Christmas Loot

As an adult I get sensible things for Christmas; not like children.  My kids got gift vouchers, some cash, lots of clothes, towels and books.  Fun stuff!  I only got 2 tops and a scarf+…

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I received several things for my on going high tea service collection,a couple of DVDs, some books and money.  But mainly I received toys; boring everyday toys.  I know, if only I was a child and could receive underwear in my stocking.

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Only joking!  I got toys, wonderful magical toys.  Spock & the Horta; I have wanted that for so long.  The third doctor; be still my heart, but with Jo & the master; my joy knows no bounds!

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Gavin also received mainly money & toys.

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Together the family received so many chocolates, lollies & biscuits (candy & cookies); I’m predicting mass diabetes by February.

I also received the gift I had been desperately hoping for.

I may not have said because we were devastated but the Pleco that came with our new double tank.  The one that survived poisoning, a broken heater boiling all but she & one other (Tex who had also survived the poisoning) and a power failure that wiped out half the tank (insufficient air, don’t worry, we have a small generator now).  Gaby the fan tailed Pleco, has died.  She spent a couple of weeks hiding then came out & hovered in front of the tank so we all got to say goodbye & show her her favourites amongst the other pets.

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Gaby

Jason & Fiona gave us a gift voucher to the world’s best fish shop – Morley Aquariums.  And they sold us a ‘rescue fish’; they were very upfront that he had been in bad condition 2 months before they sold him at an incredibly reduced price.

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Sachentorte (Chocolate Pleco bought for Christmas)

Gaby must have been very old when she came to us because look at what Sacha achieved in less than a week.

Now I will be able to take beautiful pictures of my cichlids; if I can get rid of the mysterious reappearing fingerprints.

And my biggest gift.  Drum roll please!

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With lots of extras…

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By the way the photos of my new camera were taken with my old camera & vise versa…

I know how to take a picture with & without flash and I know how to download them.  Beyond that I know nothing about my new (secondhand) camera; and even less about the accessories.

I am not a photographer; Pixabay has rejected everything I’ve ever sent to them.  If anyone knows anything about my new camera &/or can tell what I’m doing wrong please let me know.

Although I do understand the problem of unstoppable photo bombers.

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and worst of all 3

Soon, with practice I will be able to take beautiful pictures, such as this one.

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Ah, the grace & elegance of the feline.

*Urgently needing help with photography tips* note; the tip stop trying you are useless has already been proferred by 3 of my children.

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