Peaceful in my back yard for Jake.

Jake has asked us this week to do a peaceful post. I hope that you find that most of my posts are peaceful, with the possible exception of the jackhammering and the parasailing, ones. 🙂

Today, whilst hubby was busy again in the kitchen, building cupboards, not cooking, I took a walk outside to see what was going in in our peaceful neck of the woods.

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The only sound was of the wind gently rustling the palm fronds, and not a single person was to be seen. The only inhabitants of the lakeside, were the birds. The Great Blue Heron seems to be the kingpin around here, and he stood meditating by the water’s edge for quite a while,

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before marching off to see what was potting a bit further down.

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His friend, the Anhinga was busy drying his wings, and didn’t want to chat to anyone.

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and the duck family were practising their  swimming, up near the golf course,

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under the watchful eye of mom and dad.

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The Wood Stork was umm…… just stalking around, 🙂

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and then there was a bit of action, closely watched by the Ibis.

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Mr. Great Blue decided to go over to the other side of the lake, and catch himself some breakfast too.

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Yummy  sushi  is his favourite dish.

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The most peaceful creature of all though, was Lizzie lizard, who just sat motionless, waiting for her breakfast insects to venture near.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my peaceful morning in my back yard. To see more takes on Jake’s theme, as well as his own amazing images, just click here.

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Jake’s theme: Surroundings

This week, Jake wants to see our surroundings, so I decided to share a few pics taken from around where I live.

This pretty drive will take you up to the entrance gate, and as you may notice, it had just been planted out with hybrid Impatiens. When they really get going, it will be a riot of colour.

Just outside my house, is a lovely lake, which isn’t a huge surprise. In Florida, everywhere you look, there is water.

Last year, we had a Mr Smiley who was very much a part of our surroundings,

but now we just have Lizzie, who likes to sit outside my bedroom window or on the garden spray, watching for insects.

Many birds come to the water to do a  bit of fishing by day,

and even at night.

The people who live here use their surroundings for really strenuous activities, like riding around on golf carts,

or sunning themselves next to the pool. 😀

As well as water, we are also surrounded by palm trees.

If you’re feeling peckish, you could grab a bite to eat at the poolside restaurant.

You especially might want to do this, if your oven is sitting in the middle of the lounge area, as mine is at the moment.

At present, in my home, I’m surrounded by tools, piles of wood flooring,

and kitchen units waiting to be assembled.

I suppose I could go and sit by the pool and read a book, but then who would make hubby’s coffee and his well deserved lunch? I just hope that I can find somewhere to prepare it. 😀

I hope you enjoyed looking at my surroundings. If you would like to see other bloggers’ interpretations of  Jake’s theme, just click here.