21/12/2013 at 09:54

I love swans too. They say they mate for life...


 These are at Loch Melfort, just south of Oban on the west coast of Scotland. First time I was there it was just the swans - there are quite a few of them - and next time  they brought 'baby' to show us. 

21/12/2013 at 11:36

Lovely swans, fidget. I love swans too, 'mate for life'.....that was my intention too ....ho ho ho!




21/12/2013 at 14:35

You and me both David...not to be..such is life eh?

21/12/2013 at 15:30
Fairygirl wrote (see)

You and me both David...not to be..such is life eh?


Getting singleated was the best thing I ever did......so come on you swans, the grass is much greener on the other bank!

21/12/2013 at 17:04

Got 'singleated' then met the real swan David...that's the problem!

Maybe a roast one for Christmas dinner would be good - I'm sure Madge wouldn't miss just one little one... 

Do you think the three wise men looked like this?



21/12/2013 at 17:21


They look yummy, very aristic, fg, and snowflakes too.

21/12/2013 at 17:58



Can't compete with that, Fairy.......but I do make exceedingly good mince pies.



22/12/2013 at 10:34

David - are you really Mr Kipling then? 

They look very tasty. Send one over- slightly warm please. 

Do you make your own mincemeat? I find shop bought pies too sickly because of the filling so we don't usually have them. When I used to make them for my Mum and Dad I added grated apple to the mincemeat to make them less sweet. 

22/12/2013 at 11:15

Fairygirl - Mr Kipling? If only I had his money!  Some would say I'm a better cook than picture snapper......but that's another story.  

Mincemeat....I used to make my own when I had a family to feed, but hardly seems worth the effort now, just for myself.

Edit: I agree, shop bought stuff is sickly.

22/12/2013 at 16:56


Not a good photo and don't know what the bird is but it loved what the shore fishermen disturbed.

22/12/2013 at 17:32

Looks like Nessie, Kef  

22/12/2013 at 18:06


No idea whether they mate for life, but they are South African Eagle owl chicks spotted in a park in Cape Town

22/12/2013 at 20:25
KEF wrote (see)

Not a good photo and don't know what the bird is but it loved what the shore fishermen disturbed.


I think it's a good pic, KEF.....btw, I think it's probably an Egret.

22/12/2013 at 20:27

Nice take, punkdoc....I always think owls are good subject material.

23/12/2013 at 07:01

Punkdoc, I love the way the one on the right is curling its claws.  

23/12/2013 at 10:10



Nothing quite like the beauty of a hellebore close up.



24/12/2013 at 09:38



 Very Happy Christmas to all and thank you  for sharing your beautiful pictures.



24/12/2013 at 09:53


Happy Christmas everyone.

24/12/2013 at 13:33

Merry Christmas David and everyone on this thread -it's been a lovely one to take part in.

BL- is that your tree? Lovely.

This is my little one for this year, complete with it's gingerbread 'men'!



24/12/2013 at 14:19

Really beautiful trees Lizzie and Fairy Girl.