Feathers On Friday: A Snappy Dresser

I was delighted to get my first sighting of a Green Heron whilst out at the Nature reserve last Sunday, What a ‘Fashionista’ is this striking bird, balancing on slender yellow legs, with his velvet-green back, rich chestnut body, fancy waistcoat and chic dark chapeau. Although he’s quite a small heron, that dagger-like bill looks absolutely lethal. Any unfortunate victim on the receiving end certainly doesn’t stand a chance.

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I hope this has been a good week for you all and that the weekend will be most enjoyable. This is my last weekend here in Florida before we leave for England next Saturday.

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Feathers On Friday: They Say That This Is My Best Side

Mr. GBH poses for the camera. I told him he’s going to be famous on my blog. He replied, “I already am.”

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Wishing you all a happy weekend.

 

Welcome Easter Visitors

How lovely it was to see Rosie Spoonbill down at the water’s edge on Sunday morning. She’s back again today, so I’m hoping she’ll be a regular visitor.

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What would Easter be without a Bunny hopping by,

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or Mrs Beakley proudly showing off her new brood of  ducklings?

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Wishing you all a great week ahead.

 

 

Floral Friday: First Gardenia Flower

A few weeks ago, my daughter sent me a gardenia bonsai, “Just because I love you, Mom.” What a lovely surprise it was, and I stood it in my kitchen, read the instructions and waited for the buds to come out. I was supposed to mist it daily, keep the pebbles moist in the tray and make sure not to water it too much. Not that difficult really. My daughter was disappointed when she saw the photo, because in the brochure, it showed a bright red pot with many flowers already blooming.

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I followed the instructions religiously, but all that happened was that a couple of buds fell off. Then I had the bright idea to stand it outside in the humidity instead of inside in the air conditioning. Light bulb moment! The very next day, my first flower started to appear and now it’s looking gorgeous.

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The fragrance is wonderful and takes me back to when I was a teenager in the 60’s. For Christmas, my very favourite aunt bought me my first bottle of perfume, which was ‘Gardenia’ by Goya. I can still remember how excited I was when I opened the bottle and dabbed a couple of drops behind my ears.

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Tonight we’re going to see the fabulous Judy Carmichael performing at one of our local theatres. I wish I could play piano just like her. Tomorrow evening, we have dinner and dancing here at the club, so that should be fun too. Wishing you all a very happy weekend.

 

 

What lurks beneath?

A clump of beautiful green water lily leaves shimmering in the sunshine looks so innocuous doesn’t it? But wait just a moment; something is lurking quietly there almost imperceptible unless one looks closely.

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Big Al is on the prowl, making not a sound as he glides along. I wonder why his teeth seem too big for his mouth and hang out at the side.

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As he comes into view, I can see the sly look in his eye as he scouts around for his prey.

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He does look rather mean and purposeful today and I’m sure he won”t go hungry for long.

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Wishing you all a happy weekend, but do be careful around water lilies. You never can be sure about what lurks beneath.

 

 

 

 

 

So Stylish In Orange And Black

Grandpa Igasho shows off his new orange and black outfit. “What do you think of my Halloween costume? I thought I’d better grab it quick before they were all sold out.”

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This is my contribution to Debbie’s ‘Six Word Saturday’ challenge.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend.

 

B&W Sunday: The Mussel Man after and before.

Paula’s B&W Sunday Challenge this week is ‘After and Before’. Yesterday, whilst walking along the beach footpath, I noticed some activity going on in one of the rock pools.  A mussel collector, wearing snorkel and flippers, was at work filling a bag with tasty morsels. Here is the B&W edit of my shot.

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In the original colour version, he’s far more visible. Must be something to do with the bright yellow flippers.

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One of the guests at my sister’s birthday party on Saturday brought along a plate of delicious bacon-wrapped mussels which he had earlier collected from this same part of the beach. Needless to say, they didn’t last long.

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Feathers on Friday: The Fly Past

Well, the week has really flown by, just like this Pelican on his way home to roost in the trees at the side of our lake.

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I’ve survived my second week in our half-finished house, and am getting quite used to not having a kitchen. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  Have lots of fun times.

If you have any photos of feathered friends, join in Charlotte’s ‘Feathers on Friday’ challenge.

Weekend thoughts over breakfast

When I was still working, I understandably used to look forward so much to the weekends. I wonder why now that I’m retired, the weekends are still so special. Is it that old habits die hard, or is there really something magical about these two days whose names just happen to begin with the same letter as my own name?

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W aiting eager for relaxation
E ach weekday seems like a year
E ndless workdays in between
K eep my eyes just fixed on Friday
E lusive though it often seems
N early there, the prize is waiting
D one with work and now I’m free

W here has all my free time gone to
E ven whilst I was enjoying
E very moment of weekend fun
K eeping work on the back burner
E njoyment seemed to be the key
N ow it’s Sunday, almost over
D rat my weekend’s been and gone!

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Wishing you all a delicious weekend.