Saturday, November 20, 2010
First things first, though. Friday's stats:
Fruit and veg: 8
Calories: In range
Carbs: In range
Fat: In range
Protein: under by 8g
Three out of four's not bad! :-)
Weight: 13 stone 2 1/2 lbs
Up 1/4 lb
Walkies! A three mile circuit. Known as the Circular Walk, it takes in a huge variety of habitats, and offers spectacular views, when it isn't foggy! *grin* We'll have to go again when it is a sunny day and find out what we missed.
On top of that Tara and I also walked to the pet store and Waitrose, adding another couple of miles to the day.
That's close to seven miles! It was a busy day! :-)
The walk started at the other end of the tunnel, as usual. You can pick up the circular walk at a number of points around the park. We walked anti-clockwise this time, so we turned right out of the tunnel, up the steps and along the edge of the marshland.
Tara and Sophie eager to start:
We love this sign, drawn by a concerned young citizen:
As you can see, a lot of the park had vanished beneath a thick blanket of fog:
The fog makes the marsh look very mysterious. So atmospheric :-) ...
It was warmer, so the mud was harder to negotiate, being all soft and squishy, and Tara nearly lost her trainer in one patch that caught her out, but she recovered and we made it into the first field:
Tara and Sophie managed to get into a lot of these photos, being as they pretty much led the way, while I followed with the phone camera. :-)
So, across the bridge into the Rabbit Warren area (officially called The Scrub or Woodcock Down)...
We followed the signposts...
At the edge of the Chanterelle Car Park area, I spotted this branch that reminded me of a dragon...
The, into the woods proper, very briefly...
before crossing Chanterelle Car Park...
and heading into more woodland on the other side...
At the end of this short path, we came out to a lane that we crossed to enter the slopes above the lake...
The lake is there, honest! :-)
As we get closer, the lake appears out of the mist. Where is the Lady of the Lake, one wonders....
Then, rather than continue around the lake, the Circular Walk takes a left and sends you into the main Woodland area. Sophie and Tara were pretty eager to get there...
However, they did at least wait for me to catch them up rather than disappearing into the woods. :-)
We had a lovely stroll through the woodland, even bumping into some of the Health Walkers, who meet there every other Friday. I didn't photograph them, but they were a short way behind us for part of the walk. :-)
When we left the woods, after Sophie nearly took Tara's arm out of her socket trying to chase a squirrel that had the nerve to run across the path right in front of her, the Circular Walk takes us along this path...
and into the third of the three fields that connect Highwoods to Asda...
As you can see, the fog was still very much in evidence...
but as you have seen photos in these three fields in other blogs, I'm sure you can forgive me for not recording this last part of the walk, back through the three fields to the tunnel and home. :-)
They recommend allowing 2 hours to complete the circuit. We completed it in one hour and 30 minutes. I expect we would have taken longer if the fog had lifted to allow us to see the views. :-)
So, there you are, the Circular Walk, in all its foggy splendour.
Maybe one day I'll get to take one of my sparkfriends, and their dog around Highwoods. That would be wonderful! :-)
In other news, well, I wore the boots on that walk, but they still rubbed the outside of my left leg a bit, so I didn't wear them for today's (Saturday) walk, and I've ordered some thick hiking socks. I also plan to make some ankle protectors using thick wool and a circular loom to see if that helps. My feet are in heaven in those boots. It is just that one spot just above my left ankle bone that is rubbing.
Tune in tomorrow for one of my most exciting sightings to date! Well, I was very excited to see what I saw. :-)
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Fruit and Veg: 5
Calories: over by 21
Carbs: in range
Fat: over by 9
Protein: under by 4
Close! Not bad at all! :-)
Weight: 13 stone, 2 1/4 lbs
Still dropping. :-)
Over two and a half miles around two fields, in a figure of eight in new boots!
See the pretty leaves I acquired? We found a dog tennis ball at the edge of a copse, and I kicked it about for Sophie, picking up the adornment in the process. :-)
You have seen the fields we walked before and there wasn't much different about this walk, so I have spared you a long picture blog today, especially as we have the Epic Walk to tune into tomorrow. The three mile circular route, in the fog! LOL
The boots are rubbing my legs above the ankle a bit, but I'm hoping that will ease soon. I'm thinking of buying some thick socks to act as cushioning against the rubbing. Does anyone know if this will help? :-)
I have to tell you about the latest chapter of the Baker's Heist Fiasco!
I got a phonecall this afternoon (Friday) from the lady who was working on getting our order changed from regular Baker's Complete to Weight Control. Her name is Christine, and she was the one I spoke to after seeing the vet and him saying that Sophie would be better on weight control. When I spoke to her on the 11th, she was confident that she could sort it out and asked me to leave it with her.
