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the jolly farmer....

Monday, August 10, 2009

What is it about our English weather that makes us want to talk about it so much?
A foreigners view of the quintessential English person seems to be drinking tea and talking about the weather....we don' we?

Well... for a start I don't drink tea, never have, can't even bring myself to try the stuff now, don't even like the smell.
I have a little teapot in case we have guests who want tea but it's not used very often as most seem to drink coffee now...I don't drink coffee either!
I'm well aware a lot of people love tea and drink it non-stop so can understand why we are thought of as a nation of tea-lovers and everyone has something they don't like, mine just happens to be tea.

So that's one theory down the drain...and the weather, that's no different.
We do talk about it....a lot!

I was suddenly made aware of this last Saturday when everybody I met said almost the same thing...'isn't it a beautiful day?'
Well it was a beautiful day, but then they almost all went on to say....'makes a change from all the rain we've been getting' or 'haven't we had some odd weather this year?'

And....I suddenly realised I do the same!
I talk about the weather to almost everyone I meet and sometimes it's me that starts the conversation!
Something like 'isn't this sunshine lovely?' or the equally as banal 'looks like rain' or 'cold isn't it?'

Oh! how wonderful the gift they gi' us to see ourselves as others see us.....LOL
It reminds me of a song we used to sing in school...

I know a jolly farmer so ruddy and trim
What 'ere may be the weather 'tis some use to him
Come sunshine or rain it is certain to please
What is bad for the hay is just right for the peas!

I guess I'm quintessential English after all...just with a bit of a slant!! LOL

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MARTHA-ANN 8/11/2009 11:47AM

    Thanks Nightstar & Silver emoticon's

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SILVERWITCH59 8/11/2009 8:27AM

    and we love you for it ((((MARTHA ANN))))))))

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/10/2009 11:20PM

    Thanks Martha-Ann. It is interesting to know about people from other countries.

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MARTHA-ANN 8/10/2009 7:04PM

    Thanks Marilyn, hope you have a blessed day too! emoticon

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PMCFARM 8/10/2009 12:48PM

  Martha Ann I love your blogs...they always make me feel happy! Have a blessed it rainy or snowy or sunshiny!! emoticon

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Walking the walk...

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Well, it's a couple of weeks since I got back to walking and I'm up to my 10,000 steps a day.
Five miles...Mmmm sounds better that way!
I suppose I do more really as that's just my daily walk, it doesn't count all the housework, shopping, gardening etc.

I treated myself yesterday to some proper walking/hiking sandals. Got a really good bargain by shopping around and finding them on 'sale' at one of the shops....funny that, I did the same when I got my new walking/hiking boots! One good thing to come out of the recession!!

Today my DH and I went walking and bird watching so I probably did more miles than usual. It's great combing the two things I love to do. It doesn't feel like exercise!
We take a pack-up for lunch...made by my own fair I know it will be healthy and I also drink lots of water too.
We were hoping to see buzzards so I knew we'd be sat high up on a grassy knoll looking down over a lake and a forest of pine trees when we ate was wonderful, sunny and warm and sooo quiet, we never saw a soul until on the way back when we passed another couple....and we saw buzzards, two of them soaring majestically on the air currents. We could hear them mewing to each other too.

The heather was blooming as we walked back through the soughing pines listening to bird song and were lucky enough to spot a redpoll. We also found some fly agaric, the quintessential fairytale red toadstool which is very pretty but highly poisonous.

red poll


fly agaric

my new walking/hiking sandals...note what's left of the ant bites on my right foot!

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CAROLYN0107 8/14/2009 2:08PM

    10,000 steps a day is terrific!

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MARTHA-ANN 8/10/2009 2:35AM

    Thanks everyone, it was a great walk and the weather helped to make it nicer, even though I go walking in rain, hail or shine!
Marilyn I didn't wear my sandals for this walk as it's through forestry rides where there are adders and you need a bit of protection.
I have worn them today though and they're lovely and comfortable...well padded where needed and light as a feather!

