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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify


I found this charming tableau in a village in Switzerland. An ordinary log had been transmogrified into a monster; a rather benign monster, judging by the waggish expression of the gnome next to it!


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Every Hidden Thing


France 1942. a Jewish boy Aristide Meyer, sees his father arrested and sent to Auschwitz, betrayed by double agent Jacques Marteau. Twenty-two years after the war, Aristide returns to Paris, determined to find Marteau. He relinquishes his search when he hears that Marteau is rumoured to have died in an ambush in 1944. His investigation is re-ignited when Ari recognises Marteau, now known as Victor Dubois, a senior member of the Government. Now he needs to prove that a respected member of society was a Nazi agent. As he delves into Dubois’ past, his activities attract unwanted attention and Ari begins to realise what really is at stake.
Ari meets Michel Gaillard, now a lawyer, whom he first met in 1941. Michel also has every reason to want to prove Dubois’ guilt.
Libby Wentworth, Ari’s English assistant finds herself embroiled in the intrigue surrounding Dubois. Can she help Ari in his quest, or does she get so deeply entangled that her life is in danger?
More deaths – and the hunt is on to arrest Dubois, to avenge the lives he destroyed and prevent him from vanishing with the loot stolen from Jews during the war.
Can they find him before it is too late . . . ?


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Weekly photo Challenge: Opposites


The contract between the glorious orange of the aloe flower ( Botanical name Kniphofia) and the black wooden fence strikes a perfect contrast.  DSC08933

Engagement pics at Parys etc 023Opposites attract they say! Large brown great Dane perfectly happy to be the sofa for a tiny fox terrier.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

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Rushing Home before the storm.

Rushing Home before the storm.

Some years ago, we were on holiday in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and we had spent a long day out driving. As Evening fell, we realised we had a storm behind us and we were on a dirt road so it was important to get under shelter. My husband could not stop of course and we were tired and hungry and rushing to get back. I took this photo through the windscreen traveling at 120 kms an hour. The effect was rather like an Impressionist painting!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

A gathering of seagulls waiting for their ship to come in! A gathering of seagulls waiting for their ship to come in![/caption]

Seagulls and a gathering a fishing boats in the background

Seagulls and a gathering a fishing boats in the background

These photos were taken at Struisbaai (Ostrich Bay in English) in the southern Cape. South Africa.

The post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy.

Eye Spy

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I waited some time in total silence hardly daring to breathe, in order to see this lizard shyly peer out of his hidey hole again. He had flashed away when I spotted him first and then when it seemed safe to look he crept out warily, eyeing me to see if I presented any danger to him. He was gone at the click of my camera.

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. “Eye Spy” is this week’s theme. ‘Eye Spy’ Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition



Lilies. Here today and gone tomorrow

From tight buds firmly wrapped in green, then the beautiful fresh pod full of promise, after that the chiffon ballgown of the debutante, and then the tired wrinkled spectre of things past.

Matthew 6:26, 28, 29, 30 American Standard Version (ASV)

28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

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