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Sunday, 3 November 2019

Sunday Selections #453





 
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.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle.
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
I usually run with a theme.  We asked our recent visitor what she wanted to do while she was here.  'I want a kangaroo fix'.

Not a problem.  That spot by the lake is one of our favourite short outings.  So off we went.




Not a kangaroo to be seen.  Our visitor is also bird obsessed so we revelled in the red-rumped parrots (aka bum birds).  The female has much more muted colouring than the male, but is still a pretty bird.


The Eastern rosella was also a welcome sight.

 And the fuzzy headed Australian wood duck.

Still no kangaroos - so we kept wandering.













Wandering, and thoroughly enjoying ourselves.


 And then we turned a corner - very happy kangaroos lounging about on the golf course which adjoins the park by the lake.







We have never, ever been to Weston Park without feeling better for the visit.

A few days later on the way to the airport we made a small detour and went back to the lake.



I liked seeing the tip of its pink tongue (and in the next shot it might have been poking its tongue out at me).








Plenty of kangaroos, enjoying the dappled light under a small grove of oak trees.  They camouflague themselves well - even under exotic (to them) trees.  It did feel good to send her home with a kangaroo fix.

106 comments:

  1. What a wonderful park, and the fact that it's close by is such a bonus for you. I'd love to see kangaroos lounging around in a natural habitat anytime I felt like it!
    Give Jazz a low bow in honor of his superiority from me. ;)

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    1. River Fairchild: It is a lovely place and the roos are an extra bonus. We can't guarantee to see them, but do see them much more often than not. Which we love.
      Jazz accepts your homage. Not graciously because he is not in a gracious mood but he accepts it...

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  2. You live is such a magic land!

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  3. You hit the kangaroo jackpot! Some beautiful scenery as your spot on the globe hits spring.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: We did. I suspect the golfers are not always happy to see them, but we are.

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  4. Love these photos. Your birds and beautiful scenery would be my fix, but those kangaroos, now those are really something :) Thanks for my fix today EC, always leaving happy.

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    1. DeniseinVA: I am really pleased that you are leaving happy. As we do after each and every visit to that patch of the lake.

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  5. Oh, how wonderful. I know this is everyday scenery for you, but for me it all looks so exotic. Even oak trees look exotic when surrounded by kangaroos. Thank you for these lovely pictures.

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    1. Uglemor: Despite seeing this place often (with or without kangaroos) we never, ever tire of it. I was amazed at how well the roos blended into the oak trees. If we hadn't been looking carefully I suspect they would have been easy to miss.

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  6. What a treat you gave us today. It consists of everything I like. Exotic flowers, exotic birds and kangaroos.
    And because of that I am giving you a very big hug.
    :)

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    1. Catarina: Many thanks, and I am very pleased you enjoyed this selection. Hug received and returned.

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  7. To live in such a place where you can see exotic birds and visit with kangaroos is such an amazing thing.

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    1. only slightly confused: It is lovely to see you here. We are well aware of how lucky we are, but I will also admit to some envy of the things you can see on a regular basis.

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  8. Wonderful photos, EC. I love the lichen on the rocks and tree limb. Even in winter the lichens here are a spot of much-appreciated colour.

    Lovely roos! They are very muscular and powerful looking, which is not something I realized until I started reading your blog and seeing closeups of them. But if we spent our lives hopping like they do we'd be muscular too, I imagine :)

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    1. jenny_o: I am fascinated by the colour and texture of lichen. Closer to home it is a pale green and I have rather a lot of photos of it.
      And yes, roos ARE muscular. Very, very muscular.

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  9. Oh so lucky! I would love to see kangaroos just lounging about. I'm glad your friend got a gander at them!

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    1. Terri: It is an accepted (and welcome) part of her every visit. They relax soooo well. Often as well as cats.

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  10. Red-rumped Parrot is spectacular in my book. The colours are so muted and delicate; not nearly as brassy (pleasingly so, mind you) as some of the other Australian parrots. And for anyone outside Australia a kangaroo is nothing short of wonderful. I can't wait to see them again.

