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#967264 - Wed Feb 13 2013 06:31 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Thanks all for your wishes.
Of course the shops all go to town. This is peach blossom. Very lucky and very expensive so only really seen in big stores nowadays.
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#967303 - Thu Feb 14 2013 12:25 AM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Yoohoo Ren! Hope you had a wonderful day!!!
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#967349 - Thu Feb 14 2013 11:18 AM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Those horses remind me of my primary schooldays. There was a field just over the road and I used to gaze out of the window and watch the farmer loughing the field with his horse.
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#967376 - Thu Feb 14 2013 02:01 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: sue943]
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Beautiful horses, too!

And I hope you had a great birthday, Sara.

Arizona has been colder than normal this winter and this is what all the cold has done to my poor lemon tree. We even had it covered during the coldest nights.


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#967378 - Thu Feb 14 2013 02:11 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ClaraSue]
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Part of the Royal Crescent in Bath by Victoria Park, you cannot really see how the 30 or so terraced houses curve with the street, apparently built between 1767 and 1775. The best view is from above but alas, I cannot fly....lol


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#967401 - Thu Feb 14 2013 04:51 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Lovely horses! All of Ren's CNY goodies look wonderful, but I feel very sorry for that poor lemon tree. Bath looks lovely.

I treated myself to a Valentine's cupcake today smile


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#967402 - Thu Feb 14 2013 04:52 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: sue943]
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Originally Posted By: sue943
Those horses remind me of my primary schooldays. There was a field just over the road and I used to gaze out of the window and watch the farmer loughing the field with his horse.


In a very small way they are making a bit of a comeback. A couple of vineyards in Kent now use them as they get inbetween the rows of vines better than a tractor. Some Forestry Commission places use them as they can go where vehicles can't and organic farms often use them on at least one or two fields as they often open to the public and they are a great attraction. Always a joy to see them.

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#967409 - Thu Feb 14 2013 04:58 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Your poor tree ClaraSue.

Something else making a bit of a comeback - otter.


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#967443 - Thu Feb 14 2013 05:55 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: Christinap]
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A little late maybe but Happy Birthday, Ren! smile
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#967447 - Thu Feb 14 2013 06:10 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Howie, did you know that posh though it looks the Royal Crescent in Bath was actually built as a lot of cheap boarding houses, some housing activities not suitable to mention on a family site. The facade was done as a whole to make the city look attractive, but the insides were a lot lower class than the outside.

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#967458 - Thu Feb 14 2013 09:42 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Yeah, when you have all these terrace houses joined up like that you get the idea it is not for the upper class people back then. Looking at it in 2010 you could see many of the houses had been neglected. The 'Royal' part of the name was added much later.

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#967466 - Thu Feb 14 2013 10:51 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Apart from the signs I've only been taking photos to represent new places so far, but as this is a new sanitaryware showroom I thought it warranted a showing, although I didn't get closer to get an actual view into the window for the details.

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#967524 - Fri Feb 15 2013 08:38 AM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Went to Sai Kung, by the sea, today. We looked in at the little temple there and this is a lion guarding it.
Lions are really important.In the list of animals for the years there is no lion. He was too late for the race to find which animal was superior, so the Emperor said he could have the job of scaring away the old year. He also guards famous buildings like banks etc.
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#967615 - Fri Feb 15 2013 06:57 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Here is the little temple
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#967618 - Fri Feb 15 2013 08:03 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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These are some of my favourite shops in Hampstead where I've gone all my life.

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#967724 - Sat Feb 16 2013 01:01 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Ren, thank you for all the photos and explanations so far, it's all so interesting, I hope there are some more to come. Your pictures are lovely and the "lions on guard" is especially nice; I like the bright colours all clustered together in one area and then the grey monotone is broken by decorative relief carvings - very pretty.

Belated Birthday Greetings! Hope it was a good day. smile

Hope you managed to eat some cake as nice as that valentine's cupcake!

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#967764 - Sat Feb 16 2013 04:32 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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The local shops all go to town. Thanks Chavs, yes it is a very colourful time here. Noisy too!


Edited by ren33 (Sat Feb 16 2013 04:33 PM)
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#967785 - Sat Feb 16 2013 08:27 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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That'd have made a good "Picture my Record", Christina. "Heavy Horses", of course.

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#967791 - Sat Feb 16 2013 09:48 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Inspired by Copago's picture of the outdoor pub, I thought I would add another element to the 'unusual sights along the Darling River'. This photo (a few years old now) was taken while sampling the river at 'Yanda' homestead, between Bourke and Louth. And no, there is no train line close by, so I have no idea how that carriage got there! Or even of more interest, why?



Edited by MikeMaster99 (Sat Feb 16 2013 09:50 PM)
Edit Reason: typos!

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#967797 - Sat Feb 16 2013 10:58 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Fascinating picture, MikeMaster. I'd be interested in how the train got there, too! grin
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#967805 - Sat Feb 16 2013 11:36 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Great photos so far this month (as always) Mike, In England I think you can buy an old railway carriage to convert and live in (well it used to be,) so it may be one someone bought and took away.
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#967807 - Sat Feb 16 2013 11:54 PM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Here in Canada my mother once had a job for which her "office" was an old railway carriage, parked near the Armouries in my home town. It was beside the highway, but a long way from the train tracks.

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#967810 - Sun Feb 17 2013 01:40 AM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: spanishliz]
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My daughter and her fiance have a 25% ownership of this racehorse. His name is Semit but he hasn't been given his official racing name yet.
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#967817 - Sun Feb 17 2013 03:23 AM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ertrum]
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That'd have made a good "Picture my Record", Christina. "Heavy Horses", of course.


It would wouldn't it. I didn't think of that.

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#967824 - Sun Feb 17 2013 05:46 AM Re: Welcome to Feb! [Re: ren33]
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Or 'A horse with no (racing) name'....

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