an opening that can be closed by a gate




A gateway in the wall around old York


From the centre of town

Menin Gate

is an imposing structure…



Menin Gate



A Photo a Week Challenge:...Gateways












an instance of being injured



You should have seen the other bloke!!! 

The sight after I had a melanoma removed

from my eyelid. 

So not quite an injury per se,

but it sure looks like one.



A Photo a Week Challenge:...Injuries












the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas
of a photographic image,
especially as rendered by a particular lens.



Anchor chain


Parrot at Ballyang Sanctuary.


Lilac Breasted Roller

sighted in

Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Also plentiful in South Africa’s

Kruger National Park.



A Photo a Week Challenge:...Bokeh












full of energy and life.



Vibrant is a good adjective to describe Murano.

Even though it was raining

Murano was still full of life.


Yellows, blues and orange create

a very vibrant image.


The colours of…

…these parrots…


…are also vibrant.

Zimbabwe dancers at Victoria Falls.



A Photo a Week Challenge:...Vibrant













belonging to the very distant past
and no longer in existence.




After the Colosseum…

…was completed…

…it was the scene…


…of Roman entertainment…



…for several…


…hundred years.


During the fifth century A.D…


…several earthquakes damaged the structure of the Colosseum.



Changing entertainment tastes and

general neglect accounted for

the demise of the Colosseum.


At the beginning of the 20th century,

nearly two-thirds of the original Colosseum

 had been destroyed.



Our visit to Pompeii


An amphitheatre.   

The lighter coloured stone is not original.


Public toilet


Washbasins at Pompeii.



Stepping stones for crossing flooded streets.


Plaster cast body. 

A person trying to protect

nose and mouth from dust. 

A dog 

Another body.   

Some of the many everyday objects

gathered at Pompeii over the years.  

We were told this was Pompeii’s

version of Mcdonald’s.

The brothel menu…

…above the…


…brothel bed.


And if you were unsure if there was a

brothel nearby there were signs

embedded in the street and on walls. 

Can you see this one?


At least that is what our guide told us  😉


We just made it back to some semblance

of shelter when those clouds emptied out.



A Photo a Week Challenge:...Ancient












My earliest memories of Roy were at shearing time when he would help out in the shed. 

Roy and his wife lived on 20 acres on the outskirts of our small country town and he would turn his hand to just about anything for work.   He was well known and well liked.

When father-time (and ill health) caught up with Roy and he decided to retire, Dad suggested he hold a clearing sale after he sold his house and land.   A clearing sale is a bit like a garage sale.  Everything the vendor does not want is put up for auction. 

With the assistance of a local auctioneer, Roy reluctantly organised the clearing sale which he believed was a waste of time. 

The sale was held and Dad’s suggestion netted Roy another $2,000 if my memory is correct.  

So, on sale day, Dad was wandering around seeking a bargain, when Roy’s neighbour Stan approached Dad and asked:

Frank, how would you feel if your saw your ladders for sale?”  

To which Dad replied, with a laugh;

About the same as when I saw my old drill for sale I guess.

True story!

Only the names of the implements have been changed for photographic reasons.

Apparently Roy did have a habit of borrowing from neighbours and, in fairness, it was an era when neighbours did borrow from each other.