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: You will get no arguments from me. I loved the way that the red-rumped parrots (particularly the female) disappeared in the grasses. We do love the kangaroos too, and often go looking for them.

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  11. I've not seen the McDuck family around here for a few weeks. I hope they're all still okay.

    I do have a very noisy currawong, though...one of many...he insists on sitting out just from my sliding door and letting his presence known...loudly and often. I mimicked him the other day...equally as loudly and shrill...much to the disgust of Remy and Shama!

    Great pics, EC...thanks. I hope you have a great week ahead. Cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: I share your hope about the ducks. We have a family of currawongs who visit us early. I adore their warble.
      I hope you get some more rain. We were promised some, but got very, very little. Less than 1mm.

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  12. Dear EC
    Fantastic photos of the lovely flora and fauna near you. No wonder your friend went home happy after seeing all those kangaroos.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I hope she enjoyed her stay, and was glad that the roos were in evidence on her last day.

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  13. Oh my gosh your photos are brilliant! I love a kangaroo fix lol,, they look so strong!

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    1. laurie: Thank you. We love (and need) a kangaroo fix often. They are strong, and the males particularly are very, very muscular.

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  14. Beautiful series EC. I do love the Kangaroos, and the rest.

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  15. Love the roos, as well as all the birds. Kangaroos are really very strangely built creatures, aren't they? :-)

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    1. DJan: Rather a lot of Australian native animals are improbable. But efficient.

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  16. The closest I've been to a kangaroo is reading Winnie the Pooh.
    What a lovely place you have to walk and enjoy nature.

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    1. nonthoughtsnoprayersnonothing: It is a lovely place, and we often visit.

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  17. Wow, I would love Weston Park! Wishing you a great week.

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    1. e: We do, and worry that the Government is trying to make it more 'accessible' which means of course, more accessible for people. It is already very easy - but doesn't have much in the way of facilities.

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  18. It looks all very serene. We should be so grateful that we live in such a country and be able to see scenes such as you photographed.

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    1. Andrew: It is serene and, during the week, often largely deserted. We are very, very grateful to have it so close to u.

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  19. What beautiful photography, so many Kangaroos all in one place. Beauty all around you.
    Thanks for sharing a part of your world. It's all exotic to me.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: Thank you. On dark days, and darker nights I hug the beauty of the world to myself.

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  20. What a lovely wander you had. I don't think I've seen red-rumped parrots before, so I had to google them immediately. I really like the colouring of the female in your photo - she looks very demure. I also discovered that Australia has 56 species of parrots!
    The roos are as handsome and laid-back as ever. I once stayed at a motel in the Grampians where the roos ambled across the lawns outside the units, much to my delight.

    I hope you have a good week, EC, with no horrendously hot days.

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    1. Alexia: Red-rumped parrots are small and easy to miss. I am glad to see them, but it isn't a regular event.
      We are expecting a slightly cooler week this week. Yesterday and today the weather boffins promised rain. They lied. It is overcast, but dry.

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  21. The kangaroo fix was quite nice, but that shot of two ducks, reflected back in shallow water, was the best of all. Thanks.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Thank you. I really liked that shot, and that moment. Rather a lot.

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  22. Here in Newfoundland it is the "caribou" fix or failing that the "Moose" fix, I'm usually lucky in that it does happen for them.

    Lovely photos, I am so surprised at how flexible those kangaroos are with their bodies. Great capture I've never quite seen them like that last one before.

    XO
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    1. Wisewebwoman: The kangaroos are astonishly flexible. That last pose is quite typical. Often they will slowly move away in that pose - it is when they want speed that they are upright and leaping.

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  23. That one kangaroo looks really studly and ready to take about anyone. Your visitor is lucky to have a native guide who knows where to find some kangaroos.

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    1. Strayer: He was impressive wasn't he? Really impressive. Our visitor went to university in my city so she knows at least some of the best places to go.

