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Any way you do it

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I have a habit of losing small things. You could call me the Goddess of Lost Small Things. In the past month, I've lost my breadmaker recipe book which has resulted in all kinds of weird and largely inedible concoctions from the bread machine, my aunt's diamond ring (ouch) and, a week or so ago, my nearly brand new Fitbit One.

Argh. It cost 70, that Fitbit, and I've only had it for three weeks. Yesterday evening I did some serious hunting for it: no joy. This morning, ditto. I was thinking of going for a walk but the lack of Fitbit put me off the idea. I do like to have acknowledgement that I've taken exercise, you know. I thought it had got into the washing (it's usually attached to my bra strap) but I located all five bras and none of them was harbouring a Fitbit. So. I was in a Mood because I thought I must have lost it out in the street or something. The only bright spot was I found the missing recipe book while looking for the Fitbit.

Then, late this afternoon, I logged on to my laptop and checked my emails and there's an email from my Fitbit, telling me (and I paraphrase) 'I'm hungry! And lonely!'

What. What??? The missing Fitbit is in a parallel universe and talking to me? No. How far away can a Fitbit be if it's still talking to a laptop. Hunt through the Fitbit site and believe it or not, they've clearly been asked this one before cos there is a section on finding lost Fitbits.

How well they know me.

The range of the Fitbit is about 15-20 feet. Now, that's something to work with. My flat isn't cluttered because I don't do clutter, but a Fitbit is small. I start taking the sitting room apart, with help from the cat who wants someone to play with. After half an hour, I conclude that the Fitbit is not in the sitting room and move to the hall where I find a pile of filing of suitable dimensions to hide a Fitbit. No Fitbit but the diamond ring is at the bottom of the filing tray.

I am not making this up. My powers of invention wouldn't run to this.

Keep looking and move on to the bathroom. Check the laundry bin for the 10th time, check the pockets of my bathrobe and ah. Ahaha. Fitbit. In pocket. Fitbitinpocket. Yess!

Now I've only got to find the charger cable.

In fact I can guess where it is, it's in the vacuum cleaner bag and I either empty that out and go through it with rubber gloves on or pay 16.99 or a new one. The jury's still out on this.

The only downside really is I wasn't wearing the Fitbit for all the exercise I took finding it but you can't have everything, I suppose.

PS: I emptied the vacuum cleaner bag and the charger's not in there. I can't leave it permanently in my computer as I have a cordless mouse dongle in it and the dongle for the Fitbit. A dongle too far, clearly.

  
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TRAILBLAZER6 3/26/2014 10:17PM

    Hope you've found the charger emoticon

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SUSIEMT 3/4/2014 7:13PM

    Unfortunately, been there done that! Once too often!

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MRSRIGS1 3/4/2014 4:51PM

    Well, I'm glad you found the things you were looking for! emoticon

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CMCBRIDE37 3/1/2014 9:03PM

    3 out of 4 things found...not bad.

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MICKEYH 2/28/2014 10:04PM

    I lost my fitbit one also. But only difference is that I haven't find mine. I looked every where... I must drop it at gym where I go. That case no way to retrace it. Mine was only about 6 month since I've got it. So disappointed. I paid $100- US dollar and I can even tell my DH about that I've lost it. Feeling so sad. emoticon

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LILABBYNORMAL 2/28/2014 9:44AM

    Hey! So glad to see a new blog post from you! I truly enjoy your posts! emoticon

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MARYHENNIG 2/27/2014 6:08PM

  Sounds like you need a multi-port hub! I got one for Christmas. It lets me connect another 10 USB's (dongles) to my laptop.

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KATZEYEZ 2/26/2014 3:38AM

    I hear you, sweetie! I am always losing things...I tend to put things in so-called safe places and forget where that safe place is!!!! I wouldn't mind, but I ytend to do that to my husband's things too... I loved your post, really made me smile! You have a great way of writing!

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CATHWREN 2/25/2014 11:23PM

    I've been wondering how you are doing. I always enjoy your blogs. Good luck on finding the charging cable.

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JOANNHUNT 2/25/2014 9:30PM

    AWESOME. TOO FUNNY. SOUNDS LIKE ME. I PUT THINGS WHERE I KNOW I WILL FIND IT BUT WHEN I GO LOOKING IT ISN'T THERE.

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MILLIE5522 2/25/2014 5:25PM

    I SO enjoyed reading your blog! emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 2/25/2014 3:46AM

    Cute! We can all relate!

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JANETRIS 2/24/2014 9:28PM

    Glad to hear from you again! Loved the blog! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/24/2014 9:26PM

  I loved reading this adventure. Ya, it is annoying and irrating when one can't locate their stuff. Yes, I do this with paperwork. Actually, it took me over an hour last week to find one of those things. So, now I'm developing( in process ) of totally revamping the system. I got sick and tired to searching for these things.

I heard lots of people have lost several of these sorts of things. I think is really great, if you claim, there was something on the computer to help you track it. I wonder ... for this reason only, the fitbit is more useful... ( cost more), if there are ways to find it or replace it. When I heard of many losing them... I did wonder if this problem is figured out yet. I hope others comment , using tips, to not loose these gadgets. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CICELY360 2/24/2014 8:53PM

  Cute blog

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NITTINNANA 2/24/2014 8:20PM

    You're back! I've missed you, especially since "meeting" your friend STONECOT through the BLC. And I especially love stories with happy endings!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 2/24/2014 8:12PM

    How about coming over to find a few things for me ? emoticon

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SJKENT1 2/24/2014 5:46PM

    I have so missed your blogs!!

