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Day 205: Has Anybody Seen the Big Garden? We Can't Find It!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Tis true, tis true!

Jo rang me this morning.

She said, and I quote:

"I'm just ringing round to tell everyone that we aren't opening the Big Garden today for several reasons, the main one being that we can't find it!!!"

Yes people, the white stuff has effectively buried the garden so well that there is little to see.

This makes me feel better, because I hate to let people down but the pavements are treacherous here today, thick with ice and trampled snow. With a couple of steep hills to negotiate also, I knew I wouldn't have been able to get there today anyway.

I told Jo this, and she said,

"Isn't it great when you worry that you are going to let someone down, and then the someone rings and lets you off the hook!" LOL

I do like her sense of humour. *grin*

You know, she is a big kid when it comes to snow. I wouldn't be too surprised to find she has cancelled so she can have all that snow to herself. :-)

Apparently, last year she spent days building a huge fort!

You have to admit she has dedication ... and a good eye for detail! LOL

So, I went to bed last night feeling a little sick, and with a bit of a temperature, and this morning I'm still feeling 'weird' for want of a better word. So, with nothing to take me out of the house today, I think I'll have a quiet day and chillout.

At the end of last week my Land's End to John O'Groats walk was nicely on target. I've walked 713.4 miles in 203 days which is an average of 3.51 miles per day.

My current daily step target is 7700.

My current weight is 12 stone 7 3/4 lbs. So although I'm not dropping any further at the moment, I'm not gaining either, swaying between 12.7 and 12.10 for the most part.

I hope to drop a little more weight in time. I still want to reach a firm size 16 instead of being 'between sizes', so getting below 12 stone would probably clinch that. :-) Currently though, I'm very happy with my efforts since joining Spark, because I have already dropped 2 stone! I have to keep reminding myself of that when the scales don't move much.

So, whatever the weather, be safe and have a great day everyone! :-)
Lex xxx
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ANNEMAC5 2/6/2012 2:43PM

    Hopefully the big garden will be found soon. There does seem to have been a good bit of thawing out to-day but I think there is still more snow to come. It is lovely as long as you do not have to go far in it. I like the building Jo did will you be learning how to do this too? Hope you are feeling less weird (is that possible).
Glad you liked my dinner blog... the lemon cake is yummy

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_LINDA 2/6/2012 12:45PM

    Your snow made our news alright! Meanwhile we can't even get anything!! So glad you didn't have to go out in all that muck, and they way you are feeling not a good idea anyway.
Rest and take care of yourself, feel better soon!
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 2/6/2012 12:25PM

    Good idea to stay inside where it's safe and you can get to feeling better soon.
Conditions here today are sunny and warm for this time of year - not much snow left on the ground (we should be buried under a few feet).

Love the pics!

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SENATOR9 2/6/2012 11:35AM

    And here in Calgary Canada was +15c on Saturday and +8c Sunday Woke this morning to 1cm of snow but will be +1c by 2pm emoticonweired

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CARLA-216 2/6/2012 9:47AM

    I hope you feel back to normal real soon, Lex!

I agree with what Jo said...about being let off the hook so you don't feel guilty. That's always nice!


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ZURDTA- 2/6/2012 9:29AM

    Yep - snow! In England. Of course it has more or less gone now... but the country was rocked by snow for a day!

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MAURIZIA 2/6/2012 8:11AM

    Lexie, I love your sense of humor. Spoke with my kin in Rome, Italy yesterday and they also have sn*w, which they normally do not get. As Wanda said, last year it looked like there here in the eastern U.S....not that I mind but I did get about 7 days of working at home because of it. We are expecting a bit on Wednesday eve...the only evening I am out & about to see "Mary Poppins" on stage. Ah, perhaps Mary can make it all disappear!

Enjoy your day at home. Hugs.

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WANDAH3 2/6/2012 6:51AM

    We have been watching the news broadcasts and are amazed at the amount of snow in your part of the world. That was us last year. This year has been unbelievably weird for weather. We have all of about an inch on the ground and temperatures that have been extremely mild this winter. This is the first winter in years that I have not had to shovel snow!

Hope you are feeling better.

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NEW-CAZ 2/6/2012 6:41AM

    No quity complex then Lex, you're off the hook LOL

love the cat pic it made me LOL.

Hope you get your steps in, I'm sticking to my stationary bike and core workout in the warm today. I'z not daft emoticon

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LILRED75 2/6/2012 5:55AM

  It's nice when friends get you off the hook when you need it!

