Saturday, December 31, 2022
"A while ago" from now on will be code for, "This is from my old blog", and it could mean events that took place several years' ago. So, a while ago and not too long after December 25th, we drove into Occoquan. As we walked down to the river, we saw a long line of gulls sitting in a row. You can see the bridge we drove over, and we immediately turned right into town.A couple of gulls turned their heads and looked at us as though quite bored...with one deciding he had had enough of us.He flew off but I didn't feel so bad when...he returned a minute later and settled back at the spot where he was before...and seemed to know we meant no harm. We walked away and left them in peace. I told them we would be back in the new year. Gulls are fun birds. Fortunately, we didn't bring a picnic as it was a cold day. I would have been in trouble if I had brought a packet of French Fries from the local Fastfood. They seem rather fond of those. I have seen people toss them into the air. I breathed a sigh of relief and left before they decided to check what I had in my tote bag. I know how that goes!
Thank you for visiting.
Have fun on this last day of the year.
Friday, December 30, 2022
I have shared very few of our Christmas decorations. As we are almost at the end of the year, I thought I would share these. You will see the tree I mentioned before, after having had a smaller one in the family room for many years. I wrote about that here, when I shared the decorations on the Mount Vernon tree.
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Another old blog post from June 2015, with miniscule updates.I have not been going too far this week so haven't taken any photos. It has also been very chilly. Thankfully I can rely on my old blog, and this is another transfer from our last trip to England in June 2015.
They were the best I could get of a European Robin. I was taken by surprise as he was sitting in the dirt with lots of pebbles in a raised garden bed, and seemed to be enjoying a dust bath. It was an out-of-the-way spot and it didn't seem too disturbed when I turned to take its photo. I was using the camera with a zoom, so am not as close as it looks. We were on our vacation in Devonshire visiting Paignton Zoo, a place I have known since I was 15 years' old, when my parents moved us down to Devonshire from the Midlands. I often remember walking by the entrance as my school was across the street, and the bus stop for home was in town about a mile away. (I married and moved to the States in 1975.) Getting back to this day, no one else seemed to notice the little Robin having a quiet moment, and I am very glad I did. Two different photos with an almost identical pose except for a slight turn of its head.
One of those moments I considered a gift.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
I wonder if these are still there, the two small bird sculptures on the concrete seating area near the ice-skating rink? It looks like a crow and a dove.
We were sitting in a chilly courtyard because there was no room in any of the crowded restaurants we tried inside. The place was swamped! We found a place outside and ate a quick lunch with tall buildings surrounding us, and fortunately pretty blue skies overhead, but they offered no warmth.
It was a giant of a tree.
Another sky reflection in one of the glass ornaments and you can just make out Gregg and me.
But it was time to go back inside the mall and I was eager to warm up with a nice mug of hot chocolate.
Isn't this overhead light festive? It reminds me of art deco and covers a very large part of the ceiling located near the escalators. They must have changed the lights to red and green for the holiday season.
Another one from the archives.
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Monday, December 26, 2022
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Saturday, December 24, 2022
from all the birdies in my neighborhood and from our house to yours around the world, to my family and friends...
Afrikaans: Gesí«ende Kersfees
Chinese: Shèngdàn jié kuàilè
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish: Glí¦delig Jul
Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
Finnish: Hyvää Joulua
French: Joyeux Noí«l
German: Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hindi: Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian: Buon Natale or Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latin: Natale hilare
Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Norwegian: God Jul
Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese: Feliz Natal
Russian: Srozhdestovm Kristovim
Scottish Gaelic: Chan eil iad a’ reubadh
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swahili: Kuwa na Krismasi njema
Tagalog: Maligayang Pasko
Tamil: Kristhu pirandhanaal nal-vaazthukkal
Thai: Suksun Wan Christmas
Ukranian: Shchaslyvoho Rizdva
Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
For my blogging friends of different faiths, I wish you a joyous celebration,
and to all
A Very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year!
If I have missed any country out of my list, please let me know and it will be added.