Today we share the sorrow of Canada,
a fellow member, with Australia, of the British Commonwealth.
Sadly, brutal terrorism has visited upon the Capital, Ottawa...
Regular readers of the blog know that my daughter lives there with her family;
I took the first two pictures in Autumn, 2011, and the Winter pictures of the Parliament buildings in 2010.
That day we visited the beautiful Gothic hall,
decorated for the Christmas season..
Yesterday my daughter was caught for three hours in a locked-down building,
the Little Bebe was safe in day care, and his Big Brother told me by phone that he had to 'hide in the bibliotheque, behind a table'.
He knew something scary had happened in Ottawa.
Everybody is safe, and they all got home at the usual time.
As a mother on the other side of the world, my protective instincts make me wish I could be over there with them.
Hopefully next year..
Princess Anne visited Brisbane this week.
There was no advance publicity, and I was surprised when she suddenly appeared in the media.
Anne is one of the hardest-working royals, and I do admire the low-key way she works for dozens of charities and causes. Here she inspects Australian Defence Forces in Brisbane.
Also on the agenda was a visit to the Riding for the Disabled - I hoped she was coming to one in our vicinity, but unfortunately she was on the other side of the city.
From cute little Princess,
to beautiful young woman, and now a grandmother, several times over.
I hope she enjoyed her visit.
Wish it would rain - apparently this October looks set to be our driest on record.
Climate change again.
This week I happened to open my Dashboard at just the right moment -
in time to see exactly 68000 pageviews.
Thank you all for visiting over the past few years.
I love your comments and the friendly interaction;
I treasure each and every one of my blogging friends.
I hope you have a very safe and happy weekend.