So glad you found all those errant items. I hate losing stuff, but then I live in clutter and quite honestly can lose something right in front of me.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 2/24/2014 2:56PM

    Holy smokes, you made me tired!!! BUT, you found almost all that was lost! Way to go, and by the way, you are a great writer!!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/24/2014 2:38PM

  Welcome Back.............Glad to see that your Sense of Humor is still in tact!!! Your losses and searches are a daily thing for someone my age, but I think you are a bit young for that now. Glad you found everything..........
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JSEATTLE 2/24/2014 2:34PM

  Hope you find your Fitbit, it is an investment! I'm sure it will turn up the moment you stop looking for it. Often I find "lost" items in plain sight!

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NONNAOF2 2/24/2014 2:07PM

  Oh my gosh, you could of been talking about me! I'm always in some kind of dilemma in finding things! Thanks for your blog and remember, you're burning calories being forgetful!! :-)

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AGGIELIZ 2/24/2014 1:57PM

    Loved your blog, missed it! And now you have no excuse for not exercising - unless you're too busy blogging that is! emoticon

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JANUT57 2/24/2014 1:55PM

  Enjoyed reading! So glad you found your fitbit, min keeps me motivated! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 2/24/2014 12:34PM

    Great blog! I've missed reading them. Welcome back!

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NEWTINK 2/24/2014 10:23AM

    On the brighter side of things The universe spoke and you found everything but the charger cable Perhaps checking into an external usb drive to harbor all your dongles in . emoticon

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TEMPENATIVE 2/24/2014 9:12AM

    Oh joy of joys all that was list has been found! Sounds like something that would happen in my life. But you write it so much better! Just buy a new charger cable. Small price for all the difference. ;) btw I yesterday found about $10 cash in ones I knew I had had but couldn't find and figured I must gave just spent it? Pants pocket of pants hanging in the closet. Bonus! Congrats on getting in the exercise looking. Now you and Fitty get out and have a walk! Glad to see you back love. You made my day.

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DIANNEMT 2/24/2014 8:15AM

    Glad you found several things! My pedometer died so I am trying to decide what to buy--a fitbit, a Sparck activity tracker or another pedometer like I had.

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ROCKYCPA 2/24/2014 7:58AM

    Funny story but good to know that you found your fitbit. Good luck finding your charger!

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CHERYLHURT 2/24/2014 7:51AM

  Very funny blog, but I can SO relate!

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SHERYLP461 2/24/2014 7:12AM

    LOL, I get it, spent the day looking for the mailbox key. finally found it in a pocket in my purse. Put there so I would be able to fine it!!. Got a big key ring on it not

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BESSHAILE 2/24/2014 6:52AM

    YAY. Congratulations.

Good to hear from you again.

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PENOWOK 2/24/2014 6:31AM

    That was funny...I am sure it wasn't funny to you but your story telling was great! So glad you found so many important things! Now on to the cord! (I put mine in a baggie at my computer table).

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SHARON7464 2/24/2014 6:24AM

    Three out of four items found is a great start. Perhaps your moniker should be queen of finding small things lost emoticon

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    emoticon I love your writing style! So glad you found (almost) everything! emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 2/24/2014 5:24AM

    Glad you found you Fibit and the ring. Have missed your blogs, welcome back.




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    Enjoyed your blog! emoticon

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GOLFINMOMMA 2/24/2014 4:31AM

    Thanks for today's chuckle. Reminded me of some of the things I have misplaced or lost in the past. Our minds are precious things. Too bad I miss placed mine.

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LOVEROFJC 2/24/2014 4:22AM

  You have a very entertaining style of writing! Your lost & found experience was so well expressed!

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LIZALOT 2/24/2014 2:35AM

    glad you found the ring, and the recipe book and eventually the fitbit. are you sure the charger isn't in the bread machine? or the flour bin? you never know... it's all linked up somehow. :-)

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MARYJEANSL 2/24/2014 2:14AM

  For that much money, I'd have emptied out the vacuum cleaner bag too - such a shame you didn't find the charger after all that dust!

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MRS.DOYLE 2/24/2014 2:04AM

    ....and you also found your blogging mojo! Seriously the thing I would be most upset about was the ring and that turned up....so happy days are here again.
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Long, hot summer

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Saturday I decided to go for a little walk. I can't really call this one a hike, because it was a nice flat path all the way with only one tiny hill. I started just north of Harlow, in Essex, at Harlow Mill. I pick this because I can see from the map that the path is only about half a kilometre north of the station and it is by the river Stort so even I should be able to find it without difficulty.

And so it proves. Nip over the bridge and down on to the path by the river.

Apologies to anyone who was hoping I would get lost. I don't get lost any more. Usually.



For the next five and a half hours, I have variations on this view for company. If you're not green with envy by now, clearly rivers aren't your thing.

I love rivers.



This walk is going to prove largely uneventful. The scenery is quite dramatic enough for me, thank you. It's high summer and this is a flat watery area. We've had a drought that has just broken, so the path is dry but there is water in the river which is in any case a 'navigation' - it's got locks on so that narrowboats (barges) can use it. Either side of the river are plants, with water meadows, natures reserves, all the twiddly bits and pieces.





There are flowers everywhere, and the flowers are, I'm pleased to say, full of bees. I spend a considerable amount of time trying to get photos of the bees but they are so bizzy or buzzzzy it's a pretty tough gig. I'm sure you know that there's a bee crisis going on at the moment: we've losing a lot of bees, due to pesticides and given how much we rely on bees for pollinating our food plants, this is not good news.

Anyway, this honeybee was doing fine.



I'll be quite honest, I'm a total wuss over insects. They terrify me, but I do appreciate how important they are. Part of nature's rich tapestry etc. So even when a dragon divebombs me and has a good look, I only squeak a little bit. In a ladylike manner.



This is Great Hairy Willow Herb overlooking the river Stort. It was full of bees, but I do notice that when bees become aware of you they politely drift away. So you can just look at the flowers and see if you can see a bee.



