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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2007 10:12pm (Oct 13th 2007)
     
    A place to post photos that you think might interest the community.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2007 10:15pm (Oct 13th 2007) edited
     
    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
    Rufous Hummingbird-Washington State, USA
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2007 8:48am (Oct 14th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's a great idea, I'll look into a "safe" way of doing this - it would be great if we could upload a pic then have it stored so you can show it on the site or the forum.... hmmmmmmm!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2007 5:53pm (Oct 14th 2007)
     
    Cool - I'll wait to see what you come up with rather than loading anything further?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2007 8:24pm (Oct 14th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahh just post more pics if you want, I'm sure it'll be okay, and we can change if necessary :-\

    My dad's trying to sort something 'proper' out, but until then I don't see why it should be a problem :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2007 11:53pm (Oct 15th 2007) edited
     
    Ok then!

    I've been wondering about this. What do yard bunnies - those little wild ones - look like the world over? Do they all look like the sweet one who eats in my yard?
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    I leave her a little patch of longer grass to nibble, and that's where she goes most evenings!

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2007 8:29pm (Oct 16th 2007)
     
    She's cute!! We don't get bunnies at our house but I drive past the entrance to Birmingham International Airport on my route to and from work and see loads on the grass verges and traffic islands. They're usually a little bit greyer than yours, but otherwise very similar. The teeny weeny baby ones are the best!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2007 3:41am (Oct 17th 2007)
     
    We do not have very many rabbits in the hilly part of Mississippi where I live now, but when I was growing up in the delta near the Mississippi River , they were very abundent. There were many rabbit burrows in our cotton fields and sometimes I would find a nest of babies but I never picked them up because the skin and fur is delicate and tears easily . Our bunnies and rabbits were brown and were called cottontails because of the round white fluff of fur on their rears. There were also some hares that lived in the swamps and they were grey.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2007 6:00am (Oct 17th 2007)
     
    Thank you Kate & Janice - it was really exciting to hear about the bunnies in other places. I am really fond of my little yard bunny. She doesn't even run away when Holly & I come out of the front door now. Just hops happily around, nibbling. I like knowing she has distant cousins in Birmingham & Mississippi.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2007 8:18am (Oct 17th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ooooh, the wild bunnies over here look a little bit like that, but their heads/faces are rounder, not quite as pointed...in fact their bodies seem rounder too, and they have little white tails :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2007 6:39pm (Oct 17th 2007)
     
    I think she is sitting on her little white tail. LOL. But, its true, our bunnies have pointy little heads :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2007 6:51am (Oct 24th 2007)
     
    These aren't local birds for us-but I thought this Puffin at the Seattle Aquarium and her buddy were pretty cute:

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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2007 6:55am (Oct 24th 2007)
     
    Not birds but I thought this underwater view at the Aquarium was really cool!

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2007 8:13pm (Oct 24th 2007)
     
    Wow! What a great view! It looks a really nice place. I like to see fish in places like that, but can't see the point in a tank or bowl in a house. Still, if its true that goldfish only have a 5 second memory span I'm sure they're not bothered!
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2007 3:30am (Oct 25th 2007)
     
    How does one go about posting pictures??? I have a couple that my be of interest....

    Here in Southern New Mexico, we have bunnies, but all JACKRABBITS! They are amazing, sort of like small kangaroos!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2007 4:35am (Oct 25th 2007) edited
     
    These otters play in the bay near my house - although this little one was a rescue who now lives behind glass at the Aquarium.

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    Didn't get a good shot of the harbor seal (sorry Kate!) This one is bad enough - glass reflection prob...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2007 5:12am (Oct 25th 2007) edited
     
    Does anyone know these flowers (the light orange ones, hanging like rain drops)? "Burgmansia Peaches & Cream" I think. They are the most wonderful smelling things! I'm wondering if I can grow them...

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2007 3:44pm (Oct 25th 2007)
     
    They're so unusual - never seen any like that before, and the otter is the prettiest thing! I love them and can watch them for hours. Our Sealife Centre is quite small but they have 3 otters who happily play together for hours.

