Thursday, November 29, 2018


Since we cut down our two Fruitless Mulberry trees in the backyard due to disease, we obviously haven't seen the variety of birds that used to visit us in the past. But there are still surprises to be had. Bettina has captured a bunch of American Kestrals', the smallest of the Hawk family, but some days back we were visited by a full sized Hawk! I personally didn't see it but Bettina said it was size of a Crow - BIG! Unfortunately the Hawk was backlit so her photos aren't really that good but she at least got off some shots! Way to go Bettina! Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

I tried to color correct as best I could but the original shot was real dark due to the bird being backlit

Monday, November 26, 2018

Safari Ltd No. 10137 Grumpy Dragon (Opa Fritz?)

Hahahahaha ....and a happy Monday Morning to you!

I found this dragon at Michael's Craft Store last weekend and not only did it call to me, it downright yelled bloody murder to take it home LOL Grumpy measures 4" (10.16cm) H x 3 1/'2" (8.89cm) L x 2 1/2" (6.35cm) W Now I just have to find some grumpy Knights to pair with it! Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Found Dragon! #AB2016 Aqua (Water)

We're still kind of in that Middle Ages frame of mind. The Sunjade Viking saga is over so now it's time for a couple of dragons - part and parcel of Medieval lore. Up now is a nice offering from

You wouldn't know it to look at it but a whole lot of stuff has been cleared out of The Cave this past year. During my scavenger hunt through the piles of boxes I came across this dragon from, still in 'unopened' condition. 'Unopened' in that I hadn't seen it since I bought it from a local vendor years ago. It was actually opened but just to make sure the piece was intact. Afterwards it was boxed back up and hasn't seen the light of day since. Oh brother, now that is when collecting takes a dark turn. Buying cool things only for them to stay hidden away. This will go up on eBay before long. This dragon is part of an Earth series of which Terra (Earth), Ignis (Fire), and Gaia have already been featured here on the blog (w-a-y back in 2012) and measures 7" (17.78cm) W x 7" (17.78cm) H x 3" (7.62cm) D. These are all limited edition and mine is No. 0829 of 2000 . Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

More Goodyear Blimp

Friday, the Goodyear blimp re-appeared over the Las Vegas Valley. This time it was here on the north side of the Valley much closer to home and hovered for around 7 hours over basically the same spot!! Good grief that must be boring LOL That gave Bettina plenty of time to get off a few good pics (try 700 pics!!!). I'm only gonna post a few :-)  Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

By the time night started to fall, Bettina had a harder time getting good pics, but this one is still kinda okay

In this shot the blimp looks like a UFO - LOL

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sunjade Viking Set No. 31 - Mounted Swordsman w/Horned Helm - Black SP

Here's the last figure (FINALLY) in our extended look at the Vikings included in Sunjade sets 30 and 31. Of course they re-package their figures in header bags and buckets of soldiers and who know what else and they no doubt have more sculpts than what has been covered here but we've ended up with a pretty decent sampling over the past several weeks. Hope you enjoyed this series of photo essay! Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina