Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sunday Selections #392

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.  Come for a brief walk with me (and Jazz) into a foggy early morning.







The sun was making valiant efforts to get through but it didn't succeed for some hours.  Not only was it foggy, it was frosty.





There were some lovely splashes of colour though.







And a diligent spider.








I thoroughly enjoyed my wander through the garden.  Jazz made it clear by the speed with which he rushed inside with me that it was toooooo cold and that he had been treated badly.  Again.

As an aside.  Jazz is an elderly cat now (if you embiggen the final photo you might be able to see his one white whisker), and spends less than half an hour (if that) outside.  He does like to see what I am doing though - inside or outside.

114 comments:

  1. At first, I thought that was some kind of exotic Australian animal. Oh. It's a kitty cat! :)

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    1. Sandi: Jazz would tell you he IS an exotic Australian animal. And I would add wild to the description.

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  2. We've been so hot this week that your frosty and boggy pictures are most welcome.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I have been watching the temperatures on your side of the world and shuddering.

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  3. Gorgeous pictures!! Your wander through the garden was absolutely worth it. :)
    Jazz seems to be a very dedicated pet.

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    1. Caterina: Thank you. Jazz is devoted - to himself. And to my partner. He has to know where I am and what I am doing though.

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  4. Loved seeing the photos with your cat.

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  5. Beautiful foggy photos EC, I am sorry that you can't go outside.

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    1. Bob Bushell: I can go outside, but Jazz complains if I am out too long. And complains I keep him out too long if he comes with me.

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  6. what beautiful images you captured today, I think its wonderful how vocal Jazz is!

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    1. laurie: Jazz is a very talkative cat. I fear that if I could understand him completely I would be shocked at his language though.

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  7. Ah, frog and fost. Most amusing to see Jazz taking a garden stroll. My city no longer gets frosts. It is too warm. But I can remember them.

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    1. Andrew: I suspect that our city centre doesn't get frost, but out the 'burbs we still do. And this morning there is a good dusting of snow on the hills.

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  8. All beautiful flowers. Handsome cat, too.

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  9. How lovely! Jazz is the spit of my Walter, a great big barn cat who walked between my dogs every night to the disbelief of passersby. He was a very tough boy and would hiss at any dog that came near his two. He owned all he surveyed.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: Welcome and thank you. Jazz has mellowed (a bit). In his younger days he used to chase a yappy little dog which visited home on a regular basis. These days he contents himself with growling loudly at intruders and scuttling away.

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  10. Cold here this morning too but no fog or frost.
    Merle.......

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    1. Merlesworld: We are chilly here too today, and there is snow on the hills nearby.

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  11. I do like a good foggy and/or frosty morning... purely from a photographic perspective of course!

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    1. CountryMum: I like fog and frost on every level.

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  12. Such beauty, even in the cold.

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    1. messymimi: We live in a beautiful world.

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  13. Jazz is a good-looking cat who has retained an air of youth. He must have a portrait hidden away up in the attic!

    -love the icy greenery, the chilly-looking purple flower & all the splashes of color you happened upon. :)

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    1. Bea: I like the idea of Jazz having a portrait in the attic. And wonder whether it is too late to commission one of me. Probably.

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  14. I always love your pretty flower pictures, and the frozen scenery with spider are just perfect. Jazz is still a pretty kitty, even if a bit on the elderly side. I know just how that feels. :-)

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    1. DJan: The spider was curled up in a leaf, but I did admire its industry. And skill. Jazz says he is every bit as beautiful as he ever was. I have to agree. As a teenage cat, he was very, very leggy and looked a little giraffe like.

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  15. What lovely photos, EC - I love them all, but especially the craggy tree and the purple bloom covered with frost crystals. It is really nice to see Jazz. He is in very good shape, judging by your pictures. Must be his "constitutionals" with you!

    I'm amazed by all the colour in your garden in your winter. If I were to try to garden in our winter there would be some snow shovelling required first :)

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    1. jenny_o: Thank you. The frost covered anenome was lovely wasn't it? Jazz is in relatively good shape. He is carrying too much weight (like most of the other household members) and has a little arthritis, but is a happy cat. Mostly.
      We had snow close by this morning, but none in the garden.

