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#958413 - Mon Dec 31 2012 09:00 AM Happy January 2013!
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Here's a new month in a new year , Welcome all.
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#958666 - Tue Jan 01 2013 09:38 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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On Sunday, we went to the skydiving jump area not far from where we live and watched hundreds of jumpers. Planes are going up continuously dropping 10-20 people at a time. Most of these guys are experts and when they come in for landing, they come in fast to a sliding halt. It's an awesome way to spend an afternoon.

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#958679 - Tue Jan 01 2013 11:01 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Keeping with parachutes, here are some parasailors in the sound near Cape Hatteras, NC
(I was much farther away from them than you were, ClaraSue)


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#958707 - Tue Jan 01 2013 01:29 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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This is Loughborough Junction, the name of the railway crossing including the two bridges here

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#958730 - Tue Jan 01 2013 04:36 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Cool start to the year smile
Hope it's a good year for everyone! x

Here is a view of the lake from the water. This is where we put in New Year's Eve and Day. that white dot in the middle was the camp for 6 adults and 4 kids. We did reflect on how the 1.6 million people on the Sydney Harbour foreshore were doing and decided that the four kids running around with sparklers was enough of a fireworks show for us if we didn't have to share it with anyone else. smile


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#958732 - Tue Jan 01 2013 04:58 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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A lovely clear blue winter's day sky, and after what seems like weeks and weeks of rain I can't tell you how welcome a sight that is.


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#958752 - Tue Jan 01 2013 07:10 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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We have also started the year with sunshine and blue skies - and lots of snow on the ground!


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#958753 - Tue Jan 01 2013 07:29 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Very pretty Liz. Is that about the normal snow amount for the time of year?

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#958761 - Tue Jan 01 2013 07:57 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Pretty normal, though last year there was less (a lot less) and I remember an awful lot more when I was a kid, though possibly just because I was shorter then smile

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#958788 - Tue Jan 01 2013 11:41 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: spanishliz]
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#958791 - Wed Jan 02 2013 12:24 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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oh wow!

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#958794 - Wed Jan 02 2013 12:37 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Copago]
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A family day out at Otipua Creek.


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#958803 - Wed Jan 02 2013 03:24 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Great picture Chavs.

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#958849 - Wed Jan 02 2013 08:09 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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Howie, looks like mom and aunt taking the kids out. laugh

Very nice photo, Chavs.

Here's a persons first time jump in tandem with an instructor. I wish it had not been so cloudy that day, it would have been nice to have blue sky behind them. grin My two young cousins jumped that way this day, as well.


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#958886 - Wed Jan 02 2013 12:18 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Howie, you can almost hear the two adults saying things like "stay together now kids", "look out for any nasty things", just generally nagging them to behave.

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#958890 - Wed Jan 02 2013 12:54 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Especially when there is a big scary person taking photographs.....lol

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#958898 - Wed Jan 02 2013 02:12 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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moon rise


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#958903 - Wed Jan 02 2013 03:29 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Copago]
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You caught that reflection beautifully.

Thanks for the nice comments on my red berry photo - we haven't had any snow here yet but the white wall against which the berry bush was growing gives much the same effect. Less trouble though.

Those birdlets are sweet.

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#958904 - Wed Jan 02 2013 03:30 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I call this "The Day of the Living Vampires". It may not look much to you but every Monday morning I put everything into this, blood, sweat, tears... well, blood anyway. They may call themselves the NHS Anti-Coagulation Service, but I know what they are, vampires! Mwahahahaha!



PS I do hope no one is squeamish. wink
PPS The technician asked about my new camera so I took it in to show her and while I was demonstrating the bells and whistles, I took this by mistake, lol. Blame Jakeroo, she said she wanted to see more of my pics. tongue
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#958921 - Wed Jan 02 2013 05:14 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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That looks familiar Flopsy, I don't go every week but often enough. Yes, we call them the vampires too. In truth they are a lovely bunch of ladies and are on my Christmas card list.
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#958925 - Wed Jan 02 2013 06:01 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: sue943]
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Thanks for the nice comments on my red berry photo - we haven't had any snow here yet but the white wall against which the berry bush was growing gives much the same effect. Less trouble though.


I assumed it was snow - what kind of berry is it?
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#958929 - Wed Jan 02 2013 06:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Bulbs starting to pop up in one of my tubs - New Year, spring is just round the corner (says she very optimistically)


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#958937 - Wed Jan 02 2013 06:53 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It looks rather like my nanking cherry bushes (they are small and sour but make excellent jelly/jam), but of course, there is no fruit on mine at this time of year that is that red looking lol. I always make sure not to pick them all in any case, as the birds are extremely fond of the dried ones in our harsh winters.

Copago: your shots in the last 5 months continue to amaze me (I LOVED the one of the dog and your boots - you need to get that one blown up and framed). And sorry Sue, but polishing them would have ruined the whole effect - boots need to look LIVED in lol. I also think that your version of New Year's with your family was a zillion times more meaningful than some glitzy "do" in any city.

David: do you have a fish eye function on your new camera?

Flopsy: LOL! I did say that and I meant it, so thanks for posting one! And no I'm not the slightest bit "squeamish". You have a NEW camera?? Oh my, please do post to our (also new) "review" thread called "My Camera". I think you could probably take great photos with a toothbrush lol, but it would interesting to find out what things you like/dislike in comparison to your previous "baby"

Howie: Ducklings are probably my favourite baby animal photos. Not sure why, must have had a warped childhood lol. Nice capture

ClaraSue: cool sky-jumping pics. Okay, maybe I AM "squeamish" about something after all lol.

If I missed anyone, it wasn't on purpose, all the photos are really wonderful.

