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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Sunday, 13 August 2017


When life is heavy and hard to take,
    go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
    Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
    The “worst” is never the worst.

Lamentations 3:28

Photographed in Castle Park, Bangor
July 2017

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Have a Blessed Sunday

Saturday, 12 August 2017

SATURDAY CRITTERS - Mount Stewart Lake

While walking round Mount Stewart Lake near Newtwonards last week, I saw this beautiful Little Grebe who was very difficult to photograph as every time I got the lens focused on him, he usually dived! 
I am linking to SATURDAY CRITTERS.

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Have a great weekend.

Friday, 11 August 2017


I am linking to Fridays Hunt and Weekend Reflections and this week the letter is F, Self Portrait and New.  I took this SELF PORTRAIT below when I had to submit a shot of myself when joining EXTRAS NI.  I have been used as an extra in a few films now but I have had to turn more down more than I have done due to my many travels and other commitments!

This is me again in my NEW pencil skirt and blouse I bought in N.I but the sandals I bought in Malawi.  

For F I am showing you the FLAMINGOS I photographed at the
 Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam and there are certainly plenty of REFLECTIONS in these images.  

With vibrant pink and orange plumage that seems sunset-inspired, flamingos are some of the best dressed birds in the avian world. They weren't born that way, though! Baby flamingos are actually born with grey feathers that changes colour according to their diet.

Their distinctive pink colour develops over time thanks to their selective diet. A flamingo's diet primarily consists of aquatic organisms — such as shrimp and algae — high in pigments called carotenoids. Captive flamingos are feed a special diet that includes prawns (a pigmented crustacean) or additives such as beta-carotene or canthaxanthin, otherwise they would be white or pale pink.  

Carotenoids are the same pigments that cause shrimp to turn from grey to pink when they're boiled. Carotenoids are essential to maintaining the flamingo's signature colour. If a flamingo were to adopt a meal plan similar to other birds who feast on insects, seeds, or berries, its feathers would eventually become white or a faded pale pink.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

GOOD FENCE - Amsterdam Zoo

Not only was the Artis Royal Zoo a wonderful zoo but the grounds of it were beautiful as well.  I am linking to Good Fences.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Anthurium Flowers at Amsterdam Zoo

Not only was the Artis Royal Zoo a wonderful zoo but the flowers were beautiful as well.  These are Anthurium flowers which were in  a very large area that you could walk through with the birds flying about. 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


I photographed this Wreathed Hornbill at the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam and I am linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

 It is 30–39 in long. 
Males weigh from 4.0 lb to 8.0 lb, and females weigh 3.0 lb to 6.0 lb.

Male has the yellow pouch and female has blue one.

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