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  16. Poor, poor sad and mistreated cat. What a horrible life he has. It’s a good thing he can’t use the phone or he would report you for animal cruelty.

    Please tell him I like his one white whisker.

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    1. Birdie: Jazz is thrilled to know that someone realises just how hard his life is. And he likes his one white whisker too.

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  17. I'm amazed to see Jazz out and about on a frosty morning. Brrr! I'll bet he demanded a cozy spot of warmth inside afterwards.
    Rather haunting photos of the fog. All that was missing were the headstones. ;) Love the purple flower with the ice still clinging to it.

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    1. River Fairchild: Of course Jazz demanded (and got) a warm spot to hunker down in. And several breakfasts.
      Yet again the mad woman with the camera (and her familiar) were the only ones outside...

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  18. Growing old is hard, no matter the species. He is such an elegant cat.

    Frost! Mist! Paradise!

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    1. Susan Kane: Frost and fog are lovely aren't they? I would love to grow old with a fraction of Jazz's elegance. Of any cat's elegance.

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  19. Remy and Shama are both inside cats...they don't go outside at all now...and haven't done so for the past three years. And then, they were only out for half an hour at the most, usually less. Both, being brother and sister. turn 16 years this coming November. Like me, they, too, are getting long in the tooth!

    Jazz looks like he could be auditioning for a role in "Better Homes and Gardens"! :)

    I hope you have a great week, EC...cuddles to Jazz of the one whisker and the green paws. :)

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    1. Lee: Jazz sneers at Better Homes and Gardens. He refuses to appear in any show unless he is the star.
      He does have other whiskers. Long and luxuriant whiskas. Just one white one though.
      I hope that you, Remy and Shama have a delightful week.

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  20. An interesting juxtaposition between the haunted looking photos and then the colors of flowers..Lovely seeing more of Jazz. Wishing you a good week. Hugs.

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    1. e: As I/we wandered through the garden that foggy/frosty morning the colours of the plants just popped. I hope to have a good week. I hope it for you and for my brother too.

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  21. So much more wint'ry than the foggy start I had recently!
    And wallflowers! Oh, I miss them!
    Thank, EC and Jazz for a delightful walk.

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    1. dinahmow: Definitely more wintry than your fog. Wallflowers are lovely aren't they? This patch has triffidised a garden bed. I have no plans to uproot them either.

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  22. What a delightful assortment! Frosty spiders, cool cats, beautiful flowers-- what more could one want! Seriously, I love the foggy tree shots.

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    1. Bill: I love fog, and trees. So very much.

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  23. Wallflowers! I still haven't bought any :(
    It's lovely to see Jazz enjoying the garden, however briefly. That spider web looks remarkably strong, almost like nylon netting. The frosted plants are pretty and I love seeing the fog. I suspect I might have hurried inside as fast as Jazz.

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    1. River: Himself was still in bed when Jazz and I came in. And happy to be there. I did enjoy the garden wander though.

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  24. Dear EC
    Your foggy and frosty photos are beautiful and it is lovely to see the signs of Spring too. Jazz is also beautiful!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. I am a big fan of this season, for its beauty and the relief from the heat. Neither Jazz nor himself agree. We have been incredibly dry over winter and I do hope that the garden survives and we see more spring. Much more.

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  25. I loved walking through the garden with you and LOVED Jazz. Thanks for always commenting on my posts, even when I don't get to visit back. I've had a hectic ten days and hoping all will pan out this coming week. Jo

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    1. Jo: Thank you. Jazz tells me that he is much more beautiful than the garden.

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  26. Enjoyed seeing all the pictures.

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  27. I really like the bare tree branches showing through the mist. And the frosty flowers. I need some cooling down these HOT days, although not as hot now as it was in July. Iam going to the finals of the Under 14s Ontario Softball Championships today, to see some good baseball played by talented kids.

