Pic and a Word Challenge #167: Ruckus in the still of the morning

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The photo above is exactly as it was taken, in the name of all that doesn’t need any changes. The gallery below has more of such creatures, some more surprising than others.

But first, a poem of how it used to be three days ago in Rome.

Ruckus in the still of the morning

Holiday morning.
As still as Italy gets.




They might look
and still up there

but imagine the ruckus
they made
that made me look up
in the first place.

Before we look at the photo evidence, I wish to thank Patrick for his challenge prompts that have provided a much needed spur into motion, or if you prefer, kick in the butt. See you next year on my new blog, Patrick and everybody!

In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word…

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The Adventures of Eilidh and Magnus

I just love dogs. These 2 are extra special!

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Eilidh, my
sweetie wheatie, is a stubborn and determined little baggage! She was the smallest of the litter, but the
first to have both ears up. So I never
knew her with her ears down.

Magnus, on
the other hand, spent the first few months with me with one ear up and one ear
down! They say that if a Scottie’s ears
are not up by the time they are 5 months old they will never go up. Magnus was 6 months old before his second one
went up!

Both dogs
were unaffected by the cold and the wet, and spent hours rushing round the
garden, pausing occasionally to take stock.
They are both diggers, but it shows more on Eilidh….

Then came
the snow – something they both LOVED!
They took every opportunity to get wet and dirty, then they would crash
out on the sofa.

Both dogs

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Thursday Doors, 20/12/18: 2018 Recap

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Norm says to do a recap of this year doorwise, and so I have. I like recaps. They help you see.

It felt good going through my year in doors especially since this blog is about to close. Yes, again. I guess I’m eating up space like chocolate. This one lasted only a year!

Even though some who know me well (looking at you, Dan!) hinted that I’d have a hard time keeping my door recap below 50, I somehow managed.

Above is a selection of my favourite door photos as posted on Thursdays throughout the year for my favourite photo challenge. You can view all posts here.

Don’t worry about this blog closing because the new one is starting, as is my habit. Apparently it’s not true that every WP user only gets three free blogs because my forth is ready to be launched with the new year…

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Trumbull – Guion Christmas Card – 1959 – A Trip to Africa

This is an amazing “take” on Africa in 1959 – just 4 years before my own Africa journey began.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

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(On preceding page is a view of Pretoria looking westward through one of the arches of the government buildings)

Inherent in Christmas is the spirit of goodwill.

It prompts the sending of greeting cards to those who we especially cherish. It disregards all color lines and geographical boundaries. It underlies our whole Christian faith.

So, now that I have returned from a visit to Africa – – Cairo to Cape Town – – I want to emphasize that in no place in this world where it has been so far my privilege to visit, have I found so great a manifestation of “goodwill toward men” as in East Africa, the Rhodesians and the Union of South Africa. It abundantly manifests itself at slightest opportunity in courtesy, sincerity, honesty and cheery on selfishness. “White Africa’s” Christmas spirit, prevalent here the year ’round, is an outstanding memory I bring back from my…

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Thursday Doors, 31/5/18: Capalbio

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Not only my parents, we hosted another travelling couple. Capalbio provided the doors and the view.

One of the visitors is a photographer and enjoyed the narrow streets and hidden corners of Capalbio, the town on the hill above us. No matter how often I go up there, there is always something new to capture. The arches are certainly not new but some flowers could be. Either that or you will have forgotten by now that you have seen a door or two already, just in different light, right down to the last mystery: there is glass but all it is protecting is brick wall. Waitaminute! Must be one of them damn Instagram corners. :p

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

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Thursday Doors, 13/12/18: Capalbio 2

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Capalbio is the town on the hill in Maremma closest to me and these are some of its doors.

I often bring visitors here because it’s a charming old town, so it’s small wonder that during our a bit more than just a bloggers’ meeting in late September this is where we concluded our last day together.

By we I mean I and no other than Norm himself, the host of the Thursday Doors challenge of many years.

At the end of the gallery you will find two photos that he took for which, as for his many other acts of goodness, including running this challenge, I wish to thank him profusely.

This town gave me a previous Thursday doorscursion and chances are I will go there again. If not for other, for the splendid green door with the view in the golden hour, featured above, which spells Tuscany for me…

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Northern Flicker

Spotted on my deck a couple of days ago!  At last, I’ve been eager for my favorite bird to make an appearance.

Northern Flicker  (not my photo, alas)


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With this card I like to wish all of you Happy Xmas and thank you for the year 2014.

Please don’t make any changes to this card. Use it as it is.

To this card you are allowed to add your own wishes.

I am publishing this blog post in good time if any of you likes to use my free Xmas cards this year. You can watch the video I uploaded to YouTube last Christmas. There I show how you can add your own greetings to image with free PhotoScape Photo Editor. You can also make cards smaller with the editor. It works on Windows and Mac. You’ll find the video here. My cards are free for private use only.

Please watch the slide show below in order to see my other free Xmas Cards. You can download them from my Picasa Folder: https://picasaweb.google.com/yellingrosa/FreePostcards

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Free Xmas Card 2018

Merry Christmas to all my Facebook friends.

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I know that Christmas isn’t behind the corner. I publish my card now so that you have time to send this card to your family members and friends if you wish.

Merry Xmas 01 2018

Please use the card below to your wishes.


The video shows to you how you can add the picture to your email message.

The music on the video: Duo Forelli’s “Keskustelu motellissa” (The Conversation in the Motel). I played in early 90th with Aarre Hakomäki.

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