April 2014 ~ A photo a day

By: sandiquiz , 12:06 PM GMT on May 02, 2014

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For the first time ever I enrolled in one of the daily challenges on Flickr. It was to take a photo a day, and then comment on the photos of as many other members in the group I could, as well as reply to those who commented on mine.




I managed to remember to take a photo each day, and never had to resort to taking a photo of my slippers beside the bed as I "hit the hay"!

Each day's photo had to be edited and labelled, which didn't take long, but added extra time to my day.

The other reason I have been so busy the last few days is time taken to making the final collage for the group, and also collating votes received after 46 mails were sent out to Birds and Wildlife members who entered the April calendar challenge.

I also have been trying to find a third x great granddad, who is being elusive. As Pros will agree, once you get drawn into ancestry detective work, time disappears... to where, you have no idea!

But here we are in May... and I do not have to take a photo unless I want to! (how some members takes a photo a day for 365 days, I have no idea!}

Here is the final collage, with the photos in order from day one to day 30.





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59. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:08 AM GMT on May 11, 2014
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58. GardenGrrl
10:02 AM GMT on May 11, 2014
Good Morning, it's start of the long work week. Do you suppose we could start an international flower cartel? First we start we seeds....
Your weather still seems to be staying chilly. We are at 74f at 5am.
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57. clearlakemike
5:52 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
Gypsies on the verges? That is interesting and "exotic". I don't ever recall seeing Gypsies in the US but I guess they are out and about. Probably blend with all the other "gypsies"...lot of that. San Francisco had/has many who live in caravans parked near the verges. But don't see the ponies, however. Usually, just dogs.
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56. calpoppy
5:07 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
Oh Bug, LOL! I thought you were talking about Roma tomatoes, hahaha!! I figured out Romas were gypsies!!!! I thought why doesn't Charleston grow Roma tomatoes!!!
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55. palmettobug53
1:48 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
Hi, Sandi! Hope you had a good time at the Garden Centre and didn't lose control, whilst there! lol

We have plenty of Romas of various types in the U.S. but I've never seen any here in Charleston. That I know of, anyway.

It tickles me to no end to hear that your's still deal in horses and ponies, even if they now live and travel in modern caravans.

I need to get off the computer and get ready to leave for the cochlear picnic.

Hubby is fine this morning and very happy that the ordeal is over with. We both caught up on our sleep yesterday and last night. Details in my blog.
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54. WeatherWise
11:45 AM GMT on May 10, 2014
Happy Mothers Day weekend, Sandi!


Iris Iris Some Type of Moth My First of the Season!
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53. BriarCraft
11:45 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Checked your forecast when I noted your weather widget said it is clear at present. That must be a fluke, as your forecast is looking rather wet through Tuesday. The rain is trying to move out of my area today, with a few days of drying starting tomorrow. It's going to take more than a few days to enable me to mow overgrown grass or pull weeds that are starting to go to seed. I reallyreallyreally wish it would dry out some.


I haven't seen any Gypsies in this area for about 40 years. They would spend the summer camped near a river where people liked to come to picnic and swim. That band of Gypsies made and sold wooden lawn chairs. My family, as well as aunts and uncles all had Gypsy-made lawn chairs.
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52. whitewabit (Mod)
3:14 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Quoting 49. sandiquiz:


We still get them on the wide grass verges out in the countryside, but they are more the "modern" type gypsies, living in polished, chrome and engraved glass caravans, pulled by large 4x4's rather than the old wooden caravans drawn by ponies. But however they live, they still breed and deal in ponies and horses, and travel around the country to the horse fairs.

Appleby horse fair





My wife and my self love going to events like that .. and my grand daughter would adore going .. she has a great love for animals and especially horses .. my wife's brother has horses and when we go see them she gets to ride a couple of days .. she gets right in it with her uncle .. cleaning the stalls, feeding the whole shot ..

We have an event here called "Old English Fair" which is what it implies a fair in the tradition of an English country side .. jousting knights, jugglers, blacksmith, goat milking, everyone in period costumes .. very enjoyable to meander through the tents !!

Enjoy your LAZY weekend ..
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51. WeatherWise
2:55 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Hi Sandi, Thanks for the info about your collage - super nice. I will check out picmonkey.com soon.

