Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dazzled


 
Linking up with Skywatch Friday
 
(with grateful thanks to Yogi, Sandy & Sylvia for hosting)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sweet Robin


This sweet Robin seemed unfazed as my hosts and I strolled around the delightful Victorian gardens of Biddulph Grange, a National Trust property near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England.
 
Joining up with Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Memories . . .

Happy New Year to my fellow bloggers - may it be a safe, happy and adventurous year (in whatever manner you choose).
 
In Jan-Feb of 2014 I was greatly blessed to experience a house & car exchange for 3 weeks on Vancouver Island. It was an incredibly memorable holiday for many reasons, one of which was a meal at this fabulous restaurant/bistro in Victoria, BC -
Pagliacci's - the food was fantastic and my salivary glands are running at the
mere memory of the Prawn Broker dish I enjoyed here!
 
 

 
This is the interior d├ęcor of this thriving eatery

 
and this painting on the wall duplicates the restaurant interior layout


Not sure whether these were friends of the family or ..... ?


Another closeup of one of the wall hangings


 
. . . and here is a sample of their amazing menu (as at 2014)
 
I found their imaginative dish naming great fun!

 
If you are ever in the vicinity of Victoria, BC, I strongly recommend you track down this vibrant eatery - I doubt you'll be disappointed !
 
Linking up with Our World Tuesday
 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A thirsty bird!

Early morning after Christmas Day found me at the Adelaide seaside suburb of Grange, delivering some late Christmas gifts.
A number of people were out enjoying walks along the beach or foreshore with dogs, friends or family (or all of the above!).
 
But obviously this pigeon was also enjoying itself, judging by its closed eyes as it drinks in the water just scooped up!
 
 

It was a blustery, but not cold, morning - temperature around low to mid 20sC
at that time, heading towards a scorching 38!



 
I thank you all for the unique contribution you've added to my blogging world throughout 2015 and wish you a happy, healthy, safe and peaceful 2016.
 
Linking up with
 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Colourful guests

Since I've not been out much with my Nikon P510 of late, these images have come out of the archives and were taken in the back yard of my previous home.
 
The birds are Eastern Rosellas and - in case I'd missed noticing - the blooming of the two palm trees there was invariably announced by the excited and noisy arrival of these colourful birds (and many bees!)
 
 


Sincerely wishing you all a joy-filled and safe Christmas with your loved ones, in celebration of the real reason for the season.
 
Thank you, too, for the joy you've brought to my life this year in sharing your spectacular photography - I look forward to seeing more in 2016.
 
Special thanks to all the wonderful hosts of numerous themed blog sites, whose dedication enables us to share our images effectively.
 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Morialta Conservation Park

I'm back to blogland again after a 3-month break during which
I was preparing for moving into a "new" home and settling in.
That done, I couldn't resist the opportunity to get out with my Nikon
on Sunday afternoon while outside temperatures were pleasant.
 
Following are some images taken during a 2-hour walk in
Morialta Conservation Park, some 20 minutes' drive from home.
(I had hoped to see at least one of the waterfalls here, but sadly there
was no water flowing that day)
 
 
 
A member of the Banksia family


and this little butterfly stopped flitting about long enough to pose for me!
 


a colourful Scotch thistle

 I think this was blackberry blossom - in abundance throughout the park -
and a busy bee !
 
 This Koala appeared to be sound asleep despite the uncomfortable "bedding"!
 


 Could this be a wild sweet pea I wonder?
 


 and here are some figs growing wild
  

 and here's another Koala - either "nodding off" or being shy!
 

. . . . a very pleasant Sunday afternoon - however, I continue to be
conscious of the tragedies unfolding not an hour's drive north of here,
with more devastating bushfires destroying homes and lives.
Thoughts and prayers are with all those directly affected by loss
as well as the brave volunteers fighting the fires.
 
Joining in the fun at Our World Tuesday and
Outdoor Wednesday
with grateful thanks to our team of hosts
 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pontrieux


Last year I was greatly blessed to spend a week with friends exploring Brittany. One of the delightful towns we visited was Pontrieux. (I have also posted other images of this town previously).

Francethisway.com describes it thus -

"Pontrieux stretches along the banks of the River Trieux and owed its prosperity - from medieval times onwards - to its position at the head of the estuary.

The success of the port led to the building of many fine bourgeois houses here, each bourgeois house has its own lavoir - a special wash area on the edge of the river where the maid could do the family’s washing without having to go to a communal washhouse. There are 50 of these private lavoirs along the river, each of which has been restored and beautifully planted up with attractive flower displays."

The scene above shows two such lavoirs.  The weather was glorious and the surroundings peaceful - the twitter of birds and the hum of bees complementing the ambience!

To see other scenes from around the globe, do visit Our World Tuesday, kindly managed by a wonderful team - Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy & Jennifer. Thank you ladies for your dedication to keeping this fascinating blogsite up and running!
 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

On the way home ...


On my way home from the Fleurieu Peninsula outing, I came across this lagoon
 
 
 

which was the "icing on the cake" - and yet another reminder (if one was needed!) of why this region is my favourite part of South Australia
 
Joining in the fun at James' Weekend Reflection

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fabulous Fleurieu

Recently I visited a cousin who lives at Encounter Bay, near Victor Harbour on the fabulous Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.
We drove to Petrel Cove and this was the scene from the carpark....
 
 
On the Victor Harbour side of the Bluff, I aimed my camera at this boat and its passengers - imagine my surprise, after uploading the image and zooming in, to notice the passengers had been deeply engrossed checking out their smartphones!!

 
. . . and this Magpie dropped by as we stood in the carpark

 
A lovely day's outing in good company in my very favourite part of our State.
 
Sharing the views with Skywatch Friday

Saturday, August 8, 2015

High St Oxford


High Street, Oxford (England)
 
Joining in the pictorial fun at James' Weekend Reflection
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