Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Selections #345

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.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.

Like River I usually run with a theme.  We (even the slowest of us) finished the Out of the Shadows walk last week before six am.  Our public transport on the weekends is woeful and I knew there wouldn't be a bus operating in the suburbs for hours.  There was a breakfast after the walk, and I am certain that I could have got a lift home with one of the other walkers after it.  However, I was peopled out and decided to walk into town.


There was still frost and a little mist about...  And a kangaroo.  


 




So come walk with me, and enjoy the very different things I saw.  The suburbs I wandered through are older ones, and (mostly) fairly affluent.  Some of the older homes remain, and some have been replaced.  And there were strong hints of Spring to enjoy too.








I loved the look of the house and garden above.





This was parked outside a fairly upmarket motel.




I said it was still frosty, didn't I?


Loved those roof tiles.









I am not certain what the building above is.  It is on the outskirts of town, but I could see no signs.  Trendy apartments?

When I did reach town, I had a twenty minute wait before the first bus of the day headed to my suburb.  I was very glad to see it when it arrived.  Mind you, I cursed the weekend timetable again.  The stop closest to home doesn't operate on weekends, so I had a further walk.  And a lot of it is up-hill.





I was a tired puppy by the time I got home.  I am still glad I did the walk though - both walks.

150 comments:

  1. Thank-you for the tour. Jealous of spring blooms. What are those red, round flowers?

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Spring is everywhere at the moment. Bright, vibrant and lovely. The red blooms are from the daisy family - bellis perenis.

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  2. Interesting pictures. And just what ARE those big red flowers?

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    1. Jamie Ghione: Thank you. The flowers in question aren't big (I bent down to take their photo). As I said to Sue above they are a daisy. They also come in white and a soft pink.

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  3. Love seeing beautiful photos and these were just that!!!
    That "trendy" building reminded me of modern art.
    Always happy to visit Australia through your camera's eye...thank you 💮

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  4. I am going with you. Please, wait. I am picking up my winter coat. It is frosty, is it not?! (it is a very warm day over here).

    I walked about 6+ km yesterday, so please go slowly!

    First thing I see, a kangaroo!!! I have never seen one so close!! What a thrill!

    I like the flowers, the houses... one of them has a beautiful garden but the path looks very treacherous to me.

    The car reminds me of ice scraper I have to use if I don't put my car in the garage in the winter time. It takes forever to clean the window. brrrrr

    Ah! And the birds with the colours of the Portuguese flag! They are so beautiful!

    Thanks for the stroll.

    Going to rest now! : ))

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    1. Caterina: Loved your comment, and am very happy to have you walking with me. You are right about that path - it would take care to walk on safely. And we have to use ice scrapers too, but not for much longer this year.

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  5. I dips me lid to you for your walking. And commiserate with you on the non-public transport.In my suburb not only are buses infrequent, so are pavements!

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    1. dinahmow: We have a dearth of pavements too. There are none in my street, but some on the more major thoroughfares.

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  6. I love going on these walks with you!!

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  7. Excellent post. I love the first one! The kangaroo is mystical. Love it.

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    1. Bill: Love that pun. Kangaroos in the mist are always a treat.

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  8. oh what a lovely place you live, that white tree is to die for and all the lovely flowers and I am not sure which type of house I'ld like best, the ultra modern or the cottages with the wonderful tile roofs. love the old wagon hauling the log. we had a wonderful weather day today as well.

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    1. Linda Starr: Weren't the blossoms a joy? I prefer the older houses on the whole, but some of the modern ones have charm too.

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  9. I love the first photo. Such nice composition. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Thank you so much. It was an unexpected treat to see the roo on the frosty oval.

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  10. I loved that walk with you, EC. The early morning stillness came through the photos and the beauty of the area. You so casually mention the kangaroo and spring and I am envious. The parrots are beautiful as well. Thank you for taking me along.

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    1. Marie Smith: I might have sounded casual - but I loved seeing the kangaroo (probably less than two miles from the city centre) and the blossoms are always a joy.

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  11. It's so lovely to see those signs of spring, the trees in bloom just made me smile hugely. And it's always so nice to visit you on your walks. :-)

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    1. DJan: I thought of you as I ambled, and realised that you could have walked into town and back again twice over before I caught up.

