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BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008

Liz the Squeak 01 Dec 08 - 11:18 AM
Jack Blandiver 01 Dec 08 - 12:13 PM
GUEST,Eye Lander (not logged in) cos of SS. 01 Dec 08 - 04:44 PM
Liz the Squeak 01 Dec 08 - 04:48 PM
Sandra in Sydney 01 Dec 08 - 05:29 PM
katlaughing 01 Dec 08 - 09:39 PM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Dec 08 - 08:16 AM
Jack Blandiver 02 Dec 08 - 10:20 AM
Liz the Squeak 02 Dec 08 - 11:58 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 02 Dec 08 - 12:58 PM
Jack Blandiver 02 Dec 08 - 04:21 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 03 Dec 08 - 10:28 AM
GUEST,Jack The Sailor 03 Dec 08 - 10:54 AM
Liz the Squeak 03 Dec 08 - 11:29 AM
Jack Blandiver 04 Dec 08 - 07:44 AM
Sandra in Sydney 04 Dec 08 - 07:54 AM
GUEST,Jack The Sailor 04 Dec 08 - 03:42 PM
Sleepy Rosie 06 Dec 08 - 05:09 PM
Micca 07 Dec 08 - 10:50 AM
Sandra in Sydney 07 Dec 08 - 11:18 AM
GUEST,Eye Lander (not logged in) cos of SS. 07 Dec 08 - 11:40 AM
Sleepy Rosie 07 Dec 08 - 11:55 AM
Jack Blandiver 07 Dec 08 - 12:14 PM
CarolC 07 Dec 08 - 08:10 PM
Liz the Squeak 07 Dec 08 - 08:39 PM
Jack Blandiver 10 Dec 08 - 12:30 PM
Sandra in Sydney 10 Dec 08 - 06:35 PM
ranger1 11 Dec 08 - 07:03 PM
Sandra in Sydney 11 Dec 08 - 11:43 PM
Liz the Squeak 12 Dec 08 - 08:45 AM
ranger1 13 Dec 08 - 08:33 PM
Alice 13 Dec 08 - 08:43 PM
Joybell 14 Dec 08 - 05:28 PM
Sandra in Sydney 15 Dec 08 - 12:15 AM
Liz the Squeak 15 Dec 08 - 04:35 AM
Sandra in Sydney 15 Dec 08 - 06:43 AM
frogprince 15 Dec 08 - 01:29 PM
lady penelope 15 Dec 08 - 03:56 PM
ranger1 16 Dec 08 - 11:20 AM
Liz the Squeak 16 Dec 08 - 05:44 PM
Micca 17 Dec 08 - 05:08 PM
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Subject: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 11:18 AM

It's that time of year again. Feel free to add links to a picture, a poem, a recipe, something to reflect the season where you are and the eagerness with which we await the coming festival. The Tavern is just down the corridor and round the bend, so pull up a cosy chair, a mug of your favourite beverage and have a few minutes quiet reflection.

December 1st

For the top half of the world, we're slowing down into winter; trees are blackened skeletons against the sky, cruel frost takes the last of the flowers in a glorious, spangled death and birds creep about the hedgerows hunting for one more morsel of food...

For the bottom half, winter has draw to a close and the new hope of fresh life in the springtime of the year is the driving force.

New life is coming wherever you are, we should take a minute or five to wonder afresh at its creation.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 12:13 PM

Not quite Advent, but it's rare we get a good fog around here, let alone the freezing fog that covered the entire Fylde on Saturday giving the place an especial charm.

Freezing Fog on the Mount, Fleetwood, Lancs, Saturday 29th November 2008


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: GUEST,Eye Lander (not logged in) cos of SS.
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 04:44 PM

OH! :-(   phoooey

I want to play and don't now how to add a photos


Jillie


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 04:48 PM

Jillie - I have a Flickr account - dead easy and free - and then just make a link to the photo you've downloaded to that. You can make it so just family or friends or Mudcatters can see, or have it for the world to view.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 05:29 PM

another free photosite is Opera - Flickr has a small free section, then folks pay for a larger site, but http://my.opera.com/community/ has a large capacity & it's all free!

my photowebsite for pics of Christmas Bush, & December flowering begonias, hoyas & zygo cactus.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 09:39 PM

Sandra, what beauty! I miss the fushias I used to have back East. They were glorious and could be left hanging on the porch all spring and summer. Your passion flowers are something else, too!

