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June 8, 2015 / diannegray

Back in action

My blogging break took a little longer than I thought it would (seriously – where does the time go?)

I’ve got a few snapshots to show you of my daily dog walk. Rain, hail or shine I get out every day (but not in cyclones or floods, you’ll be glad to know).

Our walk is a couple of kilometres (it takes over an hour so I’m roughly guessing the distance).

I actually borrowed a Go-Pro from a friend so I could take you along with me. I wore the thing on my head and felt like a complete weirdo. But after watching the footage I decided I couldn’t put you through it – with my constant head turns and look up/look down movements the whole film gave me motion sickness. So I decided to stick with the snapshots.

First stop – the creek crossing (we don’t have crocodiles on our farm, thank goodness)

Not sure what hubby's doing. I think he's washing one of the dogs faces

Not sure what hubby’s doing. I think he’s washing one of the dogs faces

 

Then we head to Banana Corner (and sometimes eat too many bananas)

1banana corner

 

Mango Alley is next (a lot of the trees on the left are mangoes – nom nom nom)

Mango Alley

 

Pandanus Place is next

Pandanas Place

This is the burial site of my beautiful German Shepherd who passed last year

 

Sometimes we’re hit by a sun shower but we don’t mind…

Dog walk5

 

…and sometimes it’s getting dark by the time we head home

Dog walk7

 

I’ve taken pictures of birds on my walk and I was going to do my next post on them, but I thought I’d share one with you here because I was pretty excited when I noticed something different about it.

I’ll give you the long shot to see if you can see it (because I didn’t when I took the shot).

It’s a nice big hawk.

Hawk2

 

 

Hawk and rat1

Carrying a nice big rat!

***Have a great week***

And don’t forget, Jo has a Monday Walk feature on her blog 😀

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  1. Theo Fenraven / Jun 8 2015 6:57 am

    Glad you’re back! Was just wondering what you’d been up to. 🙂 Nice photos.

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  2. Carrie Rubin / Jun 8 2015 7:06 am

    Oh to have a banana corner and a mango alley near me! What wonderful sights to see along your walks. Well, everything but the dangling rat. 😉

    So nice to see a post from you, Dianne!

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 7:11 am

      Hello, Carrie! Nice to see you here. The bananas are there all year but the mangoes are only summer fruit. I eat them as I go, but eventually I have to get the truck down there, pick as many as I can and then freeze them for the rest of the year. It’s a big job – but it’s worth it 😉

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      • Carrie Rubin / Jun 8 2015 7:13 am

        Sounds wonderful. At least to a gal in Ohio, USA. 🙂

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  3. billyraychitwood1 / Jun 8 2015 7:15 am

    You cannot leave us for this long ever again! 🙂 Been thinking of you and about to check in with your twitter a/c… Lovely photos, lovely country, really lovely to have you back. Did you get a book written?

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 7:24 am

      Thank you so much for your concern, Billy Ray! I’ve been doing a lot of work on the house and haven’t finished a book 😦 I have ideas for a few but it’s just a matter of making time to sit down and get them done. Procrastination has been my middle name since I finished my last novel. No doubt, once I start writing I’ll hit it hard and get it done in no time 😉

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  4. nrhatch / Jun 8 2015 7:24 am

    Hi Dianne! Welcome back . . . glad to see you out and about. 😎

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 7:40 am

      Nice to be back, Nancy! A few things have changed on WP in the last few months and I’m finding my way around the place again 🙂

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  5. JackieP / Jun 8 2015 7:46 am

    Dianne! I was so happy to see this post from you. Just the other day I was wondering what happened to you! I was going to email, then couldn’t find your email address 😦 I know I have it somewhere. I love the pictures! Even the rat! Hey, hawks got to eat too! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jun 9 2015 6:46 am

      Hello, Jackie! I’m really enjoying reading your ABC’s of Death. Keep up the great work!
      I’m very flattered that you were thinking of emailing me. I’ve been keeping an eye on the Rara situation and reading all the blogs. It’s been an awful time…
      I’m so glad you like the hawk – I had no idea when I took the pic! 😉

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      • JackieP / Jun 9 2015 7:19 am

        Thank you for reading my story, Dianne! I appreciate it. 🙂
        Yes, the Rara situation is so very sad.
        Glad you have returned though.

