Cee’s FFC ‘Feathers’: Splendour In The Grass

I have so many bird photos, so  the question was “Which ones to choose?” For something a bit different for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, I decided to do a feathers and grass combination.

Here is the elegant Great Egret stalking around amongst the grass stalks, looking for tasty morsels.

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The bright blue eyed White Ibis is doing much the same.

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Mr. Anhinga shows us how he dries off his wet feathers whilst scratching his back.

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Mr. GBH  at his most sinister as he skulks along the shore-line looking for supper.

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How beautiful is this Purple Gallinule as he clambers through the marsh grasses on his long legs?

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Just a stray bit of grass qualifies this gorgeous Tri-colored Heron to be included in my  post today.

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Wishing you all a very happy week.

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B&W Sunday: Towering Twins

Paula’s B&W Sunday Challenge took me back to May 2001 when we visited our son who at that time was living in Hoboken. On our first evening, we walked down to the river and looked across to see the Twin Towers of the WTC. The next day hubby and I had breakfast at the famous ‘Windows On The World’ restaurant at the top of 1 Tower.  Little did we realise that just four months later it would be raised to the ground in a horrific terrorist attack.

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WPC: Frames from Cornwall

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is ‘Frame’.

Here are a few photos from our visit to beautiful Cornwall in which the sea and sky are framed by openings or windows in historic buildings.

The first is looking through to the sea,  from the inside of the dramatic ruins of Wheal Coates tin mine which stands above Chapel Porth beach.

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Another highlight of our Cornwall trip was a visit to St. Michael’s Mount, a small tidal island just off the coast of Marazion. The castle which dates from the 14th century, stands high on The Mount and has stunning views across Mounts Bay.

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Every window has a sea view, and I can imagine living here and every day looking out of the many windows, some quite narrow,

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others a bit wider, to see the sea way down below.

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I think this would have been my favourite; a window-seat where I could sit on a nice soft cushion and listen to the waves crashing on the rocks, whilst reading a good book.

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The castle hasn’t always been so peaceful, and here is the view from the battlements past one of the many cannons which during the Napoleonic Wars, drove a French frigate to its capture on Marazion beach.

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I hope that you enjoyed my frames from Cornwall.  To join in the challenge, just click the link below.

Happy weekend to you all.

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Woody’s Feathers for Cee’s FFC

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, I decided to use some 0f my photos of ‘Woody’ wood stork, who I haven’t seen for quite some time.

Although he doesn’t score too well in the hair stakes being almost bald,  he does however make up for it, by having an abundance of chest feathers just like some guys as they begin to age.

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His back is quite fluffy too, a bit like………(see above)🙂

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He  has very good balance, being able to stand on one leg for quite a long time.

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He has a wing span of about five feet, and don’t you just love those black-edged coat tails?

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Although he looks slightly ungainly on land, Woody is an excellent flier and can soar thousands of feet up, riding the warm air currents.

Thanks, Woody for being patient with me, and posing so beautifully for your photo shoot. Please come back again soon.

Wishing you all a most enjoyable weekend.

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One-Liner Wednesday: Mr. GBH Is Not Amused

Well, I really am not at all popular with Mr. GBH. He stopped by to tell me that he was very miffed about not getting a mention in my ‘ Singles’ Weekend’ post.

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I tried offering my most contrite apology, but he just turned his back on me.

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Suddenly he flew over to the far side, to sun himself on his favourite branch. ” I can’t understand why ‘Magnificent Me’ is still single, but I’ll sing you a song, and it won’t be any “Song Sung Blue” either. Get a load of this, lady!”

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Then  he turned full frontal, and launched into that old Bachman-Turner-Overdrive song,  “B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet. Here’s something you’re never gonna forget baby, you know you just ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”

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That will teach me never to forget to include Mr. GBH in my ‘Backyardigan’ posts.🙂

Happy Wednesday to you all.

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A Singles’ Weekend.

I saw quite a lot of single creatures over the weekend, who all seemed to have a song to sing.

First up was Iggy’s rendition of The Beatles’…. “She came in through the bathroom window.” Yikes!

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Sammy was singing his remake of Bing Crosby’s ” Swingin’ on a Star/Bird-Feeder.”

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Mr Anhinga, sitting way over in the pine trees didn’t have a date for Saturday night and mournfully sang Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely.”

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Mr. Blue Jay has just released his own cover version of Guy Mitchell’s “Singing The Blues.”

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The Northern Cardinal was looking rather unhappy without his “Lady in Red.”

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Daisy Duck was paddling around searching for “Danny Boy.”

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Serious Basil the Basilisk who seems destined to stay single, gave a rather staid performance of Cliff Richard’s “Bachelor Boy.”

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Last but not least is little Anatole the Anole, who having found himself a desirable residence right next to my front door, spends his days singing Queen’s ” Can Anybody Find Me Somebody to Love.”

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I hope you all had a splendid weekend and that your week will not be a lonely one.

 

 

 

Thursday’s Special: Grandfather’s Clock

Paula’s ‘Thursday’s Special Challenge’ this week is ‘Traces Of The Past’. Somewhere in one of our packing boxes which came over from South Africa, is hubby’s grandfather’s clock, which was presented to him in 1894 by grateful members of the church where he’d served as minister.

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Many years ago, when we visited my sister-in-law in Ireland, hubby found the old clock languishing in her cellar. He asked if we could take it back to South Africa with us as she obviously didn’t use it. She agreed and it was taken on the plane as hand luggage. The case is black slate and marble and is very heavy, weighing over 20 kgs (44 lbs). We removed the mechanism and packed it separately so it wouldn’t get damaged en route. I remember us buying a small suitcase which would be allowed as cabin baggage, to put it in. The trick was to carry it through check-in and onto the plane as though it weighed next to nothing, or it may not have been allowed. Back home, we had it serviced and it worked as good as new, even the chime. It had a really beautifully ornate key for winding, which very annoyingly, the service guy said that he’d mislaid. He gave us a plain one as a replacement, saying he would look for the original in his workshop, but it never reappeared. Hmmm!

Although the date on the plaque is 1894, we were told that the clock is actually much older, so it must have been 2nd hand when grandfather got it. The ‘pair of bronzes’ it mentions, are a mystery, and no-one in the family has them, which is a great pity, as we would have liked those to go with it.

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The church is no longer standing, having been demolished in the 1980’s, but I found this postcard picture of it on the internet.

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Once our house renovations are completed, it will be fun to unpack all our boxes and give this old clock a special place in our sitting room.

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Feathers on Friday: What a red nose you have!

This Common Gallinule seen at our local wildlife reserve is quite conspicuous with his  red nose and forehead. His exceptionally long toes enable him to walk atop floating vegetation. As you can see, he has no lobes or webbing to help in swimming, but he is nevertheless a very good swimmer.

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I just popped into my bathroom a few minutes ago, and looking out of the window, I counted nine Iguanas, two Squirrels, two Blue Jays, a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Red Cardinal. No ‘Partridge In A Pear Tree’, though.🙂

Have a great weekend.

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