LtS, beautiful shot, very eloquent.

IB...I want to be there with that tree!! I have a thing for trees.

I will see what beauty I may find tomorrow to photograph and share. Great idea, Liz. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 08:16 AM

thanks, Kat, the red passionflower stopped me dead in my tracks the first time I saw it & I took my camera the following week. I see it every week on my way to craft group, the street contains some great gardens & it's a lovely walk.

The second time it stopped me it had been severely pruned (aggggfhhhhh, my red passionfruit!) it was a ghastly site, but it did grow again, as beautiful as ever.

One day we were walking past when the owner was in the yard & complimented her on it & I told her about my reaction when it was pruned. No doubt it will get pruned again in the appropriate times ...

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 10:20 AM

Seeing I'm ill, and it's too cold to go out today (despite the hailstones!) here's a festive still-life of A Corner of My Instrumentarium - featuring... Hungarian citera (Zither); 2 Hungarian doromb (Jew's Harps); Kemence (Black Sea Fiddle); Clarinet (Albert System Bb); Green Man (repro from Ripon Cathedral); Indian Pocket Trumpet; Szilagyi Tibet - (Ultra Lo-doromb); Ocarina; Tilliduduk (Turkish whistle flute); Overton 3-hole pipe; Overtone Flute; Fowler Call; Feadog Penny Whistle (original batch, circa 1983 with rainbow sticker from that year's Glastonbury Festival); Indian ankle bells...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 11:58 AM

Wonderful picture Insane, duly stolen and waiting to be recycled somewhere! :D

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 12:58 PM

Here is a photo of this year's Advent moss garden - I'll burn one candle at suppertime this week, two next week, and so on, increasing the light inside as the days grow shorter outside.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 04:21 PM

Isn't this lovely? The fundamental pleasures of life, moss gardens, trees and all. In the light of which I might add this:

Choir Stall, Lancaster Priory

Let faith not be failing now dark cold is here
For She is a-weaving as springtime draws near...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 10:28 AM

IB, I do like your photos!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: GUEST,Jack The Sailor
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 10:54 AM

Carol and I went to a couple of State Parks in the Great Dismal Swamp yesterday. We'll look through our snaps and post one or two. The swamp is beautiful in the fall and we didn't have to worry about all the posters warning us about ticks.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 11:29 AM

Hee hee.. there's a famous turkey farmer - Bernard Matthews - advertising his new line of eco/envo/healthy turkey products... called 'Big Green Tick'... was I the only one with a mental image of a large emerald parasite? Now that is one tick you need to look out for all year round!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 04 Dec 08 - 07:44 AM

Looking back, taking stock, remembering, smiling in the firelight as we look through old photos, and look forward to summers to come. Here's a couple:

Cromer Sunset, Norfolk, June 2008

The Pierrotters in Blackpool, May 2008


Two Weeks Last Summer (Dave Cousins)

The dancing flames grow low
Burning embers start to glow
The pictures soon will fade
Pictures that the flames have made
Your hazy, wistful face
Suddenly is gone without a trace

Summer days I'll float downstream
Wondering where the day has been
Boats that sail away at night
Come the day
Have sailed far out of sight

Reminiscing summer walks
Empty glances, moonlit talks
Candyfloss and ice-cream cones
Discothèques and Rolling Stones
Passing fancies fly away
Empty shadows on a sunlit bay

Summer days I'll float downstream
Wondering where the day has been
Boats that sail away at night
Come the day
Have sailed far out of sight

Perfect evening warm and still
Strangers come and go at will
Driftwood on a silent shore
Laughter coming through an open door
Friendly faces once again
Come inside before it starts to rain...


