Tag Archives: Travel

The path of death and survival

I blame the smoke for my tears.

It was hot, steamy and fires in the area made it smoky too.

Nothing to do with thinking about the thousands of prisoners of war who died there or those, like my Uncle Dick, who survived and came home but were forever changed.

To walk part of the notorious Thai-Burma railway, including Hellfire Pass, was a truly emotional journey for me.

No matter how uncomfortable I was, it was only a drop in the ocean compared to the suffering this path has seen.


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Ailsa’s Travel Theme.



Exposure to the elements is one of the things that creates the beautiful world that we share. Can you even begin to imagine the forces of nature that have shaped the cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi?


Posted in response to Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge


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Incremental: Up, up, up!

A few years ago, when we were in London, we visited Harrod’s. Not everything was unaffordable but we were stunned by the prices of the meat.

As you look higher up the board, the cuts become more and more expensive until you reach the Wagyu ribeye at the incredible price of £33.00.


More incredible still, if you look closely at the board you’ll see that this is per 100 grams.

At today’s exchange rate, that’s about $530/kilo in Australian currency.

Ouch! I’ve never wanted a piece of steak that badly.

Even the T-bone works out to about $160/kilo, and that’s a pretty standard cut here in Oz and fairly affordable at about $21/kilo.

Posted in response to Thursday’s Special Pick a Word Challenge.


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Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

Norfolk Island has a history of convict settlements. This picture depicts some of the ruins from that time.

After the end of the 2nd convict settlement, Queen Victoria granted the island to the descendants of the Bounty mutineers. Many of their families still live there today.


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One Word Photo Challenge: Diary

When Dad moved out of his home he passed his boxes of family history information to me.

Amongst the many books and genealogy charts I found the diary my aunt kept when she sailed on the SS Lakemba in 1957 to her new life in Canada.

I wonder what other treasures are in those boxes.


Posted in response to Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge.

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