Welcome Easter Visitors

How lovely it was to see Rosie Spoonbill down at the water’s edge on Sunday morning. She’s back again today, so I’m hoping she’ll be a regular visitor.

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What would Easter be without a Bunny hopping by,

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or Mrs Beakley proudly showing off her new brood of  ducklings?

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Wishing you all a great week ahead.

 

 

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Pull Up A Seat On My Travels

Each week, XingfuMama hosts her “Pull Up A Seat” challenge.

I’ve perched myself on many a makeshift seat over the years. This friendly elephant in Zimbabwe seemed to think it was really funny to have me sitting on his knee.

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In Egypt, it was straight off the flight from South Africa and onto a camel. Our guide insisted that we do this before he would take us to our hotel to freshen up a bit.

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It was quite a bumpy ride and our camel was a bit frisky, so I was relieved when we were back at ground level and I could slide off of my seat. It’s now a distant memory but I can still remember that searing heat and the pungent camel smell. (Camels pee down their legs to cool themselves off.)

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This was a far more civilised mode of Egyptian transport; a horse drawn carriage with a comfortable seat for my sit-upon.

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If you have any photos of seating you’ve encountered on your travels, just head over to XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’.

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Hope you’re all having a great Easter weekend.

 

Feathers On Friday: Meet Me By The Water.

Mr. GBH has been on his own for as long as I remember, but yesterday it seemed that he may have a date.

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It was looking very promising indeed.

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However, it was to come to nothing and they parted just good friends.

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I wonder if they’ll ever meet again. I’d love to see some GBH babies around the place. Call me a matchmaker if you like.

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Wishing you all a very happy weekend.

 

 

 

Pull Up A Seat At The Beach

Time for another ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ from XingfuMama. This week, let’s go to the beach and get some sand between our toes.

When we arrived at the Isle Of Palms ‘Wild Dunes’ resort near Charleston, where we were to stay the night on our drive from New Jersey to Florida, there was not a single person to be seen on the beach. In fact, the whole place seemed deserted.

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The beach in Phuket which had been hit by a Tsunami just two years before our visit seemed just as unpopular.

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In Umhlanga Rocks, things were a lot more lively as many spectators took a seat on the grass as well as on benches to view the annual Red Bull surfing competition.

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Further along the beach, the rocks provided improvised seating for holiday makers.

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What a great place to sit for a few hours, quietly reading or just watching the waves.

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It seems that everyone loves to be at the beach.

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It’s the most relaxing place to sit and do absolutely nothing.

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I’m looking forward to going back there at the end of May.

Hope your Sunday is also very relaxing. If you would like to join in the ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’, just click the link.

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Floral Friday: First Gardenia Flower

A few weeks ago, my daughter sent me a gardenia bonsai, “Just because I love you, Mom.” What a lovely surprise it was, and I stood it in my kitchen, read the instructions and waited for the buds to come out. I was supposed to mist it daily, keep the pebbles moist in the tray and make sure not to water it too much. Not that difficult really. My daughter was disappointed when she saw the photo, because in the brochure, it showed a bright red pot with many flowers already blooming.

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I followed the instructions religiously, but all that happened was that a couple of buds fell off. Then I had the bright idea to stand it outside in the humidity instead of inside in the air conditioning. Light bulb moment! The very next day, my first flower started to appear and now it’s looking gorgeous.

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The fragrance is wonderful and takes me back to when I was a teenager in the 60’s. For Christmas, my very favourite aunt bought me my first bottle of perfume, which was ‘Gardenia’ by Goya. I can still remember how excited I was when I opened the bottle and dabbed a couple of drops behind my ears.

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Tonight we’re going to see the fabulous Judy Carmichael performing at one of our local theatres. I wish I could play piano just like her. Tomorrow evening, we have dinner and dancing here at the club, so that should be fun too. Wishing you all a very happy weekend.

 

 

Cee’s FOTD: Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

Cee’s ‘Flower Of The Day’ challenge is open every day. Today is quite cloudy, but my Bromeliad hanging out on my patio, guarantees I always have some sunshine. I call her ‘My Girl’. Do you remember that song by the fabulous ‘Temptations’ and can you believe it’s over 50 years’ old? How time flies when you’re having fun.

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Now I have an earworm. 🙂 Happy Tuesday to you all.

Here’s the link to Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

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Pull Up A Seat And Wait

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat’ challenge has come around again. When waiting for something to happen, I find that it’s always good to have somewhere to sit. After all, one never knows how long the wait is going to be.

One of our local restaurants in Umhlanga South Africa, obviously wants to make their customers feel like royalty if they have to wait for a table.

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In Costa Rica we had these two beautifully-carved wooden benches to choose from whilst waiting for our river cruise.

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I prefer hard suitcases rather than the canvas ones. Not only are they stronger to withstand the harsh manhandling they have to endure, but they also make a good seat whilst waiting for the taxi to the airport. We were embarking on a two month round-the-world trip and as you can see, I haven’t yet mastered the art of travelling light.

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Happy weekend to you all.

To take part in this challenge, just click the link and post your seat photos.

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Feathers On Friday: Mr GBH Does A Photobomb

So, the wood stork community and a few of their Anhinga friends were just hanging out together having a casual get together and just as I’d got them nicely posed for their photo shoot………

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…. all of a sudden, a very streamlined Mr GBH decided to flash past like a streak of lightning. What a showoff!

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Happy Friday and a pleasant weekend to you all.

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Wheels

For Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge ‘Wheels’,  here are a few random wheel pics from my travels.

In May 2010 we took a trip to Yellowstone National Park, starting off in Jackson Hole, where we rented a Dodge Durango SUV. Here it is outside the cute chalet where we spent our first night.

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When we set off the next day, hubby realised that the power outlets weren’t working, which meant that we couldn’t use our GPS, so back we went to the rental office where it was swapped out for a Chevy Suburban which was very spacious indeed for just the two of us, but who’s going to complain about that? The weather was unseasonably cold for May, and when we arrived at Old Faithful, I noticed pretty icicles on the wheels.

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Now for something completely different. A horse and buggy ride around Savannah in much warmer weather.

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Last but not least, some ‘choo choo’ wheels in Chattanooga.

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Happy Wednesday to you all. To join in Cee’s B&W Wheels Challenge, just click the link.

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