Saturday, December 19, 2020

Saturday's Critters #366

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Hello and happy Saturday!
 
 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!
 
 
 I have posted often about our local family style restaurant, I check out their ponds on my way to pick up our carry out dinner.  Since Covid started back in March we have not eaten inside any restaurant. We will do carry-out supporting our local restaurants. Driving by the ponds, I noticed some Hooded Mergansers and there were lots of Canada Geese.

1. Dec 6th....Canada Geese seen at the Friendly Farms.  There could be a list for this spot as a birding location. Over the last few months I have seen: the Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Killdeer, Ruddy Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Mallards, Hybrid Ducks, Canada Geese and domestic ducks.
 
Click on photos for better viewing. You really notice more of the geese.


 
 
2.  The family style restaurant is hidden behind the white house in the photo above, the Canada Geese and various ducks can be seen on the grounds and at the pond. 
 

 
 
 
3. Hooded Mergansers and Canada Geese, a few weeks before I saw a group of Ruddy Ducks and a Belted Kingfisher near this same pond.
 
 

 
4. The ducks and geese are used to people and run up to anyone looking for food.  Below some ducks are running toward the cars that were stopping in front of me. 
 

 
 
5. Below are the Canada Geese and a group of Mallards or hybrid ducks. The ducks did not get any food from the people, I was surprised to see them running up to the road.
 

 
6.  The Gazebo and fountain was added withing the last year or so. Below the ducks and geese hang out at the pond. 


 
A closer look at the Canada Geese, they love spending time at this spot, with the fields and 3 ponds. 



A Christmas wish for you:
May the Christmas season fill your home with joy,
your heart with love and your life with laughter!
Merry Christmas everyone!

Thanks to all my visitors and for all the wonderful comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves critters and has linked up their critter post.


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Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the host Anni.

 

113 comments:

  1. It’s easy to be first when midnight comes at 9 p.m. (Pacific Time zone) )). Thank you so much for hosting and for your pretty bird shots ... and also I appreciate knowing we aren’t the only people giving up “eating out” during this pandemic. We just recently picked up a take out for the first time in months. We would rather not take chances.

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    1. Thank you Sallie! So far we have been safe during the carry-out!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Very beautiful area with open fields and water

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    1. Hello Mikael
      Thank you for the visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Wow! Abundance of geese,stay safe and have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thank you Thomas.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  5. I think I would just sit on that beautiful gazebo and watch all the birds for hours Eileen. Thanks for hosiing, stay safe and have a wonderful run up to Christmas

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    1. Thank you Margaret.
      Enjoy your family time and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful photos of all the geeses! They are so many. It looks like a wonderful place to visit.
    Happy weekend, and take care!

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    1. Thank you Marit.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  8. What a terrific area to find birds! Great photos Eileen. And happy Christmas to you. Thanks for being such a gracious hostess.

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  9. The geese are everywhere creating a beautiful sight. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for hosting.

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  10. Hi Eileen,
    You have taken a wonderful series of photos.
    We have not eaten in a restaurant since March, which is a pity, we were married for 50 years last Thursday and wanted to give a dinner for the family, unfortunately this could not take place.
    The Netherlands is in a lockdown, everything is closed, only the supermarket is still open .
    Do you want to post my link, I cannot.
    I wish you a very happy holiday.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma!
      It is so nice to see you back blogging.
      We are being warned to stay home, stay safe.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  11. The place is very nice and the critters too. Love the cute gazebo.
    We haven't been in any restaurant neither, only in hotels during our trips. I must admit I miss eating out...
    All the best, Eileen. Have a blessed fourth Advent Sunday!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment.
      I wish you a blessed fourth Advent Sunday!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  12. Perhaps it really is a friendly farm. i am happy to see all those Canada Geese doing so well.

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    1. Thanks David!
      Yes, the geese do love the Friendly Farms.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  13. How nice to have nearby restaurants where you can pick up the food. That way also help them survive. That way both sides are safe. And to have the pond nearby is a benefit of course. You will always have birds to watch. Loved to see the Hooded mergansers.
    Take care and I wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas.

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    1. Thank You Monica.
      This place has eat in and carry-out at the time. Hubby and I only feel safe with the carry-out food, we will not eat inside. Take care,stay safe! Have a happy weekend!

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  14. ...I was out this week and saw a pond the was cover with geese, no social distancing! Thanks for hosting Eileen, enjoy your days leading up to Christmas.

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      The days are flying by, Christmas will be here soon.
      Take care, happy weekend!

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  15. We've not eaten out since September in Greece. That family eatery must be pretty safe from catching the virus with there being so much space and fresh air. Enjoy your Christmas Eileen. And many thanks for allowing this weekly get together across the globe.

