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More pictures from my village

Monday, December 12, 2011

I really love the little village where my cottage is and I am always delighted to find the time to spend here. This is my pre-Christmas visit and so different from last year which was extremely cold and very very wet. Today there is bright, warm sunshine – putting a smile not only on my face but on the faces of all those I pass. Not surprising as the Manor House and stone cottages (which used to be inhabited by the folk who worked at the Manor) look great with the sun on them – the little lanes are autumnal rather than wintry and the greatest surprise of all – a lone rose just come into bloom!
I have to reflect sadly on global warming as I admire all this but the bonus is the pleasure it gives me and the fact that it makes me get out and take long walks (2 irresistible hours today) for my cardio. It also makes me reflect on how very lucky I am and that I must get fitter and healthier so I can enjoy it for as long as possible

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JUDYAMK 1/7/2012 8:33PM

    Thank you for sharing

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TRENTDREAMER 12/12/2011 8:59PM

    wow. Your picture blogs make me reflect on how you need a roommate to share these walks with (I'll pack my bags and move to England) lol

Seriously, love the pictures. I thought that the post cards were so selective, but it seems like all of English country side is gorgeous.

Thanks for your comment on my recent blog :)

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SUSIEPH1 12/12/2011 5:10PM

    How Delightful!
Love the photos.. they are making me home sick !LOL!!
Keep Posting my friend ..
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great pictures. You are a lucky one!

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NEW-CAZ 12/12/2011 7:56AM

    Wonderful pics Sonia, looks like both of us are having a good day today AND seeing some of that yellow ball in the sky certainly helps lift the spirit out of the doldrums of winter.

Hope the rest of your day goes equally as well, Pete and I are over to Lilian's this arvo to see to the overflow (again)!

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MSLZZY 12/12/2011 7:49AM

    Great pictures!

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A wedding - finally!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

My 'non'-daughter-in-law was determined to be what she called a 'real life' daughter-in-law and wife by the time she was forty. They've been together for nearly 20 years and have two children and so much history behind them. So - last minute as usual - my son arranged the event to take place on her 40th birthday . . .
. . . with my help I have to add - so I've been very busy with it all. It was to be very low-key - nothing formal and very child friendly - all their friends were coming and bringing children too. In the event - frankly - it was chaotic but great fun. It made her very happy - I rarely see her relaxed and smiling but this was definitely her day for that.

At the ceremony their youngest son clamoured so hard to be in his mother's arms that they took their vows as she held him and the elder one - not to be left out - clambered onto a chair and stood with them. My daughter-in-law smiled at the Registrar and said; 'Sorry - it's just that we're a package'. The Registrar laughed out loud. I think everyone there was both amused and touched.

They did get some time to themselves for a few photos - nothing official - just relatives and friends with their cameras.

We then went onto a restaurant for a meal where there was even a child friendly cake.

Afterwards the 'other granny' and I took care of their sons for a day or two whilst they went off to a hotel for some time together.
A real family event in fact.

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CATLADY52 12/12/2011 1:42PM

    Thank you for sharing the time with you and your family. May they have many more times like this to share.

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TRENTDREAMER 12/8/2011 8:04AM

    Congrats to them!!!

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NEW-CAZ 12/7/2011 5:55PM

    I'm so glad it went so well Sonia, they look very relaxed.
Wonderful pics, thank you for sharing a family moment.
I wish them many more years of happiness and joy emoticon

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    Lovely. Congratulations to the happy couple. emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 12/6/2011 7:32PM

    Oh, that was so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing!

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LKWQUILTER 12/6/2011 1:29PM

    Congratulations to all.

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APPLEADAY2010 12/6/2011 12:30PM

    Aww sounds like a fanastic day. The pictures are lovely. That was so sweet when your daughter in law said about being a package with the children. Congratulations! xx emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/6/2011 11:09AM

    How wonderful!.
Such a happy Family!!
Thank you for sharing with us my friend!!
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GRAMMYEAC 12/6/2011 8:56AM

    Wonderful! And very touching!! Thank you for sharing

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BERGBA7 12/6/2011 6:22AM

    Great! I wish them 20 more years of great bliss!

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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 I’m not letting the weather stop me. So – boots and a wax jacket and off I went. There was mist over the hills and no one around – 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 aren’t 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 – and indeed it probably hasn’t 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 I’ll 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 doesn’t 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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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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