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Time to Spring Forward in the UK

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Yes, tonight we spring forward and lose an hour of sleep. :-) Darker mornings and lighter evenings, which always has the ability to please some and annoy others. My personal idea to solve the issue once and for all is to compromise: get everyone in the world to move their clocks forward by half an hour on the same weekend, and then call it a day on the whole springing forward and falling back each year. :-) Of course, getting everyone in the world to agree.... LOLOL

In fact the whole subject of time zones, never mind how some of us play with them each spring and autumn and some of us don't, is quite complicated. I always (naive little me) imagined the world covered with twenty-four imaginary vertical lines, each denoting one of the twenty-four hours of the day. Wrong! LOL

Oh, were it that simple...

Take, for instance, the tiny 300 metre long Market Reef Island in the Baltic Sea. It belongs to both Sweden and Finland, which are in two different time zones. When Finland built the lighthouse, they accidentally placed it on the Swedish side of the timeline. So, in 1981 they re-drew the timeline to put the lighthouse back in Finland, and ensure an equal division of the rest of the land so that it now looks like a couple of jagged 'Z's across the island. LOL

Then there's Antarctica. Since the South Pole is the point at which all the world's lines of longitude meet, in theory it could be in any time zone. Most people who operate there use their own time zones, however, so currently there are 16 different times there! Even the UK is tricky in the Antarctic and has two time choices three hours apart - don't ask me how! LOL

Then there is the difference between Russia and China: Both are huge countries, but Chine operates with only one time zone, whereas Russia has Nine!

And what about the countries that don't work in hour-long increments? Nepal is 5 3/4 hours ahead of GMT, and the Chatham Islands off New Zealand are 12 3/4 hours ahead (if I calculated correctly).

Did you know:
This year, in Turkey, daylight savings is starting a day later than usual - because 1.5 million students take important exams on March 27th and it was thought the clock change would cause them extra stress. :-)

And all this is just a sample of the differences that abound in time zones around the world. :-)

So, you can see how very complicated the time zones are, and why people can get so frustrated by any changes that are made. Things really are quite complicated enough already. LOL

This Time Zone Broadcast has been brought to you coutesy of Lexie's Curiosity, combined with a fascinating interactive Globe the BBC kindly placed on their website *grin*:


Have fun! :-)
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 3/28/2011 9:56AM

    Very interesting info in this blog, Lex. And ROFL at the last photo!

But you know what I say? Boo to the time change!
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SCREWIE 3/28/2011 6:17AM

    Fascinating blog, thank you!

I need that alarm clock too :)))

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CHEVY63 3/27/2011 10:18PM

    Enjoy the time switch - we did that last week. It's been nice to have more daylight in the evening!


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TRINA001 3/27/2011 6:27PM

    Love the half hour idea, way too logical for me to have though of :)

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TWOTIMESS 3/27/2011 4:42PM

    Too complicated, by far! We don't change our clocks at all and it's a blessing!

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WANDAH3 3/27/2011 11:16AM

    My life would be so much easier if we just stopped playing with the clocks in the spring and fall. But hey...the world doesn't revolve around me, *grin*
I'd love to think that it did, but the reality is No.
Thanks for all the great information.


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SILLYHP1953 3/26/2011 6:23PM

    Our time changed the day after I got back from Italy, so a measily little hour didn't affect me at all! I already had six hours to deal with. It is kind of interesting how everyone deals with time...and it's just something we invented anyway.

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JOANNA202 3/26/2011 6:14PM

    Thanks for the informative blog - never thought I'd be learning all that on spark! :-) Hope you sleep well through the changes. I've just started a sleep diary with the time change right in the middle of it, doh!

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SENATOR9 3/26/2011 12:48PM

    We in emoticonhad our time change two weeks ago We have 6 different time change from the Atlantic to the Pacific for a total 4and1/2 hours and the province of Saskatchewan don't change .Great blog emoticon

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LIFEISSWEET2 3/26/2011 12:12PM

    DLS not my favorite time but boy, did I just get a huge laugh with the last photo...now that's an alarm clock!

