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Old 03-11-2016, 04:57 PM   #2241
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Cute, but which one is your co-pilot's "Bandit"? They both look like they're wearing goggles, sort of.
The one on the left,with the dark mask around his eyes
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:38 PM   #2242
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Wow, what great pics CG, Dawg, Captain, Rick, and SC!

Dawg and CG....can hardly believe how similar your backyard views are!

Captain, love the piggy pics. They look so happy and healthy.

Love the farm pics, Rick.

Sous....such cute puppy pics!

I so enjoy member photos.
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:14 PM   #2243
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We are dogsitting for our neighbor, and I asked my copilot to bring his dog "bandit" over for a visit. After they got through running and chasing, here is where they ended up
Bandit is on the left, and Lucy is on the right. They have been in love since they were puppies. All the neighbors think we should have a wedding.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:34 PM   #2244
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Went for a walk today. Tide was in, so no beach, but a lovely walk anyway.

This is Banff, a small town near me with some interesting history that I won't bore you with at present....



In town there is a cafe called "the broken fiddle" and on the wall is this sign..



Jamie Macpherson was the illigitimate son of a laird and a gypsy girl. When the laird died, Jamie and his mother joined the gypsies. Jamie became a good swordsman and a gifted fidddle player. He eventually became leader of the band of gypsies and embarked on a 'Robin Hood' lifestyle - robbing from the rich and helping the poor.

When the law caught up with him, he was sentensed to be hanged at the Merkat cross in Banff. On the gallows, he played his fiddle and then asked if someone would play it at his funeral. Nobody wanted to be guilty by association, so he broke the fiddle and threw it into the crowd, saying it should never be played again.

This sounds a bit like a Disney fairytale, but it is largely true. The official records are kept in the National Archives of Scotland, The fiddle is in the Macpherson museum and his sword is on display in the nearby Duff House. A few stories grew up round the trial, which most people believed was 'fixed'. These are a bit doubtful, but they make a good tale.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:56 PM   #2245
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I love history of the UK. Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2016, 02:56 PM   #2246
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Love the first photo Capt, and I liked the story. History is often far more interesting than fiction.
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:57 PM   #2247
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This is the Bahamian island where we lived for 2 years. The island is 80 miles long and 4 miles wide at its widest. The beaches are amazing.

A panorama of the beach from our deck:


A beach about 6 miles north of us where we went often for a sheltered swimmimg spot:


My wife on our beach. The sand extends for more than 3 miles like this, usually without another soul in sight.
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Old 03-14-2016, 01:30 AM   #2248
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Those are some picture-postcard worthy photos there, Capt and RP!
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Old 03-14-2016, 01:47 AM   #2249
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Those are some picture-postcard worthy photos there, Capt and RP!
From me too...just beautiful!!
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Hate to be the curmudgeon here, but the term "Gypsy" is considered a slur. The preferred term is "Roma".
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