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SCOTTIEGIRL57 8/10/2009 12:38AM

    I just love your photos. I especially like the one of the bird as I'm a bird lover myself. Also, excellent work w/your walking. That's very inspiring for me as I've been terrible about diet and exercise lately. It sounds like a wonderful outing.

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MOM2ACAT 8/9/2009 5:03PM

    Beautiful photos!

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MARILYN1260 8/9/2009 10:46AM

    Hi Martha-Ann, thanks for sharing your walk. Your pictures are wonderful. How do you like your new sandals? Hope they're very comfortable.

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on the road again....

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Well, after four weeks with almost no exercise I'm back at it....walking that is!
I love to walk and really missed it when I couldn't do it. Now I'm all better I can indulge myself again and wander the lanes with my camera.
I was doing five miles a day but have decided to build it up again after not doing any for a while.

I have a pedometer which links to my computer so I can record my steps, it doesn't need to be fixed to your waistband, you can put it in your pocket or even in a handbag, not sure how it works but it does.
The first time I used it I was wary it wouldn't record properly so I put it in my pocket and then used my other one on my waistband, when I got back home they were matched so ever since then I've never doubted it. The computer builds up a programme so you can follow your progress.

Yesterdays walk was approximately 2 miles done in two short walks, not very speedy and I was so tired when I got back I had to have a sit down!!
Today I did almost 3 miles in one walk, still not too speedy but not so sitting down today!!
I really enjoyed it, I feel invigorated. It was good to get some fresh air and feel one with nature again...I didn't realise how much I'd missed it.

the old pump in the village main street.

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HOPE2BE 7/31/2009 8:20AM

    Glad to hear you're walking again and that the pedometers work good anywhere. The picture is great and it sounds like the weather is good also. Thats great that you could increase your miles and not get tired the second day. I get tired easily. Some days are better than othes. Keep up the good work.

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CAROLYN0107 7/31/2009 7:28AM

    That's great that you're back to walking. I have a pedometer but have been too sedentary this past month. August MUST be better for me!

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AMYC128 7/29/2009 3:19PM

    Good for you for getting back out there and walking. I'm trying to find a pedometer that isn't sensitive the ones I've have got and returned meausure several steps before even getting in on the waistband. Didn't know that they had one that works with the computer. Thank you.


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TJARRARD 7/29/2009 11:48AM

    Gratz on getting out and walking again, and what a lovely picture!

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HVMBRU 7/29/2009 11:27AM

    Who wouldn't want to wander through the lanes when they are as exquisite as that!

Glad to hear you are feeling better and thanks for the info on the pedometers.

Good luck with your weight loss too. Hm, do you still need to lose? I'll have to check and see.


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ants in your pants!

Monday, July 27, 2009

I don't think I'll ever use the expression 'ants in your pants' in a jocular way ever again.
It's just NOT funny!

I finally managed to get my shoe on today and managed a short walk.
I haven't done much walking for the last three weeks due to an arthritis flare-up in my knee and ankle. It's been pretty swollen and painful and has taken longer than usual to get better.

By last Tuesday my foot was going down nicely and as I could get my shoes on I decided to do a spot of gardening just taking off done foliage and flowers, nothing too strenuous or that involved kneeling.
Soon I was quite happily dead heading, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.
I'd been out quite a time when I felt a burning sensation in my right foot, I couldn't see anything when I pulled my sock down so I gave it a good rub and carried on gardening.

Suddenly my feet and legs were on fire, burning, itching, it was really painful. I pulled up my trouser leg and there were big red lumps all over.
I ran into the back garden.....I was working in the front garden and thought better of taking my clothes off there!....I ripped my trousers off, they were full of red ants and the little blighters were stinging away. I had to pull them off and pick them out of my trousers and socks to squish them.
My husband came home just then wondering what I was doing out in the garden in just my undercrackers!