I keep on and pass Harlow and after a bit I'm starting to feel hungry and think it would be nice if I could find something to drink that isn't warm water out of a bottle. Views like this are lovely but you can't eat them:







I cross over the river by a bridge and come to a part of the walk that is not shady. It's a hot day, 28C and as I don't like suncream I'm turning a delicate shade of lobster, in my face at least. (I keep covered up so as to avoid burning).



All the way along there have been flowers and this is a fine example of a purple loosestrife which has been imported into the States and become a pest. In the UK it's just another wild flower that grows by rivers and ponds.



This, however, was imported from India and is a bit of a problem. It's buddhleia, and is called butterfly bush because they love it.



Bees also adore it. Also imported from Asia is this stuff, Himalayan balsam



which bees are fond of too.


Personally, I'm fond of cold cider which I finally obtain at a riverside pub at 1.30, two hours after I started walking.



By this time I reckon I've earned the pint that I down in about ten minutes flat. I've also earned a nice pub lunch, maybe a ploughman's (cheese salad) or even a steak and kidney pie. Unfortunately although the pub does food it's the kind you wouldn't give to your dog - burgers, hot dogs, 'melts' etc - although intriguingly people ARE feeding it to their small children.

Well, if they turn into Godzillas, don't say you had nothing to do with it is all I can say.

I keep walking and hoping there'll be another pub.





Eventually I reach Royden Lock where there is a lockkeeper's cottage selling amongst other things synthtic pink strawberry ice cream that is, in the circumstances, absolutely delicious. I have a debate with myself about walking into the village to find a pub, but instead push on to the next pub, the Fish and Eels, which is a couple of miles further along. On the way, I manage to get a photo of a peacock butterfly.







Here I get my second pint. 4pm and no lunch, and I have really earned that boiled egg I had for breakfast. I might even have earned the ice cream. I've definitely earned the pint which you can't see because I didn't put it down, not even to take the photo.

I scrutinise the map and walk the short route, which goes up a little slope and joins a path by the side of a narrow canal. I'm very pleased at managing to find my way up here without deviation because I've only walked this way once before and that was from the other direction, in winter. The path comes out right next to Broxbourne station and just as I get there it starts to rain. Jolly serendipitous.

That evening we have the mother of all thunderstorms, with rain in stair rods, so let's say I got the timing right!

  
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TSISQUAUSDI 10/16/2013 8:29PM

    This is simply beautiful! I miss your blogs so much!!

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PIMPINELLAN50 9/13/2013 5:47PM

    Always enjoy your walking blogs and the pretty pictures! emoticon emoticon

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LYNCHD05 8/31/2013 3:05PM

    I have not been on o e of your walks in awhile and I missed them!

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JACKSGRAN 8/30/2013 4:39PM

    I. know part of this stretch of the river, thanks for taking me back. Beautiful pictures.

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MARYJEANSL 8/25/2013 4:04PM

  Beautiful butterfly, beautiful views - thank you for posting.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/23/2013 2:40PM

    Well, here I am enjoying your walk from nearly a month ago.. Hope all has been well in your corner of the world. Welcome back. I know it is a tad late, but better late than never. (I hope!!) Audra

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WHITEANGEL4 8/7/2013 3:55PM

    Enjoyed the lovely walk and scenery with you. and it is hot here also when we walk

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ABYGAILSMOM06 8/5/2013 1:29PM

    I love your pictures! Great job resisting temptation!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/5/2013 10:30AM

    Lovely photos

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FUNLOVEN 8/5/2013 8:18AM

    You take the loveliest walks! I love walking in the country or a wooded area; anything to do with Mother Nature. I live in the city and it is challenging to find a different path of pavement to keep me interested. Thanks for the pictures!

I must say that after a 51/5 hour walk on a hardboiled egg I would be ready to eat anything!

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INGMARIE 8/4/2013 9:19AM

    Nice photos , and a lovely walk for you, thanks for sharing.
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FALLNTENN 8/4/2013 8:47AM

    It was a lovely walk to share with us. Walking along rivers, beaches, lakes and ponds are wonderful. Thank you for taking pictures to show us the view. I'm constantly amazed how far you walk.

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BLACKWOLF88 8/3/2013 6:12PM

  I really liked your hike. My ancestors came from England. When you started telling about your walk, I wish I could experience that kind of walk(place and scenery). I look forward to more of you hikes. Is it anywhere near Sumerset? Take some life savors with you from now on! emoticon

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GRACILU 8/3/2013 3:08PM

    Awesome! Keep up the great work! Now I want to do a nature walk in my neck of the woods.

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JRRING 8/3/2013 2:21PM

  loved the pics!

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KAREN608 8/3/2013 12:44PM

    I think insects KNOW the people to fly around, I really do. They like the faces we make and the shrill shrieks of us trying to remain calm.

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LIS193 8/3/2013 11:37AM

    Ah... summer in England! Thanks for sharing your beautiful walk!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 8/2/2013 1:46PM

  Very pretty scenery! thank you for sharing

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MRSRIGS1 8/2/2013 11:14AM

    What a GREAT blog! Love, love, love your pictures! I hope you found a pub that served that salad you wanted. emoticon

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RENATA144 8/2/2013 10:18AM

  Walking in such a beautiful place is an inspiration unto its self. emoticon emoticon for walking for exercise ! It all counts toward your improved health. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1SALMON1 8/1/2013 11:09PM

    Let me get this straight... A SIX hour jaunt is a walk, not a hike - simply because there are no hills to speak of? My goodness. It is a lovely blog, as always - and the pictures!!! I too love rivers, and go red in the sun. Oh, and I could almost taste those pints - how thirsty you must have been. Any time you feel like writing, I will be in line to read!

