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Steady As She Goes

She's practical, methodical, perseverant, persistent, grounded...and funny!
When she has a goal, she goes for it, expecting to win the prize...no matter how long it takes.
And today is her 55th birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lady of the Polder!

Steady As She Goes

She's practical, methodical, perseverant, persistent, grounded...and funny!
When she has a goal, she goes for it, expecting to win the prize...no matter how long it takes.
And today is her 55th birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lady of the Polder!

comments (47)

  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Aug 2009, 00:06
Didnt know they lived that long. Well shes got a fantastic portrait to show.smile
I see that its Astrid's birthday as well..smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Those turtles can live forever, SAVO! Look at all that wear-n-tear on her shell. smile Ans yes, it really is Astrid's birthday!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 24 Aug 2009, 00:24
awww, what a cute turtle!! i love this portrait lol look at those legs, positively prehistoric!!
Ginnie Hart: I was lucky that she was so slow, Elaine. grin Thanks.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 24 Aug 2009, 00:35
Wonderful capture that I'm sure is a a terrific tribute!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Beth. It's a great milestone for her. smile
Lovely detail all around smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Debola.
B'day greetings to Astrid in order, I see. How nice!

And, if the wonderous creature above is a girl, I know a boy tortoise named Henry who lives in Wales... smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! That would make a delightful meet-up, Linda! grin How fun.
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 24 Aug 2009, 02:19
A big Happy birthday to Astrid. She deserves a very special day. Almost makes me wish I'd gone with my first choice for today (the outside of the windmill).
But she will know I was thinking of you both.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Aussie, she will know, as do I. It's a significant milestone. Maybe now she'll be able to find senior housing quickly!
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 24 Aug 2009, 02:20
Nice turtle btw.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thanks, Aussie. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Aug 2009, 03:31
[big grin]

Big round turtles...big round knots...such unusual birthday symbolism...Astrid must be a special person!
Ginnie Hart: Let's just say she's a well-rounded person, Ray. smile Thanks. She'll like that.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Aug 2009, 05:30
Lieve schat, tongue thank you so much for this wonderful post, I feel honoured, so honoured.
Yep, 55 and still going strong....I still have that big grin on my face, what a way to start the day!
KSK, talk to you tonight.
Wonderful picture, I am glad the turtle just sat there quietly and waited for you to get the camera..... wink
Ginnie Hart: That turtle had no idea it would be put out there for the world to see. grin But she knew to put her best face forward and sat there very still for the longest time. I was in heaven. This is a big milestone for you, MLMA. Let's see what good comes from it! Tot straks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Aug 2009, 06:13
She looks just as I remember her Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: HA! She'll appreciate that, Chris. grin
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 24 Aug 2009, 06:16
Great shot and a great tribute Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir! smile It's a big milestone for her, Tony, because now she is eligible for cheaper, more affordable senior housing!
Ho Ho, this is wonderful Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Awwwww. Thanks, Bill. smile
I'm Astrid is a bit quicker thoughsmile
Ginnie Hart: She's faster than the wind, Nigel...but she has the steadfastness of the turtle!
These creatures are wonderful Ginnie and so is Astrid.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chad. Well said!
slowly , slowly , it's monday ;-)

beautiful shot , Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Slowly, slowly...and always with the goal in mind! They always get there eventually. Merci, Jean-Luc.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands
  • 24 Aug 2009, 08:38
Love the shot Musketeer,and a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady on her birhdaysmile
Ginnie Hart: This is a significant milestone for her, Musketeer. Maybe now the whole world will open up to her! smile Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Aug 2009, 08:42
Happy Birthday to Astrid - I'm sure she will appreciate the tribute. I had got it into my head that her birthday was tomorrow so my greetings will be a bit late! A fine picture.
Ginnie Hart: It will just make her birthday last longer, Ingrid. She'll like that! Thanks. smile
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 24 Aug 2009, 08:58
Wonderful Photo wonderful words
Ginnie Hart: Wonderful SCer, as you know, Vintage. Thanks!
Great photo
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Chantal.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Aug 2009, 12:18
A fine tribute, Ginnie. I've seen different photos of Astrid, though wink
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you have, Alan, I know. Will the real Astrid please stand up! smile Thanks.
on la croirait vraiment sur l'écran!
Ginnie Hart: Seeing is believing, O-P. smile Merci.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 24 Aug 2009, 14:15
it's her birthday? kewl.. i'm gonna swing by her site too.. grin btw, love this shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yup! It's a big milestone for her, because now she is now eligible for senior, more affordable housing, Rian. She's been waiting for an apartment for many months now! Thanks.
He must be hot at times, living under a helmet. wink
(I know it is a silly Dutch habit, but: congratulations for you too!)
Ginnie Hart: I love your "silly Dutch habits," Wim. Soon I will learn them all. smile Bedankt.
A great shot Ginnie, quite how you came up with this idea I just can't fathom but it seems to have gone down well with the lady in question.
Ginnie Hart: It's fun to honor someone who is so dearly loved, Brian. It makes it easy, doesn't it?!! Thanks for your own part, which I know means the world to her.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Aug 2009, 16:30
LOL No problems with blur on this image ;o) I suspect poor Astrid is quite a bit faster evne carrying a house on her back ;o)
Ginnie Hart: She is faster than the wind, Mike, even with a house on her back. smile This is an important milestone because she is now eligible for senior, more affordable housing. It's taken forever for her to find/get an apartment. Maybe now it will happen quickly?!
  • United States
  • 24 Aug 2009, 17:18
FANTASTIC !!!! Bravo smile)
These tones, this processing is just WOW !!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mariana. This is a happy day! smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 24 Aug 2009, 18:29
I wish Astrid all the best. And I'm the slow turtle here, Ginnie.
Thanks to Tracy for the reminder!

