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A walk - with photos!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Another beautiful morning in Belgieland. It was dark when I took my daughter to school - the clocks go back this weekend signifying the official end of summer, but at least it will mean we get up when it's light for a few more weeks. I had a quick cup of coffee with a friend then did the supermarket shop, managing to avoid the chocolate aisle. Belgian chocolate is seriously good (so is the beer) but I'm on a roll at the moment and nothing will tempt me to fall off the wagon. (Easy to say after just 3 days ha!)

Once home, I put my walking shoes on and headed out the door. Stopped to admire the huge oak tree in the front garden, now happily shedding its leaves onto the lawn.

The street that we live on is about a mile long, enveloped beneath a canopy of trees......

....along past our local pub....

....down the lane......

....round the cow field....

....past the pumpkins.....

....and eventually back home to discover that our lovely elderly gentleman of a landlord had left us an enormous pumpkin out of his garden! Now to decide which SP recipe to choose.

That's blown away the cobwebs, 3.12 miles done in 53 minutes! emoticon

Now to press "post" and see if the photo bit works.....!!!

Happy Wednesday folks!

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PUDLECRAZY 10/25/2012 6:57AM

    Oh, a lovely walk! Thank you for taking us along. Well done on staying focused on your progress.

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UNSWEETMAMA 10/24/2012 11:27AM

    I would say the photo bit worked perfectly.

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NOLABUG79 10/24/2012 10:23AM

    The scenery is beautiful.


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SDLEE514 10/24/2012 9:26AM

    beautiful! makes me want to visit!

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STRONG_SARAH 10/24/2012 7:52AM

    Love it!

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DABLUECAT 10/24/2012 7:46AM

    What a lovely walk! Tks for sharing your photos.
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ELRIDDICK 10/24/2012 7:34AM

  Thanks for sharing

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WELLNESSME09 10/24/2012 7:26AM

    Great photos! thanks for sharing. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/24/2012 7:24AM

  Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

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BLUENOSE63 10/24/2012 7:24AM

  Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sending them

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

As promised, I'm back again!

To be honest I've been a little overwhelmed by the response to yesterdays ramblings, in a smiley, happy sort of way. Who'd have thought that ANYONE would notice it, give it a glance, let alone bother to add words of encouragement? The best bit is I've gained several new spark buddies! :) Thank you all.

Today is a beautiful autumn day here in northern Belgium. I woke to dew on the grass, mists over the fields and the most wonderful array of colours displayed on the trees, standing majestically in shafts of sunlight. Makes you want to get out there. Until last October, we were living in the sandpit that is the Middle East. My 3 years out there have done nothing if not made me so grateful for the seasons and beauty of a more temporal climate.

(Wish I knew how to post photos!)

Anyhow, inspired by my newly found SP friends, I'm feeling very motivated in my search for a more healthful lifestyle. So far today I have Zumba-ed and eaten well. There is "horrid stuff" going on at school with my 13 year old daughter at the moment, stuff that would normally see me reaching for the chocolate. Your messages of support and encouragement are really helping me to stay strong and away from the biscuit tin. Sincere thanks.

I'm starting to think I might actually be able to do this....

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CAROL- 10/23/2012 7:35AM

    Sounds like your day is off to a good start. I love Zumba - it gives me so much energy and then I find myself eating much better.

emoticon You are worth it!

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RUNGRL2013 10/23/2012 6:43AM

    Great job with Zumba and eating well, and...those 13 year olds...I hear you sister! Mine turns 13 in 2 weeks and we've already been experiencing the emotional roller coaster of it all. No one tells you what it's going to be really like, you just wake up and find yourself in this place where your child is a teen/tween and just going through all sorts of challenges. I remind myself that we all somehow survived this period--even our parents did, so we can too. I hope the "horrid stuff" that she's experiencing is temporary. emoticon you're doing great keeping away from the biscuit tin emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 10/23/2012 6:41AM

    It sounds beautiful. I hope you can figure out how to post the photos. I would explain it, except different computers manage things differently. I wonder if your 13 year old daughter could help. Our teenagers are often so much savvier than we are at this kind of stuff.

I am sorry she is having horrible things going on at school. This is such a difficult age for children at school especially for girls. Send me a private Spark Mail, if you want to talk about it. I have taught in middle school before and have been teaching children who ar reaching puberty for many years.

Meanwhile, keep up the good work of handling stress without eating poor food choices.


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We need to talk....

Monday, October 22, 2012

This month's Book Club choice is We Need to Talk About Kevin. I'm finding it tough going. I desperately tried to finish it before we meet this afternoon but it's a proper effort. It's not the sort of book I'd normally read, but that's part of the beauty of book clubs isn't it? I'm only about half way through and I'm not sure I can struggle on - life's too short and all that. Not the most uplifting read for a menopausal middle aged woman with a Big Birthday looming.....

I've decided maybe I need to talk too. Spurred on by Chicchantal's recent blog about not blogging, I've decided to take the bull by the horns and give it a go. I "write" the most amazing blogs in my head when I'm out walking/running/cycling, but when I get home and sit infront of the keyboard my mind goes blank. But instead of worrying that other people may find it boring I shall write for myself, a sort of public diary, so I can look back and remind myself of what's been going on.

Off to join the other ladies to talk about Kevin now, but I'll be back later!

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/23/2012 6:59AM

    I too write my blogs only for myself, so I get where you're coming from.

Good luck with the book--The movie, with Tilda Swinton, was a downer for me, despite her excellent acting job.

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PUDLECRAZY 10/23/2012 6:44AM

    I am not familiar with this book. I developed a strategy for reading books that did not hold my interest while in high school. I only read the left page. I got enough of the information to be able to participate in discussions without having the agony of reading the entire book.

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DUTCH1811 10/22/2012 2:38PM

    I have a problem reading books that are not interesting to me. I get bored with them and find myself wondering. Then I have to reread them over and over. I do not think I would do well in a book club for that reason. I used to read a lot. But for years have not done so. But since I moved in May of this year I have read 5 books and am on my 6th. I have not read 2 books in the past 10 years. I am so happy to be reading again. Now I am working on getting back into my drawing.

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JERZGURL_NAN 10/22/2012 10:32AM

    Good Girl - I think I get caught up in what others want to read or hear and forget that blogging is for ourselves. If others enjoy it - great! If they don't they will read someone else's. I'm excited that you are going to continue to share with us!!!

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TIG123GER 10/22/2012 10:24AM

    The whole point of a blog is so that you can get your thoughts into words for yourself and posterity. Nothing is ever boring if it is part of your history. Don't worry about what anyone but you thinks - this is to help you reach your goals and to have some fun along the way. Enjoy it and blog away!!

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    Great post! I think most of us struggle with what to say. Some I write for an audience, but most I write for me. Just be yourself. I think the best benefit of blogging is the one you identified. You can look back and see your progress. Keep Sparking!

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RUNGRL2013 10/22/2012 8:23AM

    Good for you, I write mine mostly for me too; as a log of my workouts and eating triumphs and struggles... emoticon

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ADARKARA 10/22/2012 8:08AM

    Exactly, write for YOU! If you build it, they will come. Readers I mean!

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CHICCHANTAL 10/22/2012 7:37AM

    Be interested to hear what your friends think about Kevin. I thought it was a clever book but I got very tired of the whining self-justification of his mother. Kevin himself was something you wouldn't want to meet down a dark alley.

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