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Day 4/1000. I've found my default exercise for this challenge!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It takes fifteen minutes to walk the entire length of my road and back at a decent pace I discovered today. :-) Needs must when the Devil is being a literal pain in the everything! LOL

So, today being a pain of a pain day, I decided to wait till the meds kicked in and then I walked out of my front gate, turned right, and stayed on our side of the road all the way to the last speedbump which is about 20 feet from the end of the road. Then I walked across the speedbump, and walked the length of the road on the other side, until I reached the last speedbump at our end of the road, crossed that speedbump, and walked back up to the house.

Perfect! The minimum 10 minutes achieved! Now I can go to sleep. LOL

Actually, it is surprising how a little walk like that can boost you even when you aren't feeling the best, and right now I have shooting pains all over plus what feels like the start of a headcold, so I am pleased as punch that I didn't just give in and call it a lost day out of the thousand, tempting though the idea was this morning. :-) Time will tell what this ickyness develops into, if anything. I hope it doesn't. What with planning on walking into town to buy the Wii tomorrow and all the family plans for the Easter Weekend, this would be lousy timing - sadly something I am all too good at sometimes. *grin*

Actually, I can't go to sleep. I have work hours to do. Time to drag out my Norman Wisdom Collection and sit through some of his antics while crocheting I think. :-) He always makes me smile.

Don't Laugh at Me Cos I'm a Fool:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbwS9qcpi0k

Hope he will forgive me if I at least laugh WITH him today! :-)

*Pauses for sneezles*

Have a lovely Tuesday everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 5/9/2011 7:40PM

    Way to go on getting those 10 minutes in while you're in pain. I will be getting up from the computer and on the treadmill tonight. You are inspiring.

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SCREWIE 4/20/2011 4:08AM

    Well done for finding ways to keep moving for your challenge.

I'm going through an awful hay fever phase, and I feel chocked up most of the day. It's tempting to stay indoors with all my windows closed. Luckily I need to go out Censussing so it gets me out of the house, moving :)

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_LINDA 4/19/2011 3:52PM

    Good for you persevering through the pain to get your ten minutes in!!
So sorry you are getting sick on such an important weekend :(( Get lots of Vit C, and rest where you can get it..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CARLA-216 4/19/2011 2:57PM

    Wow, that's great that you got a little walkie in even when not feeling so swell. I hope you're feeling better soon!

xoxo
Carla

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ALIONHEART 4/19/2011 2:00PM

    Great self discipline, the thought of a 10 minute walk can seem as daunting as a 10 mile walk, when your in pain and under the weather.

Go girl go!! xx emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/19/2011 11:38AM

    My default exercise is the recumbent bike and I read while biking to try and forget the pain ! I hope you feel better .We are like two bookends today I am fighting some lurgy too.we are both tough we will win! I loved the classic rock LOL!

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BOVEY63 4/19/2011 11:21AM

    Way to go on getting in some fitness time even when you're in pain.
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Sure hope you feel better real soon.

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NJMATTICE 4/19/2011 8:58AM

    Sounds like you are prepared to get that 1000 day streak! Good for you.
Have a great Tuesday!
Love,
Nancy

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Day 3/1000 and Tree Pictures

Monday, April 18, 2011

It was a beautiful day today. Perfect spring weather!



I am claiming as Day 3 of the 1000 Day fitness challenge the walk to Tesco Extra, which we did via Highwoods to get some really enjoyable walking in rather than just using the main roads. :-) We got a good pace going for at least ten minutes of that time, which is why I am claiming it for my fitness challenge. I was seriously huffing and puffing by the time we exited Highwoods at the Chanterelle car park. :-) Definitely got some good cardio in!
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On the way back, because it would have interrupted my cardio on the way there, I took lots of pics of the trees, as some are truly breathtaking this time of the year, so here is a selection of some of my favourite trees between home and Tesco Extra.

































And yes, I know that the last picture isn't a tree. LOL It just looked so pretty there, pushing through the concrete, that I had to include it in the collection.

