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ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL

Of course, “normal” may be interpreted in several ways…but for my purposes, let’s just say that I am now able to see a blean* at the end of the tunnel.

I tend to be one of those people who, when they see their plate has room for more, pile on more. Sometimes lots more. I’m not talking about the avoirdupois gluttony.No,no,no! The tendency to think I can tackle more than I can in the time I have available.That sort of more. And before I know it, my faint blean has become a ruddy bonfire, the sort that alerted towns miles along the coast that the enemy was in sight.

So, I’m relying on images to fill the space!

Yesterday morning,The Man suggested a walk down to the beach.So I put the little camera in my pocket…

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A Cairo vine.I think it’s  pretty, but it’s a frightful pest when it gets away!Here, it’s slugging it out with native mangroves along a drain.

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link http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/media/Html/ipomoea_cairica.htm

This is Sunset Beach, looking north to  Bucasia. Technically, when the tide is out, you could get across the inlet to Bucasia Beach. A crocodile might fancy you as a snack though…

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These caught my eye.They look a little like cashews. But they aren’t.And I still don’t know what they are! Gnomes’ hats, maybe…

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Pyrostegia venusta . I’m guessing that, unless people prune it, next year that fence will be entirely draped in glowing orange flowers.

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Calliandra Not sure which, but probably C. haematocephala.

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When they say “beachfront living” this must be what they mean.Nice, innit?

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There is a local Embroidery Guild chapter whose members are very active. Here, we see a representation of a running dog, worked in tiny French Knots. No? How about a representation of a running dog, by Mick Tyris?

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“Here be pirates!” Well, a pirate’s hat.

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I’ll leave you with the local Surf Life Savers’ clubhouse. If you squint through the trees you can see the Pub With the Million Dollar View, my local watering hole, high on the cliff behind the clubhouse.

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Not a bad Sunday morning saunter. Mind you, the smell of sizzling bacon wafting from several places almost undid my resolve!

 

 

*  those of you who have read Liff will know.

 


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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT…

From my cell I could hear the thunder, building all afternoon as the storm rolled in over our Gulag.

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My single feeble tube of light flickered…would the lightning favour me? It had to! I had no idea where the power plant for this hell-hole was! And I had nothing to use to get these shackles off…

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somehow, I didn’t think elipses would work…

Dark. A sudden, complete darkness. I groped my way towards my cell door, feeling for the spy-hole bars.Yes! My fingers closed on the rim and I tugged hard. Too hard – no longer held fast by its high voltage, the damn’ door swung in and almost flattened me.

I could hear no one. Was I the only prisoner in this area? I moved along the wall to my left,trying to remember how many steps I’d taken when they brought me here. Maybe 90 steps?

And then lightning flashed across a doorway. A glazed door! And just outside the door a glazed guard. While the sky was still lit I pulled open the door, snatched the guard’s  taser and ran towards the gates.

A voice in my head said I should have taken the regular gun.Would a taser work if it was raining? And by now it was. In seconds the taser and I were soaked.

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I had two problems…I had to cross this raging torrent. And I needed food.Actually, I had three problems…I still had my yoke and chain.Sure, it was broken, but I had no way to get it off…

The voice in my head said “find food.” So I channeled  Les Hiddins  and gathered some fallen quandongs…IMG_0037.JPG

By now the stream was carrying dead critters along and I knew typhoid would be a risk.I needed  something pure to drink…IMG_5001.JPG

And I needed transport! I’d have to take a chance on someone leaving  a key in the ignition…and fuel in the tank! I didn’t care about air in the tyres!IMG_0020.JPG

One last forage for food and I was outa here! spices for the start of a coconut curry.jpg

 

And that’s why I haven’t posted for so long!

 

 


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MORE MADCAP ADVENTURES COMING TO YOU FROM THE BUCKEYE STATE.

I’ve been soaking up as much of the local flora as can fit in my brain.My “fix” has to last as I’ve no idea when I’ll be back.

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Probably the last of the blossom;cherries are starting to fatten.The wildlife will get most of ’em.

And this, we decided, is an Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus )IMG_2171

Who is “we”? Ms Daisyfae and me. After our laugh-a-minute meeting in NY a few years I hoped another trip Stateside might come up.There was an invitation to “come visit” and the little ducks were all in a row.

