n sleep

Shhhh… you arrived too early.

n tintern abbey wales
Tintern Abbey, Wales.
n clover in rain
Can you see a four-leafed one?
n badger dave
From Dave… A Scottish (and therefore safe) Badger.
n egret china
Egret in the sunset.
n elephat and other kids
Three buddies.
n highland calf
What? You’ve never used your leg for a pillow? Odd animals, Humans.
n breemen
Bremen backstreet.
n po
That’s my kinda post box.
n dear
Dear deer.
n happy
Who’s happy?
n hawaii
Hillside in Hawaii.
n ladyb
OK, so this flower is mine… and that one is yours…
n kvernufoss iceland
Kvernufoss, Iceland.
n lamb
That’s my mummy…
n laoch and Blaze
Laoch (known by his brother as Wii Shiite) and Blaze
n tupi
A forest of Tulips.
n leopard
What was that you were saying about not liking cats, Tris?
n mates
This calf is my best friend.
n morning
Ohhhh, it’s that time already…see you next week.



36 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. Pic one. Alas something we adults will never experience again, falling asleep in the arms of your mum or dad, in total confidence of your safety…

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    1. True, Conan, but me I empathise with that poor parent grabbing just a few minutes of shut-eye, albeit with every other sense alert to the slightest cause for alarm.

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  2. Picture one is glorious – a wee baby with its mum as it should be. Rescue centres do a grand job but it would be better if they didn’t need to exist. Loved the Icelandic waterfall, the baby elephant and the wee calf. Smashing stuff.

    Anyway Wii Shiite now has his own twitter page. For a youngster he is more uncooth than his brother…

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    1. To be fair, if your name was “Wii Shiite”, you might be a tad vulgar too. He’s certainly a bit of a handful, but I’m sure that Blaze can manage him.


  3. Great pics, as ever. I like the one of the post box/nest box. A few years I had a fellow who was taking a few feet off some big conifers at the bottom of my “garden”. He said he’d have to leave one and come back to do it another time because there was a bird nesting in it. I thought that was great.

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    1. My friend’s neighbour was having two old trees taken down by a professional the other day.

      We said “I hope there were no nests”. He gave us a slightly withering look and said: “If there had been I wouldn’t have taken them down!”

      So maybe people who work all year with nature understand the importance of allowing it to take its course… naturally.

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      1. It’s actually illegal to take a tree/bush out if birds are nesting and certainly if they have eggs/chicks at all. This time of year is crucial, and sadly too many people ignore the law and tear down bushes/trees regardless. If ever you think a nest is being destroyed with eggs or chicks report it immediately.

        Our neighbours are what I call nature vandals, have removed major, well established bushes and the blackbirds that used to nest there were totally without a home this year. They have cut down every large tree, so the wood pigeons have gone and they have cut the grass so much the daisies have died. The bees liked to daisies.
        Flowering bushes have been removed, and the only bees I see are dead ones due to pesticides. It’s just horrendous. I am persona non grata because i spoke out about it, shared drying green, people are idiots.

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        1. Hetty, I put “garden” in quotation marks because my “garden” is a wilderness – lots of shrubs (unpruned and spreading), weeds (only flowers growing in wrong places) – and I’m sure some neighbours think it a mess and that I’m lazy. Doesn’t bother me in the slightest – the birds love it, as does the local fox who’s not at all averse to taking a nap there on the few occasions that the sun shines.

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          1. I’ve got wild bits in my garden so animals can hide, nest, rest… but there are other bits that are cultivated an, hopefully, pretty.

            There’s always bits of old tree stumps and piled of old broken pots so insects have somewhere to live. We usually have bees living with us, and there are lots of flowers for them to enjoy.

            The only trouble is the bloody cats!

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          2. Andi….I think I’ve read that the “English Garden” (maybe also the Scottish Garden for all I know) is supposed to represent a “natural” landscape…….unlike the formal, stylized French Garden of earlier times. So maybe your “garden” is appropriately garden-ish after all….in the English style. I believe that English gardens are also supposed to have a classical Greek temple or two and the occasional Gothic ruin and what not. Maybe you could have a Greek temple installed if you don’t have one right now…..or a Gothic ruin. 😉

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        2. Sorry to hear about your neighbours, Hetty.

          They sound horrendous.

          I didn’t know it was illegal. I certainly would/will report anyone doing that. That’s a very sensible law.

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  4. I take a lot of photographs. Occasionally I think I’ve taken some good ones. Then I see the “forest of tulips” shot above and think, “I could do that if I had a field of tulips nearby, if the light was just right, if there were the right kind of trees in the background, if I could just get down for the low viewpoint, if I could just get the flare of light in the right place, if I could just get the ideal exposure and shutter speed – it’d be easy”. Other times, I think, “Jist gie up, Andy”.

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    1. Conan, it’s been a few years since I was there but I liked the Café Astoria Restaurant (Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21). It’s old-fashioned, somewhat fin-de-siècle, a sense of what places were like during the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Empire: I like that kind of faded grandeur. I also had a very pleasant lunch in the garden restaurant of the Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget on Margaret Island. The island itself is well worth a visit, a green place in the heart of the city – I even watched a 3 foot long grass snake glide across one of the paths :-0

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        1. Dani says… have a good time. He sent this…


          If they are there for a few days… and interested in history/politics, a visit to the Holocaust Museum and the House of Horrors (ex KGB headquarters).

          We did and although both were hard, they were really worth the visit. Expect some tears.

          But that may not be the kind of thing they want to do.

          Queen Margaret Island is indeed fantastic.

          Parliament too, is the most incredible building.


      1. Yes, that’s the one, Andi. It was very refined.

        When we went in, Dani asked me if I would speak to them in French. Apparently they boast that they can cope with most European languages. I did, and they could… a least to a degree.


      2. I miss the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but I didn’t realize that the Habsburgs allowed snakes in their domains.


    2. I can’t remember the name of the one that Dani took us to that dated back to the 1920s with the pianist and the not very good but really expensive coffee…

      I’l email Dani and see if he has some recommendations.

      It’s very hot there at the moment.

      Will get back when /if Dani gets back in time.

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    3. If they want a fun experience, there is a railway run by children which goes through the hills. You can get off at one stop and climb up to a view point, then catch the next train.

      We also went to Szentendre where the locals go for a day oot. Recommended.

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    4. Conan…..Wiki says that a popular tourist destination in Budapest is the Hungarian Parliament Building on the bank of the Danube. There you can see the Crown of Saint Stephen, and other items of 12th century coronation regalia of the Hungarian kings.

      For many years during the Cold War, the crown that had come into possession of the American Army in 1945, was kept in the United States Gold Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to protect it from the Russians. Jimmy Carter returned the crown to Hungary in 1978 (even though the d*** commies were still in charge there.)

      From Wiki: “At the end of the Second World War the [Hungarian] crown jewels were recovered in Mattsee, Austria, on 4 May 1945 by the U.S. 86th Infantry Division. The crown jewels were transported to Western Europe and eventually given to the United States Army by the Hungarian Crown Guard for safekeeping from the Soviet Union. For much of the Cold War the crown was held at the United States Bullion Depository (Fort Knox, Kentucky) alongside the bulk of America’s gold reserves and other priceless historical items. After undergoing extensive historical research to verify the crown as genuine, it was returned to Hungary by order of U.S. President Jimmy Carter on 6 January 1978. Most current academic knowledge about Hungarian royal garments originates from this modern research. Following substantial U.S. political debate, the agreement to return the jewels contained many conditions to ensure the people of Hungary, rather than its Communist government, took possession of the jewels.


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