There is no such thing as a weed to my mind.... A weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place. :-) Or sometimes the right place, like this one, which brightens up a dull bit of concrete path. :-)

Wednesday is getting closer. Wednesday is Wii-Day!

Hope Monday has been good to you! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 5/9/2011 7:43PM

    Walking would be a treat with that scenery, and I really liked those flowers, too. I actually feel bad pulling weeds in my yard, and Mother Earth and I have conversations about it. But they are being composted.

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CARLA-216 4/19/2011 2:17PM

    I love trees, no matter the season. The little flower at the end may as well be a tree what with the way it's pushed its way through the pavement! :) It looks too pretty to be a weed, that's for sure!

Thanks for sharing all those beautiful tree pics!

xoxo
Carla
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SENATOR9 4/19/2011 9:34AM

    I can smell the tree from here and it so clean

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ZURDTA- 4/19/2011 3:28AM

    Beautiful trees - I love Spring.

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SCREWIE 4/19/2011 3:11AM

    Those trees have wonderful colours!

I love the 7th picture with the trunk, it reminds me of hobbits :)))

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/19/2011 2:15AM

    What a great way to enjoy your day. Spring is beautiful!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/19/2011 1:31AM

    What lovely trees but I must admit your firefox pictures tickled my funny bone ! hugs,Cheri

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_LINDA 4/19/2011 12:38AM

    Gorgeous trees! Its like you live in a storybook land!! Such pretty colors and shapes! enjoyed your trail walk! Great going with the fitness!
Looks like you are off to a running start with this challenge!
No green or blooms here yet.
Have a terrific Tuesday!
Hugs, Linda

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NJMATTICE 4/18/2011 9:11PM

    Thanks for the pictures. Very nice. Looks like it was a beautiful day 3/1000!
Love,
Nancy

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CHEVY63 4/18/2011 9:07PM

    So cool - I really love this time of year as the trees start to bloom and leaf out.

Thanks for the other pictures to make me laugh, too!
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TRINA001 4/18/2011 6:38PM

    Lovely pictures, I really like the tree with the twisty branches, I planted a contorted hazel tree in my last garden, then we had to move house. Lucky now though because theres a wooded area through a gate at the bottom of our garden.
LOL firecat!

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Day 1 + 2 of 1,000 Day Fitness Streak challenge plus ZooPics

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spark Guy has started a 1000 day challenge to do at least ten fitness minutes each of those thousand days, starting on Saturday 16th April. Here's the link in case you missed it:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM


I am determined to do as many of those thousand days as possible, so:

Day 1 (16th April 2011)

I'll count the ten minutes I spent on Tigger bouncing along to three songs while lifting weights. :-)

Day 2 (17th April 2011)

Walking a Mile with Leslie Sansone. (realised I had yet to do this, so leapt off my chair and grabbed my trainers.) :-)

All done! *grin*

This could be just the incentive to get back to regular blogging too. I have just been so busy with family visits, and short work weeks this month, and the Costo isn't helping, because it's there on a low level most of the time now. But even so, I know I can do a decent amount of fitness minutes each day, whether it is walking Sophie, bouncing on Tigger, stepping on Roo, or walking with Leslie Sansone, I can do something that gets my heart rate up for at least ten minutes most days. :-)



Also, and you may well have spotted this already if you check my feed... We are getting a Wii in a couple of days! We are so excited!!! We already have a spare set of controllers courtesy of Adrian (birthday pressie), and 40 from Family members towards the cost. Plus I had saved up 60 of rewards and money off vouchers with my Littlewoods catalogue, so Tara chose Mariokart and a Harry Potter game, plus I ordered - gods help me - Zumba Fitness, complete with a special belt to hold the remote. LOLOL When we buy the secondhand console on Wednesday, we get a choice of a game to go with it out of four options, and we both went for Just Dance. So all those should keep us pretty busy for a while! *grin*

Later in the year I hope to add Wii Fit Plus and Guitar Hero to the collection of games, and has anyone seen that exercise bike game? Wow! Fancy that I do, not half! But at 150 quid, I don't think it will happen any time soon unless I see rave reviews about it! LOLOL