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Day 204: Snow Day!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

It is customary to show off the snow we get gifted to us before we get sick of it and it turns into a muddy slushy mess, so here are my contributions to that custom. :-)

Feel free to skip if you are already up to your patoot in the stuff and more than ready for the thaw! :-)

Action shot! Otherwise entitled 'How to Throw a Snowball at Yourself'! LOL

Sophie loves snow football!

A perfectly iced table showing we had about 6 inches of snow in all overnight.

The most astonishing thing I've seen so far this year...

icicles hanging from ...

and I kid you not ...

hanging from a spider web!

naturally the water on the bird table freezes and the Maggies were pecking at solid ice yesterday, so I pulled out some old plastic containers I never use and filled one with water and put it out yesterday afternoon.

This morning it was apparently frozen solid, so I brought it indoors, and replaced it with one of the others.

After twenty minutes or so I saw it was yielding around the edge so I tipped it upside down in the sink to let the block of ice melt.

But, it was only solid across the top and around the sides. Turned out I had a perfect ice bowl full of water!

I tried to take it out of the sink to get a better pic but broke part off one of the sides. Still, you can see the rest of it, still half full of water.

In other news...

I'm having a rest day. I dug a path through the snow from the back door to the bird table and another from the front door to the road, and that is me done for the day. :-) I haven't had a lot of sleep, and I have some interesting pains here and there, so I'm taking a break from exercise. Not as much of a break as I would have, had the snow not materialised, but there you go. :-)

So, not much of an entry for my first day with my new exercise notebook. :-)

Never mind. I'll be playing Just Dance catchup, and working on Wii Fit Plus routines again tomorrow, noting my scores and minutes in my notebook for the various Spark Challenges I play.

I won't be able to go to the Big Garden tomorrow. It will be too treacherous a walk sadly, and I don't know anyone who could give me a lift.

But, if it clears up enough, maybe I'll be able to get there on Thursday instead. :-)

Enjoy your Sunday!
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 2/6/2012 9:44AM

    I hope your interesting pains are not bothering you by now.

We haven't yet had one bit of wintry precipitation here this winter. I hope it stays that way!


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MNOT2THICK 2/5/2012 6:12PM

    Pretty pics of the snow. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 2/5/2012 2:34PM

    Love the sign that you found to get a photo of...
I just finished all my shoveling this morning and plan to watch movies this afternoon as a reward.
Don't do too much and make yourself sore...
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SENATOR9 2/5/2012 2:05PM

    You can keep all the snow over there

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_LINDA 2/5/2012 12:35PM

    Love the snow and ice, so pretty! Our normal winter seems to be passing us by -a whole winter of icy streets is not fun, would rather have some nice soft snow to walk in, at least its not slippery..So ugly brown and dry. Skin seems to crack as soon as you bathe before you get the lotion on, and even that doesn't fully help..My hands just burn in water, cracks and cuts all over..
Sorry if this all turns to ice for you, hope not :(
Enjoy your restful Sunday, seems like a good pajama day..
Linda xxx

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NEW-CAZ 2/5/2012 12:14PM

    Hi Lex, love all the pics, same scenes here hun.
It looks great for now but I hate the slush, please let the thaw be quick, I hate going out in the snow and ice.

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BOVEY63 2/5/2012 11:21AM

    Your pictures look quite familiar (except for this year when we are breaking records for lack of snow). Good idea to stay home and not taking the chance of injury outdoors.

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ANNEMAC5 2/5/2012 11:01AM

    Hi Lexie I was just reading yesterdays blog when you posted this one. Love all your pictures as always. I can now enjoy the snow as I am home from work and do not have to work tomorrow. It does look beautiful but my wheels were skidding and the hill to work is treacherous. Coming back a bit of the A12 was closed so took ages to get back. A pity you will not get to the big garden tomorrow, your fence looked great. Sophie will get very cold feet playing football.
I put lots of seeds out on our bird table yesterday and lots of little birds and a squirrel have visited to-day. I don't think I will be doing much exercise today just a bit of reading and tv.

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AJB121299 2/5/2012 10:56AM

    sounds like an enjoyable day

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/5/2012 10:55AM

    I hate winter...period! emoticon

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Day 203: Blackbirds, Notebooks, Snow and I built a fence!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Just a very quick blog...

