Saturday Haiku: Down with Norovirus!


Dinner out last night

Awoke with violent cramps

Bye bye all my food


Night spent on my knees

Praying there was nothing left

Today feeling weak


Dare not eat or drink

Norovirus is the pits

Please just let me rest


I read that Norovirus makes 21 million people sick every year in the US. Now I’m a statistic.

Hope you’re all having a better weekend than I am.








Feathers on Friday: Snowy takes off

Just as Grandpa Iggy decided to go for a swim yesterday, I spotted a beautiful Snowy Egret a little further along the water’s edge.


The rather loud sound of Iggy’s belly-flop, alerted the beautiful Ms. Snowy to possible danger and away she flew.


This is my entry for Charlotte’s ‘Feathers on Friday’ challenge, and is also day #6 of my ‘7 Days of Nature’ challenge; thanks to Anna of ‘Una Vista Di San Fermo’ for inviting me to participate. If you would like to join in, just post a nature photo on seven consecutive days and link to my blog. You can also invite another blogger to take part.

I think the second photo might just qualify for Nancy’s Photo a Week  Challenge, ‘A Different Focus’, as I seem to have accidentally got the wildflowers more in focus than the bird.

Wishing you all a very happy and relaxing weekend.

Nature from my bathroom window!

A very timely visit for my 6th day of the ‘7 Days of Nature Challenge’. Looking out of my bathroom window yesterday afternoon, I thought I saw a smallish ‘dinosaur’ creeping towards the house. Maybe this is Iggy Jr’s dad or even his granddad. They’re not quite so cute when they get to be 6 feet long, are they? I took this shot through the glass then went outside to have a closer look.


As soon as he spotted me, he started off towards the water at quite a cracking pace.


He’d decided “Enough with the paparazzi already!” and quickly plopped into the lake.


Thanks to Anna of ‘Una Vista Di San Fermo’ for inviting me to do my second round of the ‘7 Days of Nature’ challenge. If you would like to join in, just post a nature photo on seven consecutive days and link to my blog, so I can come over and admire them.

I’m also linking this to Jude’s garden photography challenge, ‘Get a little closer’.


Happy Thursday to you all.

Let Nature Bedazzle Us

Ailsa’s Travel Theme ‘Dazzling’ had me a bit stumped until I began to think of all the dazzling natural wonders in our amazing world.

What can be more bewitching than a dazzling Florida sky at sunset?


or a dazzling red Hibiscus flower?


A glimpse of shocking pink amongst the reeds is undoubtedly a dazzling sight,


as is an exquisitely beautiful waterlily.


Ms. Anhinga with the sun glinting on her golden wings is a dazzling spectacle indeed.


I think you will agree that nature is very hard to beat when it comes to the ability to dazzle the eye?

To see more dazzling posts, just visit Ailsa’sTravel Blog.

This is also my fifth day of the ‘7 Days of Nature’ challenge which my blog friend Anna of ‘Una Vista Di San Fermo’ has nominated me to do. If you would like to join in, just post a nature photo on seven consecutive days and link to my blog.

Happy Wednesday to you all.



Mr. Peli and his entourage

For my fourth day of the ‘7 Days of Nature’ challenge, here is  shot of Mr. Peli and his cormorant entourage gliding past our previous house. I have to say that I do miss seeing the birds up so close now that we’ve moved, but at least I have a quite different and equally fascinating lot of creatures who visit me here.


Thanks to Anna  of ‘Una Vista Di San Fermo’ for nominating me to do this challenge. If you would like to join me, you just need to post a nature photo on seven consecutive days and link your post to mine.

Happy Tuesday to you all.

Mundane Monday: Keep calm and climb a palm

Not quite such a Mundane Monday here in West Palm. When I pulled up my bathroom blind this morning, I saw what I thought was a smallish brown dog running past my window, but when he turned his face towards me I realised it was actually a fox. He was closely followed by an otter about two feet long. Of course, before I could grab my camera, they were both long gone. As I once told you, each morning I never know who will be ‘on-stage’  when the curtain goes up. After that bit of excitement, I looked around to see if there was anyone else in sight, but no there was absolutely nothing to disturb the peaceful scene before my eyes;


No alligators, no iguanas, no mini-dinosaurs, no lizards, no squirrels; but wait…….what’s that right at the very top of the palm tree? There was Sammy enjoying an early breakfast whilst on lookout duty. This energetic little guy never stops except to eat. Don’t you think he’s looking quite rotund these days?


