From Holidays To Hummingbirds.

Hi Peeps,

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Greetings to you from an extremely wet UK.

It seems that we have had nothing but ferocious downpours and high winds for ages.

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You get up in the morning to the accompaniment of drumming rain and then retire at night to the some beat.

I have to say though, that lying in a warm bed and listening to the rain hit the windows is one of life’s pleasures for me.

Along with Marmite!

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The other benefit is that everything looks to be washed sparkling clean and my pretty hanging baskets are positively technicolour and gorgeous.

And, of course, we are not being warned about droughts anymore either.

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Big H and I have still managed our daily constitutional walks by spontaneously dashing out the moment that it looks like the rain has stopped for a while.

We had a splendid walk the other day when the dark skies and rain suddenly stopped and blue patches appeared quite quickly because of the wind.

We hurried out, and amazingly enjoyed hot sunshine and almost totally clear sky.

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It was a long walk for us and we did not meet anyone else.

When we neared our house again, we saw the dark clouds heading in once more, and rain began to pour down as we opened our front door.

That was a good one!!!

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It is funny really, because the British are great ones for their ‘very neccessary’ holidays in the sun, and this year it is not happening.

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It seems that the recession has caused such a tightening of the purse strings that people are having to make cuts to all unnecessary expenditure.

Utility bills are rising quickly, the pound is not as strong, and basic things such as foodstuffs are more expensive too.

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It has become so bad that the holiday firms are being left with unwanted holidays, and much reduced profits.

They are trying to counter this by cutting the cost of going abroad by offering reductions of over 50% on holidays….even over the most popular periods such as school breaks.

I expect that for those who time it exactly right, there will be amazing deals to be done, and the consumer will truly benefit for once.

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Of course there are strange things that can happen when you decide upon these flights.

Do you remember the ladies who tried to take a dead relative on a flight!

And this week a dead horse was found on an Israeli cargo plane which flew in from Belgium to the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York.

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The animal was reported to be a European Warmblood, which was worth about £87,000, and was about a year old.

It belonged to an owner in Illinois.

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The flight was of about 8 hours duration and the cause of death is a mystery which may be solved by an autopsy.

Sad!

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I was cheered up though when I was looking at this clip on YouTube.

it shows a Wild Alaskan Hummingbird drinking nectar from someones hand.

What a pretty little thing.

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I tracked the film back and found that it came from the website of a holiday place called Saltery Lodge, in Alaska.
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Upon further examination of their interesting site, I found this nice clip about a mother bear which is teaching it’s cubs to fish in their area.
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It seems that the films were taken by Scott Kemp, who owns the lodge.
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He has his own photography site if you would like more good stuff….I really like his work.

Here is the link to his beautiful photography.

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However, given that I am a fraidy-cat I would be afraid to be so near to such big wild animals, so just as well the recession will stop me going there and frightening myself with reality!

Have a bear-free one yourself

J,x.

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