Friday, December 31, 2010
Them's the headlines folks! *grin*
Yes, you read that correctly. :-) We started off having a lovely walk, even though it is still extremely soggy underfoot. We walked up two fields, across to the woods, along the bottom woodland path, visited Grandfather (an ancient Oak Tree by a pond), and then walked down to the lake.
It was as we were circling the lake that I spotted two policemen on the opposite shore. I thought they were community police at first, though why they would be wandering about Highwoods I don't know. As we got close up I realised they were police proper, so to speak. :-)
I passed them as they headed up the hill and I then got chatting with a lady who happened to be an off-duty policewoman. As we were talking a police helicopter arrived, and it started scanning the woods. She was most intrigued as to what was happening and wandered off after the officers, presumably to find out the situation.
Sophie and I continued our walk, and as we approached a copse a Squirrel broke cover and shot across in front of Sophie, racing into the trees right in front of her. Well, you know Sophie and Squirrels. *grin* She started darting to and fro, trying to get under the trees after the squirrel, and I suddenly realised that the police helicopter was taking quite an interest in what she was up to. Sophie finally admitted defeat, and we walked on, the helicopter still hovering overhead.
As we were leaving the field we bumped into a Police Dog Handler and a high ranking officer. The Officer told me that a man had absconded from A&E during treatment and run into the woods, so they were trying to find him. He would be easy to recognise as he was covered in blood and bandages!!!
I assured the Officer that had I spotted anyone covered in blood I'd have dialled 999, and that I would keep an eye out for him. It wasn't until we were on our way down the path that I clicked that Sophie's antics with that Squirrel probably made the police in the helicopter wonder if she had spotted the missing man! had I clicked I could have tried signalling to them that she was just after a Squirrel, but how do you mime "It's OK. My dog's after a squirrel" at a police helicopter? LOL
All the way home we kept bumping into people who were speculating as to why the police were out in force, and someone said there might have been a bank robbery because all the bridges have been closed, and there were police cars and officers on foot all over the area. I don't know yet what the full story is, but if I find out I'll let you all know. Needless to state, I didn't spot the man anywhere, and I'm rather glad I didn't! :-)
So, there is no snow to speak of left at Highwoods, but despite the thaw the lake is still largely frozen at this point.
Now I plan to post this blog and then get settled into my armchair with my crochet so I can watch one of my all-time favourite films, and here I am showing my age. Rex Harrison as Dr. Doolittle! I love this film so much, and rarely get a chance to see it these days, so as one of the TV channels has kindly decided to show it I don't want to miss out. :-)
I'm working on a Aran Granny Square Blanket at the moment, and there are still a lot of squares to make. :-)
So, have a wonderful New Year's Eve, and I'll catch you all later.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
...your daughter's laptop refuses to acknowledge the wi-fi and you find you are sharing your computer, and she is getting the lion's share of hours because she does so much studying and role-play online. *sigh*
We are currently in email discussion with Belkin, so please wish us luck for a speedy resolution to the problem, before we tear each others hair out! LOL
In the meantime, I have managed to keep up with my plans. I've tracked food and fitness each day so far this week, missed my water by a couple of glasses yesterday and Monday, but otherwise on track, and I've done cardio and strength training. I completed that one mile walk video again on Monday, and felt confident to tackle Leslie Sansone's two mile walk in 32 mins on Tuesday!
Hee hee hee. I did it, even though it is rather more work than the single mile, and I followed it with upper arm strength training, and let's just say my shoulders and arms are not happy with me today! LOL Boy she works you hard on the two mile walk, but it is exhilarating to complete it though!
The great news is that the thaw has finally arrived, so I can put Leslie on the back burner for a while and go walkies in Highwoods again. It has been ten days since we were last there and both Sophie and I are sick of football and fetch in the garden now. :-)
The joy is that the snow they forecast became rain instead, so although it is very soggy underfoot, the last of the ice is disappearing fast as the temperatures remain above freezing for now. Don't we Brits love to talk about the weather! LOLOL
Tara was finally feeling well enough to venture into town today. She has REALLY suffered with these bugs, and had a relapse a few days ago, just as we thought she was out of the woods. But today we walked into town so I could pay a bill and grab a new Brita water filter, and Tara got to spend her Christmas money at long last. She did well in the sales. With £25 she bought a calendar, a diary, a DVD of Coraline, a CD -Imelda May's Mayhem album, and three playstation games for the PS2 - Classic Sonic the Hedgehog Avatar - Legend of Aang, and Happy Feet. *grin* She is a very happy bunny. :-)
Well, I'm going back to my inbox to try and catch up with a few of my friends' blogs before Tara needs to get back on here.
Forgive me for this one, please! Too good to resist!
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!
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