Fluffy robin

After a lesson from my friend @busylady I have found out how to use Picasa and have added a vignette to this shot. It is thanks to her that I can now do it so I am really grateful. We had a lovely afternoon together last Friday so thanks Judith.

I went to take Gordon for his MOT (that's my golf!) and so I couldn't go along Wood Lane where the garage is situated without my camera now could I?!!! A short walk up the lane resulted in me seeing this little robin all fluffed up against the harsh cold wind that's blowing. He kindly posed for a couple of seconds before flying away.

Fortunately, Gordon has passed his MOT so that's great for another year. This time though he didn't go to the main dealership where he would also have received a complete wash and brush up! Never mind - he is very dirty but he will have to bear with me.

The washing machine is lovely and I am now catching up with 10 days worth and it's a good blowy day so hopefully it will dry on the line. It is easy to use and quite self explanatory really which I like. When the men took my old one away, I told them that I'd had it for 22 years and they said that I would probably have this one for 20 so that pleased me. I've bought a Miele which wasn't cheap but I always believe that you get what you pay for.

I've also had some good news from our local DI to say that the burglars who broke in and stole a car from the village on 5 November have been to court and been sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in prison. I didn't expect the case to come up so quickly but it is all due to the evidence on the CCTV cameras we have installed and I'm glad I contributed my bit towards it. A house in the village had an attempted break in the other night in order to steal a staffie dog and her 8 puppies! The thieves are marking people's gates with chalk where they have dogs and then back during the night and try to steal them. They are particularly interested in breeding dogs and a poor little cockapoo which was stolen in Biggleswade had it's paw cut off to remove the microchip and then was left to die because they realised the dog had been spayed. How cruel that is!!!! Poor little dog was found badly decomposed as it was about 6 weeks ago that it was stolen. There really are some evil people about.
Nice shot Rosie, and the green background complements it perfectly. Also like the soft vignette.
posted December 10th, 2014  
Beautiful shot with such tempting dof and colors. The cockapoo story breaks my heart.
posted December 10th, 2014  
A SUPER capture Rosie , I do find the vignette or frosting the edges does sometimes enhance the image by making it more prominent Love the Robin A fav !
posted December 10th, 2014  
really pretty
posted December 10th, 2014  
Love this capture and processing. Great detail and colors.
posted December 10th, 2014  
Beautiful capture!! Fav!
posted December 10th, 2014  
I think the vignette works really well here Rosie and the colours are beautiful. So sad about the poor little dog, there certainly are some evil people in this world!
posted December 10th, 2014  
As ever , your Robin shots are superb.
posted December 10th, 2014  
Beautiful shot with beautiful colors. Fav!
posted December 10th, 2014  
Gorgeous.
posted December 10th, 2014  
Nice shot.
posted December 10th, 2014  
Amazing capture and instant Fav.
posted December 10th, 2014  
What a tail of woe regarding the dogs, all through our village we had our garden ornaments stolen and although we knew who it was they never proved anything. Hence I also have CCTV all round, the person did have his comeuppance however and went down for 18 months for putting a broken glass into someone face in London. Lovely capture and my favourite birdie gets a FAV.
posted December 10th, 2014  
Beautifully captured and processed. Fav!! 😃
posted December 10th, 2014  
It seems to be getting worse - the dognappers. It is awful. Super photo. It is great fun learning new editing techniques. I am having to wait to purchase photoshop as my husband bought me the book and then ours died. I have been using the picmonkey.
posted December 10th, 2014  
Wonderful capture! Love the edit
posted December 10th, 2014  
beautiful .... fav
posted December 10th, 2014  
Gorgeous little bird, neat processing Rosie. Fav :)
posted December 10th, 2014  
Beautiful robin - I thought about you as I was unsuccessfully stalking robins by the river yesterday - don't know how you persuade all these birds to keep still! Very upsetting about the dogs - evil is the word.
posted December 10th, 2014  
Beautiful capture :) Fav
posted December 10th, 2014  
Fav for this lovely robin..............I bought a new washing machine today, dithered around, looked at every brand and finally went with a Samsung, after my Dyson died after 14 years........delivery Saturday and like you, have loads to catch up on!!
posted December 10th, 2014  
Beautiful capture! Fav
posted December 10th, 2014  
Very beautiful love the light green background, not sure how that was
done but like it.
posted December 11th, 2014  
Well done Rosie..lovely capture and processing. I love using PICASA...wish it could do a few other things but mostly like what it does.
posted December 11th, 2014  
Stunning robin pic - just perfect.

It's horrible that some people steal pets :(
posted December 11th, 2014  
Pam
Great shot! I like the green with the white vignette! Pretty!
posted December 11th, 2014  
Another fav.. Fab shot!
posted December 11th, 2014  
Lovely shot on this green background which highlights the red breast
posted December 11th, 2014  
@tosee That was done with the aperture setting as there is greenery behind the bush. It gave a good DOF
posted December 11th, 2014  
@ladymagpie I'm glad they got their just deserts!
posted December 11th, 2014  
Fabulous Robin shot, nice processing.
posted December 11th, 2014  
@judithg Judith you have to talk softly to them!!! I talk to the animals and should have been called Dr Doolittle!
posted December 11th, 2014  
@pixiemac Thanks and I hope our new ones last as long as our old ones! The chaps who delivered it said that it will probably last 20 years and it did say that on the internet which is why I chose it! Expensive but if it lasts so well it will be worth it! I'm pleased that it's easy to use too
posted December 11th, 2014  
@markp Thanks Mark
posted December 11th, 2014  
Great shot, I love how you've processed it. Fav
posted December 12th, 2014  
Stunning! FAV
posted December 12th, 2014  
That's a wonderful shot. Love the processing - Christmas Card material. congrats on PP.
posted December 12th, 2014  
Stunning. Fav.
posted December 16th, 2014  
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