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rain, rain go away...

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Rain, rain go away, come again another day!

The old childhood adage worked!!

We had seventeen hours of continuous heavy rain over sunday which continued through the night and then most of monday morning.

Tuesday, though a little chilly, was a typical spring day with blue skies, fluffy white clouds and watery sunshine.

But today we're back to heavy rain again.
It started last night just before bedtime and it's still at it.

Now some places around here are experiencing a drought, we really haven't had much rain since before last summer and the couple of weeks of snow didn't help much.
The water companies are already talking of hosepipe bans and standpipes in the streets.
One weatherman said it would need to rain heavily and continuously, day and night for a month to make any dent in refilling the reservoirs which, in some places, are two thirds down on what they should be at this time of year so I suppose every little helps.

I know some of you were interested in my hospital treatment after the envelope debacle, well I went for a review for my phototherapy sessions today. My skin has responded so well that I've been officially signed off from treatment so my three times a week, thirty mile round trip has officially stopped from today. I've another review in April but so far it's looking good.

I thought you might like to see what the weather was like when we drove there this morning, DH was driving, not me, and all are taken through the car windows...the windsceen wipers were on but it was windy and the rain was lashing against the screen filling it very quickly before the next sweep:

Cars coming towards us through the heavy rain

The old ash tree on the village green in a village where DH stopped for a newspaper, it doesn't look as bad but it was still raining heavily just more sheltered from the wind

Headlights ablaze

Turning into town

i think the lights in the shop windows look pretty through the rain drenched glass

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SUE_2U 3/8/2012 5:23PM

    That definitely is Rain! We don't get that too much right where I am, but boy they sure do in Ohio. My son was telling me about the awful tornado related storms he drove through to get home last week. :( Ugh...
But I do love the pics especially that last one.
What is this about an envelope?

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XME501 3/7/2012 1:02PM

    Now, that's rain!! We do not get very much here in Pendleton - I miss it.

When the kids were little and we were living in Denver, they were missing the rain. One evening, after baths and they were in the pjs, it started raining and out they went. So, Dick and I joined them and we had quite the time playing in the rain. Needless to say, we were all soaked when we finally came back inside.

So glad you are better and do not have to make that trip 3 times a week. Just stay well!!

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ECONLADY 3/7/2012 8:11AM

    Love the picture of the tree! Actually the shup pictures are fun since they are so different than here, half way across the world. I know you have been sick, bu I don't know what is happening. I am glad you are doing better. Got a drought here.

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words of wisdom

Sunday, March 04, 2012

I've had this on my Sparkpage for a while now but it still makes me smile:

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ONESPOTLEFT 3/6/2012 7:50PM


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MARTHA-ANN 3/6/2012 2:49AM

    Glad it gave you all a emoticon

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PMCFARM 3/5/2012 1:55AM

  I love it!!

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SUE_2U 3/4/2012 6:22PM

That is wonderful!

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HEALTHY14REAL 3/4/2012 3:08PM

    Pretty funny! I love Garfield.

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remember to...

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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