She rang today to tell me that what she had done was cancel my original prize, and reset the wheels in motion so that Sophie would get the Weight Control, and to expect the first delivery shortly.
As you can imagine, this puzzled me somewhat, given yesterday's discussion with James, the man who originally rang me on the 8th to confirm we had won the prize and to ask about Sophie's breed, weight etc so they could calculate the quantity of food to send. He had, if you recall, told me yesterday that someone would come and deliver the dog treats and take away the puppy food, and he also said he amended our order so that the remaining three deliveries would be of chicken weight control meals.
So, I explained to Christine what had happened. there was silence at the other end of the phone for a moment, and then I heard, "Oh for goodness sake!" She then apologised profusely for the errors, and took all my details, including the fact that I was as sure as I could be that I explained to James that Sophie was fussy and liked the chicken flavour the best, which to me meant, "please send chicken", not "please send a variety of flavours"!!! *grin*
Methinks James is going to get a flea in his ear over this. There was apparently no reason why he couldn't have just reset the order to the weight control in the first place when the request went through. There was certainly no reason to make us keep what was delivered yesterday, especially if it might upset Sophie's stomach!
Anyway, Christine has assured me that not only will someone come and collect ALL the food already delivered, but that we will get it replaced with the Chicken Weight Control and all Sophie's dog treats! I don't know exactly when this will happen, but if I read her right we won't have long to wait. She said she'll email me and let me know what's happening, but the phone call was just before 5pm this evening, so I doubt I'll hear from her before next week. She is probably a Monday-Friday 9-5 lady. :-)
At last I feel as though we might be heading in the right direction. Christine even double-checked the flavour, because she thought weight control only came in turkey, and luckily I had bought a box of the chicken variety on Wednesday, so I could tell her the exact name and flavour. :-)
Stay tuned for the next exciting instalment of The Baker's Heist Saga. ;-) Geeze, I hope this gets sorted out before the wedding! Actually, you know what? I reckon we only won this prize so that we could have all this silliness happen to lighten the pre-wedding stress a little bit. :-) I have to admit to being doubled over with laughter when I got off the phone with Christine at the sheer absurdity of all the cock-ups! LOLOL
Her reaction when I told her that instead of treats we'd been given 8 boxes of puppy food, was priceless! *grin* She said, "Puppy food?!?!? You got PUPPY FOOD?!?!?" I went, "Yeah. And Sophie's 12!" I'm still crying with laughter just thinking about her total disbelief. LOL
So, that was Thursday, and a bit of Friday. I'll catch you again tomorrow, I hope, with some photos of Foggy Friday! :-) Now I'm off to read some blogs and say hi to some Sparkfriends. :-)
Have a great weekend guys and gals!
Some further absurdity! LOL
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday's stats are a WOOHOO!
Fruit and Veg = 8 portions
Water = 9 glasses
Calories = In Range
Carbs = In Range
Fat = In Range
Protein = In Range
Chicken for dinner and Prawns for lunch make a great protein day! :-)
Weight 13 stone 3 1/4 lbs (dropped 3/4lb)
That three pounds I put on during my bad pain week is melting away this week! *phew!*
Walkies - Round the Highwoods Lake, plus a shopping trip to Waitrose
That's about 4 1/4 miles! Yippee!
So, When Sophie Woke Up, she was doing better, almost no limp at all, so I decided that we would set out on the walk, returning home and cutting it short if she showed signs of distress.
We met up with an elderly couple I know just inside the park, and although Sophie let the lady stroke her, and the man get a quick touch in, she then pulled away, tail between her legs, much to the poor man's sorrow. So, out came the explanation again, and I told him that what works best where Sophie is concerned is totally ignoring her. That way she will end up asking him for attention. It may take a few meetings before it works, but it will work. :-)
I always feel for these people. It isn't Sophie's fault she is so wary of them, it is the fault of the man who ill-treated her when she was young. I just don't like to see friendly dog lovers faces drop when she backs away from them like that. :-(
This couple have three little dogs, that are all friendly. One is a Scottie dog, and I have a real thing for Scotties. When I was a young kid living in a little village in Cornwall, we had an elderly lady who lived near us, down a lane, and the kids all believed she was a witch. They used to torment her, annoyingly, but I got to know her through her Scotty Dog, which always came to the gate to say hello when I was passing on my way to my Dad's house. I guess it knew I was ok. :-) If she was a witch, she was a very nice one. She really knew her herbs and she had the most amazing cottage, with a classic cottage garden full of colour, and scents, and it was just picture perfect.
