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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-25

Merricourt Cemetery

Like some other War Grave Cemeteries,

Merricourt War Grave cemetery

is an extension of the

local communal cemetery.

And like all other cemeteries

it is immaculately cared for

and extremely peaceful.


It did not take long to find

Private Patterson’s grave.

Another twenty-two year old life cut short.

The same family contribution to the headstone.

 

So far graves belonging to the

Patterson family have been marked

by a flower in bloom or one nearby.

In this case it was an in bloom iris…

 

which made the grave easily identifiable…

 

in some contextual shots.


All to soon it was time to be on our way again

and ponder the meaningless

and utter waste of life.

 I thought what we had seen was bad…

however, in my opinion the worst

was yet to come.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

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One thing I do like about visiting

 Europe is the late sunsets.At the moment we a pitch black by 1800 or shortly thereafter.

I had to wait another five minutes before

the Bell Tower lights were turned on.

So at nearly 2200, with the moon high in the sky

and some street lights on it was still not

dark enough to light up the Bell Tower.

Dinner at St Germain’s was long past.

Finally the lights were turned on…

 

and I discovered I was not the only person

in La Place des Heros waiting to take a photo.

Some of these were posted in Cee’s Black and White (Lights) Challenge.

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Hope you enjoyed.

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday (create-with-joy.com)

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Cee’s

Black and White Challenge:

Lights

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My First full day in Arras was spent

stretching my legs around the city

and seeking a few sites to photograph.

These lights I found in St Germain’s Restaurant

in La Grand Place.

After seeing some postcards of Le Beffroi d’Arras, or

the Arras Bell Tower at night, it was high on my list.

 

I  thought I would look a bit of a dill wandering around

at 10 PM waiting for the Tower to light up.

However, many of those who were enjoying

a convivial evening in La Place des Heros

also took the opportunity to capture the sight

with whatever device they possessed.

Colour version in my Wordless Wednesday post

tomorrow.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Lights

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Focus

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Focus

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This week I focused on focus, or depth of field.

 A Seat at Lochnagar Crater which is

a privately owned war memorial.

 

I was so intent at getting the roses in focus and in shot

I neglected the horizon.

Straightening the image looses the top left rose.

So we have a crooked image…or do we?

 

Taken from behind the Australia Rising Sun

built into the Australian War Memorial

at Villers Bretonneux.

May be difficult to see but

all the background is a blur.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-24

Heath Cemetery

While I traveled along the Chunnel to Lille two weeks ago

I struck up a conversation with

my wife’s cousin on Facebook.

She  sent me names of three of her uncles

who perished during World War 1.
Our first stop was Heath Cemetery.

It is nice to know the French people have donated

land for War Grave Cemeteries.

However it is also sad to think that so much land

has been donated to remember the fallen.

I thought it would take all of us all day

walking around looking at headstones.

However it is far easier to find a grave than I thought and I mention that in a later post.

It took about two minutes to find

Sergeant Major Patterson’s grave.

On each grave is the soldier’s

service number, rank, name, unit,

date of their death and their age.

Sergeant Major at age 23, in this case.

 I had to darken the photo to read the text.

The rose to my right makes a good

identifying marker in later shots.

Three rows back and the rose is clearly visible.

 

Near top right hand corner the rose is still visible

even if Sergeant Major Patterson’s grave

is just out of shot.

The verse at the bottom of each headstone is verse which each family decided to place on their relatives grave.

Looking back to the gate upon which we entered.  Three rows back….

 As we drove away there was still a feeling of

sadness even though I was not

related to any of them.

Such an utter waste of life.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Travel Theme-Decadent

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My

Decadent

Travel Theme.

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By the time we reached Palace of Versailles last year…we were almost used to viewing…

decadent sights such as these.

The general feeling was that…

 it was no wonder that there had been a revolution

when so much was held by so few.

Come to think of it not much different

to the world today!

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Where’s My Backpack: Decadent

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