Sunday-Stills-0912-Going-Back…

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going back

(of a clock) be set to an earlier standard time,
especially at the end of summertime

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In a few weeks, October 3 to be precise,

we are going to be thrown out of gear

for a few days as we go back to

Daylight Savings Time

which will last until then the

1st Sunday of April.

In 1976 I set off on my overseas trip

as was the norm in those days.

I spent a month touring around Great Britain,

before heading over to Canada,

my real destination.

In 2016 we returned to Great Britain,

for a few days, prior to crossing

the English Channel, from Dover,

for our European holiday.

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It was not until we were home a few weeks

that I began thinking of going back

to France to visit the Western Front battlefields

where my Grandfather served during World War I.

 

In late May 2017, I again landed at Heathrow

where I boarded a London bound train to

St Pancras International Station.

At St Pancras, I boarded the Eurostar

for my trip across to France,

disembarking at Lille.

From Lille, it was only a 45-minute

train ride south to Arras.

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Sunday-Stills:…Going-Back

Cee-BW-Challenge-Landscapes

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Cee’s

Black and White Challenge.

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Geelong sunset.

Beachscape

A landscape or the result of landscaping?

Many South West Victorian farms have

changed their landscape from one

which grazed sheep and cattle to one

which grows trees and is far less intensive.

A little over 100 years ago this idyllic

French landscape would have appeared

anything but idyllic as Villers Bretonneux

was in the middle of some of the

heaviest fighting of World War I.

As the sun goes down…

…near Geelong.

Yearling Herefords

Spring sown canola crop on its way to maturity.

Canola in flower

 

Saint Kilda Pier

 

Moorabool Valley eucalypts.

In the distance are

The Grampians.

The southern end of

The Great Dividing Range.

Moorabool Valley

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Cees-BW-Photo-Challenge: Landscapes

Black_White

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FOWChallenge-Riddle

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riddle

make many holes in (someone or something),
especially with gunshot.
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Villers-Bretonneux

World War I,

France

The Australian National War Memorial…

…could be said to be riddled…

…with World War II bullet holes.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Riddle

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WitsEnd-Weekly-PC-Unexpected-Beauty

 


Two continents…two unexpected beauties.

The Million Dollar view

at Banff,

Canada

One place I did not to expect to be so beautiful

was on the Somme Battlefields in France.

After having lived on a farm for most of my life…

 

I found the fields around the

Villers Bretonneux Australian Memorial…

unexpectedly beautiful.

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Witsend-Weekly-PC-Unexpected-Beauty

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Colour-Blue

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A range of dominant blue scenes.Near Cairns in Queensland.

Mt Sheba Resort, South Africa

 

Grouse Mountain,

British Columbia,

Vancouver,

Canada

A portion of the

Australian War Memorial

at Villers Bretonneux

in France.

 

 

The Drakensberg Mountains

as seen from

Sausage Tree Safari Camp

Greater Kruger National Park

South Africa

Tuesday-PC-Wk137_”Challenge”

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I’m late with my post this week because I did find it a challenge.Climbing the tower at the Australian Memorial

at Villers Bretonneux.   

After spending most of the day walking in heavy denim jeans

and sneakers in unseasonal mid twenties temperatures…


the last thing I felt like doing was climbing a staircase.

I thought maybe the arch would do…

However having attained that height…

the next level was my goal.

Imagine my horror upon reaching this level

only to find there were

still more steps to the summit.


I will admitted only twenty-three but the view was worth it.

I just cannot imagine that War has raged around this

tranquil farmland setting not once but twice.

Did you notice the bullet holes in the tower

from World War II aircraft.

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