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Most steps ever

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Yesterday I went with our daughter Helen to London.

We caught the train from Dudley at 06:55 and arrived in London in time for breakfast. Then we started the big walk!

The main aim was to see the river of poppies at the Tower

so we caught the tube to make sure we arrived before the crowds. The poppies were pretty amazing to see as were the people "planting them". What a lovely way to remind everyone of the sacrifices made one hundred years ago.

From there we walked along the edge of the Thames, crossed the millennium bridge to the south bank and went on a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where the actors were rehearsing for the opening performance of a Comedy of Errors. Another step back in time and a few details we could have done without, like why the people in the standing area were called the penny stinkers. No loos so people just went in a corner - yuk! Pleased to say they decided not to retain the authenticity in this respect and the flushing wc's are very smart.

A good long walk along the south bank and then lunch at Waggamammas. Now to walk off lunch! The wait for the Dungeons was two hours so we decided to save that for another day. Over Westminster bridge to see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, then to Horse Guards parade and through to St James' park. Circumnavigate the park and it's time for tea.

We decided to have a treat so cream tea at Fortnum and Mason. Lovely tea but the silver teapots are so heavy (and hot) we definitely don't think they are a good idea unless you have a butler to pour for you!

More walking through the China town to just take in the hustle and bustle and admire all the lanterns.

Then tube back to Euston and home. A very long enjoyable day and I exceeded my steps target by 13,000.

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/31/2014 12:40PM

    Wow - good for you

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JANUT57 8/31/2014 7:10AM

  Great day! emoticon on the step count!

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RAPUNZEL53 8/31/2014 5:55AM

  very pretty!

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Blackberries for free

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Yesterday evening was one of those lovely late summer evenings when the sun shines and is warm but not too warm and we went out walking. After about 15 minutes we came across a blackberry bush with the plumpest ripest blackberries I have seen in years.

We returned home and collected bags then off we went to this fabulous abundance and plucked just enough to make ourselves a lovely crumble for supper. The rest we left for the next walker or for the birds to enjoy and we will maybe return over the weekend and pick some more if any remain.

We found it really strange that it was just the one bush that was so loaded with the lovely plump berries, we passed many others but they had just little dry looking berries with no appeal whatsoever. Mind you, the nettles were also growing extremely well where this bush is and I had two very painful little fingers but never mind, that was the best crumble I have eaten in years and even better because the fruit was free.

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JTREMBATH 8/29/2013 2:46PM

    Blackberries are great love blackberry jam or jelly.

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BUBBLYFISH 8/29/2013 11:49AM

    Five dollars a pint is not so bad when I sometimes see them in our local supermarket for 2.99 for a tiny little punnet - reckon we picked 5 punnets in total and they really are delish! emoticon

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BEACH_NUT 8/29/2013 11:39AM

    Mmmm...they look delish! emoticon

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 8/29/2013 11:39AM

    Blackberries are great, what a lucky find for you! They don't grow well here, so we are stuck with buying them.


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EXPLORER2988 8/29/2013 11:32AM

  I love blackberries.....did you know they want up to five dollars for a pint of them here in Florida. I'll bet that makes free even taste better. Where ever you found them, keep it a secret.....thanks.

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Painting and preserving

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Today I spent time painting the railings of our summerhouse/office. One coat is complete and I need to add another tomorrow to make sure the wood is well preserved for the coming winter.

I am tired and aching but filled with a sense of satisfaction that comes from a job well done. The wood had become badly weathered and looked very sad, now it looks like it is smiling a thank you for taking care of it.

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FLAMENM 8/20/2013 9:59PM

    Looks great. That's a cheery color to wrap the wood in.

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Yoga - gently does it

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After several weeks of relative inactivity I decided last week to return to my previous daily yoga practise. I subscribe to an online yoga community so I logged in and went straight to a practise I used to do regularly.

I struggled to get through it and was really glad when I reached the finishing relaxation. Afterwards I could barely get myself into he shower and realised how out of shape I had become in a very short time. That night I couldn't sleep for the pain in my shoulder blades!

Hmm! I was beginning to think that having recently turned 60 I was now really over the hill! Would I ever regain some of my previous fitness?

Over the past two weeks DH and I have been going for walks of anything from 1 to 2 1/2 miles. Not very far you may say but boy did I struggle on the longer walks. How could I possibly have lost all my flexibility, strength and stamina in just over two months?

In the last three weeks I also hurt myself falling over, not once but twice! Once while walking in the woods a branch jumped out and grabbed my trouser bottoms. no matter how I fought that branch it would not let go and finally tripped me up, resulting in sore knees and damaged ego. Then a few days later the sore knee gave out while I was running for the shuttlecock in a badminton game and I landed very hard on my back.

This week I am determined to take it more slowly. I found a gentle restorative yoga practise, just 30 minutes long and with lots of gentle stretches. No more fast paced sun salutations for me just yet! I am feeling so much better already.

I find it very difficult not to push myself to stretch just that bit further but I am trying to take this at a tortoise pace instead of a hares. No more ego, no self harm, this time I will take care of myself and slowly, slowly build up my routine again. Ahimsa is now my favourite word.

Just feeling the gentle muscle stretching in time with controlled breathing feels wonderful.

Living life and loving moving.

Today is all good!

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DOLLYHOLLY 8/20/2013 10:13PM

    emoticon for sharing. I like the way you write: "A branch jumped out and grabbed my trouser bottoms." emoticon I hope you don't mind but the imagery made me laugh.

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ASPENHUGGER 8/17/2013 9:30PM

    I find it difficult to keep fit too -- just miss a few days water aerobics, or don't go walking regularly--and there I am, huffing & puffing & hardly keeping up. The only answer I know is to really work at being regular about exercising -- making it a priority. At my age, I figure it's either use it or lose it!

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ROCKLAND2010 8/14/2013 7:23PM

    Focus on the positive and you will regain your fitness level.

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CJJANISS 8/14/2013 2:13PM

    emoticon be good to yourself! :)

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Going shopping for clothes

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Makes me feel stressed. Why? Because I struggle to find clothes that suit my shape especially when I haven't yet lost enough to feel comfortable buying new clothes. I will lose weight and get into fashionable clothes again despite my age.

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FLAMENM 8/13/2013 8:54PM

    Bra shopping is the worst for me.

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JTAMSYN 8/13/2013 5:18PM

    You might surprise yourself emoticon !!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/13/2013 3:03PM

    Boy do I understand! I buy most of my clothes online through Blair and get some really nice things.

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ETERNAL_FLAME 8/13/2013 2:50PM

    I truly understand how you feel! The other day I went out with the intention of buying some new trousers for our upcoming holiday, but in the end just couldn't even face starting to look! I hate that I need to buy anything new when I am still at the start of my journey because I have so many clothes that I can't fit into presently! I wish I could just fit into them!! Good luck with your journey and I'm here if you want to whine :)

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    Sure you will! Wish you good luck! emoticon

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ECHARBOR 8/13/2013 2:32PM

  I understand how you feel. I buy most of my clothes through catalogs so I don't have to go to the stores and try on clothes and then look in the mirror because nothing really looks good on me....but I do my best to look nice and I always use jewelry and make up that go with my outfits. Cheap costume jewelry is the way I go

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JTREMBATH 8/13/2013 2:32PM

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