Click here to participate in Jithin’s ‘Mundane Monday Challenge’.

This is also my third day of the ‘7 days of nature’ challenge which Anna of ‘Una Vista Di San Fermo’ has nominated me to do. If you would like to join me, feel free to post a nature photo on seven consecutive days and link your post to mine.

Have a great week everyone.

My Sunday Photo: Just Fluttering By

“Butterflies are not insects, they are self-propelled flowers.” ~ Robert A Heinlein

On Thursday the Queen’s 90th birthday, just next to the path by the gym was this beautiful ‘Monarch’ butterfly. She stayed just long enough for me to get an iPhone pic, whilst other gym members came scurrying by, not even curious to see what I was taking a photo of. You can miss so much beauty in nature if you don’t take the time to stop to look.


This is also my 2nd day of the ‘7 Days of Nature Challenge’. Thanks to Anna of Una Vista Di San Fermo, for nominating me to do this again.  If any of you nature lovers would also like to also join in, please do. I’m also linking this to Jude’s ‘Get a little closer’ Garden Photography Challenge.

Happy Sunday to you all.


Feathers on Friday: Small Egret Watching

Here’s our Small Egret sitting in Mr. GBH’s favourite spot. Either he’s feeling very brave, or someone has told him that ‘The Boss’ has gone away for a long weekend.


I’m linking this to Charlotte’s ‘Feathers on Friday’ challenge. My friend Anna Of ‘Una Vista Di San Fermo’ blog has re-nominated me to do the 7 Days of Nature Challenge. If any of you nature lovers would also like to also join in, please do.

Wishing you all a splendid weekend. Our friend Leah and her husband have kindly invited hubby and I to share their Passover Dinner this evening. I’m really looking forward to a brand new experience.

Anatole has a green rival for our attention

I think that Iggy must have seen my Monday post with Anatole showing off his beautiful orange dewlap. There were many complimentary comments, and people obviously found the dewlap display most impressive. Yesterday, not to be outdone, Iggy our resident lime-green rock star was waiting for me on the same rockery. “C’mon out with that camera and I’ll show you my party trick too.”


“Can’t have that small fry Anatole getting all the limelight. Now just make sure you get a really good shot. One to get ready, two to be steady, three to prepare and Ta-Da! ”


“How do you like that? Pretty impressive hey? It might not be clockwork-orange, but it sure tones much better than Anatole’s does; far more classy in my humble opinion.  Now I’m sure they’d also love a view of my spiny ridge. Don’t I just look like a mini dinosaur?”


“I’ve been told that my left profile is my best side. What do you think? Am I handsome or what?”


He really pulled out all the stops to impress you all, but all of a sudden our young Iggy got tired of the attention and scuttled down into the shade. “It’s just so exhausting being a celebrity. Let’s see how my WP ratings go, and maybe I’ll pose again for you and your friends some other time.”


This post is linked to Jude’s ‘Photography In The Garden Get A Little Closer’ challenge.

A very happy Thursday to you all.


Wordless Wednesday: The Car Park Hustling Duck

Coming out of CVS Pharmacy yesterday, I was accosted by this stranger, who insisted on following me to my car.


He was wordless as he wagged his tail feathers at me and positioned himself so that I couldn’t get into the car without stepping over him. I was worried that if I opened the door, he might just hop in, or worse still give me a peck. I shooed him but to no avail. I gave him a gentle nudge with my foot, and he stubbornly stood his ground. I even considered scooting round to the passenger door and climbing across the centre console. You would have laughed to see me trying to lead him away from the car and then quickly walking back, hoping to escape from my overly persistent would-be friend. Luckily after a few minutes, another woman/victim appeared. She was eating a bag of potato chips and suddenly I was off the hook. As I drove away, I could see my feathered friend had transferred his affections and was wagging his tail feathers furiously at her. I couldn’t help but smile.

Hope you all have a lovely Wednesday.  P.S. I thought at first this was Turkey Vulture, but now I’m thinking it was actually a Muscovy Duck. Never seen one up close before.