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DELLMEL 8/1/2013 10:01AM

  What great pictures. That was such a great place. Enjoyed looking at the place. The river and flowers was great.

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JIBBIE49 8/1/2013 12:22AM

    Wonderful to see your blog in the Spark Mail.

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JOANNHUNT 7/31/2013 10:06PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT AWESOME BLOG. THE PICS ARE AWESOME AS USUAL.

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ROCKYCPA 7/31/2013 9:44PM

    Another great blog - thanks for sharing!

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MIMIDOT 7/31/2013 8:41PM

    Thank you for taking us on the lovely hike. Your pictures were beautiful! I also love rivers and streams. Especially when they talk to you. Enjoyed it!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/31/2013 1:56PM

    Sounds great!! But man, I can't believe you don't take snacks with you on some of these long hikes/walks! I'd die walking 5 hours on just an egg, ice cream, and some cider. You're brave! :)

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NICKYCRANE 7/31/2013 1:05PM

    lovely photos, lovely commentary. Thank you!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/31/2013 12:46PM

    I enjoyed the walk. The scenery was beautiful.

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MYJOYNOW45EST 7/31/2013 12:34PM

    Thanks for the walk; I feel like I was there! Could almost taste the pints... emoticon Blessings, JOY

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PATRICIAANN46 7/31/2013 11:19AM

  emoticon for taking us along on your beautiful walk. Your pictures are great!!! I, too, love rivers........there is always something to see and appreciate.

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PATTYSPENCER 7/31/2013 10:19AM

    Wow - that was a long walk - I enjoyed every step of it. Beautiful photos - you've encouraged me to take pictures as well when I do more than a "thought for the day" blog. Thanks for taking me along with you!!

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DIANNEMT 7/31/2013 10:03AM

    Lovely photos--again. Thank you.

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DJSHIP46 7/31/2013 9:48AM

    Welcome back emoticon I've missed your walks/hikes! Thanks for sharing!

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MKMMARTY 7/31/2013 9:36AM

    first time reading your blog - well done
I write often and am trying to write more personnel descriptive like you have
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JERICHO1991 7/31/2013 9:28AM

    Enjoyed reading your blog and viewing the pictures. Thanks.

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KWING517 7/31/2013 8:58AM

    What a beautiful walk!! Thank you for taking us with you!

I love the bees and butterfly, and the views are gorgeous! Hope you have a great week!!

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TINY67 7/31/2013 8:48AM

    Look's like a beautiful place to walk and think.

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HOOSIERNATIVE46 7/31/2013 8:47AM

    Thanks for the virtual workout. I am sure you gained more exercise than my fingers did, but what a beautiful jaunt. It is compelling me to get back to nature. Keep up the great walks!


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NILLAPEPSI 7/31/2013 8:46AM

    I've missed your blogs!!! emoticon so much for bringing us with you on your walk. Such beautiful photos, as always. Mmmm. That cider looks awesome!! emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 7/31/2013 8:07AM

    So nice to take a jaunt with you again! I sure enjoy your tongue in cheek...

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Too hot to handle

Friday, July 19, 2013

Not hot in the good sense, I don't mean. Not at my age. It's been about 30C (mid 80s F) in the UK for a week and we're suffering. Well honestly, we're not used to it. For the last three years we got no summer, just extra rain. This year, however my garden's like a blasted heath.



In the bit of Epping Forest that I walked in the blog called 'Mud, mud glorious mud', the muddiest walk of many very muddy walks I did in the winter, the walk where I stood and watched the water trickle across the path in front of me, they have had grass fires today. This is a pity because I walked the same walk north to south last weekend and did the thing in two and a half hours flat panting all the way because it was hot and I really pushed myself. So 2.5 hours, where it took me four hours the last time because of all the mud.


I've said it before I'm sure but there is nothing more glorious than an English meadow in high summer.



Soooo . . . what to do in this sort of weather? Pack extra water, firstly. Secondly wear few clothes but if you're me, you keep covered up owing to mozzies and sunburn, neither of which enhance my style.





Also, get up staggeringly early to start walking. I mean aim to start walking by 8am because by 12 it will be sweltering. I'm forgetting some of you live in places like Arizona where the weather does this for months on end, yes? Boy, I admire you. At work for the last week we've all been sitting around drooping at each other. I've even been drinking beer but not at work cos they'd look at me funny.

Well, it is an excuse to eat ice cream too. Which I have been doing. I have had a little SparkBreak and now I'm raring to go. Also I have to get my eating habits in order because I've regressed a bit - don't know by how much - and I'm too scared of my doctor to see her till I've lost it again and I'm supposed to see her every couple of months.

Onwards and downwards!

  
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LIS193 8/4/2013 12:25PM

    Great pics!

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KAREN608 8/3/2013 12:41PM

    That would be cool for Iowa summers. I must live in the wrong location.

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DR1939 7/28/2013 4:16PM

    We've had hot weather here, 88-94F/32C for the last month. Usually we have a week of 90+ and then it cools down. It's stayed around 70F/21C at night. The humidity has been high also. I don't walk in that kind of weather. It is dangerous for people with heart problems. It has been cool the last few days. Right now at 3:25pm/15:15 it is 70 and will drop to 52F/11C tonight. It's just been crazy weather.

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CATLADY52 7/27/2013 3:54PM

    Are you trying to do yourself in? Walking too fast with the temps so high? Here in Oklahoma when it gets too hot we don't go out unless we have to. But we've had rain for two days now.

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IAMWINNING 7/27/2013 3:41PM

    My sympathies. The summer of '78 was when my kids could finally wear shorts in England - and I was many months pg. Ugh!