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    1. Shaammickite: I am a big fan of the elegance of a filigree of bare branches against the sky. I am glad to hear that you are not quite as hot as you were. Enjoy the baseball - as I am sure you will.

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  28. As usual, a delightful trip with you and Jazz, whom I was glad to see. Is it coming winter or going winter?

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    1. Patricia A. Laster: Sadly winter is leaving us.

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  29. No frost here but give it a month or so. Meanwhile it is quite steamy. Love your walk with Jazz

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I notice you are still having very high temeratures. Shudder. Poor Jazz would have been happier with me if I had come in sooner.

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  30. Oh WOW...these are so striking!
    I so love fog. It is the most exciting part of Autumn for me.:)
    Isn't Jazz beautiful, too? Wish I could cuddle her! :))

    A Hug.

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    1. Ygraine: I am a big fan of fog too. Mystical, magical. Jazz is indeed beautiful, but he doesn't respond well to strangers.

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  31. Love the photos EC. The trees and fog, spectacular!

    That one white whisker on Jazz is adorable!

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    1. Marie Smith: Trees and fog are lovely aren't they? Jazz developed that one white whisker a few years ago. So far it is just the one, and the others remain black and luxuriant.

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  32. Nice photos. Here, it’s summer and it’ll be interesting to see what you come up when it reaches you.

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    1. Terry: There will be even more early morning photos when summer hits us. I am not a fan, and do my best to avoid summer sun.

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  33. Still so colorful! Love the white whisker!

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    1. Jono: That one white whisker is striking isn't it?

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  34. You know I love the silhouette of a bare tree.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Of course I do.

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  35. Beautiful pics. I love those frosty blossoms.
    R

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    1. Rick Watson: Thank you. I am quite sad that winter is on its way out.

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  36. Beautiful cat. I always love your pictures.

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  37. I loved my walk with you and Jazz into your garden. Black cats are my favorite.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Black cats are my favourite too. I have had at least one blac cat for a lot of years now.

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  38. OMG. These pictures are too awesome. Especially the Jazz Man. How young is he now?
    We were blowing bubbles with the Grands yesterday and I told them about your frozen bubbles:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: He is a rescue cat so we are not sure. Well over fifteen though.
      I hope that you and the grands will play frozen bubbles later. Bubbles are always good.

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  39. Hi EC - gosh that does look cold, frosty and chilly through the gloom of the fog; fun photos and love the inserts with Jazz proving he's still interested in life. The colours though remind us of the wealth nature gives us ... lovely - thank you ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Jazz is most definitely still interested in life. He disapproves of a number of things (including ALL workmen) but he is definitely interested.

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  40. Isn't Jazz great!
    I enjoyed my walk with you too … of course your days are very different weather wise, although we did have some very welcome rain today.

    Love the foggy morning, the frosty pictures, the spider web and colourful blooms …
    A great mix

    Sending my good wishes for the coming week

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: I am glad that you are finally getting some rain. We are getting the occasional dribble, but need a lot more.
      I am glad you enjoyed walking with us.

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  41. Frost has become a bit of a theme with you recently. It’s not something most of us associate with Australia. I will be visiting your country next month and can hardly wait. We have lots of exciting adventures to look forward to.

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    1. David Gascoigne: Lots of Australia doesn't get frost, or snow. We often get frost, and occasionally snow.
      I hope your Australian adventures more than live up to the expectations.

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  42. You take such magnificent photographs EC! I mean the way you capture nature is always picture perfect, and makes me appreciate the goodness of outdoors so much more! Hugs...and thanks a bunch! RO

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    1. RO; This happy snapper thanks you. I hope your birthday was WONDERFUL.

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  43. Oh the misty photo makes me so envious! We are suffering through 40 C temps and a little bit of mist and cold would be so so welcome :)

    Have a lovely week, hope to see you on Wednesday at WEP!

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: 40C is waaaay too hot for me. I would happily share some of our mist and cool.

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  44. You're the only person I know who can walk their cat!!

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    1. fishducky: Really? Lots of people I know are walked by their cats. And sometimes the cats allow them to believe that the human is doing the walking...

