Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree 3

More holiday snaps!!

But with a slight difference and if you saw yesterday’s blog, you would know that the topic today is concerning saucy Stinkbugs…..

I also happen to think that these Stinkbugs (Shieldbugs aka Eurydema Ornata!) are totally carefree….they certainly didn’t seem to mind a camera hovering above them!

Look…

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Yes, they’re mating!!

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And they don’t care who knows it!

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I just think they are stunning and very beautiful!

Now, can you guess who this is? I have zoomed right in so it makes it a little more difficult for you!

Beautiful pattern!

Beautiful pattern!

 

Anyway….go on….have a guess!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

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Me and My Shadow on Holiday in Turkey!

I have followed this little chap around the pool a lot today!

Dharma Dragonfly was pleased with how long his body looked when he glanced at his shadow!

Dharma Dragonfly was pleased with how long his body looked when he glanced at his shadow!

He lifted his bottom end (I know it's his abdomen) and was shocked by how short he looked!

He lifted his bottom end (I know it’s his abdomen) and was shocked by how short he looked In the shadow!

"Damn!"  exclaimed Dharma Dragonfly as he discovered that however high he put his bottom end, he couldn't make himself look long again!

“Damn!” exclaimed Dharma Dragonfly as he discovered that however high he put his bottom end, he couldn’t make himself look long again!

Dharma stopped thinking about size and opted for the sheer beauty of his wings in the sunlight.

Dharma stopped thinking about size and opted for the sheer beauty of his wings in the sunlight.

Having shown off his wings in the sunlight, Dharma decided to pose on a piece of dried grass in front of a different background! I quite like it!

Having shown off his wings in the sunlight, Dharma decided to pose on a piece of dried grass in front of a different background! I quite like it!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

HOLIDAY!

I’m on holiday in Turkey, at the villa that’s on the side of my blog page entitled ‘Fancy a Holiday”. It’s beautiful!

We have a pomegranate tree and it is full of not quite ripe pomegranates. Sadly they’re not ready til September or October.

 

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This one has split open. Aha....a photo opportunity!

This one has split open. Aha….a photo opportunity!

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Taken from horizontal position, looking upward under a banana tree!

Taken from horizontal position, looking upward under a banana tree!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Peacock in Istanbul….Peacock in Istanbul!!

So we are now on holiday in Turkey and arrived at our villa late last night. We had a stop off in Istanbul on the way and had time for a leisurely lunch.

Oh joy came upon me as I was munching lunch, in the form of wildfowl and water fowl in the surrounding area!

I’m sure you already know which critter I’m going to show you photos of…..

May I introduce….Ponar Peacock

At first he wouldn't look at me so I took full advantage and snapped away!

At first he wouldn’t look at me so I took full advantage and snapped away!

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Getting  a little closer now…..

Oh those colours!

Oh those colours!

And now…yet more yummy photos of Ponar….. You can make these bigger by clicking on them!

 

Just a few more now…..

"Hmmm!" Said Ponar, "I think I've had enough photographer lady....you may leave!"

“Hmmm!” Said Ponar, “I think I’ve had enough photographer lady….you may leave!”

"Are you listening? ENOUGH! Please leave NOW!"

“Are you listening? ENOUGH! Please leave NOW!”

Ponar then decided to ignore me!

Ponar then decided to ignore me!

Then he ignored me some more!

Then he ignored me some more!

That’s All!

See ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in pictures 2

 

January 2012-Old Man's Beard taken with my new camera.

January 2012-Old Man’s Beard taken with my new camera.

 

February 2012-Snow on my lovely curly plant in the garden!

February 2012-Snow on my lovely curly plant in the garden

 

March 2012-My eldest grandson looking intensely at pegs! (He is...you just can't see them!)

March 2012-My eldest grandson looking intensely at pegs! (He is…you just can’t see them!)

 

April 2012-Wahiba Desert in Oman-those sand dunes are hard to climb!

April 2012-Wahiba Desert in Oman-those sand dunes are hard to climb!

 

May 2012_It was a good year for dandelions-are they too beautiful to be weeds?

May 2012_It was a good year for dandelions-are they too beautiful to be weeds?

 

June 2012-Dragon fly caught on iphone camera!

June 2012-Dragon fly caught on iphone camera!

 

 

July 2012-By the canal I found this iris!

July 2012-By the canal I found this iris!

August gets several photos…

Merhaba! (That means 'hello' in Turkish).

Merhaba! (That means ‘hello’ in Turkish).

Pomegranite flower on its journey to becoming a fruit

Pomegranite flower on its journey to becoming a fruit

 

Pomegranate at a different stage on its way to becoming a fruit!

Pomegranate at a different stage on its way to becoming a fruit!

 

Hibiscus brightus reddicus!