Sorry Epping Forest had grass fires, and hope there will be no more. Thanks for sharing your adventures and pictures.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/27/2013 2:22PM

    Nice to have you back. Here in CT we had 105 with humidity figured in. 98 without. This went on for almost 2 weeks. I am not looking forward to getting my electric bill. The last three days have been on the cool side which has been a welcome relief.

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CBRINKLEY401 7/26/2013 10:20PM

    Welcome back from your spark break.

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FALLNTENN 7/21/2013 6:43PM

    Welcome back. With the heat and humidity here in Florida I have been going out for my walk at 6am. Hope you get some rain soon.

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INGMARIE 7/21/2013 9:56AM

    Glad to see you back from your spark break. emoticon
Sorry to hear you are too hot, Ice cream and beer helps ,makes you happy to LOL
Have has some myself ,living in Florida.
I do hope it gets better over there ,seems you all need some rain.
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CHANGINGHORSES 7/21/2013 8:09AM

    We are going through the same thing here in Pennsylvania also. Summer has it's pro's and con's like any other season and I seek to advantage of the pro's knowing that it won't last long.
Sounds like you are doing the same. Way to go!

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LINDAK25 7/20/2013 7:34PM

    No rain in England? Yikes! It really does look dry, dry, dry. Here, near Charlotte, NC, we're enjoying the cooler temperatures in the mid-80's with the humidity below 60%, instead of 80%. Lucky us though, everyone has central air conditioning. I couldn't live without it!

You'll have to start tracker again--if you do that. Check out the new calorie counter on the nutrition tracker. It's an interface with the fitness tracker. I discovered I wasn't eating enough when I exercised!

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STONECOT 7/20/2013 4:22PM

    Welcome back! emoticon I saw the grass fires reported on the news, I hope they're under control now.

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MARYJEANSL 7/20/2013 3:36PM

  Sorry for the bad weather you are suffering from. I can definitely relate. I do all walking after sundown.

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KELLIEBEAN 7/20/2013 10:49AM

    Great to see you again!

i was in Canada this past week on vacation. I had to keep reminding myself they difference their temps. On the news on the news they said " it will be a high of 32 but will feel like 40 so stay hydrated". In the Chicago area those temperatures mean an entirely different thing.

Great pictures as usual!

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FUNLOVEN 7/20/2013 9:05AM

    Glad to hear from you again emoticon

The heat here in Michigan has been staggering (in the 90s) for a week now. I'm thankful for my TM in the basement where it is cooler.

Love the pics!

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/20/2013 9:02AM

    I admire you for sticking to it with walking in this heat. Four hour walk down to 2.5! Last year our garden was blasted with heat all summer. This year is somewhat milder, except last week. We're getting a much needed shower here today. Hope yours is on the way.

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PATTYSPENCER 7/20/2013 8:31AM

    I live in the central ohio area and we've had a lot of rain as well as high temperatures (90F and higher). This coming week we're supposed to cool down a bit. Extreme weather is NOT fun - lol And your right - the English countryside is a very beautiful place.

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ALDEBARANIAN 7/20/2013 2:46AM

    Glad to see you again

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MRS.DOYLE 7/20/2013 2:34AM

    Welcome back, Sparkler. I was wondering where you'd gone.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/20/2013 12:33AM

    Which reminds me, I haven't been by your other blog in a few weeks.

Kansas gets warm too - not near as bad as Arizona but it has been plenty warm.

I find I do best walking early until 10 am, and then hole up inside out of the heat until it breaks, around 4 pm and then again through the evening. I'm not sure I would want to be walking alone at night in your parks, but around in our neighborhood, cell phone coverage and all that, not so bad.

What was that nonesence about "only mad dogs and Englishmen going out in the heat of the day? Middle of the day? Some such!!

Glad to read your blog here again, although I liked reading the one off this site...

Cheers!

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1SALMON1 7/20/2013 12:28AM

    Happy happy to see a blog from you! Such a treat to read - the image of you & your co-workers drooping at each other is delightful. I agree with you about skeeters and sunburn - they can ruin a day outside and a few subsequent days as well. We are having cloudy mornings in the 60s and sunny afternoons in the mid 80s here in my part of Oregon USA. We've been (I think?) a couple of weeks without rain. However the forecasters keep saying it will be warmer than it actually turns out to be so I feel like we are getting off easy. Thank you for sharing - you made me smile, as always.

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POPSY190 7/20/2013 12:19AM

    That's why we don't live in Australia - they have 40C+ in summer there. I don't know how they cope.

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EABL81 7/19/2013 11:53PM

    Nice to see you back. We're sweltering over this side of the Atlantic as well. Nothing to do but slog on. In about 6 months we'll all be complaining about the cold and the snow. Right about now, snow sounds rather nice.

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IDICEM 7/19/2013 11:05PM

  So glad to see you blogging here again! Not glad to see London suffering in a heat wave. If I could send you the excess rain we are strangely experiencing this year in Atlanta, I would. Thank you for sharing your hike with us!


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AKROXIE 7/19/2013 8:05PM

  SO glad you are blogging again! You always make us feel we are right there with you on your walks & life's experiences.

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MAMAOWLS 7/19/2013 6:56PM

    Glad to see you blogging again. We are just starting our monsoon season here after almost 3 weeks of 90+ temperatures.

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CARAMELSMOM 7/19/2013 6:51PM

    Glad to see you posting again. I always love your descriptions of your walks.

I had heard it was hot in Britain this summer but I didn't realize you haven't had rain. If I could send you some of ours I would. I don't think it rained yesterday and it hasn't rained yet today, but the first 17 days of July it rained every day but one here in the Upstate of South Carolina. The ground is so saturated that each new rain we get there is flooding somewhere in the area.



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SJKENT1 7/19/2013 5:38PM

    I am so glad you posted - have really missed your hikes and you! I always forget to check your other blog.

