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First casualty of the season and a nice surprise

It’s a beautiful sunny day, 20+C, no wind, few clouds and I’m laying on the trampoline. Chilling. Minding my own business.  When a bee comes buzzing round my head. I swipe at it, as one does. Several times. Before it hones in and a split second before I can connect and knock it out, it lands it’s arse right on the side of my neck. Leaving it there. Sticking out like a tiny little spear.
Dodging all the stuff that suddenly appeared in my way, I managed to get inside without further injury, while the dog looks on perplexed, choice words being all I can manage.

A quick check in the mirror to see the bite location, grabbing a tissue and then carefully extracting the bee’s bum from my neck.
The relief was almost instant. A dab of cream and I’m all good.  The little bugger died. I tried to warn it. But it was determined to get me.
Well, I was all good until mr 15 says ‘what bee sting?’ and pokes right on it this evening. Not impressed at all. That hurt.

the little bugger who decided I was the mortal enemy.

the little bugger who decided I was the mortal enemy.

The nice surprise?
One of my neighbours had some protea for sale at the end of the road. Several times I drove past today, and thought how pretty they looked, I’d buy a couple later. I never got the chance. On phoning home this evening while out on an errand, I was informed there were two bunches of flowers left in our mailbox (it’s quite large so they weren’t squashed).
If/when I find out who it was I will definitely find a way to pay them. They are simply beautiful and it was a lovely surprise at the end of the day.

Gorgeous flowers. Now in my entry

Gorgeous flowers. Now placed front and centre in my entry hall


Japanese Gardens – Portland, Or.

This morning broke with overcast weather, that threatened all sorts of fun, but was thoughtful enough to play nice. It was decided we head over to Portland and see the Japanese Gardens there before doing the Saturday Markets.
There are Japanese Gardens and then there is Portland’s Japanese Gardens. Omg! Even though there were quite a few people there, it was not noisy and very peaceful place to be.
We spent a lovely hours collecting photos and memories.

The local plants that surrounded the feature of the Japanese worked in such a way as to make the Japanese aspect stand out as the point of difference.

Sunday Round-up of Photos

I’m at the far end of the weekend, and I’m in relax mode (jarmies are on, coffee sitting next to me, music playing) before another busy week starts.
This week I’ve been busy out and about taking photos and knowing how many of my readers love to see where I live, share them with you. Β For those who don’t already follow my other blog (and therefore know what I’ve been doing already) clicking on each picture will take you to the associated post.
Hope you enjoy them, I had lots of fun getting them, and as is usual took more than enough, these are just the best ones.


Flower at waters edge.

Flower at waters edge.

Trees at Bellerive

Trees at Bellerive

Cannon at Battery

Cannon at Battery


Enjoy, and see you all next week.
Jennifer πŸ™‚

For my friends in colder climates


Some sunny flowers.
Airmail of course.
To brighten your day.

Have a great weekend.
Jen πŸ™‚

Sunday Photo Day

A few pictures to end the week with. My apologies if I’ve posted any of them before.
It’s been one of those weeks I wish I could say ‘Thank goodness for that’ but I can’t, as it all keeps going tomorrow. Not sure when it’ll stop either.












Enjoy πŸ™‚