Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It has been a very busy day today (Tue) so this is a very short blog, well, short for me anyway. *grin*
Fruit and Veg: 8
Calories: Over by 118 calories Ooops!
Carbs: In Range
Fat: Over by 2g
Protein: In range
Weight: 13 stone, 1 3/4lbs
Steps: 9026 (just over four miles in total)
Walkies for Monday was what I now call the Boat Field Circuit. Working it anti-clockwise means getting in a good uphill march to add to the exercise. :-) The circuit takes around 50 minutes door to door.
Add to that a shopping Circuit to Waitrose and it was a good walking day. :-)
A sign, or should I call it artwork, sprung up over the weekend. I was surprised to see this by the side of the path at the top of Boat Field.
It is an artist's impression of this view as you step into the adjoining field:
There was no information as to who created it, or why it has been placed there.
The only other picture I took on Monday was of a pair of my nice new hiking socks, that arrived a day early! :-)
Oooh, and two photos of the clouds. We were one of the few areas in the UK not under a blanket of grey for the whole day, apparently. :-)
In other news:
Today (Tue) I got back from our walk to find that James had phoned. James from Purina. He was ringing to tell me that it was all arranged and someone would be collecting all the erroneous dog food, i.e. the ENTIRE delivery, and would be leaving Weight Control Bakers and Doggy Treats instead. The only thing he couldn't tell me was when. He says by the 7th Dec, because I told him I had a wedding to attend from the 9th, but we shall see. He didn't please me when it became apparent that he actually had planned to make us wait until March for the delivery, before he got Christine's note. But I think I offended him by laughing aloud over the phone and telling him that it really had been the most entertaining foul-up!
Christine hasn't emailled to confirm what James said, so forgive me if I'm not 100% convinced. Time will tell I guess. :-)
Sophie took her first ride in a car since I got her eight years ago. Whether she had been in one before I have no idea, but we need to know if we can get her to the kennels next month. :-)
A good family friend volunteered to act as the chauffeur. We covered the back seat of his car in an old duvet, in case she got scared and 'leaked', which she is a little prone to. She wouldn't get in until I did, and then she scrambled onto the seat beside me. After sitting there for a few moments, she then got down on the floor of the car behind the passenger seat, squeezing herself into a teeny tiny space that she really didn't fit in, and once down there got stuck. Fortunately, Adrian was able to move the passenger seat forward, so that she could curl up more comfortably, and there she stayed, her head buried under the passenger seat, refusing to get back on the seat, or look up to see where we were going. She laid there, curled in a ball, shaking like a leaf, as Ade drove us up our road, and then down to Waitrose, and back, so she just had a few minutes to endure.
When we got back, and Ade switched off the engine, I opened the door and got out, and she was so excited to be back at the house, she was ecstatic! She positively bounced into the house! LOL
So, a good first try, and she didn't pee on the floor of the car, so win, win! :-) Ade is coming back to give her another short spin on Thursday.
Anne may still be able to look after Sophie on the wedding weekend, meaning she won't have to go to the kennels at all, but she is waiting on confirmation of a potential commission in London, and if it comes through she will be away that weekend. I know she could really do with it happening, but does it have to be THAT weekend? LOL
I must dash. I don't have time to do more Sparking today, and I won't be around much tomorrow either. We have to go into town to find a few bits and bobs for the wedding, plus I am working on a prayer shawl for a friend's Mum who has Parkinson's.
So, hopefully, I'll catch up with you all a bit tomorrow, and I should have more time on Thursday, once we've done the Walk, the Vet's for Sophie's second vaccination, and her second joyride with Ade. :-)
Not such a short blog after all! *grin*
Have a great day everyone! :-)
I love finding more than one caption for similar photos! :-)
Monday, November 22, 2010
Fruit and Veg: 7
Calories: 0ver by 46
Carbs: In range
Fat: In range
Protein: In range
Weight: 13 stone 1 3/4 lbs
I forgot that dogs don't understand rest days. :-)
I got up and performed my usual start to the day: bathroom, downstairs, feed Birds, feed Sophie, grab Nutrigrain and glass of water and after lighting a candle, I stood facing the East to start my day with a prayer or three. :-)
Then I sat at the kitchen table to do a reading. Because it was a designated rest day, I did a more detailed reading, taking about an hour, and every five minutes, Sophie came into the kitchen to see whether I was finished.
