Sunday, December 26, 2010
Today is the first time since before the wedding that I have tracked my food and fitness, and actually gone out of my way to exercise. After days of not managing more than a slide to the corner shop, this morning I was rudely woken by a massive cramp in my lower left leg that had me screaming in pain and got Tara shooting out of her bed to my side in a matter of seconds. It is still aching all these hours later, and I am putting it down to lack of exercise, and possibly exacerbated by the bottle of lager I drank yesterday, though I may be wrong about that.
I haven't had much trouble with cramp since I started Sparking a few months ago and was exercising daily, but the last few days have seen me mostly sat down either at the computer or in my armchair, and it never occurred to me to get Tigger or Roo out, even though we couldn't do our usual walks in Highwoods with the treacherous conditions of the pavements preventing our getting there. Funny how quickly you can revert to a sedentary lifestyle after a combination of a hectic week, a wedding, lack of sleep and then a flu bug knocking you sideways.
Well, lesson learned. :-) No more sat on my btm all day long. My Sports Bra came out of the drawer, Tigger came out of the cupboard and Roo came out from behind the sofa, and between them all I did half an hour of exercise, followed by walking a mile with Leslie Sansone.
Actually, I'm challenging you guys who can to give this video a go. It is so much more than just walking. She warms you up, gets your heart pumping and your muscles working, then cools you down and stretches you out, and she is very encouraging. I managed to do the full twenty minutes today and it felt G.O.O.D! :-)
I'll get back to the strength exercises tomorrow. I'd been doing well working on my arms and abs etc and letting it slide the last few weeks has put me back somewhat. Still, it's never too late to get back in the swing of things, so out will come the weights tomorrow and then I'll be properly back on the wagon. If only the dratted ice will thaw so we can get out to Highwoods, my joy will be complete. *grin* Sadly, although our temps are supposed to be going above freezing over the next few days, they are also forecasting heavy snow for Tuesday as it sweeps across the country, so we could be back to Narnia for walkies very shortly. I just hope the ice melts first. *gulp* I can't remember a winter like this in my life! :-) The last time it snowed was 8 days ago, but we still have snow on the ground, although it is solid ice now. The pavements are horrendous! Shows how cold it has been all week. I stubbed my toe on what looked like snow yesterday morning when I was feeding the birds. Who knew you could do that! LOL
So, away to get my somewhat late evening meal now. Tagliatelle and ratatouille with a sprinkling of proper cheddar on top. Yummy! :-)
Have a great rest of Boxing Day!
We finally dug Sophie's tennis balls out of the snow!
Watched Alice last night.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Remember when Lucy went through the wardrobe into Narnia and found that solitary lamppost in the middle of the woods?
Well, I decided that the modern equivalent is this:
A solar panel in the middle of Highwoods. Much use it will be today though, with all that snow on it. LOL
Below is a selection of my favourite photos from our walk in Highwoods today. We didn't get the early start I'd planned because I finally managed a decent night's sleep and didn't get out of bed until nearly 10 am.
Our painted doorstep. Strange, huh? I still say "Why?" *grin*:
Virgin Garden Snow:
Trees in our street:
The obligatory tunnel photo. Otherwise known as (for today anyway) Entrance to Narnia:
Other equally brave souls were about today:
Nature's Totem Pole:
Ivy kept clear of the snow:
The trees and bushes look spectacular in their winter finery:
The beauty just takes my breath away:
A couple of Lowry-style Shots:
The lake is still frozen:
Self-Portrait Having a lovely time in a hat I made using a knitting loom. :-) The bright scarf is for finding me easily if I fall in a drift! LOL
In the woods:
Civilisation, otherwise known as the Highwoods shop car park. Tara and Sophie posing for the camera, or at least trying to, until Sophie thought she saw a squirrel. LOL
This, believe it or not, is a photo of the Dipping Pond:
Berries really stand out against the snowy branches:
More tree shots as we approach the end of the woodland area:
Exiting the woods for the fields:
All the way through the woods we kept getting showered with snow as the light winds rustled the tree tops, and I got a shot of Tara as the trees had their last bit of fun as we left the woods:
Another beautifully etched tree:
This gate is grinning at us, don't you think? Look at all those teeth! LOL :-)
Finally! I get a decent shot of Tara! :-)
Preparing for takeoff!
Tara informed me that Arians are born leaders, which is why she ventured off the lightly beaten track to lead the way across the fields for future explorers. "Wow Mum! Look how deep the snow is Mum!"
It's THIS deep!
"Come on People! Home's this way! I can smell the red paint and the Baker's Complete!" LOL
"Wait! Wait! Was that a squirrel?"