I have been for my walk and again today it was so nice I did not want to stop. I walked the flat mile with a friend and then did the hilly 1.3 mile walk to take some plants to a friend along the way. I had some extra daisies, oregano, and mint to share as here daisies did not survive the winter.

It is going to be another 90 degree F, today. I made sure to get my walk in before the heat of the day! Have a great day! My son is walking your countryside somewhere today.
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50. Ylee
2:34 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
I'd bet Skyepony would like to see the Appleby fair!
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49. sandiquiz
2:30 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Quoting 48. Ylee:

You still have Gypsies? That's rather interesting. Are there a lot of them? Have you ever had them camp out in your neighborhood?

We still get them on the wide grass verges out in the countryside, but they are more the "modern" type gypsies, living in polished, chrome and engraved glass caravans, pulled by large 4x4's rather than the old wooden caravans drawn by ponies. But however they live, they still breed and deal in ponies and horses, and travel around the country to the horse fairs.

Appleby horse fair


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48. Ylee
2:20 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
You still have Gypsies? That's rather interesting. Are there a lot of them? Have you ever had them camp out in your neighborhood?

Hope you are having a good day!
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47. sandiquiz
1:03 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
I really need to update the blog header, this one is getting stale now.

Shirley - I have been to you blog where we have had a 'chat', but to answer your query, the photo collage was made using PicMonkey.com. It is a great photo editing programme that provides all the basic functions, but also has a collage feature.

Skye - My sister got nettled last weekend. She says she will not be so mean to her grandson when he complains he has been stung by nettles! She says she forgot how painful they can be!! lol

GG - the Garden gang could have a whale of a time here at my local garden centre. There is only a low gate at the entrance to the yard... and once in, everything for the outdoors is only protected by a chain link fence... got any bolt-cutters!! lol

BTW - a garden drip and rain sounds like an oxymoron!! lol

Hi Ylee:)

Poppy - you can pick up manure for free alongside the road to the villages near MK. The gypsies tether their ponies to the grass verges to munch on the grass, and when they move on, there is a free supply of "pony droppings" !

Jane - Your daughter does seem to go to some "interesting" places! lol Hope you have a warm weekend. I was surprised to read there are five more weeks to the end of the school year!!
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46. GardenGrrl
3:50 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
Quoting 44. calpoppy:

At my garden center I would leave the steer manure out all night, no takers, LOL!!! I guess there is no 'manure' gang!


Calpoppy, you just are not close enough to Washington. DC

Hi Sandi, we actually got the rain they promised this time. May be a bit soggy to finish putting in my phase two of the garden drip line this weekend. That's fine. Real rain is better for the plants and the grass just may green up again.
May even have time to get to Flickr today.
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45. JanesVacation
11:10 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
Oscar's balloons are very festive, but the green leaves on your trees really caught my eye. No leaves in sight here, yet. Other parts of the US are having drought, wind, and fires - I will not complain about some cool air. My daughter is visiting a friend in Oklahoma this weekend and I have recently seen fire and earthquake advisories there. She was a very "unadventurous" child and teen. She is a constant worry now that she is grown. BTW - we rarely produce enough grapes to bottle wine. We may have enough to serve a few guests, but we have never labeled it.
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44. calpoppy
6:18 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
At my garden center I would leave the steer manure out all night, no takers, LOL!!! I guess there is no 'manure' gang!
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43. Ylee
5:08 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
Hi! :' )
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42. GardenGrrl
3:32 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
Oh Sandi, a garden gang is too funny, If I had any kind of larceny in my heart, my yard would look amazing. At many of the garden centers here they leave racks and racks of flower flats outside at night. And when I work and drive by in the wee dark hours of the morning I always think; Hmmmmmmm, amazing no one takes those. lol.
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41. Skyepony (Mod)
12:42 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
It has been a crazy good year for nettles here too. I've heard of two different incidence of people falling into the patches.
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40. WeatherWise
11:18 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
Good Morning, Sandi! Sounds like you had a lovely April from looking at your photo collage. I love taking photos everyday and pure wear my cameras out. If there is a day I don't get a photo I am truly disappointed. Like yesterday, no nature shots - even though I did take photos of my farm-fresh vegetables from yesterday's delivery. Seem like I was busy playing catch-up after being gone for 18 days plus I had church WMU meeting at noon. Was also dealing with repair service with hot water heater on day of return and then again yesterday. Hopefully it is really fixed this time.