As soon as I stood up at the end, she was there, ready to chase me up the stairs to put my outdoor clothes on and go for a walk, and instead I walked to the cupboards and started preparing porage.
Ooooh, what a puzzled face! Why was I doing the after-walk-breakfast before the walk? She started to fuss around the door to the stairs so I opened it for her, and she went straight to her leads. I felt SO guilty, but by then the porage was cooking, so I decided that if she didn't accept the situation by the time we'd eaten, I'd take her out.
Sophie went upstairs, to see if Tara could be persuaded out of bed. No! Tara buried her head under the covers. So she walked into my room and sat on my bed, glaring at Tara until Tara couldn't take it anymore and turned to face the wall. Sophie then leapt off, walked into her own room, sat on the bed there and went into full sulk mode!
Well, I couldn't hack the guilt anymore, so I called her, and when she came downstairs I took her into the garden to play football. That snapped her out of it! We had a wonderful time, in between me rushing back in to check the porage, and by the time it was cooked, so was Sophie!
All thoughts of walkies forgotten, she climbed onto the sofa and went to sleep. She got her attention, and I got my porage, then a nice leisurely soak in the bath, and an afternoon of reading and studying, interspersed with games of tuggers. :-)
Unfortunately, my legs aren't overly thrilled with the concept of a rest day either, and tend to ache by the evening if left idle. In the end I pulled out Tigger and Roo (Mini Trampoline and Aerobic Step for those who are new to my blog), and did about 40 minutes alternating between them, making close to 5000 steps in the time. :-)
So, yes, rest day not so restful actually. :-)
This is Monday now, so...
Hope you are all having a great Monday!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Fruit and Veg: 6
Calories: over by 67
Carbs: in range
Fat: In range
Protein: In range!
88 grams of protein! Yes! Thankyou Chicken and Corned Beef!
Weight at the end of the week: 13 stone 1 1/2 lbs
Close to three miles. These Walkies are really helping! :-)
Walkies today was going to be a simple circuit affair: Follow the main path until we reached the far end of Boat Field, then turn left and walk up the hill, turn left again, along the top of boatfield, turn left again and walk down two fields and back to the tunnel.
Something made me decide on a slight detour, however. Having reached the end of Boat field, instead of turning left as planned, I chose to turn right to see if there were any ways through to the marshland up that path.
When we reached the top of the steep incline, there was a field to the right, which did indeed link through to the area I was thinking of. As I stood there looking at the view, a green woodpecker flew over my head, circled the field, almost landed, then changed its mind and flew to a post at the edge of the field and stood on the post watching the woodland intently for several minutes! Wow! Breathtaking! :-)
Because of only having trainers on, to give my left leg a break from the boots (it is just one little area rubbing), I decided against attempting the route, but took a few photos of the view:
This is the field information, and yes I just noticed what some bright spark has done to the name! LOL:
Looking towards Boat Field. Can you see the tiny white dots in there? The farmer has just put sheep in there to get the scrub down:
The field through that gap you see is the field we traipsed through when we got lost in the marsh, and behind that you can pick out another field, backed by trees. That is the first field we enter after coming through the tunnel, and the railway line is obscurred by those trees! It looks like quite a distance away, doesn't it. :-)
And this picture shows some of the woodland we walked through during the three mile circuit on Friday. :-)
We turned to head back down the path to continue on the circuit plans:
I was totally NOT expecting to see what I saw as we walked aound that bend in the path.
I taut I taw a... DEER!
I DID! I taw a DEER!
