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Friday, September 11, 2009

SURVIVAL AND SURVIVING ............................


DARWIN WOULD DIE IF HE KNEW............. Clearly when the sea-turtles move inland like these, some 32 miles(50km) from the shore, serious mutations take place. Not only that, but the hind flippers seem to have become legs with boots that would make any football player ask for more money. Don't free Willie, we need some "FREE FLIPPIE".........



We drove to Jacksonville to spend time with friends and family and to share the magic moments of Pat Hinton's birthday, the "big one plus ten". Now Pat is big time executive who in his other pursuits maintains seversl hives of bees although in truth, it is his wife Judy, who is the "honey". After dinner they showed us a spider web in the dark, the kind that make you want to grab a broom and WACK it, not that we did. Judy took these incredible pictures of a golden silk spider, and if you have never double-clicked, then do it now, on these awesome spider pics.



The male and female spiders are visible on the right. When an insect flies into the web, the female promptly grabs it, wraps it up in spider's silk and dangles it down on a single strand, for future relaxed consumption. The male came in to get a quick munch and got chased away just as promptly. Clearly the female's large abdomen not only has eggs but "some serious muscle" as well. The exactitude of the web design and its mathematical precision speaks for itself.

Judy Hinton's brother Rick came to visit us on board "ARITA" at Vero Beach, Florida, with his friend Ken. Both had taken a nostalgic drive along Florida's coast to Ft. Pierce where they had spent their childhood. They were bosom buddies then, and remain so now. Ken is going through some serious chemo treatment and what was so very inspirational for us, was the love being shared one for the other. A love and care you can see and feel and goes way beyond words............ Here's to honouring you both..........



We fear the worst when we saw these dolphins leaping out of the bushes in the dunes. They were still close enough to leap back in the water.



Reality speaks to all of us to let us know that health and life is precious ( so eat your veggies).

We visited Laurie's mother who is well cared for in a Nursing Home
for Alzheimer patients. As much for the spider as it is for all of us, it is surviving and survival......................



And alongside "SVEA", our other yacht at Vero Beach, which needs a brand new owner, is a powerboat with another senior citizen on board, doing his thing in fixing his boat, his joy, and the thing that keeps him going.............

REMEMBER, THERE IS NO LUGGAGE ON THE LAST TRIP

4 comments:

sir tommy said...

once again you have made something out of nothing at all. the every day and made it special. thank you for enjoy able reading. wasn't sure about that word so i broke it up. sir tommy

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Judy and Pat said...

That was a beautiful post, Rob. You two are great role models for the "no luggage" remark. Love is all we've got, really. Ken is having a tough week, so I sent him the link to your blog for some fresh air virtuality. I hope that it helps him feel better. Your honey photo was perfect--had we told you that Pat sends his cappings wax (what he removes as he harvests) to the Sea Turtle Rescue folks at Jekyll Island? They use it for treating the injured turtles--it helps them heal.
Love to both of you, and thanks for being with us--see you soon!

sir t said...

Rob have we nothing any more. surely you are taking showers or just lounging around the enjoying a beverage. There must be something going on. drift wood drifting clouds floating by fish fishing, neighbors nosing about. come on find the story and tell it. Have you seen any of the birds with flu or flying or fancy poop on the canvas. every day thoughts go through your head grab one and well get creative. thats the stuf ol boy. Or maybe your busy painting sorry for bothering you carry on. sir tommy