I've found out where all the local blackbirds live. I've been missing our pair and their young. I think they've moved into this bijou block of Ivy Flats just down the road from us...

There's the Hubby doing a fly-by! :-)

Seriously, though, I must have counted 9 separate blackbirds while I was walking through this small alley yesterday. :-)

Today marks the end of my second exercise notebook in 8 months!

I started this one on the 6th June 2011:

It was an A5 notebook, and I'd filled it up by the 23rd October.

Then I started using this one on 24th October 2011:

Today I filled its last page, so tomorrow - Day 204 - I start another new notebook:

I wonder how long this one will last! :-)

Here are a couple of photos of the snow we have so far outside the house:

It is about an inch deep at the moment. They are telling us we will have quite a bit more than that by morning.

And finally...

Last Monday at the Big Garden, I built a little fence from scratch! And here it is!

I may not make it to the garden this coming Monday if the snow hangs around, but we'll see.

Maureen Lipman is in my bathroom! LOL I always keep a book in there for those slow fibre days, and her 'I Must Collect Myself' is the latest in my collection. :-) I got the idea from a friend many years ago who kept books by Thelwell and A.A. Milne in her bathroom, among others. :-) I spent many a happy few minutes in her bathroom whenever I visited.

So, what do you read in your bathroom?
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 2/6/2012 9:40AM

    I really love that fence, Lex! Great job!

I'm quite impressed at how you've filled up two notebooks in less than a year. You'll have this third one filled up in no time!


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SENATOR9 2/5/2012 2:03PM

    Fence looks awesome

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MAURIZIA 2/5/2012 9:31AM

    Okay, Lexie, if I win the lottery either I have to come there or you here to teach me how to build that fence. BEAUTIFUL!

Love the notebooks...They are so pretty. Do you decorate them? Sometimes you just need to see things in b&w!

Hope you don't get too much sn*w...of course, you know how I feel about it! :)

Enjoy your Sunday!!

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NEW-CAZ 2/5/2012 3:40AM

    Great job on the fence Lex! Looks great.
I can't say that I read in the bathroom.
i just use the Spark fitness tracker.

Happy Sunday! emoticon

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_LINDA 2/4/2012 9:40PM

    Great job on the fence!! Looks awesome!!
Wow! Everyone's getting snow except me!!
I don't have time to read in the biffy. My problem is the opposite -if I don't get there fast when I have to go, I may have a problem in my pants!! I guess all those fruits and veggies I eat give me more than enough fiber -quite often I am over in fact, according to my tracking and I rarely eat grains!
Love your notebooks! Though I do wonder why the waste of paper, cute as it is, when Sparks tracks all fitness for you?? Doing double duty? I don't do extra work if I don't have to, but recording the same thing in two places, or you don't bother to track it with Sparks?
Have a Super Sunday!

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ANNIE924 2/4/2012 8:31PM

    Hope you don't get too much snow. I love your little fence, looks like it took a bit of effort to get made.

I also have books in my bathroom, for the same reason. emoticon

What do you put in your exercise notebooks? I presume it's a record of all of your exercise each day, what you did for how long etc. Is that correct. A good idea to keep the notebook. I may steal the idea if you don't mind, might be quite motivating for me since I like to see things in "black and white". Comes from being such a concrete thinker.

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GRACIE4ONE 2/4/2012 7:55PM

    Love it !!!!

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Day 200: The Dog Poo Fairy Strikes Again!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

As I hit a magical point in my Land's End to John O'Groats walk - namely the 200 days mark - I share a little fairy magic with you all by way of celebration, that you can play with and then pass on to others. :-)

And you will want to play with it if you have a dog. LOL

This is the latest anti-dog poo littering campaign poster at Highwoods:

I noticed after uploading the photo to my computer that there was a website address at the bottom, so I typed it into my computer, and this is what I found:

My Sophie is a Country and Western star!!!



Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 2/2/2012 9:19AM

    Brilliant campaign, and lovely Sophie :)

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    Loved it. Had to turn our Carlton into a country singer too. (He's quite into Dolly Parton, having a dance whenever she's on the radio).

Like the campaign too. As a responsible dog owner I find it pretty annoying that there is so much dog muck about.

Thanks for the chuckles this morning.