    Does it cause you a problem if we post pictures Neil? I'm sure they'd only be occasional ones that we'd like to share, but would hate it if it slowed up the site or anything like that.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2007 7:37am (Nov 23rd 2007) edited
     

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    Nice pics Dianeon
    here is a pic from wazza



    <img src='http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/wayland2770/K1.jpg'>

    Hmmmmmmm why do my pics not show? (hmmm probably still waiting for admin to approve my registration)

    Should photo album not be a seperate place in the Categories..... that would be nice
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 11:43am (Nov 24th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, the pic is definitely showing now wazza :P

    I'll talk to my dad about getting a seperate category for photos and he can sort it out ;)
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 12:31pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     

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    I have been all over the world and places such as Kenya on safari and australia and America and many many other places i hace a vast photo selection of animals to share with you all ( And lots of chickens too)
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 12:33pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     

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    Once upon a time I had some labradores so Here they are to please you all

    Mustard and Cress

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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 1:09pm (Nov 24th 2007) edited
     

    no longer a member

    some of my collection of chickens

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 3:42pm (Nov 24th 2007) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    ^ ^ ^ I like those fluffy ones!! :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 5:00pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    Mustard and cress - great names and lovely dogs!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 6:42pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    Wow - you don't collect just any old chicken wazza. These are really sweet!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 9:58pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    Wazza, is that avatar one of your babies birthing ???
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 11:58am (Nov 25th 2007)
     

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    Ollie...My avatar is a dancing mouse actually but alas avatars do not show the whole pic
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 11:59am (Nov 25th 2007)
     

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    Diane I have got so many chickens and they ARE ALL SO CUTE
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 12:02pm (Nov 25th 2007)
     

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    On my old car I used to have a piggy.. meet Mr piggy

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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 12:04pm (Nov 25th 2007)
     

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    And in these days of terrorism you have to be so mindfull that the animals dont take over the world.. I found this little fellow... and managed to capture him before he started shooting

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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 12:19pm (Nov 25th 2007)
     

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    Here is a funny pic for you guys is it really true humans actually look like there animals

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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 12:22pm (Nov 25th 2007)
     

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    and what about some talented pets who can actually drive?

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 5:51pm (Nov 25th 2007)
     
    The little mouse/gerbil type creature was cute! Is he yours?
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2007 8:40am (Nov 26th 2007)
     

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    That little urban terrorist Kate nooooooooooo....
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2007 8:59am (Nov 26th 2007)
     

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    Tee hee we all see the day to day life in the hen coop, but this is what i see day to day in my garden

    The daily visits to my water bowl

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2007 11:27am (Nov 26th 2007)
     
    Starlings - I was only saying on another post that we don't see nearly as many as we used to. That's coz they're all in your garden!
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2007 12:20pm (Nov 26th 2007)
     

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    Yepp indeed we have Pidgeons, starlings, magpies, sparrows, robins and bluetits as well and a few other type of tits too... oh and a hedgehog comes in every now and again
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2007 3:36pm (Nov 26th 2007)
     
    I love hedgehogs - noisy eaters!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2007 8:00pm (Nov 26th 2007) edited
     
    Have any of you ever read "Arnie the Darling Starling?" I couldn't stand this bird until I read that book :)

    Hedgehogs!! Those are the little mini-porcupines right? In fact, isn't that little guy with the machine gun (above) a hedgehog? You have them running around wild there ?? THAT would be cool!

    Outside my door (at the feeders) are chickadees (chesnut backed), juncos, pileated and hairy and downy woodpeckers, stellars jays, hummingbirds, ring neck doves (might not be the right name...), strawberry finches, varied thrush, wrens, rufous sided towhees, american crows, red-breasted nuthatches, and (earlier in the year) a family of violet-green swallows. All of them land here for the black sunflower seed and/or the suet & peanuts in the feeders. Well, except the hummingbirds... The racket they all make is astounding. Nearby there is a rookery of great blue herons - so they sometimes fly over. Such amazing prehistoric seeming birds. And, periodically a flock of those British immigrants the starlings swoop in to gobble at our feeders... Do you have any of the birds I see at our feeders where you live? (Well, I know you do Lynn :D )

    Over head just yesterday I was digging around in the roses and 2 eagles dived close enough to me & Holly that we could hear their wing beats. Frightening!
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 10:32am (Nov 27th 2007)
     

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    I love little hedgepigs... they are so cute ( LIke me)
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 10:35am (Nov 27th 2007)
     

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    meet Nodders

    wazza's guard dog in his garden

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    and garden cat to scare away the naughty Birds

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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 11:24am (Nov 27th 2007)
     

    no longer a member

    <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/wayland2770/IMG_6409.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>

    a few of my buddies
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 7:51pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    Diane you have the best garden visitors ever! I forgot that in America a hedgehog is a domestic pet isn't it, like we have cats, dogs, rabbits, (hens!) we have them as 'wild' animals. There's an island off Scotland somewhere where they were introduced to reduce the population of a pest (slugs or something) but instead they started to eat the eggs of birds that lay on the ground in nests. The powers that be then decided they all had to be culled. Don't know what the outcome was - will have to find out.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 8:04pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    Oh wow - I can't imagine a landscape where little hedgehogs roam. That is really really GREAT! You've made my day Kate :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 8:10pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    But the sad thing is there are always dead ones in the road. Damn cars. :(
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 8:13pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    Hey - we are on at the same time!