Happy Birthday with much love to Astrid!
Ginnie Hart: She is just loving this, Kay. In fact, we're Skyping right now as I write this. It's been so fun! smile Thank you!!!
What a delightful shot, I don't even remember the last time i came this close to a turtle =P
Ginnie Hart: HA! Me neither, Brian! smile Thanks.
Well done Ginnie...for all the support shown for Astrid..I'm sure she appreciates everything you have done.
Ginnie Hart: I had a good Skype with her tonight, Ron, and she was between a tear and a smile the entire time. She has been amazed by the outpouring of love and care. Thank you for yours!
Look @ that detail!! So cool. Love it.
Ginnie Hart: I was surprised at what I saw, too, Christopher. Don't we love what our cameras teach us!! Thanks.
love it
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Toni, for stopping by again.
Lots of details on this little one! smile
Ginnie Hart: More details than I realized, Heather...till I saw them for myself!
She's really got that look in her eyes! Happy Birthday!
Great capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pernilla, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 24 Aug 2009, 22:57
superbe et bon anniversaire !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Rem. Merci.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Aug 2009, 23:37
Interesting comparison. A few traits of the turtle that Astrid is not:

1. She is not slow
2. Her nails are more of a regular length

Ginnie Hart: 1. She CAN be slow, Louis, if she needs to be cautious...almost to a fault. smile
2. You are absolutely right about her nails--much more appealing than these. grin
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2009, 01:43
What a lovely capture. Thanks to tracy for the reminder about Astrid's b/day.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks to you, too, Maria, for your comment. She had a marvelous day of celebration!
  • Ben
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2009, 07:00
She's lovely. The turtul but the photo, of course.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ben, for stopping by and commenting!
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 25 Aug 2009, 07:46
Que buenas texturas las de esta simpatica tortuga, me encanta!!!!
Por cierto, felicidades.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Alex. You wouldn't believe it unless you saw it!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2009, 12:57
WOW! Absolutely amazing. You must have been lying on your belly to capture this guy at 'eye-level'. Gorgeous color and detail.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Marcie, I WAS lying on my belly! How did you know? grin Thanks!
The details on this animal are amazing. I've never seen any of these in real life, so thanks for this close-up!
Ginnie Hart: If you've never seen one in real like, Tosin, it's my great pleasure to show this to you! Thanks.
  • david
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2009, 17:09
a sweet looking lady, nicely captured!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, David! smile
  • Marie
  • France
  • 25 Aug 2009, 21:35
magnifique !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 25 Aug 2009, 23:10
Aww cute turtle! Happy Birthday!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Andy. I don't see them very often so I felt lucky when I found this on the sidewalk near the front steps of my house.
Happy birthday, Astrid, and great picture, Ginnie!

PS. I want an aardvark pic on my birthday! smile
Ginnie Hart: Now if I only knew where to find one...and when your birthday is, Larry!!! grin
Lovely portrait - all the details and a great tone - super shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Thomas. I don't get to see these very often so when I found him on the sidewalk a couple feet away from my front porch, I was in heaven.
Nice tribute for the most popular birthday on the Web smile
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Zeb. She was a happy camper! smile
  • Jane
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2009, 21:05
Wonderful shot! The look in her eyes and the detail of the toenails is just mesmerizing.
Ginnie Hart: She was definitely a beauty, Jane. Thank you!

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