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Heather
Tonight we are going to our Nephew' Engagement Party.
As it is Halloween, some of the young one's are dressing up. So that should be fun and games trying to figure out who is who.
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I don't think the nephew and his girlfriend will be dressing up in a funny costume, but you never know.
Betsy2009
Poo picking!!!
petunia
QUOTE (Elma @ 28th Oct 2015, 02:40pm) *
I didn't watch the show and I tried to read the books but I found that Diane Gabaldon's view of Scotland was way off. She has admitted in one interview I saw (it may have changed now) that she had never been in Scotland. When a horse ride from Inverness to the south of England took about two hours I couldn't read any more! huh.gif


Just read her Facebook page and she is suppose to be going to Scotland for most of November, hope
she gets more info about the country she is writing about while there as like most Americans they
are pretty ignorant when it comes to knowing anything about anywhere outside their little corner
of the world and even then I have experienced some don't even know that e.g . Whoopi Goldberg
was performing in a casino in New Brunswick a week ago when her tour bus went on fire when
interviewed she said she would like to thank the emergency services of Moncton, ONTARIO for their
quick action, Americans know very little about Canada their neighbour so it is not surprising that this
"author" gets her info wrong writing about Scotland.
annie laurie
Glad to hear some of you have the same impression as me,
I thought is she sure she is in Scotland, sounded more like England to me,

No offence against England though but she needs to do some homework before she writes anymore Books I think,

Don't care for her style either, could not finish any of her Books tried a few

ELma how long were you away ????
sounds like you had a good time

Cheers ox
jakka13
I hope this doesn't post twice .I read the Outlander series of books many years ago .Long before the TV series .I guess it's a case of to each his own .I really enjoyed them .So much that I decided to read them all again before the next series starts .When you look at some of the stuff published today I don't find her too far off the mark .She does take poetic licence once in a while but then most writers do when they are writing fiction .
zascot
Sitting here going through my photos as its too hot outside, looks like we will be back to 37 c by Wednesday. Thought I would stick a couple up if anyone is interested.Click to view attachment
zascot
I had a full hour with this leopard which was quite close in a tree before another car or game truck arrived. brilliant day.Click to view attachment
zascot
Shot with a normal lens. I am sure this leopard was posing, probably thought well there is only him and me, keep the idiot happy I`ll look at his camera. Was a great week with lion kills etc.Click to view attachment
Betsy2009
Now that's what I call shooting big game!
Great pictures zascot.
zascot
QUOTE (Betsy2009 @ 8th Nov 2015, 02:18pm) *
Now that's what I call shooting big game!
Great pictures zascot.

Betsy I only hunt with my camera and living in Africa there is plenty of opportunity, our game reserves are enormous and the animals are free to roam and must fend for themselves. there is no feeding and everything is left to nature,the Kruger National Park is larger than Wales so that gives you an idea of the size. As I said these shots were taken over a 1 hour period and there was me and the leopard with not another human in sight.
Heather
Good picture's Zascot, but if I saw an animal like that I would run a mile.

Lucky you with your weather.

It has been pouring rain all day here, and I nearly got blown off my feet when I was out for the Newspapers this morning.
norrie123
Hi Zascot, great shots,I cant get animals to pose for me, that's why I do buildings biggrin.gif
Did you post any of them photo in Cambridge in Colour?

Bye for now,norrie
Dave Grieve
Brilliant photos, I take it it was in the Pilansberg? and a Leopard to boot. Lucky Boykie. If I went to Joburg zoo they wouldn't pose like that for me. laugh.gif
zascot
QUOTE (norrie123 @ 8th Nov 2015, 02:22pm) *
Hi Zascot, great shots,I cant get animals to pose for me, that's why I do buildings biggrin.gif
Did you post any of them photo in Cambridge in Colour?

Bye for now,norrie

Posted one of the photos, I took 106 in all of that leopard on Cambridge, can`t remember which one but it got first position so I was chuffed.
zascot
QUOTE (Dave Grieve @ 8th Nov 2015, 02:30pm) *
Brilliant photos, I take it it was in the Pilansberg? and a Leopard to boot. Lucky Boykie. If I went to Joburg zoo they wouldn't pose like that for me. laugh.gif

Right first time Dave it was Pilanesburg my favorite Game Reserve. We have been up there at Bakubung 6 times this year.and we have been lucky with the sightings. we know the place so well that we go where the normal day tourists and game drives don`t. Going up again at the end of this month but if we don`t get rain soon they will have problems.
norrie123
Hi zascot, I missed September's vote I was on holiday
Well done on winning

Bye for now, norrie
zascot
Hi Norrie it was`nt the monthly one it was the one that runs on a rotation basis.. ie bottom right of their home page " enter a photo competition".
petunia
Great picture of the leopard, great that any "SHOOTING" you do is with a camera then it gives everyone enjoyment not just one idiot with a gun that gets a high from killing animals that don't stand a chance, hope you get the chance to take pictures of many more of these beautiful animals before they are hunted to extinction by people with too much money big egos and guns for their entertainment. I hate hunting and trapping.
wombat
rolleyes.gif 40 deg today, nice tongue.gif
petunia
Hilarious Wombat hope he didn't have a sore heid when he woke up blush4.gif
wombat
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Heather
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norrie123
Hi zascot, Ok got it now
Sometimes I am too busy to post on the monthly competitions but I do try biggrin.gif

