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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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