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  6. Amy Reese / Jun 8 2015 8:03 am

    Hi, Dianne! It’s so great to see you again. I’ve been wondering about you. I love your photos, especially the hawk. Wow, that’s so cool! Thanks for taking us on your walk. I wish I could join you.

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 8:13 am

      Hey, Amy! It’s great to see you too 😀 The walk is pretty relaxing and sometimes I wonder if I do it for the dogs or for me! I thought the hawk was pretty cool considering I didn’t see the rat when I took it. Just a lucky snap but I guess they’re the best 😀

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  7. Letizia / Jun 8 2015 8:05 am

    Always a pleasure to read your words again and see your pictures. The idea of you walking around with a GoPro on your head made me laugh. I’ve had to wear a head lamp during black outs and feel silly indoors so can only imagine what it would be like outside with something bigger!

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 8:15 am

      You’re so right about the GoPro, Letizia! I’m constantly looking where I’m walking (for snakes) so the movie went up and down and up and down! And the dogs kept giving me odd looks wondering what was on my head LOL.

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      • Letizia / Jun 8 2015 10:01 am

        Haha! I always think that dogs must think we’re crazy half the time. I wonder if you can somehow strap the GoPro to your neck?

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      • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 10:48 am

        My friends think I should strap the GoPro to one of the dogs! LOL 😀

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      • Letizia / Jun 8 2015 10:55 am

        Yes!! What a crazy ride that would be 🙂

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  8. dkbunnell / Jun 8 2015 8:14 am

    Hi Dianne! I have been thinking about you recently, wondering what you were up to. Love the pics (send the hawk over my way to keep the field mouse population under control – maybe even to scare the rabbits out of the garden (they ate all my beets and spinach starts soon after I’d planted them). Nice to see you’re back at the blog. Looking forward to reading your next post.

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 8:28 am

      Hello back to you, Dianne! That hawk is amazing and I’m so glad it’s eating rats because they’re my least favourite creature. Hawks are very handy to have around. We don’t have rabbits here but we have bandicoots so I fully sympathise with you and the state of the vegetable garden.

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  9. Jill Weatherholt / Jun 8 2015 8:21 am

    I’m envious of your extended blogging break, but I’m so happy to see you back, Dianne! I’ve missed your stunning photos and critter visitor stories 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 8:24 am

      I’ve taken some nice bird photos, Jill. And also one of a huge spider (it’s called a ‘bird catcher’) – but i’m not sure if I should post it here. I think I’ll put a warning at the beginning of my next post so it doesn’t shock people too much!

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  10. Coffee2words / Jun 8 2015 8:36 am

    Welcome back Dianne! I’ve missed your funny, amazing, inspiring posts. It’s good to see you’ve been keeping yourself busy too.

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 10:42 am

      Thank you for the warm welcome back! It’s good to be back 😀 You can call me funny, amazing and inspiring any day of the week! xxxx

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  11. Colline / Jun 8 2015 9:01 am

    I would definitely stop at the mango trees to eat some of that delicious fruit!

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 10:43 am

      It’s very yummy, Colline – especially when it’s fresh off the tree! 😀

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  12. pommepal / Jun 8 2015 10:06 am

    Welcome back Dianne. I’ve been watching for you so swooped in, (like that hawk on the rat!!!) as soon as I opened WP this morning and saw your new post lit up in my feeds. I’m envious of your lovely walking track, especially all those mango trees. You should link it to Restless Jo who leads a cyber walking group. https://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/jos-monday-walk-canalside-in-nottingham/. She would love to join you on this walk. Is the RUC all finished now? Looking forward to your future bird post and many(?) others

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 10:45 am

      I actually meant to link this to Jo’s page and totally forgot! Oh dear, I hope she forgives me – I’ll do it now 😀

      The RUC still has a way to go but it suits me very well at the moment. It’s such a beautiful place xxx

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      • pommepal / Jun 8 2015 1:05 pm

        You’ve worked hard to achieve your dream Dianne. Now soak up the pleasure.

