Photo For the Week: China

Bren over at Ryan Photography blog has a ‘Photo For the Week’ challenge and the topic for this week is China.

Here is my photo of the Li River taken on an early morningĀ  cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo.

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Wishing you all a splendid weekend.

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Know What I Did this Summer?

It’s good to be home again after our summer meanderings. No sooner had we returned from South Africa and England, than we were off on a road trip up to New Jersey to visit our family. There was just enough time to get the laundry done and for hubby to hurriedly tidy up the patio area which had become a bit weedy during the six weeks we were away. Several orchids were in bloom, which was a lovely welcoming sight.

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Our son was taking the last week of the school holidays off work and as he had a business meeting in Virginia on the Thursday before, suggested that it would be nice if we travelled up earlier than we’d planned, picking him up on the way so that we could have him all to ourselves on the five hour drive home. We of course jumped at the opportunity and were soon on our merry way. It’s just over twelve hundred miles from door to door, so we made two overnight stopovers, the first in Port Wentworth GA, known as ‘Savannah’s Front Porch’ and the second night in Fredericksburg VA, very handy for meeting up with him in Middleburg the following lunchtime.

In St. Augustine we stopped to buy some novelties for the three grandchildren, a pretty shell-covered trinket box for each of the girls and a real alligator head for Max. He was over the moon with it, but his mom seemed less than enthusiastic to keep finding it on her kitchen top and absolutely banned it from the dining table. She should just thank her lucky stars that the big alligator wasn’t for sale.

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On the second day, at South Of The Border, we made our usual stop for Quesadillas and Chimichangas at Pedro’s restaurant.

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Our son and daughter-in-law had organised tickets to an afternoon matinee on Broadway to see Aladdin, which was a real highlight for us all.

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The family are all taking tennis lessons, so of course we had to go to the first day of the US Tennis Open. It was a really hot day, with very little shade and hordes of people with the same idea, but once we’d managed to get in, we enjoyed watching a few opening games. Thankfully I’d had the forethought to put sunscreen on, but hubby who is very anti-cream, got his knees and arms rather burnt.

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A visit to the Metropolitan Art Museum the following day, had us all marvelling at the wonderful exhibits displayed there.

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My personal favourite was this exquisite 1923 Tiffany window, titled ‘Autumn Landscape’ made solely from leaded Favrile glass with no paint added.

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After being there for a week, we decided to leave for home a couple of days early because of the Dorian hurricane forecast which at that time included Florida in its path and we did the journey in two days instead of three. The last day was quite grueling, especially for hubby who did all the driving, but we had this friendly-looking cloud creature to cheer us on our way.

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It was, as always a relief to get home again, and even more of a relief when Dorian didn’t visit our area at all. I think we’ll just spend some time right here in our comfort zone before we go off on our travels again. It’s far more relaxing.

Wishing you all a splendid weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Sunday: Anyone Missing A Feather?

On my nature walk this morning, I came upon this feather someone had stuck in the boardwalk guard-rail. A Forrest Gump moment which made me think of this quote,

“I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-likeĀ  on a breeze, but I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.”

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Happy Sunday everyone.

 

Six Word Saturday: Rosie Is Feeling In The Pink

Rosie Spoonbill put in an appearance today. She was intently foraging among the sand and plants along the water’s edge, searching for shrimp, frogs, insects, crustaceans and plant bulbs.

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Wishing you all a splendid weekend.

To join in Debbie’s six word challenge, just click the link.

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Yes, We Have No Iguanas.

After almost two months away, I’m back home here in Florida and the first thing I noticed when I looked out at my backyard, was a distinct lack of iguanas. Some of you may remember my post about the proposed shooting of iguanas in our neighbourhood. It would seem that during my absence, the iguanas have been almost exterminated. Walking over the road to my neighbour’s house on Thursday, I saw a vehicle labelled ‘Iguana Control’, parked next to the kerb and as I walked up the path to her front door, I heard a couple of shots which alarmed me as they were so close. Apparently hundreds of iguanas have been killed in the past few weeks. I’ve only seen one sad and lonely-looking little fella since we got back, but no sign of him again over the weekend.

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So it looks like there will be no more photos of these fascinating creatures on my blog.

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I used to really look forward to seeing their hopeful little faces turned towards the sun.

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Their gorgeous colour change as mating season progressed was always a joy to behold.

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I did see Basil the basilisk lizard on his usual palm tree trunk, so good to know that he’s safe, although he didn’t look too happy. He must be wondering where all his friends have disappeared to.

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The Great Egret was looking very unimpressed with all the goings on around here, as am I.

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I wish you all a very good week. RIP poor Iggys.

 

 

 

 

Six Word Saturday: This Beach Is To Die For.

This beach is definitely “to die for” but his partner, busy on her cell phone hasn’t even noticed. I hope he was only playing dead.

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To join in Debbie’s “Six Word Saturday” just click the link.

Happy weekend to you all.

Pull Up A Seat And Relax

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

Here are a few images of relaxing places to sit a while.

Cats have purr-fected the art of relaxing, and Ravioli who rules my daughter’s house in Johannesburg, is no exception.

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This Siamese had commandeered a comfortable place to spend the afternoon.

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Watching the waves is a very relaxing sport and one which I’m hoping to do a lot of whilst in South Africa.

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Sitting watching the sun set over Montego Bay is a very fond memory for me.

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I’m so looking forward to seeing my Mom-in-law in England next week. She’s not looking too bad for almost 106.

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Have a great week, everyone and if you’d like to contribute to XingfuMama’s Pull Up A Seat Challenge, just click the link.

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