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JHADZHIA 3/26/2011 11:50AM

    I am so happy my time remains always the same in my little province of Canada. No worries on clock changing or missing appointments. I feel sorry for all those who must change their clocks. The number of clocks and electronic devices I would have to change in my apartment would drive me crazy.
Thanks for all the interesting info!

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ALICIA214 3/26/2011 10:55AM


Not to mention Newfoundland has a half hour difference with all the
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Tigger Badge found, and those Blog ads are intrusive.

Friday, March 25, 2011

I am attempting to control my anger at the intrusive ads on my blog page by remembering what a nice day I was having, until I saw the latest adverts on my blog. There are TWO now, both at the top of my blog page, in the damn way, and BOTH advertising tuna, a fish I loathe and that makes me feel sick to think of. Why should I have to feel sick just because I went to my Sparkpage to write a blog?

This really sucks!!!!!!

OK, rant over. I already complained to the powers-that-be, not that they seem to be listening. Now I've had my little moan, and hopefully tomorrow they will at least be advertising something that doesn't make me ill, if they haven't taken the damn things away from our personal pages altogether (she says pointedly - yes Sparkguy! I'm staring at you! *grin*)

So, on to something more pleasant, I hope.

I mentioned recently to Chris, a Co-Leader of the Finding and Loving Your Inner Tigger Sparkteam, that I used to have a badge with Tigger's face on. It was a big badge too, about 4 inches across, and bright pink, which seems an odd choice as the background for something orange and black, but it worked. The problem was that I'd lost it. I hadn't seen it in months and had no idea whether I even still had it.

Well, it would seem that my insistence that we springclean Tara's bedroom today paid off, because in the course of sorting through her clothes, we went to the spare clothes hangers box and what do I find under them, but a collection of ornaments, candles and stuff that I cleared out of my sitting room about a year ago and put in the box in case I needed them again, and what was at the bottom of the box? You guessed it! My Tigger Badge! Yay!

Here it is in my hand so you can see how big it is...

And here it is on top of the TV in all its colourful glory because the hand pic was a bit washed out colourwise...

So I have decided it is my official Finding and Loving Your Inner Tigger Membership Badge! *grin*

Sophie and I had a 2 1/2 mile walk at Highwoods today. I was only going to do a short walk initially, and hadn't put my walking boots on because I was intending to stick to the paths. Once we got there though, the fields were calling, and as they looked pretty dry we headed up the first field, planning to circuit it and then go home.

But apparently I had other ideas and at the end of the first field the second one was calling, and I figured it would be a good idea to see if that field was dry too, so we continued on our way. It was slightly muddy in spots but was mostly dry, and as we approached the entrance to the third field I could see that half of the entranceway to that was also dry, so I decided to take a peek through the gap before continuing round field two and then heading for home.

What I saw as I walked through the gap made me stop dead in my tracks.

It is hard to show you the sight that met my eyes in all its glorious detail because the phone camera is not the best camera in the world, but as I slowly walked towards the beauty in the distance before me I took shot after shot, and am sharing some of them with you in the hope that I can convey at least a little of the wonder I felt at the sight of multiple Hawthorns in full May blossom gowns!

Such an awesomely beautiful sight. I'll let the pictures speak...

Glorious! *happy sigh*

We then walked across Boat Field seeing as that looked dry too, and I got Sophie to sit for a portrait partway across:

So we had a lovely time! :-)

See? A lovely day, full of enjoyment, prayerful walking, active spring cleaning and finding my Tigger Badge, not to mention the yummy Roast Chicken dinner treat tonight. Nice. :-)

Hope your day was also a good one! Spark ads notwithstanding. ;-)
Lex xxx
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If you get this one you are showing your age! LOL

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MNOT2THICK 4/1/2011 11:37AM

    Wonderful photos. I loved the one about batman. emoticon

I agree with you, totally dislike the ads on my blog page. Annoying to say the least!