It was standing at the side of the path as we came round the corner, and it saw us and leapt into the hedge! We walked slowly and quietly down to where it had disappeared, and I peered into the hedgerow to see if I could spot it. It was there! About 15 feet in. I slowly raised my camera phone to try and snap a shot, and as it clicked, the deer shot off! They must have amazing hearing! :-)
We walked very slowly, peering into the hedge at intervals, and I spotted it again a few feet further down, eating. This time, I stood as still as humanly possible and we watched each other through the tangle of branches for about two minutes, with the deer occasionally stepping a touch closer to me, to get a better look at me I guess. :-) I didn't dare try and raise my arm to try for another pic, and instead, stood there, almost holding my breath. Eventually I did move very slowly, to try and get the camera up, but the deer took off before I could use it. Camera shy. Oh well. :-)
The fun thing is that I have two photos with critturs in, but neither crittur is exactly visible.
I swear that in this picture is the deer I saw:
And in this picture, the Green Woodpecker is sitting on one of those fence posts! :-)
I've given you a clue with the 2nd pic as to where to 'watch the birdie'. As for the deer, well, you are not looking for its face! LOL. Anyone who can spot either the woodpecker or the deer will get a nice little 'packed lunch' goodie from me, so they can go out crittur spotting in their own neighbourhood! *grin*
There are two things I really really wish Santa could give me this Christmas: A pair of binoculars, and a decent camera. The phone camera isn't bad, as you can see, but the zoom totally sucks! I can't use it, because all you get is a blur. Close up it takes a good photo. You can get in as close as six inches and get a decent photo, but no self-respecting wild crittur is going to oblige me by standing still until I get close enough to photograph the whites of their eyes, now are they! LOL
I may have to hunt down a shop that caters to Twitchers and see what they have in the way of binoculars, and have a chat with a local photography shop about an easy-to-use camera. See what we are looking at price-wise and so forth. Somehow, I suspect Santa is struggling financially too this year. :-)
So, that was Saturday. I spent most of the rest of the day, working and sparking. :-)
Hope you are all having a Serene Sunday!
Some Deer and Bird Lols
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Borrowed from ELAOPET
1. Who used to be your superhero when you were a child?
The Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.
2. Most hated chore on the chore list?
Cleaning behind the toilet! LOL Yes, I think that is worse than cleaning inside it! *grin*
3. If you were to start your own restaurant, what would it be called?
If he was still alive he would be running an exclusive restaurant by now, as it was what he planned to do when he retired. Sadly cancer took him before he was able to do it.
4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
My dog's tongue, a resistance band, a pair of dumb bells, two pairs of nail clippers and embroidery thread. Oh, and my Active Health game cover. LOL
5. If you had to only eat three things for the rest of your life, day in and day out, what would they be?
Rice, Chicken, Vegetables. :-)
Incidentally, I like liver too Elaopet! And kidney. :-)
6. What are you listening to right now?
TV, laughter, humming of Tara's laptop.
7. What's the last sporting event you watched?
The Great North Run, cos I was looking for Sparkers, but I didn't see any. :-(
I don't normally watch any sport.
8. When was the last time you drove out of town?
When my neighbour drove me to check out dog boarding kennels for the wedding weekend. I don't have a car, so I walk everywhere.
9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
No. Movies is a very rare treat. :-)
10. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Cup of Tea.
11. Last food that you ate?
Corned beef and pickle sandwich with a glass of fruit juice.
12. If you were a time traveler and could only go back in time or forward in time, which would you choose?
Back, to find out about my previous lives! :-)
13. If you could tell your best friend one thing that you can�t stand about him/her what would it be?
I can't think of a single thing I can't stand about my best friend. :-)
14. If you were to be famous what would you like to be known for?
Being able to make people laugh. :-)
15. What does your last text message say?
"Have you got five minutes to chat?"
It was sent to Bryony, my older daughter.
16. How early do you start holiday shopping?
When I can afford to. :-)
17. If you wrote a movie, what would the title be?
18. When did you first realize you needed to change your lifestyle food-wise?
A couple of years ago.
19. What color ink do you prefer to write with?
20. What was your favorite toy as a child?
A pyjama case shaped like a monkey. I called him Cheetah. I have no idea why. I imagine there was some childish logic in the name. :-)
JHADZHIA reminded me that the chimp in the Tarzan series was called Cheetah, and now I know where I got the name from. :-) I was a female Tarzan, or was I Jane? We'll never know. LOL
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.
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