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A look at the lighter side of life - from the Other Down Under

Going Nuts Over Monkey Nuts!

Sparky and the Monkey Nut 1

Haiku 239

The nutty squirrel

Executes a smash and grab

Desperate measures

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Several different squirrels come by my garden to eat the seeds I put out. Most of them know to hop right up onto the upturned green container.

Clearly this youngster hadn’t got the memo!

I watched in amazement from my seat nearby under the shade of the tree.

Sparky 2

Obviously little Sparky could smell the food, but he wasn’t sure how to get to it. Even the pigeon in the bottom left hand corner of the photo wondered what was wrong with Sparky!

The plan Sparky came up with?

Climb into the mini hedge next to the food. Scramble up inside the tangled branches. Pop out at the top end. Stretch!

Success! Grab the monkey nut. Stuff it in your mouth. Exit the scene. This proved a little harder than entering as Sparky had to push himself back up into the hedge, against gravity!

This is the action shot I got above!

Once he’d procured the monkey nut, Sparky rushed away to bury it.

When he came back for more food, he had a brainwave – and hopped up onto the container like all his mates. No problem!

Sparky 3

However, after the year we’ve just had, and the pandemic still in full swing, maybe this is what we all need. A new way of looking at things!

Either that, or embracing the crazy!

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post script: I had a mini panic attack this morning when I tried to Log in to my WP account as usual, but kept getting sent back to the Log in screen. I had already deleted my cache and cookies; something I do regularly; so Googled other options. I tried the regular window instead of using private mode; I typed in a different search address, going back to basics. Still no luck at all.

Finally, I thought to try using Firefox instead of Google Chrome.

Success!

I’m feeling pretty chuffed that I managed to sort it out myself, but I am sure this is merely a presage of things to come.

WhatsApp, that I use regularly to keep in touch with family overseas, is forcing you to accept all of Facebook’s conditions, including their having access to – and the right to use – all of your chats and photos, contacts, phone numbers etc I am not on fb and never have been. Now I have till 8th February to decide whether I am willing to give fb the rights to my whole life.

The craziness just continues!

 

Happy New Year 2021

Pink Rose

Haiku 238

Bye 2020

Here’s to a New Beginning

2021!

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Well, what a year!

There’s not much I can say about this awful year.

Actually, there’s a lot! But I’ll save that for another time, as I like to keep my New Year’s greetings short and sweet.

It’s been a tough year for us all and I offer my condolences to those who have lost loved ones to Corona.

Thank you for your continued friendship here on WP.

And I hope that you all have a better year in 2021.

Cheers from Scifi.

Happy New Year!

 

Season’s Greetings

Crimson Sunset

Season’s Greetings to all my WP friends.

Wishing all those who celebrate it

A Very Merry Christmas;

and those who do not

Happy Holidays.

I hope you have a lovely festive season. We certainly need it after this year!

And here’s to a bright New Year.

Roll on 2021. We are all waiting for you to arrive!!!

 

The Cover-Up!

Syringa Tree

Haiku 237

Denuded branches

Quickly mask the exposure

With a Cover-Up

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The giant syringa tree that was heavily pruned a few months ago is making a game recovery. See Exposure 

Syringa Tree 2 – Pruned

It took a while to get going, but now is in full swing. By this time next year you won’t be able to tell it was ever cut back.

A successful cover-up indeed.

 

Undecided

Hydrangea 1

Haiku 236

When undecided

Pink or blue, which should I choose?

Try a blend of both!

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Hydrangea 2

My ancient hydrangea, though small, continues to produce these beautiful flowers year after year.

Sometimes the whole plant is blue, sometimes a mixture of blue and pink. This year it is about as pink as it ever gets.

 

And – Action!

Cape Robin 1

Haiku 234

Lights and Camera

Robbie leapt into action

Complete the Mission!

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Cape Robin 2

CUT! CUT! CUT!

“We need to see your face so the audience knows you’re performing your own stunts!” the Director shouted. Try Again!

Cape Robin 3

Robbie hung his head despondently. His audition for Mission Impossible 7 wasn’t going too well!

 

Gleefully

Giant Dandelion 1

Haiku 233

Gleefully golden

Spreading your seeds everywhere

Welcome to the bees

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Giant Dandelion 2

These giant dandelions have suddenly sprung up all over the lawn.

Pretty to look at, indeed, and the bees certainly favour them. – see photo below

Giant Dandelion and Bee 3

But in the end, they’re just big weeds, which are successfully overwhelming the struggling grass, so they have to go!

 

Whispering Clouds

Clouds 1

Whispering Clouds

Will-o’-the-wisp

Wistful

Whimsical

Wandering

Wondering

Wishing

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Clouds 2

This unusual cloud formation looks like a white fire of mist, spreading upwards and outwards.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to float on high like these clouds, without a care in the world? Especially now in Lockdown.

Wistful indeed.

 

Orcas of the Sky

Pied Crows 1

Haiku 232

Orcas of the sky

Black and white killing machines

And noisy to boot!

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No matter how bad a day you’re having, there’s always someone having a worse day.

I was in the kitchen boiling the kettle to make a cup of tea one afternoon, when I heard a lot of noise coming from outside.

Looking through the window I saw several Pied Crows flying around, cawing loudly. There were two, then three birds, flying from one tree to another nearby.

Pied Crow 2

They kept returning to the top of the large tree in my neighbour’s front garden. It looked like they were trying to perch there, but it was extremely windy with strong gusts, so they just kept hovering over the uppermost branches. They had to work hard to maintain their position, with wing and tail feathers splayed, as shown in the first photo.

Then I heard the most plaintive loud chirping coming from somewhere inside the foliage at the top of that tree.

I assumed these sharks of the sky were trying to kill a baby chick.

The peeping was pitiful. This prompted my thoughts above – No matter how bad a day you’re having, there’s always someone having a worse day.

I felt very sorry for whichever little bird was being harried incessantly.

Pied Crow 3

I could still hear the cawing and plaintive cheeping when sitting outside with my tea. So, I walked round the side of the house with my camera to see if I could find out what was going on.

I took a few shots of the large birds battling the strong wind currents. The photo above captures one crow flying with its beak open, cawing loudly!

The three crows kept coming back in turn to this one tree, where the peeping was coming from.

Finally, a big grey bird shot out of the tree, chirping loudly as it flew. The adults immediately followed it.

It was their own large youngster that they had been trying to encourage to move out of the top of the tree!

The family flew off together into the distance and the plaintive peeping stopped.

I was very happy to have been mistaken in thinking that they were trying to kill another bird’s chick.

They were simply protecting their own.

 

I am very lucky to have a garden with lots going on to entertain me (and provide Blog content) during our endless Lockdown. Otherwise by now I would have had to resort to showing you my collection of teaspoons!