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Another day - another mood on 'my' common

Friday, November 18, 2011

Today is grey and it was drizzling earlier but in my new frame of mind Iím not letting the weather stop me. So Ė boots and a wax jacket and off I went. There was mist over the hills and no one around Ė probably because I was later than I intended and everyone else had crossed the common to the village shops, most of them with dogs, for newspapers, milk, bread baked fresh early this morning, or whatever else was needed to take back home and start the day. So, entirely on my own, I strode around the common which is maintained just enough to stop it running impossibly wild. There are dry stone walls in reasonable repair, tho not perfect, and trees that are bent and bowed and left alone as long as they are safe. There arenít any animals grazing at the moment but sheep, horses or goats appear periodically to keep the grass down. All this gives real character to the common and it feels as tho it has been in this state forever Ė and indeed it probably hasnít changed that much in decades thanks to wise council policy.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/27/2011 12:58PM

    Lovely photos

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SUSIEPH1 11/25/2011 6:12PM

    How absolutely beautiful!
Ohh how I wish to be with you ... I so miss olde england.
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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TSEWARD 11/24/2011 11:21AM

    I felt like I was right there with you...what a lovely description of a lovely walk. Thank you for sharing!

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MADDE3333 11/22/2011 6:55AM

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of life in your village. emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 11/20/2011 7:50AM

    My goodness, you live in a beautiful area.

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/19/2011 8:10PM

    Beautiful pictures of the commons. You must live in a very pretty place. Enjoy each morn!

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CATLADY52 11/18/2011 5:28PM

    The pics of the trees are fascinating. I can imagine a child getting totally lost in them expecting Robin Hood to appear at any minute.


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MOSTMOM1 11/18/2011 7:03AM

    Way to turn a grey morning into a fabulous morning! Thanks for sharing the pics!

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Will I/ Won't I?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

. . . go for a walk and so stick with my resolution to walk every day without fail. Woke up late (too much 'fun' in the pub last night! Guess Iíll pay for that on the scales!!) and thought I really wouldn't bother. However - when I drew back my curtains the sun on the trees on the common just beyond my garden beckoned me out. So off I went - through the gate that leads to the common that doesnít open any wider than will allow one person (and a dog!) through so that any animals grazing on the common are contained - and really enjoyed my time walking in sunshine. Seeing the sheep on the hillside and the trees with their autumn-coloured leaves glowing in the amazingly warm rays of the sun was reward enough. BUT - my other reward today was mushrooms that I picked for breakfast!!

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CATLADY52 11/17/2011 3:40PM

    Your pictures are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing them.
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AUDREYASM 11/17/2011 9:16AM

    Keep it up!! Beautiful pictures!

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NEW-CAZ 11/17/2011 7:21AM

    Sonia hun you should start a walk every streak on your goals and reward yourself every so often for sticking to it.........mind you the views of your countryside and some sun are probably reward enough. Don't it make you feel good to be out in the fresh air!
Love the pics, so is it stuffed mushrooms tonight, mushroom omlette for lunch with salad and crusty bread, mushroom soup???
Make room for one more at the table emoticon

Laters... emoticon

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BEVSMOSS 11/17/2011 7:02AM


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On the common near my little house in the country

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This morning I went out really early to walk on the common outside my front gate. I was going out for the day with my partner and wanted to get the walking done. Good thing I did it early because it started pouring with rain later in the morning and I would doubtless have let that deter me from my resolution to walk at least 30 minutes every day - preferably more. So - off I tramped under some really heavy cloud but the day is always brightened here in this tiny village because everybody stops to pass the time of day - even the joggers as they pant past. I love that friendliness - always puts a smile in my day when I'm here. I also love having my camera with me because it makes me look at things with different eyes - a completely fresh view of things that I am basically familiar with.

