Word-of-Day-Challenge-Sting

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sting

a small sharp-pointed organ at the end of the abdomen of bees,
wasps, ants, and scorpions, capable of inflicting
a painful or dangerous wound by injecting poison.

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Bees will quite happily sting

in defence of their territory

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Sting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Target

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target

a person, object, or place selected as the aim of an attack.

Bullecourt Battlefield

World War I.

British forces were gathered at the bottom

of the hill with their target,

the German Army, at the top of the hill.

Thousands over men were lost in this battle

mainly because British Officers forbade

their men to take cover as they rose from their trenches.

Apparently there were four or five of these abortive

attempts to take the high ground before

the generals in charge gave the okay

for soldiers to protect themselves from

the German Army’s enfilade fire

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Imagine

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Can you imagine what it must have been like to be ordered…

out of the relative safety of trenches at Bullecourt

to march towards the German army lines…

…all the while knowing that German machine gun posts

were set up so that they could cut down

enemy soldiers marching up this rise.

Three or four attempts were made to reach the German lines

before the English officers allowed

Australian troops to protect themselves,

take cover etc while trying to advance..

Can you imagine the carnage?

It brings tears to my eyes every time I try.

The paddock was so peaceful and calm.

Millions of lives have been lost because of politics.

I pray it does not happen again.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Imagine

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Verdant

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Canola crops… 

all sport a verdant green undergrowth.


One of the shrubs in our garden.

On a more sombre note, on the far side of this field,

just before Pheasant Woods

was the site of mass grave in which

nearly 200 Australian soldiers were buried

after the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. 

It was indeed difficult to believe that

these Bullecourt fields were the sight of…

some bloody battles during World War I. 

If my memory serves me well it is this field

where Australian/allied soldiers were ordered to advance

from the right, the lower ground,

to the German Army on the left, the higher ground. 

They were ordered to walk ‘bolt up right’

into the might of the German military,

and not take any precautions for their own safety. 

It was not until many waves of soldiers had been killed

that the British Officers said it would be okay for

soldiers to advance and try to protect their own lives as well. 

It still brings tears to my eyes when I look at these scenes

and think about what happened there so long ago.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Verdant

Weekly Photo Challenge-Transformation

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Transformation

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It is hard to imagine that these peaceful fields,

near Bullecourt, France…

were once the scene of so much bloodshed.

The German Army was on this ridge…

with a clear view of the approaching opposition

which had to cross all this open ground.

Again it has been transformed into a quiet drive…

along original roads for tourists to hear

where their ancestors fought and died.

Some of these tourists surreptitiously create

small memorials to their ancestors.

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