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Friday, March 02, 2012

Dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening
And live like it's heaven on earth.

Be happy!! emoticon

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SNUZSUZ 3/4/2012 2:30PM

    Love it! thanks!

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MARTHA-ANN 3/4/2012 2:22PM

    Glad you all enjoyed it, I thought it was very true.

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XME501 3/4/2012 11:34AM

    Miss Sunshine!

This is great!! Just what I needed to start my day. Was a little down - after the funeral yesterday. Faber was a dear man and will be so missed. He always sat next to me in our Sunday School class and we shared so many memories of my father-in-law. (They were great friend for many years.) And, my daughter has know him her whole life - he was an important part of her growing up.

Thank you so much for sharing!

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SUE_2U 3/2/2012 7:33AM

    Wonderful start to my day! Thank you, Sunshine! emoticon

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ROX525 3/2/2012 5:38AM

    thank you

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TUESDAYSOFF 3/2/2012 5:29AM

  good words great for motivational help cheers nothing matters unless you can say you are trully happy

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Pink ink heart Valentine zentangle I made for my DH...that's supposed to be us in the

I like to zentangle, I find it very relaxing and I can watch telly at the same time.

You don't need to be artistic, just do whatever you's a glorified doodle really but I enjoy the challenge of trying to create something a little different each time...and I like to make up unusual names for the pieces I've created.
Sometimes I'll give them as presents or cards but mostly they're just in an old briefcase and I look at them from time to time.

All you need is black and coloured ink pens, some pieces of card, I often use the backs of old christmas cards unless it's for someone, and away you go.
Each shape is filled with whatever little design you create, tiny circles, crosses lines, dots...the list is endless.
When it's round and black it's traditional and is called a mandala but really you can just do whatever you want.
I like black traditional ones best but sometimes I inject a small amount of colour to them or else do the whole thing in a colour, what ever I feel like at the time.

Here are a few of the many I've created:

Black ink swirl zentangle

a touch of blue and pink

This one's in black, silver and gold, it doesn't show up too good here but the shape was inspired by a documentary on dinosaurs

I like this pattern, I use it a lot often in different colours

Not real keen on this but I never throw anything away, just learn from them!

This is the first one I ever created, it's a coloured mandala

If you want to see more with better detail you can click on this link then click on my 'zentangles, mandalas, doodles (set) in blue writing, then click it again, you can then click each each thumbnail to view on large.

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SUE_2U 3/1/2012 9:16PM

    Zentangles???? Wow I had never heard them called that. You've taken doodles to a new artistic high! Beautiful work!

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NURSEA32 3/1/2012 8:16PM

    They are so beautiful!

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Lofty heights

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oliver's Mount is a five hundred foot high hill to the south of Scarborough affording magnificent panoramic views over the town and surrounding areas.
There's a wonderful little cafe-cum-restaurant set on stilts into the side of the hill so you can eat and take in the panorama at the same time.

One of a series of three hills with Falsgrave to the west and Jacob's to the east, it is pre-historic and was originally called weaponess Hill.
Legend has it that it gained the name of Oliver's Mount when Oliver Cromwell sited a battery here during the civil war in 1645 for the bombardment of Scarborough Castle but historians say Oliver Cromwell never came to Scarborough.

Oringinally surrounded by water, the remnant of which is the mere from my previous blog, it was probably a pre-historic defence hill.
Now part of the Oliver's Mount Country Park it has wonderful nature trails and walks through the wooded sides of the hill down to the mere.
It is also the home to the annual Oliver's Mount Road Races where motorcycles tear around the circuit in it's beautiful setting.

At the summit is a magnificent seventy five foot high obelisk memorial to the fallen of the two World Wars...though other recent conflicts have now been added too. It is surrounded by pretty flower beds and seats where you can sit and contemplate in the peaceful and tranquil setting.

Panoramic view of Scarborough's south bay, harbour and castle hill

Memorial plaques set into the back of the seats in the memorial garden

Scarborough town crest

The magnificent seventy five foot high obelisk memorial to the fallen

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MARTHA-ANN 2/29/2012 6:54AM

    Thankyou, Sue I love wandering about with my camera.

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WENDYSPARKS 2/28/2012 4:28PM

    Very nice pictures!!

Wendy emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 2/28/2012 4:21PM

    It sounds like a beautiful place to visit, I love reading about those times.

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SUE_2U 2/28/2012 1:23PM

    A small historically important town, obviously! How very picturesque! And interesting! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Looks like you're having fun tramping around taking pictures. My bf just bought a new Canon digital. I'm hoping I can learn to use it, too. I just have a little digital and his has a lot more features.