Between my laptop hard drive dying an extremely early death during Christmas (the thing was less than 1.5 years old), I've lost an astonishing amount of photos (yes yes I know, put them on a cd/flash drive immediately, sadly I didn't take my own advice, sigh). Anyway, I promise to post more once I take more : )
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#958940 - Wed Jan 02 2013 07:19 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Well, it's not ultra-new, I bought it for the Olympics - small, portable, nice zoom. And yes, I'll add something to the thread in a day or so. Brand of toothbrush, quality of bristles, etc. wink
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#958955 - Wed Jan 02 2013 10:26 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Love your family of birds, Howie! How sweet! Great moon photo, stunning! I'm also loving all the parachutists - I've often thought I'd like to try that.

We used to have a "What Is This?" thread, and this photo would have fit there very well. I could pretend I took it on purpose, but that would be fibbing. I imagine most of you can guess not only what it is, but how it happened, eh? smile




[edited because I put the photo in last year's folder on Photobucket, then moved it to the right place...]


Edited by spanishliz (Wed Jan 02 2013 10:31 PM)

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#958956 - Wed Jan 02 2013 10:37 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It's.....Precious'whiskers! I would know them anywhere.
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#958958 - Wed Jan 02 2013 11:16 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Of course you are correct! smile

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#959000 - Thu Jan 03 2013 04:18 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: spanishliz]
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I talked myself into it, one more bird photo from Timaru...I am sure these pukekos will not mind being in the spotlight,


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#959109 - Thu Jan 03 2013 05:31 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Thanks for the lovely comments, Jakeroo!

Love the whiskers shot, Liz!

Some birds from me, too. Mr Percival and his mates.


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#959111 - Thu Jan 03 2013 05:41 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I like those Howie. The heads remind me of geese - are they a water bird?

One of my close neighbours keeps chickens, and here is one


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#959121 - Thu Jan 03 2013 06:25 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Pukekos are also known as swamp hens so live by water, they can fly short distances but not their preferred method of moving as they are quite awkward fliers. I know this as I was out cycling one day and distubed one by the side of the road and it took off and flew, just about knocking me off the bike. Landed in the paddock on the other side of the road...lol

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#959124 - Thu Jan 03 2013 06:55 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Howie, your birds look very similar to an Australian Dusky Moorhen, a fairly common water bird over here.
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#959128 - Thu Jan 03 2013 07:19 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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They're all coots. I love coots. Feisty little birds, verging on aquatic bullies - as long as the other bird is smaller, weaker, and easy to confuse. wink
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#959153 - Thu Jan 03 2013 11:22 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Lovely bird pictures, bullies or not smile

Silly me went for a walk in the snow today. It wasn't too bad underfoot, but it was cold. Needless to say, there were no kiddies playing on this swing set!


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#959241 - Fri Jan 04 2013 11:01 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: spanishliz]
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I don't envy the cold but it's so pretty.

It's quite mild here at the moment, I even felt the warmth of the sun today; what little there was of it made the dead hydrangea flowers glow.



MotherGoose, yes, looked like snow to me too, that's why I took the photo, jealous of the snow photos in these threads.

The plant is cotoneaster (horizontalis, I think), very common around these parts, and the berries are not edible, Jake, unless you're a bird (in which case they are irresistible) smilee . It's a friend's garden and before Christmas the garden was full of snowberries like snowballs, and these red berries, and looked very striking. By the time I went back with my camera this month, the snowberries were rotting brown and the cotoneaster berries had been fully harvested by hungry birds leaving just the odd one here and there. It wasn't the photo I'd been expecting to take.

More about Cotoneaster: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3307039/How-to-grow-Cotoneaster-horizontalis.html

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#959304 - Fri Jan 04 2013 07:14 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Chavs]
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We have Cotoneaster here too but I didn't recognise it from your picture. I'm not very good with plants and am not much of a gardener.
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#959311 - Fri Jan 04 2013 07:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: MotherGoose]
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I don't envy the cold but it's so pretty.


We could do with some cold right now, even though I don't like the cold. We've just had a heatwave, the fiercest one in 80 years. It reached 108 degrees F outside - thank goodness for airconditioning.
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#959337 - Fri Jan 04 2013 11:16 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Your heatwave has reached across the country, MG. The official temp here is 47* today but the gague on our verandah has gone over fifty. shocked Our normally pet free house has one very grateful dog laying under the airconditioner.

Some swans taking off.


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#959354 - Sat Jan 05 2013 12:08 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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lovely photo of the sunlight shining through what looks like a "paper" flower Chavs. And thanks for the id of your plant. We have cotoneasters here too, but the berries are never red - well, at least not the ones that will survive our winters lol. Instead, they are quite a dark purple. Had some along the front of our driveway which made a sort of "fence" (they're good for hedge material as they grow fast and thick) but after 8 years of drought they finally succumbed to blight and we dug them out (but yes, the birds liked them, but then so did a whole bunch of worm type pests who liked the leaves lol). Due to my laptop crash, I've lost all my pictures, but I promise to take some nanking pics this spring and show you how similar they look : )

LOL on coots Flopsy. The ones we have here aren't as colourful as Howie's, but they're particularly funny when they are swimming - "stretching" their short necks out with every paddle. Odd things. Perhaps that's why I like them ~

Lovely swan pic Copago. I've never seen so many in a group. Snow geese? Yup, thousands. Swans, sadly no.

I'd send you all some cold weather, but it hasn't been lower than minus 6 here for several days, so not sure that would help the ridiculous temps you've been having!!
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#959367 - Sat Jan 05 2013 03:42 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Jakeroo]
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Three more from the Otipua Creek area and then back to Wales. First up is the common coppertail butterfly.


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#959377 - Sat Jan 05 2013 07:53 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Howie72]
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I'm going to have to get out and get some bird photos. I'm feeling left out! laugh Seriously though, great photos of all the birds.

Liz, even though I can't handle cold very well, I've always loved walking in it. All sounds seem muffled and it's so peaceful.

Chavs, lovely hydrangea photo!

Howie, I love getting butterfly photos. I remember once chasing one down for about a half hour trying to get off a decent shot.

This was originally a Presbyterian Church built in 1927. Currently, it is Heritage Hall, our local museum.


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#959419 - Sat Jan 05 2013 12:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Susie giving in and posing for a photo whilst actually waiting for me to get her dinner for her.


