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Happy Easter

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This picture reminds me of my house rabbit, Slippers!

I have had a lovely Easter with my family.   Started off out in the garden just before 8 this morning.  Managed to weed part of a very weedy border.   Wrecked myself in the process, however it was definitely worth it.  This part has only been glanced over the last few years as I usually start the other end of the border and by the time I reach this section I am usually exhausted.  So it was nice to really get into it and give it a good gut out – couch grass is such a pain, not half as much as mare’s tail which tends to invade my vegetable area.  Whilst I was weeding, slowly moving around on a chair, my hubby was finishing cat proofing my raised veggie beds. 
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Dawn – It is a crescendo of musical delight

“Sunrise Behind Tree” by  Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Sunrise Behind Tree”
Image courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A Crescendo of Musical Delight

I find dawn to be a most magical part of the day.  

The moment where the deepest, darkest night slowly eases itself into daylight.  

The moment where the bitter cold of the last hour before dawn slowly increases in temperature as the light intensifies.

All this brings the world to life from the deep, dark silence that exists through the night.

Little flurries of activity from animals and birds alike.  

Up with the dawn!  

As the light intensifies and the temperature rises so do the birds.

It only takes one to start the song then the rest join in – blackbirds, thrushes, sparrows, crows, wood pigeons, doves – plus many, many more.  

The dawn chorus – such a wonderful musical accompaniment to bring in the new day ahead.  

It is a crescendo of musical delight!AAA-Signature

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Cloud, cloud go away, come again another day – wishing for clear skies tonight!

Aurora Borealis photo taken in America a few hours ago – published on one of my favourite Facebook pages – Celestial Light: Irish Aurora Hunters Homepage

I wouldn’t normally post more than a couple of blogs in a day, I tend to do a lot of writing and then schedule posts to come up over a few days when I am unable to blog.  However, this was too much of a biggie to not blog about, especially as this is happening now.

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MAN OVERBOARD – Oh it’s OK, it’s just a rubber duck! Or is it a Lego Octopus!

Rubber duck and tall ships, and Lego octopus

Over the last few week’s I have been following a Facebook Page about Lego lost at sea and the places that it has washed ashore.  The Lego pieces were being carried by the Tokyo Express, which was hit by a huge wave, washing 62 containers overboard, 20 miles off the Cornish coast in 1997 – 18 years ago.  This resulted in nearly 5 million Lego pieces, that were being shipped to New York, falling into the sea!  Ironically the pieces that were lost at sea were mainly of a sea theme – such things as oars, air tanks and scuba gear (97,500), octopus (4,200), life rafts, flippers (418,000), ships rigging (26,400), life preservers (26,600)… along with 33,000 dragons, 353,000 daisys, plus some other bits and pieces of Lego. Now these pieces have slowly been coming ashore at different places across the world and there have been recent finds (i.e. as at the beginning of March 2015) in France, the Channel Islands, Netherlands, the USA, as well as along the coast of Cornwall.  There has even been a report of a flipper, believed to have been from the Tokyo Express, found in Melbourne!  Continue reading

Penguin Love on Valentines Day

Belfast Zoo posted this on their Facebook page and I could not resist sharing it here on my blog.

Penguin love

Forget diamonds, in the penguin world it’s all about the pebbles! Not just any pebbles, male Gentoo Penguins search for the smoothest ones to present to his chosen companion. If the female accepts the pebble and places it in her nest, she has accepted the male penguin as her mate!

Happy valentines day everyone!