Grey Lourie : “Go-away birds” : ‘Corythaixoides concolor’

Before dashing off to yoga the other day, I spotted ..  from my kitchen window .. 8 Grey Louries on the telephone wire !!    I had to grab my camera naturally😉

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They always remind me of our childhood picnics in the Rhodesian bush when we lay on a blanket under dappled shady trees breathing in the hot midday African bushveld air, the silence broken only by soft sounds of coo-cooing doves (Laughing Doves I would think)  and the loud drawn-out nasal go-‘waaay of Grey Louries, hence the common name ‘Go-away’ birds.

They are frequent visitors to my garden when I put out fruit in the birdfeeders, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen eight all the same time.

Caught this chappie diving for an slice of apple …

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Fun with a macro lens

I love taking macro photographs.  My old Panasonic takes very good macro pics, but I have advanced two cameras since then, my current camera being Canon EOS 600D.  Taking piccies with the macro setting hasn’t worked for me.  Hubby bought a Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 a number of years ago which I’ve tried to use … unsuccessfully.

I took it out yet again the other day to try.  I don’t like giving up !!!!    Jeanette came to fetch the boys while I was struggling to get the focus right and … yay !  for a daughter who knows cameras, lenses and photography :)    I now know how the whole darn thing works.  Only problem I have to keep soooo steady!!  I’m used to a stabilizer on the lens, which this Sigma doesn’t have, and every minute shake ends up with blurred subjects.   Having carpal tunnel syndrome doesn’t help either !!!!   Some days are good, some are not so good.   Sometimes I feel the click button, sometimes are can’t.   Then it’s guess work .. finger muscles push forefinger down and hope for the best it presses down !!!!   Not the best thing to keep a camera steady when trying to capture small details.    And no .. I am not having the op !!!

Anyway … nothing is going to stop me trying to get macro pics right.  So here are some .. not perfect yet, (not as clear as I would have liked) but I’ll get there ..

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James’ duck and mouse, washed and hanging on wash-line🙂 …  (tried to focus on mouse’s whiskers to no avail)

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I could not get these right .. focusing on sprouting hyacinths.  This was the only one that was clearer than the rest  (must admit I should have changed the ISO setting as it was darkish😉 )

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In comparison, I switched to my normal Canon lens (18-200mm)

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I will persevere🙂

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Hair update

Short style won over longer locks !!    I had my hair cut a week ago ..

Voilá …

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I’m happy :)   It’s quick and easy to blow-dry too!   … and I’m flattered with all the positive compliments from friends and family in person and on Facebook :)   Thank you all so much xxx

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I need a change ..

… I need a haircut!

Two years ago I decided I needed a change and started growing my hair.  My hairdresser suggested it, as I’ve had the same style, or similar, forever and a day, or so it seems!  I persevered … growing out the short bits, cutting the longer bits and finally ended up with short bob.

During this time … these past two years … my ‘crowning glory’ has been going a grey, little by little !   I don’t colour my hair .. never have … and I don’t want to start now.  To much a hassle and too expensive!!!!   For a couple of  years the blonde/light brown bits on top starting turning grey before the rest, giving me natural highlights.

I quite liked it !!

The other day, Jeanette took photos of our little James and, holy moly, I noticed how grey the rest has turned !!!  Yikes !!!

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As I said, I’m not one for colouring, so the next best thing is a shorter cut thus layering from top to bottom .. and thus making the grey bits shorter and not as noticeable.

One of the reasons why we .. hairdresser and I .. decided a different look, a longer look, was to hide the thinning bits on top!  Have no idea what causes thinning bits in women but a few men folk in my family had, and have thinning bits on top.

But .. I feel this style .. the one I have now … which is a short bob grown out, as I’ve neglected a regular cut for reasons which I have no idea except fitting in an appointment with a very busy hairdresser .. regular sessions with a biokineticist (which are now finished) .. and more visits than I would have liked to a specialist dentist for root canal treatment .. as well as my yoga/gym sessions – which I cannot miss otherwise I’m not fun to live with! … and fetching grandsons from school every lunchtime or watching their sports activities in the afternoon.

I am busy!!

I have a hair appointment on Wednesday next week .. do I make a change from longish, greyish, drab and draining  … to a short, layered, pixie ‘showing-up-the-wrinkles-more-and-double-chin’  cut as I’ve had ‘forever and a day’ ?

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Signs of Spring ..

.. in my garden

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Our pool gets a face-lift

In desperate need of renovation ….   our 34 year old swimming pool !

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Nearly empty ..

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Fresh new marbelite and mosaics …

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Let there be light !!!!!!    The original light hadn’t worked for probably 20 years!  Now we have a new one🙂

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Nice, hey?

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Cuddles with Connor

Here are some cuddles with Connor to celebrate James’ ‘two-week-anniversary’ in our home …. and our hearts

Licky-kisses ..

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Kisses and cuddles ..

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