    That's very sad. It hate spring here where all the bunnies & low flying birds & deer are at risk from this deadly weapon. I drive with one hand on the horn and a white knuckle grip.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 8:28pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    The wild hedgehogs in my garden keep the slugs down so I don't use slug killing pellets either.
    I can hear them snuffling around in the night, not just now though, it is too cold.
    If we see one that has been run over on the road, it is called a "Deadjog"
    A dead frog is a "Squog"
    We haven't come up with one for rabbits. "Dunny" doesn't quite seem right !
    Love your garden 'pets' Wazza. Just up my street but way off my pocket.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 9:38pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    Great phrases Ollie! I checked out the hedgehog cull and the Scottish National Heritage board suspended its cull and allowed a rescue organisation to trap and relocate them instead.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 9:48pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    Yahoo! The hedgehogs live! That's GREAT :D :D :D
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2007 8:26am (Nov 28th 2007)
     

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    Hedgehogs, Hedghepigs as they are also called are very cute and here in buckinghamshire we have St Tiggywinkles the hedgehog rescue centre I am sure if you googled, you will read more about it...
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2007 12:27pm (Nov 28th 2007)
     

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    This is the pic I often use as my screen saver, I took it whilst on safari in Kenya

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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2007 12:28pm (Nov 28th 2007)
     

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    And another one of my favourites

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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2007 1:54pm (Nov 28th 2007)
     
    I have two lovely giraffe pics. They are door posters and laminated. All my doors are full lenth glass. The giraffes are on the bedroom doors, look wonderful at night with the light sinning through.
    One is a bought picture of a Mummy reaching down and planting a smackeroo kiss on baby's head. The other I cadged from a South African Tourist shop out there.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2007 7:15pm (Nov 28th 2007) edited
     
    I was in a shop in B'ham city centre last week called The Pier and they had some lovely metal sculptures of giraffes. I was so tempted to buy one - until I saw the price tag! I'd love to go on safari, especially to see the big cats! ;)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2007 10:12pm (Nov 28th 2007)
     
    I have a friend in Johanesburg, actually school friend family of my deceased hubby. We stayed there twice for a few weeks. They took us all over, we once got lost on a petered out dirt road in the Drakensburg Mountains.
    I am considering going again but friend is now eighty, though still bombs around Jo' on his motor bike - he was a speedway rider.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 1:16pm (Nov 30th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi Ollie,

    That's something you don't hear anymore - I remember as a kid you could hear the Speedway races at Odsal Top all the way over the valley to where we lived - it always sounded so exciting but my parents never took me!

    You should definitely take a trip there again, it would be a great way to avoid the horrid new year weather we always seem to get just after Christmas!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 1:22pm (Nov 30th 2007)
     
    Can we all come?!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 1:30pm (Nov 30th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Now there's an idea!
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 6:10pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     

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    <a href="http://s217.photobucket.com/albums/cc17/wazza2770/?action=view&current=IMG_6605.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc17/wazza2770/IMG_6605.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    awwwwwwwww he is so cute bless him
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 11:17pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    Wazza! THANKS for adding this to the photo album. He is so darling.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 12:09pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     

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    <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v240/wayland2770/?action=view&current=Comp3.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/wayland2770/Comp3.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    this is one of my fav pics
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 12:23pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Er, why?! Seems an odd one to have as a favourite?!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 1:48pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Even the duck abandoned this sinking ship.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 2:16pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    No rats, though...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 5:21pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    I like all the texture in it. And the monochrome aspect with the little duck accent.

    One can also read a lot into it - despair and hope; the audacity of man's sense of superiority over animals; or - to quote Ollie: even the duck has abandoned this sinking ship (which would be despair with no hope I guess.) :P
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 8:41pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    I love the ducks, and the look of the water, and the humour of the sunken boat that's still tied up, but I just wondered what made it a favourite piccie. Did you take it Wazza? Is there a story behind it?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 8:42pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Good question! Do tell W.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 9:05pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     

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    It was in Heidelberg in Germany, Shobhna and I were on holiday and having fun... and it made me smile the sunken boat with the ducks looking on in dispair.... and an odd thing to see and made a great photo oportunity
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 9:09pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    I see! I thought there had to be a memory in it too. I see the boat's called Heidelberg too.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 9:15pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     

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    yes indeed
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 9:06pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Ranger to the left, Holly to the right - enjoying the view after a scamper down the beach and up the hill (where bunnies live) at Holmes Harbor, in Freeland, Washington.
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    Ranger & Holly waiting for a coffee :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 11:06pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    They're so lovely - and could be related!! Their colouring is so similar. Ranger only looks like he's a couple of years old. Is he Holly's toyboy?!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 12:15am (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    That's absolutely what he is :D Although, they are both exactly 4 years old. He just has that innocent look. Fools all the girls. He is a "Carolina Dog" - or Dingo. Holly is probably Australian Shephard & Rhodesian Ridgeback...plus.

    The fireworks are screaming over the cam mic.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 12:39am (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    The pups look so cute sitting on that bench, Diane...what a darling couple they make!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 12:44am (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    Awwww. Thank you. They are very sweet (and cooperative) dogs.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 4:44am (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    I just posted a New Years vid on UTube. Not very good (bad camera/over sensitive microphone) but heartfelt... ;)

    Here's the url.

    From the Beach
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 5:17am (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    That was wonderful, Diane!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 2:09pm (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    Thanks Diane, that was a great video! Lovely to see your part of the world - shame the eagle was shy though. Holly and Ranger looked a bit perplexed at what you were doing, sort of "hang on, I haven't combed my hair and I've got sand under my nails, and are you talking to me mommy?!!"
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 2:18pm (Jan 1st 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    Nice looking Doggies Diane
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 6:48pm (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    Thanks Lynn! It feels good that you liked it :)

    Kate, I was thinking, while I filmed it that I'm sharing a special part of the island with you all and that you'll kind of be there when my Whidbey friends & dogs & I walk it now. Holly & Ranger where perlexed, but it was more: *Rarf, where is that small furry animal I smell? Rarf!* LOL - I know the sound of an eagles cry very well now. But, this time, it was a gull! I swear the gull had learned to imitate an eagle - a useful skill if you think about it! It was stomping around on the beach giving that eagle scream.

    Thank you Wazza! I'll tell 'em you said so. :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 11:12pm (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    If ever you do catch the eagle I'd love to see that too. I have a real 'thing' for birds of prey - its sort of the other end of the bird scale from chickens, but I still find them really relaxing. The effortless flight, the sheer size - amazing. Didn't know gulls could master a talent like that but I agree - very useful. Hope it doesn't fly over the coop, the girls will have a panic!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 7:05pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    We have Red Kites here - I see more of those than I do sparrows! Sage & Onion certainly don't like them circling overhead, even though they (allegedly) only eat carrion...S & O gather up their skirts and make a dignified saunter towards their coop or the little lean-to by the shed!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 7:35pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    Hey everyone - I made a video for you! Did you look at it? (Jan 1st in this thread...) I know Lynn & Kate saw it. No one else? (You have to double click on the link...*From the Beach*)

    Or, you saw it already & it was just to horrible to mention? :( I'd understand really, I kind of hate my camera (& my voice.)

    But, if you just haven't seen it...its kind of my New Year's present to you all.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 7:48pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    It was beautiful, Diane; I lost patience with my pooter because it kept starting and stopping, so I had to wait to be shown how to prevent it by a grownup who knows more about pooters than I do (almost anybody, in fact!). So a belated thank you; if I didn't live in the hub of the universe already, I might be seriously tempted to up sticks! A wonderful sense of tranquility. Thank you! xxxx
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 8:08pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    Awww. Thank you CC :) (I was particularly worried that my squeeky voice might offend your finely tuned ears...)

    My (penny pinching) choice to remain a dial upper means that it takes THREE HOURS to load a tiny little vid like that unto UTube. And then I have to wait about 15 minutes for it to upload back to me so I can actually watch it. Ridiculous. BUT I'VE SAVED MONEY!! :) Fortunately, once all the out and in loading has happened - it loads immediately from then on. Not that I return to watch any of 'em after that. LOL
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 9:38pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    I love your voice Diane!! I really like to talk to people from other countries but it makes me feel 'common' when I hear myself. I particularly like the american and canadian twang.