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  24. I read "kangaroo fix" then saw bird pictures and laughed out loud so suddenly I startled poor Lola who had just gone to sleep on the windowsill in front of me. I'm glad you were able to eventually find kangaroos and I love the gorgeous flowers.

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    1. River: Apologise to Lola for me please. I thought we weren't going to see kangas on that first trip. I was wrong. Again.

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  25. So you finally found the 'roos'!!
    I'm rather glad you didn't find them immediately...or we maybe wouldn't have had the pleasure of seeing all those beautiful birds and that amazing tree!
    Another wonderful post, dearest Sue! 😊😊
    Thank you so much!

    Love and hugs ❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: We look for the birds as well each visit - and never know what we will see.
      I am glad you enjoyed this week's selection - and return your love and hugs (with interest).

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  26. There is just something wonderful seeing our roos.
    Pretty birds and flowers.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Thank you. Our wonderful and sometimes bizarre native species fascinate me and delight me.

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  27. Those wacky Roos, I just love them. They always make me smile.

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    1. Rick Watson: They make us smile too - unless they leap out in front of the car.

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  28. I am a bird watcher myself so I would be happy seeing those in the wild. A Roo would be an added bonus. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Truedessa: Thank you. We delight in both, and are so lucky to see them. Often.

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  29. I have seen kangaroos in zoos, but never saw one with a baby in her pouch. Decades ago, there was a scandal when kangaroo meat was sold at a burger restaurant in Hawaii. We can eat cow, but not kangaroo. I didn't get a chance to eat it myself.

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    1. gigihawaii: I have seen joeys in pouches before. They are definitely pouch potatoes and remain/return to the pouch for a long time. Given the size of their feet (and claws) I feel for the mamas.
      Kangaroo meat is often sold here. I believe it is similar to venison. It is a lean meat and supposedly very healthy.

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  30. What a wonderful trip (both times). Such beautiful sites. I've never seen a kangaroo in person and can only image how much fun it would be.

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    1. Mason Canyon: It is a wonderful thing to see the roos so close to home (and often much closer to home than these ones).

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  31. To me it looks like Weston Park would be a place I would visit often if I lived close by. A lovely lake, gorgeous flowers, beautiful animals and wonderful birds. What more can you ask for?

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    1. Carola Bartz: Weston Park is in the suburb I grew up in, and we do often visit. And never, ever tire of it. At intervals the government talks of 'developing' the area and I hope they never do.

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  32. What do you call the yellow material growing on those gray stones? I love the contrast of colors in that shot.

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    1. John Wiswell: That is a lichen - and the grey stones are tree bark. I find it fascinating and am not going to admit just how many lichen photos I have taken.

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  33. I love the kangaroos. They are such interesting animals. The birds are so pretty.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: We love them too. I am constantly amazed at how well they relax and at how fast they can spring into action.

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  34. Love those animal photos, lovely captures☺

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    1. natalia20041989: Thank you. They are favourites of ours.

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  35. Bellissime fotografie, il pappagallo rosso mi piace tantissimo.
    Buon inizio settimana.

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    1. Giancarlo: We really like those parrots too. They are shy birds, but so very beautiful. I hope your week is lovely.

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  36. Beautiful birds. Although that bird in the bottom images was rather an odd one! ;-)
    I have some more prehistoric mammals today.
    Prehistoric Mammals from Colorado

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    1. The Real Cie: Thank you. Off to check out your prehistoric mammals.

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  37. Flowers, roos and birds! Perfect.

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    1. Marie Smith: It really was a delightful interlude.

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  38. as always some lovely bird images. Glad your visitor was rewarded with the Kangaroo fix.

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  39. The colorful Eastern Rosella is postcard worthy, and my goodness how cool it would be to see all those kangaroos lounging in one spot like that! Fabulous! Hugs, RO

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    1. RO: I do hope your computer woes are fixed. The Eastern rosellas are lovely aren't they? And yes, watching the roos relaxing is always wonderful - and relaxes us too. Hugs received and reciprocated.