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LEANNAW4 3/27/2011 8:31PM

    Lexie - love the blog. I also am annoyed by ads. I don't know if it's available to you on UK browsers, but there's a browser extension/app out there called Adblock which helps cut down the ad clutter quite a bit. I know the ads help keep the site free, but they often do cross the line into intrusiveness.

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SILLYHP1953 3/26/2011 6:30PM

    I don't notice ads in the way on my blog page. The ads are everywhere, but not actually in the way.

That is a pretty cool badge!!

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TRINA001 3/26/2011 6:19PM

    Yes, I'm showing my age lol.
Your Sophie looks like a cousin of my Amy! (I'll upload a pic of her on my page)

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JHADZHIA 3/26/2011 12:39PM

    Awesome!! LOVE those bloom photos! LONG way away from any of that here yet :( Cute that beetle crossing Abbey Road lol. I always loved that cute little car!!
Well done with your longer walk! So glad you found your button!!
Linda xxx

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CARLA-216 3/26/2011 10:17AM

    Beautiful day and beautiful sights on your walk! Sophie looks like she's grinning from ear to ear!

Glad you found your Tigger badge. I'd love roast chicken dinner!


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DAVEINSEOUL 3/26/2011 8:54AM

    Pretty cool blog (rant not withstanding).

Don't be too mad at Chris for the ads - he's trying to keep all of this free (free Sparking is good!).

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CHRISTURTLE 3/26/2011 1:11AM

    Love your blog, such wonderful photos of the walk you and Sophie shared, and I couldn't find fault with their quality. Love Sophie's photo, she looks so very happy to be there with you. I just read Screwie's comment about her suggestions for a new phone, when you decide to upgrade, and I too have a Sony Ericsson phone and the photos are wonderful.

I love your Tigger badge! I am going to search for a Tigger badge of my own, there is sure to be one available somewhere, even if I have to take a picture of Tigger and go visit every school fete till I find one with a badgemaking stand! (Do they still have badgemaking stands at school fetes? Do they still have school fetes, for that matter?)

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SCREWIE 3/25/2011 8:33PM

    I'd never seen the alternative Abbey Road shot, love it!

Your mobile pictures looked good, but if you're not happy with them, when it's time to upgrade I suggest a Sony Ericsson.
The pictures of Florence I linked from my blog some time ago where taken with one of those.

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Mother's Day Came Early For Me

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tara and I went into town today. I needed to pay a bill and get a Brita Filter for my water jug, and Tara wanted to get my Mother's Day pressie.

Glorious day again:

We parted at the bottom of the High Street, to give her some more practice at independence, and she headed for HMV while I headed for Robert Dyas and Hughes. I did my chores and then went to meet her at HMV. By the time I got there she was already at the desk paying for something, so I held back because I didn't want to accidentally see what she got and spoil her fun. Besides which we still have ten days to go until Mother's Day. *grin*

She couldn't contain herself. We had barely left the shop when she said, "I looked for Bat Out Of Hell for you, but I couldn't find it. No, that's not true. I found it." (She tries to be sneaky but she finds it impossible) LOL

I said, "Did you get it? No, don't tell me, you'll spoil the surprise, and we still have ten days to wait."

She tried so hard not to say anymore, but we only got a few steps further when she burst! "It was on special offer, so I got it!"

