9th anniversary to Dennis and I!

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(Dennis always gets me a balloon…it’s a tradition)

Before I get into that, today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “key”.  I was entirely UNINSPIRED to take a photo of my house keys, my car key, my office keys or my mailbox and luggage keys….so I pulled this “duplex pic” of Neva playing with the KEYS of my parent’s piano last Christmas.  Total “cheat” but oh well….

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And it is a very good thing I was inspired to turn a nature photo black and white last night, because today….that was uninspired to do that as well.  Here is my black and white shot posted to the 365 Days in Nature group for the day…..

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I did however, rise to a photo challenge today….that involved a small plastic spiderman that is being passed around and photographed….I give you my spidey gallery….

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OWCH!  Not a good place for the spider!  :)

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Spiderman also came to lunch with my friend JenX and I.  (thanks for EVERYTHING Jen!)

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Other photos from today….just a few….

Spiders without Spiderman….these are HUGE!  And quite beautiful.  And EVERYWHERE!

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Late season flowers….

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OOOGA, BOOOGA!!!!!

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And finally, Neva enjoyed the tissue paper that our anniversary gifts for each other were wrapped in.

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Speaking of anniversary, dinner has just been delivered, a bottle of wine has been opened, and I’m off to celebrate 9 years of marriage.  Back tomorrow…..

Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “I don’t like…”.  I am trying to find JOY and BEAUTY every day right now, so I used this archive picture of a BAD rainstorm last winter, with backed up gutters that were covered in leaves.   It wasn’t pretty….and I didn’t like driving that night.

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My 365 Days in Nature shot (using the black and white weekly theme) is this favorite heron shot from May…turned black and white.

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You know, I wasn’t too sure about the ‘black and white’ theme for the nature group.  To me, nature is colour (and smell and sight).  However, have to admit, many of the shots posted on the site over the last few days are nothing short of GORGEOUS!!!!  Black and white photography can really be lovely.  This one is the first nature shot I posted over the weekend (when I was at my Mom’s place).  The original, and the black and white version.  I was surprised that it was as vibrant as it is….in a non-colourful way.

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Like yesterday, I had a long and busy day at work, so didn’t have a chance to go for a good hour long walk at lunchtime.  BUT…I did take a few shots on a quick walk to an errand….

There were LOTS of “hearts” to be found today.  The shadow of a parking meter….

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A car smacked into the side of this driveway in a heart shaped formation….

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…a shop sign….

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Awww….Peanuts love….

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…call me romantic, but I just LOVE this note that was clipped on a bike. (written on a bus ticket)

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I hope Adam and Josie get together!!!!

This is a shirt in a store window….I’m not one for printed shirts, but I may even wear this one.

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Aww…a new puppy?  I need a new tote!  Just kidding, but nice marketing….

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This is today’s artsy fartsy shot….

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…and finally, the beautiful sky while I was waiting for Dennis to come and pick me up after I went grocery shopping after work. (isn’t that exciting?????  Not really….)

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Tomorrow is a significant day in the land of weightingfor50.  Though I have to admit, with my Dad’s recent passing, significant days are tending to fall onto the back burner and be greeted with much less enthusiasm as they have in the past….  But that said, come back then and celebrate with us!!!

Happy Monday to all.

I’m back home for a few days.  Before I get into today’s photos (there aren’t many), I’ll just share a couple from yesterday.  Here are two deer getting a leg up on a situation.

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…and a little spider was “nail art”.

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Today, I jumped back into the Photo A Day Challenge.  Today’s prompt is “Remember”.  I posted this, as a reminder for us to stop and smell the roses.

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My 365 days in Nature shot (this week’s theme is “black and white”) is this butterfly on lavender.

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I don’t have many pics today.  I had a very busy work day today, but took half an hour at lunchtime to walk down to our little community garden plot.  The kohlrabi I am harvesting looks like a carrot, and the carrots that are there look like tiny orange kohlrabi.  sigh.

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I walked back via the little bird pond….

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…saw other birds on a rail…

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LOVE the colours here….