Hibiscus brightus reddicus!

 

Hibiscus brightus white-icus!

Hibiscus brightus white-icus!

 

Cunning disguise put on in order to cut down neighbouring trees at the villa in Turkey!

Cunning disguise put on in order to cut down neighbouring trees at the villa in Turkey!

 

September 2012-"Well bend me over and slap my bum!" said Candice Conker in her particularly prickly pants!

September 2012-“Well bend me over and slap my bum!” said Candice Conker in her particularly prickly pants!

 

October 2012-Charlie Chard lookin' fine!

October 2012-Charlie Chard lookin’ fine!

 

 

November 2012-A beautiful crisp, clear day upon which I decided to lie on the ground and take upward photos of my orchid!

November 2012-A beautiful crisp, clear day upon which I decided to lie on the ground and take upward photos of my orchid!

 

 

December 2012-Beech leaves with very cold edges!

December 2012-Beech leaves with very cold edges!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

What a hard task this has been!

January 2012-With new camera in hand, I began experimenting with close up photos!

January 2012-With new camera in hand, I began experimenting with close up photos!

February 2012-The last flowers my dad sent to my mum before he died

February 2012-The last flowers my dad sent to my mum before he died

March 2012-Preparations for my mum's art exhibition

March 2012-Preparations for my mum’s art exhibition

 

April 2012-Ceiling of Mosque in Muscat

April 2012-Ceiling of Mosque in Muscat

 

May 2012-Beautiful flower that I chose as my blog picture

May 2012-Beautiful flower that I chose as my blog picture

 

June 2012-Wow...Cinnabar Moth

June 2012-Wow…Cinnabar Moth

 

July 2012-So pretty I couldn't resist leaning over someone's garden wall to take this photo

July 2012-So pretty I couldn’t resist leaning over someone’s garden wall to take this photo

 

August 2012-A well needed rest in my villa in Turkey...it's available for rent!

August 2012-A well needed rest in my villa in Turkey…it’s available for rent!

 

September 2012- A new discovery for me...Inkweed fruit

September 2012- A new discovery for me…Inkweed fruit

 

October 2012-The captivating Chinese Lantern plant

October 2012-The captivating Chinese Lantern plant

 

November 2012-I took hundreds of photos of this most gorgeous Mandarin duck

November 2012-I took hundreds of photos of this most gorgeous Mandarin duck

 

December 2012-The heaviest frost I have ever seen

December 2012-The heaviest frost I have ever seen

 

The Camel Spider Experience!

It had been another hot day on our Turkish holiday, approximately 45 degrees, and travelling buddy and I had had a hard morning by the pool, sunbathing, reading, swimming….you get the picture. We then had a beer (turkish beer called Efes-very nice) and continued holidaying vigourously. A little later we decided that it was time to become recumbent out of the sun. So we picked up our books, kindle and iPad and retreated to the living room…..

Ample space for retreating from the sun for a short while.

I positioned myself on the settee by the wall whilst travelling buddy started moving cushions on the other settee for ultimate comfort. Suddenly she moved faster than I have ever seen her move before, clutching her arms around herself and hyper-ventilating! Whilst rearranging the cushions, she had picked one up and underneath it was this…….

No wonder she looked a little startled!

Now obviously this is not the photo of the incident…the floors of the villa are tiles not mud! I didn’t manage to get a photo at the time but wanted you to be able to see the great big blighter!

Anyway, on with the story. This camel spider had been sitting quietly, minding his own business underneath one of the aforementioned cushions being plumped for comfort before being rudely disturbed. But once exposed, it remained quite still and was very accommodating as I placed a large jar over it. I can honestly say I have never seen any spider like it. It was gross yet fascinating. It had 8 legs and then those two antennae positioned leg lookalikes flailing in the air. It was about 15cm long. But that beak….oh it was so horrible. I have managed to find another photo but a little closer up….

Ugh ugh ugh!

What can I say? If you were to google camel spiders then you could see videos of them too….if you wanted!

So, camel spider under the cushion got unceremoniously thrown over the garden wall so that travelling buddy and I could get on with the business of relaxation and more beer drinking to calm our nerves.

That’s all for now, but I might find another creepy crawly story for another day!!

See Ya xx

 

 

 

Who would have thought ‘peach’ was so rude?

On our many visits to Turkey we have got to know some of the locals, and one of them is called Emina and amongst us English there is always someone who pronounces it wrong and ends up saying….yes you’ve guessed it….Enema! This, of course, always makes me giggle as I have not graduated into grown up humour and still thoroughly enjoy anything silly, oh, and I adore slapstick.

Anyway, this is Emina…..

Emina about to cook us savoury pancakes…yum!