So, an album I have wanted for some time on CD so I could upload it to my computer is finally mine, and thanks to a totally impatient and excited daughter, I have it rather early. But that doesn't matter! Seeing her so animated and thrilled to have found something she knew I would love was a joy! :-)

We then popped in to Game for a very special reason. It is Tara's birthday in about three weeks, and I am buying her a Wii Console. Actually, we are using her birthday as an excuse to get one. LOL. It will be a pre-owned one because it is all I can afford, and she knows it will be a week or three after her birthday before I have the cash together for it, but she doesn't mind! She is just so excited that we will finally have a Wii. I am excited too. I am looking forward to seeing how it enhances my activity levels. I hope to add the Wii Fit Plus (also pre-owned) to it by the summer. In the meantime we are getting Just Dance (which we both want), and that Zumba game when it comes out, which will probably kill me, but I'm determined to try it! LOLOL

We also both have our eyes on the Grease game based on the film, and Tara wants Harry Potter and Pokemon games too. :-) We are so excited. :-)

I did think long and hard about buying new using my Littlewoods Catalogue, but they hike the prices up to cover the interest they 'claim' they don't charge us if we pay over less than a year, and a bundle that is just the console and a couple of games would set me back over £300!!! It is just an insane amount to pay, and the Wii Fit Plus isn't even included in that price! That would be another £170 or more on top! Totally crazy!

Anyway, we are very happy with the prices quoted to us in Game and we're putting every spare penny back to pay for it. :-)

Last chore before heading home was a trip to the bookstore to see if it is possible to get Charmed and Sabrina the Teenage Witch Books. That was mostly a no, sadly. No joy with Charmed at all, but they did have one last Sabrina book in store, and it was one Tara doesn't have. Unfortunately she had already spent up, and I was too broke to cover it. We were walking out of the shop when I suggested we ask them to put it back till next week. We went back and asked and they were happy to, so Tara will pick it up next week when her pocket money hits her account. :-)

We walked home through the park as usual, popping into the pet store on the way so I could show Tara the dazzling array of Baker's Dog goodies they have. I can't wait for those vouchers to arrive. I'll be straight down there to raid the low-fat dog treats section. *grin*

Hope you are all having a wonderful day.
Lex xxx
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TRINA001 3/25/2011 6:46PM

    aw, thast so sweet of Tara :)
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BOVEY63 3/25/2011 1:14PM

    The funniest thing happened while I was reading your blog - the song "Paradise By the Dashboard Lights" came on the radio. Too funny!
The gift was so sweet as was the story of how Tara couldn't wait!
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CARLA-216 3/25/2011 12:30PM

    Oh how sweet of Tara! I love that she tries to be sneaky but cant.

A Wii will be a great gift for Tara (and you). I don't have one but so many folks I know do and they love it.


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ANNEMAC5 3/25/2011 4:29AM

    I have bat out of hell, been a while since I listened to it so I think I will dig it out and put it in the car and have it up really loud as I drive to work to-day.
Lovely day for you and Tara, there is such pleasure in giving I could feel her excitement.
Hope you are pleased with the wii when you get it, you are both going to have fun.
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CHERIRIDDELL 3/25/2011 1:45AM

    Blimey the Wii Fit would cost more that the Wii console does here !One of my friends that comes to visit from Liverpool bought a multi-systems just so I could send her DVD's and she could buy them when she was over as they are so much cheaper here!

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SILLYHP1953 3/24/2011 9:35PM

    OK, I'm confused. Is Mother's Day not in May over there? I guess it must not be. I haven't listened to that album in years, and I do mean years. So, Happy Mother's Day to you!

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LINDABENEDICT 3/24/2011 9:16PM

    Happy Mother's Day...how sweet of Tara !!! And what a great present for both of you...the Wiii !!!!! emoticon

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Porage Division Question

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


What is the quickest and most effective way of making porage for two in the microwave and evenly dividing it so that each person gets a fair share?


Leave the microwave on full blast until half of the porage has overflowed onto the microwave plate, that's how!!!

I'll leave to your imagination the look on my face when I opened the microwave door and saw what had happened. *grin*

See kids? I keep telling you I am losing my mind. You just won't believe me though, will you. Well, now you have proof! LOLOL

Incidentally, Tara ate was was left in the bowl. I got the spilllage for breakfast. It was edible, but I think I'll stick to more conventional methods of sharing the porage in future. It'll also save on the washing up! *grin*

In less messy news...