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And finally, I worked late tonight, and noticed a very cool orange colour out the big boss’ window.  Everyone was gone, so I could just walk on in and take pictures.  Shhh! :)

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That’s the end of Monday.  Time to get to bed and do it all over again tomorrow.  More then…

….makes for a dull blog post.

Today has been anything but dull, my mom and I ran some errands this morning, I mowed her lawns (hello activity points) and did some garden work, did a boatload of housework, but also took an hour to myself to go to the chalk art festival here in town and take a few pictures.   REALLY talented artists!!!!

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Beautiful art, that will be washed away with the first rain.  :)

Because they are everywhere, here are a few pictures of deer because they are cute, and literally in the front yard of my parent’s next door neighbors.  AWWW!

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We’ll close tonight with a hummingbird….just because.  Another AWWW!

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Hope everyone’s weekend is going well!!!

Hi All.  My mom and I have had a very busy day today…..and I will return to normal posts tomorrow.

I WILL share just a few shots from the day…..

My Dad’s favorite animal…NOT!    He may have complained about the deer in the yard, but I do think he thought they were cute.   And they really are!

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We were by a “wishing tree” at one point today.  The tree had tons of little “tags” where people write their wishes.  This one caught my eye…and then I realized….angels can fly, but they don’t spell very well.  LOL!

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And finally, not to go into details, but today, I have acquired a horrifically awful yet fantastic ceramic dragon in a Rapunzel dress.  You will be seeing more of her very soon…..

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Any suggestions what her name should be???  Have a great weekend everyone!

Today’s Photo A Day challenge was “…how I’m feeling today”.   How am I feeling?????  With my hands….

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GROAN!!!!!

And my photo for the 365 Days in Nature was an oldie (well, about 3 weeks old) but a goodie.  Aww….deer nose poke!

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As the title says, I’m over in Victoria to stay with my Mom for a few days.  Before I left Vancouver this morning, I had a few errands to run.  I parked by a community garden and some funky houses…here are a few shots.

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This is a new statue by the bus depot (I took the bus to the ferry)….I like it.

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I took this pic from the bus…..

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And shots from the crossing…..gorgeous!  I live in a beautiful part of the world.   The first shot?  APPARENTLY there are whales.  The ferry staff pointed them out to us.  I didn’t see them either.  I saw the odd “blow” of air out of water…but oh well.

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Still…it was pretty….

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Happy Friday everyone!!!!

Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “repetition”.  Flower, repeat, flower, repeat, flower…..

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I’ve ALMOST run out of sunset pictures for the 354 Days in Nature sunrise/sunset theme…tomorrow’s will be “off theme’ but today…still on.

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Next week, I resolve to make a healthy “from scratch, new to me recipe” and will share with you.  Until then though, I’ll just share some pics from my days.

It’s full moon time, and like the last few months, feathers are falling around me, or presenting themselves in odd ways.  This TINY little feather fell on my shoulder yesterday.  Another little one fell too and landed on my bag.  Weird….

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Speaking of feathers, this is a very ratty looking crow.  I guess the young one is getting his/her adult feathers.

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I took this picture of the “day moon” behind clouds on my walk to work this morning….

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There were all kinds of insects that crossed my paths too….a spider who has seen better ‘leg days’…

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I’m going to do a little googling to see what kind of beetle this is….I’ve never seen one with the red stripe before….

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Speaking of red……

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No red here…..

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GORGEOUS!!!!  There aren’t many dragonflies flying around these days so I was really happy when this guy landed right by where I was standing.

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The GIANT sunflower in one of my fellow community gardeners is dropping seeds…..

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I may regret what I did (the plants are massive)…..time will tell.

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Right place at the right time…..

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When I saw the seagull land on the same rock as the turtle, I thought he was going to try to eat  it.  Nope, just wanted to hang out.   Poor turtle, just wanted some peace and quiet…

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Bottoms up!

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Bring on lots of luck!  (I didn’t see a four leaf clover though)

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“Art” on a wall.  Rabbit?  Or bra?