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  13. beeblu / Jun 8 2015 11:56 am

    Hello, Dianne – lovely to see you back. 😀

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 12:07 pm

      Helloooooo, my dear one! Lovely to be back 😀

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  14. Britt Skrabanek / Jun 8 2015 12:33 pm

    Dianne doll!!! So glad to “see” you. I’ve been thinking about you so much, but I didn’t want to bug you.

    We get sun showers here, and I love them to pieces. Mr. H and I call it sun rain. When I come visit, I’ll stay in Mango Alley. 😉

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 12:39 pm

      Hello my dear Britt! I’ve seen some FB and Twitter posts and have been thinking about you a lot! Congratulations on the hand-stand I wish I could do that 😀 Mango Alley is certainly the place to be! xxxxx

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  15. David Prosser / Jun 8 2015 12:35 pm

    It was a long break but I hope you benefited from it. Welcome back Dianne.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 12:40 pm

      It was very restful, but I missed my blogging buddies. Thank you so much for the warm welcome back, David 😀
      xxx Huge Hugs Back xxx

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  16. Photos With Finesse / Jun 8 2015 1:20 pm

    I echo the ‘lovely to have you backs’. I actually checked a couple of times to make sure my notifications were working properly lol. I totally understand gaps – and procrastination. Enjoyed your walk – I’m visualizing fresh mango smoothies and margaritas year around. And mango & corn salsa, and mango muffins. OK – I think I’m going to bed dreaming mango recipes!

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    • diannegray / Jun 8 2015 2:15 pm

      That’s very sweet of you to check to see if I was still here, Suzan! I love being part this is great blogging community 😀

      Mangoes are one of my favourites! Last year I collected a lot of them and spent about three days peeling and freezing them – strangely enough I never got sick of eating them while I was cutting them up. I made mango chutney, mango smoothies (yes – with some vodka) and mango cheese cake. Mangoes are the main reason I can put up with the tropical summers here 😀

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  17. grumpytyke / Jun 8 2015 3:41 pm

    Great to see you back Dianne. My posts have been erratic with long breaks due to health problems but I have wondered where you were. Interesting news from here: a young Romanian woman founded a Writers Club here recently and I’ve met some really interesting people; had to miss the last meeting but hoping to make the next weekend.

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    • diannegray / Jun 9 2015 6:49 am

      It’s not good to hear you haven’t been well, but I really hope your health improves soon. Being part of a Writers Club is fabulous. I live too far away from the city to belong to a club so I think it’s great someone near you has formed one. Enjoy! 😉

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  18. Zen A. / Jun 8 2015 5:23 pm

    Welcome back, Dianne! It’s good to see you again. 😀 And living by the Mango Alley… lucky!

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    • diannegray / Jun 9 2015 6:50 am

      Hello, Zen! Great to see you here. I hope you’ve been well and busily writing 😉

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  19. Roy McCarthy / Jun 8 2015 9:52 pm

    Welcome back Dianne. Your part of the world looks idyllic (well, apart from the huge bugs and rats) and a far cry from office life. I’m not sure a townie like me could ever learn to survive in a wild environment though. Glad to know you’re well.

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    • diannegray / Jun 9 2015 6:55 am

      Thanks for the warm welcome back Roy 😀 I do live in a beautiful place but it does have it’s dangers. One of my dogs has taken to catching snakes (which I’m not altogether happy about) and she was bitten on the foot a few weeks back. She is fine and I am surprised because many of the snakes here are deadly. I guess there’s nothing I can do about it except yell at her when she takes off after one. Her antics are probably the least relaxing thing about the walk!

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  20. danniehill / Jun 8 2015 11:49 pm

    It was a wait, but your pictures are so great. Your world reminds me of my farm in Thailand. Mangoes, bananas, sugarcane, nice big rats… By the way, that is the best way to view those nasty things. Glad you’re back.

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    • diannegray / Jun 9 2015 6:57 am

      Nice to see you Dannie! Will you be heading back to Thailand again? When I lived in the city for 12 years I really missed this place. I took a huge drop in wages to come back here, but it was worth it 😀

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      • danniehill / Jun 10 2015 9:36 am

        I do miss Thailand and we plan to , at the very least, visit often to our little farm. Right now my brother-in-law is watching over it. Living now in Florida and spending time on the ocean again has made moving back a hard decision.
        You live in a beautiful area!