Aaaah, memories. :-)
Anyway, back to the walk. :-) The couple were on their way home, so we said goodbye and continued along the path. I decided to stick to the path and maybe just walk along the bottom of the first two fields and then turn round and go home, if Sophie wasn't ok.
By the time we reached that point she was fine, so rather than turn round or continue on the path up the hill and into the wood, I decided we'd brave the lake and hope the route wasn't too slippery. :-) So we went into the field and down the little path towards the lake area...
I love how the paths undulate across the little hills and dips around here. You get a good workout, and as you top a rise, you get an unexpected treat for the eyes at every turn, like this first view of the lake...
Though Sophie was more interested in the Moorhens on the grass. They are there, honest! :-) ...
We got closer to the lake and looked out across it to watch the birds. At this point there wasn't a soul around. I love it when we get the place to ourselves...
There are platforms like this at intervals around the lake for the registered fishermen to use...
We decided, by dint of Sophie's insistence, to walk around the lake before heading home...
Some of the ducks came over while we were standing on one of the platforms. I wish we'd had some food for them...
We walked through a gap caused by little copses of trees...
Then through another one...
We rounded the end of the lake and gingerly walked down some muddy, slippery steps, wishing my boots had arrived...
Then we got a good view of the length of the lake...
And then we walked the other side of the lake, opposite the main woods...
"Come on Mum! Nearly back to the Moorhens!"...
Once we reached the end of the lake, we could look down to the wooded area the river runs through on its way to the marshland...
We will head down there for a closer look another time. For now, though, it is time to take one last look at the lake...
and then head back through the field, and home...
In other Wednesday news, three pairs of trousers, a waterproof raincoat and a pair of walking boots arrived in the afternoon, and - wonder of wonders - EVERYTHING fit! WOW! Even the skinny trousers, which I only ordered for a laugh because I never expected to get them past my knees! Mind you, they are going back, because although they did look nice with that top, I could feel the back of them slide down when I tried to sit in them, leaving me a trifle exposed, and they are a little too cosy around my btm for comfort. LOL
The black trousers came as a two-pack with a pair of pinstripe ones. I tried both pairs on and fell in love! They are cut to the waist, not the hips, and are bootcut, my favourite style! They sit nicely on my shoes, and the black ones look wonderful with that top! I will take a photo tomorrow probably, when I get the last of the outfit sorted. The camera doesn't do so well in artificial light and the last of the stuff won't arrive until later today.
One thing with those trousers, as I am unlikely to wear the pinstripe ones, I might be looking for a home for them. British size 18, 31 inch leg. I'll keep you posted on that. :-) I'm going to see if they work with any of the tops coming today, for a second outfit, not that I'm greedy or anything, but an outfit change might be useful for the wedding weekend. :-) Are pinstripes slimming she asks hopefully? LOL
The waterproof coat is a beauty! From Cotton Traders. Purple. I actually want it to rain now, so I can christen it. LOL
The boots are amazing! From Hi-Tec, in association with the National Trust, they are about as eco-friendly as you can get in a boot! Apart from it being likely to take a few walks to get my ankles used to them, they are hugely comfy!
Click on the little green buttons around the boot to read about all the eco-friendly parts. :-)
I am absolutely thrilled to bits with them. I've never owned a walking boot before. :-) Tune in tomorrow to see how far I walked with them on their first outing. :-)
In other other news *grin*
This week I have changed the structure of my day a little. My spiritual oomph has been flagging a bit lately, what with one thing and another. Making time for a little prayer time, meditation, maybe an oracle/tarot reading and some study should be a priority for me, as I'm working through my 2nd Degree with the AODA, and assisting people studying for their 1st Degree. But time just keeps running away with me, and by the end of the evening, I am simply too tired to do more than sit in bed and chill. Trying to study read at that time is a waste of energy, because it all just flies right by, and I can't remember what I read by the morning. Not helpful. :-)
So, as it is colder now, I am spending my first hour each day, doing all that stuff! I get up, grab water and a nutrigrain bar as usual, and after feeding Sophie and the birds and popping the heating on, I light a candle, say prayers, do a daily oracle reading, and a little study. Then I get dressed and take Sophie out for our walk.
I was also finding that the morning was gone by the time I got back from the walk, and I was eating breakfast at 1pm or even later! So I am getting up a little earlier (around 9am because I don't put my light out until about 1 am at night), and aiming to get back from the walk and cook my porage, hoping to sit down to eat it before Noon! LOL
So far this week, so good! :-) Plus, instead of playing on my DSi in bed last night, I started reading through some prayer books, looking for some I particularly like to write into my portable prayer and ritual notebook. I read and note the page numbers of the ones I really like, and then write them up next morning as part of my study time. :-) Cool!
So, off to do some work and wait for the delivery now.