Bye for now, norrie
zascot
Pilanesburg Game Reserve where the leopard shots were taken run a leopard identification project and all the leopards captured on camera are named to enable the rangers to identify the various leopards and the different areas of the reserve that they visit, it has something to do with the unique markings on each animals face. Anyway the leopard that I photographed is not in the system yet so my wife had the privelege of naming him/her and it is now called "SKYE", not that I will put my hand out and say here pussy pussy, actually we will probably never see it again they are so rare. So we now have a leopard with Scottish ties.
Betsy2009
That is just brilliant, zascot.
norrie123
Hi zascot, well done
Bye for now, norrie
Gallusbisom
The first time we were in S.A. was around Port Elizabeth and we were "newbies" we went on a trip to visit a wild life area. We did have a great view from the truck of various animals and were thrilled to bits. It was only at the end of the tour that we were offered the "opportunity" to pet a "wild" animal and that animal was chained by a collar and chain to his master. I did pet him/her a lot but I cannot express the disgust I felt for the "owner". But if looks could kill, that guy is long gone. How very, very cruel.

We have visited other places where the animals are truly free, within the reserves and enjoyed photographing them. Just a personal thing but I will never forgive the person that killed Cecil.
zascot
QUOTE (Gallusbisom @ 9th Nov 2015, 07:03pm) *
The first time we were in S.A. was around Port Elizabeth and we were "newbies" we went on a trip to visit a wild life area. We did have a great view from the truck of various animals and were thrilled to bits. It was only at the end of the tour that we were offered the "opportunity" to pet a "wild" animal and that animal was chained by a collar and chain to his master. I did pet him/her a lot but I cannot express the disgust I felt for the "owner". But if looks could kill, that guy is long gone. How very, very cruel.

We have visited other places where the animals are truly free, within the reserves and enjoyed photographing them. Just a personal thing but I will never forgive the person that killed Cecil.

Agree with you 100%. I would not set foot in an establishment with animals that do not roam free. The reserve that I prefer is roughly circular and is situated on an extinct volcano ( thousands of years ago) and is roughly 25 km (16 miles) in diameter with few tarred roads and the animals are free to roam anywhere. Sometimes on a days drive we see a few of most of the different species and at other times we see very little. They have trained trackers who`s sole job is to protect the Rhino, as you know Rhino horn poaching is a big problem.
Betsy2009
I'm not sure where I saw it but I read recently about people who were dyeing elephant tusks to make them no good for the ivory market.
I know that rhino horns a different but it still might be a good idea.
Heather
I don't like going to a Zoo as I don't like to see animal's caged up like that when they should be free to roam in their own habitat.

The odd thing is, I am not much of an animal lover.

Tonight I am off to the UCM, so I hope the wind and rain stop's as I got soaked when I was out this morning. sad.gif
Betsy2009
Heather, if that's how you feel about zoos then you're more of an animal lover than you think. thumbup.gif
Gallusbisom
Yup, Betsie,
I think you are right on that. Zoo's are horrible places for the animals to be but since we "humans" have obliterated most of their habitat then this may be the only way to perpetuate the species. I am pretty active in the releasing of Zoo animals into reserves where they may spend the rest of their lives with their own kind. We got the Toronto Zoo to finally send our 3 last elephants to a sanctuary where the climate is more akin to what they would have grown up in, plus they have a large area to roam.
I have also heard that dying the tusks pink or whatever, render them useless to the ivory trade. I fully support that and if the scientists can come up with ANYTHING that renders the Rhino tusks unusable to the "market", I will def. donate.

We have also spent some time in Uganda and they do have some great reserves and some very devoted people but it is not an easy life for a person defending wild life anywhere on this planet.
Betsy2009
I can understand that zoos were great back in the day when very, very few people were able to travel. They would have been educational and exciting places for adults as well as kids. Now, however, I think they should only be used for preservation of species with, preferably, return to the wild wherever possible. It is so sad that people are still destroying their habitats to make a quick buck. Yes, I know that for some people it's their only way to make a living but perhaps they could work in animal protection instead.

