Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist 2

Percy and Pedro met every morning to do their exercises…..

Good old plain wing flapping got their heart rates going and started their sessions…..

Good old plain wing flapping got their heart rates going and started their sessions…..

 

Then came the kung fu session…..

Then came the kung fu session…..

 

Then they would practise landing like a griffin!

Then they would practise landing like a griffin!

 

But Percy was always searching for something….he was fed up with the chaos of modern pigeon living and wanted to de-clutter! Which even began to extend into his daily training sessions!

One day he noticed that if he concentrated very hard he could even minimalise the amount of wings he used!!!

"Look Pedro, I can use just one wing if I want to!" announced Percy triumphantly!

“Look Pedro, I can use just one wing if I want to!” announced Percy triumphantly!

 

Pedro came to study this new minimalist feature of his friend!

Pedro came to study this new minimalist feature of his friend!

 

And from that day to this, Percy can be seen practising on my fence the minimalist one armed exercise regime!

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For more ‘Minimalist’ photos visit here!

That’s All

See Ya xx

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue 3

You should have the starlings in my garden today!

"'ere Steve, you seen woss going on at the Fatballs?" said Sonny Starling!

“‘ere Steve, you seen woss going on at the Fatballs?” said Sonny Starling!

"I said Leave 'em alone…..they're mine all mine!" screeched Stacey Starling in a most unbecoming way!

“I said leave ’em alone…..they’re mine all mine!” screeched Stacey Starling in a most unbecoming way! Starlet Starling sighed and thought “I don’t expect there’s much chance of a dialogue with Stacey in that mood!”

To see more takes on Dialogue visit….

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/dialogue/

That’s All!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue 2

"Here Carl!" shouted Craig Conker to his friend in the next picture! "You look like you need cheering up! Cast your eyes up to the table and have a butcher's at Carlotti Conker…….she's bending over….. phwoar!!!!!"

“Here Carl!” shouted Craig Conker to his friend in the next picture! “You look like you need cheering up! Cast your eyes over there and have a butcher’s at Carlotti Conker…….she’s bending over….. phwoar!!!!!”

Carl was slow to reply as he had had a big night the previous day and he felt a little fragile. However, he knew he had to reply as this post is called 'Dialogue'! "Ok mate, just having a little trouble keeping my eyes open to day!!" he whimpered!

Carl was slow to reply as he had had a big night the previous evening and felt a little fragile. However, he knew he had to reply as this post is called ‘Dialogue’!
“Ok mate, just having a little trouble keeping my eyes open today!!” he whimpered!

And here she is…Carlotti Conker bending right over and leaving little to the imagination!

Carlotti….really!

Carlotti….really!

Should you wish to see some very different takes on ‘Dialogue’ then visit here!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

A Day in the Life of an Oyster Catcher!!

So I’ve been banging on about my few days in Northern Ireland! And you may have heard me say it was wonderful! (It was!)

But look who I saw on the cliffs on the way to The Giant’s Causeway….

Olly Oyster Catcher flew down without his usual penache and landed a little clumsily!

Olly Oyster Catcher flew down without his usual penache and landed a little clumsily!

 

He steadied himself and took a look around.

He steadied himself and took a look around.

 

It was then that he spotted me and my camera!

"English woman with camera, English woman with camera……Arkk squawk arkkkkk!" shrieked Olly as a warning to his friends! (It did sound a bit like that!!)

“English woman with camera, English woman with camera……Arkk squawk arkkkkk!” shrieked Olly as a warning to his friends!
(It did sound a bit like that!!)

 

Olly’s cousin, Olaf Oyster Catcher, took very little notice of him and carried on looking intensely at rocks as he was often found doing!

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Olive and Oscar Oyster Catcher also carried on with their business….

"I suppose," said Oscar, "We should show some interest in Olly's squawking!" But Olive already had her eyes on the case!

“I suppose,” said Oscar, “we should show some interest in Olly’s squawking!”
But Olive already had her eyes on the case!

 

Oscar did what the French say as 'jeter un coup d'œil'! (The literal translation of which is 'throw a glance of the eye!) A moment later he carried on with his business!

Oscar did what the French say as ‘jeter un coup d’œil’!
(The literal translation of which is ‘throw a glance of the eye!) A moment later he returned his business!