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#959441 - Sat Jan 05 2013 03:01 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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She is a beautiful dog! I love sheperds.

The lake .. again.


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#959451 - Sat Jan 05 2013 04:57 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Copago]
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Lovely. Should be called Lake Placid! smile

Those are all beautiful photographs. And I am not just saying that because Christina's lovely dog has hypnotised me with canine laser beams laugh.



Ivy flower in front of yesterday's sunset sky.

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#959452 - Sat Jan 05 2013 05:09 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Gorgeous photo Chavs.

Yes, she does have hypnotic eyes. If she wants something she just comes and stares at you until you get up to see what it is.

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#959465 - Sat Jan 05 2013 08:10 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Ditto on the gorgeous photo, Chavs.

And Susie is just beautiful!
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#959559 - Sun Jan 06 2013 06:32 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Well, here was a bit of excitement to get us away from lake photos smile
This grass fire was on the neighbour's place last night and started from an electrical storm. Took all night to get it out and we all watched a pretty good sunrise this morning on the way home ... which you'll see tomorrow smile


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#959563 - Sun Jan 06 2013 07:07 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I don't think I have a fisheye function, I don't know if that needs an SLR and swap the lens but as it only has pdf style instructions it's been trying something when I need it till now and don't know if it has a wide angle beyond 28mm equivalent or so. I'll look it up now in case.

The first photos for 2013 are now here, I've been saving it up for a longer run than trying to find anything new locally, this is the A20 flyover in Bexley.

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#959586 - Sun Jan 06 2013 10:30 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Jill, that is an amazing photo, well so are all the others so far this month.(and so diverse).
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#959591 - Sun Jan 06 2013 11:44 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Something is not quite right about this photo but I cannot figure it out - row row row your boat, gently along the bank...


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#959596 - Mon Jan 07 2013 04:05 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Jill, that must have been scary with the amount of fires around at the moment. Incredible photo though.

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#959600 - Mon Jan 07 2013 06:34 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I agree -- not a good situation, of course, but a really fantastic photo!

Howie, it's a safety thing, innit. Looks so pretty there though. smile

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#959601 - Mon Jan 07 2013 06:42 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Chavs]
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Howie, a blue boat! That's an inside joke, but it seems every time we see a boat out of water or for sale, it's almost always blue.

Jill, I hope there wasn't too much property damage due to the fires.

This is the Mission San Xavier del Bac located outside of Tucson, Arizona, built in 1783.


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#959657 - Mon Jan 07 2013 02:29 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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That's a great building.

We ended up back there yesterday when it had flared up. While all fires are dangerous this was just a grass fire and not a lick on the kinds of fires we're seeing in Tasmania at the moment. This one burnt out a couple thousand acres of grass land .. except for a couple fences there was no other property damage. Here's the sunrise.


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#959669 - Mon Jan 07 2013 04:30 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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This is a pre-1964 sign in Bexley, but as at least four versions exist I don't think they were ever made to a national standard but are all the same now with a bike in the centre instead of the wording.

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#959682 - Mon Jan 07 2013 06:07 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Mmm, that was nice, any more?


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#959861 - Tue Jan 08 2013 11:16 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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Wow, you did have a spectacular sunrise, Copago.

Here's an inside view of the San Xavier Mission in Tucson.


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#959874 - Tue Jan 08 2013 12:58 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Victorian houses in Dudden Hill

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#960003 - Wed Jan 09 2013 07:00 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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ClaraSue, I am enjoying your pictures of Arizona. I have relatives who live in Paradise Valley and I visit there occasionally. We usually travel around the state but have not yet been to Tucson. Next on my list for sure! smile
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#960088 - Wed Jan 09 2013 12:12 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: MadMartha]
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Looks like it is time for an afternoon nap....

Back to Wales next.


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#960090 - Wed Jan 09 2013 12:46 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Flats at dusk in Dollis Hill

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#960129 - Wed Jan 09 2013 05:08 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Howie72]
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ClaraSue, I am enjoying your photos of Arizona too. I had a wonderful holiday there in 1984 staying with my husband's relatives who live in Tucson. We hired a car and travelled all over the state. We lived in California at the time and wanted to move because of the crime and violence in our area. I wanted to move to Arizona and my husband wanted to move to Australia, but we would have been happy with either choice. In the end we chose Australia but if we had chosen Arizona, we probably would have settled in Tucson since we have family there.
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#960137 - Wed Jan 09 2013 05:56 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: MotherGoose]
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Howie, I'm going to show my horrible ignorance...are those goats or sheep?

MadMartha, next time you visit your relatives in Paradise Valley and decide to drive to Tucson, I hope you give me a ring. You'd be within 3 miles of my house on your way there!

MG, every time I see one of Copago's photos, the area reminds me a lot of Arizona, especially where I live. I did an aerial search of her area on Google and the terrain looks very similar. I'm still waiting for my trip to Australia; one of these days I'll make it! laugh

I think it's time for another sunset. grin This was last night from my driveway.
(I almost said looking West. DUH!, LOL)


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#960174 - Wed Jan 09 2013 10:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I was going to ask Howie the same question, ClaraSue!

I'm loving all of the photos, as ever. Here's a wintry Canadian sunset to continue the mini-theme.


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#960185 - Wed Jan 09 2013 11:44 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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That is a good question....I did not ask them.... smile

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#960186 - Thu Jan 10 2013 12:16 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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My guess is goats. Perhaps white kikos. Sheep horns don't grow that way (at least not in the wild in OUR country - and they're usually "docked" if domestic but if left alone would probably be quite "curly"/more circular). I've been wrong on several occasions though lol.
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#960190 - Thu Jan 10 2013 12:48 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Yes, I would go for goats as well

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#960313 - Thu Jan 10 2013 12:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I'm going for sheep on Howie's photo, purely because of the coat. They remind me of the Wensleydale (a rare breed sheep here) that has that long almost curly fleece, as do some of our other rare breeds, and they have horns as well.

