Monthly Archives: April 2015

  1. Springtime and everythings growin’

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    Thursday 30 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Spring is here, and almost gone I guess you could say. We are rapidly marching towards summer, as the mercury …
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  2. Broad bean leaf salad

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    Thursday 30 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I’m busy tomorrow, so scheduling in advance. This was gonna be about my roses again, but feeling rather peckish…. And …
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  3. In memory of our bougainvillea…

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    Wednesday 29 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It looks like our two bougainvillea’s have become the latest victims from the much colder than normal winter, albeit it was just perhaps ten …
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  4. Wordless Wednesday ~ In flight

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    Wednesday 29 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  5. More winter veg successes

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    Tuesday 28 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A follow-on post about the winter veggies, and this time focussing on our ‘above soil’ varieties this time. A few …
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  6. First roses are out

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    Tuesday 28 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As with everything in the garden, the rose are out that bit later this year, but nonetheless, they are worth …
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  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion (IV)

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    Monday 27 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is our kiddo swimming on the Greek island …
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  8. Macro Monday: Cute little weed

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    Monday 27 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This beautiful little flower is in fact from a weed found growing in between the beetroot plants this spring. Tiny, …
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  9. East Africa: Shopping

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    Sunday 26 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    On the whole, shopping malls leave me cold. In general I have little desire to trudge my way around endless corridors of …
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  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion (III)

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    Sunday 26 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the flag of our neighbours, Greece, flapping away in the wind …
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  11. Lemon recovery – result

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    Sunday 26 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    In the ongoing saga of the lemon trees versus the unexpected and rare cold snap this past winter, we have seen mixed results. …
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  12. Winter veg successes

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    Saturday 25 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After such a long wet and cold winter (not compared to most of yours, but it’s all relative), the vegetable …
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  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion (II)

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    Saturday 25 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge captures the motion of our kiddo running from the surf …
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  14. It’s hay time

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    Saturday 25 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It’s hay cutting time for me, but of course it’s all done by hand as we farm on a small …
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  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion (I)

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    Friday 24 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    SPOT THE HAWAIIAN DIVER…! This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a series of motion shots if …
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  16. Gallipoli: lifelong dedication

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    Friday 24 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is my second post about the one hundred year anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign of World War One. Large official centennial memorial …
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  17. Flower Friday ~ Rosemary

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    Friday 24 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . Simple beauty of the Rosemary bush. .

  18. Gallipoli: 100 years

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    Friday 24 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One hundred years ago, the almost 9 month Gallipoli Campaign of World War One ended. The Allied forces withdrew from the peninsula, …
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  19. Orchard in bloom

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    Thursday 23 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The citrus orchards are in full bloom right now. Whilst I can’t hear myself think for the noise of a …
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  20. Lizard time

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    Thursday 23 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As the weather warms up, the creatures of summer start to appear. Tortoises are already out, and very soon we’ll …
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  21. Citrus tree health update

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    Wednesday 22 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Following the really cold snap of -5C (23F) we experienced for a few nights over winter, many of the fruit trees had …
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  22. Wordless Wednesday ~ The yacht

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    Wednesday 22 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird (V)

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    Tuesday 21 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fifth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the sunrise just to the …
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  24. SPIKE WRITES: Duke says….”I got a new job too Aunty Gill”

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    Tuesday 21 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    Meet Duke the talking bird……Regular Guest Spot from: Uncle Spike’s Adventures….. and  the Chicken Roost in…

  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird (IV)

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    Monday 20 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is  one of my personal favourites. We were back on …
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  26. Macro Monday: Baby plums

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    Monday 20 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. Hope you all like it 🙂 . . The plum trees are one of the …
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  27. REBLOG: Cry for Africa..

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    Sunday 19 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on The Rider:
    I have been silent in the past two weeks. Why? I AM ASHAMED OF MY COUNTRY!…

  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird (III)

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    Sunday 19 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken at full zoom, so apologies for the quality, …
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  29. More springtime offerings

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    Sunday 19 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Spring is a beautiful time of year here in Türkiye, as much as anywhere else. It’s not too hot, but …
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  30. East Africa: The Kids

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    Saturday 18 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Travelling is, or was for a long time to me anyway, a way of life, and then became one of …
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  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird (II)

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    Saturday 18 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken from the back of a boat at dawn …
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  32. White Mulberry tree – springtime

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    Saturday 18 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The simplicity of nature. One of our White Mulberry trees in early springtime.  

  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird (I)

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    Friday 17 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken on an early morning walk in late January …
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  34. Boston – Music & City

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    Friday 17 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Boston is a city close to my heart for a number of reasons; but here’s just three: 1 – I …
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  35. Flower Friday ~ Little trumpets

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    Friday 17 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Taken back in the UK quite a few years ago, these bizarre flowers are rather pretty, even if I don’t …
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  36. The large and the small

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    Thursday 16 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of my favourite images I have captured over the years has been of a very young tortoise found wandering …
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  37. Bee photography

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    Thursday 16 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Like most farms and gardens, the annual chores are pretty much same old, year in year out, so trying to …
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  38. To pea or not to pea…

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    Wednesday 15 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The early signs of life in the greenhouse were good, and a few months later the crop looks pretty healthy. …
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  39. Wordless Wednesday ~ Working a lock

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    Wednesday 15 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat (V)

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    Tuesday 14 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fifth and final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a group of happy hippos, all afloat as …
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  41. They call this weeding…?

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    Tuesday 14 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A spot of light gardening, they said…. Pull a few weeds, they said…. After the rains of winter and the …
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  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat (IV)

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    Monday 13 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a small boat upon a ship, but so very important …
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  43. Macro Monday: Pomegranate

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    Monday 13 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. Hope you all like it 🙂 . . Looks like some underwater plant, but in …
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  44. Greek Goats

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    Sunday 12 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    We are so used to seeing goats all over the place. Our neighbouring farms keep them, we hear them every …
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  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat (III)

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    Sunday 12 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is about the life of a small boat, living it’s days afloat. …
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  46. Springtime roundup…

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    Sunday 12 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After a strange winter, with storms and heavy rain for some three months, spring seems to have finally arrived. However, …
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  47. New life: Olive trees

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    Saturday 11 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The olive trees are starting up once again for a new season ! . In early springtime, most the leaves …
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  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat (II)

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    Saturday 11 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is an image of something I tried a few times, but failed …
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  49. Interesting balcony visitor

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    Saturday 11 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Ok then oh wise friends of the ornithology persuasion, what’s this beauty then? I was sat there at the dining …
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  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat (I)

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    Friday 10 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the epitome of ‘to be afloat’…. ah, those dreamy days of watching not …
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