Friday, 24 November 2017

FRIDAY'S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - Malawi and Costa Rica

I am linking with Friday’s Hunt and Weekend Reflections and this week the letter is U, Mosaic/collage and “I ate this”. U for UNIQUE.  Surely no one has had a Christmas on the 9 October in Malawi before?   Anyone?


  Well I decided before I left N. Ireland to take Christmas presents over for the family as I will not be seeing them at this festive time.  I had hoped that Jon, my SIL would be with us when we went to Lake Malawi and we could have had a BBQ however Jon had to go to Zambia.  I did not want to have one without him so I said to Judith when could we have it but with lots of commitments in the family the only day was the next day after this conversation.  I said I would make a desert that I know everyone would like and as Judith had a late meeting after a busy day, I also said I would make a meal with what we had available in the house.  It ended up, that it was all UNIQUE as nothing turned out to the way I had planned however it was all delicious.


I had brought 4 new Christmas decorations for them so Judith had this Baobab tree and we put them on that which decorated the table. 
This also must have been UNIQUE.   


I made Savoury Beef bake however forgot to add the special ingredients of orange juice and orange peel to it.  Then I made a dessert that I have made for years.  Raspberry Moose. Well of course we had no raspberries but the vegetable man brought strawberries that morning but then we did not have a strawberry jelly so had to use an orange one!  Beating up the jelly did not really work too well with the equipment I had and we could not get any cream anyway so had to use the squirty stuff in the tin (not keen on that myself) having said all that, it was delicious.  The family enjoyed the UNIQUENESS of everything and the Christmas presents were received with great excitement.

Above is an image of the dessert.  “I ATE THIS” dessert which turned out to UNIQUE!



These MOSAIC tiles are assembled together to make this lovely art form which has been framed and hung in a building in the grounds of the first hotel I stayed at in Costa Rica in 2016.  Below is a REFLECTION image of another part of the beautiful gardens at this same hotel.  


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Thursday, 23 November 2017

GOOD FENCES - Mount Stewart (Part 4)

After leaving reception of the National Trust property of Mount Stewart near Newtownards, I had a look into the area where the public can 
purchase plants which have been grown on site. 
I spied this interesting hollowed out tree up against some fences.
I am linking to GOOD FENCES.


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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Mount Stewart Gardens - (Part 3 )

Recently I visited the National Trust property of Mount Stewart near Newtownards and walked round the lake 
and spied this Fungi at the base of an old tree.





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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY - Mount Stewart Gardens (Part 2)

Recently I visited the National Trust property of Mount Stewart near Newtownards and walked round the lake and I am showing you today the resident Mute Swans and their cygnets. On Saturday I will show you some other birds I found on the lake.

I am linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.







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Monday, 20 November 2017

THROUGH MY LENS - Mount Stewart Gardens (Part 1)

Recently I visited the National trust property at Mount Stewart and walked round the lake and although a lot of the autumn leaves had fallen I managed to get a few images and that is which I am showing you today.
I am linking to THROUGH MY LENS.







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Sunday, 19 November 2017

SUNDAY THGOUHT - Malawi

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 



Photographed in the villate where we stayed at Lake Malawi.
October 2017

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

SATURDAY CRITTERS - Malawi

While we were staying at Lake Malawi, this little dog took a shine to me and in the last image you will see he decided to sit on my stomach! 
I am linking to SATURDAY CRITTERS.





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Friday, 17 November 2017

FRIDAY'S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

Time for FRIDAY’S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS  and this week it is the turn of the letter T, black and white and paper,  I nearly achieved them all in this first shot.  A hollowed out TREE TRUNK made into a canoe for this main to go fishing from.  It is a BLACK AND WHITE image and PAPER is from the bark of TREES but i thought that was not good enough to qualify.  There is also a REFLECTION (slight) in the water of the man and his canoe.


What is good enough to qualify is all my grandson Daniel's PAPER awards and certificates shown here on the wall and also all the PAPER books he reads piled up on the TABLE


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

GOOD FENCES -Malawi

This is the beautiful Jacaranda tree blooming behind this wall which I saw on one of my early morning walks with my daughter. 
I am linking this post to Good Fences.  


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Large insect on flowers in Malawi

I found this large insect on those lovely yellow flowers in a friend’s garden in Malawi.  It was very difficult to photograph as it never seem to stop for a second so this is the best I  could do.



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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY - Malawi

These photographs were shot while I was visiting Lake Malawi for 4 days with my family and this Bird of prey is a Yellow billed Kite.
 I am linking this post with Wild Bird Wednesday.  






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Monday, 13 November 2017

THROUGH MY LENS - Malawi

These photographs were shot in a friend’s garden in Malawi and I am linking this post with Through My Lens.  







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Sunday, 12 November 2017

SUNDAY THOUGHT - Malawi

I am the Lord, and there is no other besides me:
    and there are no gods.
I’m strengthening you,
    although you have not acknowledged me,
 so that from the sun’s rising to the west
    people may know that there is none besides me.

“I am the Lord, and there is no other.” 



Photographed in Malawi
October 2017

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

SATURDAY CRITTERS - Malawi

These were a pair of dogs belonging to a friend in Malawi.  They are sisters and love playing together.
I am linking with Saturday Critters.





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Friday, 10 November 2017

FRIDAY'S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - Malawi

Time for FRIDAY’S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS  and this week it is the turn of the letter S, metal and mineral and I was spoiled for choice with all the S things that I seemed to have photographed when i spent 4 wonderful days on the shores of Lake Malawi.  Below are the shots I picked for today.   


Since I am a bird watcher we will start with a few birds.  On my early morning walks i always saw some birds and this bird is a newly fledged SWALLOW.





Then I spied these House SPARROWS and the one to the right is a young one.




 Now this photograph illustrates (to me) how SPECIAL these two boys are.  My grandson Daniel on the left and Ben his friend got up early on the Sunday as it was Mother’s Day.  So they carried  ? buckets of water from the lake and make these huge letters and picked leaves to decorated the sign which said, Happy Mother’s day for their Mum’s and Me also.  We were very touched.



In the grounds of the place we were staying they had a huge trampoline dug into the ground and the children loved playing and invention routines on it.  This is Annika sitting on it but do you see the huge METAL SPRINGS round the ends?  




Perhaps you can see the METAL SPRiNGS better in this shot. This shot was taken when the family bought a trampoline for their garden in Malawi and it is being moved with Annika on it from one house to their home.


Did you know that in Britain a fizzy drink is also know as a MINERAL? 
Here is Ben about to drink his MINERAL which i think was a Coke.


I am ending with the SETTING Sun going down over our infinity SWIMMING pool giving a SMASHING REFLECTION SHOT.


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