Sunday 31 August 2014

Sunday Thought

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:8



Blessingbourne House

June 2014

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Friday 29 August 2014

GOOD FENCES - Sunset at Bangor Marina

When my family were visiting me in Northern Ireland, one evening we walked down the pier and on returning at sunset I saw these beautiful clouds and this shot was taken where the boats in the hard were behind this fence.  We looked for the Black Guillemots that nested in the pier however they had all gone by August.

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Monday 25 August 2014

Sunset at my 'old caravan'

Once again we are travelling further north in Malawi to Vwaza.  last night we spent a night at a resort but hundreds of ants decided to join me in bed!!  so glad we were only spending 1 night there.  up to now our accommodation has been wonderful.  Below is another post I had in draft 

In June, I went down to my ‘old caravan’ in the evening and by the time I had unloaded my car, sorted things in the caravan, only then did I notice the wonderful sunset behind the caravan.  So I just had to photograph it.  Then I looked to the view in front of the caravan and photographed it also.  So I hope you enjoy these shots at the end of the day.

View through my gate.

View over the Bay.

The cattle were having a late meal.

Last look behind me.

I went into the caravan, erected my bed at the window overlooking this view and watched it until I fell asleep.

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Sunday 24 August 2014

500th Post - Helmet Diving off Green Island on the Barrier Reef.

 Hurray, Internet in the car!  So as I missed my own 500h post, I am posting it for you today as a n extra.

About five years ago when I was in Australia, I was invited to go Helmet diving by the man who owned the Seawalker business and I was very excited at trying this next experience.  My daughter and 2 grand children accompanied me to Green Island and from there I went Helmet Diving. Do I hear you asking, what is helmet diving? Well it could best be described as ‘walking’ along under the sea, not swimming around, and wearing a helmet.

The helmet looks a little like the pearl diver helmets of old, and kind of works in a similar way. The helmet (newer and much lighter than the old fashioned ones!) sits on ones' shoulders, encasing the entire head. Connected to the surface with an air-hose, the helmet provides a constant supply of fresh air to the helmet wearer, when you are under the water.

This experience is open to most people, and even non-swimmers can enjoy walking under the water with the fish.

 I was treated ’right royally’ and apart from giving me this experience free, the photographer took all these photographs and give me them, as well as a video of the other fish is the vicinity.  It was a wonderful experience and one I will treasure.

You can see this fish has a great sense of humour as he laughed at my joke!!

When I came back, they took a photograph of us all.  Annika was only over 1 year old and Daniel was about 6 years old.  Judith had brought them out to the boat where I was launched from and they enjoyed seeing that.  We had a wonderful day on Green Island and were given the run of the resort free.  The man also gave me photographs of some of the fish that I saw when I was snorkeling and that was another lovely memento of a brilliant day out.  I will show these photographs some other day.

I hope you liked what I decided to share for my 500th post.  I have been blogging just over 17 months and have enjoyed not only posting but reading, seeing your photographs and learning a lot on the many posts I comment on.

The video can be accessed at

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Thanks to the owner of Seawalker for the photographs, video, Helmet Diving and a brilliant day. 

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Saturday 23 August 2014

Sunday Thought

He cuts out rivers among the rocks; 
and his eye sees every precious thing.

Job 28:10 


I will not have internet access tomorrow to post my 'Sunday Thought'
so I  am posting it today.

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SATURDAY CRITTERS-Hare today, gone tomorrow!

I am sorry I have not been able to post for my 500 post, or Tex’s meme nor, James’ meme due to not having internet for the past 4 days and even now the resort has only learnt me a dongle for a short time!!  I had this post already in draft so hope Eileen can link it in for me please  if I have not been able too do so..

In June when I was at my ‘old caravan’  I  have often seen a number of Hare’s however this is the first time I got these shots of one even through it was over a field away!  I have a short video at the end as it disappeared under a gate.

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I am linking this post with SATURDAY CRITTERS

I am having a brilliant time however the stories and photographs will have to mainly wait until I get home in another 4 weeks!

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Tuesday 19 August 2014

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY - Pied Crow from Malawi

The day I arrived in Blantyre, Malawi, this Pied Crow was the first bird I saw at my daughter's house where I am staying.  We are now travelling around Malawi and have arrived at Lake Malawi and have Monkeys in the garden!

These shots are of the back of the house where 
the veranda is and you can see 4 Pied Crows.

 This is the front of the family house.

Nelson, Judith and their daughter Fanny.  Nelson is the Gardener and he opens and closed the main gate.  They live in their own house in the grounds.

 Martha and her son Jehosaphat who comes twice a week to clean.

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Monday 18 August 2014

Hersey Nature Reserve Flowers

When I was on the Isle of Wight in July, Eileen and I visited Hersey Nature Reserve and the Rosebay Willow Herb flower was everywhere.  The first photograph is the original and the others are experiments.  I was just having a fun day I did these edits!  Enjoy and hopefully you will have a favourite.

For those who did not see yesterday’s post, my camera is working again after having been submerged in a bowl of dry rice for 7 days.  Thanks for Adrian for his other suggestion.  The whole family are off on holidays to Lake Malawi and beyond for 2 weeks so internet will be even worse for me!

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