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I have fallen off the “daily heart” bandwagon over the last few weeks.  Today, I saw this at my community garden, and realized that it was time to get back to finding “love”….

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This one was on the same wall as the rabbit bra.

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That is my Wednesday, how was yours?  I’m off.  In the morning, I am heading to Victoria for a few days to hang with my Mom, and I have some packing to do.  Will check in again tomorrow.

Just a quick slice of my day to share.

Can’t lie…I’ve been just a bit out of sorts again today, and my moods have swung from gratitude, to being pissed off, to tearing up at inopportune moments.  sigh.  I think the triple whammy of my Dad’s passing, hormones (sorry guys, probably TMI) and the full-ish moon all played a part…

BUT…that said, the day wasn’t a complete bust, I did have some laughs and I took a few nice pics.

Before that, today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “orange”.  I used this picture that I took on Sunday.  It is a decorative fountain/fire outside of a building at the public market.

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And here is my day’s sunrise/sunset shot (it is the week’s theme) on the 365 Days in Nature group.  (from my archives)

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Here are today’s pics:

The clouds off our deck this morning were pretty….

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…its a flower AND a propeller…..

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…no propellers here….

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Eyes watching me on my walk to work (no need for alarm, sunroof and 2 other windows were open)….

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…and reflections in another car…..

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I didn’t go for a walk at lunchtime today, because I had an appointment, but on the way back to work I found a little snail buddy….

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…and even though I know these aren’t “arms” it reminded me of the “hug it out” stance.  Silly me!

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The little neighborhood ginger kitty “Simbad” was out and about tonight….

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…and once came and saw me, gave me a headbutt, and had a pat, he jumped back to where he started….  “jump”….

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Not to be outdone in cuteness, Neva posed and flirted when I was home….she did not jump.

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Dennis flirted and posed in the shadow against our wall too.

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I managed to get a decent picture of the moon tonight….

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…and then played around with the green level, just to get a funky effect.

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I’m now going to hit publish and call it a night.  Tomorrow, I’m sure, will be a brighter day.  Tomorrow is actually my ‘Friday’ this week.  I’m off to Victoria on Thursday to go and hang with my Mom for a few days.  I wonder if she’ll be game to do a shadow profile??  :)

Have a great Wednesday all!!!

Did anyone else feel a bit “edgy” today?  Anyone else a little out of sorts?  I was.  Was it because of the moon?  Dunno….  And this picture doesn’t do it justice, it was HUGE.

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Today’s Photo A Day challenge was “Broken”.   When I was out for a walk today, I saw this old broken trolley, with a bonus broken chair in front.

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I used an archive shot for my 365 Days in Nature shot.  I wanted to stay with the sunrise/sunset theme, so used this sunrise picture from earlier in the year.

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Quick menu rundown, breakfast was Little Big Bread with peanut butter and banana, I had some melon during the morning, lunch was a kale salad with light feta, blueberries, nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds, and I had a hard boiled egg.  Dinner tonight was baked chicken in Asian Sesame dressing, brown rice and steamed green beans.

I had planned on going to yoga after work, but timing didn’t work out so I just walked home the long way to get some activity.  (and I walked at lunchtime too)

So happy to run into my friend Sarah and her baby Emily.  (wouldn’t have happened if I’d gone to yoga)  As you can see, Emily was very intent on showing me her feet.  SO cute!!!

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Some of the other shots of the day….

Some of the last of the summer blooms, greens and bugs….

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….not sure what this art is going to be.  If anything….  Maybe it is just vandalism.

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…two “broken” out takes.  Definitely things that are broken, but they didn’t make the photo a day cut…a broken ladder and a broken circle.

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I saw this “love”…

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…and this love.  This elderly couple were walking along arm in arm…and it was sweet.  I turned the photo black and white.  Just because….

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Lots of birds….

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Double stop…

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…feeling reflective again….

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Spiders and spiderwebs are EVERYWHERE….

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Awww…..