Highwoods was just beautiful this morning. Sophie and I went to the Pets At Home store first, to weigh her and get her some teeth-cleaning treats. While I was there I checked that I could redeem Baker's vouchers there. You see, I got a phone call last night from the Bakers Team, asking if I would like vouchers instead of food deliveries for the remaining nine months of my prize. (Remember that Year's Supply of Baker's Complete Dog Food I won back in November?) The beauty of the vouchers means that I can buy any Baker's products I want to - food and treats - between now and 31st December this year. The value of the vouchers is around 250, so that's a lot of food and treats! :-) If I stick with deliveries, I will just get her meals and have to buy treats myself. I like the voucher arrangement instead, and the store is happy to accept them, so we are delighted! :-)

After that, and discovering that I'm not the only one who has put on weight, we headed to Highwoods for a brief walk along the path before going home. We walked as far as the Narnia Lampost (remember my winter blog pics?) then walked into Boat Field and walked back alongside the path in what was a bone dry field. It is so good to see dry mud at last!

Tree and field shots:


It was a very pleasant walk. :-)

Have a porage-explosion-free day Everyone! *grin*
Lex xxx
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LINDABENEDICT 3/24/2011 5:51PM

    I have this situation with the microwave all the time ! Such a mess to clean up ....but at least it's edible !!!! Beautiful pictures !!!!

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I.M.MAGIC 3/24/2011 10:07AM

    emoticonWhen that used to happen to me there was never anything left--everything was stuck like glue (or oat scented cement!) to the bottom-top-sides of the microwave!...of course I only had one serving in it, my ex didn't like oats! LOL

Thanks for the memories! LOL

LOVE the countryside... I live in the city, in a neighborhood where you don't walk unless you have no choice, so my exercise is mostly indoors--I ENVY you, girl! I'll bet Sophie loves it too!...

You have a wonderful life, and a great sense of humor--thanks for sharing it with us!

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CHEVY63 3/24/2011 9:24AM

    I have had that type of explosion in my microwave too! Not at all fun to clean.

So glad that you can get the voucher for Sopie - yummy treats for her!

Thanks for posting the pictures of your walk - it looks lovely. We've had a reverse in the weather. Yesterday we had a high of 70, and this morning it is 32! Brrrrr!

Hope you have a lovely day!

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WANDAH3 3/23/2011 6:33PM

    The universe is definitely working in your favor...how wonderful to be offered the option of the vouchers. Sophie is one lucky doggy.

I am so in envy of your lovely walks. We have had snow and sleet all day today. I'll be back to shoveling tomorrow morning if this keeps up.

Have a great evening.

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TWOTIMESS 3/23/2011 1:52PM

Oh yes, been there, done that, cleaned the microwave and cussed! So our Sophie will need to take you on vigorous walks to get her girlish figure back? Those vouchers are great! I so LOVE those trees on your walk, Lex. There isn't a park within walking distance from my house and the few that are in the area are so dangerous, even the cops steer clear of them. Such a pity! It's a good thing Hitchcock didn't think of Cats - they're not evil... they just plot to take over the world! Hehehehe! (My evil cackle...)

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BOVEY63 3/23/2011 1:29PM

    Thanks for the laugh Lexie!
Highwoods does look beautiful. I can't wait for our snow to melt and the buds to start blooming.

