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name: Dez Pain
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city: Somewhere in Queensland
country: Australia
camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 1
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comment from diva2B to xymonau on May 27, 2016

Lovely!

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forum message written by xymonau on May 25, 2016

Not intentionally avoiding you, Michael. Im getting used to new medications and they are taking their toll right now. I

read

your post, and will get to respond soon. I hope you are fine.

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comment written by xymonau to ThomasJoseph on May 24, 2016

Beautiful in the large size!

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comment from SSeCrose to xymonau on May 23, 2016

Love it. You are so talented

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comment from SSeCrose to xymonau on May 23, 2016

This looks fabulous. Love the Steampunk look

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comment from SSeCrose to xymonau on May 23, 2016

Loving your flair. I notice your name attached to quite a few that I like.

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comment from taputedemere to xymonau on May 21, 2016

I got your moms all of you

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comment written by xymonau to OpenBox on May 21, 2016

Exquisite photo!

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comment written by xymonau to ChIandra4U on May 20, 2016

What a great series!

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comment written by xymonau to avijan88 on May 19, 2016

Fascinating. Great capture.

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New photo from xymonau on May 18, 2016

Noisy Miner 3

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New photo from xymonau on May 18, 2016

Sale

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comment from Beth_S to xymonau on May 18, 2016

I like the B&W version of this close up - peaceful, sound sleep!

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comment from Jim56 to xymonau on May 17, 2016

Thanks -- you come up with nice, handy pics!

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forum message written by xymonau on May 16, 2016

Im so glad youve had such a long period without migraines, Michael!

Re the salt - yes, it raises blood pressure in everyone, and while we need a little bit every day, our diets are flooded with it and we dont even realise. When I stop salt completely - including no processed foods, it does have a strong effect on lowering it.

They found a tribe of people untouched by western society somewhere in South America. They had zero added salt - although, of course, you get sodium from many plants and other things you eat - including meat. None had any blood pressure issues. So they did a test and chose a group. They gave half the group the level of salt every day that is common in the western world. Within a week, as I recall, the salt eaters were all experiencing borderline high blood pressure. It went away as quickly when the salt stopped. Im not sure anyone has salt sensitivity, but I think thats the effect it can have, particularly if you are prone to high BP anyway. All my family is/was. Although a lot of mine is from other medication and emotional stuff. If I get upset, mine goes off the radar.

And when I remove all meat, it seems to drop as well. It has dropped at least 40 points in general - it was 245 over about 95 - and more than that a lot of the time, but I have started an additional tablet that I seem to be tolerating - apart from the headaches it gives me - and it is helping a lot as well. My concern with it is that it can raise your potassium levels dangerously, and I eat a lot of potassium-rich foods. Anyway, for the moment, this is what Im doing and its definitely helping. But I did have an upset that pushed it up. Hopefully thats over now.

Baby birds are so cute. A lot of ours nest in the cooler months - now - and we have flocks of birds coming to eat seed and whatever else we put out for them. There are wattles and some other blossoms, but natural food gets a bit scarce at this time, so we get a lot of visitors. The spangled drongos are back. They migrate and return when the weather cools down and stay for a few months. Heres a video of one. They have red eyes - cant see that in the video - and my son used to call them the devil birds. The song of this one is only part of their repertoire, and they make the most hilarious sounds as well as some bell-like calls, and they mimic other birds, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLOiq3Pwt6o And here is one mimicking noisy miners and another one thats common, but Im not sure whose call it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Iob6fZ5J9M

One of the cutest things about the ones that visit us is that they catch minced meat when we toss it in the air. There are four regulars, and they sometimes almost collide fighting over the meat. But one is now in the habit of hovering at face level when it sees us - fairly close - to beg for food. It is so cute and funny. They are about half the size of a dove, though they have a longer length to their tail tips. And to have them frantically flapping and hovering in your face is hilarious. I think I might be able to teach them to eat from my hand, but Im not sure if I have the patience.

The competition in our yard is fierce, and the most aggressive birds all gather here. The huge white ibis makes me laugh. All the other birds have watched me feeding the drongos, so they all try the catching meat in the air trick - the butcherbirds manage it, but the rest are pretty clumsy. And even the ibis tries to flap up and catch it. What a disaster. It terrifies the others and is never successful - even though they are wonderfully elegant in flight.

