An overview of life.
An overview of what can be expected
to be found inside this La Boisselle,
Tea Room near Lochnagar Crater
When this elephant wandered past us our guide said,
There goes the whole of Africa.
Knowing our guide he would have
had a twinkle in his eye, as we did,
not knowing whether he had
said Hole or Whole
However there was no discussion about spelling
we when arrived at Lochnagar Crater, some
21 Km from Villers Bretonneux.
A hole in the ground it was.
Created by detonating 27 tons of explosive
under the German army’s frontline.
The explosion created a crater
330 feet (100.5 metres) across
and 70 ft (21 metres) deep.
For comparison a Jumbo jet
measures 63 metres in length
with a wing span of 60 metres
and a height of 19.4 metres (63 ft 6 in)
meaning it would easily fit in the crater.
…Western Front Battlefields in
France and Belgium.
My Paternal Grandfather served on
the Western Front during that conflict.
Lochnagar is a privately owned ‘attraction’
created after allied forces tunnelled
under Germany’s Army and detonated
25 tonnes of explosives.
The crater is approximately 300 feet
in diameter by 90 feet deep
and is the only surviving crater
of many other such craters,
which are now filled in.
Along the boardwalk around the crater
are these small plaques commemorating
a family member who had served on
the Western Front during
The Great War.
In 2017 each plaque cost
GBP25 or approximately $AUD45.
After several emails, the transfer of funds
and a few months waiting for
the ‘next batch‘ to be placed,
I now have a small memorial
to my Grandfather on the battlefields
upon which he served.
Lest We Forget.
Created by 27,000 kilograms of detonated explosives
in the Somme Battlefields, France.
Signs which are
I don’t remember taking this shot
and have never before, or since,
laid eyes on this bus.
However, according to my filing system
it was taken in Melbourne.
This was about as far as a DSLR camera could go.
Pocket size cameras and phones
were okay, I believe.
Western Front Battlefields
All day we were hearing about Whistler
and all day I was thinking
‘…I’ve heard that name before…’
However, only made the connection upon arrival.
We were told that recent summer sports had
overtaken, economically, winter sports
This hole in the ground,
known as Lochnagar Crater,
was created after British soldiers
detonated 27,000 tons of explosives
under German lines during
World War I.
The force created a tear in the ground
measuring 220 feet (67 metres) diameter
and 450 feet (137 metres) across
Debris from the explosion rose
about 4,000 feet into the air.
During my 2017 visit to
The Western Front Battlefields
in France and Belgium…
I came across the
Lochnagar Crater Memorial.
THe crater was created by detonating 27,000 tons
of explosives under the
German Front Line
Surrounding the crater are tributes and memorials
to many men and women who served…
on the Western Front during
the Great War.
The boardwalk around the crater is created by 4 inch planks.
At either end of these planks a small tribute
can be placed to commemorate one’s relatives.
I placed/paid for this tribute to my Grandfather
who served all along the Western Front
after being part of the gun crew
which fired the First Allied Shot of World War I
from Point Nepean at the mouth of
Port Phillip Bay,
The time was 1245, August 5th, 1914…
a mere 2-3 hours after War had been declared in London
at 11 PM the previous night…August 4.
Lest We Forget.
Words from all over.
And a bit late for October
over Hopkins Falls as there was in August 2017.
This is what I think of when I see the word aperture.
That little hole in the centre of a lens.
At Hill 60 in Belgium, the white line in the foreground
indicates the British front line.
Most of our group are in No Man’s Land,
however our tour guide is standing on Germany’s Front line.
however, it was the best I could do.
Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.
Normally I think of some that is tapered as being thinner
at the far end, usually the top.
Lochnagar Crater, on the Somme Battlefields,
is still thinner at the far end
it just happens to be the bottom
Black and White Challenge.
No shearing taking place at this time.
Wool bales were often pushed on their side
so they could be used as a table or chair.
The thing which frustrated me most about this practice
was that the user never stood the bale upright after pushing it over.
Outdoor cafe seating in Arras, France.
If you can accept outdoor benches as chairs…
then we have some of Geelong’s
parklands and their tables and chairs.
Promenade des Anglais
in Nice, France.
solid Tasmanian Blackwood dining table and chairs.
Belonging to MGW’s parents
and valued at $AUD 7000-$AUD 8000 restored, or
$AUD 1,500 – $AUD 1,700 as is.
And no-one showed any interest in it. 😦
The first or one of the few memorials to the Nurses
involved in the Great War.
It can be found at