gateway to Fromelles Military Cemetery.

I am not sure if other parts of the world know

about Fromelles Military Cemetery.

It contains the remains of over

258 British and Australian WW I soldiers

who were found in mass graves on the edge

of Pheasant Wood, just outside Fromelles.

The cemetery was established on 2010.

MGW  has a relative buried there.

Menin Gate entrance to Ypres,

in Belgium.

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