Floral Friday: Vanda Blooms Again

I have many orchids outside my kitchen window. I wish they could all bloom at the same time, but I’m always happy to see even one in bloom. This week, my orange Vanda is showing her true colours.

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I read that this orchid represents “good fortune and happy blessings”, so I smile every time I see her through my window. I’m linking this post to ‘Cee’s FOTD Challenge‘.

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Take care and be safe.

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.

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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.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

Basil Gives A Monday Heads-Up

Basil our backyard basilisk lizard says, Always look up when things are getting you down.”

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I had a good weekend apart from the fact that on Friday evening, we noticed that our fridge/freezer had decided to stop working. Isn’t it just Murphy’s Law that if something in the house is going to pack up, it always happens at the weekend when it’s difficult if not impossible to get help. On the upside though, it meant that we had to quickly devour the two Double Chocolate Magnums which had been residing in the freezer for a while. They tasted equally as good eaten from a breakfast bowl with a spoon as they do frozen on the stick.

Wishing you all a positive week ahead.

 

Feathers On Friday: Miss Rosie Is In The Pink

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.

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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.

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Here, she looks quite pleased with herself, don’t you think?

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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.

 

Not So Mundane Monday Visitors

Once again, my bathroom window was the right place to be, when a pair of red foxes decided to wander through our backyard.

Ms Foxy sat down to have a scratch and looked askance at me pointing my camera her way.

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Her partner wasn’t waiting for her and was already on his way to the next house.

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Wishing you all a good week with some happy surprises.

 

Feathers On Friday: Great Egret Gets His Fish

Great Egret really believed he’d got lucky yesterday lunchtime. I could almost hear that poor fish thinking, “Uh-oh, I’m about to be someone’s lunch!”

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He was a bit too big for Great Egret to manoevre and making a supreme effort, he managed and wriggle free.

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But Great Egret wasn’t giving up so easily. “Not so fast, young fishie! Here I come again.”

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Gotcha!”

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Poor fishie really should have stayed home. Wishing you all a safe and peaceful weekend.