WPC ‘Dance’: Our Local DWTS

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

On Saturday night, we had a wonderful ‘Dancing With The Stars’ dinner cabaret show here at our club. Five amateur dancers from our community, who had each been given fifteen lessons at a local dance studio, danced with their instructors and were judged on their performance. The evening started off with a delicious cocktail reception, followed by a sumptuous three course dinner, whilst being entertained by the various dancers. The professionals were outstanding, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the gala evening.


What a thrilling selection of dance routines they performed for us.


We even had Fred Astaire himself, dancing to ‘Singing in the rain’.


Their obvious enthusiasm for their chosen profession was almost palpable.


The ladies’ dresses were absolutely gorgeous.


One of our neighbours was judged to be the winner, and although you can’t see here, he’d really gone to town, taking the challenge very seriously indeed. His bright white shirt with sparkles was open to the waist, and he’d not only been busy with the spray tan, but had even shaved his chest for the occasion.


My favourite to win was my good friend Alice who is a great grandma and the most effervescent woman you could wish to meet. She always has a smile on her face, and although in her late 80’s is exceptionally active, participating in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Water Aerobics. She’s also a mean tennis player. Go Alice!

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Just look at her radiant smile.


After all the dancing and prize-giving, there was still something to look forward to. A yummy dessert. What a perfect way to end the evening.


“Dance is the purest expression of every emotion, earthly and spiritual.” ~ Anna Pavlova

Click here to see more interpretations of this week’s photo challenge.

Wishing you all a very happy week ahead.




Thursday’s Special: Mom and Eve

Time Warner Center is one of New York City’s many iconic destinations. When I saw that Paula’s Thursday Special this week is ‘Tall’, I was reminded of the extremely tall
 Fernando Botero bronze statue of ‘Eve’ which greets visitors as they enter the Great Hall. My dear mom who was visiting New York for the first and only time in her life at age 83 years, was quite taken with it.
Oh mom, what a lot of fun we had on that visit! I also remember that you didn’t want to have your photo taken with ‘Adam’ who was on the other side, because he didn’t have any pants on.  🙂

Floral Friday Fotos: One Day Orchid

This ‘One Day Orchid’ was peeping out at me on a rainy day hike in Costa Rica to see the elusive Arenal Volcano. The volcano wasn’t visible through the thick mist, but the beautiful orchid was reward enough for my efforts and my soaking wet hair. I was so happy that the orchid had chosen that day to flower and that I was there to see it.


Wishing you all a very happy weekend. I can’t believe it’s come around again so soon.


Wildlife in the Garden: A bit of green for St. Patrick’s Day

I never know what will be ‘on stage’ when I pull up my bathroom blind. It may be a cute Sammy squirrel, a not so cute Ali Baba ‘gator, or a green scaly monster of the ‘Ig’ family. Can you see what I’m referring to?


I don’t think this was Iggy, as I’m pretty sure it’s female, and it’s much bigger than Igua, so let’s call this one Ignatia.


For a female, she’s no Cinderella, as she really does have ‘Ugly Sister’ feet, with five very long toes with sharp claws on the ends. How would you fancy this creeping in through your bathroom window?


I went outside to get a better look. Yes, definitely a visitor on a large ‘scale’. (Pardon the pun.) The Green Iguana is one of the largest lizards in the Americas, averaging about 6.5 feet, including that very long tail.


I’m really thankful that hubby opted for a non-opening window for my bathroom.This is definitely not the ideal bathing buddy.


Hope you enjoyed my bit of green for St. Paddy’s Day. Have a great one.

I’m linking this to my friend Jude’s ‘March – Wildlife in the Garden Challenge’. Pop over there and see her wonderful Peacock photos.

Nancy Merrill Photography also has a challenge to “Get Your Green On” for St Patrick’s Day. If you have photos featuring greens, why not also join in?




WPC: One Love……Love Music

“If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it…..” ~ Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night.’