And so we say farewell to Highwoods and watch more intrepid explorers navigate the Entrance to Narnia. Good luck my friends! Stay safe, and if you see Mr. Tumnus, give him a hug from us!"
The snow had one last surprise for us as we reached our house. Look what happened to the snow that attached itself to our gate! Talk about snow sculpture!:
I hope you enjoyed our walk through Narnia Highwoods.
Have a Serene Sunday!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Very, very luckily for Bryony and Rob, they flew back from Iceland last evening, getting to Rob's parents' in Horsham before the snow started in earnest. Bryony wanted a White Wedding, but with so many people needing to travel safely we kind of cancelled that wish. :-) So today she got a White Church Blessing instead. :-)
The snow did mean a number of guests didn't make it, sadly. The blessing has been organised by Rob's parents to give their extended family a chance to celebrate the wedding. Rob has a very, very, very big family. Quite a lot of them came to Devon, and many more are attending the blessing.
We were invited, but couldn't be away two weekends in a row. It wouldn't have been fair on Sophie or Anne and Pat to disappear again so soon, and it is probably just as well, because we wouldn't have been able to get home again tomorrow. Looking at the weather Bry and Rob will probably be stuck in Horsham for a day or two. Not that they'll mind I'm guessing, though Rob tells me they plan to head for Devon as long as ice isn't too much of an issue. :-)
As for me, I plan to get up bright and early in the morning to take Sophie for a walk in the snow at Highwoods. Want to get out there before all the regulars turn the place to ice. :-) This dratted cold is hanging on to me but I will not let it beat me into submission! Fresh air is good for me! So there!!! *grin*
Sophie is a major snow dog. I reckon she was a Husky in a previous life. She has been out in the garden several times in the last few hours, and is now sitting sulking by the back door because I'm ignoring her wanting to go out yet again! I am so mean to that dog! LOL
Here's something amusing...
A council worker came through my gate and knocked on the door today. When I answered the door he was on his knees in the snow painting my doorstep red! I told him to go for it, but that I didn't want the back doorstep done, and left him to it.
So sad a sight to see this guy going door to door in the snow with the soul purpose of painting doorsteps. :-) I have one question... Why? Not why is it a sad sight, but why are the council spending money painting doorsteps? *shakes head in disbelief*
So, that is me for another day. I'm getting so little sleep currently that I'm exhausted. When I do sleep I seem to be planning a wedding in my dreams, though for the life of me I can't understand why! :-)
Well, to sleep, perchance to actually sleep and not dream about weddings. :-)
Friday, December 17, 2010
Before I start this blog I just want to tell all my Sparkfriends who are being buried under feet of snow, that I am thinking of them, and if I was close enough I'd be there with a shovel to help dig you out. Keep safe, keep warm. *hugs*
I just love this weather, when it isn't being a pain in the butt, sometimes literally. :-) We woke this morning to a light dusting of snow, and iced up puddles, but for the most part the area around here is safe for cars and pedestrians....for now....they are still threatening vast dollops of snow over the next 24-36 hours.
At 9.30am Pat, a lady from the SESAW animal rescue centre, arrived to pick up that 60kg of dog food I've been holding onto for several weeks. Turns out messages didn't get sent on, and she only found out about the offer after I rang the centre on Wednesday to find out if they still wanted the food. A combination of bad weather, and our wedding trip had meant delays on both sides, but at last the food is where it should be... heading for the bellies of rescued mutts at the centre. YAY!!!
To celebrate, Sophie and I set out for a romp at Highwoods, and I took some photos of iced puddles that I thought looked really pretty. When ice is this colour and in small amounts it is easy to avoid and lovely to look at. Nature sure knows how to beautify a place! :-)
As you can see, it is a lovely day here, even though it is below freezing:
But clouds are gathering and there is a distinct pink haze to them:
The clouds are appearing from the south and west, and I was surprised by that, because the overnight chill came down from the north. Turns out we are going to be getting hit from the south too, and they aren't quite sure how far north this particular band of cloud will get. We could get sandwiched and only get a trickle of snow, or we could get smacked hard. Time will tell I guess. :-)
Colds/flu are running their course. We are both over the worse I think. We're aiming for a quiet weekend of R&R. :-)
It is neighbour Anne's birthday today, but as she has only just got over her own cold she is reluctant to have us round, plus David's may be TB-related, so we exchanged greetings by phone, and I hope to finish her pressie today, a hyperbolic scarf of my own design in green, her favourite colour. I still have her Mum's shawl here as well. Maybe next week I'll finally get to give it to her. :-)
Photos to follow once the shawl is delivered. :-)
Have a wonderful day!
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