Does anyone reading this have the exercise bike for Wii who can let me know how good it is? She asks hopefully. :-)

So we are counting down to Wii-Day. :-)

Tara had a wonderful birthday weekend, she says, changing the subject. *grin* The zoo trip was great, and all us girls had a wonderful family Girls' Day Out - the 'Girls' consisted of Tara, Bryony, Debbie (Rob's Mum) and Yours Truly! :-) It was very warm and sunny out of the breeze, and we all got very slightly sunburnt, which is almost unheard of in April. *Makes mental note to replenish sunscreen*

Sadly we forgot to buy the Zoo Poo, but we realised that we can visit the shops at the Zoo without going into the zoo proper, so we can go back anytime and get some if we want it. :-)

We took loads of photos with our camera phones, but a lot were marred due to having to take them through plexiglass. Still, we have a decent assortment to play with even so.

Here are a few Zoo Photos for your enjoyment:

My own little Managerie:



One of the Babes with Mum:



My favourite of the Monkeys - basically because they are black and white, and I have a real thing for black and white animals and birds. Look at the length of that amazing white tail! Absolutely gorgeous:



Meerkats!



Models and artwork are everywhere, like this one:



Pride Rock:



Oddly useful Lion:



A whole building was dedicated to Native American lore and history, and these are samples of the outside of the building:











The Petting Zoo area:



Tara has grown a bit since she sat on this giant tortoise statue:



Dad! Is that you?



And before I get accused of speaking ill of the dead, let me explain....

My Dad said that smoking was a filthy and disgusting habit, but he also firmly believed that in order to have an opinion about something, you had to experience it so that you had the experience to back up your convictions. To this end, every Christmas day, he would puff on one small cigar to reaffirm his belief. We always told him - in that loving way that families do - that he looked like a gorilla sucking on a piece of bamboo! LOL

Wanna see a Wallaby?



Aboriginal Art:







This is an open ant exhibit, which uses natural barriers of water to keep the leafcutter ants on the island in the middle instead of covering them in plexiglass. A few do reach the other side of the water using bits of leaf to float across, but that is as far as they can get apparently. It tells you not to lean on the edge, because the ants bite! Still, it didn't stop people from leaning on the edge. I have to wonder how many people end up with an ant to take home. LOL



One of the Tigers from the current breeding programme:



Wolf!



This area houses several different African animals. The Rhinos and Zebras share the space with Ostriches and Cranes and Giraffes:







And finally, my favourite experience of the day, and no, Debbie is none too keen on snakes, so we didn't go to their show. *so sad, awww* Well, I couldn't put her through it, poor love! :-) Instead we went to see the Raptor demonstration, which was all about British and European Raptors at the sitting we went to.

I had the joy of this beautiful Barn Owl flying right over my head:



And this one - the breeding pair were just awesome to see:



We also saw this kestrel:



And then this Buzzard:



And then the highlight of the show....

A European Eagle!!!

I had a close enough encounter with the Barn Owl, because I felt the wind in my hair as he swooped overhead, but the Eagle went one better. He hit me on the top of my head and hand with his wing as he swooped over us.

He flew from this perch...



....to this one:



And this is the photo I took literally a second before he hit me! LOL



Highlight of my day was chatting with the keeper after the show and checking I hadn't damaged his wing any! *grin* I doubt I will ever get any closer to an eagle than I did that day. :-)

Isn't he just magnificent?





So, that is about it for now. A lot to catch up on. :-)

I did get terribly behind with reading blogs and anything Sparky outside of logging in, spinning the wheel and filling in my nutrition data, but I am slowly catching back up, and if you are waiting for replies or anything, I hope to get to you very soon. :-) But don't be too surprised if I largely vanish again for a few days over Easter, because Bryony is visiting again, with Rob this time, and I suspect we will be quite busy again. :-) At least I finally get to see my Son-in-Law this year. LOL Haven't seen him since the wedding. Wonder if I'll get bear-hugged again LOL

Have a great rest of the weekend, and I hope the week ahead is good for everyone.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 5/7/2011 6:04PM

    Makes me ready to go to a zoo!! I'm behind on reading blogs, too.