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  12. Oh yes, the Kangaroo, love it EC. And the strange building, I love it.

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    1. Bob Bushell: We see kangaroos often, and still love them.

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  13. A kangaroo! Do they just wander around?

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    1. Sandi: There are kangaroos in lots of our suburbs. We have a lot of nature reserves and the roos wander in and out at will. They can be dangerous on the roads at dawn and dusk, but I do love to see them.

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    2. We have the same problem with deer at dusk and dawn. Sometimes people hit them.

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    3. Sandi: Here too. It does neither the kangaroo nor the car any good at all.

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  14. All looks peaceful and quite, a good walk and a doze in the sun all is right with the world.
    Merle....

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    1. Merlesworld: It was very early which contributed to the peace. I have become a convert to napping too.

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  15. Soon we'll have frost as we go in the opposite direction.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I know. I suspect for a period that our weather will more or less 'overlap'.

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  16. It is a very chilly start of Spring but oh so lovely to see some blooms and kangaroos enjoying the suns warmth.

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    1. CountryMum: It is a beautiful (and exciting) time of the year.

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  17. Spring is coming--your way. Lovely walk, lovely old homes and paths.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: It is. Each day we have more anenomes out - and I have been diligently taking their photo for you.

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  18. You certainly saw some lovely scenes - thank you for sharing them. I love walking in the early morning, and often get up at dawn in the summer, as it's too hot to walk later in the day.
    All of our trees are breaking into leaf, Sammy is losing her thick winter coat (all over carpets, furniture, clothes...), and my clematis montana, which has ambitions to take over the world, is in flower already. AND we have a new grandchild due on the 30th!
    Enjoy all of your lovely blooms, in your own garden and the neighbourhood x

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    1. Alexia: A new grandchild? How lovely. Early morning is a lovely time of day and, particularly in summer, one of the very BEST times of day.

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  19. We used to see frosts like that but no longer, not in our warming city. There is more than a little sign of spring, with so much in bloom.

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    1. Andrew: Our frosts have diminished too. It used to be quite common to still have a crunchy frost on the ground until eleven or later. Spring is indeed very nearly hear, but there is lots still in bud rather than in bloom.

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  20. There's a lovely "softness" about some of your photos this week, EC.

    I hope the coming week treats you softly and well...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Early morning often has a lovely soft light doesn't it? I hope you aren't run off your feet this week dealing with your landlords' livestock and that you and your furry overlords enjoy the week.

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  21. Thank you for the pleasant tour! I love spring, and your is lovely.

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    1. Sharon Quails: It is a lovely time of year isn't it? And, be warned, there will be lots of spring excursions to come featured here.

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  22. This was amazing! Thank you very much.

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    1. Martin Kloess: It is a pleasant area of my city isn't it?

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  23. Since I will probably never get to visit Australia I really enjoy your pictures. The first picture of the kangaroo in the mist is my favourite. :-)

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    1. Birdie: I was pleased to see the kangaroo too. Very pleased.

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  24. Thanks for sharing your walk with me. Lovely and how beautiful the beginnings of spring are.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: It was a pleasure. Spring is a magical time of year.

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  25. Enjoyed the tour and the pictures, thank you. To live in a place where the roads are uphill, how cool is that! I love that in all your photos, there is just one person in the frame, peace and quiet to die for. That is beyond wildest dreams where I come from, even predawn you'd prob'ly have crowds of hundreds.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Crowds of hundreds? Before dawn? I would find that very, very confronting. I am a lover of peace and quiet and very grateful for it.

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  26. The posture of that kangaroo put me in mind of a T-Rex and now I'm wondering if that is where kangaroos originated, with their short arms.
    I really like that rocky path into that garden.
    Do you happen to know what those pretty deep pink ball flowers are?
    I'd be very glad to get home after all that walking too.

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    1. River: It was a LOT of walking and I did very little for the rest of the day. I hadn't thought about the T-Rex link before, and now will see it each time I see a roo.

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    1. Rover: Floriade started this weekend and there was a photo of a bed of them there. Lovely things.

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  28. Gorgeous flowers, EC! The trees in full bloom are just breathtaking!
    -Marty K

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    1. Marty K: Weren't they lovely. Even at that early hour the scent was amazing.

