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#416109 - Sat Apr 12 2008 11:24 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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You can never go wrong with a shot of a train. This one's at Oakleigh Park station in Whetstone.

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#416110 - Sat Apr 12 2008 02:24 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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There are a pair of these dragons guarding the entrance to a property not far from where I live (in fact, directly across the road from the burned out bushland photo I posted a few days ago). I've always rather liked them; they are obviously handmade and quite unique.





I love that dragon MotherGoose. How wonderful that they are near by and you can see them whenever you want. (I sort of have a thing for dragons, perhaps it's my Welsh background )
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#416111 - Sat Apr 12 2008 07:05 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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It's still a little chilly out. This little bird's all fluffed up.

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#416112 - Sat Apr 12 2008 11:00 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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A side of Hong Kong that the emmets don't see.




Well, I've never heard of the term "emmets" before. I was going to make a post asking Ren to clarify this but did a google search instead. My, didn't I learn a lot!? There are quite a few definitions for this word but it appears to be an old Cornish word for ants and is now mostly used to refer to tourists who swarm into town (rather like ants) and get in the way of the regular inhabitants.

So, am I correct in assuming that Ren's use of this word is a derogatory term for tourists?

PS: Argus, I am glad you like the photo of the dragon. Maynooth is really into dragons and he loves these particular ones.
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#416113 - Sun Apr 13 2008 01:01 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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So, am I correct in assuming that Ren's use of this word is a derogatory term for tourists?





Ooops! Well I suppose it is, though, derogatory is maybe a bit strong. If you live in tourist areas it can be a bit annoying to have rowdy drunks at night, rubbish thrown in your garden and rather rude behaviour by people who think they can behave badly since they are far from home. I know, as do many of the locals that tourists sometimes(not always)bring cash. So they put up with it in the summer months, but it gets hard!. Sorry all you emmets out there!
I forgot to say that there is an imaginary beach in Cornwall , called Porthemmet, whereby you trick tourists into wasting time looking for it. ("Awww! You should go to Porthemmet, that's the most beautiful beach in the whole of Cornwall," etc!)We Cornish can be a bit mean, and we have an unusual sense of humour.


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#416114 - Sun Apr 13 2008 01:15 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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The only Emmet I know of is the long suffering neighbour of the snobbish Hyacinth Bucket, pronounced as she always says 'Bouquet', in the hit comedy show Keeping up Appearances
The versatile actress Patricia Routledge plays Hyacinth perfectly, and Emmet is always terrified that she'll sing at him

This was the scene at the nearby Lea Canal, when I went out cycling early this morning. The willows are just breaking into leaf.


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#416115 - Sun Apr 13 2008 07:14 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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If you live in tourist areas it can be a bit annoying to have rowdy drunks at night, rubbish thrown in your garden and rather rude behaviour by people who think they can behave badly since they are far from home




I can attest to that! My mantra during my many years in Spain was "I hate August!" muttered under my breath. Translation: "I wish all these *darling* turistas would go back where they came from!" Never heard the word "emmet" used for them, but I like it.

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#416116 - Sun Apr 13 2008 07:33 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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This is the new squirrel-proof bird feeder. The squirrel approaches from above. the weight of its body makes the steel sleeve slide down over the nuts. I watched a squirrel trying to defeat it earlier. It gave up and went away. So far so good!

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#416117 - Sun Apr 13 2008 09:32 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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A strange day, weather-wise. I took this a few weeks ago, but it was more like April - very heavy showers and sudden warm sunshine.



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#416118 - Sun Apr 13 2008 10:31 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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This is the new squirrel-proof bird feeder. The squirrel approaches from above. the weight of its body makes the steel sleeve slide down over the nuts. I watched a squirrel trying to defeat it earlier. It gave up and went away. So far so good!







He'll be back TW, they always come back. I had a "squirrel proof" feeder a while back and it took the local squirrels about a month to defeat it. Turned out I had it too close to the garage. They climbed down the wall of the garage and then jumped about 4ft onto the feeder. Ate they're fill and then slid down the metal pole that they couldn't climb up but had no problem using it to slid down. It was actual fun watching them figure it out.
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#416119 - Sun Apr 13 2008 01:00 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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It was actual fun watching them figure it out.



True. I think the feeder could be worth having for that reason alone .
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#416120 - Sun Apr 13 2008 02:46 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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I still need to work on my camera settings to get the coloring to show through better.

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#416121 - Sun Apr 13 2008 02:52 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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Still a lovely photo, ClaraSue.
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#416122 - Sun Apr 13 2008 05:17 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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Thanks, djsgal.
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#416123 - Sun Apr 13 2008 09:33 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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We were watching the golf on TV at my sister's this afternoon, and Winston kept whimpering to be let out, even though he'd just come in. I realised why when I spotted this bunny rabbit! He was in his "freeze" mode and quite well camouflaged, but Win knew he was there. Made a rapid getaway when we opened the door, but I was able to get this one shot.


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#416124 - Mon Apr 14 2008 06:38 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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Cute. Martin, I would spend hours watching them working it out.
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#416125 - Mon Apr 14 2008 11:06 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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This poinsettia in a pub window caught my eye, and I quite liked the light effect.

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#416126 - Mon Apr 14 2008 06:54 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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I am currently working my way through as many stations as I can think of as I've used up most other themes. Here's a view of passengers coming off the train at Strawberry Hill in a downpour. And you can't carry an umbrella while taking photos so I got the lot as well.



The light and colours in the plant are amazing picqero!


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#416127 - Mon Apr 14 2008 07:09 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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In Double Oak, Texas, there are signs at some corners that look like this:



Don't roll through a stop sign there! It'll cost you. This is at the corner of Lusk Ln. and Kings Rd. looking west. If you turn left onto Lusk Ln. here, you will be in Flower Mound.
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#416128 - Tue Apr 15 2008 05:29 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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A good way of getting the point across dg_dave

Nice to see all the signs of Spring showing up in the photos. Our garden is what might be called 'natural'. It's not cultivated to a high degree by design, which just happens to make looking after it alot easier too! It has quite a few wild flowers in it. Here's a bluebell to prove it:

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#416129 - Tue Apr 15 2008 07:11 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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Oh Lovely lovely bluebells!
On the wall of the post office a man is painting by numbers! He is painting a picture ready for the Olympics. I posted the URL so you can see it big.Mural by numbers


Here is the "artist" at work.


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#416130 - Tue Apr 15 2008 07:24 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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Yesterday on my walk I was screeched at by a killdeer, and knew a nest was close by. Sure enough, I found it! Can you see the cleverly camouflaged eggs? If you're not familiar with the killdeer, you can read here how the mother feigns injury to lure humans away from her babies.


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#416131 - Tue Apr 15 2008 10:05 AM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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Here is a conjoined summer (yellow) squash from my 2206 garden when I still lived in Georgia.



I never cut it, and it grew to 11 inches and about 4 inches around (for one squash).
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#416132 - Tue Apr 15 2008 12:08 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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Yesterday on my walk I was screeched at by a killdeer, and knew a nest was close by.



At first glance I thought you'd killed a deer, and the image was of its ashes
Your bluebells are very early TW. Mine aren't even budding yet, though we still have plenty of daffodils and tulips.
I was working in London again today, and this is the Trocadero arguably London's premier shopping and entertainment mall.

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#416133 - Tue Apr 15 2008 03:01 PM Re: Photo-a-day - April 2008
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Thats an amazing bird,Cinnam0n.
They changed the flars on the roundabouts and roadsides again, in the Fanling area. They are always so busy, our parks and gardens workers. Here is one of a row of brave Canna lilies by the side of the busy highway.
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