What software did you use to make your lovely collage? I really like it.

I think Garden Girl's chocolate cake sounds simply divine! Chocolate Exponentially Cake - hope she took a photo!

Thanks for stopping by my blog while I was away and keeping it alive while it was on cruise control! I am BACK!

The May flowers are quite lovely here!


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39. sandiquiz
11:15 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
Good morning, just... it is 11:55am

time to sit for a few minutes and catch up with WUfriends, before beginning work again.

GG - How about Gardener's Anonymous Night-time Group.... GANG, then we could raid the garden centres at night. The added excitement would be trying to avoid discovery by the security guards!! lol

Bug - I saw how busy things had become for you... never mind, soon by the weekend, today is hump day!

Briar - I have decided to purchase a couple of large plastic planters from the cheap store and fill them with compost before scattering the seeds. They will do the job, without resorting to vandalising the flower beds!

Wabit - Outside my garden, alongside, the fence is an area of wild undergrowth that is left for the wildlife, beside the bridle path...which is mowed three times a year. It has a variety of wild plants that have colonised, including the nettle! I usually leave it for the peacock butterflies, but it has become such a large patch of nettles that i went over and bashed a few down, leaving ha;f of what is there. I didn't kill them, so they will come again, but not up over my fence, as they did last year! Nettles sting!!

That tree full of Monarchs must have been wonderful to see!

Linda - last year, here in the UK, the butterfly population was surprisingly much larger than it had been for several year. They thought the really cold winter might have killed many off, but no, just the opposite. We had a mild, wet winter, so I wonder if the opposite applies? hope not!

A hanging basket of bougainvillea, in fuchsia sounds wonderful. We can't get it to grow here, unless in a greenhouse of conservatory, (mine is full of cat toys and an inquisitive cat!!) I had a glorious purple bougainvillea all over the patio when i lived in Zambia... they grew like weeds out there.

Your little balcony sounds really colourful now.... but do not mention that H word!!


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38. Thoughtsteader
2:12 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
I'm so tickled to know there's effort being made to provide for the butterflies. Our monarchs require milkweed, but there are other sorts who depend on flowers, and the drought played a bit of havoc with them in the past. I've seen more butterflies this spring than in several years, and I'm hoping that the rains forecast for this weekend will jumpstart more wildflowers.

I actually made a trip to our local "good" garden center on Sunday, and came home with a lovely hanging basket of bougainvillea. It's a nice, fuschia color, and so attractive. I don't have much room for sun-loving plants, but I did have a spot to hang this one.

I repainted a plant stand for one of the Christmas cactus and have things arranged the way I (mostly) want them. I gave away a large pencil cactus, and some dracaena. After I pot up the volunteer kalancho in my Cape Honeysuckle pots, I may get one more pot of annuals. Or not. After all, hurricane season is coming!
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37. whitewabit (Mod)
1:14 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
Quoting 32. GardenGrrl:

Oh we do need a Gardeners Anonmous Group. The only problem is that if someone mentioned they went crazy at a particularly good sale the rest of the members would show up at that nursery in dark glasses and wheel barrow in tow.


LOL .. if it was within driving distance and I could ditch my wife ..
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36. whitewabit (Mod)
1:12 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
Sandi .. that is great you are going to be helping the butterfly's .. I leave milkweed growing along my fence line for the monarch butterfly migration .. even spread the seed in the fall ..

a few years ago just before dusk .. was middle to late September I think .. my wife and I went out side to sit and enjoy the fall weather .. I happened to look up into a large maple tree in the yard and it was literally covered in hundreds of Monarch Butterfly's .. it had rained a light shower just about 2 hours earlier and the leaves still had water droplets on them .. don't know if that was the reason they all land on that tree .. but we had seen a few Monarchs fluttering south during that week but never realized there were that many together .. was the most I have every seen in one single place .. took pictures but was too dark and really never showed how many there were ..
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35. BriarCraft
11:29 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Ah crap! Oops. I mean, Ah heck! NUWU has worse hiccups than old WU. I just scrolled a bit on the mouse and my comment-in-progress disappeared.