    OK, here goes. Thought the photo album thread was the best place to post the pictures of ... The Blanket!

    First one is full size, spread over the (very old) armchair.

    blanket1

    This one is it neatly folded and tied ready to be gifted to the new mommy and daddy!

    blanket3

    Hope your computer can cope with the pics Diane!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 9:43pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    It's beautiful!! They'll be so pleased....I'm mildly hurt that you spurned my stapler and glue gun, but the Girl Done Good, as they say Over There!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 9:47pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    I wasn't sure your staples would go with the colours, and for some reason new mums are sensitive about giving sharp things to their babies. Can't imagine why! ;)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 9:51pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    I love all that satin binding and the colours are very well balanced.
    Well done and worth all that effort. You won the race too !
    All we need now is the BABY.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 9:54pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    That's true...any sign yet? Or just indigestion?!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 10:02pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    I had thought about kitting or crocheting a border, but that would've taken ages (and the purchase of more wool!) Aren't babies supposed to like different textures too? They told me after I'd finished the knitting that a friend has bought them a blanket. Grr. They did quickly add that mine would be better coz its made with lurve! (They know which side their bread's buttered!)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 10:02pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    KATE - its gorgeous!!! (Why does everything make me teary-eyed lately?) Oh wow its just so lovely and snuggly. I agree with Ollie's words about the satin & the colors - and I'm guessing our midwifery friend has seen lots of them with which to make a comparison :)

    CC - you always make me grin (especially on the subject of kiddies.)

    Awww - thank you Kate. Its funny how certain countries sound more elegant than one's own. I can love Brit sitcoms, etc if only for the pleasure of listening to all the various and lovely ways our original mother tongue is spoken.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 10:04pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    Oh and signs - sort of. She thinks she might be in slow labour. She's getting twinges which are getting stronger, and they were 40mins apart today and getting stronger. Frequent loo stops too and the bump is lower!

    Are there any 'insider' tips for when its on its way Ollie?!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 10:06pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    I thought the colours would be OK in case the scan was wrong and its not a girl! Also can be kept for if they ever have another as they're pretty standard baby colours. (If it doesn't stand the test of time I'll be buying a blanket for any subsequent babies!)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 10:12pm (Jan 2nd 2008) edited
     
    Insider tips = do absolutely nothing to 'encourage' labour.
    Interfering starts things going wrong. Let nature work at the speed this baby and mother need it to go.
    Have plenty of rest, take nourishing drinks and food. Relax and think sweet thoughts about soon holding baby in your arms.
    That all goes for the rest of the family too.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 10:13pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    Maybe, just like labor pains, you'll forget the finger pain by the next one...

    Sigh. I have to take Ranger to the kennel where he will stay for a day & a half before his family can pick him up. I have to work in Seattle tomorrow and he wouldn't deal well with my office there, or staying at our house alone (with cats.) Sob. I REALLY feel pain in my heart at the thought of delivering him to the kennel. I so wish I could tell him what its about. :( I'm taking him and Holly for a long walk at Greenbank Farm before the kennel. I know it was much better for him to stay with us for 6 days, vs 9 at the kennel - but this is the big down side to that plan. I've fallen in love with the boy.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 10:15pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    This community is stellar! There's Ollie helping our first hencam human baby to make her (or maybe his) arrival in the world. Soooo sweet.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 10:25pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    Excellent advice - thanks Ollie. I'm sure she'll arrive when she's good and ready!

    Poor Diane, I really feel for you. :( Haven't you already kept him a day or so longer than you thought you would? It is only a very short time for him, and I'm sure he's been in kennels before so will understand that is just like staying in a hotel for a night or so. He's already had a great holiday with you and I'm sure that's made him really happy. When Foggy had her kittens I didn't want to give any away because I thought no one could love them like I did, but one friend took 2 and another took one and they're all so happy and loved that I knew it was the right thing to do. If he won't deal well with the office its surely better at the kennel making some new friends with the other dogs and being fussed over by the kennel maids! You've done him a big favour already and are such a kind hearted person. Perhaps he can come visit you again! :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2008 10:42pm (Jan 2nd 2008)
     
    Ollie forgot two important things: boil some water and tear up sheets. I hope Kate's daughter has an iron bedstead to hang on to.... D'you know, I think I might have watched too many Westerns over Christmas...
    Diane, Ranger's lived like a king for the last 6 days...he'll need 3 days to acclimatise to life without a girlfriend and a maidservant on tap, otherwise going home's going to be SUCH a shock for him!