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  21. avwalters / Jun 9 2015 12:58 am

    Welcome back! Great pics–I love that the hawk photobombed your landscape. With all of its edible diversions, I can see why the walk takes so long. We are similarly blessed.

    You have been missed–good to see you back in my inbox.

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    • diannegray / Jun 9 2015 7:01 am

      Hello Alta – I knew you’d love these pics being a farm person yourself. It’s wonderful to be able to just step out the back door into a natural environment. Country life is the best! 😀

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  22. char / Jun 9 2015 1:47 am

    Cool walk! I might get hung up at the Mango section though and not be able to leave. One less rat! Good job, hawk. Glad you’re back. Hope you had lots of fun on your hiatus.

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    • diannegray / Jun 9 2015 7:13 am

      Sometimes I get caught up in Mango Alley and the walk takes a little longer 😉 I just love the photo of the hawk because it was such a surprise to see the rat in it’s talon when I took a closer look at the pic …. and rats are my least favourite animal. Now that’s my favourite bird! 😀

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  23. anotherday2paradise / Jun 9 2015 3:04 am

    Great photo of the hawk! That’s some big rat. 😯 So nice to see you again and go along with you on your walk. Love the sun shower pic.

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    • diannegray / Jun 9 2015 7:15 am

      The sun must have been in exactly the right spot for that pic because I took another one from a different direction and couldn’t even see the rain! I love the lucky and surprising shots 😀

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  24. donnajeanmcdunn / Jun 9 2015 7:19 am

    So happy to see you again. It’s been a long time. Love the pics. I didn’t see the rat until I looked at the closeup and then, looked back at the other pic and I could see it’s legs and tail.

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    • diannegray / Jun 9 2015 10:37 am

      Good to see you again as well. I’ve actually missed blogging and catching up with everyone. I’m so glad you like the pics! 😀

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  25. Daydreams / Jun 9 2015 9:55 am

    Oh Dianne, how I’ve missed thee.
    These are all beautiful. That last hawk shot is breathtaking.

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  26. Minuscule Moments / Jun 9 2015 10:23 am

    So nice to see you back Dianne and love your part of the world. Very beautiful.

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  27. restlessjo / Jun 9 2015 4:03 pm

    Sorry for my late arrival, Dianne. By the time I got home from Norfolk last night, and ironed and repacked for my son, there was precious little blogging time. I am so appreciative and flattered that you’ve linked to me. 🙂 Thank you for the gentle exercise. Now … bananas, mangoes or both? It’ll soon be breakfast time 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jun 10 2015 6:35 am

      You’ve been very busy, Jo! I may have to bring a blender on my walk next time so I can make a banana and mango smoothie 😀

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  28. A-Ku / Jun 9 2015 6:33 pm

    Wow. I’m utterly and totally in love with where you guys live – it’s like paradise.
    Thanks for sharing, and have no fear, sooner or later you’ll get the hang of the go-pro! 🙂
    Cheers!

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    • diannegray / Jun 10 2015 6:37 am

      I think I need a go-pro with one of those automatic stabilizers so it doesn’t bob around so much 😉
      Thanks so much for coming by and I’m so glad you like the place! 😀

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      • A-Ku / Jun 12 2015 4:20 pm

        Given that I live in New Delhi (India) which could fit the entire population of some 10 million people and is about as “urban” as it gets… yeah, a place like your new habitat is a dream to aspire to. 🙂

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  29. Peter / Jun 9 2015 8:45 pm

    You’ve been missed, but good to hear your voice again.

    Lovely pics of your part of the world. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jun 10 2015 6:38 am

      It’s lovely to be back again, Peter. I’m so glad you like the pics xxx

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  30. jmmcdowell / Jun 10 2015 4:52 am

    Glad you’ve got hawks to take on the rats! And I’m jealous of the banana and mangos, and all those goodies you can just pluck from the trees!

    Best of all, though, it’s great to see you back in the blogosphere!