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    1. Thanks Phil! Yes, the restaurant has a great location.
      I appreciate your linking up and for the comment. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Lovely shots, Eileen, especially the first one!
    All the best for the Festive season!

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    1. Thank you Nick.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  17. It looks a pretty place with lots of geese. The green fields are lovely.

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    1. Thank you Diane.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  18. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021! Lovely photos as always.

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    1. Thank you Ritta.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  19. PS: Thank you for hosting, Eileen. Stay safe and well!

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    1. Thanks again Nick!
      Happy Holidays!
      Have a great new week ahead.

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  20. Beautiful property! It's obviously attractive to waterfowl! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you Brian.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  21. That really is a great spot, for the two reasons! Food and birds!
    We picked up a meal Thursday, too. It's the only way to go.

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      It is nice to enjoy someone else's cooking, even a take out.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  22. Hi Eileen, Congrats on another fine Saturday’s Critters. I love the beauty and open feeling of the area around Friendly Farms. What an excellent spot for birding. I enjoyed all your photos. And, you’ll get a kick out of this … I looked up Friendly Farms Family Style Restaurant.
    https://friendlyfarm.net/menu/lunch-dinner-menu/
    Checking out the Lunch and Dinner Menu … wow, I would love a place like that somewhere near the Emerald City. Thank you for your kind Christmas wish. To you and your family … a Happy and Merry Christmas! John

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    1. Thanks John! They have been a popular place to eat for years, at times they have had a line waiting to get inside to eat. We live close enough for the carry-out. Take care, enjoy your weekend! I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas!

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  23. Hope you enjoyed the meals you picked up at the restaurant too. The ducks and geese seemed pretty happy about their surroundings. Thanks for sharing their beautiful photos. Hope you have a great weekend, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Barbara.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  24. Beautiful photos Eileen. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Martha!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  25. Oh, I love seeing the geese. Ours have flown the coop -- but they'll be back. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      The geese stay here year round, I guess they find enough to eat in the area.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  26. you live in such a beautiful area, filled with lot's of nice wildlife. i am surprised at how green the grass is, it is so pretty, well maintained and no leaves. the row of ducks is cute!!

    it took us a while to get take-out but we are doing it now. we have not eaten in a restaurant either. i am still a little nervous!! stay safe, be well and enjoy the new and special week ahead. many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie!
      We have been ordering the carry-out from various local restaurants.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  27. it is all so pretty and i don't hink i have ever seen a resturant in a country setting like this. thanks for the Christmas wishes. and back to you

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    1. Thank you Sandra.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  28. We do not see any Canada Geese down here in south Florida, unless you can count the hundreds of Canada Goose decoys which are used on the lakes in residential area as floats to keep the intakes of lawn watering systems off the muddy bottom. They fooled me the first time I saw them. I got out of the car to take a picture and then realized they were decoys. Thanks for hosting and for you beautiful photos of the local lake and inhabitants. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Ken.
      I have been fooled by some decoys many times.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  29. Hi Eileen! :) I love seeing all of those geese...most of ours are gone for the winter, but a month or so ago, I saw hundreds of them hanging out on the potato fields nearby. I love the photos of the ducks all lined up! :)

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    1. Thank you Rain.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  30. I hope to participate here on Saturdays in the new year. One problem I have is that so many of our critters have disappeared. There are cycles, I notice that. but it's hard to keep them around without water. I haven't fixed a water leak I have and that keeps some critters coming, but nothing like you see on blogs from other parts of the country. And also nothing like it used to be when I first moved here 15 years ago. It's heartbreaking.

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    1. Thank you Inger.
      It is sad to hear the critters are disappearing, I have noticed I see less birds now.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  31. Nice photos. I love watching ducks and geese. May you have a lovely Christmas filled with beauty and love.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne!
      Take care, happy weekend!
      I wish you a merry week and a Happy Christmas!

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  32. Hello Eileen, I'm slowly coming to a restful stop! Thanks for sharing this post and hosting for us. I love the way you bird on the way to collecting your carry out dinner. That's the sign of a true birder. I even bird watched while sitting in small dusty prefab rooms on an African airfield! I'm going to try and link up with Anni's bird blog. BTW Have a blessed Christmas. Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo.
      LOL, I am easily distracted by the birds.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  33. Beautiful photos, Eileen ~ so glad we can enjoy nature especially during this Covid time ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  34. Hope you got my previous comment ~ google doesn't seem to be working well for me lately ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  35. Beautiful images of Canada Geese, and the Hooded Mergansers showing well. Thanks Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Bob!
      Take care,stay safe!
      Have a happy weekend!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  36. Canada Geese seem to be everywhere these days! Merry Christmas Eileen!