I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan near Lake Superior. It's been hotter than the dickens here. Most of us do not have air conditioning because we don't really have that many days that are hot-hot-=HOT! But the past few weeks have been in the 90's. Woo... to hot for this gal. We are supposed to get a break in the heat on Saturday to only mid 70's with down to 49 degrees at night. lovely sleep weather if the humidity calms down too.

Glad to have you back my Spark friend.

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LIVEDAILY 7/19/2013 5:20PM

    I think it's been an especially hot summer almost everywhere so far. It's been in the 90's (F) all week here in North NJ with heat index warnings posted daily. We won't get a reprieve until Sunday, when it's supposed to only get to 85F.

Exactly what are mozzies??

I've also been craving ice cream, but have created frozen yogurt pops instead, which do rather well in place of calorie rich ice cream!

I hope you get cooler weather and rain soon!!

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KIPPER15 7/19/2013 4:43PM

    Lovely to see a new blog. It has been hot here too, mid 90's (F) which is 10 degrees above normal. I enjoy summer, but understand completely about sunburn and mozzies. Hope you get a weather break soon. emoticon emoticon

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GARDENQE2 7/19/2013 4:10PM

    Dear friend,
I have missed your cheeky blogs and your pictures of GREEN landscapes.
Your bluebell background picture is one of my all-time favorites.
Even when dry, your area is much greener than mine, and when I look at it, it's almost as good as having a holiday!
Here's hoping you get some rain soon!
Happy hiking! emoticon

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JACKIE542 7/19/2013 4:01PM

    So nice to see a blog from you again, glad you are still out there. emoticon

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MSPATOOTY 7/19/2013 3:19PM

    Oh no! I knew that it had been hot in England, but didn't realize you were suffering from a lack of rain as well. The brown grass in your photos is sad to see. I wish I could send you some rain from Texas, but we haven't any to spare. Most of the state has been in a severe drought for a couple of years now.

I'm crossing all bodily appendages that we both see some rain soon! emoticon

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

My large cat, Charlie, is missing his recently deceased brother. Not in a howling, sort of way. Or even a prowling sort of way. He did not (as I'm told some cats do) spend days looking for Percy. In fact since they were always both very outdoors cats, they weren't often in the same place at the same time. That, and the fact that Charlie always found Percy irritating because he wanted to snuggle up.

Now, however, something in Charlie's cat brain is missing Percy. This is manifesting itself in clinginess and attention-seeking. It's my attention he wants of course. Where he used to say hello to Percy and they would mill around together and dash into the kitchen ahead of me to be fed, now Charlie's doing all this on his own and he clearly misses the interactions he used to have.

This of course makes it LOADS easier for me to get used to being without Percy. Not.

The icing on the cake is that when I got home yesterday, there was a message from the vet saying Percy's ashes were ready for me to collect.

I'm expecting rain this afternoon.

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/31/2013 10:02AM

    I thought I had replied to this earlier. Or wrote and then computer sneezed and threw out my response? Was sad to read this earlier and it's still not better months later. I remember when we had my husband's beloved cat T'Pring put to sleep when she wasn't healing from some ailment and we were dating and working. But she was an only car. We have never had the experience you are having, with you and Charlie both missing Percy. I can only imagine!!

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PATTYSPENCER 7/20/2013 8:36AM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your fur baby! I currently have 3 cats and a 15yr old dog but have had many other fur babies in my past. Their passing has always been difficult. My 15 yr old dog is a West Highland Terrier and she had a Scottish Terrier as a sister who passed a little over 2 years ago. It took her some time to get over the loss. Big hugs from across the pond!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/15/2013 8:49PM

    I am so very sorry for you and for Charlie too. Cats are very sensitive and they may affect indifference when they really feel a deep attachment. They are deep and profound creatures even whilst appearing to be simple.

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JUDYAASH 5/15/2013 6:17PM

    Yeah, animals are like that.

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FIRECOM 5/15/2013 10:07AM

    I am continually amazed at how animals react to matters such as this. We baby sat our sons two cats for a couple of months and after they went to their new home, our cat was obviously missing them.

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MORTONDH 5/14/2013 11:13PM

  We had a black part burmese wonderful cat named Cleo who was actually a male but we thought she was a female when we named her/him as a kitten. She grew up with our Siberian Husky Clyde. Clyde was black and white with steely blue light eyes and when a little girl in a stroller saw Clyde she once screamed-its the big bad wolf-he's going to eat me! Cleo and Clyde loved each other. They greeted us at the door each day. When we walked Clyde in the nearby park. Cleo came with and dive bombed Clyde from the nearby trees. When Clyde was hit by a car in a snow storm when he was just 3 years old Cleo spent weeks walking around the house meowing and calling for Clyde with the meow question mark at the end of his voice saying where are you? It was heart breaking. 6 months later we brought in a new Siberian Husky pup who was smaller than Cleo at the time. My husband walked in the door carrying the new pup and Cleo climbed my husbands leg and with big eyes looked at us as if to say--what the heck is that thing? Cleo spent the rest of his days bossing the new pup even when she was many many times larger than him. We are now without a pet having had to put our 13 year old Bijon down at Xmas time. My husband says he can't take any more pets because its heart breaking. I disagree and think that a life without them would have been empty and sad. Enjoy your memories of sweet Percy. You were lucky to have each other :) It takes time but you will feel better about loosing him in a number of months and start to recall all the funny things he did to make you laugh and fret.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/14/2013 8:25AM

    My dog follows me everywhere and really mopes around when I am gone.

