A Turtle kind of Thursday

Little Terrence was parked right outside our garage door this morning. “I’m a bit lost, can you help me, please?” he asked in a very tiny voice.

DSCN4677I knew exactly how he felt, as I’ve often been lost. Thank goodness for GPS these days. In the bad old days when I had to rely on map books to find my way around, you would often find me parked at the side of the road, map book in hand, turning it this way and that, trying to decide which direction I was actually facing, and then endeavouring to work out whether to turn around or go straight on. I must have inherited my lack of sense of direction from my dad. He was always making u-turns. It’s not just on the road that I get lost. When exiting a public toilet in a shopping mall, I invariably turn the wrong way and head towards the men’s. Then I suddenly realising that there’s no way out at that end of the corridor. Hubby thinks this is funny and always has a weird smirk on his face when I eventually find him again because he knows what I’ve just done.  Anyway, dear little Terrence had found a kindred spirit in me and was gently taken to the backyard, where he was deposited in the lake. I’m sure he’s now happily reunited with his family.

Hope your Thursday is a good one.

New Backyardigans Come To Play

The opening of my kitchen blind this morning, revealed a couple of newcomers to our backyard.

Odette and her cute baby Ollie were frolicking in the pond. If they were looking for fish, they were disappointed.

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They stayed to play for a few minutes before running back to the lake where fish are plentiful. River otters have few predators, but are sometimes hunted by alligators and birds of prey, so I guess these two had better watch out for Ali-Baba and Ozzie osprey. They’re pretty fast in the water, so their chances of survival are quite good.

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I’m always happy to see new critters on my patch. Do you have any interesting animals in your backyard?

Happy Tuesday everyone.

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B&W Sunday: After and Before

Paula’s B&W Sunday challenge this week is to show the same photo, both in colour and monochrome.

No surprise that the subject is one of my beautiful backyard creatures. Woody wood stork is very impressive in colour, as he says, “Flaps up, ready for takeoff!”

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Here he is looking rather dapper with his B&W tuxedo look.

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Wishing you all a very good week.

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Linda Limpkin’s Big Photo Op.

Me: “Hey, Linda…….mind if I take a few photos?”

Linda: ” Really? You’ll have to give me some time to prepare.”

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“Let me just sort out my back feathers a bit.”

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“Ooops…that’s not working too well!. I’m having a bit of a bad-feather day today.”

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“Yikes…..just when a girl wants to look her best, nothing goes right! Where to from here?”

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“Ah, that’s a bit better. I’m getting the hang of this now.”

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“Right…….I’m almost smoothed down. I hope you appreciate what an effort that was!  I’m quite exhausted.”

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“Okay, go for it. I’ll give you a left profile; I’m told it’s my best side. Have to be going now, as I have a date with Lenny. Hope your blog friends like the photo.”

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Wishing you all a smooth plumage Thursday.

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Feathers On Friday: Pelis in my backyard

´This morning Pelegrino and Pelecia went for a turn around the lake.

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They started off at a respectable distance from one another, but soon got a bit bolder and moved in for a tête-à-tête and maybe a quick kiss.

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Suddenly they were startled by a call from the trees. “Hey you two, cut it out! No canoodling allowed. You’re much too young to get serious.. ”

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They got such a fright that they both took off in great haste and spoiled my photo shoot.

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Ah well, as Shakespeare once said, “The course of true love, never did run smooth.”

Wishing you all a great weekend.

 

Red is for Valentines

On Saturday evening, hubby and I went to a wonderful Valentine’s dinner dance. After walking the red carpet, we entered the foyer which was decorated with, not hearts, but lanterns, and the message “Love….Romance” up in lights.

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We had a great evening with delicious food and lots of dancing to a fantastic band.

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Who would have imagined that when we threw in our lot together over fifty years ago, that our journey of love would take us from England to South Africa and now to Florida. Something that hasn’t changed over the years, is that I always wear red on Valentine’s day. Today, it’s a red shirt with jeans. Life is strange and wonderful, not to even mention full of surprises. Have you found the same?

Three years ago at a local wildlife reserve, we spotted two love birds wearing red on Valentine’s Day.  I think this pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks were making plans.

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Wishing you all a love-filled day today.  ❤

 

Butt I caught a HUGE fish!

Ozzy Osprey went fishing this morning and got first prize. “Pardon my butt view whilst I gobble down my sushi breakfast.” It certainly wasn’t Mr. Bass’s lucky Monday.

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The fish looks almost as big as he is, but Ozzy isn’t sharing.

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Wishing you all a peaceful and successful week.

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