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    1. Thank You RedPat!
      Have a happy day and week ahead!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  37. Awesome pics.Loved the post.
    Happy Weekend

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    1. Thank You for the comment!
      Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  38. The blue skies, wide open spaces, and birds galore are a delight. We now go to one cafe, where tables are spaced, service is good, and parking is easy. Your words in RED are a joy to read, and may the same be with you both for all the Season and the New Year.

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    1. Thank You Jean!
      Have a happy day and week ahead!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  39. A very nice spot indeed. There is a farm in our upstate and they tolerate us birders, its one of the hot spots in the upstate and it gets a lot of rare birds, it's a cattle operation with a couple ponds, and nearby fields. Its a long drive for me, but it never disappoints.

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    1. Thank You Sondra!
      It is nice to have permission to bird on the farm.
      Have a happy day and week ahead!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  40. Delightful photos, Eileen. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Stay safe, Mxx

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    1. Thank You Mxx!
      Have a happy day and week ahead!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  41. Nice to see all the geese at Friendly Farm. (great name)
    We haven't been inside a restaurant since March either and only had a drive thru lunch at BK a couple of times!! I've never eaten so many meals in a row at home in my entire life!! :)

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    1. Thank You Karen!
      Yes, we have only done carry-out since March!
      Have a happy day and week ahead!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  42. What lovely weather you had for this drive. How very nice that you have a good choice for take out! Happy weekend.

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    1. Thank You Ellen!
      Have a happy day and week ahead!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  43. That's a lot of geese! Beautiful setting for a restaurant. Hope you have a great week and a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Thank You Jean!
      Have a happy day and week ahead!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  44. The geese are spoiled! Enjoy your holiday!

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    1. Thank You Linda!
      Have a happy day and week ahead!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  45. May this festive season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. Merry Christmas!
    I'm sorry I didn't participate yesterday but ... I was so busy!

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    1. Thank you Ella!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      Have a great day and new week ahead!

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  46. May your holiday week be blessed with happiness. Thanks so much for sharing this post today and linking up throughout 2020.

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      Have a happy week and a Merry Christmas!

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  47. If this is a second comment...just read it and laugh! I love seeing the geese and it's a bird we haven't seen this winter...yet! We did see a big flock of Ibis yesterday in our neighborhood! That was a surprise. I'm back to do a little more visitin' this morning! holiday hugs!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      I would love to see the Ibis in my yard and neighborhood.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  48. It would be fun just to drive through that area. And fun to watch the ducks and geese.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you Rose!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  49. Canada Geese...Dirty birds!!!Noisy too...Pretty to photograph though..Hope you are enjoying your weekend..Merry Christmas..

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    1. Thank you Missy!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  50. Wonderful photos.
    Eileeninmd, for you and your family I wish Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of joy, health and love.
    Best wishes

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    1. Thank you Maria!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.
      I wish you all the best in 2021, a happy and healthy New Year!

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  51. Hello, dear Eileen,
    I had a blog break last week, because my mother died at 94. Today I started a posting with an obituary for her and many photos from her eventful life. (And this one even fits your "criters", since my mother loved animals as much as I did!) I probably won't post any more this year. That's why I'll get in touch with you here NOW. I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a good start to a year that hopefully will be better than 2020 in many ways!
    All the best, Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2020/12/farewell-hildekind.html

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    1. Thank you Traude!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.
      I wish you all the best in 2021, a happy and healthy New Year!

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    1. Thank you for the comment!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.
      I wish you all the best in 2021, a happy and healthy New Year!

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  53. Os deseo unas felices Navidades Eileen. Merry Christmas. Have a good party friends.
    Pasadlo bien amigos. Y cuidaros mucho.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank your Laura!

      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  54. Fabulous photo ! You are a perfect photographer and a fantastic nature observer!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, dear Eileen !

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    1. Thank your Ela!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  55. lovely series of photos and good selection of birds. We have lots of Canada geese in Scotland, they were introduced years ago as ornamental birds for lakes.

    I like the gazebo!

    Happy Christmas!

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  56. Hi Eileen,
    reactions to your Christmas wish are not allowed and that is why I put it here.

    Thank you for your beautiful wishes Eileenh.
    I also wish you and your loved ones a few nice days and an especially healthy 2021. let's hope the new year is a bit better for us.
    Enjoy your break.
    Greetings, Helma

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  57. Hi Eileen, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. John

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  58. Life is made every day, do not wait for Friday or the holiday to be happy. Every day of life is worth living well, because every day can be special.

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