For this Week’s Photo Challenge, Anne McCarthy has chosen the theme ‘One Love’. Can you imagine a world without music? I certainly can’t, and as long as I can remember, music has played an important part in my life. The love of music is something that has followed me since I was a child in the 1950’s when my small fingers first touched the piano keys at a boarding house in Blackpool where our family was staying for a week’s holiday by the sea. I was probably five-years-old, and standing up could  just reach the piano keys. I managed to pick out ‘God Save the Queen’, with one finger, and my dear mom, thinking that I absolutely must be a child prodigy, decided to send me for piano lessons when we returned home. Well, I wasn’t a child prodigy, but learning piano did nurture my love of music.

Music with the power to heal and uplift the human spirit, has often been called the universal language, and is always so welcome when it just seems to pop up on my travels. I can’t resist taking photos of musicians who have added to my pleasurable sightseeing experiences, and Italy yielded a few such photos, like this street musician playing the well known love song ‘Besame Mucho’  whilst an elderly couple had an impromptu dance on the sidewalk. Such a special memory.


At a rooftop restaurant also in Rome, we were serenaded with the same song.


In the Piazza San Marco in Venice, the music group at the Grand Cafe, had many diners feeling the love and up on their feet dancing.


Even at a small lunchtime venue in a back street of Venice, a merry band of musicians appeared to make our meal more special.


So there you have it; My ‘One Love’ is a combination of my love of music, my love of travel, my love of Italy and all this of course in the company of my darling hubby the love of my life.



Wildlife Obstacle Course for Jude’s Garden Challenge.

Hubby knows all about Jude’s ‘Wildlife in the Garden’ challenge this month, and yesterday whilst he was putting up ceiling boards in the living area, called me to come quick because there were two ‘Pigeons’ outside. Now, I wouldn’t normally get excited about seeing a couple of pigeons, but to humour him, I grabbed my camera and was just in time to see them turn their backs on me. They were actually Doves, and were obviously not keen to have their photo splashed all over WordPress.


Looking around for more interesting wildlife, I spotted a Snowy Egret by the water’s edge.


As I traipsed through the undergrowth, I almost tripped over Ms. Igua who was contemplating going for a swim.


I think she was looking to escape from her admirer Mr. Iggy, who’d been ogling her from a nearby bush and was now hot-footing it over.


By the time he got there, she had plopped into the water and he was left with only Snowy Egret to chat up. What a blow!


Excitement over, I walked back to the house and was just in time to see a flying lizard. I didn’t crop out the tear in the insect screen, because I didn’t want to fool  you into thinking that we really do have flying lizards here. That definitely would be wildlife overload, wouldn’t it?


Happy Monday to you all from a very warm and sunny, blue-skied Florida.





My Sunday Photo: Ramses and Nefertari

Ramses and Nefertari, two fine examples of Egyptian Geese, showed up in my backyard yesterday.

“Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian.”


I could also link this to Jude’s ‘March Wildlife Garden Photography Challenge’, but maybe she’s getting tired of seeing so many of my visitors. 🙂

Wishing you all a sunny Sunday.


Wildlife in the garden: Sammy pauses for breath

The first thing I saw when I pull up my bathroom blind this morning, was cute Sammy squirrel. Guaranteed to start my day off on the right foot, I can just see him thinking, “Keep calm; you can do this.” Thanks for the inspiration, Sammy.


For the month of March, be sure to be on the lookout for wildlife in your garden, for Jude’s ‘Garden Photography Challenge’.

Wishing you all a splendid weekend.


Floral Friday Fotos: Beautiful Bougainvillea + a visitor

Bougainvillea has large clusters of colourful papery bracts, surrounding its small and insignificant flowers. These brightly coloured flower-like leaves which serve to attract pollinators, are visible all year round in Florida. If you zoom in, you’ll see a cute explorer among those tangled branches.


Peater the green Anole Lizard was having fun playing hide and seek with any insects who might have decided to make their home in the Bougainvillea. I wonder how many of them he managed to snaffle.


Happy Friday everyone and I hope your weekend is a relaxing and enjoyable one.