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MARTHA-ANN 2/28/2012 10:51AM

    That's OK, it's not a city though, just a small town.

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ECONLADY 2/28/2012 10:41AM

    Wow! What a beautiful city! Thanks for sharing!

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a Sunday sashay

Monday, February 27, 2012

We walked around Scarborough mere on Sunday afternoon.
A remnant of a larger body of water which surrounded Oliver's Mount, it now covers sixteen acres and is owned by the Scarborough Angling Club.
It was windy and very chilly but enjoyable non the less.
My arthritic knee has been playing me up so we only did three miles, I find if I push it I can get relief the next day. I enjoyed the walk but paid for it overnight with a lot of aching though this morning it's a lot easier.

The dried brown grasses and sedges at the waters edge were beginning to show signs of green shoots at their bases, the iris were pushing out shoots and the hazel catkins were swaying in the wind.

There were a few hardy anglers, bundled up to the nines, either sitting in their little green tent structures or else huddled in their chairs and braving the wind. They didn't seem to be catching much and some were already packing up while others just looked positively fed up!

There were a few families out for a stroll in the fresh air, exuberant children feeding the ducks and running riot amongst the bushes, letting off steam whilst indulgent parents ignored them and walked arm in arm under the trees.

Some of the waterfowl were already pairing up, the crested grebes were doing a display dance but others were still in family groups.
The geese seemed to be pairing off, they weren't all together in the huge flocks they arrive in and there were lots of herring gulls taking a vacation from the seaside.

There were a few despondent looking snowdrops but no spring colour to speak of except a few buds on the flowering currant bushes and the odd red viburnum berries the birds had missed.

Here are a few pictures:

A male Canada Goose asks a lady to take a stroll...

She agrees and he trumpets his glee to the world!

A pair of Embden Geese with a juvenile

A flotilla of Embden Geese go past

A pair of Greylag Geese, I love the way he's balanced on one leg!

Who're you looking at?
His beak is a beautiful colour.

A Mute Swan's feathers are ruffled by the wind

A white Pekin drake and his Mallard duck...a pairing of different species

A lovely young birch tree, delicately silhouetted against the sky, is endowed with witch's besoms. They're caused by a virus or fungal disease and don't do the tree any harm.

An angler, bundled up against the biting wind, waits for a nibble!

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SNUZSUZ 2/28/2012 9:07AM

    Great pictures! Thanks:)

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/28/2012 3:14AM

    Beautiful birds, and beautiful photos. The Birch Tree was interesting. Love how the other tree bends over, and in the water. Hope your knee has calmed down!

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ECONLADY 2/27/2012 12:36PM

    I'm not sure which I like better the pictures or the writing. The writing is very poetic and I can see what you are describing. The pictures are fantastic! Not only are they clear, its the composition. It's a beautiful balance and the angles give that little extra.

My daughter has just taken her first photography class and the teacher is seeing what I saw six years ago, my daughter can just automatically see how the picture should look. Like you her composition and angles are not ordinary and quite beautiful. You can feel the emotion of the subject.

Okay I love your blogs!

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XME501 2/27/2012 11:51AM

    Beautiful!! So glad you enjoyed your walk. It has been just too windy here in Pendleton the past few days to walk outside. And, this morning got up to a dusting of snow. And, that is not safe for me - I just do not want to fall, so will not chance it.

But, will get to the club today. Have been going most every day and really enjoying it - think I am getting "addicted". Have even lost a pound!!

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see what a touch of sunshine can do...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

It's been a bit warmer this last week, mainly due to the wind dropping.

Surprisingly Thursday's weather was supposedly warmer than the continent at seventeen degrees...we never quite made that here, it was more down the south of the country but the sun did appear, albeit briefly, causing the bees to stir and the spring flowers to open.

Here are a few pictures taken in my garden



miniature iris

a bee on an aconite

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MARTHA-ANN 2/27/2012 4:19AM

    Thanks everyone, it's just spring waking up

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/25/2012 4:49PM

    Your flowers are beautiful. Good for you, you captured a Bee. They are hard to shoot. You must have sent your wind this way. Today I woke up to wind. Spoils my outing for the lake. Hopefully tomorrow will be nicer.

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ECONLADY 2/25/2012 3:42PM

    Beautiful pictures! You are very talented.

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SUE_2U 2/25/2012 1:57PM

    Oh how beautiful the flowers are in your garden, already! How vivid the colors!
Spring is my favorite time of year. At least most of the time, it is. It's so full of growth and promise and the light is so beautiful. Your pictures capture that perfectly.

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NEELOJ 2/25/2012 11:41AM

    Love that Sunshine!!!

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