Bench Series #28: Something Fishy for Friday

Today is the last day for Jude’s ‘Unusual Details’ Bench Series. Last night I found this fishy one from Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica.


It was right next to a couple of other benches with turtles and crocodiles, which I showed you back in March.

Happy Friday everyone, and do have a great weekend.

Sunday Stills Challenge: Red is for rubies

Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge this week is ‘Red’ which happens to be one of my favourite colours, maybe because I’m a Leo and my birthstone is the ruby. When I’m wearing red, I can sometimes get very brave, like when I got up and serenaded hubby at our Ruby Wedding celebration dinner.


Some time ago, the love of my life gave me a pretty little ruby and diamond heart pendant, which I really enjoyed wearing.  Sadly, last year it was stolen whilst we were on holiday, and as you can imagine, I was most upset. Today I’m back in the red again.


I’ve just just woken up to see  that I have dozens of wonderful birthday messages from my friends on Facebook and my family overseas, and will be chatting on Skype to my daughter and son this morning.  I feel like a real celebrity and know that today is going to be very special. To get in the mood, I’m sitting with a bowl of red berries for breakfast, and listening to my favourite birthday song.

Later, we’ll be going to lunch at one of my favourite restaurants. I know it must seem to you that I’m always eating, but don’t worry, I’m as tall as I’ll ever be, and as long as my birthday makes me older and wiser, and not older and wider, I’m happy.

Have a lovely day.


WPC: Close Ups from South Africa and Florida

In this week’s Photo Challenge, we’re invited to” discover the hidden details that can only be seen up close.”

I’ve posted this one before, but it does happen to be my all time favourite close up. Isn’t he cute?


Another popular subject for my photos, is the Umhlanga lighthouse.


These pigeons in the aloe caught my attention as I strolled along by the ocean.


Another much bigger bird is the Ibis who often comes pecking his way through my back yard here in Florida.


I certainly couldn’t leave out Mr. GBH, as he looks so good close up, especially on a windy day.


Hope you’re all off to a good start this weekend. Enjoy.


Important Health Message and Hammock Memory

Our club here in Florida has the most incredible gym, and yesterday morning I was thinking how wonderful it is that so many of our really elderly folk take time to exercise regularly. There are classes for Zumba, Pilates, Aerobics, Ballroom Dancing, and of course on Sunday mornings the dreaded Boot Camp which hubby and I attend. George and Lily, my neighbours across the road are 91 and 90 respectively, and every day I see them working out on the treadmill and a couple of other exercise machines. I think the oldest person who attends gym regularly is 100-years-old, and I’m sure if my MiL lived here, she’d also be there.

Thinking about this reminded me of an e-mail which my sister sent me some time ago, to support her argument that gyms are dangerous places where one can do oneself an injury or even worse, catch lots of germs from fellow gymers.


 If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal
 A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and is fat.

 A rabbit runs and hops all day and only lives for 15 years.

 A tortoise doesn’t run, does nothing all day ….yet lives for 450 years.

"I'm retired.....go round me!"

“I’m retired…..go round me!”


There’s no answer to that one, is there? 🙂

Have a great, lazy weekend everyone.


Life can get so boring in Bora Bora. 🙂

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: A Turquoise Paradise

The Caribbean is renowned for it’s beautiful turquoise colour, as is shown in this photo taken at Club Med’s Columbus Isle in the Bahamas. What a fabulous holiday destination this was. I could go back there in a heartbeat.


A turquoise paradise

Do you also have turquoise images to share? Visit Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge below.


Bench Series #28: Balinese carved bench

Jude’s Bench Series for the month of July calls for benches with unusual details. The most ornate bench I’ve ever seen, is this intricately carved one in a gallery in Bali, Indonesia. Hubby insisted that I sat on it whilst he took the photo. (The hefty price tag doesn’t include me.) 🙂 It was rather too expensive to even consider buying, and anyway, I don’t think it would have fitted in my suitcase.

Hand carved from Balinese teak. Zoom in the see the intricate detail of leaves and fruit.

Hand carved from Balinese teak. Zoom in to see the intricate detail of leaves and fruit.


WPC Half and Half: Stained glass and wheelchairs

This week’s photo challenge is to share an image that has two clear halves, literally or figuratively.

When visiting my mom in her care home, I went in search of her wheelchair, and in a small rough-bricked alcove, came upon this beautiful stained glass window. I was quite a surprised to see these gorgeous birds presiding over the wheelchairs and walkers parked there.


Wishing you all a really great week. 🙂