Friday, 15 December 2017


Hi Everybody!

This has been a busy week, so I'm ready for the
weekend - TGIF!

For Tag Tuesday, Joan's lovely theme of Christmas memories,
I made a tag  with various scraps of paper from DCWV. 
The 'lights' are red gemstones, and I used a red pearl-pen
for the red noses. As a kid I was always hoping to see a
real reindeer, especially one with a red nose,
but alas, it never happened!

Some early morning photos:

My balcony visitors - a flock of
hungry starlings:

Down by the Rhine:

Mr Heron, looking grumpy, as usual:

Bad hair day?

And a little robin I captured on my phone:

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. I love your Christmas tag. It's very cheerful with a touch of whimsy. :) Great photos, too. (If you weren't an art teacher, you should've been!)

    Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year.

    1. Good guess, I taught art for many, happy years!

  2. Your cheery tag is gorgeous with the traditional colours and the fun embellishments. Lovely photos,too, I always look forward to your sunrise scenes and birds. Have a nice afternoon, hugs, Sarah

  3. Magnificent Christmas card ~ just divine and wonderful photography of nature's gems,

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka A Creative Harbor

  4. Your tag is so festive. Love the jewel lights. When I was a kid one of the big department stores faced an outdoor courtyard. At Christmas, they had a penned area in the courtyard where you could see Santa's reindeer. None of them had red noses. i love your speckled Starlings. Looks like they are covered in polka-dots. I think Mr. Heron is grumpy because he's cold. The light of the sunrise pictures is just gorgeous. I love the little robin. He looks a bit different from the ones here. Our robins have a black back and ruddy chest. Too cold for them to Winter here so they fly South. They are the harbingers of Spring and will be back in late March or early April.

  5. What a beautiful and festive tag. :)

    I really love your early morning photos. I love bare trees against a colorful sky. Plus, I adore seeing birds. Lovely!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Love this tag Valerie :-) the deer with their red shiny noses are so cute! :-).

    Fabulous photos too, very beautiful :-)

    Lols x x x

  7. You must live in Britain! I adore those precious little European different from ours, which is a larger bird. LOVE your Christmas card! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. A very festive Christmas tag! And such pretty birds.

  9. Dein weihnachtliches Etikett mit den vielen Rotnasen Rudolphs sieht sehr schön aus.
    Ich mag Rentiere, sie sehen so knuddelig aus mit ihren großen Augen.
    Deine Fotos sind wieder traumhaft schön, diese Morgenstimmungen und dann die tollen getüpfelten Stare, soooo schön. Immer ein Vergnügen deine schönen Fotos zu schauen,danke dafür.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine xox

  10. Hi Valerie, Love your Christmasy tag. It's very festive and filled with cheer!! Also enjoyed seeing your lovely walking pics and the bird captures are incredible. Love the sweet little robin!! Thank you for taking the time to stop by my once a month post and your kind comment. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year. xo

  11. I always love your special photos, wonderful birdie!!!
    Sweet tag! Wishing you a merry christmas!

  12. Such a very cheerful Tag Valerie and, oh those early morning photos - always a delight to see! The birdie visitors would always give you a smile. Have a very happy Christmas :D) 🎄 xx

  13. A wonderful, festive tag Valerie!
    I love your bird photos too!
    Have a great weekend.
    Alison xox

  14. a wonderfully vibrant and festive tag! Love your outdoor photos too. Those starlings can be a bit of a nuisance at times...happy PPF!

  15. your tags are beautiful! I love Christmas and all that comes with it,, thanks for taking us on your walk today,, looks like a nice day,, its a blizzard here, all day.

  16. Hi Valerie wow love your tag and love your nature pics,well done my friend xx

  17. Oh how I love your Christmas reindeer and the starlings are so beautiful...

  18. A lovely festive tag, the reindeer look great.
    Fantastic photos as well, the birds look happy to visit your balcony.
    Yvonne xx

  19. Oh what fun! Very cheerful and festive! I love these starlings -- I don't think I've ever seen a close photo of one. I had no idea what they looked like. Very pretty!

  20. Your Christmas tag is fabulous. I love the "25" and the reindeer. Even the background screams Christmas. It is adorable.

    The feathers and markings on those starlings are wonderful. I've never seen one up close that had such beautiful feather markings. They were wonderful to see up close and personal.

  21. Loved all of your photographs, especially the robin and the Rhine pictures.
    I thought your tag was so festive - just perfect.

    All the best Jan

  22. Beautiful xmas tag, you have outdone yourself Valerie! Enjoyed your photos today.

  23. Brilliant post again and love your tag, so nice...beautiful...have a lovely weekend.x[aNNie]🎄⛄

  24. Playing catch-up and I have really enjoyed seeing your makes since I last visited and all the amazing photographs as well. Lots of snow, I hope it has all gone now.

    Loved that you got so many poinsettias they will be so bright and beautiful for ages I reckon

    Enjoy your weekend

    Love Chrissie xx

  25. Love the tag Valerie. I'm with you, I always wanted to see a reindeer too. I swear I heard them once though when I was a little one. Love the starlings on your deck, and is that a robin? Ours are very different here. What a cute little bird yours are. happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

  26. What a fabulous tag - I love the reindeer!!! The starlings come and clean all the berries from my front bushes! It's so fun to watch the birds, thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

  27. Your Christmas tag is so beautiful! I love it!
    Gorgeous photos! Love all the bird photos! You capture everything so beautifully! Big Hugs!

  28. what a gorgeous starling, he really looks like he is wearing a stary sky on him.

  29. Your tag is beautiful, I love the Christmas colours and designs you chose! I hope you had a lovely weekend! We've just got back after visiting family, we had a great time and with lots of travelling involved it's nice to be home 😉. Also your photos, as always, are wonderful! On one of our walks whilst we were staying with family, we saw a Heron and robin too 😁. Thanks for the smiles and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

  30. Such a beautiful and so festive card Valerie! I giggled about seeing the deer with the red nose- yours are a delight! heehee
    I just love your little robin photo- he is such a beauty!
    love & hugs,Jackie

  31. I love the pictures .. .sun, birds, water. . .beautiful. The card is great too. Blessings, Janet

  32. What a fabulous page and such wonderful photos! We don't often see starlings close up unless we visit supermarket near church that seem to have loads walking and fluttering around! Hugs, Chrisx


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