I’ve been walking her dog and he, being  an old dog, is happy to set a slow pace.So I get to look carefully at all the trees I either don’t know or had forgotten. Isn’t the Internet  wonderful!

This is Cercis canadensis or “Redbud” to most people. IMG_2176

We’re on our way out to dinner very soon so I’ll keep this brief.Have a Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) while I apply some war-paint…IMG_2180

We had a wonderful day out in Yellow Springs and had lunch with an old blog friend and tomorrow is set to be a busy day so if I’m not back til I get home you’ll know why.Here’s  the “Absolutely Fabulous” Corinne from http://jafabrit.blogspot.com/p/jafatit.html  We found a marvellous shop choc-full of vintage glitz and glamour.Like these shades. You’re rockin’  them, girl!

Corrine Bayraktaroglu's photo.

 

Now, I’m just going to try this beauty for size.IMG_2210


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IN WHICH I TICK OFF MORE ‘FIRSTS’

 

Sung about, written about and probably even cursed by light sleepers, the Mocking Bird eluded me until now. I think this is a juvenile (because another bird was bringing it grubs and bugs to eat).IMG_2109

And, because I know some of you want to hear  it…

I was lamenting the lack of arachnid Kodak moments. But the rainstorms the other day must have brought out a load of Incey-Winceys. So far, only  Orchard Orb Weavers that I can see (Leucauge venusta), but they’re new to me so they count!

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And the real reason I’m here…Maggie, the ancient and venerable Border Collie.IMG_4949

Post-prandial snooze.

OK, this is a short post, but I have other things to do. Those of you who dip your toes in the muddied waters of Facebook know how to find me.

 


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IN WHICH I CROSS BOTH THE EQUATOR AND THE DATELINE.

So if this post is a bit muddled I have two damn’ good excuses, right?

Actually, I crossed both lines a few days ago. In the normally fraught what-to-pack frenzy, this trip was a breeze – pretty much what I’d be wearing at home.But not as scruffy!

I’m in Sarasota,FL, staying in a friend’s house and looking out for one old dog and one slightly younger cat. And, rain being its usual fickle self, playing with hoses.

Did I use an F word ? Yes. Back at home, when rain might have been expected to chuff off for 6 months or more, My Man emails that it’s been raining on and off, sometimes quite hard , since I left.Well, enough that he hasn’t had to rush about and water desperate plants!

I’m seeing birds and butterflies new to me and, with a new 70-300mm lens, hoping to have some worthwhile pictures.

The day after I arrived, my friend drove us out The Celery Fields  where I saw my first Grackle. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Boat-tailed_Grackle/id

 

This chap is familiar to me – the Cardinal.That’s Mrs Cardinal on the left. If I manage to get a closer, brighter shot I’ll come back and edit.Don’t hold your breath!

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https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Cardinal/id

 

But this a newbie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-bellied_woodpecker

The Mourning Doves  will have to wait.Also the Blue Jays and as for flutterbyes-hah! I’m beginning to think the easiest way to catch the blighters is to video them and grab a screen shot! But here’s a Monarch that wont make it into the National Geographic                                monarch IMG_2069 (2)

I rarely manage more than a cat-nap on long-haul flights, so I take a book. I stuffed a Jack Higgins spy/terrorist/kidnapper paper back in my bag and started reading on my flight to Brisbane.Left the wretched thing on the ‘plane and wished the cleaners luck. With something like 13+ hours ahead I went looking for something more interesting and settled for this, partly because the period interests me, partly ‘cos it has a nice cover! http://www.tworoadsbooks.com/fiction/the-words-in-my-hand-guinevere-glasfurd/  I’ve not finished it yet (I may be on holiday, but still have things to do) but can recommend it for those who like historical fact-based novels. What really “gets” me though is Glasfurd’s way with words.No further spoilers,try it and see.

And before leaving I’d re-read all of the “Millenium” trilogy.Unfamiliar to you? That’s the Stig Larsson books about the girl with the dragon tattoo.Somehow, I’d missed #2 years ago, though  I did see all three movies (good stuff!). And that’s about it for my reading list, unless you count various technical periodicals and garden tomes.

