Well - the old red car has gone to . . . who knows where.    It's just gone, maybe it's been squashed already, maybe it's being scrapped to pieces right now, or maybe it's just sitting somewhere nervously not knowing what's to happen - and keeping it's hoses crossed for luck.
It was a rainy, sombre day that saw the old horse
carted off to the glue factory.
And just for the record
the dents and that long deep scratch down the door
were on the car when I got it 4 years ago
from damage when it had been stolen
and not from mayhem caused
by Penny and me since.
That's partly why
it was cheap.
I know some of you will be curious (being the 'busy bodies' that we all are) I'd better tell you that the car wreckers gave me $250 for the old car - and when I surrender the plates at the Motor Registry - I will be able to then get back a further $400 refund from the rego & insurance for the remainder of the year.   That put it's 'get rid of' value at about $650 which is more than it's worth if I'd ever been able to sell it.   Perhaps to some poor fool who likes fixing up old bomb cars.
Now who do we know like that?   Maybe if I had written 'Volvo' neatly on the side with a marker pen Yankee Bill might have bought it.   HA!
(Yes - I know - but he doesn't spell vey well
so he wouldn't have noticed)
Now because it was a great day for close-up photography - and by that I mean it was a flat, even light, no sun, sort of day - which is really perfect for soft natural close-ups (are you paying attention Indianapolis Steve) -  I decided to have a look among the verdant foliage near the gate to see if I could find some exotic insect to photograph.   That Maggie in South Africa seems to find the most colourful different insects - every day - stacks of amazing arthropods right in her own back garden.   Just look at some of these she's taken - and they look even better - big.
Well goodness is always rewarded - so sure enough it was no time at all before I found a rare and unusual . . . . . . . honey bee.   Not again!  I hear you saying.   What's with all these bees, it's the only thing I ever see - they must have scared off all the other stuff.   But just take a look at this impressive bee shot.
Can't see it - well that's because he left a moment before I clicked
and it was too late to stop the click - I was click committed
but this is where the bee was, a second ago.
Geez you're hard to please.
Well then, how about this one?
Now come on - I'm doing my best here
these bees move pretty quick and it's hard to keep up.
How many times have I told you that the number one rule is
always hold your camera steady or they'll be blurry.
Well here's another important rule
try and aim the camera at
what you want to
Let's try again.
There - I told you, goodness is rewarded.
And just have a look at the wonder of Nature in play
as this little worker unknowingly gathers the pollen on his
hair as he brushes past - to then brush against and pollinate
the next, and the next, and the next, flower in his travels each day.
Well there - I hope you're satisfied now.
Does that bee look familiar to you - it does to me.
It looks a lot like the bee that was on our boat the other day.
Maybee it is, or maybee not, it's hard to tell, beecause bees beecome
hard to distinguish beetween.
Well that might have to do us for tonight
it took longer than I thought with all that fancy framing
and beespectacled precision portraiture
for which Penny and I are quite
famous amongst the bee
community in
this area.
So we'll say
'Goodnight, until another day'
from your friends
Rodney & Penny
I thought there was an insect here
but there wasn't.
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