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By Dinah Jayes, May 15 2017 10:48AM

We are now settled in Mooloolah at my sister and Al's place. It has a lake , a Kookaburra a Heron and lovely views. Internet connections very minimal so blogging very difficult. Hotspot magic has allowed me to get these few pics loaded.

Our chauffer car picked us up at home and we had such a good flight to Dubai after lunch in the business lounge. When the crew knew it was our first flight in business class for our 50th wedding anniversary they took a photo of us and signed it for us!!

All the way to Brisbane we were treated like royalty.

Now enjoying life in this tiny town and getting ready for my nephew's wedding on Friday.

I shall try to blog again soon.

By Dinah Jayes, May 12 2017 03:41AM

Business class travel to be recommended for travellers over 70!

Emirates crew did a signed photo of us as we were ging to celebrate our golden wedding this year.

Food is so delicious its bit of a marathon to do justice to it all.

Blogging ver slow on this little machine so more when we get there.

By Dinah Jayes, May 9 2017 09:38AM

We have just confirmed our chauffeur car for tomorrow.

Cases nearly packed and labeled.

The garden has just started to grow so there will be pandas in the bamboo and snakes in the long grass by the time we get back!

Really excited now!!! See you all soon.

By Dinah Jayes, Jun 15 2016 09:10PM

We are in France with Neal and Carine near Frayssinet Le Gelat.

We have come for a working holiday to help Neal and Carine with their animals while they are away. Neal is volunteering in Toulouse at the Euro 2016 Football and Carine is going to Monaco for her god daughter Samantha's confirmation . We have started with a day of gardening in between the showers. The weather is not what was expected for June and it is wet and a bit chilly. Thursday job was hedge cutting and disposing of the debris.

We are going to borrow a trailer for the rubbish so on to the next job- cutting down an overgrown bush and making a flower bed.

Friday and rain has stopped garden work for the day and thunder is rumbling about.

Saturday and more rain but we have gone on a day trip to Dome. Bob and Neal have stayed to continue jobs and watch the grand prix. We had a bit of sun and a bit of rain and a nice lunch in Dome . Beautiful panoramic views of the Dordoigne Valley..


Sunday and we have taken time out from jobs to go for a walk along the Lot river bank. Lots of wild flowers and a coffee stop then back to work. The weather is getting better and the rain has stopped at last.


Discussing the next job -lawn mowing
Discussing the next job -lawn mowing
Dovecote from \odin \house restored by Bob
Dovecote from \odin \house restored by Bob
Entrance to Domaine Labastide
Entrance to Domaine Labastide
Entrance to La Grange
Entrance to La Grange
Hedge trimming begins
Hedge trimming begins
Halfway along the hedge
Halfway along the hedge
Nearly finished
Nearly finished
Prunning
Prunning
Job Done Hurray. Tomorrow is taking rubbish to the dechetterie!
Job Done Hurray. Tomorrow is taking rubbish to the dechetterie!
Next day next job completed with purloined stones
Next day next job completed with purloined stones
Poppy season again
Poppy season again
Gas Tanker delivery
Gas Tanker delivery
La Terrace
La Terrace
Entrance to La Grange
Entrance to La Grange
Old pink rose next to pantiles
Old pink rose next to pantiles
Main dinning room with table for 10
Main dinning room with table for 10
Small dog on very large settee
Small dog on very large settee
Wood burning stove in the main room
Wood burning stove in the main room
View into the kitchen
View into the kitchen
Dordoigne River
Dordoigne River
Barley in early morning rain
Barley in early morning rain
Dome main street
Dome main street
Grockle shops in Dome
Grockle shops in Dome
Fois Gras shop in Dome. There are about 5 others!
Fois Gras shop in Dome. There are about 5 others!
Tim and Jan on a day trip to Dome
Tim and Jan on a day trip to Dome
Still in Dome
Still in Dome
Souvenir from Artisan shop in Dome
Souvenir from Artisan shop in Dome
Another souvenir shop
Another souvenir shop
Neal and Aunty Jan by the river Lot
Neal and Aunty Jan by the river Lot
Wild flowers by the Lot.
Wild flowers by the Lot.
More wild flowers
More wild flowers
Wild flowers
Wild flowers
Wild flowers
Wild flowers
Agitated blackbird trying to scare the cat
Agitated blackbird trying to scare the cat
Spot the cat lying in wait for the bird
Spot the cat lying in wait for the bird
Innocent Poppy
Innocent Poppy
Discussing the next job
Discussing the next job
This is my milk bottle.
This is my milk bottle.
Fixing the gutter where the rain comes in.
Fixing the gutter where the rain comes in.
Checking the gutter level.
Checking the gutter level.
Relaxing after the rain.
Relaxing after the rain.

By Dinah Jayes, Jun 5 2016 07:27PM

I spent another happy afternoon trying to snap the little wren chicks. Here are the results

Very hungry chick
Very hungry chick
Chick still waiting for food
Chick still waiting for food
Chick really hungry
Chick really hungry
Hungry chick
Hungry chick
Two hungry chicks
Two hungry chicks
Wren approaching her nest
Wren approaching her nest
Wren at the nest by the tap
Wren at the nest by the tap
Wren balanced on the tap
Wren balanced on the tap
Wren by the water butt
Wren by the water butt
Wren checking her flight path is clear
Wren checking her flight path is clear
Wren entering nest
Wren entering nest
Wren feeding young
Wren feeding young
Wren on water tap 2
Wren on water tap 2
Wren feeding moth to chicks
Wren feeding moth to chicks
Wren with moth
Wren with moth

By Dinah Jayes, Jun 4 2016 06:51PM

Despite the comings and goings of many grandchildren and their friends and Bob's repair work AND the constant gardening the little wren has persisted with nest building and is now feeding her chicks. She was NOT keen on being photographed so we have spent several days stalking each other. She creeps and crawls and climbs to get to and fro her nest . I spend hours stalking her to get a snap. These are the final results as I think the chicks are nearly ready to fly.

Checking her flight path
Checking her flight path
Ducking and diving
Ducking and diving
Caught out in the open
Caught out in the open
Hanging on by her feet
Hanging on by her feet
Balanced on the back of the garden chair
Balanced on the back of the garden chair
Out on the bird bath
Out on the bird bath
Peering round the clematis
Peering round the clematis
On the garden chair again
On the garden chair again
Sneaking up from the ground
Sneaking up from the ground
Sneaking through the wisteria
Sneaking through the wisteria
Waiting in the rose bush
Waiting in the rose bush
Waiting to dive down into the bushes
Waiting to dive down into the bushes
Nearly back to the nest under the black cover
Nearly back to the nest under the black cover
Approaching her nest
Approaching her nest
Welcome to my Blog

I am a keen amateur photographer living in the heart of the West Midlands in the UK.

 

This is my personal blog which I use as a way of keeping my family and friends in touch with my various trips and projects.

 

My husband and I are keen walkers and also travel extensively both in the UK and abroad.

 

I'm sure there will be some interesting times to be shared in this respect.

 

Comments aren't allowed because as a busy Wife, Mum, and Granny I simply wouldn't have the time to moderate or reply to them.

 

I do hope you all enjoy these little snippets of our various forays.