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  40. That is terrific that your guests got to see the Roos. I know that if I ever had an opportunity to visit, they would be top on my list. They are such wonderful creatures.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: I really like that our Nation's Capital still has kangaroos (plenty of them) running free. They were here long before we were.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: So very grateful for nature's generosity.

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  42. I can't sleep tonight and thought I'd pay you a visit, and I'm glad I did. I especially like many of the softer coloured female birds, including the red rumps, they're beautiful.

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    1. Kim: You really couldn't sleep could you? I do hope that you managed to get to sleep and that whatever kept you awake can be sorted. I am a big fan of subtle, despite appreciating the sometimes garish male displays.

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  43. Look at those kangaroos.. and the eastern rosella really is quite a sight.

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    1. Hena Tayeb: We are always grateful to see them. We get eastern rosellas at home and occasionally kangaroos in the street.

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  44. Something about kangaroos - they make me smile. I especially love the kangaroo heavy posts. Thank you, EC.
    Take care, and have a pleasant week.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: There will undoubtedly be more kangaroo heavy posts from me.
      I hope you are doing well and your week (and the ones to come) is excellent.

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  45. The kangoos must feel safe in that park under the shady sun. So much adventure and fun awaits and these guys get to soak up the sun like national treasures at the beach.

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    1. Spacer Guy: They do feel safe, and fortunately they are right. And yes, they are also national treasures.

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  46. Gosh those kangaroos are silly looking creatures aren't they? All back legs and tail. And those funny little dinosaur arms in the front, like a T-rex. I remember seeing them by the lake when I was in your neighbourhood. When I was very little my dad took me to a circus that had come to the nearby town and I saw a boxing kangaroo complete with boxing gloves, for some reason it made me cry and I had to be taken away and calmed down. I remember it very clearly. Weird!!!!!!

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    1. Shammickite: Circuses often made me cry, though it was the clowns and the captive animals. I don't remember seeing roos.
      I suspect you saw the kangaroos at the same bit of the lake that I feature here so often. They are on the weird side aren't they? But efficient (and lovable).

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  47. love the yellow lichen and I found it strange to see parrots on the ground, for some reason I expect them to be in trees or at least shrubs. I need a fix of a garden I think.

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    1. Linda Starr: Lots of our parrots are seed eaters, and spend a lot of time on the ground.
      Garden fixes are always good.

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  48. Thank you for giving us all our kangaroo fix! ;-)

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  49. Love these - filled my need for a kangaroo fix as well!

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    1. Jemi Fraser: A kangaroo fix is a wonderful thing. I am glad you enjoyed it too.

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  50. I'm so glad the kangaroos cooperated so you could give your friend (and yourself) a fix. Then again, as big as they are, it'd be kinda hard for them to stay out of sight for very long.

    And those beautiful birds were icing on the cake. :)

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    1. Susan: Believe it or not, if the roos stay still they can be very, very hard to see.
      And yes, the birds were indeed generous icing.

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  51. That looks such a wonderful park.
    Loved seeing all of your photographs.
    The birds and flowers and of course the roos! Amazing.

    Hope your week is going well, ours has been an enjoyable one, but I sometimes find the days pass by so quickly :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. It is a wonderful park and one we visit often. We are never disappointed either.
      My week has been busy but productive. I am glad yours is enjoyable.

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  52. What fun! I'm getting the feeling that the kangaroos over there are similar to the deer here on Vancouver Island - fascinating for anyone who isn't familiar with them; and fun to observe but a bit of a nuisance to anyone who has to live with them. Kangaroos are a complete novelty to me, so I enjoyed the kangaroo fix, too! :-)

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    1. Diane Henders: Kangaroos are fascinating, and can be a decided pest. Like deer they are dangerous to themselves and others on the road. Like deer they eat what ever they fancy. I am aware of that, and still love them (though they have had my heart pounding more than once).

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  53. I think you're right. That fella might have been poking his tongue out at you! How rude!

    Blue

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    1. Blue Grumpster: I hope you are feeling better than when you last posted. The roo may have been rude, but I can cope with that. I think.

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