Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sunday Selections #155

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

Like River, I generally run with a theme.  Our weather (finally) cooled down yesterday evening, after yet another day where it was tipping 40.  It is still hotter than I like (though all of summer is hotter than I like) but much, much better.  And I so hope that the bushfires are brought completely under control.

While sweltering, as well as Antarctica photos I drooled over these ones of the Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil.  I saw them after I went to Antarctica - and loved them.  Mind you, while it looks cool and refreshing there it wasn't.  The temperatures were high and the humidity hovered between 95 and 98 per cent.  Vile.

Just the same, they were beautiful.  And do look cool and refreshing.















 

106 comments:

  1. Thankfully by now you should be experiencing a cool change, EC...and not before time, I say. Terrible images on the news about all the devastating bush fires. Our temps are predicted to increase this coming week, but not to heights the southern areas experienced. I'll be glad when summer is over.

    Have a good week, EC...I do hope all is well with you and yours. :)

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    1. Lee: It is better today, but NOT what I consider a cool change. We are still heading for the mid 30s. Later in the week will be better (for a while).
      The fires are a major worry. I understand that most of them are now contained, but the damage is frightening. Particularly to our wildlife.

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  2. If I close my eyes I can hear the thunder of the falls.

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    1. Delores: They were very, very loud. And majestic. And beautiful.

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    1. dinahmow: My pleasure. It is a very beautiful part of the world. I had a few days in an eco-lodge not far away which was also incredible.

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  4. Outstanding--I LOVE sunsets & waterfalls!!

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    1. fishducky: Me too. In case you hadn't noticed.

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  5. Wow! It puts Niagara Falls to shame. Sadly, with Niagara Falls it has been taken over commercially and it is just a tourist town now. Though it is beautiful, it lacks all the natural beauty around it. The only thing around it is cement and buildings.

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    1. Birdie: There is some commercial activity around Iguazu - but not a lot. For which I was grateful.

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  6. I've not heard of the falls and how stunning they are. Your photos are just brilliant, and just as well as I dislike tropical heat and I won't be visiting.

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    1. Andrew: They are amazing, beautiful and the climate just about did me in.

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  7. Oh, I LOVE your pictures. The falls do look refreshing, but now i know better. I'm so glad those awful temperatures began some moderation. I cannot imagine it myself. Sending you virtual icebergs. :-)

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    1. DJan: Virtual icebergs gratefully received.

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  8. Disappointing to know looks aren't everything. Sigh.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: But you knew that already.

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  9. Oh my, EC, they are incredible! How perfectly exciting! It would be worth the humidity to witness such majesty. Nature at her awesome, and terrifying, best.
    I am very drawn to waterfalls. I find them absolutely mesmerising. I'm sure they'd be the end of me, as I'd always get too, too close.
    I'd love to visit the world's largest waterfall – Africa's Victoria Falls. Not sure if my thudding heart would be able to stand it if I was there though :)

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    1. Vicki: I love water, and waterfalls and am very glad I went - and wouldn't go back. I was very grateful when the spray blew back over me - and went on a boat trip to the base of one of them. I would have been saturated - except that I was already.

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  10. They certainly are beautiful, but 98% humidity? I'd be a puddle on the ground after 5 minutes.

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    1. River: I did a five kilometre loop walk. And when I got back literally had to wring out my clothing. And the moisture owed a lot more to perspiration than to the spray. They WERE beautiful though.

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  11. They are beautiful, but as you say so much humidity is not good I think I would be sitting in the water to enjoy them.
    Merle.........................

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    1. Merlesworld: It would have been a much more sensible option. Why didn't I think of that?

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  12. They do look absolutely stunning! You have some great shots of your travels.
    In spite of Birdie's comment above, I enjoyed visiting Niagara Falls. Yes, they are touristy and commercialised, but they were still spectacular. Perhaps it helped that we were visiting them from the Canadian side. And it was quite a few years ago.

    You must all be crispy critters over there - glad to hear it has cooled slightly. I am a great tennis fan and usually try to watch as much of the Australian Open as I can; I couldn't believe the temperatures the commentators were talking about!!