(Rachel sings this - you can hear it on her Myspace Page, with me playing the zither that's in picture from the 2nd).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Dec 08 - 07:54 AM

magnificent sunset!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: GUEST,Jack The Sailor
Date: 04 Dec 08 - 03:42 PM

A small part of the The Great Dismal Swamp


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 06 Dec 08 - 05:09 PM

Jack the Sailor, that's such a wonderful image.

Do you have local swampy equivalents of 'Jenny Greenteeth', or other murky-water dwelling child-feeders?

We have a Mud-dragon, at least I'm sure I've seen his lair where the rivers Blackwater and Chelmer meet. It's about the most primeaval looking location I've seen in Essex (UK), and feels so out of place amidst the nice housing estates and supermarkets, that stepping across the bridge from the golf course to the 'other side', feels like you're stepping back in time.

I'll have to piccy it on a suitably murky day. Not as good as yours though, and little liklihood of capturing the Mud-dragon on camera this year either. I imagine like most sensible people, he'll be deep in hibernation by now...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Micca
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 10:50 AM

aybe these more Traditional images are in keeping with the "Spirit of the Season"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 11:18 AM

Christmas Day on Australia's most famous beach


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: GUEST,Eye Lander (not logged in) cos of SS.
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 11:40 AM

Oh my God, that seems so wrong to me, although I am sure that Sandra wil find it quite normal!

Jillie


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 11:55 AM

Seeing this thread reminds me I need to maintain a seasonal photographic diary of favourite parts of my village. I feel so childishly romantic about a lot of this small stuff.

So many little moments - so brief to witness and so swiftly passed by. And Natures minimal tidings in this season, are like quiet joys to hold in the heart.

Like the first snowdrop breaking through the snow - a miniature fairy lanturn, demurely heralding the return of the light. All too easy to forget during the approach to Christmas, that her tiny beacon of Spring, is in truth only a matter of a half a dozen weeks away.

My favourite sight by far though, has to be the Blackthorn in blossom before her leaves are barely budding. First of the flowering trees, just to show that she can flaunt her petticoats as well as any spring strumpet. And then as soon as the bees have murmered through her petals, it's straight down to the serious work of the remaining year.

But as to the current season, yes to Micca, I think I really do need to get out and pay full and deserved attention to what's happening in the world around me. So much is underground right now, that it's easy to forget to have one's eyes open for the signs of season, which keep one anchored in the here and the now, and fully partaking in Natures perennial furling and unfurling.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 12:14 PM

One from yesterday, looking from Fleetwood quay across the Wyre to Knott End - The House with the Golden Windows (with the snowy Pennines beyond!).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: CarolC
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 08:10 PM

Jack the Sailor asked me to answer the questions about the swamp. I don't know if there is any folklore about river hags or anything like that for the Great Dismal Swamp, but the area does have legends about swamp monsters, some of which appear to be similar to the big foot legends, and I ran across one that described a large reptile that was being described as a swamp monster, and that walked upright. The swamp was also an important part of the Underground Railroad, and it served as a hiding place for a lot of fleeing slaves.

The murky-water dwelling child-feeders in our area, which is about a hundred (or more) miles south of the Great Dismal Swamp, are alligators. We have a meandering creek surrounding our neighborhood that has a lot of beautiful cyprus swamp around it, and there's alligators in the swamp and the creek.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 08:39 PM

Thanks for the contributions folks...

Here's one for December 8th

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 12:30 PM

Something to look forward to in the New Year...

Fleetwood, 10th December 2008

(Yes, we've got our tickets...)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 06:35 PM

12 days of Christmas in Sydney

Jillie - summer on beaches is normal here, tho I never do it as I'm not a typical Australian. I get nasty headaches & sometimes migraines from sun & glare & spend summers inside or under cover of hats & strong sunnies, which is why I still have good skin after almost 57 Sydney summers.

insane beard - congratulations on the house with golden windows pic - it's magic.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: ranger1
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 07:03 PM

first snow of winter

How about this one?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 11:43 PM

Tami, that's a fantastic series.

