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Birds at Sunset Cliffs

Sat Nav and Cider

Sunset Cliffs Seagull, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CaliforniaAs I sit in rainy, grey England, fighting a most exhausting head cold, it’s hard to believe that less than a week ago I walked along Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma, San Diego.

Seeing as how my energy is somewhat limited right now, I thought I’d just share a few of the pictures I’ve enjoyed looking at as I revisit my latest holiday. These images focus on seagulls within their environment (no close-ups), but if you look closely, you might see a cormorant, too.

Sunset Cliffs Seagull, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CaliforniaThis image is a crop of the first image to focus in on the seagull standing on the tip of the rock, which is less obvious above.

Sunset Cliffs Seagulls, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CaliforniaLots of seagulls were hanging out on this large, flat rock subject to occasional splashing. Ocean Beach pier can be seen in the background.

Sunset Cliffs Seagulls, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CaliforniaAnd here’s a cropped close-up. I think there’s a cormorant hiding among his seagull brethren.

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Nelson Bay to Home (Wedderburn)

Postcards from Ian and Margaret

Friday 23 November
Distance: 256klm
Weather: A cool morning 14 degrees and overcast

Time to head home and get across Sydney before the afternoon rush hour starts. Following the directions from my Samsung’s free Navigation app ‘Navigon’ we are amazed that the app did not find the turn off to the Expressway at Hexham. It took us into Newcastle!!!! following the old pre expressway route we all used 30 years ago!!! I think we will give this app a miss and give Jane of our TomTom her old job back.

We reached Wedderburn at lunchtime to find visitors. Geoff Airey, David Pryor and Fred, Margy’s dad.  Geoff had flown in from Luskintyre airfield, near Newcastle in Geoff and David’s beautifully restored Stinson Voyager to meet up with Fred who drove out with David. We had lunch with them then Geoff and Fred went up to practice their aerobatics in Fred’s…

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A Sparkly New Year To You All!

Christmas Day at Sunset Cliffs

Sat Nav and Cider

Red and Green Rocks, Sunset Cliffs, San DiegoFacing South Along Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, California.

My husband and I just returned from a week-long trip to San Diego. Christmas just happened to be conveniently located within that time frame. Although most of the trip was chock full of activities, keeping us busy from morning until night, we had a spare hour on Christmas day sandwiched between opening presents in the morning and a big get-together in the afternoon. We spent that hour (1-2 pm) at Sunset Cliffs. Although not sunset, the sky was surprisingly orange.

Red and Green Rocks, Sunset Cliffs, San DiegoFacing West, the orange sky is much less apparent, but still interesting above the rocky, reddish-brown and green shore.

Red and Green Rocks, Sunset Cliffs, San DiegoAn hour of complete calm amidst a wonderful, whirlwind trip.

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Birds at Sunset Cliffs

Sat Nav and Cider

Sunset Cliffs Seagull, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CaliforniaAs I sit in rainy, grey England, fighting a most exhausting head cold, it’s hard to believe that less than a week ago I walked along Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma, San Diego.

Seeing as how my energy is somewhat limited right now, I thought I’d just share a few of the pictures I’ve enjoyed looking at as I revisit my latest holiday. These images focus on seagulls within their environment (no close-ups), but if you look closely, you might see a cormorant, too.

Sunset Cliffs Seagull, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CaliforniaThis image is a crop of the first image to focus in on the seagull standing on the tip of the rock, which is less obvious above.

Sunset Cliffs Seagulls, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CaliforniaLots of seagulls were hanging out on this large, flat rock subject to occasional splashing. Ocean Beach pier can be seen in the background.

Sunset Cliffs Seagulls, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CaliforniaAnd here’s a cropped close-up. I think there’s a cormorant hiding among his seagull brethren.

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Sydney || Kitchen By Mike

A Farewell to Florence: Learning How to Saying Goodbye

The ISA Journal

Samantha Philbrickis a student at University of New Hampshire and an ISA Featured Blogger. Samantha is currently studying abroad program in Florence on an ISA Fall 1 program.

My last week in Florence was ridiculously hard.

It wasn’t the five crushing finals threatening to drive me crazy by keeping me up until early in the morning studying for. It wasn’t packing up everything from the last five months into two airport approved suitcases in time to catch my 6am flight. It wasn’t the projects, presentations, and reviews that had to be completed before the 15th. It was hard saying goodbye to the city and the people I had formed this incredible bond with over the course of my study abroad program.

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Kids harvest.

Skipping Stones In the Pond Of Life & Death

Peg-o-Leg's Ramblings

They say that even when someone dies, they aren’t fully gone; they live on in the memories of those who knew them.  I think that the opposite is also true.  When someone dies, they take some of our memories with them.

In the past few days, two people I know died.  They weren’t especially close friends; they were so much older than I that to claim friendship would be impertinent.  But they were both people I admired and now they are gone.

The first, George, was a respected business and philanthropic leader in our community.  He and his family have been loyal clients and friends of my husband’s family for many, many years.  He treated me with unfailingly courtesy in the more than 25 years I was privileged to know him.  I would be hard pressed to think of someone who better personified the term “gentle man”.

The second, Marthe…

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Reaching for Freedom

Belle of the Carnival

The other morning  I was listening to Jian Ghomeshi interview  J.K. Rowling about her new novel “Casual Vacancy” and she said something that struck me, “You have to be free to fail in this life.” She pointed out our creative work should never be an imitation of our previous selves and then we have to be willing to take chances in order to evolve in our work. 098

I know we are all destined to fall on our face from time to time but sometimes the fall is life’s greatest lesson.  We grow and learn from our mistakes which propel us to move forward to take the next chance, work hard, and embrace lady luck.

We have the freedom to move forward and know that there are a world of possibilities.

We all face challenges and obstacles but how we rise above these is the common testament to our strength, will…

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