    Sit in the shade with an iced drink and read a good book :)
    x

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    1. Alexia: I have been inside as much as possible and still suffering. River, Mimsie and Andrew endured much hotter temperatures. I still think that the tennis should have been cancelled. Or started after dark. Or something...

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  13. beautiful pictures. thank you for sharing them.

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    1. mohave rat: It was a beautiful, beautiful place. Shame about the climate

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  14. Beautiful! That is so massive. I would love it. Humidity isn't a friend though. But i think I could handle it to see these falls, etc.

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    1. Teresa: They are massive, and spectacular. Humidity isn't my friend either, but I am glad that I went. Very glad.

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  15. I have been wishing to see these falls for a long time, but we always fly in the other drection. Your photos show well how amazing and incredibly beautiful these falls are. I am pleased that your weather is cooling off a little – that should make you a bit more comfortable.

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    1. Vagabonde: I hope you will get the opportunity to see them - they are worth a detour. And yes, the cooler weather is more than welcome. Tomorrow cooler again (yay) and then increasing.

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  16. Stunning, Sue. So stunning. I truly can almost hear that water rushing, fresh, live, cool, wet. Ah, so lovely.

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    1. wordsfallfrommyeyes: Live is the perfect word for these falls. They were living entities. Vibrant, beautiful and challenging.

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  17. I can almost hear the roar of the water. Loved the photos, these Falls look incredible! I do hope you all get relief from those temperatures soon, and those affected by the wildfires, I wish the same.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Delores had it right. The falls thundered. It was an amazing spectacle, with all senses engaged. Some at least of our fires are contained tonight. Fingers and toes crossed.

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  18. Oh just fab EC! I embiggend them all. I hope it cools down for you soon.

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    1. Karen: I love that you embiggened all of these. Thank you. Cooler tomorrow, hotter the next, then two cool days. Some rain would be nice.

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  19. Those falls are a sheer delight and, forgive me my ignorance, I had never heard of them. I imagine it would be hot and steamy in that part of the world and not 'our' type of weather at all.
    I am so glad it has cooled down somewhat but not quite enough for you to feel comfortable. I hope the MS has settled a little with the cool change.
    We are in for a week or more of hot weather but then this is Perth. 39ºC today and lots more 30ºs on the way.
    I feel so for the people who have lost their homes. I know they are only brick and mortar but its the little things that are lost along with the house and I worry so much always about pets, livestock and the wild creatures.

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    1. Mimsie: I cringe when I see your temperatures. I don't know how you keep going.
      I too worry about the pets, livestock and the wild creatures. And their homes. I worry a lot.

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  20. EC, I hope you continue to show us your travel pics each Sunday ~ unless of course you have a fabulous new bloom or birdie.

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    1. Carol in Cairns: What a lovely thing to say. I hope you are revelling in your freedom.

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    2. I am Sue, thank you. About to return to work this week ~ oh and did I mention I am blogging again over here --> http://carolslittlewingblog.blogspot.com/

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    3. Carol in Cairns: Thank you. I will be over to visit you in your new place shortly.

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  21. Beautiful - and yes they do look cool and inviting. Also loved your Antarctica photos. I'd love to go there. Would have been especially nice this week!
    I hope you're feeling better now that things are a bit cooler.

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    1. Jackie K: Antarctica was heaven on a stick. The falls were good too - but didn't match the magic of the ice.

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    1. Bob Bushell: It is a beautiful place - and thank you.

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  23. The falls are amazing, what a treat to see them in person.

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  24. So glad you found the right time to share these wonderful photos. Just think, One thousandth of the flow that roars over those falls in 1 minute, would put out all the fires doing so much damage on our continent.
    There still is that big fire near us that is out of control and has claimed 4 more houses. We still sleep with one eye open. Thank you for your supportive comments and thoughts.

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    1. Arija: And the water would also allow our parched land to grow. I hope that today is better again on the fire front - for you and for everyone who is affected by them.