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Speaking of cats, I stopped by the pet store on the way home for Neva’s supplies, and found they had a new fish tank on display.  These two fish were kinda creepy, and I swear, the second one looks like he is smiling.  Weird.  Albeit beautiful – in a fishy, scaly kind of way.

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“say CHEEEZE”

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That’s my silliness for the day.  Hopefully, none of you were too edgy today like I was.  Bring on a calmer day tomorrow!  Do you feel affected by full moons?

I wasn’t sure if I’d be in Vancouver or Victoria today, but it ended up I stayed home.  I’ll be heading to see my Mom in Victoria in a few days.

Speaking of parents, today’s Photo A Day prompt is “Father”. (from what I understand, it is Father’s Day in Australia and New Zealand).  How bittersweet for me, given my Dad has been gone less than 3 weeks.  (hard to believe)   I like this pic of my Dad, he looks happy and healthy here.  It was taken earlier this year.  Love and miss you Dad!!!!

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The sunrise/sunset theme continues for the 365 days in nature photo group.  I took this a few days ago.  This summer has really flown by in a blur….and this is me trying to hang on to the last little bit of warm weather and sunsets at the beach.

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Since it was my first Sunday home in many weeks, we decided to have a nice, cooked Sunday breakfast.  Dennis made coffee, I made scrambled eggs, toast, fruit and a few piece of bacon ends that I got at the deli yesterday.

Later this afternoon I had a 67 calorie beer, some light goat cheese with fresh figs, and some grapes.

Dinner tonight was a green salad (with blueberry, light feta and herb dressing) and whole wheat spaghetti with sauce I made with ground turkey, tons of vegetables and tomato sauce.  We had a glass of red wine with dinner.  And we finished off with a popcicle.

I got a ton of walking in today.  Dennis had some things to do at home, so I ventured out on my own to tidy and clear the little garden plot of the “debris” that has recently died back.  And then I carried on from there to Granville Island public market, and back home.  All in all, I was out and about for almost four hours.  Helloooo activity points!

On the way, I went by a construction site, that had little Tonka trucks around it.  Cute!

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The kohlrabi is still growing, so I couldn’t clear that out, and I’m HOPING to get a few more carrots, but the rest is clear and ready for winter crops.

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I did harvest the last of our green beans, 1 patty pan squash, a few mini zucchinis, and 3 pathetic carrots…..that really didn’t know what shape to take.

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One of our fellow gardeners have HUGE sunflowers in their plot.  I used my hand for scale…

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…and my attempt at “artsy fartsy” with sun behind the sunflower.

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I don’t remember there being SO many big spiders around last year.  They are EVERYWHERE.  (and yes, the fly in the web is a bit “dark” but fascinating because you can see the eyes through the trap)

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On the way to the market I saw some new ‘art’….

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…a tired dog (love the back leg)…

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…and two ridiculously cute pug cross dogs.  The puppy is only 13 weeks old.  AWWW!

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Love the patterns/colour of the unbloomed blossoms….

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Local produce is abundant at the market today….

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…I also saw this at the cheese vendor.  And because I’m juvenile, I snickered and took the photo…

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…the kid’s market had colourful puppets with open mouths….

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…and the activity table by the puppets caught my eye.

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This flame was nowhere near the children’s market.

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Nor was the busker with interesting instruments….

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Pigeon art….

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..duck wing art….

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…and a log rolling seagull.  You think I’m kidding?  Well, yes I am, but when the gull landed on the log, it spun around like a lumberjack’s rolling log.  He took a couple of steps then took off and flew….

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I thought the pose of this goose was funny….

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…as did this Fridge Festival performer who asked me to take her picture in the same pose.  HI NAOMI!!!!  (carry a camera = meet new people)

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Finally, the pirate ship attraction that trolls around the city came right by where I was walking.  There was a whole lotta “arr’ing” and “skally wagging” that ended up with a water fight between the “pirates” on the boat, and the fellow in the little pirate craft.  (all part of the act…)  ARRRR!!!

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Was it a sunny Sunday in YOUR neck of the woods?  Anyone do anything fun this weekend?  Your turn to share.  Have a GREAT week ahead all!

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