Floral Friday: Orchid Surprises

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu

I have several orchids in my lanai which for the most part seem happy to be just green leaves. I often engage them in a very one-sided conversation, encouraging them to please try a bit harder. They appear to ignore my impatience, but just when I’ve almost given up hope, they surprise me with gorgeous flowers.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

One Liner Wednesday: Look What I Found.

Samantha squirrel is looking very pleased with herself and she’s not sharing.

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For ‘One Liner Wednesday’.

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Pull Up A Seat Or Not

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ is now in its 44th week and I still have quite a few seat photos left.

This cute little Bolivian child on the Isla Del Sol, had a very natural seat on the dry sandy ground as she sat with her pet llama and alpaca, waiting for the tourists.

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A quick hop across to Barcelona and here I am in Park Guell, taking a seat next to Gaudi’s amazing mosaic lizard fountain. This was long before our move to Florida where we now are inundated with real lizards and iguanas.

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Speaking of mosaics, this beautiful bench was for sale at an arts and crafts centre in South Africa with the strange name ‘Piggly Wiggly’.

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Of course, I knew where they’d stolen the name from, because on a road trip in 2008 from New Jersey down to Florida, I’d had my photo taken outside one in Charleston. In November the seats under the umbrellas didn’t seem very popular, but maybe in summer it was nice to sit out there.

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Deserted green umbrella-shaded seats seemed to be quite the theme in Charleston, as we found at our resort where we stayed for a couple of nights.

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If you’d like to take part in XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat’ challenge, just click the link.

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Frilly Floral Friday

Our ‘Tropic Escape’ hibiscus has been flowerless for a while, but this week she’s decided to show us what she’s capable of. Her exquisitely delicate flowers look like they’ve been carefully crafted out of the finest tissue paper. What a pity that after all that effort, each beautiful flower only lasts for a day before closing up again, then wilting and dying. We should really appreciate Nature’s miracles whilst they last.

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

 

 

Pull Up A Seat At The Beach

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ is now in its 43rd week and I’m really enjoying taking part in it.

I’ve chosen a few seats at the beach for this week. On a trip back home from Key West, we stopped for lunch at a beach restaurant in Islamarada. The grandchildren had fun playing on this swinging seat. Little Max swung it so hard that we had to rescue the salt and pepper pots.

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These shady seats on the beach there also looked very inviting.

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Back in Umhlanga, South Africa, a couple were enjoying sitting on one of the many benches, watching the waves and a lone fisherman.

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Further along that same promenade, this guy didn’t look terribly comfortable lying on a hard wooden bench. Maybe he was working his abs.

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Here’s a very rustic picnic spot on the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica.

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Our resort in Phuket had a lovely balcony with seats and umbrellas overlooking the beach.

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I hope you’re having a relaxing week. To join in XingfuMama’s seat challenge, just click the link.

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One Word Sunday: Famous

Debbie, over at ‘Travel With Intent’ has a ‘One Word Sunday’ challenge. This week’s subject must be ‘Famous’.

I’ve chosen the famous Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex located in Granada. The name Alhambra means ‘the red castle’ and it’s the second most visited site in Europe.

This courtyard is known as ‘The Court Of The Myrtles’.

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It was such a pleasure to wander around the many enchanting gardens and fountains.

My enduring memory is of a very elegant and inviting place.

This magnificent complex also has a breathtaking view over the whole city.

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To join Debbie’s ‘Famous Challenge’, just click the link.

 

 

 

 

 

Ruffled Feathers On Friday

Mr GBH looks as though he Halloween-partied quite hard last night and hasn’t yet got around to smoothing down his tousled feathers. I think the bed-head look quite suits him though.

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Wishing you all a great weekend and a November filled with gratitude.

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Pull Up A Seat In Key West

XingfuMama’s ‘ Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ is now in its 42nd week.

Last week I shared a couple of life-like sculptures seen in a park in Key West. This week I have more seats seen and photographed in this southernmost point in the US.

We had very comfy seats on our hotel balcony, after inexplicably being upgraded to the honeymoon suite. We weren’t complaining of course.

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This beautiful hammock seat was on sale, but unfortunately a bit too big to fit into our car.

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Walking down Duval Street, I noticed a bicycle seat with its improvised waterproof cover.

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The garden of Ernest Hemingway’s house had a not so comfortable-looking seat next to the pool.

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In the drawing room, one of the many resident cats had found a prime spot on a velvet couch displaying a notice telling visitors to please not sit there.

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At the end of a very busy day, the grandchildren and their two friends were happy to have a seat on the kerb and enjoy some ice cream.

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To join in XingfuMama’s fun seat challenge, just click the link.

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