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TACY123 5/14/2013 3:51AM

    Reminds me of my cat (Socks), who also passed away years ago, before he passed he had a young female cat hanging around the house, they too were inseparable, an on the day he was killed, she meowed excessible for 3 weeks an then she disappeared an I'm sure it was from a broken heart. It was so sad, she'd look at me as if to say: "Where Is He".?
I'm sry for yours an Charlie's loss. emoticon

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CORNERKICK 5/14/2013 1:11AM

  Sorry for your loss

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-SHOREIDO- 5/13/2013 10:49PM

    Just read your blog and as a former pet owner my heart is sad for you........

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MEGAMINION 5/13/2013 6:41PM

    i am sorry to hear about your loss. I recently euthanized my cat due to renal and liver failure and it was incredibly difficult. My remaining cats definitely knew he was missing. I hope the pain eases soon for you.

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ROBB1N 5/13/2013 6:35PM

    I'm so sorry for yours and Charlie's loss.

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ALIDOSHA 5/13/2013 5:27PM

    SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS!

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NEWTINK 5/13/2013 5:23PM

    I am sorry for your loss and hope you and charlie find peace soon emoticon

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TEMPENATIVE 5/13/2013 4:38PM

    oh im sad for you and charlie emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 5/13/2013 4:02PM

    I'm sorry for your loss and for Charlie's loss. An animal becomes part of the family.

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REFFIE1 5/13/2013 2:36PM

    My cat Cocoa was outside with his brother Beans. Poor Beans was attacked by a coyote and did not survive. This was over a year ago and it definitely affected Cocoa. He has found his inner Siamese and yowls for attention a lot. Before, his brother passed he was much more self-sufficient. They say cats aren't senscient but I disagree. I think they do mourn. My heart goes out to you. It is terrible when we lose a pet. I hope good memories can help you heal. emoticon

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LYNSEY723 5/13/2013 1:19PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

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BMCKEOW1 5/13/2013 1:19PM

    I am so sorry. It is always hard when a pet passes away. Last year we had to put down one of my dogs and it was terrible. Her sister looked and waited for almost a month. We were very worried but with time and reassurance we were able to help each heal from the loss. It's so cliche to say but time sometimes helps a little.

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KAYYAK1 5/13/2013 1:04PM

  So so sorry. It can be devastating I know.
Hugs to you.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 5/13/2013 6:58AM

    Sorry... :(



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LIVELYGIRL2 5/12/2013 11:26PM

  Sorry to hear you and the other cat lost his buddy. emoticon

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JUDYAMK 5/12/2013 11:02PM

    I am sorry about your loss. I know how it feels emoticon
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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 5/12/2013 10:54PM

    emoticon sorry for the loss from a cat lover

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PCASEY7 5/12/2013 10:41PM

    So sorry.

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ROCKYCPA 5/12/2013 8:18PM

    Hugs!!

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PATRICIAANN46 5/12/2013 6:16PM

  emoticon It would be raining inside and out for me. Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but I have a harder time losing a pet than I do some humans. They are so innocent and give such unconditional love. I REALLY feel for you. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 5/12/2013 3:44PM

    It is so sad when one pet passes.

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ALIHIKES 5/12/2013 3:19PM

    So sorry about your cat Percy. emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 5/12/2013 2:53PM

    I'm sorry about Percy. When I lost one of my mastiffs, we buried him in a corner of our yard. My Shih-Tzu, Tiger, kept laying out there for about a month. We didn't even show Tiger where, but he knew.

I hope you have a nice Mothers Day,

Karen

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UPPITYANN 5/12/2013 2:51PM

  Pet loss is very sad. But maybe the philosophy of Henri Le Chat Noir will help ease the burden of everyone in your home. You can find him at the following link. Or look him up online and try to get his very first and second messages.

He was a big hit in my city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

www.henrilechatno
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MIMIDOT 5/12/2013 1:19PM

    Sorry about Percy. People love their pets and miss them. They are party of he family.
My daughter had two cats, and when one died them other missed him too. Cats are that way, I guess.

Good luck to you.

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Facilities

Sunday, May 05, 2013

This is the blog of someone who's having an UnSparkly weekend. I'm eating rice salad (containing three times as many vegetables as rice) Always the sign of food sins to expiate when you catch me eating rice salad.

I have just been reading another Sparker's blog and she's talking about a hot tub. Well, I've seen one on telly so I know what they look like, but as to trying one out . . . Maybe I'll book one somewhere for my next big birthday.

It's very clear though that I'm luckier than a lot of people. Some Sparkers live in small towns where there's no gym and nowhere to walk. I've got a gym membership and I'm only ten minutes' walk from the gym. The membership also allows me into a swimming pool, 25 minutes' walk away. And, something I used to take for granted: in England there are public footpaths all over the shop. We've also got designated national trails for walking or cycling or riding. Makes you wonder why everyone isn't out there all the time.

Then you look out of the window and it's raining again!

I do think though that it's relatively easy for us in the UK to walk from A to B. Of course if you live in a city like London as I do, it's also very very easy to get the bus. Everywhere, all the time.

I'm promising myself not to get the bus anywhere that I can walk to in half an hour or less.

It all counts. And I'm feeling very very bad about this weekend.

Of course if I stopped eating cake that would count too.

This is the second blog I've blogged today. The other is here: confitdecanard.wordpress.com/

  
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MONTREAL12 8/12/2013 11:22AM

  It may only be your second blog; but I enjoyed it very much. Its sincere and that comes out throughout the text. Please do keep them coming and although a hot tub may be a wonderful dream; depending on where you reside in the U.K. there may well be better alternatives to fulfil your dream. Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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    I have missed taking a walk with you. emoticon for bringing us along. Such beautiful photos. emoticon emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 5/15/2013 3:10PM

  Sometimes walking is quicker than taking the bus!

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THEIS58 5/14/2013 8:46PM

    Way to go

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LIBBYL1 5/12/2013 11:34PM

  oh cake! my rule is only to ever make it or buy it when have lots of visitors - so there are no left overs and I can have my cake and eat it. Problem with making..... the delicious bowl to lick...