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  45. Wonderful photos, colorful flowers and love that black cat.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: Thank you. We love that difficult black cat too.

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  46. Hello EC. I missed your post on Sunday as we have been without the internet for 4 days. Why do things like that always start on a weekend??
    Anyway, new modem up and running, and we're back in touch with the world.

    I love, love your fog photos!! Especially the 5th one, of the tree. I would be very happy to have a print of that on my wall:)

    The cold photos make me feel like Jazz - ready to race inside into the warmth. It's great to see them, though.
    One of our cats used to accompany me and the dog of the time on walks. She would go around the block, but that was enough. Come to think of it, she had a disposition very similar to Jazz's!

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    1. Alexia: Thank you. I am glad to hear that you are back in touch with the world. It is amazing how far the internet has infiltrated our lives isn't it?
      We have often had cats who enjoyed walking with us. Sometimes for considerable distances. On mornings I go to Lifeline Jazz has to be shut inside or he would follow me to the bus stop (and I don't trust him on a main road). I love the chilly mornings but am well aware that many think I am mad.

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  47. I love the fog, EC, so comforting, like a blanket, can be alone in its protective obscurity. Jazz is a lovely cat and to think of the two of you on a walk in the garden is peaceful.

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    1. Strayer: Jazz loves his garden walks. As I do. I am fonder of the frost and fog than he is though.

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  48. Lovely shots of the fog and frost! I love this time of year.

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    1. Lady Fi: I love the wintry months too - and envy you your much more dramatic winters.

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  49. Beautiful. To see frost when all here is mid-summer is odd, but very homely for me. I hope you're enjoying the chill dearie x

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    1. All Consuming: I am loving the chill, and very sad that it is nearing its end. I hope your summer is treating you well.

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  50. Those foggy pictures are spectacular. Especially the dot of light in the first one and the muted tree colors in the second.
    Thinking of you.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. The dot of light is a street light - which hasn't gone out at all since that foggy morning.

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  51. OOOOOOOOOO, the diligent spider & Jazz are Super Stars!! x

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    1. My Inner Chick: Jazz has asked me to tell you that HE is the star. The spider is merely a bit player.

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  52. Love seeing all the fog and frost. Such beautiful frosty pictures. So many signs of spring too. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Spring is getting very close now.

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  53. Jazz feels like I do, except my problem is with the energy-sapping humidity. Thankfully the temperature turned a little and we slept with the windows open all night. Loved these photos, and the splashes of color and your sweet Jazz.

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    1. Denise inVA: Jazz isn't a fan of heat either. Jewel was, and on very hot days she is remembered.

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  54. We had too hot summer, it was an exceptional hot wave that lasted 7-8 weeks (or I do not remember how long, however, an eternity)
    That's why your climate looks tempting ... except when winter comes to us then it's too cold .. hah

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    1. orvokki: I know you have had a very, very hot summer. I have been watching the temperatures on your side of the world and shuddering. Our winter is lovely.

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  55. That spider sure did work hard, that was some web. Just hope it wasn't a massive one, because I know you get them in Australia.

    Your photos have reminded me that winter isn't that far away.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I am fascinated by the architecture of spiders. And can rarely photograph their work well. I would be happy to keep winter here. Sadly, all the signs say that she will be leaving us soon.

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  56. Truly magical EC!!! I really mean that! I would love to come walk with you in the mornings! Breath taking!!! I love Jazz! Give him a hug from me! I love his white whisker! LOL! So cute! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magid Love Crow: I would be happy to share my mornings with you, and rather a lot of other bloggers. Jazz is asleep at the moment, but I will give him a scrootch next time he surfaces.

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  57. Jazz needs a wee coat for morning walks! Though if he is as contrary as I think he would probably prefer to freeze.
    I love the skeleton tree.

    Commenting on a teeny keypad and without glasses has modified my name. Oops!

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    1. Kylie: Jazz would flatly refuse to wear a coat. And is happy to punish me for the weather. Thank you for braving a teeny keypad to comment. Without glasses I could no longer make the attempt.

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