Oooh! Nearly forgot! Guess what got delivered while I was out with Sophie this morning (Thur)? Her first three months of Dog food! And there was a slight hiccup! Tara signed for it because I wasn't here, and when I got back and checked it over, there were no weight control foods at all, some of the flavours were not what I asked for, and to top it off, instead of doggy treats we got a box of PUPPY food!!!!!!
So I had to get on the phone to James, and he is going to sort it out. He thinks the puppy food came because someone entered the wrong code, and it turned up instead of the dog treats, because we are down for 48 kilos of dog food per three months, and that was intact. He will also amend the order to make sure Sophie gets chicken flavour weight control in future, and I think he is also going to try and get the other flavours that got delivered replaced with chicken too, though I'm not absolutely sure about that. :-)
I hated having to ring and complain, but really, puppy food? LOLOLOL
So there you go. A great Wednesday, and an interesting start to Thursday. Now to go get some work done, and then I can hopefully catch up with all my sparkfriends later on. :-)
Have a great day everyone. :-)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Let's see how I did on Tuesday:
Fruit and Veg: 9
Calories: in range
Carbs: 3 over
Fat: in range
Protein: in range
A REALLY good eating day! :-)
Weight: 13 stone 3 pounds
Walkies! I haven't added in strength training this week because of still hurting, but I hope to add that in next week.
We had an interesting hour and a half walk through the boggier parts of Highwoods on Tuesday. :-)
I thought I would let Sophie lead the way and see where we went, and it was fun. I had to take charge eventually or we'd have never got home, but anyway...
When we got through the tunnel...
rather than follow the usual path or walk up the field, we turned right and headed along the edge of the marsh...
The frost still had a good grip where the sun hadn't penetrated and there were a lot of icy puddles to negotiate...
Rather than walk a circuit of the field...
Sophie took me along the bottom of it...
until we reached a gap in the hedge with a muddy path leading to a bridge...
over a tiny stream that fed part of the marsh...
When we crossed the bridge the park opened up into an area of little copses, and a human-sized rabbit warren of paths...
We followed the 'Circular Route' signposts to try and stay vaguely on track, but I very soon realised that the second bridge over the marsh was not in the direction we were headed...
And looking to the left, in the general direction I expected to find the bridge, all I could see was a steep, and thoroughy slippery-looking muddy path that I did not trust myself to stay upright on if we attempted it...
So, not fancying a muddy and numb bum, we continued up the hill, and took the next left turn, which looked a little more promising...
That path reached a boggy field, about 20 yards from the marsh footpath and bridge I had been aiming for. We had slightly overshot the runway...
Figuring that the boggy field might be the lesser of two evils, that steep, muddy, slippery slope being the other option, we opened the gate and made our way across the field...
We slipped, we slid, and we both had very soggy feet, but we made it to the bridge and then we had another problem Euston! You see, Sophie decided she didn't like the look of the bridge and refused to step onto it to cross the river, trying instead to get into the river and climb the opposite bank.
Sadly, this was not possible as the bank there was shored up with more planks, so, somewhat warily, she was eventually persuaded to give the bridge a chance, and we finally found ourselves on the other side of it *phew! mops brow* Thought I'd have to carry her for a moment LOL...
Turning left, we then walked round the corner and reached the bridge and marshland path I had been trying to reach from the other side...
I only planned to stop so Sophie could have a drink, but once again she had other ideas, and I found myself walking across the marsh, and up that steep muddy slippery slope, I'd avoided a short time earlier! *grin*...
Once I had made it to the top we turned right and retraced our steps...
back to the first field via the bridge...
through the field to the edge of the marsh...
and headed down the steps to go through the tunnel and head for home...
Once I had taken off my sodden and filthy trainers (don't worry, no pics of that!), dried myself off and grabbed my breakfast, I sat at the computer and typed Walking Boots into the Littlewoods Search engine, closely followed by Waterproof Coat! LOLOL
If this is going to be a Typical Walk, I am going to need them! *grin*
Sadly, Sophie slipped on the stairs that afternoon and jarred the bad shoulder again, and spent a lot of the evening limping, so Wednesday's walk was not looking too hopeful. Tune in tomorrow to find out what happened when Sophie Woke Up.
In other news, I decided that the jacket I got as potential wedding wear was really not working for me, but that the top had promise, so I parcelled up the last of the wedding wear, except the top, and returned it all to Littlewoods, then came home, and added five pairs of black trousers, a waistcoat, three blouse-type tops and four cardigans to my boots and coat order... Here we go again! Something HAS to work for me eventually! :-)
So, that was Tuesday! LOL
Hope everyone is having as much fun with their days as I am! :-)
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