So - a rather misty view of the ruins of Corfe Castle through the trees on the edge of the common and another of the higgeldy piggeldy houses below it - most of them built long after the castle was ruined by Oliver Cromwell from the stones that were gathered when they had fallen from the ruins - even the rooves are made of thin slices of stone - like thick-ish slates made of stone. The history here is amazing and you can really feel it all around you as you walk.

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NEW-CAZ 11/16/2011 2:35PM

    Hi Sonia
good for you getting your walk in and I usually find joggers a friendly lot too, what a great way to start the day.
Love that you remembered your camera emoticon the castle shot is very moody, love it!

Hope your day went well hun emoticon

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ALIHIKES 11/16/2011 1:50PM

    Wow what beautiful photos, I felt I was in a dreamy landscape from a movie about the history of the era. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

I'be been so busy this weekend that I lost it - AGAIN! Focus, that is. This happens so easily - something in my head says 'OK there's an excuse now so I don't need to think about cardio.' I do know that's rubbish and I also know that if I don't move I won't burn the extra calories I need to. So I pulled myself together and walked by the sea in the twilight when I got home from the uni. I was rewarded however with the gift of a fairly spectacular sunset. I hope that's been enough inspiration to keep me on the strait and narrow because I'm resolved that this is my moment for getting a regular cardio habit and doing it for long enough to make it stick. Mustn't slip now.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/15/2011 4:56AM

    Beautiful scene. I got a lovely sunset view from the plane in Belfast both landing on Saturday and taking off yesterday. I love sunsets and sunrises. I don't see too many sunrises though!! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 11/14/2011 5:30PM

    Beautiful pictures. I love sunsets and sunrises.

Regarding cardio. Do you have light and rest days factored into your regimen. How many sessions per week is your goal?

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NEW-CAZ 11/13/2011 2:51PM

    Sonia those are pictures to treasure, what an awesome walk that must have been.
Glad you found your focus again after a hard week emoticon

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APPLEADAY2010 11/13/2011 2:00PM

    Your pics are lovely - looks like you was rewarded for putting in the effort to take the walk. I know exactly what you mean about being busy and losing focus - its easy done. I am going to try an look more at getting a balance this week xx

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And the walking continues . . .

Thursday, November 10, 2011

. . hoping it'll really become a daily habit and not an intermittent habit as it has been.
Today I went - again - to the sea at the bottom of my square - but very early when both life and Nature are very different. All the sailing boats (mostly for hire for sailing lessons) were still up on the beach altho later - wind permitting - they will be out on the sea flitting around like butterflies. It was so peaceful - few people around apart from joggers and dogwalkers - the latter with a ready smile and a 'Good morning' - the former too busy achieving their goals to un-focus and speak - 'Quite right too!' I thought.
So I watched the sea as I walked and looked at the sailing boats in the peace before the rest of the world woke up and the bustling began.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/15/2011 4:53AM

    Brilliant. I'm so jealous. I crave the sea.

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TRENTDREAMER 11/13/2011 6:55AM

    The early in the mornig feeling, ain't nothin' like it.

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NEW-CAZ 11/10/2011 6:03AM

    Hi Sonia
what a lovely way to set yourself up for the day; cardio done and dusted early and in such wonderful surroundings.
Keep that camera with you, its great coming on your walks with you.
And you will keep it up...........if I have to kick your butt daily emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

kidding! sounds like this time around you're actually ENJOYING IT!

Have an amazing day hun.

Laters emoticon

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DAV128 11/10/2011 6:01AM

    Walk yourself to fitness and enjoyment. When I started exercising and all I could do was walk, I really got into it. I enjoyed the me time (alone with my thought) or walking with a book on tape. Later when I started running (I have a running streak of almost 18 months without missing a day), I still go back out and have my evening walk (usually around 30-40 minutes) when I can enjoy the night air, a walk down nearby country rounds or a park, or an enjoyable time listening to a book. Beside the great exercise, I find I never even think about missing a walk, while missing or putting off a run creeps into my thoughts.


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