I hope you get to see your new babies over the next weeks - and that Mimi doesnt! LOL We know shed prefer them

dead

and being digested. :o)

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forum message written by xymonau on May 16, 2016

It looks very effective. Did you take the photo as well?

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comment written by xymonau to coolhewitt23 on May 15, 2016

This is horrible! Well done! LOL

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comment written by xymonau to camillahviid on May 15, 2016

Very pretty woodland scene!

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forum message written by xymonau on May 13, 2016

I think Elizabeth will live almost as long as her mother, so Charles may not make it to the throne at all. I like the holiday, but not the royals. Why we keep that ridiculous link is beyond me. England has never done anything for us.

I hope the visit to the neurologist went well. Have you had your overdue headache yet? I hope not.

I have to go see a medical person shortly, in the next town. Its only about three quarters of an hour away, but as I always run late, its generally an anxious trip! LOL My blood pressure has been sky high in the last few days. Its hard to keep it under control these days. Cutting out salt completely really helps, but I made the mistake of eating a lot of bread, and none of our bread is low salt. Im going to have to learn to make my own, I think.

You got my birth thing back to front. I should have been in more of a hurry. If Id arrived the day before, Id have been okay. :o)

Its always lovely to watch birds collecting stuff for their nests. And they are so clever. They only have their beaks and feet, yet they build intricate and beautiful nests. There are a few exceptions. Our local masked lapwings (also known as spur winged plovers) just lay an egg on the ground, generally in the most ridiculous place, like a footpath, and spend all their time chasing people and other birds away from it. They arent as aggressive as our magpies, although I think if you tease them they really will hit you with their shoulder spurs. They prefer to pretend to be wounded to distract attention away from the egg or the baby. We have some that feed in the yard, but they are really nervous and fly off if I open the door. They have a nest in an empty lot opposite, and I sometimes drive home and find four of them standing in the middle of the street. They dont have a

head

for road rules.

I hope the little mouse survives. I never understand people being afraid of mice. You dont want them infesting your house, but they are cute, warm furry animals.

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comment written by xymonau to cyanka on May 12, 2016

Beautiful!

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comment from mmzuberi to xymonau on May 12, 2016

Excellent colors

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comment written by xymonau to rkirbycom on May 09, 2016

Beautiful photo.

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forum message written by xymonau on May 07, 2016

Snob. A fancy car wont grant you the prize. No. Only win-ability, and I have buckets of same.

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Splash 4

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Neon Flowers

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Neon Floral Frame 1

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Neon Floral Frame 2

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Neon Floral Frame 3

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forum message written by xymonau on May 04, 2016

Im a bit shocked that you only get a couple of hours sunshine sometimes, but I shouldnt be, I guess. Ive never looked at our southern states and will have to. I know winter in Sydney is gloomy and wet and cold.

I dont really like Sydney at all. I was excited to move there as a teenager, but that veneer soon wore off. Lots to do and if you are a city person, youd love it. But there are just too many people, and no amount of scenery can make up for that and the grime. I lived in the inner city for a couple of years as well. No fun for me.

I would love to be a bit isolated - with all mod cons, though. Id have to have a phone, reliable car and neighbours not too far away - and the internet, of course. And reliable water. Thats always a thing here. And one of the reasons we have a lower population. Apart from the bities. :o)

I have to

hand

it to the planners of Berlin. It looks like a beautiful city, with lots of greenery. Europeans appear to be generally more health conscious, too, or at least thats my perception.

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forum message written by xymonau on May 04, 2016

You cant possibly win. The ether has declared my triumph.

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forum message written by xymonau on May 01, 2016

I usually stay out of these discussions as Im not good with technical things. I have a really old Panasonic - about ten years old - that is still working. However, its a bit slower these days.

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forum message written by xymonau on Apr 30, 2016

Again, you are raking up old threads. Why are you doing this?

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forum message written by xymonau on Apr 30, 2016

Why are you raking up posts from 2011?

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forum message written by xymonau on Apr 30, 2016

I have taken it and I am now realising that I am the winner. That feels even better than the medication.

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forum message edited by xymonau on Apr 30, 2016

Two legs bad. Four legs good? Seems Ive heard
that somewhere before...

But no time for reading now. The boom was my Cadbury cannon, and you caught the ammo! And the wolf stole it! Oh, its so much fun to see you fighting over a fake prize.

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comment written by xymonau to lance1 on Apr 30, 2016

Beautiful.

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