GG, you do realize what the acronym is for Gardeners Anonymous Group, don't you? I happen to like my addiction, thankyouverymuch.

Sandi, too bad you have to pull something up, but the butterflies will thank you. You are probably right that some would call your wildflowers weeds. Then again, people in other locations might consider them to be rare and exotic.
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34. palmettobug53
4:27 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Cal? One for me. One for you. One for me. One for you. lol
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33. palmettobug53
4:27 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Quick fly by.... While I don't have appts today, I'm cutting my lunch short. I have a LOT to clear out before tomrrow.
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32. GardenGrrl
10:19 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Oh we do need a Gardeners Anonmous Group. The only problem is that if someone mentioned they went crazy at a particularly good sale the rest of the members would show up at that nursery in dark glasses and wheel barrow in tow.
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31. sandiquiz
5:00 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Morning, it is only 5:45 am but the "annoying" blackbird woke me singing his lady friend an aria! Lol

Bug- I know, I couldn't believe it! Never mind, she was willing and friendly, so her maths didn't matter, really, as she has an electric till that does all that for her!!

Ozgalah- P has issues with going to the garden centre, whereas C loves all things technical. He can't resist a computer shop and we never leave without something ......... But on many occasions I know he already has one, or two, at home!!
Oh, yes, the weeds are growing much faster than the 'planted flowers' ! Lol

Wabit - thank you for your kind words about the photo of Max. It was a spur of a moment thing, not a posed shot, but with a cat, that is all you usually get unless they are asleep!
Wow. Your garden is big. I suggest you put down lots of perennial shrubs, and get some sheep for the grass!!
As for buddleia, I have lost many here, too. It isn't the cold as such that gets them, but the wet. They seem to dislike having their feet in cold, wet soil.

Poppy - one for you and twenty for the customers! Lol.

I got a free packet of seeds arrive in the post last week. They are native wild flowers, I suppose some might call them weeds.
I applied for a free packet when the BBC were showing a nature programme on the lack of native flowers for the butterfly population, and asking folk to plant just a metre square in their garden, to help the butterflies. They had 5000 packets to give away, so I entered my name and address on their web page and thought no more about it. But I was delighted when I got a free packet. Now all I need to do is find a plot to plant them......I see some pulling up is required!!!


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Right it is not yet 6, so I will go and float around Wu for a while:-).
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30. whitewabit (Mod)
12:51 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Quoting 28. calpoppy:

After managing garden centers for 25 years, I am still not immune to their offerings, LOL! When I was there I would order one for me and 20 for the customers!!! One for me, and ............


yikes .. that would get very expensive very fast .. I have a bed I want to redo .. and put Colimbines of varying colors .. but got that "don't even think about it" when I saw some at a store yesterday ..
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29. whitewabit (Mod)
12:40 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Sandi .. doesn't surprise me you have gotten so many hits on Max's picture .. with all the cat lovers and the stately air he presents what would you expect ..
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28. calpoppy
12:37 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
After managing garden centers for 25 years, I am still not immune to their offerings, LOL! When I was there I would order one for me and 20 for the customers!!! One for me, and ............
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27. whitewabit (Mod)
12:32 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Sandi .. no room .. no problem for me .. I have two acres of property .. 87K sq ft .. with about 15K covered by buildings and walks/drive way I still have a lot of room to plant .. but at my age it takes much longer to take care of what I plant .. so have planted more shrubs and perennials over that last few years ..

the only plant I haven't been successful with is a Butterfly Bush ( Buddleias ) have tried 5 different plantings and they do well but don't survive the winter here .. they are hardy up to zone 5 and I am at the southern area of zone 5 so should have good luck .. have mulched heavily during the winter to no avail ..

more severe weather possible Thursday in the afternoon ..
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26. ozgalah
11:50 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
Hi Sandi wonderful photos again! I have to ban P from garden centres, he has a shade house full of plants waiting to go into the ground but will "pop in" for compost or fertiliser and come out with more plants. He has also started ordering them on line so I give up!! We have had some good rain so everything in the garden is looking great, especially the weeds!
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25. palmettobug53
4:17 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
Hope you're having a nice relaxing Monday.

