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Sunday, June 21, 2009

sunny sunday afternoon and awards time

Yesterday was the shortest day. From today summer starts heading back – although it has a way to travel yet. Today is sunny dry and bright. The grass is blonde yellow and the monkeys are hungry already and spending more time at our windows again. Sunny Sunday afternoon – soft desert quiet in the winter sun; playing the new Yusuf (Cat Stevens) on the CD.


I am looking particularly fashionable today in my cozy 'ug' type boots, exercise pants and oversize painting tee shirt; hair unbrushed, pulled back in a band. Not expecting any visitors – although the anti poaching patrol guys, are lounging at the pool while we recharge their cell phone.  Their job is to walk around the reserve, without leaving tracks, and try to help protect this little island of biodiversity against the human tide of want and greed.


Here is a strange quote I found while looking for something else;


"the common cormorant or shag, lays eggs inside a paper bag. The reason you will see no doubt. It is to keep the lightening out. But what these unobservant birds have never noticed is that herds of wandering bears may come with guns, and steal the bags to hold the crumbs".  Christopher Isherwood


Now I am thinking there was a very good reason I kept that quote….


I think these blogosphere awards are a wonderful to share blogs we enjoy and broaden the network. The lovely Karen of Border Town Notes recently splashed me with this gorgeous mermaid award. Thank you Karen! I am to nominate 9 blogs that I find alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive and inspiring. Now I know not everyone is into this, and some of you have been Splashed already so I shall just persevere


Fleeing Muses

Times of Miranda

The Gold Puppy

Verily I go

The Middenshire Chronicles

Life In Matthews

Aerial Armadillo

Absolute Vanilla

Last Visible Dog

Ahhh The Cottage Life

Inukshuk Adventure


Pete from Verily I Go blog  who lives somewhere gorgeous in Southern California and can make you hold your breath with her scuba dive tales – gave me two beautiful awards!! Thank you Petie!


For the Lemonade Award – I must nominate ten blogs with attitude and gratitude.

So here goes


Letters From Usedom

Holey Vision

Border Town Notes

Under a Blood Red Sky

Candy Sandwich

True Blue Texan

Lizzy Frizzfrock

Fire Byrd

Ngorobob Hill House

Pink Dogwood


AND for the Golden Heart Award – I can pass this on to anyone I feel has a golden heart!  So please please all you dear friends in blogoland, consider yourselves nominated, paste the image in your sidebars and pass it on to ten. You all have golden hearts as far as I can see.


By the way does anyone know what happened to Mango Madness. She hasn't blogged for two months but her last posting was so poignant about packing up her family home. Where did she go to? If you haven't read it please visit her last post.


So that's it for today .. I hope you are all having happy Sundays wherever you are!
oh and by the way, incase none of my links work, please check my blogroll for links ...


Reya Mellicker said...

Thank you so much for the award! I am honored. Thanks, too for the description of winter solstice. It seems impossible for the days to be short, from my vantage point. It's so good for me to understand I'm part of a very large planet that leans first this way and then that way. THANK YOU!

I, too, have wondered about Mango Madness. Worried about her. Hope she's OK.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the award Val. You are too kind xx

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I can visualise the monkeys on the roof - any eggs on the menu?

Cheryl Cato said...

Thank you Val for the award! Hard to imagine a cold-ish June and short days. I've never been in the southern hemisphere; perhaps I should try to change that fact. I look forward to reading the blogs you nominated... a few I have not visited. Thanks again & have a great day. (Your attire sounds wonderful & oh so cozy.)

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Val - thank you so much. It's always reward enough just to come here and read, which I don't do nearly as often as I'd like. I just love reading your posts and hearing about your life. Your descriptions are so vivid.

Thanks again. - cbw

Lorac said...

What I love the most about blogging is what I am learning from other bloggers about their worlds. It inspires me! Thank you for the reward! It is my first so it is especially wonderful!

Val said...

you are all so welcome and deserving of these awards. thanks for your great blogs! xx

Val said...

you are all so welcome and deserving of these awards. thanks for your great blogs! xx

Rosaria Williams said...

Wow, this is an award ceremony, and I'm not dressed for the event. Congratulations to you and your lovely companions. I know many of them, and they are all so deserving.

Val said...

lakeviewer - you are perfectly dressed and dont forget to pick up yours!

Lori ann said...

Val, wow thank you, and congratulations to you too. I love these awards, they make most everyone feel good! and i hope you know that even though i don't display mine i have a treasured folder where i keep them.

and, you would feel OVERDRESSED if you saw me! haha! comfort first!

happy sunday to you too ♥

Unknown said...

Val, I followed one of SafariB's links, and saw that she commented at The Times of Miranda just a few days ago (June 17) - so it looks as if she's okay, just not posting.

Congratulations on your awards, and Happy Winter Solstice.

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Stacy Hackenberg said...

Thanks, Val! So if yesterday was the shortest day of the year for you that must mean it was the longest day for me. And I only wish it meant that winter was just around the corner.

Since I already have a Lemonade award, I shall be posting the Golden Heart, if that's okay with you.

Thanks again!

Verily I go. said...

Val, THANK YOU so much. Very much, from you a treasure. You and the award.

Janelle said...

aw shucks val darlin'! THANKS MINGI EH!!!! loving you always XXX j

Lauri said...

I love that today is the first day heading for summer- I'd forgtten all about that in all of the father's day hoopla yesterday. It's lovely today- big, clear, blue skies and hot sun. Val we are so lucky you and I- but let's keep it a secret shall we??

Unknown said...

Well done on all the awards, they are all so well deserved! And thanks for splashing me - though honestly, it's quite wet and soggy enough down here as it is! ;-) You send some dry and I'll send some wet, that way we might balance out - whatcha think? xx

karen said...

Thanks so much, Val! A wonderful Sunday, indeed... beautiful weather here, too! x

Angela said...

Have I not commented yet? No time, obviously, sorry! Thank you so much for your award, Val, and for your blog, and for everything you do concerning "our African children". You are a beautiful, generous soul! Thank you for being my friend!

pink dogwood said...

Thanks so much - so honored :)