I've only once seen snow when I made a day visit to a ski lodge the weekend before the snow season started. Naturally my inner-city winter gear wasn't warm enough, but the friend I was visiting lent me a warm jacket.

Snow machines were adding to the natural snow so the keen skiers would have enough snow when they arrived the next weekend. I saw a snowman some kids had made, gathered & threw snowballs, had a short slide along the snow on my leather soled boots, pulled by my friend who wore proper boots, & best of all we saw a full moon on the top of the mountain through a dead or sleeping tree. No camera, of course, but I still remember it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 08:45 AM

There was a proper frost here in London this morning, regretably I had to go to work and missed the opportunity for photography but it was as crisp and spanky as the ones I remember from my childhood out in the country.

The view of the ivy that grows over the bus stop, from the top deck of the bus was incredible.. each leaf individually laced with a shining border of frost...

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: ranger1
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 08:33 PM

As soon as we electricity back at home, I have pics from the ice storm that knocked out the power. So destructive, yet so beautiful...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Alice
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 08:43 PM

Winter in Yellowstone


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Joybell
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 05:28 PM

Small orphaned Magpie - Ultimus - got into the Christmas spirit with his collection of sparkly pom-poms and a gold bon-bon. I thought it would make a nice picture for sending to friends. He rolled around, jumped up and down flapping his wings and shouting, danced and sang, rolled the bon-bon in his toes while lying upside down, performed the most amazing feats -- then as soon as I had the camera ready he stopped. I got some pictures of him standing knee-deep in sparkly balls looking bored. Then some of his feathery bum. A few of him sitting down with his head under his wing -- looking headless. While the camera got itself ready again, he jumped up and did the act all over again. So then I got a great blurry picture of a red bon-bon as it was stuffed into the camera lens. Now he's on my shoulder admiring the result on the computer.
So that, Dear Friends, is why I don't have a picture to contribute. I'm enjoying yours, though.
Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 12:15 AM

Decades ago I tried to take a pic of my cat batting a squash ball about. She did look so cute - eventual pic showed her sitting catlike, with the squash ball somewhere near her paws!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 04:35 AM

They know you know... they know about cameras and things..

I was trying to photograph a linnet (greenfinch) on my buddliea bush last week. It sat happily for half an hour pecking at the seeds, well within range of the camera, whilst I got it sorted and turned the flash off (I was inside looking out of the half glass kitchen door) but as soon as I got it lined up and pressed the button, the damned thing vanished into the leaves... I do so dislike the amount of time it takes for an ordinary digital camera to capture an image. The robin who visited the day after was equally camera shy, so here's a picture of one of my
tits.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:43 AM

Our State Library has an exhibition of pics taken late 30s - 1940 on Bondi Beach - Bondi Jitterbug: George Caddy and his Camera

I was looking for this pic backflips by two gymnasts mid-air as it's almost impossible to take with a digital camera

more pics

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 01:29 PM

The cover picture was taken a few miles from our house.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: lady penelope
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 03:56 PM

I only had me phone camera on me last Friday, but I got these...


Frosty Sunrise Dec 12th 08


More frost same morning


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: ranger1
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 11:20 AM

As promised:
Winter lace

After the ice storm


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 05:44 PM

Was in Islington Cemetary today, not really the time and place for taking photos as I was there for a cremation... but the place was heaving with robins.

Obviously, they like the amount of tree cover, few visitors, no fast cars, the odd picnic luncher, gardeners regularly turning over plots and maintaining the grounds... and lots of tombstones to pose provocatively on.

But best of all was a tiny juvenile goldfinch, before his distinctive red face grows in, pipping about in a yew bush too fast for my camera phone to catch it.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mudcat Virtual Advent Calendar 2008
From: Micca
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 05:08 PM

Anothe contribution Here Self explanatory I suppose, Carol Singers!


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