Today, ANZAC Day 2021, in small towns

throughout Australia, New Zealand

and at many sites overseas…

…people of all ages will gather before sunrise

to attend Dawn Services and remember..

Wreaths will be laid at local monuments..


…to acknowledge the sacrifices made by those

who did, and did not, return from

the Great War and all subsequent conflicts

in which the Australian Military

has participated.

In the afternoon

Collingwood and Essendon football teams

will do battle in what has become one of

the highlights of the

Australian Football League calendar.

Due to COVID restrictions only a maximum

of 85,000 fans will be allowed into the

Melbourne Cricket Ground

to watch the match which will commence

after ANZAC Day ceremonies

are completed with all in attendance

observing a minutes silence.


Lest We Forget



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A few weeks ago, in the wee hours of the morning

we were awoken by the sound of barking dogs

and powerful lights torch flashing in our window.

This was followed by red and blue flashing lights

circling our block every five minutes or so.

Still not one hundred percent sure what was going on

except that someone was where they shouldn’t have been

at that hour of the day.


Hope you enjoyed.



 After some comments I received about my Odd Ball post I remembered reading this obituary, some years ago.  Thank you Google for finding it again.

The Death Of Common Sense


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.  No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: –

  • Knowing when to come in out of the rain;-

  • Why the early bird gets the worm; –

  • Life isn’t always fair; and-

  • Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of:

  • a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate;

  • teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and

  • a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.  She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,

  • by his parents, Truth and Trust,

  • by his wife, Discretion,

  • by his daughter, Responsibility, and

  • by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 step brothers:

  • I Know My Rights

  • I Want It Now

  • Someone Else Is To Blame

  • I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone..If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.



A Word a Week Photography Challenge–Rust


My contribution for this week’s

 Word of the Week Challenge…



Thinking of a rusty post I remembered this photo of…

ferriswheel_0505a ferris wheel.  A bit rusty for me to ride on.

curves2_1801Rusty red bricks, rusting metal all over fifty years old.


A rusty roof in the middle of a city, and…


another rusty roof in rural Victoria.  Not an unusual sight.

fort_0030AThese rusting rings are…

are set into rusty bricks and rusting surrounds.
soldiers_0047Is this soldier pushing ammunition carts to…
metal_0106-001this relic; part of the gun mount which fired the first shot of World war I.
soldiers_0114These three may have been clean steel at one time,

however, they have taken on a rusty hue now.








A Word a Week Photography Challenge–Arch


My contribution for this week’s

 Word of the Week Challenge…



Rather the architecture, I turned to nature for some arches.

heron_0404This egret has some nice arches in its neck…
heron_0405and along its back.

hornbill_0483The Yellow Billed Hornbill also sports some arches.


pelican_0117My favourite arch was taken a few months ago.

Percy pelican managed to put a great arch in his neck for me to photograph.











Travel Theme-Endearing




Travel Theme.


You may be sick of these little fellas…

Cubs_0624however, we will never tire of them, well not for a while.
Cubs_N1472They endeared themselves to everyone…
cubs_0719who saw them that night in October, 2013.

We loved them so much that we decided they would be our

‘souvenir’ and we asked

Warren Carey, a South African artist

to create a pencil drawing of them.

Soon they will adorn our wall.


Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Endearing







A Word a Week Photography Challenge–Create


My contribution for this week’s

 Word of the Week Challenge…



Last year while in South Africa, Number 1 son had booked a short trip to Thailand with other members of his church.  That left Number 2 son as sole heir to the ‘family fortune’ (in Oz), had anything happened to us, for about a week.  That’s another story…
soap_0007Back to Thailand.  Number 1 returned with this bamboo ball souvenir for MGW.

Made of bamboo and complete with intricate pattern created on top half.


soap_0011Removing the top brings an “Aahhh” moment as the flower inside is revealed.

After a second or two the odour hits one’s nostrils…

soap_0009a delicate perfume to match the delicate creativity employed to

produce this flower made entirely of soap.

So, now I have no excuse if I run short of soap in the bathroom, do I?







Travel Theme-Simplify




Travel Theme.


Last year we decided to holiday away from cities in favour of the simplicity…

ROAD_0201of wide open spaces…
buuffalo_0202where the buffalo roamed…
impala_0399and antelope played…
ostrich_0422and skies were not cloudy all day.
lions_0888Seldom was heard a discouraging word, in late afternoon traffic jams


The only thing to remind us of home was zebra crossings…everywhere.


Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Simplify