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SHANNONY84 5/12/2013 1:14AM

    Great blog and good luck on your goals!

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LOOKSLIKELILY 5/8/2013 6:07AM

    The last time I came to London in September last year (I try to visit at least once a year - I bloody love our capital) me and my boyfriend vowed to not use the tube. Our hotel was at County Hall and we walked everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. It was good to see where everything is in relation to every thing else - every other time I visited it was like travelling through wormholes in darkness and randomly popping up in disconnected places. It was my best trip there yet and I doubt I will ever go back to tube hopping.

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GEORGE815 5/7/2013 6:23PM

    Thanks for the blog!

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MARYJEANSL 5/7/2013 12:45AM

  I am not a good cook myself, but one can always be lazy (my middle name) and purchase a pre-made crust. I'm glad your quiche tasted wonderful anyway. Hope the rest of your week is great.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/7/2013 12:08AM

    No worries on the eating! Rice salad sounds pretty good to me. :) We all have those recovery meals that get us back on track after letting loose a bit, and I like the sound of yours!

It IS sad how many people don't have easy access to either a gym or a safe outdoor exercise environment. I'm too cheap to join a gym, but I'm lucky enough to live in an area with plenty of relatively quiet roads for jogging/walking/biking along. I am very grateful for that!

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    emoticon You're the STAR emoticon in the Spark Mail. Wonderful to see your blog featured. What an honor. emoticon

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JAMER123 5/6/2013 10:31PM

    We have a lot of walking paths here as well, with one right in our yard! But we aren't close enough to shopping to walk it. So glad you are continuing on your walking blogs so keep it going!!
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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/6/2013 10:16PM

    emoticon great goals

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EABL81 5/6/2013 9:56PM

    Here's to eating cake!!! (just in smaller quantities and less frequently... you knew there'd be a catch, right?)

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CHERIJ16 5/6/2013 9:17PM

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JUNEAU2010 5/6/2013 9:04PM

    I can't afford a gym and the one nearest me does not have a pool anyway. There is a pool in the park where I live, but it's open only in the summer and is full of wild children.

Still, I should get off my lazy butt and do something!

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/6/2013 7:48PM

    I am thankful there are gyms in m y area also.
I love to work out.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/6/2013 6:38PM

    Loved it!

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MIMIDOT 5/6/2013 6:37PM

    I envy all the walks you take. I have to walk around the neighborhood. Tho' we do have a short path on the outskirts of the development . Good luck!

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SLIMLEAF 5/6/2013 6:31PM

    Well done on the rice salad with loads of veggies!

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SUSIEMT 5/6/2013 5:09PM

    I must come visit you in London one day. LOL A girl can dream!

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MOMMY445 5/6/2013 5:05PM

    You can do this! Have a fantastic day!

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SHOAPIE 5/6/2013 3:09PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. It's just a small bump on your journey.

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LIVELYGIRL2 5/6/2013 2:45PM

  Well.. the weather can get tiresome, but it will hopefully do well soon.

That meal should decent to me, with all the veggies. I like brown rice but my spouse isn't wild on it....

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KARENLEIGH32 5/6/2013 2:13PM

    I know what you mean by the weather, I had a week or more of the best! Nice temps. and sunny, great for outdoor activity. Now I have cold temps. and it is supposed to rain for a week, ugh!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 5/6/2013 12:49PM

    We have had almost 2 weeks of gorgeous weather with only a couple cloudy days. It will rain a couple days this week. Of course during the good weather, I was on bed rest. emoticon emoticon

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CJYOUCANDOIT 5/6/2013 12:26PM

    Love your floral background. Don't be too hard on yourself. We all mess up from time to time. You are doing what is important. Get back to your plan. I hope your rice salad is not a punishment for you. Thank you for sharing. We all have something to learn here.
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PATTISTAMPS 5/6/2013 11:35AM

    Don't kick yourself, and try looking at the week's calories and see if you were as bad as you think. Doesn't mean you should do it again, only just forgive yourself and get back to your healthy eating. Everyone eats cake SOMETIMES!!!

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GOOSIEMOON 5/6/2013 10:10AM

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/6/2013 10:05AM

    You can do it! I hope you have sunny days soon!

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OFGREENGABLES 5/6/2013 10:04AM

    I have been having a tough time lately as well. I appreciate your honesty and desire to get back on track. It will happen!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 5/6/2013 10:00AM

    Everyone needs to splurge once in a while. As long as you get back on track today don't beat yourself up over it. I love to walk in the rain. Don't let that stop you. Put on your rain coat and grab an umbrella if you are so inclined and hit the trails. The follage smells great in the rain and everything is so clean, You make me want to do that right now, but alas, no rain in the desert.

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NEPTUNE1939 5/6/2013 9:54AM

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DJSHIP46 5/6/2013 9:46AM

    I liked both your blogs. Got a chuckle out of the cooking disaster (sorry to laugh and your problem) I like crustless quiche, which I started making when my son became gluten intolerant. It has less calories and if you prepare your pie plate correctly it doesn't even stick... can't imagine decorating with catsup, but each to her own! I am frequently jealous of all your lovely trails, although we have quite a few here too. I have to drive to get to them. There are gyms but I haven't joined one, just use my DVDs at home. I thank you for the chuckle and wish you a very light and lovely week!!!

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GOANNA2 5/6/2013 9:15AM

    Sending you some Aussie sunshine. I love the
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SJKENT1 5/6/2013 9:10AM

    One step in front of the other... one step at a time.

It will turn around, you like being healthy more than not... just a sidetrack.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/6/2013 9:07AM

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ROCKYCPA 5/6/2013 8:49AM

    Good idea not to take the bus when you can walk! You can do it!

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