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  25. Those falls are beautiful. Go to google images and look up Niagra Falls freezing. It is amazing to see the falls half frozen and still flowing through the ice.

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    1. Grannie Annie: Friends sent me those images and I cannot tell you how much I wanted to be there. Incredible.

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  26. Wonderful shots! Bet it was cool to see (and hear) in person. I understand humidity, as summers are humid where I live. Water like that is just like bath water.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I don't like heat, and humidity is the added 'joy' which does my head in.

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  27. The falls are just breathtaking! That must have been so wonderful to see in person.

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    1. Lynn: They are an incredible sight. Despite the climate I was very, very glad to have seen them.

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  28. What a magnificent waterfall and doesn't it look cool and refreshing. Just the tonic for those baking hot summer days you've been experiencing. I think I'll give the humidity a miss, though. I used to find Sydney unbearable and couldn't wait to get home to Adelaide's dry heat. I imagine that I'd melt in to a big puddle in that humidity.

    I've seen Iguazu Falls in Brazil (you may know it from the film "The Mission"). Not as high as these falls, but absolutely breathtaking and unbelievably LOUD. I wasn't fully prepared for the noise, although if I'd used my brains I ought to have known it would be noisy. The power and majesty in the falls is heart stopping.

    I hope the images kept you cool today. I hear relief is on the way in the form of a cool change. Here it's snowing and blowing an Arctic gale, but it's so pretty that I can't help but smile. I think it's far easier to rug up in the cold weather than to try and stay cool in the heat, so I don't envy you at all.

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    1. Marie: These are Iguazu Falls - but mostly from the Argentine side. An incredible place - and yes deafening.
      It takes a lot before I feel the cold and yes, it is so much easier to get warm (and stay warm) than the opposite. And sleeping in the cool is much, much easier too.

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    2. I must be blind! I thought that I read these were the Angel Falls which I haven't seen. I was on the Brazilian side at their enormous tourist centre, sweating like the proverbial pig. Now I see what you quote as the humidity level, it's no wonder! I loved "Devil's Throat" falls the best, but honestly it was just incredible.

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    3. Marie: Devil's Throat was incredible wasn't it? It was all very beautiful - unlike my soggy self with the perspiration pouring off me - including running through my eyebrows and into my eyes. NOT a cherished memory.

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  29. Beautiful...and yes, steamy. The rainforests are glorious to look at but impossible to reconcile the heat index with the vision of shade and water. I once took a skyride through a similar environment in Panama. The panorama can be breathtaking!

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    1. River Fairchild: So it isn't just me who is tricked. All that water, all that green - it must be cool. Not.

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  30. Spectacular. Thanks for these photos. They expand my realization that this world has so many wonders.
    Glad it's cooled off a bit. Be comfortable, enjoy.

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    1. Myrna R.: So many beauties, so much magic. And we need to look after it.
      Cooler today (yay). Warming up again tomorrow.

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  31. Oh boy that is hot! I hope things cool down for you soon.

    The photos are amazing. Nothing more powerful than water, and I sure know about that living in the UK!

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I am frequently very envious of your rain. Very. Though a man I met at a bus stop here told me of another advantage I hadn't considered. He and his family had moved to Oz in the summer. And his youngest had promptly broken his arm falling over in the sun-baked back yard. 'If he had fallen over at home he would have just got muddy!'

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  32. Wow you really have seen some fine, fine sights, and how I envy you them, yet I'm so pleased you've been to such places, it's good for the soul to have seen these things. Wonderful pictures. You really have a gift. X

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    1. All Consuming: I think that my travelling days are largely over now - but I do hug the memories closely.

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  33. Oh my, they're beautiful! There's something special about a waterfall, isn't there?

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    1. jenny_o: There is indeed. And something special about most bodies of water - moving or still.

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  34. Oh, so very beautiful! I wish we could siphon that water out here to California.

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    1. Susan Kane: I would like rather a lot of it here too. Drought is such a frightening, dispiriting thing.

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  35. If I lived there I'd have to jump in. Just saying.