The sun is dipping and I can see some Orange Fritillaries in the garden so that means hose time and one more crack at snapping a butterfly…

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BEFORE THE RAIN WASHES US OUT TO SEA…

…a quick update, with the answer to the mystery image.

We don’t usually get such heavy rain at this time of the year, but last night and today it’s been, to say the least, very tropical. Let’s see if I can show you a met.office video  https://www.facebook.com/ABCtropic/videos/10153424710481681/   And that’s what I was driving in this morning.

It was really a day for curling up on a comfy chair and reading a book.But, no. Dinah heard about a good deal on a 300mm lens.So far, this is all I’ve done with it, but, weather permitting, I hope to do more.IMG_2043.JPG

And the mystery pic from the previous post? A seed from  the Commersonia, brown kurrajong in the local parlance. Mitzi came close.

Oh, I suppose you want to know what those dangly things are? Seed pods on  the Cassia fistula. And the trunk of a palm whose name I don’t know.

I have a feeling I’ll have to sweep the rain water out of the carport  again…

Have a few more from last week’s walk…

Can we say “Gulag.” Well, it looks pretty grim!IMG_4901.JPG

I counted about 20 of these homes, all with lovely views and NO GARDENS!Sheer madness if you ask me.

But wait! At the end of this row of “luxury jail cells”…a garden! IMG_4904.JPG

Maybe it’s easier to sit and look at the view than to create your own. Here’s their view…IMG_4906.JPG

As they say Oop North (England, that is) “There’s nowt so queer as folk!”

Busy, busy here so I’ll leave you with one more…water lilyIMG_4913.JPG

 

 

 


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I WENT WALKING…

I’ve always liked walking, whether a gentle stroll in the park or a tough hike in rough country. And, now that the weather is not so blister-hot I can get in a good brisk walk before  I feel the need to retreat.Of course, it probably helps that I’m always up well ahead of the flatulent sparrow!

And the walking here, I have to say, is not too onerous. Some of the beaches require a bit of huff and puff, but we have a lot of level areas.

Yesterday, after dropping The Man at his office, I drove about halfway home and parked the car at The Gooseponds.

I often do a “half walk” here if I have a lot of other work to do.But twice lately I’ve had the time to do the full walk – about 8kms. All paved and level, which means I often meet people with walking canes and mothers pushing baby prams. And hardly anyone fails to return my “good morning.” Joggers, of course, can’t afford to stop and chat, but quite a few people will.

And, of course, there are always the camera buffs. IMG_4842

The odd-looking yellow thing is an exercise machine. Throughout this park are various pieces of machinery for completely bonkers   keen athletes to stretch various muscles. I think it’s just possible that our local Council employs sadists!

We lived in a flat near this park before we bought our present house. Some lucky people have this  over their back fences! If you think you could handle it I know a place for sale…IMG_4836

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Council johnnies have been planting new trees, among them, Leichardt Pine

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Someone’s garden extends right down to the walkway! Paw-paws (male and female), bananas, lemons and  what look like like dwarf peaches.Even pumpkins and Monstera.I wonder what’s growing up near the house?IMG_4863

 

I was reasonably confident  of identifying a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commersonia, but I called  a Council boffin to check.He didn’t know the botanical name, but when I quoted the Aboringinal one, Kurrajong, he agreed!IMG_4876

 

My blog friend in Norfolk posts some intriguing pictures from his walks.Gloomy-looking ponds, in dark woods, where witches are said to have been drowned in ye olden days. So I thought I’d pop a spooky tree in , just for him…(His blog comes with a content warning so if you’re really curious, ask me in comments for a link.On the other hand, if you have a “thing” for Aidan Turner ain’t no warning gonna hold you back!)

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And just so that another friend doesn’t feel too left-out, I have some fruit to remind him of MauiIMG_4871

The sky had darkened by the time I reached the far end and I felt the need to turn on some light…IMG_4855

Now,  I’ve very likely bored you to tears with dreary images and haven’t written what could properly be called a post.You know, one with a lot of words and deep meaning and significant resonance in the current international political theatre… yes, that sort of thing.

Well, to make up for my lack of incisive journalism I’ll leave you with a “what the hell is that!”

Answers in comments. No prizes.IMG_4896

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