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  29. Hi EC - the Spring flowers ... I think there's japonica too - let alone the cherries ... and I love the Bellis daisies - gorgeous photos and tour around. Love the old cottagey type homes, and the motel with its 'notice' as to why and how it got where it is ... oh weekend services ... still life can't be boringly the same?! I was going to London ... but there was maintenance work - so I backed out - thank fully got a refund. The bus to here isn't that near ... mostly I walk, but occasionally with some shopping I decide to get the lift up the hill and then walk back ... loved this walk though - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: There was indeed japonica as well. And the blossom. And iris. It was a truly delightful albeit very tiring walk.

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  30. Dear EC
    Lovely Spring views and some very interesting architecture too. We had a very foggy morning this morning - Autumn is definitely edging in. We are lucky that there is a lot to enjoy no matter what season it is.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. We are still getting fogs too (and frost) but the warmer days are also creeping in. When we start to swelter in the summer, I will look at photos from your side of the world for relief.

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  31. I really enjoyed this post! The spring flowers are a delight and your older houses of affluence are a reminder of more genteel times. Somehow it all has the feeling of an at home Downton Abbey (which I loved)

    May your week be filled with beautiful moments

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    1. kylie: What a lovely wish - thank you and the same to you. I suspect that some of the houses of affluence were lower middle class when they were first built, and are now out of the price range of many of us. I enjoyed looking though.

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  32. So nice to see the spring flowers popping their heads up. Good for you, to do both walks, the first one and then the long walk home. Sometimes it's really nice to be out in the cold and walking all by yourself. It provides time to reflect and think, and also to take lovely photos of the charming neighbourhood!

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    1. Shammickite: After the first walk I needed time to myself, to think, to absorb and yes to grieve. And it was very fortunate that my time alone was in such beautiful surroundings.

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  33. I loved walking with you, EC! And that building no labeled with the angled glass is wonderful - wonder what it is?

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    1. Lynn: That very modern building is intriguing isn't it? The area it is in holds restaurants, shops, some apartments and some businesses. With no sign I am leaning towards apartments.

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  34. Thanks for sharing the walk with us. Beautiful photos. I especially like the red round flowers, so unusual.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. A photo of our spring flower festival Floriade suggests that there is an entire bed of bellis perenis. I am looking forward to seeing and photographing it.

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  35. I always love a Sunday walk with you:-)

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    1. Granny Annie: I hope to have a flower-filled amble for you next week.

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  36. That looks like a nice walk. Love the purple flowering tree and those red...? They look like a berry but I think they're flowers. Thank you for bringing me along on your walk :)

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    1. mshatch: It was a nice walk. A very nice walk. You are right, the red is a flower. Bellis perenis - a type of daisy.

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  37. A lovely walk! Thanks for sharing! And i didn't even spill my coffee!

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    1. daisyfae: Good to know that no coffee was spilt in the making or reading of the post.

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  38. Lots of interesting photos to look at there. The Hinckley and District Photographic Society would love to see them. It's like every year they get a winning entry and you think; what the f--- Is that? The bigger societies do quite well,. which normally puts us to shame.. You could win the Photographer of the Year. It's a grand prize - not that I've ever won it.

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    1. Treey: Thank you. High praise for a happy snapper.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Good. After your hard work cleaning up after Irma you probably need time to drift.

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  40. What a beautiful walk! Loved getting to set the sights with you. :) The frost looks so pretty, though I know it means it is chilly. Love seeing the signs of spring popping up. :) I can imagine the bus was a welcome relief.
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: It was a lovely walk, and it was cool rather than cold. No wind was an advantage.

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  41. Such beautiful blooms and awesome houses. You live in a beautiful town.

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    1. Jo: I like my city though it is widely condemned as duller than ditchwater.

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  42. Good for you for appreciating the walk. Looks as though the sights and weather cooperated too.

    Something about kangaroos - they so amuse me. I love it when you capture them.

    Take care, my friend.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: We love the roos too. I was surprised to see this one on its own, but suspect there were others not far away.
      Have a wonderful week.

