Pull Up A Seat In Memory Of……

It’s time once more for XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’.

Our favourite local wildlife reserve is frequented by many elderly folk who come to admire the birds and generally just to sit and enjoy the peacefulness found in nature. Dotted along the boardwalk are benches donated by grateful families in memory of their loved ones who used to enjoy walking and resting here.

IMG_5324

The benches are all very plain and serviceable,

IMG_5328

but the view from this one is absolutely wonderful,

IMG_5297

and sitting up there on the guard rail was this Little Blue Heron, having  a very cute bad hair day.

IMG_5301

Happy Sunday to you all.

If you’d like to join in XingfuMama’s Pull Up A Seat Challenge, just click the link here.

pull_up-_a_seat-badge

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Feathers On Friday: They Say That This Is My Best Side

Mr. GBH poses for the camera. I told him he’s going to be famous on my blog. He replied, “I already am.”

IMG_5155

Wishing you all a happy weekend.

 

Turtle Party In The Swamp

Looks like the turtles are having a jolly get together in the swamp.

DSCN6824

“Hey there, why not come over? We’re having a party.”

 

Little Tommy is a loner and prefers his own company.

DSCN6817

“Sorry guys, but I really have to wash my shell.”

 

Theresa on the other hand, is always game for a party.

DSCN6820

“Hey guys, don’t start without me! I’m paddling as fast as I can.”

 

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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.

DSCN6750

What would Easter be without a Bunny hopping by,

DSCN9469

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

DSCN6804

Wishing you all a great week ahead.

 

 

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.

DSCF2513

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.

IMG_0005

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.)

IMG_0011

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

IMG_0014

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

pull_up-_a_seat-badge

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.

DSCN6724

It was looking very promising indeed.

DSCN6725

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

DSCN6726

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.

DSCN6733

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.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

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

DSCF3017

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.

IMG_7681

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

IMG_7670

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

IMG_0237

It seems that everyone loves to be at the beach.

IMG_4969

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

IMG_2137

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.

pull_up-_a_seat-badge

 

 

 

 

 

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.

dbfd8a9a-b9fc-4b35-8b8c-f63b609c503b

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.

IMG_5243

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.

DSCN6720

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.

IMG_5192

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

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

fotd-banner