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#960349 - Thu Jan 10 2013 03:07 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Oh I don't think they're Wensleydales, Wensleys look more like Old English Sheepdogs than sheep. However, Howie's photo reminds me of Wiltshire Horns, the sheep from my home county ooh aarrh, where there be more sheep than people, ooh aaarh (but no one actually talks like that, lol). Although the horn is a tiny bit different and Wiltshire Horns don't usually have quite so many curls - but who knows what they might have done with them in NZ, one hears such tales! wink

Howie, go back and get them to stand up, the only way to tell sheep from goats is the body shape. Or offer one a shoe to eat - if it's a goat, it will eat it. smile


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#960379 - Thu Jan 10 2013 04:48 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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We need David Attenborough, he'd know.

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#960380 - Thu Jan 10 2013 04:54 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Definitely a goat


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#960398 - Thu Jan 10 2013 05:41 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I have met David Attenborough but he might not remember me. I used to know Dickie quite well but he'd be useless, he calls everyone "darling" and the poor goat might get confused. wink
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#960429 - Thu Jan 10 2013 07:09 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I've been to Dickie's house once but he wasn't there but did use the toilet if that counts for anything, as his wife let me in to deliver a parcel.

The playing fields at Gladstone Park not far from here

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#960563 - Fri Jan 11 2013 03:30 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: satguru]
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I think we left Wales with a horse and foal on 'The Mountain Walk' to the Iron Age hillfort of Twmbarlwm in Wales so here are some of their neighbours.


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#960630 - Sat Jan 12 2013 05:36 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Flopsy: you're hilarious

Howie: Perhaps these are your friends:
demonic poodles
(umm ... that wasn't the actual name of the link lol)
Those last ones are definitely in the moo family
(I'm sure Mr. Linnaeus is rolling in his grave about now)
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#960755 - Sat Jan 12 2013 04:48 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Here's my belated contribution to the 'birds' collection earlier in the month. This is a fledgling Black Noddy on the nest with a parent nearby. These birds nest in their thousands on the Pisonia trees on Heron Island, southern Great Barrier Reef.



p.s. that tree name is correct (Pisonia grandis is part of the Bougainvillea family)

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#960774 - Sat Jan 12 2013 05:55 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I took this towards the end of summer. The thing with it is that for two years we had so little rain it was completely dry, and this year over the course of just three months we had so much rain it had to have danger deep water signs erected.


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#960807 - Sat Jan 12 2013 11:27 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Precious said it was time for a kitty picture.


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#960814 - Sun Jan 13 2013 02:23 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: spanishliz]
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Are you ready for some views from 'The Mountain Walk' to the Iron Age hillfort of Twmbarlwm in Wales. I am not sure which towns etc we are looking at but that will have to be the Bristol Channel in the background.


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#960825 - Sun Jan 13 2013 06:15 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I'm pretty sure that's Newport, Monmouthshire. It's the third largest city in Wales and has various suburbs creeping out along the valleys. I've got a feeling that the middle of your picture shows the River Usk but I'll happily defer to a Welsh person because what do I know of darkest Wales? (Not much is the answer to that question, lol.)
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#960910 - Sun Jan 13 2013 04:13 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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My contribution to the recent wonderful sunset shots...
Taken while snorkeling in the harbor on Heron Island - that's my excuse for the non-horizontal horizon! The old ship in mid-ground was scuttled to form a breakwater.


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#960918 - Sun Jan 13 2013 05:52 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Wow!

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#960926 - Sun Jan 13 2013 07:26 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Great photo, Mike!

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#960998 - Mon Jan 14 2013 07:17 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: MikeMaster99]
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My contribution to the recent wonderful sunset shots...
Taken while snorkeling in the harbor on Heron Island - that's my excuse for the non-horizontal horizon! The old ship in mid-ground was scuttled to form a breakwater.


Can I recommend Picasa3, the freebie program, there is a straighten feature which I use before uploading to Photobucket.
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#960999 - Mon Jan 14 2013 07:47 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Actually in this particular case (and heaven knows I usually scream at my laptop when I see water that isn't level) I think it's a better picture left as it is. I just straightened it in Photoshop and it looks just like any other picture taken across water, maybe from a boat, bit of a swell, sunset, old ship... nice pic but not incredible. Sorry Mike.

But as it is now, water tilted alarmingly, and knowing that it was taken by someone snorkeling, it's an action photo. I still want to scream at my laptop but this time I'm screaming "Whoa Mike, that's amazing! Oh heavens I feel seasick!" - whole different effect.

Now, where are my Kwells? wink
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#961071 - Mon Jan 14 2013 05:56 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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These are pretty much like where I lived with my parent/s from 1965-93, otherwise it was a bungalow version first and since 1995 where I am now, and a brick version from 1994-5. They weren't deliberate particularly but ended up being the best places available each time we needed to move.

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#961120 - Tue Jan 15 2013 02:34 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It is, I agree. a great pic, Mike. Leave it! Sit!!
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#961153 - Tue Jan 15 2013 04:13 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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This time we could be looking towards Brecon Beacons from 'The Mountain Walk' to the Iron Age hillfort of Twmbarlwm in Wales.


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#961175 - Tue Jan 15 2013 07:14 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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OK, I won't touch it! Thanks for all the great feedback and I'm really sorry for the induced discomfort, flopsymopsy. I do know what you mean about non-level horizons.

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#961234 - Tue Jan 15 2013 02:44 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It was rather wet yesterday

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#961257 - Tue Jan 15 2013 06:55 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Fishpond in my neighbour's conservatory


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#961359 - Wed Jan 16 2013 09:50 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I love that!

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#961446 - Wed Jan 16 2013 05:11 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Thanks Chavs. They're like little aliens those fish, you go near them and they come up, mouths open going feed me, feed me.