"That's two a month, approximately," said the young girl. Really? Gosh, her math skills are worse than mine! I wonder if she has the vaguest idea how many weeks are in a year? Even I can manage that!
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24. sandiquiz
2:46 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
Happy Monday afternoon to you all. It is Spring Bank holiday Monday here today, so I have been lazy! Well, I did go out for coffee this morning, and a jaunt around the garden centre, where I was taken aback by the level of mathematics the young girl that served me displayed!

I decided to join the loyalty scheme, so I get 10% off every time I visit. It is only £10 for the year and for that I also get vouchers for 50 free hot drinks .... "That's two a month, approximately," said the young girl. Yes, love, very approximate!! lol

I also managed to cut the lawn, which had dried out enough to walk on again.

Now to catch up -

Poppy, I so agree with your retired friend - Flickr does take up much of your time. I limit myself to a number of contacts that I feel I can honestly keep up with, so have less than 65, whereas I have 550 who follow me! I never knew I was so popular!! lol

I have this as my introduction in my profile and I haven't changed it for several years.

"I REALLY DO appreciate all the members who make me a contact and comment on my photos.

BUT PLEASE FORGIVE ME if I don't reciprocate, I just don't have the time to check all my contacts daily, so limit myself to those contacts I know or have come to know through Flickr."


Briar -you might be pleased to know that my friend spent much more than I, in fact, holding a camera in my hand meant I was less likely to pick things up... I just took photos of them!

I am totally amazed at the photo of Max ... it is still at number 24 for the date March 12th, and gets the odd favourite seven weeks after its first venture into the World of Explore!

Linda - Hi there, I love taking photos, as you do, but the necessity to HAVE to take one each day, whether I feel like it or not, just doesn't appeal to me!

As I said to Pros, I have followed the family line backward but came unstuck with a g-g-g granddad in one of the lines. All I know is his father is called John, but there are literally hundreds of John H's living in Yorkshire in the early 1800's. The censuses do not begin until 1841, so all I can use are parish records. I have picked two Johns to follow, based on their birth place, and will work on them, hoping somewhere I will find a link. Then again, I may not! It is definitely detective work. I like the sound of your detective work... I must come and investigate:)

GG - yes, Oscar did look festive... but the balloons were there to advertise a "wedding" event in the craft shop, so were pinks and delicate purples... not a manly colour at all! Yes, I love the colour of him, it makes it easy to spot him in a car park!

Bug - I was very good - the only thing I did buy was new refills for my supaclip dispenser. I intend to sort out the filing cabinet this coming week, and will fasten important papers together before putting them back in the file.

Yes, I know about you and the thrift stores!! lol

Wabit - we have had a glorious weekend, too... lots of sunshine, but a bit of a wind which kept the temperatures down!

I am usually like that in garden centres.... but it has got to the point where I haven't much space left for any new plants!! lol

Mike - no, not his birthday... perhaps he was looking for a partner, as it was a wedding event they were advertising!! lol

Ylee - I was tempted, but we were right outside the shop and they may have seen me! lol


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23. Ylee
1:49 AM GMT on May 05, 2014
All I want to know is if you snipped those ballons off the posts, and took them home! :' )
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22. sandiquiz
9:15 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Do you ever have one of those days?
I have had one today.
I am fine, everyone is fine, Max, Oscar and C....

Must hit the hay, now, so I will be back tomorrow. Thank you all for your posts:-)
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21. clearlakemike
5:42 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Quoting 14. sandiquiz:

When I took my friend to the Craft store this morning, we were able to park right outside.
We wandered around for about 30 minutes or so, and when we came out they had tied balloons to the posts outside the store. It just made me smile to come out and see Oscar, (the name I call my car,) surrounded by balloons!




I saw Oscar in the photo gallery!! lol...I was wondering if it was his birthday!
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20. whitewabit (Mod)
4:34 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Garden centers I just have to stay out of if alone .. my wife limits my buy's with that " don't you think you have enough " look ..

Beautiful weekend .. the best one of the year so far ..

Spring has finally sprung !!
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19. palmettobug53
12:25 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
GG is right - what a festive photo of Oscar!

Garden centres and craft shops - they are very hazardous stores to enter. I don't let myself go there very often.