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TIGGERRD 4/25/2011 3:24PM

    Great decision to do 1000 days of fitness!

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SENATOR9 4/19/2011 9:32AM

    Alway fun at the zoo great pictures

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CARLA-216 4/18/2011 3:45PM

    Great photos from the zoo, Lex! I love raptors and would have enjoyed the show. We have a raptor center here in NC that rehabs injured raptors before returning them to their habitat. We visited there a year or so ago and I loved it.

So glad to hear Tara had a great birthday and that the Wii will be here in a couple of days! Yeah!

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 4/18/2011 12:38PM

    So happy that Tara had a great birthday weekend. The zoo looked like a lot of fun (thanks for leaving out any snake pics).

Have a wonderful week Lexie!
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ALIONHEART 4/18/2011 8:11AM

    Thanks for sharing, it looks like a fantastic day out. I love your introduction to Easter on your Sparkpage too. I feel the same way as you, when I look at all the new life and spring flowers xx. emoticon

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WANDAH3 4/18/2011 7:34AM

    Lexie... love your blog, the pictures are wonderful. I especially loved the "oddly useful lion" grin. It's so nice to see somewhere where there is no snow and people can actually be outdoors without being bundled up. We are supposed to experience a balmy plus 3 today! Woo Hoo. All this dump of snow that we just got, might actually melt.

Have an awesome day...thank you for always lifting my spirits.

Hugs,
Wanda

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/18/2011 12:47AM

    As usual Lexie this was a brilliant blog that I enjoyed so much .I love the photos ! love and hugs,Cheri

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SCREWIE 4/17/2011 8:26PM

    Wow, great photos!

Enjoy the Wii when it arrives, and thanks for the 1000 Days' challenge link :)))

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CHEVY63 4/17/2011 3:32PM

    Wow- so much good stuff in one blog! I'm glad you're getting the Wii (I don't have one, so I can't make any recommendations).

Thanks for all the great pictures - looks like you had a very enjoyable outing.

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_LINDA 4/17/2011 3:11PM

    AWESOME photos! So nice with just a camera phone! Amazed what those can do!
Fabulous fitness! Enjoy your Sunday!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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Not been around much this week

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Hi all,
Had a combo of very bad TOM, spring cleaning, lawn mowering and Costochondritis to deal with all at once this week. NOT fun and a classic example of my lousy timing! LOLOL! *shakes head*

Still, I'm coming out the other end of TOM and the Costo now, so we got a good cleaning day in today, thank goodness. The bathroom and kitchen are gleaming, and Tara has been wonderful at helping out. :-) Tomorrow I need to dust the sitting room and wash down some of the doors and window frames, but that should do it. Will take down the curtains when I am fully recovered. :-)

My older daughter - Bryony - is arriving tomorrow for a few days (YAY!), and it is Tara's 15th birthday on the 12th, so we have a busy time ahead, and I won't be around Spark very much until about the middle of next week.

Bryony's taking us to the zoo on Saturday,
Zoo on Saturday,
Zoo on Saturday,
Bryony's taking us to the zoo on Saturday,
We can see the Lirpa Loof! (kidding)
We can stay all day!

We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo,
Wish you could come too, too, too
We'll buy some elephant poo, poo, poo
From the shop at the zoo, zoo, zoo
(Not kidding. They actually sell tins of elephant poo at Colchester Zoo for you to spread on your garden. LOL)



Freshly potted every day - a mix of Elephant and Rhino poo. You saw it here first folks! LOL More details here:

www.colchester-zoo.co.uk/shop/index.
cfm/fa/shopdetails/Product_ID/25


I hope to get loads and loads of photos of the Lirpa Loof and other assorted animals for possible future blogging. ;-) Rob's Mum is travelling over for the day especially, so we can have a proper Girls' Day Out. Debbie, Bryony, Tara and Me. Gonna be a good day. The weather forecast looks good too.

