Here is where I would really like to be at the moment, in Umhlanga sitting on a bench looking out at the Indian Ocean.
Here in Florida, there are many birds who enjoy getting wet, like Mr Peli.
Last spring we spotted a few wet baby alligators enjoying a swim.
If you want to see a serious amount of wetness, then go to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Although it’s neither the widest nor highest waterfall in the world, it still happens to be the world’s largest sheet of falling water, and you can’t get much wetter than that.
Here are some bridge travel memories from our visit to London last year. The photos were taken from London Bridge, one of the many bridges which span the River Thames. The original bridge was a wooden construction, built by the Roman founders of London in 50AD. I wonder what they would think of it now.
The iconic Tower Bridge, officially opened in 1894 is one of London’s most famous landmarks.
In the other direction is Cannon Street Railway Bridge, which was opened in 1866. This bridge carries trains on the Southeastern line over the River Thames to Cannon Street Station.
Looking at these photos makes me long to be able to travel again. We were just chatting on the phone to our daughter in South Africa and to Chris’s mom in England, and saying how we can’t wait to be able to see and hug one another.
Not much travelling going on at the moment, but it’s good to look back on happy times.
Here’s my Mom-in-law eight years ago, when she was only ninety-nine. On our walk around Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey, we sat down for a rest on this beautifully chainsaw-carved owl bench.
Last year, whilst in Key West, we visited the Butterfly Conservatory, where there was of course, a butterfly bench. I think it was designed for decoration rather than comfort.
Not far away, was Ernest Hemingway’s house and museum. He was a great cat lover and everywhere we looked there were cats lazing around, most of them polydactyl, which means that they have six or more toes on each paw.
Yesterday, my darling Mom-in-law Kathleen celebrated her 107th birthday with her friends and the wonderful staff at the care home in England where she resides.
Since she turned 105, she now qualifies for a congratulations card from Queen Elizabeth every year.
As the care home is in strict lock down during this pandemic, no visitors are allowed, not even family. We did however call her on FaceTime and she chatted to her grandchildren and great grandchildren too. She had a wonderful tea party with a gorgeous birthday cake.
The sides were decorated with sugar- icing broccoli and carrots because when she is asked “What is the secret of your longevity?” she now replies, “I eat broccoli and carrots every day with my dinner.”
I can remember a few years ago that her answer used to be “Chocolate and red wine.”
What an inspiration she is to us all. She is always happy and positive when we call and understands why she can’t have family visits. I think she really misses her Scrabble games with a couple of friends who used to come every Friday afternoon, but she keeps herself entertained with her favourite TV programmes and loves taking part in the chair aerobics that the staff organise for the residents. I hope she continues in good health and that next year when this pesky Covid-19 is over, we’ll be able to visit her again.
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.
Miss Rosie is a very infrequent visitor to our backyard, so it was such a delight to see her again. When I first spotted her outside my bathroom window, she was socially distancing with the Great Blue and the Tricolored Herons. The trio were scanning the lake for a fishing opportunity.
After a while the others got bored and wandered off further along the bank, leaving her alone and before long she obviously saw what she was looking for.
Here, she looks quite pleased with herself, don’t you think?
Wishing you all a splendid weekend, whatever you have planned. Our country club started to open up a bit from the lockdown and we booked to have a meal outside on the covered patio with a couple of friends. Before it could happen though, we got a message that one of the wait-staff had tested positive for the Coronavirus, so they were having to close down again. I can’t imagine when this is going to end as the numbers in Florida are way up again.