 

Meanwhile, Olly Oyster Catcher came racing down the cliff to check all was ok….

"Is everyone ok?? Anyone in danger?? Arkk squawk ark!"

“Is everyone ok?? Anyone in danger?? Arkk squawk arkkkkk!”

Moments later, Olly Oyster Catcher could see that there was no longer any danger and decided to have a sit down!!

Moments later, Olly Oyster Catcher could see that there was no longer any danger and decided to have a sit down!!

 

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Life on Snail Street!

Down at the allotment there’s a funny bunch o’ characters…..

Take the inhabitants of Snail Street….

There they all were, minding their own business, when along I came looking for things to burn!!

There they all were, minding their own business, when along I came looking for things to burn!!

I certainly don't want snails for lunch so I'm hoping they'll take the hint and vacate!

I certainly don’t want snails for lunch so I’m hoping they’ll take the hint and vacate!

Simeon Snail is the first to react….

"Arghhh, quick…save yourselves, run!" he shouted trying not to get too out of breath!

“Arghhh, quick…save yourselves, run!” he shouted trying not to get too out of breath!

"Abandon Snail Street….Danger, danger!" he continued!

“Abandon Snail Street….Danger, danger!” he continued!

And off he went!

And off he went!

Moments later his conscience got the better of him and he returned to awaken his better half, Susanna…

"Susanna, Susanna, wake UP!" shrieked Simeon getting a little agitated!

“Susanna, Susanna, wake UP!” shrieked Simeon getting a little agitated!

Simeon's impatience and fear got the better of him and…….

Simeon’s impatience and fear got the better of him and…….

….off he went!

….off he went!

He went a little faster than he meant too and hurtled to the grass…

Slightly dazed he gingerly extended his eye stalks and the other stalky things which he had never given a name to!

Slightly dazed he gingerly extended his eye stalks and the other stalky things which he had never given a name to!

Meanwhile back on Snail Street, chaos had broken out!

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Simeon could only look and hope it would all be ok!

Simeon could only look and hope it would all be ok!

All I can add to this short and slightly odd tale is that no snails were harmed in the ensuing fire!

Susanna forgave Simeon for saving his own skin!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

 

 

Wild and Wanton Wednesday!

Well…has that got your attention?

So here in Turkey we have had a storm!

The mountains behind our villa looking a little wild with some snow on the top!

The mountains behind our villa looking a little wild with some snow on the top!

But I know you all really want to know about the ‘wanton’ bit! Well it’s those little sparrows…..or I Turkish ‘serçe’ pronounced sercheh. Before the storm there was no calm I can tell you!

Semi and Sade Serçe looking casual and almost unimpressed with each other!

Semi and Sade Serçe looking casual and almost unimpressed with each other!

Shows what I know about sparrows flirting behaviour!

Shows what I know about sparrows flirting behaviour!

The look on Sade's face makes me wonder how she is feeling!

The look on Sade’s face makes me wonder how she is feeling!

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Must be nearly over now eh?

Must be nearly over now eh?

Yep he's off!

Yep he’s off!

But within moments he’s back again…..

But you will have to come back tomorrow if you want to see more wild and wanton goings on!

Also as I am doing this on my ipad, I can tell you now that it is not as easy as on my mac so please forgive any mistakes!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth Objects

To see the many and varied entries of this challenge, visit Cee!

But here’s mine!

I give you Harmonia Axyridis….

"I am indeed very smooth!" said Harmonia haughtily!  "See my shining curves, my softness and the sun twinkle on my shell!"

“I am indeed very smooth!” said Harmonia haughtily!
“See my shining curves, my softness and the sun twinkle on my shell!”

Harmonia stared at me, straight in the eye and said, "I particularly like sitting on bramble leaves as the tiny hairs tickle my underside in a very favourable way!"

Harmonia stared at me, straight in the eye and said, “I particularly like sitting on bramble leaves as the tiny hairs tickle my underside in a very favourable way! Now please take a long distance shot and catch the beautiful sky while you’re at it!”

What else could I do but obey!

"Can you still see me?" shouted Harmonia.

“Can you still see me?” shouted Harmonia.

Now I present a little information about this lovely ladybird!

It is commonly known as the harlequin ladybird . It is also known in North America as the multicolored Asian ladybird, and as Halloween ladybird. In Japan, it is not generally distinguished from the seven-spot ladybird which is also common there.