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JHADZHIA 3/23/2011 12:08PM

    I find it so easy and quick to do oatmeal in the microwave! But you can't ever leave it, boils up in 10 seconds! I just give it ten second increments until its done. My plastic cup has easy clean up.. No waste, no messy pots, just eat it out of my cup (its a measuring cup).
Gorgeous photos!!
That is wonderful about the vouchers!!
You have yourself a fantastic day!
Linda xxx

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ZURDTA- 3/23/2011 10:25AM

    Oh dear! I find it easier to make the porridge in the pan. Actually, I can do it that way quicker than my boyf does his Oats so Simple in the Microwave - he is very precise with measuring even though you just empty the sachet then fill the sachet with milk and empty it into the bowl with the oats. He makes it hard work I think.

Beautiful photos... Spring is wonderful and so lovely to see it in evidence. We are very lucky aren't we?

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CARLA-216 3/23/2011 10:12AM

    I've had a porage explosion before. What a mess!

What a lovely walk. I just love when you share pics of your walk!

Very nice that you can redeem the vouchers at Pets At Home. :)


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TRINA001 3/23/2011 10:09AM

    Lol, your porridge picture looks so familiar.
If you ever find a way to stop this happening, please please let me know :)

do you have any pictures of the Narnia lamp post?

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/23/2011 9:23AM

    I too have used your method of porage division.There is comfort in knowing we are not alone.

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SILLYHP1953 3/23/2011 9:00AM

    I've learned not to use the microwave for oatmeal, or to do so very carefully! We have a few trees with flowers. I've almost stopped at someone's house to ask them what kind of tree is in their yard. It is full of beautiful pink flowers already.

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Got a new toy! *grin*

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I ordered it on Sunday, and it arrived this afternoon. I unpacked it, set it up, and Tara and I have been playing with it ever since! Well, mostly Tara actually. She has never played it before and is having a whale of a time. She won't play against me yet though. She wants to get in some practice first. Don't know why. I only played it once before, at a friend's house, when I was about ten! I'm hardly great at it myself! LOLOL

Action shots:

Ball dog is sad, because there is no 'fetch' required:

Awww, poor Sophie. Never mind. I'll hit some of her balls down the garden for her. That's better :-)

Or perhaps not so much! LOL

In other exciting news:

'Ne'er cast a clout till May be out'

The May (Hawthorn) blossom is out at Highwoods!

Yay! The May is out, so we can take off our winter wear at last! Some people think it means the month of May, but logically that doesn't make sense to me, as May itself can be a very warm month, so you would hardly want to keep your winter woollies on until the end of May.

The May blossom is a much more logical choice for this saying, as Hawthorn is about the most common hedgerow plant in the UK, and is easily recognised when the blossom bursts into bloom. Also, it tends to blossom when the weather, and consequently the earth, starts to warm up.

It is out very early this year. We still have over a week of March to go! I'm not complaining though. The winter has had us in its grip for way too long! :-)

So, will I get to play Swingball again today? *goes and peers out of the kitchen window* Unlikely! Tara is imagining a Quidditch game with the Swingball, in between batting balls down the garden for Sophie. Looks like I'm crocheting again! LOL

Have a great day everyone!
Lex xxx
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ZURDTA- 3/23/2011 10:10AM

    I love swingball... love it... I gotta get one this summer!

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WANDAH3 3/23/2011 7:30AM

    I'm so in envy of your blossoming trees....ours are still buried under piles of snow! It will be awhile before we can enjoy seeing the ground again.

I haven't seen one of those swing ball forever! Thanks for the great memory boost. We used to have one in our backyard too! So much fun.

Have fun.


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FRAN0426 3/23/2011 1:07AM

    Lucky you, spring has sprung. We have been getting slussy rian, turning to ice with snow on its way. WE had just begun to see parts of the yards free of snow and now this again. Well, March can be our snowist month. Sure loved seeing the garden and flowers on your blog. I jist have to wait a couple of momths and we will be done with winter.

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CHEVY63 3/22/2011 8:22PM

    That looks like a ton of fun! Hope you and Tara have a great time with it.

I'm jealous of the beautiful flowering trees. We have a coupl of weeks yet to go. I do have a couple of daffodils that are blooming. Of course, they're predicting snow at the end of the week.