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#961465 - Wed Jan 16 2013 06:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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If you're ever in a Japanese park, stand by the side of the lake (there's bound to be one) and whistle. Dozens, sometimes hundreds, of koi will rush at you. Better still, buy some fish food (they sell it in the parks), put some in your hand and the fish will take the food from you. Having your finger sucked by a very large koi is decidedly weird!
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#961509 - Thu Jan 17 2013 12:33 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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That definitely sounds kind of creepy, flopsymopsy, but then again, I have a thorough dislike for fish mouths anyhow, they always seem to be so ugly!
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#961532 - Thu Jan 17 2013 06:11 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I treated myself to a couple of bunches of daffodils the other day, the budsd have now opened.

Yes, I know the glass is cracked on the table. frown

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#961541 - Thu Jan 17 2013 06:53 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Oh Yes! Spring is on the way I guess.
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#961603 - Thu Jan 17 2013 11:29 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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This is the end of London, and probably the closest it comes in Finchley. If you travel in the right direction you can keep going to the London border and stay in fields.



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#961667 - Thu Jan 17 2013 05:51 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Love the daffodils Sue, I think a vase of spring flowers just cheers you up, especially if the weather is still very wintery.

Flopsy, having your fingers sucked by Koi sounds very weird indeed.

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#961695 - Fri Jan 18 2013 03:34 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It is official, we have some snow. OK, it is only about an inch but all schools closes, airport not operational at the moment so no national newspapers or mail plane, vehicles abandoned all over the place and police advising people to have a duvet day! smile

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#961713 - Fri Jan 18 2013 04:38 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Before anyone asks, yes all the houses have garages, we just don't use them to put cars in as they are full of other stuff!
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#961714 - Fri Jan 18 2013 04:39 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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Back "garden" with its snow blanket. Luckily my area of England usually gets off relatively lightly with snow smile
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#961728 - Fri Jan 18 2013 06:26 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: sue943]
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Before anyone asks, yes all the houses have garages, we just don't use them to put cars in as they are full of other stuff!


That always seems to happen with garages doesn't it

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#961735 - Fri Jan 18 2013 07:56 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Well it does here! I did put mine there a few times some years ago, but not often. smile
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#961758 - Fri Jan 18 2013 12:46 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: sue943]
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I've been checking in to see all the great photos even though I haven't been posting. I've been fighting a cold and haven't been taking any photos. I DID take one last week when we had our cold front come through, but I hesitated to post it because it's a sunset (again) taken from home. But it was so spectacular because the sky was golden from horizon to horizon and gave off such an eerie light. I was so busy getting pictures of it that I forgot dinner was on the stove and burnt our chops! laugh


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#961767 - Fri Jan 18 2013 02:07 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Fabulous.
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#961768 - Fri Jan 18 2013 02:13 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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My patio this afternoon, it's still snowing too!

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#961774 - Fri Jan 18 2013 03:01 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I took this one as I trudged to work this morning:



(I decided to walk. It was not a day for cycling!)
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#961778 - Fri Jan 18 2013 03:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Nice shot, Martin. Very pretty! Those trees look like ice crystals themselves.

ClaraSue, that's an awesome sky and a wonderful photo. I don't think I've ever seen a sky so full of the sun.

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#961781 - Fri Jan 18 2013 04:21 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I agree, lovely snowshots and the sunset is a sensation.
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#961788 - Fri Jan 18 2013 04:40 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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ClaraSue, that is a completely sensational sunset. Martin, hope you got there and home safely.

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#961819 - Fri Jan 18 2013 09:06 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Pardon my slip, this is the one I thought I added



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#961849 - Sat Jan 19 2013 04:18 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Isn't that the same picture as the 17th? smile

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#961858 - Sat Jan 19 2013 06:06 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Chavs]
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Isn't that the same picture as the 17th? smile


Yes it is.
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#961931 - Sat Jan 19 2013 02:42 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Big oops, now corrected, that's what happens when the last photo isn't on the same page, I tried to use my memory. I won't next time.

This is a typical London Victorian road in Finchley

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#961941 - Sat Jan 19 2013 05:12 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Aww. I thought for a moment you were going to test us with a tricky spot the difference competition... wink laugh



Now, apologies that I haven't got a clearer photo but I've had to take a faraway pic and crop, and the image starts losing definition with every crop, but I think I saw a baby bluetit -- and that seems very odd for January. Any bird experts around to enlighten me?

A spot the "baby" competition...


bigger

more spot the birds: better one of the "baby"

Of course, it could be just an adult fluffing itself up on a freezing cold day, but none of the other bluetits were fluffed up (as you can see by the "parent" in the picture) and the feathers seemed very grey to me.

Anyone know?




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#961943 - Sat Jan 19 2013 05:26 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Well, if that's an adult he needs to go on a diet, he doesn't seem to have fluffed up at all. if I knew about birds I'd say he was a baby.


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#961947 - Sat Jan 19 2013 06:02 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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The bird higher up the branch is an adult - yes, looking a little tubby now you mention it but less so in the second picture - but the one further down is fluffy.


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#961956 - Sat Jan 19 2013 07:46 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Chavs]
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I went on a scrapbooking camp just before Christmas. This is the place where we stayed. It's called Swanleigh. It was a very peaceful and productive weekend.
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#961967 - Sat Jan 19 2013 10:54 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Oh, I'm jealous! Of the place and the productivity!

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#961976 - Sun Jan 20 2013 03:43 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Chavs, does look like a baby I agree. Perhaps the parents got fooled by the fairly warm weather we had for the time of year into thinking it was Spring and had a rather foolish early brood.

Ren, that looks like a lovely place. I've never heard of a scrapbooking camp before though.

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#961984 - Sun Jan 20 2013 08:48 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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That's what I was wondering too, Christina. As the fluffy bird has all its colouring, it can't be all that new, and I am now wondering if it's an unusual case of the fledgeling feathers simply not falling out as they should have. Or maybe it's not unusual at all and I am only noticing it for the first time.

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#961988 - Sun Jan 20 2013 10:31 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Some lovely pictures for January so far. It looks like we are snow bound now so no pictures from me (outside anyway) for a few days I think.