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    • diannegray / Jun 10 2015 6:40 am

      Thanks so much for the lovely welcome back, JM! It’s great to be here to catch up with all my blogging buddies 😀

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  31. EllaDee / Jun 10 2015 12:49 pm

    Lovely to “see you” 🙂 And that you’ve been enjoying life while off-screen. I love going on virtual walks, and I enjoyed yours… I’d be rolling home on a sugar high if I did it in reality. Pandanus Place is beautiful, and lovely that you pass by on your walks.

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    • diannegray / Jun 10 2015 1:59 pm

      I think my dogs are usually on a sugar high when they get back because they love eating the sugar cane. I’m not sure how to stop it and they’ll probably all end up huge. But it doesn’t seem to have done them any harm, so far….

      It’s great to be back blogging and to catch up with everyone. I’ve missed you and I feel very recharged after my break xxxx

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  32. Jacqui Murray / Jun 11 2015 1:06 am

    Well there you are! I was wondering… I hope you’ll post what you did for the last 6 months. Me, I wrote, taught, played with my dog, wrote. That about covers it.

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    • diannegray / Jun 13 2015 10:02 am

      Thanks for coming over, Jacqui! Me – gardened, wrote, sanded, built, walked dogs. We’ll done to you for doing so much writing 😉

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  33. Cynthia Reyes / Jun 11 2015 1:13 am

    Nature walks. Always an adventure.

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    • diannegray / Jun 13 2015 10:03 am

      Absolutely, Cynthia. It’s great to get right out into the country 😉

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  34. the eternal traveller / Jun 11 2015 6:38 am

    I was just thinking the other day we hadn’t heard from you in a while. Welcome back.

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    • diannegray / Jun 13 2015 10:03 am

      Thank you so much. I’ve missed this forum a lot. It’s great to be back 😀

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  35. agjorgenson / Jun 11 2015 12:17 pm

    Lovely! Glad you’re back. You’ve been missed!

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    • diannegray / Jun 13 2015 10:04 am

      Thank you Allen. It’s been too long and I don’t know why the time is just zoooooming past!

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  36. Kate Johnston / Jun 11 2015 8:04 pm

    Welcome back. I was thinking about you recently, wondering how the writing is going. I love those pictures. I’m thinking it would be fun to make signs and post them at all your named places, Banana Corner and whatnot. I did that with a fairy garden I made years ago, when the kids were little. It was fun.

    Love the hawk with the rat. Great shot!

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    • diannegray / Jun 13 2015 10:06 am

      You’re right, Kate, it would be great to make up little wooden signs! I left out Lichee Lane because there are bee hives there and it’s a place I avoid – but I love lichees!

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  37. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jun 12 2015 5:54 am

    Nice to see you back again!! 🙂

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  38. tw / Jun 14 2015 4:45 am

    Really great to have you back Dianne and super photos to boot!

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    • diannegray / Jun 14 2015 6:44 am

      Thank you! I don’t know what life would be like without my camera 😉

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  39. Margie / Jun 14 2015 12:13 pm

    I can’t imagine how wonderful it would be to stop and eat bananas right off the tree!
    At our Arizona place, we have grapefruit and orange trees in the yard, and it is a real treat for us to pick some fruit for breakfast each morning!

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    • diannegray / Jun 15 2015 6:33 am

      And I’m sure it’s so very good for you! I love grapefruit and oranges, Margie:D

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  40. ParentingIsFunny / Jun 16 2015 7:06 am

    Gorgeous pics! I especially love the one of the sky.

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  41. Sheila Morris / Jun 18 2015 2:18 am

    I don’t know when I’ve ever been so happy to see someone pop up from cyberspace – our friends are very important to us, and we miss them when we don’t here how they are doing. Apparently your break was successful, and I am thankful for that. I love the pictures – particularly the grave site. Lovely.

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  42. Daphne Shadows / Jun 23 2015 8:54 am

    Beautiful photos!!! Glad you’re back. 😀 Your walk looks refreshing.

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  43. jannatwrites / Aug 16 2015 4:57 pm

    Welcome back! I’m seriously late in this, but yes, I really am that far behind in reading! And still I try to catch up. Silly me 🙂 That looks like more than just a creek you cross, but that’s dedication. Awesome photo of the hawk and the meal, by the way.

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