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_LINDA 2/1/2012 8:02PM

    Too cute!! Go Sophie!!
Thanks for the chuckles!
I just looked up Probus Club and saw that its origins started up in the UK! Then I saw what it meant, and oh boy, what did I just get myself into?? LoL. More senior retired white collar business professionals, much like the bridge club!!
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Oyyy, this is so not me, former factory worker and store clerk.. But they sound like they do some fun things. Think I can fake it??
Have a Terrific Thursday!!
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 2/1/2012 1:27PM

    Thanks for the laughs!
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Congrats on reaching the Day 200 mark!
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MAURIZIA 2/1/2012 1:06PM

    Lexie, this is the best thing for me to find after a 2 hour meeting where lots of folks spoke...but nothing was accomplished! Maybe I need to take that dog waiting line at the "rest room" to the next meeting! :)


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BOE4LIFE 2/1/2012 11:51AM

    A friend of mine had a dog and to show how smart he was he asked him to count to 10. So the dog went to a tee and pooed, went to a second tree and pooed then went to a third tree and pooed. Upon returning the dog received great praise. The person requesting proof of the counting dog asked how that proved the dog could count. My friend told him it was so simple then pointed out the dog had counted tree and a turd, tree and a turd tree and a turd adding up to 10. (3 1/3) emoticon

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PAWSINAZ 2/1/2012 11:38AM

    I love it! I think this is much better than the signs that state the law and the fines.

I'm here is Chandler, AZ, we have these lovely 6 foot high cinderblock walls surrounding every house. What disturbs me more than the person that doesn't pooper scoop....is the people that clean up their backyards by tossing the poop over the wall. There is one yard we walk by and the poop is about a foot deep!!!!!

I think people don't realize the amount of diseases that can be transmitted though poop. One sniff of parasite infected poop can send your dog to the vet with worms It is a little bit more than a poop on the shoe issue.

My dogs have all been taught "No DO-DO" or "EWWWWEEEE DO-DO" and they have been conditioned to stop sniffing and jump away. People must think I am insane when I scream that one....LOL!

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IDLETYME 2/1/2012 11:23AM

    Really cute! Love those early morning laughs. Makes the day better!
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NEW-CAZ 2/1/2012 11:22AM

    I love the video. It's about time there was a campaign, nothing narks me more! emoticon

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SENATOR9 2/1/2012 11:17AM

    That dog line up is funny

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GERIKRAGH 2/1/2012 10:54AM

    Thank was a cute link. You had me roped in with the title!

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CARLA-216 2/1/2012 10:50AM

    I love Sophie's video! I also love the doggy poo campaign. I always carry the pooper scooper with me when walking Charlie. I can't imagine not cleaning up after my dog.

Carla xxx

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ANNIE924 2/1/2012 10:42AM

    This is cute, thanks for the laugh. Have a great day. emoticon

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Day 197: Roadwork Pixies + Mini Diggers = No Power!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

We have a plague of Roadwork Pixies in this area at the moment. These creatures descend on our roads, dig holes, and then disappear, leaving road traffic and pedestrians alike with the most amazingly intricate hazards to negotiate.

This is what a trip between my house and Waitrose currently looks like...

Bottom of my street:

Outside the Co-op:

Opposite the walkthrough to Waitrose (note the newly filled in hole in the foreground as well as the new hole further down the road on the opposite side):

Proof that the Roadwork Pixies do eventually creep back and fill the holes in again... In this case, during the time it took me to get my groceries. :-)

They are sneaky little critturs these Roadwork pixies. Just for fun they like to occasionally take their Mini Diggers and use the buckets to mangle stray cables that happen to be in the hole they dig.

A while ago you may remember me mentioning that works at the other end of our road resulted in a power outtage of some considerable size and duration when a digger went through both electricity cables and Virgin's media cables.

This time the Roadwork Pixie at this end of the street (see pic 1) put his digger bucket through our electricity cable. Sadly, this was not a very smart Pixie. He sat on his digger trying to ring the electricity company as one by one, local residents went down to ask if he was the reason for the sudden cessation of their power.

The reason I say he wasn't a very smart Pixie was not so much that he sat there for all to get aerated at, but that he only managed to take out our side of the street from number 2 to number 26 (my house!) I mean, if you are going to do the job, do it right and take out half the town for goodness sake! ;-) If you don't do a thorough job of it chaos and rivalry ensues! As in this case. :-)

Instead of total cameraderie in our street, I had the dubious honour of having the neighbour on one side as bereft of electricity as me, and the neighbour on the other side happily using his power tools and washing machine, oblivious to the chaos just the other side of his fence. LOL Not to mention the gloaters across the road, smug in the knowledge that they could still watch TV and play on their computers, while waving their nice warm cups of tea at us. LOL

But once we had established that the Roadwork Pixie was at fault, by dint of going down and asking him ourselves what he had done (he must have got heartily sick of us all by the end of it), Tara and I toddled into town for a bit of a mooch, hoping that the cable would be fixed by the time we got home.