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#961995 - Sun Jan 20 2013 12:07 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Collared dove in the snow this morning


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#961997 - Sun Jan 20 2013 12:08 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Chavs]
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That's what I was wondering too, Christina. As the fluffy bird has all its colouring, it can't be all that new, and I am now wondering if it's an unusual case of the fledgeling feathers simply not falling out as they should have. Or maybe it's not unusual at all and I am only noticing it for the first time.


We have loads of blue and great tits in the garden all the time and I havn't seen any looking like that, so it is something fairly unusual I think

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#962004 - Sun Jan 20 2013 01:32 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Dotb]
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We made it though still had to get back to the car park....lol



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#962012 - Sun Jan 20 2013 03:30 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It was MG not I who went to the scrapbook camp. I agree it looks lovely there.
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#962061 - Sun Jan 20 2013 07:20 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Here's an accidental photo that I think turned out quite well... I was in the surf at Cape Conran (eastern Victoria) trying to simultaneously ride waves (boogey board not surf board!) and take photos of my sons doing the same. Very many distorted photos of sand, sky and swirling water but a few turned out. I like the partially obscured view of the beach ahead.



This is to counteract the feeling of cold pervading this thread! By the way I wish we could transfer about 10-15C of heat to the northern hemisphere - I'm sure all would be happy!

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#962063 - Sun Jan 20 2013 07:25 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Once part of a great railway plan, this tall bridge now carries a line a couple of miles long from Finchley Central to Mill Hill East, originally going to Edgware, but planned to go to Bushey until abandoned due to the war.

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#962070 - Sun Jan 20 2013 08:50 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: MikeMaster99]
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So agree MM - it was 46.5 here the other day and 51 in Walgett!

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#962105 - Mon Jan 21 2013 03:22 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Wonderful photo Mike. Yes, we'll take some of your heat happily, send it on over.

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#962244 - Mon Jan 21 2013 05:06 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Great pic, MM!

Here's the Atomium, Brussels, which I visited on the one clear and bright day of our mini holiday at the end of December:

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#962246 - Mon Jan 21 2013 05:10 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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There were some really pretty scenes on my walk with Susie this morning


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#962325 - Tue Jan 22 2013 04:03 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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Poor coolcat90's car - she was driving home on New Year's Day and a kangaroo jumped out from behind a tree and landed on her car. Not her fault but cost her $900 excess (I think Americans use the term coinsurance).
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#962335 - Tue Jan 22 2013 06:08 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Oh Gosh Carole, I hope she was OK? Also the kangaroo. That must have been scary.
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#962351 - Tue Jan 22 2013 08:03 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It's coming up to that time of year again and one of my students went home to China for the weekend and brought me some oj these. The trad ones, as you know, are paper cuts. These are plastic! Sounds ghastly, but in fact they look quite good on the windows and are unaffected by rain.
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#962447 - Tue Jan 22 2013 04:31 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I don't think I've added a path recently so here's one in Finchley.

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#962470 - Tue Jan 22 2013 05:18 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: satguru]
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Ren - yes, she and her passenger were both fine - no injuries at all. She promptly phoned us as she wasn't far from home and Maynooth went out to see if the kangaroo needed to be put out of its misery. It did seem injured at first but when Maynooth went to investigate, it charged him, then bounded off into the bush. Maynooth fell over backwards and put his back out. So Maynooth, who wasn't even in the original accident, was the only human casualty. He is currently having physiotherapy for his back every three days.
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#962474 - Tue Jan 22 2013 05:22 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Great variety of pics on this page! All a joy to see (but sorry about the accident, MotherGoose).

Satguru, I keep meaning to add a couple of photos I've taken of road/path signs because they reminded me of ones you had posted. Maybe tomorrow I will search them out. I have a pedestrian one to walk beside that bike.

For now, because I don't have any snow, some ice from the top of the birdbath this morning:



The ice-crystals growing from the top right are a flat sheet with air bubbles, developing like fir trees at the edge, and from the bottom left the ice has grown as shards, and then met and melded with the fir tree development. I think.

Ren, that's lovely. smile

Santana, great pic!!

Mike...gosh, that's really unusual - very clever and striking.


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#962475 - Tue Jan 22 2013 05:24 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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That's what I was wondering too, Christina. As the fluffy bird has all its colouring, it can't be all that new, and I am now wondering if it's an unusual case of the fledgeling feathers simply not falling out as they should have. Or maybe it's not unusual at all and I am only noticing it for the first time.


We have loads of blue and great tits in the garden all the time and I havn't seen any looking like that, so it is something fairly unusual I think


Thanks for the info, Christina. That's a christmas-card of a dove pic. smile

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#962485 - Tue Jan 22 2013 06:31 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Chavs, that is beautiful! I also love Santana's pic of the Atomium (the sky is gorgeous), Mike's waves, Satguru's paths and byways and all the birds - and Ren's New Year thingumy!

It has been too cold recently to take many pics outdoors, so here are Angus and Hamish, tuning up to be ready for Burns Night later this week.


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#962528 - Wed Jan 23 2013 12:58 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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wow the ice .. wow the sunset .. wow the atonium .. wow all the snow pics.
What a great start to the year.

I wonder if all those that are affected by the snow would like to know that most days have been over 40*C here most of January? Just thought I'd mention it wink The snow pics make me feel cooler!

Been away for a few days .. will get the camera out again!

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#962539 - Wed Jan 23 2013 02:00 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Copago]
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A beautiful summer day at the Blaenavon Coal Mine in Wales, just after I earned my keep underground....


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#962543 - Wed Jan 23 2013 02:54 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Howie72]
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Meet Archie (short for Archimedes) and Merlin, my two new weiros or cockatiels, depending upon where you live.

They got their names from one of my favourite children's stories/movies - "The Sword in the Stone" (Disney version). Archimedes was the name of Merlin's owl. It was coolcat90's idea.
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#962544 - Wed Jan 23 2013 03:17 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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So glad to see that Coolcat was okay, MG. Those roos can jump out of nowhere. The insurance excess is a [censored] but at least she had it.