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  43. You saw a lot of pretty sights, I say, that wagon with the log and my it is still cold with the frost lingering. We're starting winter, raining now, first big rain storm, imagine fall will skip out like last year it did. I don't know. I liked your walk photos but can feel some aching muscles on your behalf doing all that.

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    1. Strayer: I hope that your winter holds off. And yes, there were some muscles complaining after those walks.

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  44. It's all so gorgeous. It's kind of interesting too seeing you thaw as we're beginning to finally cool down. When all is said and done though...

    Holy shit, a kangaroo. o_o

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    1. Robert Bennett: We see the roos often. Probably at least five or six times a week. And still marvel. Slow learners? I like to put it down to being an appreciator.

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  45. That was an impressively long walk, with lovely photos to show for it. There is so much to photograph when a person goes a different route. I am so surprised to see frost and blossoms in the same pictures. Our spring frosts are well over before our blossoms arrive. And in the fall, the frost kills a lot of our flowers in one fell swoop. Your plants must be more tolerant of the cold than ours, which (if true) is also a surprise.

    Have a good week, EC.

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    1. jenny_o: We do lose things to frost in both Autumn and Spring. I am often amazed (and grateful) that we don't lose more. Our spring frosts will continue for a while yet - and we have lost tomato plants to a December frost before now.

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  46. I was out walking in the UK yesterday and the Autumn leaves were beginning to crunch under my feet!
    I enjoyed my walk through your photographs ... but the frost did make me feel chilly!

    Hope the week ahead will be a good one for you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. There was no wind and bright sunshine which took the edge of the chill. I am lucky though, and really don't feel it. The heat is another question entirely. Have a wonderful week.

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  47. "I'm playing Kanga, and this is my Roo." I enjoy these photos every Sunday.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: I am glad. Kanga and Roo are always welcome here - as you are.

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  48. Thanks for the walk I enjoyed the view.

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  49. I get peopled out too ... enjoyed the walk vicariously. My favourite photo is the first one, with the kangaroo in the mist.

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    1. catmint: I think a lot of my blogging friends like me are introverts and get peopled out very quickly. The kangaroo in the mist was a bonus for the walk.

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  50. What a glorious walk! I just can't imagine seeing kangaroos in the burbs. What fun.

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    1. Sandra Cox: We have kangaroos less than a kilometre from home and occasionally in the street. A treat.

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  51. One of the things that I truly love to do is look at lovely flowers and homes in other neighborhoods, and have found many treasures, as you have. The bright and beautiful colors are a great way to start off the week. Hugs...

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    1. RO: I am an incurable stickybeak and it was a lovely wander through areas I don't usually see.
      I hope your week is full of colour and wonder (and cheeseburgers).

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  52. There is a wonderful mystery and anticipation walking ab out with you. It's the best exercise!

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you for saying that. There are a couple more very colourful walks in my immediate future.

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  53. The kangaroo and the multi coloured birds sure make this a special walk. I always watched skippy as a kid on TV. Now, I haven't a clue except for the fact, Skippy, is the shows equivalent to sherlock holmes!

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    1. Spacer Guy: Skippy and Lassie should have teamed up. They would have been an unbeatable team. (I never warmed to either of their human sidekicks thought).

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  54. Trendy apartments? I would say too many sharp corners, at least from the outside.

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    1. Haddock: You could well be right. And not enough windows (on the sides we could see either). I wonder what it is.

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  55. A heck of a walk I'd say! Your spring is on the way! Our fall should be here, maybe.

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    1. Susan Kane: It was a long walk, but a good one.

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  56. Great walk! The building is a fascinating piece of architecture. Those kangaroo pics made me smile. It would be amazing to me to meet one on a walk. Are those King Parakeets? They are adorable! Lovely flowers and plants and interesting scenes all round. Thanks EC :)

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    1. Denise inVA: Thank you. They definitely were King Parrots, and they were having a fine time. I was glad to see them at home when I arrived as well.

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  57. I never tire of looking at photos of flowers, kangaroos, birds, houses, etc. :) The red blossoms that sort of look like berries. Are they a type of dahlia?

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    1. Bea: Thank you. You will be getting a LOT more spring bloom photos over the next few weeks. The red flowers actually belong to the daisy family - bellis perenis. I have grown them in the past, but mind seem to have disappeared. I may have to replace them.