Even my beloved thrift shops are dangerous. I'll drop a load off at the back door, then find myself going in the front door and looking at more stuff!
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18. GardenGrrl
10:09 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Oh Oscar looks so festive! At first I thought the balloons were on him. Of course Oscar looks quite festive all on his own. The metallic burnt orange is a wonderful color.

It is going to be 96f today. What is Mother Nature thinking? We do not need desert in N. Texas. Got the drip sprinkler fixed on the big garden and have ordered a new timer so the potted plants get auto water to.
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17. Thoughtsteader
9:36 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Your collage is just wonderful. When you mentioned the 365 day photo routine, I thought of JDinWPA, who took that photo out her back door every day for a year. It was great to see the changes, but I remember how happy she was to be done with it. Of course, as you noted, that was just taking the photo, and not having to be involved with all the ancillary activities.

I've not been doing genealogical work, but I did spend a good bit of time last week tracking down two fellows -- one of whom had inscribed a used book I bought, the other of whom received it. I actually managed to do it, which amazed me. It's quite a complicated tale, so I'm going to turn it into a blog post. It was great fun, I'll say that.
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16. BriarCraft
9:30 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
The statistics on that winning Max photo are amazing. I know you were excited when the number of comments topped 50. And now look at it. You must be doing a Happy Dance. 41,000 views!!! If that were my photo, I'd have it printed up on note paper or Christmas cards or something special for bragging to friends and family.

I hope you had a good time with your friend at the Craft Shop and that it didn't cost you too much money. After all, the biggest danger of that sort of store is just to set foot inside, because it is inevitable that something tempting will be spotted.

Oscar looks very nice with those balloons. Too bad he can't wear them all the time.
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15. calpoppy
5:43 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
I met a group of photographers a few years ago in a butterfly conservatory. We started up a conversation and I found out they were in a flickr group. The one man was retired and said that flickr takes up so much of his time just commenting and returning comments on all the photos of the group. I though I had better stay away from to much flickr time, at least for now in my life, LOL!

I bet you are glad that you did what you did, a they were all beautiful shots!!
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14. sandiquiz
4:03 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
When I took my friend to the Craft store this morning, we were able to park right outside.
We wandered around for about 30 minutes or so, and when we came out they had tied balloons to the posts outside the store. It just made me smile to come out and see Oscar, (the name I call my car,) surrounded by balloons!

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13. sandiquiz
3:17 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Quoting 12. palmettobug53:

You're still looking for your gr-gr-gr grandad? Have you considered filing a missing persons report?

HAHAHA!!!!
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12. palmettobug53
3:14 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Hi, Sandi. What a fabulous selection of photos. I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite, so I will just enjoy them all!

You're still looking for your gr-gr-gr grandad? Have you considered filing a missing persons report?
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11. sandiquiz
8:34 AM GMT on May 03, 2014
Morning All,

I have been roped in by a friend to drive her to the Craft shop...where fun will be had, I am sure. She will then treat me to a coffee and cake at my favourite outlet store, which is nearby!

Wabit - Yes, I did do a photo a day for Lent, when Linda was doing her words each day for Lent, too, possibly three or four years ago. It was easy, all I had to do was stand at the back door and take a photo, but this time I had to "think" of something to take - had to incorporate some collage work, some photo editing and some close macros!

Pros - Lost in documents is it exactly... when you are searching for something, where does the time go!!
I am sure you will get some photo opportunities, and the clematis will survive one winter without a feed, I don't do mine each year, usually because I forget!! lol

Hi Jane - I am so sorry you are having a cold time of spring.... It seems to have been a really long winter for you. Mother Nature is making up for the previous year that was so warm, by comparison!! Hope the sun shines on the flower parade. :)

BLU - thank you so much :)

Will be back later - have a great Saturday, everyone:)
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10. OSHNBLU
1:28 AM GMT on May 03, 2014
Wonderful Pictures!
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9. JanesVacation
1:21 AM GMT on May 03, 2014
I love your photos - they are beautiful! Congratulations on finishing! We continue to struggle to get spring to arrive. Yesterday was the coldest May 1 since the early 1960's. This week is our annual Tulip Time festival. Parades will be held next Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday to celebrate the tulip. A warm day (or two) will bring the spectators to town. We are keeping our fingers crossed.
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