Thursday, 24 August 2017


I am linking this image with GOOD FENCES. While I was on the Isle of Wight recently, my daughter Gillian and I went for a lovely walk and came across this church that certainly Queen Victoria used when she was in residence at Osborne House. Beatrice, Queens Victoria’s daughter also attended there often on Sundays.  When we arrived home Chris, Gillian's husband had a wonderful BBQ ready for us.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

EXTRA Kite and Osprey

This is an Osprey leaving the nest and a Red kite both photographed by Danny, one of my bird group when was on holidays. 

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017


These photographs of Gannets were taken by Danny, one of my bird group when we visited Great Saltee Island in June this year.  The second two Gannets are in different stages of immaturity while the first shot is how the breeding adult birds greet each other every time they come  together  I am linking with Wild Bird Wednesday

i am in the process of uploading and editing videos that I took on Great Saltee in 2015 and then will start on my stills!!! I am way behind on this work, taking too many photogaphs and not enough days in the week!

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Monday, 21 August 2017

THROUGH MY LENS - Amsterdam Zoo

For Through My Lens this week, I am showing you the Great White Pelican which I photographed at the the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam. Male Great White Pelicans are slightly larger than females and both have a huge wingspan of up to 3 metres wide.

The Great White Pelican’s huge, long bill/beak is used to scoop up fish from the water. The pouch under the beak is stretchy and can hold several litres of water. As the Pelican pushes its bill underwater, the lower bill bows out, creating a large pouch which fills with water and fish. As the bird lifts its head, the pouch contracts, forcing out the water but retaining the fish which are swallowed whole.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017


Who ·makes us smarter [or teaches us more] than the animals of the earth and wiser than the birds of the ·air

Job 35:11 

 Gannets photographed by Danny on Great Saltee Island.

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Have a Blessed Sunday.

Saturday, 19 August 2017


The Java Mouse Deer (Tragulus javanicus) is a species of even-toed ungulate from the family Tragulidae. At maturity it reaches the size of a rabbit, making it one of the smallest ungulates on earth.  I am linking to Saturday Critters.

Although called a deer, they do not grow antlers. Both sexes have elongated canine teeth, but they are especially prominent in males, where they project out on either side of the lower jaw. These teeth become effective weapons for the males in fights over females. The Asian species typically weigh between 1.5 and 17.6 lbs (0.7 and 8.0 kg).

Java Mouse Deer are primarily herbivores. Their diet consists primarily of that which is found on the ground in the dense vegetation they prefer to inhabit.

Mouse Deer are timid and solitary, but they often live in pairs. The young fawns are weaned at about three months of age and reach sexual maturity between five and ten months.

Mouse Deer are native to forests of South and Southeast Asia, with a single species in the rain forests of Central and West Africa. The species residing at Artis is native to the Indonesian island of Java. Although other Mouse Deer in Southeast Asia are very similar to the Javan species, researchers determined there are enough differentials to consider the Java Mouse Deer a completely separate species.

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Friday, 18 August 2017


It is time to link up with Friday’s Hunt and Weekend Reflections and this week the letter G, Candy and latch.   So today I am showing you the CANDY Shop at the Ulster Folk Museum near Cultra, the front and back of the LATCH  in my daughers’ kitchen door and the GENTLE GIANT GIRAFFES at the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam.  

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

GOOD FENCES - Amsterdam Zoo

How cute is this little girl dressed to see the animals at the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam and conveniently leaning over a wall for me to join GOOD FENCES.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Doll's Houses at the Rijks Museum, Amsterdam

These are a few images I took of doll’s houses when I visited the
 Rijks Museum in Amsterdam this year.  

 Various pieces in this dolls house are marked 1676 which is when it was probably completed.  It was made for a wealthy orphan who lived with her sister in Amsterdam.  It consisted of a peat loft, a linen room, a nursery, a lying-in room, a reception, a cellar, a kitchen and a dining room.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017


These are some images of a Burrowing Owl which I photographed at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam.  I am linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

Tomorrow I will show you birds I photogaphed at Hersey Nature Reserve.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

THROUGH MY LENS - Isle of Wight

Of my 2 weeks on the Isle of Wight, my family were away at a Faith camp for 1 of them and I was looking after Buddy their dog.  These photographs of Anna, my granddaughter, Matthew, my grandson and Gillian my daughter where taken before they left.  The remainder were taken when Buddy and I were out walking.  We often saw Little Egret and Black headed Gulls and they are already losing the colour from their head.  
I am linking with Through My Lens. 

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