I'm just keeping everything crossed that my body behaves itself. It has run me ragged for most of the week. :-)

Catch you all again later.
Take care,
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ELAOPET 4/13/2011 2:54PM

    You had me google Costochondritis LOL Chest pain? I may have that! LOOL This is my inner hypochondriac speeking! hehehe
I hope you had a great week and are having some better days, no bad Costochondritis (I copy/pasted this LOL) to bother you!
I'm having rather bad TOM as well with new boobs and all swelling and making me feel funny...Not to mention hungry! Oh-oh!
sigh...better days are comming, I'm sure! (I hope LOL)
The weather is niice (was too hot for me lately, now comfy, windy and drizzling rain, loving it! I need it now to be cool and fresh, so I hope it lasts a while.)
Hope Tara had a great b-day!!!!
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SILLYHP1953 4/10/2011 12:36PM

    Add another happy birthday wish for Tara! It sounds like a wonderful week...enjoy!
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BOVEY63 4/8/2011 1:13PM

    Glad you're feeling better and hope you have an wonderful time at the zoo - even with the snakes (yuck!!)
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happy Birthday to Tara. My oldest son, Tyler, will turn 19 this Sunday and I will be 48 on the 16th - happy to be in Tara's company!
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ALIONHEART 4/8/2011 12:37PM

    Don't know how you managed to get the house gleaming, despite feeling yuk, you are a real trooper!!

Have a great time at the zoo, I look forward to seeing the pics in future blogs.

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CARLA-216 4/8/2011 11:51AM

    So glad to see you back, Lex, and that you're coming out the other end of TOM and Costo. Fingers crossed your body behaves for the zoo zoo zoo visit!

Hope you have a great visit with Bry (and Debbie, too), a grand time at the zoo zoo zoo, and I hope Tara has a great birthday, too too too!

xoxo
Carla

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WANDAH3 4/8/2011 7:23AM

    Happy Birthday to Tara...hope her day is wonderful. Glad to hear that you are on the mend. Miss you when you aren't here.
Enjoy your time with the girls.

I love the "elephant poo", made me giggle as Shyra gave me a lovely little journal for Christmas that is made from "Panda Poo"....yep, I'm serious.

Have an awesome next few days,
Hugs,
Wanda

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TRINA001 4/8/2011 7:14AM

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Hope the Costochondritis has completely gone asap, how dreadful!
Lol, the thought of the poo being freshly potted every day, Wondering if its purple lurpa poo?


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CHERIRIDDELL 4/8/2011 1:36AM

    Oh Lovely I love the zoo we have an elephant here too but she is elderly and infirm and everyone fights over her and says she should be sent to a retirement home for zoo and circus animals in California !

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SCREWIE 4/7/2011 7:21PM

    Have a lovely time at the zoo zoo zoo
Don't buy too much poo poo poo
Or you will be stinking too too too!

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DARACOX 4/7/2011 6:55PM

    Glad you are back! Have fun at the zoo! I LOVE zoos!

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The Lirpa Loof - a truly Amazing Animal!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

One of my all-time favourite That's Life documentaries! A creature from the Himalayas with the most astonishing ability to mimic anything it sees you doing.

Here's the Lirpa Loof in all his amazing glory:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwDwRsfUj6Y

Boy, this takes me back!!! LOL

I hope the link works for everyone. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx

  
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SCREWIE 4/7/2011 9:17AM

    The interesting thing about Lirpa Loof is that it comes out only once a year. It spends the other 364 days hiding from view.

It's a shame, really!

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Have a great thursday and then off to a great start for the weekend tomorrow!
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WANDAH3 4/5/2011 7:33AM

    That is the funniest thing I have seen. Thanks for sharing....hope you are having a great day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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SILLYHP1953 4/3/2011 8:59PM

    They may have been the last people to ever see one...cause I never have!

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LINDABENEDICT 4/2/2011 6:19PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!! Good one !

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BOE4LIFE 4/2/2011 5:15PM

    ty I needed a laugh

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TWOTIMESS 4/2/2011 12:41PM

    I just love the colour of his droppings! A fine specimen of Lirpa Loof!
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DARACOX 4/2/2011 11:42AM

    I'd never heard of this before.....you had me for a second there!

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