Here is the China corner of our school room. It's what the boy is studying in first term of the year in a couple weeks. The green was his choice .. I really must stop giving him choices in paint colours! There's lots more to add to it over the term but we were just getting a head start on hot holiday afternoons. smile


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#962590 - Wed Jan 23 2013 06:10 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Wow! What an excellent start, Jill!(and I LOVE the green). I will send you instructions on Bamboo painting. It is very successful, even with very small children, and will look very good down that wall.
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#962612 - Wed Jan 23 2013 08:53 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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That is amazing Jill, you are really giving him a first class education.
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#962697 - Wed Jan 23 2013 02:23 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Thanks laugh

Last weekend I had to clear out my Mum's place as it had been sold. There was sad moments but happy ones too ... like when I found my old knuckles set laugh I've been playing onesies and twosies, toad in the hole, under and over the bridge like it was yesterday. And if I do say so myself I still have it. LOL


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#962791 - Thu Jan 24 2013 04:54 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Copago]
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Oh, that brings back memories. I used to play with a set just like that when I was a child. When I used to stay at my aunt and uncle's farm, Uncle Wal used to give me REAL knuckle bones to play with.






On a recent trip to the city, I parked near a school where I used to teach. I noticed they've added something new to the exterior.
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#962808 - Thu Jan 24 2013 07:01 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: MotherGoose]
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Our boys were in town last week and came home with this picture.
The yellow duck was in Darling Harbour (runs off Sydney Harbour, western side of the Bridge).

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#962812 - Thu Jan 24 2013 07:05 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Your knuckle bones look like squashed jelly babies, Jill! I had to look twice before I realised my mistake!

Love-a-duck, gtho4, that's one big bird!
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#962818 - Thu Jan 24 2013 07:08 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Presumably the duck swam from London as it was on the River Thames not so long ago, they had to raise Tower Bridge to let it go under. smile
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#962835 - Thu Jan 24 2013 08:24 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: sue943]
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found it,
there are links to pictures of a big yellow duck floating down the River Thames in this thread: Lucky Duck visits London!

It looks like it's the same duck .. probably here for R&R after the long swim, lol

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#963019 - Fri Jan 25 2013 02:58 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I remember trying it with 'real' knuckles ... too big for my hands! smile

A blast from the past here. These were replaced with dollar coins in 1984.




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#963021 - Fri Jan 25 2013 03:52 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Knuckles?! Real knuckles...what the...? I have led a sheltered life, I think, lol!

(But it turns out that it's "Jacks", and I remember that as a fun game. Interesting that it developed all over the globe).

gtho4, I'm glad someone caught a pic of the duck, I was hoping someone would. Great pic, too!

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#963023 - Fri Jan 25 2013 04:46 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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haha yes, jacks. smile I remember calling them both.
Sheep knuckles were the 'real' ones - I remember my mum saying that they would go to the butchers and ask for some to play with. I grew up in the days of plastic though. laugh


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#963050 - Fri Jan 25 2013 05:46 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Ah the good old days when you could get your children's toys from the butchers... laugh

(Mind you, I remember the excitement of getting the end of the ticket-roll from the bus conductor so you could play bus when you got home - everyone wanted that!)

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#963061 - Fri Jan 25 2013 06:09 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Oh Chavs, I was telling my students about that the other day!
My jacks were wooden too, I certainly don't recall real sheep knuckles.You could get metal ones too. I was rather good at it, but mainly I think because I can curve my hand back to more easily catch them.
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#963171 - Fri Jan 25 2013 02:56 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Still at the Blaenavon Coal Mine in South Wales, the express to Newport did not seem to be going far...


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#963197 - Fri Jan 25 2013 03:49 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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More snow!



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#963203 - Fri Jan 25 2013 04:07 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I haven't been out to get photos, been too sick to venture out far.

Howie, your summer day photo of the coal mine in Wales is wonderful. It has a very calming effect just looking at it. Love it!

Oooh, cockatiels! I used to have one that I called Bruno. He was such a wonderful friend. He would give me kisses and talk to me all the time. I miss him.

All these snow photos are making me cold. Even though I've been suffering from a cold, we've been working in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. There has been lots of snow and the temperature never reached above 17 degrees F. I'm ready for some warm weather.

I hope to be posting again soon.
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#963205 - Fri Jan 25 2013 04:13 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Poor you ClaraSue, I hope you feel better soon. smile

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#963211 - Fri Jan 25 2013 04:26 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Yes, best wishes for a speedy recovery!


(Dot, lovely composition and contrast!)


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#963651 - Sun Jan 27 2013 04:01 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It's not only kookaburras that live in old gum trees! Here's a pair of rainbow lorikeets...


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#963657 - Sun Jan 27 2013 04:42 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Coincidentally, Copago's photo of the Australian $1 note above will be of importance for an upcoming quiz from the 'Australian Players'!

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#963659 - Sun Jan 27 2013 05:44 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Thanks Chavs. smile

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#963663 - Sun Jan 27 2013 06:30 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Those lorikeets are pretty Mike

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#963795 - Sun Jan 27 2013 02:52 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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We've all been laid low with the same throat and chest infection in the family and my friends, but back on the road now. One rule I have for photography is you can't have too many photos of Croydon. Every view is different, although the best are from the flyover where only vehicles are allowed.

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#963846 - Sun Jan 27 2013 09:20 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: satguru]
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This is Nightwish, a Finnish symphonic metal band, in concert at a local nightclub. Coolcat90 and I love them and this is the second time we have seen them in concert locally, although coolcat90 has also seen them overseas as well. Although I wasn't close to the stage, I was really pleased with how good the zoom is on my new camera.


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#963847 - Sun Jan 27 2013 09:27 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Lovely gig photo! I love that you love Nightwish too smile
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#963854 - Sun Jan 27 2013 11:06 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: AlexxSchneider]
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Thanks! Nice to know I am not the only Nightwish fan here at FT.
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#963873 - Mon Jan 28 2013 03:31 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I've not heard of the group, but that is a great photo.