This was particularly important to me because I just happened to have a load of Just Dance Bingo's to dance and claim - the largest number in one go that I'd ever had! Five Bingos! Quite the collection! But unless the power was restored I couldn't dance the dances to claim my bingos.

We had a good time. I was broke, but Tara had pocket money, so we strolled around, she bought a couple of CDs and we came back via Castle Park, and were delighted to see the swans close to the footbridge:

And on the way back past the railway lines, I was struck by the amazing red of these branches:

Not to mention that the gorse is in flower - in January!!!

And one of the neighbours had these crocuses nestling in her front garden:

Sadly, we came back to find that we were still power-bereft, and indeed, were settling into the kitchen where we could have the benefit of heat from the gas cooker, and a table for some candles so that we could at least see well enough to play Monopoly in the rapidly encroaching darkness, when the power finally came back on 5 1/2 hours later! So, a mad dash to the TV and the Wii and I did my dances, and was lucky to only lose one Bingo because of the delay. :-)

So that was Friday! :-)

Well, it is late, and I must away, before the hot water bottle loses its heat. It is a pretty cold night tonight.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :-)
Lex xxx

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CARLA-216 2/1/2012 11:14AM

    So sorry you lost power. That is such an annoyance and inconvenience.

The photos are beautiful. I love swans. And those red branches would have caught my eye as well! I need something like for more winter interest around my yard.

Carla xxx

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BOVEY63 1/29/2012 6:22PM

    We have those pixies here too.
The swans are beautiful ~ what a wonderful site to come upon.

Have a wonderful week.

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ANNEMAC5 1/29/2012 2:56PM

    Love your clever blog. Sorry about the disruption to your power but you did get a nice walk. Love the pictures. Hope there was no more problems yesterday or to-day. I woke up to thick freezing fog this morning I went in to work for a 7.30-1 shift but I have started with a stuffy runny nose. I think it is all the changes in the weather,,, must keep my vest on
Anne :)

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SENATOR9 1/29/2012 11:38AM

    Well it was a nice get away Hopefully the're done digging in your street for this month emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 1/29/2012 10:43AM

    Loved your blog, road pixies, so that's what they are called, lol. I am sure here in the states they are called many names and not so nice as road pixies. The swans are beautiful, we have a bird sanctuary that we like to go to in the spring and fall and I love watching the swans. Glad your power got restored. I overhead a cashier at the grocery store the other day commenting that her crocuses were coming up and she was afraid if it snowed it would hurt them, our Jan. had been a pretty mild one so far, now we have about 3 inches of snow on the ground and may get 1-3 more today. DD and I are meeting my sis and her two DD's to go see a movie this afternoon. Enjoy your Sunday. I like what you posted on Serenity Sunday.


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MAURIZIA 1/29/2012 10:09AM

    Lexie, I love your blogs...I always feel as if I live by you...sorry about your power gone. Happens to me all the time as well...but it is usually auto accidents...or a gale!

Enjoy a serene Sunday!

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ODDLASS 1/29/2012 3:55AM

    Nice photos Lexie, every season has it's colour, I have been struck lately by the deep blue of the frosty sky just before sunrise. perrrty!
Shame about your power going though. I have a friend who lost her power a couple of weeks ago, ONLY her house, and roadworks not that close. and the middle of our town has been having cables laid (for street lights I think) for weeks and made it a pain to drive into town. Them there pixies are naughty !!


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NEW-CAZ 1/29/2012 3:28AM

    What a wonderful way to get away from annoying road works an unwind Lex. Beautiful photos and lovely scenery, bliss.
Hope the rest of your weekend is powered. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/28/2012 10:27PM

    Ahh roadwork, the bain of people who travel by cars, but those of us using our feet can easily navigate these barriers..Never heard of much in the winter time -earth here is too frozen to dig..
Gorgeous photos of the swans and WOW! Flowers in January, what is up with that, is that normal there??
Back to basics, when was the last time you played a game that wasn't electronic -nostalgic fun :)
So glad you didn't lose all your Bingos!
Hope the rest of your weekend is well powered!
Linda xxx

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