We have not tried to explain this slight problem we have with her name especially as I have not a clue how I would do it….I simply don’t know enough Turkish to translate:

ENEMA: a solution introduced into the rectum to promote evacuation of faeces or as a means of introducing nutrients, medicinal substances, or opaque material for radiologic examination of the lower intestinal tract. (Medical Online Dictionary)

Now I wish to introduce to you the seftali which is pronounced sheftarlih:

It’s the peaches that I want you to focus on please.

Yes seftali is the Turkish for peach. This picture was taken in the dining room of the villa and the peaches were picked from the trees in the garden. In fact we had so many peaches we really didn’t know what to do with them. We cooked them as many different ways as we could as we seemed to have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are beautiful, yummy, juicy, tasty, absolutely scrumptious and best of all…..FREE! Very different from those hard bullet like peaches you get in the UK. Here’s the peach tree in action…..

The peaches on the ground were knocked there by the local red squirrels!

Anyway, we invited Emina to eat with us one evening and it was then that we found out that saying the word peach in English translates into a rude word in Turkish. Emina erupted into fits of giggles as she mimed what it means as she doesn’t have the English vocabulary to explain:

PIC (Pronounced ‘pitch’) n. bastard, illegitimate child, natural child, bastard slip 
 adj. bastard, illegitimate, baseborn, misbegotten, spurious (Turkish to English Online Translation website)
Can you imagine Emina’s mime??
So every time a Brit goes to ask for a kilo of peaches (which the Turkish hear as ‘pitches’)………Well I know I would have to giggle!
To finish off, here’s a sunset from the balcony of the villa…..

This happens every night!!

That’s about all for now.

See ya

xx

Oh me Oh my…you say she was once a teacher??? (Thursday 6th September)

The first thing I must do today is apologise. Yes apologise I must for a spelling mistake. All through my blog yesterday I had an uneasy feeling every time I wrote a certain fruit name and it wasn’t until I showed my mother the blog (yes she of speeding ticket fame)  that I let out a squawk and realised I had written ‘pomegranite’ instead of ‘pomegranate’. So sorry-but now that’s cleared that up I’ll tell you a little more of the Turkey holiday.

Twas early in the holiday, maybe the second day, just before the tree cutting expeditions but on a reconnaissance mission (longwinded sentence  or what?) that the accident occurred. Here let me tell you……

My travelling buddy and I were ascending some somewhat perilous Turkish steps when I heard a sort of crumping sound behind me followed by a guttural groan that seemed to emanate from my previously mentioned buddy. One look at the scene behind me warned me that there might be a broken bone afoot! The problem was indeed in the foot region and as I heeded cries of ‘Get me ice!’ I thought, ‘Where’s the nearest hospital?’ This is the result of the fall…..

And that was before her foot swelled to almost double its size!

At this point I will tell of a weakness that I have, one that I have passed on to my children….I’m afraid I tend to laugh inappropriately! However I am pleased to report that I did NOT in this instance! (Phew!) Fortunately no need for hospital but a very nasty injury all the same.

Now onto a slightly more nature orientated couple of photos. These photos are of a Turkish butterfly (kelebek) that I have since looked up on the internet and which appears to be a rare Mission Blue. Both with wings closed and with wings open it is very beautiful….

The Mission Blue kelebek

And in ‘arms up’ position…..

Look at the stripes on the antennae

Now can I remind you or indeed inform you that if you hover your mouse over the pictures there is usually some comment lurking beneath!

That’s all.

See Ya xx

Been Away a While (4th September 2012)

Well, I have been offline for a while, but now I’m back and hoping for a daily blog to emerge.

But first, one of the reasons I’ve not been a-blogging is a wonderful 3 and a half week holiday in Turkey. This took place in a beautiful villa…..

It’s as glorious as it looks!

And if you want a look at the surrounding countryside and mountains……

Mountains everywhere!

And here’s the other direction……

The beginnings of a sunset!

But not all was sweetness and light for a nearby villa had been left ungardened for a few months and a few of its trees were growing rather large. Horrors!!!!…..there was a possibility of our views being obscured by waving fruit trees and a large set of sycamores!!!

There was nothing for it….I had to act fast. I found myself an axe(!) and put on my disguise…….

Cunning disguise!

Had it not been for the legs I could have been taken for a local!

Anyway over the next few days, a slightly mad, disguised and possibly crazed English woman could be seen sweating profusely, sawing down trees and hauling the branches to the local forest. Hot work in 45 degrees!

The effect was one much tidier garden for that villa and our view was beautiful and unobstructed once more.

As you may know, I love taking pictures of wildlife and flowers so just to keep up with myself, here’s rather a good  (if I say so myself!) photo of a Turkish dragonfly….

Merhaba! (That means ‘hello’ in Turkish).

Well that’s me done for today and maybe tomorrow I’ll tell you about my falling out with an olive!

 

See ya!

x