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    2. Ah, okay. They are a treat to look at!

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    3. Bea: They are - and I saw a photo of our flower festival (which I hope to get to tomorrow) which had an entire bed of them.

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  58. I love that first shot of the kangaroo that's out of focus and a bit blurry. I remember your Sunday Selections posts and have missed them! I'm so glad that you visited my blog and saw my first post in quite some time. I'm also glad I got to swing by and see your Sunday Selections. =0)
    I really like the shot of the purple flowers and the one outside of the upscale motel!
    I hope you have a wonderful week.

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    1. 2justByou: Thank you. I really liked the roo in the fog. And the blossoms. Well, all of it really.

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  59. Wow - those blossoms on the trees are utterly fabulous!

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  60. Thank for another wonderful tour. Lovely photos the kangaroo is precious.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: Thank you. We always smile to see the kangaroos too.

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  61. Are those King Parrots?
    I love seeing different homes, don't you?
    Have a day full of sparkle.
    Hugs,

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    1. Sandra Cox: They are indeed King Parrots. I hope today's surgery goes really, really well. Hugs.

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  62. I have never seen a kangaroo whilst out on a walk. I would check my sobriety first if I did. I did see a moose yesterday, though.

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    1. Jono: I have never seen a moose (not even in a zoo I don't think). So there would be a sobriety check for me too.

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  63. Love the kangaroos, they looks so cute.
    And I also love the roof tiles and the houses. Very beautiful.
    It is nice to see your spring trees there.
    Have a happy time.
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. Later today we are going on another spring celebration. There will be many, many photos.

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  64. What a beautiful spring walk, frost and all....how interesting to see a kangaroo though...at least for me.

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    1. Donna@Gardens Eye View: We find the kangaroos interesting too. We see them often, and always smile (except when they are bounding across the road in front of us).

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    2. A lovely sharp spring walk, I wish I could be with you on one dearie. On any walk in fact X

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    3. All Consuming: I would very happily walk with you. I suspect this one might have been too cold for you, but there are warmer ones coming up. Hugs.

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  65. Good morning! I'm a big fan of frosty, not just because I live in Minnesota (a frozen tundra) but frost and fog are quite impressive visions to me, especially how they show up in photos! Your favorites here are mine too, especially that little house and garden. Lovely insights here today as always. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Karen S.: Thank you. I love frost and fog and the elegance and mystery they give to familiar surroundings. I hope your week is full of fun and whimsy.

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  66. You see a lot more when you travel on foot!
    Relying on public transportation has it's downs (obviously), but my gosh you literally walked an adventure!
    That little garden house with the path is a dream home. I'd live there in a heartbeat. The kangaroo looks so dumbfound. That "derp" stance. Haha.
    Gorgeous journey taking the long way!

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    1. Harlynn: Welcome and thank you. I really, really liked that little house and its garden. It was probably just as well it was early because I stood there admiring it for quite a while and the owners might have thought they had a stalker...

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  67. So many colors, textures, sights, sensations! All of that, AND a kangaroo! I am overwhelmed with beauty. Thank you!

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    1. Wally Jones: It really was a delightful walk. Probably too long for me, but I am very, very glad I did it.

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  68. A question...
    do the Kangaroos just walk around or what?
    I'm so intrigued by them and their LARGE tails! xxx

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    1. myinnerchick: In quite a lot of our suburbs kangaroos are as at home as the people. And there are nature parks through the city where they are MORE at home than the people.

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    2. Love those guys!!))) xxx hope you are well.

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    3. My Inner Chick: We love them too. We often go down to the lake where we know we will see them so I can get a kanga fix. We are ok(ish). How about you? Hugs.

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  69. You're seeing signs of Spring, and we're seeing signs of Fall. :) I live in a warm state, so I don't mind cooler weather in the least. In fact, the cooler weather is actually not THAT cool so it's perfect! Love the walk through, you got some great pics. I sure don't miss frost on my car windows though!!

    That architecture towards the end is cool!

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    1. mail4rosey: I much prefer the cooler weather. Spring is fine, but I am not looking forward to summer. I don't mind frost either - but am aware that I am probably in the minority. I hope your autumn is gentle and beautiful.

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