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    1. Riot Kitty: A very real temptation. Possibly not entirely safe - but tempting.

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  36. Those falls are something. So you went after Antarctica there?
    Did you go other places too? I wish you could go on another trip. I love seeing such photos but then when you said about the humidity, I wilted to think of it. Guess I like the dry heat here, when we get it, should be more grateful considering.

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    1. Strayer: I saw a tiny bit of Argentina before I went to Antarctica and the falls afterwards. I am not very well travelled, and think my travelling days are done now. Some good memories though.

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  37. I've always wanted to see those falls too! I don't want to see them when it's too hot though, great tip. ;)

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    1. mail4rosey: They are beautiful, and awe-inspiring. But if there is a next time it would have to be in winter. Or at night. Or both.

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  38. EC, I just have to say that I enjoyed seeing the flowing water of these images a lot especially since nearly every body of water here is frozen! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Mia McPherson: I have been loving your winter images. Too hot here, too cold there.

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  39. The beautiful river turning to a waterfalls, they are excellent photos.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Turning into rather a lot of waterfalls. Incredible. And thank you.

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  40. Oustanding photos. With waterfalls I always have to tell myself that that is water doing THAT! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Water is amazing stuff. So gentle, so destructive. Life giving, death dealing. And very, very beautiful.

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  41. I have seen Niagra Falls frozen over recently. And in person, it must have been awe-inspiring -- as were these photos!

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    1. Roland D. Yeomans: In the midst of our recent heart wave, generous people sent me photos of frozen Niagra. Which I loved. I don't think the Iguazu Falls do every freeze - but the beauty is undeniable.

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  42. Great pictures of the falls. A nice post.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. WordsPoeticallyWorth: Welcome - and thank you. It would be hard to take a photo of them which wasn't great.

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  43. Freaking awesome, beautiful photos! I can almost feel the steam rising… it must've been quite intense to be around that much active water in that kind of heat. But incredibly beautiful.

    I wish you… anything cooling… cold water, ice...

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): Thank you. The steam was palpable. The noise incredible. The beauty even more so.
      We have a cooler day today - which is bliss.

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  44. Did you happen to see the recent pictures of Niagara Falls FREEZING over... amazing pics!

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    1. Mark Koopmans: I did see those photos. And yearned to be there. An incredible looking place - improved (in my eyes) by ice.

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  45. Gorgeous shots of the falls!

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  46. You've been to some amazing places! Stunning pictures.

    I used to live in Brazil (and Costa Rica), well before the MS hit. I'm certain now that the heat and humidity would do me in too.

    Try to stay cool where you are! We're getting a massive snowstorm today. Wish I could share...

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    1. Ms. CrankyPants: The smaller portion is the traveller in the family, but I am glad about the places I have been too. Particularly Antarctica you will be shocked and surprised to hear.
      How long were you in Brazil and Costa Rica?

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    2. After seeing your pictures, Antarctica isn't so surprising!

      Brazil and Costa Rica for 4 years each. Foreign Service Officer dad...we also did a stint in Iceland, but I was too young to remember much. Would love to go back as an adult. Plus: cool temps = YAY!

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  47. Gorgeous photos, these and Antarctica too! Shucks, you should come visit Montreal, we're at about -25 today...

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    1. Denis Bevan: Welcome and thank you. Minus 25 sounds wonderful to me.

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  48. Stunning.
    This is how my heaven will be! Xxxx LOVE!!!!
    Ps. how are your little black panthers?

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    1. My Inner Chick: Your heaven will be anywhere with Kay. Waterfalls would be a bonus.
      The black tyrants are thriving.
      Hugs.

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    2. OOO,
      I love that so much.
      thank you, dear. Xxxxx

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  49. I can sense the fine spray from the falls. I do hope that it starts to get cooler for you. My go now and scrape the ice on my car windscreen, from the inside.

    Gary :)

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    1. klahanie: Dear Gary, I am really, really looking forward to those ice scraping months. And I know that most people are not. It is cooler today - heating up again next week but I will take comfort where I find it.

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