When the species first arrived in the UK, it was labelled as “the many-named ladybird”, because among the names listed were: multivariate, southern, Japanese, and pumpkin ladybird.

Anyway enough learning and on with the photos….

Harmonia is a little hot and finds a little shelter!

Harmonia is a little hot and finds a little shelter!

And here she is back at the tummy tickling place!

And here she is back at the tummy tickling place!

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That’s All!

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A Heart-warming Story!!

Meet Lydia Ladybird…..

Lydia Ladybird looks healthy, well and quite happy where she is!

Lydia Ladybird looks healthy, well and quite happy where she is!

However!!!

Not long before I took this photo….Lydia Ladybird was not looking so happy by any means! Poor thing had had some bad news about her house, her children and a fire which had caused her to fall down in a faint mid-flight after which she dropped on my patio!

Just look at the state she was in!

A terrible state from both the front…..

…..both the front…..

…and from behind!

…and from behind!

To be fair, I was quite fascinated with the rather lovely shape of Lydia’s wings! I don’t think I have seen Ladybird’s wings quite as clearly as this before.

Anyway, I digress…… Lydia Ladybird retold her sorry tale which fair tugged at the heart strings! Here was a ladybird who needed help! Here was I ready to give it!

I picked her up carefully….oh so very carefully for Ladybirds don’t half give off a pong when threatened…..and took her into the field behind my house. I found her a little bramble leaf (with no thorns…I wouldn’t be so cruel!) and settled her into a new life! She seemed ready to move on by this time. I believe Ladybirds don’t have a complex memory system (rather like my own!) and so she was no longer sad about her poor departed family and home!

Look!

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Here she is, ready to fly away to a new home! Bye Lydia Ladybird!!

Here she is, ready to fly away to a new home! Bye Lydia Ladybird!!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Feathers 2-The Sequel!

I loved those flamingos I saw at the zoo yesterday and could NOT waste the rest of the photos that I have!!

So here are a few of them!

Florian Flamingo could not shake off the feeling that he was being watched…..

Florian Flamingo could not shake off the feeling that he was being watched…..

 

He looked up quickly which is not a sensible thing to do with a neck that long!

He looked up quickly which is not a sensible thing to do with a neck that long!

 

He took a closer look!

Now Florian Flamingo was sure he had a stalker!

Now Florian Flamingo was sure he had a stalker!

 

He decided to move off…..

He decided to move away and have a feed…..

 

So head down, time for dinner….

"Mmmmm yummy!" said Florian!

“Mmmmm yummy!” said Florian!

 

"Damn it!" Florian exclaimed…."There's that being watched feeling again!"

“Damn it!” Florian exclaimed….”There’s that being watched feeling again!”

 

So Florian decided to find a friend….

And off they went together.

And off they went together.

 

Florian and Freda passed the triplets who did everything together!

Florian and Freda passed the triplets who did everything together!

It wasn’t long before Florian and Freda were making sweet curls, waves and bends of their own, which rendered them incapable of noticing if anyone was watching them!

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Later that evening Florian dozed in the evening sun whilst counting his icky sitars that his neck was long enough to rest on his back!

Later that evening Florian dozed in the evening sun whilst counting his lucky stars that his neck was long enough to rest on his back!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Ode to my Appendix!

You’re an odd appendage Appendix

No-one knows quite what you’re for!

But over the last few days

You certainly given me what for!

Pretty aren't they?

Not my appendix!

I knew I felt a bit grotty

I knew things weren’t quite right!

And then a strange thing happened…

I refused  wine on a Friday night!

This pretty little flower is one I photographed today just up the road in a place called Water End. Ain't it pretty?

Definitely not my appendix!

 

To cut a long story short (phew!)

A story that isn’t so comical

The doctor took one look and said…

 “Go straight to hospital!”

"And she certainly didn't do anything snazzy iPhoto wizardy at all....this is really what we look like!" smiled Polonius Purple Heart!

Much prettier than my appendix!

 

So I’ve been away from WordPress

And I’ve had my appendix removed!

I’m now recovering at home

Feeling slightly battered and bruised!

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But I don’t need that appendage

It certainly had no purpose

And I’m back to my blogging world

Without an organ that was surplus!

That’s All!

See Ya xx