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The last of my Scotland posts comes to you from Sumburgh.  It’s not a secret to anyone who knows me that I like birds.  In fact I love birds, always have done.  Puffins are a special case for me.  Ever since I was six years old, I saw a picture of one in a book and kept it for years.  Every time we visited a zoo, aviary, or if I came a cross a book, I would seek them.  I even bought a tacky Swarovski model of a pair of puffins – which I probably like a little too much.

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It’s funny how some places seem to always fall into the category of ‘I’ll go there next time’.  Montmartre has been on my list for the past three years, and every time I’m in Paris, something gets in the way.  I had an unexpected free afternoon yesterday, and – despite the terrible weather – I went to have a look.

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As we move from autumn into winter, Kuwait got a much-needed wash yesterday. Yes we had some rain since early November, but it was more falling-mud than water droplets.  Yesterday was different… it cleaned everything including the air.   The horizon at sea was razor sharp.

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It’s hard to imagine that somewhere behind the tidy countryside below, lies a place where all these animals are to be found.  I was too lazy to walk around a zoo today, so we decided to drive around one instead.  I believe lazy zoos, aka Safari Parks, have been designed for parents.  All our food, drinks, toys and jackets are in the car with us as we drive around.  Nothing to carry in our hands but cameras – and nothing is too far to get to.  We spent the afternoon looking at animals and following a silly map with cartoons on it.

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With the unrelenting summer heat, I thought it’s time to cool down the pages.  I found this photograph I took of the gardenia last spring in the rain.

In my numerous trials/errors, this Gardenia was and is a success. The flowers are many, the look and scent are amazing and the plant is green year-round.

Almost too good to be true for this part of the world.

 

All those who know me will know how much London means to me.This photo summarises many of the things I love about my favourite city in the world.

….. even (especially) when it’s raining.

It was raining heavily for about two hours.  Whilst looking out of our living room window, I saw this couple arrive at the parking.  They paid the entrance fee (Egaila Beach Resort) got out of their car and walked to the end of the pier and back. They had made all this effort to enjoy being out in the rain. Lovely.

We moved back from London a few months ago.  To me, his looks like nothing further from crazy… but I am certain I will be the same by next winter.