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London - Christmas windows

Monday, December 19, 2011

I used to live on the edge of London and visited it very regularly. Now I am further away and go less often – traffic and parking difficulties generally – boring stuff,but discourages me from making the effort. However, I like to get there for the general buzz of Christmas and all that goes with it – generally good food and wine (yeah yeah – know only too well that I shouldn’t!) but also the decorations and the beautiful shop windows and the great energy of all the residents and visitors at this time.

I am always looking for motivation to walk, so with great pleasure I avoided all transport possibilities and walked and walked – around all the places that I have known for so long - past the Christmas shop windows which are often filled not with goods and products for sale but with phantasy items to entice the buyers into the stores. I was there not just to make purchases but to look at all the lovely things before I made my choices. They’re like Aladdin’s Caves and deserve admiration – which in my case, they get in spades .







  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/19/2011 11:06PM

    emoticon windows!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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CATLADY52 12/19/2011 9:36PM

    Too many good selections to choose from. I love the swans! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/19/2011 7:14AM

    Sounds like you had a great time Sonia, spoilt for choice in the shops too, certainly puts you in the mood huh?!
I love the inventivness of the window dressers this time of year!

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MILLERGIRL719 12/19/2011 5:31AM

    I'm from the US but went to London is 2000. Loved it. I'm not a big city girl but it was fun for a couple days. We then went to Wales. Glad you had a lovely day. I love the special touches stores add at the holiday season.

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FLORI78 12/19/2011 5:26AM

    I loved doing the Christmas windows in UK when we lived there! It was always an annual event right from a little girl. Those swans are amazing.
Thanks for bringing back those lovely memories.

Hope you had a pedometer on!

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SUSIEPH1 12/19/2011 4:37AM

    How Delightful Sonia ..
The last time I was in London was in 1966 just before we flew out to Australia ... Harrods windows were the go then, they were always lovely!.Glad you had a lovely day!!
Hugs and Love Susie
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How close to the train track can you actually work??!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This was sent to me by a friend working in Beijing who has huge admiration for the 'can do' attitude of the Chinese regardless of consequences. From my time working in Hong Kong I also know that they do indeed do things that to us here seem impossible - and indeed mad! They always find a way though.

http://www.wimp.com/vegetablemarket/

I have great trouble posting live links and I've no idea why - you may have to copy and paste. Any handy hints about posting links would be much appreciated BTW!

  
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CATLADY52 12/13/2011 6:48PM

    I think I'll shop elsewhere! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/13/2011 5:19PM

    Thats too close for Me!!.Hugs emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/13/2011 9:46AM

    Jeez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FUZZYMOTO 12/13/2011 6:31AM

    All I can say to that is WOW. What an amazing dual use of an area.

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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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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 12/12/2011 8:05AM

    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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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 12/7/2011 6:28AM

    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!!
Hugs and Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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