Do not judge and you will not be judged.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and it will be given to you.
Luke 6: 37-38

12 January 2014

October Baby: Official Movie Trailer

Best appetizers pour l'apéritif

In my opinion, as Imo would say, here are the 5 best appetizers,  but then I am not keen on salt or chilies so you may disagree! So, light chips, vol au vent, prawns on skewers (best if you prepare them yourself!),
If you wish to have the recipe for the cheese twists, let me know. I will ask my friend Julie. Hers taste yummy.
Don't these look fantastic, click here for the recipe! Do you favour one special appetizer? Let us know and even better, give us the recipe.  Have a great party!

11 January 2014

Doxey marsh, the place to be!

This morning, Steven and I went to Doxey marsh for a tour with another 40 birders (as they are called). We had a fantastic time. What did you do today, do drop me a line. Blessings.Here are a few pictures!

Beautiful nature, birds

Kingfisher numbers are so low it has been officially given an amber status
Last year the Express claimed that the robin with its red breast and joyous winter song was knocked off its perch as the nation’s best-loved bird by the king-fisher. 
I am so envious when I hear my friends and my hubby saying they have actually seen it, all I remember is seeing a glimpse of blue rocketing when we were birdwatching in la Camargue by a canal. Since nothing!
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My other favourite bird is the heron. I have seen it about 10 times in the last 6 years since Steven and I started birdwatching!

I love the colours of this mandarin ducks,!

Beautiful nature, Antartic

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Chinstrap penguins at Baily Head on Antarctica's Deception Island.
 Chinstrap penguins, Deception Island in the Antarctic.

Let's praise the Lord for his creation.

Psalm 148

Praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above.

Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.

Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.

He set them in place forever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away.

Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and maidens, old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart

Praise the LORD! Have a blessed week-end!

Beautiful nature, Florida

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Loggerhead turtles nest and live in the marine and estuary habitats of Florida Bay. These turtles are magnificently colored. They feed on horseshoe crabs, conchs, and other hard-shelled animals, which they crush in their powerful jaws.

The American Crocodile

The American Crocodile is a slimmer saltwater-residing cousin of the alligator. These creatures can be around 15 feet long and have long, tapered snouts. Their diet mainly consists of fish. Today, crocodile habitats are in peril due to several factors.

Wood Stork

The wood stork is a large wading bird with a thick down-curved bill and a bald head. It breeds during the dry season in the Everglades and along Florida Bay when fish are widely accessible. It is the only stork to breed in the United States.

9 January 2014

Why do TV shows make fun of dads?

Even Peppa Pig and the Flintstones were named as programmes that damage children's perceptions of fatherhood. 
A ground-breaking survey by parenting website Netmums found 93% of parents agree the portrayal of Dads in the media doesn't reflect what they contribute to families in real life. 
Nearly half - 46 % - said books, adverts and TV shows like The Simpsons - famed for couch potato Dad Homer Simpson - could make children believe that Dads are "useless".
Some 28 % claimed the programmes were a "very subtle form of discrimination" and there would be an outcry if jokes aimed at Dads were aimed at women, ethnic minorities or religious groups.
Just last summer, Homer Simpson topped a Father's Day poll to find the UK's favourite film Dad. He was also named the Best Role Model, Most Embarrasing, and Funniest Dad.

But Netnums founder Siobhan Freegard said: "Good dads have never been more needed by their families. So it seems perverse we are telling men to step up and be involved, while running them down in the media.
"Some people claim 'it's just a joke' - but there's nothing amusing about taking away good role models for young boys."

She added: "Academic studies show children with involved fathers do far better at school, have a much lower chance of getting involved in crime and have better mental health, so we should be celebrating and encouraging what dads do well."Critically there was little difference in the responses given by women to the NetNums survey than those sent in by men. The survey reveals that a quarter of those polled believe rocketing divorce rates are the main issue undermining fatherhood. Click here to read it on line

One in nine men say the number of women choosing to have kids alone through IVF or sperm donation was a pressing concern. Others fear the influence of step parents. Some 88 per cent of Dads insist they are trying to do be a better father than their own one.
After having seen a programme on Revelation TV, an interview with David G. Evans, about dads becoming men after God's own heart, I read his book, Dare to be a man, the truth every man must know and every woman needs to know about him. 
It's a very inspiring reading that I recommend to any age for men and women. 



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