I do admire the wardens/rangers who go out trying to catch the poachers. Although they carry rifles themselves, it must be really frightening to know that the poachers are as likely to shoot them as the animals they are after.
zascot
Pilanesburg was a farming community which was taken over as a Game reserve in the early 70`s and an 80 km (50 mile) elephant proof fence erected to contain the reserve. There were some animals local to the area but the rest were imported and with breeding it is what it is today. The first elephants that arrived were donated by an American circus that had shut down, the trainer who was so supportive of his charges came with them and lived in the bush with them teaching them how to survive in the wild as they had been born in captivity. They made a movie back then called "Back to nature" and if you had the privilege of watching that and seeing meek, obedient animals becoming the status symbols that they are then you would not visit a circus again. Over the years other elephants were brought in from Kruger etc and lions,buck, buffallo etc. To sit and watch a herd of 40-50 ellies of all ages roaming free is a sight you never get tired of, except when they have a meeting in the middle of the road that you are trying to drive on, then you sit and wait. there are quite a few herds of that size.
Gallusbisom
I will never visit a circus, ever, nor will any of my children or grand children. One of our kids has a Ph'd based on studying primates in the Amazon and in Uganda. One has a Ph'D in Geomorphology and the youngest one in Entomology. We are very involved in animal welfare. I guess you could call us tree-huggers. lol
Betsy2009
Are you all surviving Abigail so far?
Heather
Well Abigail has not us yet. According to the Weather Forecast the North West of Scotland will get hit bad.

I did the shopping this morning and got home before the rain started.
The rain is pouring down just now and a strong wind blowing.

Needless to say, I am in for the rest of the day, unless the house get's blown away. ohmy.gif
Betsy2009
Careful Heather. You could end up back in Kansas! wacko.gif
Heather
Ah well Betsy, you never know as it is still very wet and windy here today. I will stay home again today.

We got our yearly Statement from Scottish Gas and we have a debit of 7-00, so they have increased our monthly payment by 9-00 starting next month.

We also got our Electricity Statement from Scottish Gas ( our supplier) and we are 9-00 in credit, but they are keeping our monthly payment the same. biggrin.gif .

Quick enough to take our money, but not so quick at refunding it.
Heather
The weather here is terrible, rain, rain and more rain. ohmy.gif

I nearly got blown away when I was in Town this morning. I just missed a bus home, so I got a taxi and it cost me a fortune.
Still it was better than getting soaked and blown all over the place. biggrin.gif
angel


the phone went during the night and of course it was a wrong number,
so that was me awake for the rest of the day , anyway I did get some chores done around the house and as the weather has been quite nice
I got a bit more autumn cleanup done .

I did take time out and watched the second half of the soccer game between Ireland and Bosnia Herzegovina, In did enjoy it . 2-0 for
Ireland , now they go on to play France . unsure.gif
Heather
Angel, I never knew you were a football fan, not me, even though I grew up I a football loving family.

My dad, my three brother's and two of my sister's, my husband and his five brother's were all football fan's.

When the football is on the TV, I sit in the dining room with my Laptop and play music. laugh.gif
angel
Hi heather < I do enjoy international soccer , even when
I lived in Scotland , I had no time for the bigotry
that went on in the Scottish league . " for me such small minds ."

Anyway Heather ,coming here to Canada and like
thousand's of other Europeans across Canada , we became involved in
promoting the game locally , we had two sons along
with a fanatic Dad of the game and husband " So what chance
did I have . biggrin.gif And tomorrow if all goes well in France
I Will watch the game between them and Ireland .
angel
hi Heather , I did"nt see the soccer game this afternoon
I guess there was a bit of a mix up but anyway I
did watch the game between Crystal Palace and Sutherland
I don't know the score because the phone went and it was
my brother and his wife plus the other two brothers
calling because it is my birthday ,and as we were on the
phone " it seemed forever " I don't know how the game
turned out , and now I am watching , Toronto Maple Leafs
playing Boston , the Leafs have just scored and that now makes
a draw 3 each , at this time .
We had a bit of a snowfall this afternoon but it didn't last
too long , but other parts of Ontario have had quite a lot ... Cheers.
bilbo.s
QUOTE (angel @ 24th Nov 2015, 03:24am) *
hi Heather , I didn't see the soccer game this afternoon
I guess there was a bit of a mix up but anyway I
did watch the game between Crystal Palace and Sutherland
I don't know the score because the phone went and it was
my brother and his wife plus the other two brothers
calling because it is my birthday ,and as we were on the
phone " it seemed forever " I don't know how the game
turned out , and now I am watching , Toronto Maple Leafs
playing Boston , the Leafs have just scored and that now makes
a draw 3 each , at this time .
We had a bit of a snowfall this afternoon but it didn't last
too long , but other parts of Ontario have had quite a lot ... Cheers.


4/4 well done!
wellfield
*Happy Thanksgiving* to all the Scots living in America!....I'll be tucking into a feast today with the family!...the weather is perfect for today's National Holiday!
Heather
I hope you had a nice day Wellfield. smile.gif

It is very cold here today and pouring rain as usual.

Our bathroom radiator has not been working this last two day's and the bathroom is very cold.
I will have to call British Gas on Monday to get someone out to fix it.

My husband was a Plumber & Gasfitter, but he is not allowed to do any gas repair's now as his Gorgi Registration is no longer valid.
He is too old now and would end up in Court if he was caught doing any gas repair's. ohmy.gif
bilbo.s
0/3
Heather
I was out this morning about 9-30am and came back home one hour later, cold and wet.

I had to hang my coat, hat, scarf and gloves up to dry. sad.gif
Betsy2009
I'm glad it's only that bathroom heating that's not working. You'll need a nice hot bowl of soup after that.
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