Strange birdfellows? Your writer consulted with a fellow scribe at The Paragraph Factory if “strange birdfellows” seem appropriate for this image of a mockingbird and a killdeer. The fellow scribe was OK with it. Here’s looking at you, bird. The hawk was doing quite a balancing act, but the critter was kind enough to stay put for a photo...or two..or three...Speaking of flowers...and spring time...daffodil flowers are a for-sure sign that it’s about time to get the lawn mower ready to go. These daffodils were spotted early last Friday afternoon along Aldridge Road in suburban Cobden.

Little bit of this...little bit of that...

Please read this...

Once again this week, we’re going to go with a little  bit of this...and a little bit of that...

Is it just me, or does the wind pretty much just keep on blowing...day...after day...after day...?

It’s been nice seeing crocuses and daffodils...

Meanwhile...

Yours truly went for a walk (big surprise) last Sunday afternoon. Turned out the wind was blowing at something like 31 miles per hour at the time. The wind was blowing out of the south, so it just seemed kind of odd for things to be so nippy...

With that being said, a cold wind out of the south made my little brain take a trip back in time, when your writer was standing near the ocean in the southern part of Australia, where a cold wind does indeed come from the south...as in the South Pole...

In the for whatever it might be worth category, yours truly did some really quick “research” online and found that the distance from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to the South Pole is 3,605.12 miles. Or 5,801.89 kilometers, which, I think, is how the distance would be measured in Australia.

For the sake of comparison, maybe, the distance from St. Louis to the North Pole is something like 3,541 miles. That would be something like 5,698.89 kilometers. If we used such things in the Midwest. Which we do not. As sometimes happens, I have digressed...

Thanks to a fellow traveler on The Journey Through Life, yours truly and his sweetheart may have found something new to watch while we try to stay awake on a Saturday night.

We began our big Date Night by watching the latest episode of “All Creatures Great and Small” online. We really enjoy “All Creatures” and would recommend it.

Next up was something new. We decided to check out “The  Dr. Blake Mysteries,” which had been recommended by the aforementioned fellow traveler. “All Creatures” was on the PBS website. “Dr. Blake” was on YouTube.

As The Other Half likes to say, we may have found a keeper in “Dr. Blake.” The show is set in Ballarat, Australia...

...and, speaking of Australia...

...one score and 15 years ago, yours truly had one of those opportunities of a lifetime that comes along, well, once in a lifetime. That particular opportunity allowed me to spend six weeks in the Land Down Under. (Didn’t get to visit Cobden, Australia; however, another journey took me to Cobden, Canada.)

I travelled to Australia with a group. We spent most of our time in Melbourne. In the final days of our adventure, we travelled from Melbourne to Adelaide. While on that journey, I had a chance to get really up close and personal with kangaroos...and I think we drove through Ballarat, too. So, there was at least a bit of connection with Dr. Blake.

 I do not anticipate heading back to Australia any time soon. For now, we’ll be fine spending some time with Dr. Blake on a Saturday night...

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