Alli-Baba is back on patrol.

We haven’t seen this guy for months, but yesterday, Alli-Baba made an appearance in our backyard. Silently, he glided past our house on his way home.  Boy, do we feel so much safer now, knowing he’s out patrolling our area?!

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Almost back at his watery lair, where maybe his lady wife was making supper. “Honey, I’m home!”

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Wishing you all a great week.

 

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So Stylish In Orange And Black

Grandpa Igasho shows off his new orange and black outfit. “What do you think of my Halloween costume? I thought I’d better grab it quick before they were all sold out.”

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This is my contribution to Debbie’s ‘Six Word Saturday’ challenge.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend.

 

Thursday’s Special: Saturation

Well, here in Florida I think we’ve reached saturation point with all the rain we’ve been having, but today the sun is shining so here’s hoping we’ll have blue skies for the weekend.

One very colourful visitor to our backyard is Mildred Muscovy. She has a face that only a mother could love, but maybe in Muscovy world, she would win a beauty contest.

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I’ll add just a touch more rouge to make her really outstanding and get her noticed by the judges.

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Happy weekend, everyone. To join Paula’s Thursday’s Special Challenge, click the link below.

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Lenny Limpkin and Iggy shower together.

We’ve been having lots of rain here in Florida. The damp conditions seem to deter some of the wildlife from showing up in our backyard, but I was amused to see these two very different creatures standing out there together as if in silent protest.

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Hope your weekend isn’t as wet as ours. Every cloud has a silver lining though, as hubby has decided to paint out the garage.

For more ‘Six Word Saturday’ posts, click here.

 

More Feathered Visitors

Our backyard is aflutter with birds since we put up the new birdfeeder which hangs on a wire between two palm trees. It’s almost impossible to get photos of the birds actually on it, as I have to go out of the screen room door, and no matter how quietly I try to open it, they always sense my presence and are gone in the blink of an eye. My best option is to lurk by my bathroom window and take a shot as they land on a tree.

We have two pairs of Cardinals who are regular diners at our little restaurant.

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The beady-eyed Grackles descend in a gang and completely take over the feeder, whilst the other birds and Sammy squirrel hop around underneath picking up the seeds that fall to the ground.

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Hubby and I are very excited to soon be going off on our travels again to England and South Africa. We’ll have happy family reunions and also there’s my Mom-in-Law’s 105th birthday to celebrate in August.

Happy Thursday to you all.

 

 

 

 

Bird on Bird

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” ~ Robert H Schuller

A Northern Mockingbird sits atop our neighbour’s ‘Bird of Paradise’ plant.

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Last winter, Hubby saved this beautiful plant from destruction. Our neighbour told him that he was going to ask his gardener to dig it out because it had never flowered. Hubby told him to just be patient a while longer because this plant has the most beautiful flowers which would soon appear in the springtime, and sure enough he was right.

We have a particular fondness for this lovely plant which is indigenous to South Africa. It’s proper name is ‘Strelitzia Reginae’, and it’s also known as ‘Crane Flower’.

Friday Blues

A regular visitor to our bird feeder is Mr. Chatterbox the Blue Jay. He’s such a cheeky bird and will loudly see off any other competitors in the race for birdseed.

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This photo was taken through my bathroom window, one of my best places from which to view the wildlife in our backyard.

Wishing you all a splendid weekend and a very happy Mothers’ Day to all the mothers who visit my blog.

Mrs Beakley has seven new babies.

The Beakleys have been very busy of late. No more time for a leisurely tête-à-tête by the waterside.

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Today, Mama Beakley arrived in our backyard with her seven adorable, fluffy ducklings. She had heard that there was plenty of birdseed in the grass underneath our bird feeder, and proudly watched as her babies enthusiastically gobbled it up.

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After a while she decided it was time to leave,  so after quickly doing a head count,

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she lined them up and off they sailed in single file across to the other side of the pond.

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Hope you’re all having a splendid week. It’s a another beautiful sunny day here in Florida.