Feathers On Friday: An Unusual Visitor

I was really surprised to look out of my bathroom window and see this new visitor to my backyard. The Black-crowned Night Heron is usually nocturnal, so its appearance at around midday was most unexpected. It’s the first time I’ve seen one of these and I had to consult my ‘Birds Of South East Florida Guide’ to identify it.

We have our family visiting from New Jersey at the moment and are having a great time together. It’s been well over a year since we saw them, so it’s very special to spend precious time together. Wishing you all a great weekend.

Our Pelican is back

I went to check on hubby’s progress with the house renovations and he pointed out that the pelican is back in residence for the winter. He was a bit far away for a sharp photo, but I can see that he’s also been doing some house decorating and has once again been very busy ‘whitewashing’ the branches.


Some of you may remember that last year I had a go at painting him. I wonder if he would like my portrait? I think he looks rather cute.


Happy Thursday to you all. I’ve just heard that our son and family have booked their air tickets and will be visiting us for a few days in February. Something to really look forward to.


Bench Series #42: Miss Daisy reads the Daily Mooews

Here’s another one for Jude’s Bench Series #42.

Our little granddaughter Sienna on a visit to Johannesburg, found a a rather surprising bench occupant. Miss Daisy had sat down for just a few minutes to rest her aching feet and peruse the ‘Daily Mooews’, before continuing with her shopping spree at one of Africa’s most prestigious malls.


Wishing you all a very happy weekend with lots of fun, good food and relaxation.

Wordless Wednesday: Family arrive today

Today is the day when our precious family arrive from NJ.


Of course, yesterday afternoon the weather took a turn for the worse, and it’s been teeming down with rain ever since. I’m sure we’ll find interesting things to do with the children, as the pool isn’t an option at the moment.

I am likely to be wordless on the blogs for the next few days, but please do chat amongst yourselves whilst I’m gone.


Autumn in New Jersey.

Ailsa’s Travel theme this week has given me a chance to share a few pics of our visit up north to see the family. It was the first time we’d seen our son’s new/old house. Like father, like son, he has recently bought a really neglected property and is having it totally renovated. Unlike us though, he has rented out his other house, which was all nicely done, and the five of them are living on the top floor of the new one, in the newly redecorated three-bedroom guest suite. We stayed at a nearby hotel, but for future visits, this suite will be our accommodation. The leaves were turning, and the unkempt garden definitely had an autumnal look about it.

The children were so excited to see us, especially as they knew we’d brought them each a ‘goody bag’. Taylor’s class was going on a school trip to Melicks Town Farm the next day, so we decided to tag along. Here she is trying her hand at making apple juice.


The hay ride, was a first for me. What fun, sitting on hay bales, and bouncing along the bumpy track up to the apple orchard.


Taylor was so excited that granny was coming too. Dad and Granddad followed along behind.


There weren’t many apples left on the trees, but we did manage to pick a few.


This friendly bear was just waiting for a hug.


Loads of pumpkins everywhere, but which one to choose, and they’re all so big and heavy too? “Daddy, I want this one. Can you please help me?”


The following day, we were at the park, and ‘Max the Fearless’ was eager to show us that he could climb right to the very top of the Tarzan frame.


Of course he would rather clamber up the slide than slide down it. The little girl waiting at the top, was so patient. Thankfully she didn’t decide to slide down and kick him in the teeth.


Two sisters swinging side by side.  This reminded me of my sister and I so many years ago. I never imagined that one day, in the autumn of my life, I’d be watching my own grandchildren doing the same thing. Where did all those years go?


I’m back in Florida now, where autumn doesn’t really manifest itself, although we have had a couple of cooler days and nights to remind us that winter is on the way. I’m so happy that we decided to take the trip up to New Jersey, not only to see family, but also to experience some of the beauty of their autumn.

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Floral Friday Fotos: Brightening up the London roads

We are now in England at my MiL’s house. She has had a couple of falls in the past week, and isn’t feeling so good. Fortunately she didn’t injure herself, but the shock seems to have upset her equilibrium. She is stuck upstairs at the moment, as she’s feeling too wobbly to get down to the ground floor. I shouldn’t think that there are too many 101-year-olds living alone in a double storey house. We’re trying to sort out a stair-lift for her, and my weekend is going to be filled with family coming to visit, and a big lunch on Sunday. In the meantime, here are some pretty flowers I saw along the road just outside London.


These lovely displays were placed at intervals all the way along the road, which made the route look really cheerful.


Wishing you all a great weekend. We leave for Florida on Tuesday, so it’s all go.

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