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SCREWIE 3/22/2011 7:00PM

    Looks like a good workout, and fun!

I hope the sun is on its way to stay here!

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TRINA001 3/22/2011 5:30PM

    cool, our kids love swingball, ours is still in the shed, I need to get it out now the weather is nicer.
One bit of advice with it is not to leave the bats out in the sun, because the plastic goes quite brittle.
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DARACOX 3/22/2011 4:18PM

    Looks like fun! And I bet it could be a great workout!

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BOVEY63 3/22/2011 4:05PM

    Swingball does look like fun - Enjoy!
The blossoms look so wonderful. Can't wait for some here but will have to wait a couple months.

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CHRISTURTLE 3/22/2011 3:52PM

    Oh you make me want to play too! Here it was called Totem Tennis, if it's the same thing, lol. A tennis ball attached to a post with a swivel attachment at the top. I only played once or twice when I was young, but now it really looks like a lot of fun, lol. Only trouble is Ned would have the post eaten in a day or so, the rubber attaching the ball to the post would only take a second, and he can chew through a tennis ball in under 5 minutes. Sadly, his 'dark side', aka Destructo Dog, is flourishing... Larry my handmower is now without the tread on one wheel, the clothesline is no longer able to be used - he pulls everything down and chews it to boot, and the handle is now partially digested. They are Destructo Dog's good points. Ned on the other hand, is an absolute angel, gentle, loving, quiet, happy and smiling (yep, he smiles) 100% of the time. Just wondering how to rid him of his DD alter-ego....

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LIFEISSWEET2 3/22/2011 3:26PM

    Looks like fun! Reminds me of tetherball but in miniature and with the added fun of paddles! When you and Tara play I bet you'll be winded from all of the laughter! Enjoy!

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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 3:00PM

    Don't think I've ever played this game, but sounds fun!!

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JHADZHIA 3/22/2011 2:08PM

    Never heard of this game. In school, we played something called tetherball, but it was a volleyball sized thing we hit with our hands and who ever could get it wound around the pole first would win. It was hard hitting and sometimes you could get a good whack upside the head or a crunchy fingers pinch, but it was exciting.
Enjoy!! Its always fun to have something new to do!

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CARLA-216 3/22/2011 1:40PM

    That looks like fun! Maybe Tara will let you play every now and then. :)

The talk of May blossom and taking winter woollies off reminds me that when I was a kid, my mother would not allow us to wear shorts or go barefoot outside until May 1. I'm not sure where she got that "rule" from, but it was hard to still abide by considering we can get very warm in April (and even March).


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OFFDREA 3/22/2011 1:17PM

    That looks like fun!!!
All those ball pics are funny, both my dogs are OBSESSED with tennis balls!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/22/2011 1:03PM

    Wish I could come over and play!

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ODDLASS 3/22/2011 1:03PM

    I never knew anyone with a swing ball, I think my family thought it looked a bit dangerous! 'Y' could have somebodies eye out wi' that!' is the saying that comes to mind. .... never went in for extreme sports in my family!

As to 'casting clouts' I sure do know the saying, and seeing the blossom, I might stop wearing my thermal knickers soon.


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P0KERS0PH 3/22/2011 1:01PM

    Swingball is a lot of fun, but can be an accident waiting to happen in the wrong hands lol!

I think we've been quite lucky that it's warmed up so early on this year. Mind you the last couple of years we've had really hot April's...fingers crossed!

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TWOTIMESS 3/22/2011 12:38PM

    I haven't played SwingBall in about 30 years! Does the string still fly off the top? It's great hand-eye co-ordination for Tara. Poor Sophie! Can't join in the fun... Oh well, Lex, sounds like you're going to have to wait until Tara tires of the game before you get to play.
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GRAMPIAN 3/22/2011 12:17PM

  Enjoyed this. The game looks like fun. emoticon

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