One Word Sunday: Nosy

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday – Nosy’ Challenge’ reminded me of this fella who, having climbed into the hibiscus bush outside my bathroom window was peering intently at me as I emerged from the shower. Luckily, I had my camera to hand to record the evidence of this nosy Iguana-shaped ‘peeping Tom’.


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Feathers On Friday: Safety In Numbers

Yesterday we were driving merrily along behind another car, when it suddenly came to an abrupt halt, seemingly for no reason. We waited a few seconds before seeing why. A gaggle of Egyptian geese having decided that the grass was greener on the other side,  bravely waddled out into the road, obviously having faith that they’d be seen and given safe passage. It was their lucky day.


American film director Abraham Polonsky once said, “If you don’t get killed, it’s a lucky day for anybody.” I guess that’s one positive way of looking at life.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable weekend.



One Word Sunday: A Pair Of Love Birds

Perry and Penelope Pelican, snuggling together on a branch.


Hope your Sunday is also a happy one.

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Theresa Turtle Prepares For Motherhood

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that Theresa, our resident River Cooter turtle was digging a hole in our backyard. I went out to tell her that her efforts weren’t appreciated, but she ignored me and carried on anyway, so I left her in peace.


After googling to find out why she was doing this, I realized that she was preparing a nest in which to lay her eggs. The hole was soon filled in and the grass has since grown over it. I hope the baby turtles will hatch safely and be able to get out, as the mom’s job is done once she’s laid the eggs and she takes no further interest in her brood, so they have to fend for themselves. Apparently it’s a team effort and they take it in turns to dig their way out. Imagine if we humans did the same.

Feathers on Friday: A Quartet Of Ibis

Through my kitchen window, I spotted this quartet of white Ibis balanced precariously in the trees alongside our lake. It was almost as though they were posing for a photo op.


According to Native American folklore, the white ibis is a symbol of both danger and optimism because it’s been noticed that they are the last to seek shelter before a hurricane and the first to emerge afterwards, so I’d better keep an eye on those Ibis.

Wishing you all a safe and peaceful weekend.

One-liner Wednesday: The Best Laid Plans

“The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.” ~ Robert Burns ‘To A Mouse’ 1786

So, in case any of you are wondering how our well-planned neighbourly visit with Prosecco and piano recital went on Sunday, the short answer is, “It didn’t.”

Here’s the long story………

We had arranged for husband, wife and wife’s son to come round at 2pm,  but at midday I got a call from Mrs T asking if they could make it later at about 4pm. I reminded her that it was forecast to rain at that time and as they’d requested to sit outside, it would be less than ideal. Nevertheless, she insisted that they would come at 4 and definitely would only sit outside. Well then, that was that  and I knew it wasn’t going to work out. Around 2:30 Mr T phoned to ask hubby what he should do about a termite he’d seen in his pool area and just happened to mention that Mrs T and son were out shopping for a table. So that solved the mystery of why she’d postponed their visit. At just before 4, with the son’s car still not back in their driveway, the heavens opened and down came the rain with thunder and lightning for good measure. Hubby and I opened the Prosecco, gave ourselves two chocolate truffles apiece and sat back to enjoy. The positive thing about this is that the outdoor furniture got a really thorough cleaning on Saturday and I’d done lots of piano practice in readiness for our no-show guests. The annoying thing is that we haven’t had a phone call apologising for them not turning up. Would you consider that rude, or am I expecting too much?

Someone who did get a visitor on Sunday, is Al the keeper of our fishpond, when sweet little Lizzie popped by the say “Hi”.


Hope your weekend was good and that this week is going well.

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Feathers On Friday: Seeing Double

Mervyn Muscovy scooting past without stopping to greet anyone. Well,  I guess that’s what neighbours do these days.


We have a delightful elderly couple living next door and this morning, they called to ask if they and their son can come round on Sunday to sit outside in our lanai and listen to me play the piano. Apparently it’s something they have really missed during lock-down. So, we’ll put up the sun umbrella, open a bottle of Prosecco, socially distance the seating and tell the goldfish not make a noise. I’m really looking forward to our first visitors in almost three months.

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful weekend.