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#652882 - Sun Sep 11 2011 05:34 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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How lovely, Kelly! I admire your energy.
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#652888 - Sun Sep 11 2011 06:06 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Yesterday I took advantage of the local "Doors Open" to tour some interesting buildings, behind the scenes. This is part of the refrigeration system for the ice at a local arena.


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#652905 - Sun Sep 11 2011 07:44 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Dendrobium kingianum, an Australian epiphytic orchid which naturally occurs on the east coast south of the Tropic of Capricorn.
My plant has been neglected in a back corner for a while, and now needs feeding, de-spidering, and probably re-potting.

http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad254/ozedawn/Funtrivia%20Sept%202011/dendtub.jpg

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#652912 - Sun Sep 11 2011 08:40 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Great photo!

Cleaning out the trough.

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#652920 - Sun Sep 11 2011 08:48 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Cleaning out the trough.


That reminds me, better get rid of that ring around the bath!

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#653008 - Mon Sep 12 2011 04:06 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Here's another sort of trough - you're welcome to try getting the ring off it. wink Opening the lock gates at Stoke Bruerne:



PS I asked the very nice man if I could take his picture while he was opening the gates and he said I could. I told him that it might go on a website and he said it was fine. It was only afterwards that I realised he was wearing dark glasses so he might be in disguise anyway. wink
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#653049 - Mon Sep 12 2011 09:01 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Liz, was the ice on the rink at the time? Those pipes don't look cold enough...

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#653056 - Mon Sep 12 2011 09:19 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Originally Posted By: ertrum
Liz, was the ice on the rink at the time? Those pipes don't look cold enough...


Unfortunately, no. The arena had to be closed last winter because of major problems with an aging floor. The debate is on as to what will become of the building.

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#653092 - Mon Sep 12 2011 11:20 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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While I was in Florida, I went to the Homosassa Wildlife Park with my mom. This is where you can see manatees. They have several "shows" every day (not like you would see in Sea World with the dolphins). They also rescue injured manatees and after they have been healed, release them back into the wild. Pretty awesome. smile



They don't look like much in the pictures, but they weigh around 3000 pounds. I tried to get a good picture of their faces, but they really don't come out of the water. You'll mostly see their snout when they come up for air.
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#653099 - Mon Sep 12 2011 11:38 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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I have always wanted to see a manatee, always. A friend of mine is from Florida and once sent me a carving of one but that's the nearest I've got. I'd go to visit her but she lives in France now, which is a fat lot of use!
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#653104 - Mon Sep 12 2011 12:06 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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I'll be back there in Feb of next year. Come visit! Somewhere around Crystal River is a place you can swim with them. The manatees like to hang around Homosassa because the spring stays 72 degrees year-round!
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#653205 - Mon Sep 12 2011 05:02 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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I picked the perfect day for the seaside, this is Seaford and the first time I've ever been there.

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#653228 - Mon Sep 12 2011 06:16 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Kite Flying at Ocean Beach, San Francisco last summer.....


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#653331 - Tue Sep 13 2011 06:47 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Continuing down the towpath on Flopsy's tour of Northamptonshire's waterways we may need a sugar rush - here's a narrowboat converted to meet the sweet needs of pedestrian holidaymakers.



And yes, some of the boats have televisions, some even have satellite internet connections!
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#653356 - Tue Sep 13 2011 09:32 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Anyone wants some Paella, just help yourself smile





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#653378 - Tue Sep 13 2011 01:34 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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There now, you've made me hungry and homesick! smile

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#653421 - Tue Sep 13 2011 03:42 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Me too, liz, and I'm not even Spanish! LOL

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#653520 - Tue Sep 13 2011 06:43 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Beachy head from Seaford

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#653572 - Tue Sep 13 2011 09:24 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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In my part of the world it is an oddity to see a shingle beach. Now I understand why deck chairs and sun beds are popular in the UK!
Beachy Head is very impressive.




Thankfully, my foraging hens did not destroy all the orchid flowers. This one was out of their reach.



Edited by auntie1 (Tue Sep 13 2011 09:26 PM)

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#653574 - Tue Sep 13 2011 09:40 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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OOh thats a lovely orchid, Auntie. What is it called?
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#653581 - Tue Sep 13 2011 10:41 PM Re: Lets see it for September!
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It's one of the huge range of cymbidium orchids Ren, but I don't know its cultivar name.

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#653678 - Wed Sep 14 2011 09:49 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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I had my 50th birthday party on a narrowboat. I hired it for the day, we had a buffet lunch on board, and my friends tell me they still regard it as the best birthday party ever. This boat takes people out for an hour or so:

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#653698 - Wed Sep 14 2011 10:51 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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This is from the Virginia part of my vacation. We rode the Creeper Trail - one day we rode from Damascus to Abingdon and back (34 miles round trip) and then the next day we rode the shuttle to the top of the mountain and rode the 17 miles down. It's an old railroad that has been turned into a very awesome trail, and it parallels the Appalachian Trail for a good part of it. This is one of the trestles we crossed over:

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#653699 - Wed Sep 14 2011 10:52 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Originally Posted By: satguru
Beachy head from Seaford


That is spectacular! I'm so used to completely flat beaches here.
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#653711 - Wed Sep 14 2011 11:21 AM Re: Lets see it for September!
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Originally Posted By: SilverMoonsong
Originally Posted By: satguru
Beachy head from Seaford


That is spectacular! I'm so used to completely flat beaches here.


It is spectacular... but that's not Beachy Head, it's Seaford Head. East of Seaford Head lie the Seven Sisters - a range of even more spectacular chalk cliffs at the edge of the South Downs - and beyond them lies Birling Gap, then Belle Tout, and then Beachy Head, the most spectacular of all. I've walked the Seven Sisters and my feet still bear the scars!
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