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#963877 - Mon Jan 28 2013 04:00 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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Just a hop, skip and jump from the Blaenavon Coal Mine is the Gwaith Haearn Blaenafon or for those who are not fluent in Welsh....the Blaenavon Ironworks.



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#963914 - Mon Jan 28 2013 07:19 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Howie72]
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Thanks for the well wishes. I'm back up and now trying to play catch up. laugh

Mike, those lorikeets are beautiful. We have a tourist attraction not far from my home where there are hundreds of lorikeets and you can hand feed them by hand. Dozens of the birds will land on you waiting for their food. The kids loved it!

This is northern Nevada taken through the passenger window last week.


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#963925 - Mon Jan 28 2013 08:42 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Howie, that reminds me of the opening scenes at the Olympic Games.

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#963991 - Mon Jan 28 2013 12:43 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Keston just before a hailstorm

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#964045 - Mon Jan 28 2013 03:58 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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That sky looks really angry. I hope you weren't caught out in the hail, satguru!

Here's a typical winter picture. The snow plough obliged nicely by coming by whilst I was outside taking some pics of today's snowfall.


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#964071 - Mon Jan 28 2013 05:36 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Those snow photos are making me nostalgic for the wonderful 3 years we spent in Canada!

Here's another photo (more in focus this time) of a Rainbow Lorikeet. As ClaraSue has experienced, these birds will eat from your hand. The colours are just so vivid.


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#964082 - Mon Jan 28 2013 06:38 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Wow Satguru, that looks like some storm about to hit.

Love those Lorikeets Mike, they are really so pretty.

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#964083 - Mon Jan 28 2013 06:44 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Harris Hawk at a bird of prey centre


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#964084 - Mon Jan 28 2013 07:19 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Fantastic photo Chris! It seems those eyes are boring right into you.

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#964092 - Mon Jan 28 2013 07:59 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Thanks Mike. I think hawks have those sort of eyes. All of them seem to have that disconcerting stare when they look at you. Probably trying to work out if we're food or not.

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#964136 - Tue Jan 29 2013 08:19 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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Probably trying to work out if we're food or not.


Lol, my thoughts exactly! Beautiful birds, the lorikeet and hawk.

This is Penelope Witchepoo. She was given to me by my grandmother when I was a little girl. I was so offended because my sister got a Raggedy Ann and I just knew Grandmother hated me to give me such an ugly doll. Now she's a treasured part of my childhood and has a place of honor among my doll collection.


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#964189 - Tue Jan 29 2013 11:04 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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smile She's got loads of character! (Raggedy-Ann..pfft..that's for sissys.)



The first snowdrop appeared...



The photo is a bit fuzzy to highlight the persil-whiteness and not because I took it on the wrong setting, no sirree...

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#964227 - Tue Jan 29 2013 12:33 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Beautiful Chavs, I love snowdrops. They make you believe Spring will come. I noticed this morning mine are breaking ground so hopefully will be photographable in a couple of days (weather permitting)

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#964237 - Tue Jan 29 2013 01:25 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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A view of Llanciach Fawr Manor in South Wales, unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos inside. The guides were dressed up as they would have been centuries ago and spoke as they would have back then.


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#964294 - Tue Jan 29 2013 05:39 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It was a few minutes of hail and then just standard rain, the clouds seem to go blackest for hail, presumably as the ice absorbs more light than vapour.

Another country lane also in Keston

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#964389 - Wed Jan 30 2013 09:20 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: satguru]
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The other night hubby and I went to Alice Cooperstown, a sports bar/restaurant owned by rocker Alice Cooper in downtown Phoenix. The place features rock-n-roll and baseball memorabilia as well as having pretty good food. The name Cooperstown is a play on the word Cooperstown, New York where the National Baseball Hall of Fame is located. This display was across from our table and I thought of Ren, of course. grin


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#964469 - Wed Jan 30 2013 01:50 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH! Oh My!!! What a wondrous sight!
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#964519 - Wed Jan 30 2013 04:46 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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A welcome sign of Spring in the garden this morning


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#964523 - Wed Jan 30 2013 05:32 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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This is the car park on Leaves Green in Biggin Hill

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#964553 - Wed Jan 30 2013 09:31 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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and another wondrous sight. Thanks Christina for my favourites.
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#964559 - Wed Jan 30 2013 10:35 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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This is the same street that was having the snow ploughed off it a couple of days ago, after a day of warmth and rain. Photo taken around 4 this afternoon.


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#964581 - Thu Jan 31 2013 03:33 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Christina, do we have the same snowdrop? smile

(Types @ http://www.bsbi.org.uk/Snowdrop_identification.pdf )

Mine is the common-as-muck normal variety laugh ergo the best wink.


The flower opened up on Tuesday but closed again pretty sharpish - too much rain and wind. They'd be handy little weathermen if it wasn't for the fact that to see them you have to stand in the weather so you already know it.

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#964582 - Thu Jan 31 2013 03:33 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: spanishliz]
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I know we are only supposed to post photos we have taken ourselves, but Maynooth took this one and asked me to post it especially for Ren.

This little blue (w)Ren was parked outside his office today!




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#964583 - Thu Jan 31 2013 05:01 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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awww.How suitable. Just right for Moi I think. Maynooth can post as many pictures that he has taken any time, Carole. We don't choose who posts! The only thing is one a day!
Great pic btw!
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#964585 - Thu Jan 31 2013 05:16 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I think we do have the same sort of snowdrop Chavs - just the good old common or garden variety. I think they are the prettiest though. Just a nice simple old fashioned flower.

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#964615 - Thu Jan 31 2013 08:23 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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Still on the subject about childhood toys, this antique sugar bin (stands 12 inches tall) was my dad and his brother's toy box when they were children. I use it now to hold my needlework.


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#964753 - Thu Jan 31 2013 03:51 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Another month ends. I will close this later today. Thanks all again for the splendid photos.
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