He counted fifteen lumps to my right leg and two on my left foot.
He 'googled' red ants to see what to do and we followed the didn't help!
I didn't sleep well and by next morning my right leg had twentythree lumps and my left foot three.
They were huge, like half golfballs and red and itchy and painful.
I felt dizzy and was sick a couple of times so DH took me to the doctor.
He said he didn't think I was allergic to them as that could have caused anaphylactic shock but I'd had so many stings I'd had a reaction.
He gave me antihistimine tablets and cream but by the following day I had thirtyfive lumps on my right leg and five on my left foot.
The burning pain was terrible, even material touching it hurt and it's taken six days to go off. The bumps have flattened now but any touch, however light makes them tingle, it's not pleasant but it's not painful.

Apparently the formic acid injected goes to your nerves and this can tingle for up to a couple of months. Some liken this to the pain from shingles but I've never had them so I don't know...if it feels like this I don't ever want them!!
In America you call the red ant a fire certainly lives up to it's name...I felt like I was on fire!

DH has found the nest hidden between two of the bricks which border the front path, he's put ant killer down. We think I must have stepped on or near it and they've attacked.
I didn't get too badly stung, it could have been much worse I suppose...
I've told DH the front garden is his domain from now on, I'll stick to the back where I know there isn't any...well I don't think there is!!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 7/28/2009 7:56AM

    Oh my! One of my boys had a similar experience in the middle of nowhere Brazil.
Whew! Glad you are all right!


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CAROLYN0107 7/28/2009 6:49AM

    I know very well about ants as we have "ARMY ANTS" in Gabon and they hurt! They use pincers and you have to pull them off one at a time if you happen to get bit.

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MARTHA-ANN 7/27/2009 11:49AM

    Thanks everyone, I don't usually get stung or bitten by anything when gardening, this was an exception but it's made me wary and I'll probably spray myself with repellent before I go out and garden now LOL

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PMCFARM 7/27/2009 11:38AM

  The only thing that helps me with the pain from fire ants is to wipe the sting sites with ammonia,

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NURSESUSIE51 7/27/2009 11:14AM

    Ouch!!!! Sounds like an awful experience. I'm glad you're on the mend now. I looked to see where you lived, thinking maybe one of our southern states, but see you live in England. I'm sure your gardens are just lovely, despite the creatures. Hope that doesn't happen again.

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New arrivals!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

For three weeks now I've been keeping my eye on a pair of Blackbirds building a nest, laying eggs and finally the chicks are hatching.
'Fred' the male of the pair was a chick I raised two years ago after his mother was eaten by a cat. He's still friendly and regards my garden as his territory.
He's found a 'wife' and together they've built a nest in the laurel bush just outside the sitting room window.
Seventeen days ago the first egg was laid with one following every day until there were three. That's unusual as they normally lay five or six.
Today two of the chicks hatched with hopefully the other following suit tomorrow.
They're quite used to me looking in the nest and at this moment the mother is settled in for the night.
It's weird really but l feel like a new mum!! LOL

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/18/2009 8:05AM

    Today we know full story. So sad. emoticon

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TEA_NUT 6/24/2009 7:39AM

    Thanks for sharing! I love a good bird story.
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MARTHA-ANN 6/24/2009 3:27AM

    You can follow their progress on my picture blog on Flickr.
You can either follow the link below any of my postings and go to the set entitled 'Fred's nest' or you can follow this address, unfortunately it won't give a live link so you'll have to type it in...sorry.
You can click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge the picture or follow through in order.

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NIGHTSTAR777 6/23/2009 7:42PM

    How they are now? I was looking for this pic before and it was long time. Do you going to blog this story?

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KAT573 6/3/2009 7:33AM

    Hey, how come I missed this blog?? Anyway, checkig in on you and saw this so I had to see what ws gooing on, now, didn't I? Hmmmmmmm HOW did you get up above this bird nest? Weren't you worried about dropping your camera and losing it in that upturned beak? LOL! Just kidding. ADoRabliss bald and naked hatchling, eh? How are they doing now? still ok? Did the third hatch? Did that cat catch?

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DEEPGREENBEAN 5/4/2009 10:49PM

    Thanks for the bird story, Martha-Ann. What a great picture! Hope to see more.

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NAN71486 5/3/2009 4:43AM

    What a sweet story! Made me smile :)! LOL emoticon

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