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First piccies of my new allotment

Monday, June 28, 2010

Got the keys for gate today and went to check plot over for rubbish, took a few piccies to share with you, it looks more overgrown in the picture than it actually is, luckily no invasive weeds or brambles..



This one is facing south looking down the path that runs alongside the plot, the shed marks the end, unfortunately someone elses shed.



North facing I did inherit a compost bin. lol



I was walking through the grass and weeds looking for rubbish pre rotovating and found these.



Strawberries, growing in long grass and dry soil and still so sweet tasting



Also found raspberries and what Fwendy thinks could be Loganberries

It was a very hot day today and I didn't get there until 10.30am with a second composter that I managed to get from Freecycle.
Next thing is to clear all rubbish, most a few bricks and some wood, isolate and dig around fruit that is there, then get the man that does to strimmer and rotovate.

  
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INFLATED 7/4/2010 2:00AM

    Those strawberries look delicious. I like to garden but the pool was here when we bought this house and there is not much of a yard in the back to plant a garden.
The lane to your allotment looks like a good place to walk too.
I hope you are able to grow the things you desire and that you have many enjoyable hours there.


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IAMANDARAMA 7/3/2010 1:15PM

    My daughter's plot is at Camden (under Annes Hill - where is yours? They had to clear it from brambles etc, but are now reaping the rewards, literally. You should soon be doing the same - especially with your bonus soft fruits. The thought of scrummy home grown spuds for Christmas too - yummy!

Congrats on the compost bin. Isn't freecycle great?

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BAGGYPANTS5 6/29/2010 3:24AM

    My first crop was potatoes. They are known to clear the ground. I'm never sure whether it's the digging or the potatoes themselves which do the work. Digging is one of my best exercises.
You're lucky not to have brambles and nettles. It looks good. It also looks huge!
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CHEVYGALPAULA 6/28/2010 7:46PM

    Congratulations, best of luck!

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ROSES4UN4ME 6/28/2010 5:19PM

    you not only got a plot but fruit bareing plants emoticon emoticon

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CITYZOZO 6/28/2010 5:13PM

    yummy berries...what are you going to plant??? see our team urban gardeners.....

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WALKINGANNIE 6/28/2010 4:58PM

    It looks a peaceful place?

I could just eat the strawberries!


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KATHE555 6/28/2010 4:38PM

    Congratulations! I'm looking forward to hearing more.

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Got an allotment today

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Got a letter from the Council to say one had become available and would I like to come view it.
Well YES PLEASE, it is in a lovely sunny position right next to 2 water taps, it was ploughed at the beginning of the year some veggies were planted then immediately they lost interest.
So I now have a patch of earth 150-180 sq yards in size with quite a few weeds on it but nothing too heavy.
WHOO HOO fresh air, extra exercise and home grown veggies to boot.
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BAGGYPANTS5 6/28/2010 3:20AM

    That's GREAT!
Exercise and fun at the same time.
It's not too late to sow peas and beans, lettuce, beetroot, carrots, spring onions, brassicas, even potatoes. If you can get some well-grown tomato plants they'll be OK. Neighbours and friends often have spare ones. Tell people you know and they'll offer you seeds and plants. You'll need a compost heap eventually. It's good that you're near a tap or two. Perhaps you can borrow a hose pipe.
I'm quite excited for you! I wish I lived nearer.
Dare I ask about your weigh-in this week?
Love
BP

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LULUBELLE1102 6/27/2010 7:30PM

    COngrats on your plot. I have a community garden plot here east of Cleveland Ohio USA. I love it. We have planted tomatoes, peppers, beans, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, eggplant, swiss chard and marigolds to keep bugs away. Now that it is planted my sister waters during the week because she is out of work and on the week ends for about 2 hours we go in to weed and water. This week end we picked some swiss chard. Just enough for a meal. Hoping to have zucchini this coming week end. Enjoy your garden. Isn't it the best exercise?

Life is good!

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MEADSBAY 6/27/2010 6:15PM

    I had to read this a few times- and the comments- to figure out what the heck you were talking about- a plot in a city garden (?).
It's like in a different language or something.
BUT- if you're happy- I'm happy for you!
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GERIKRAGH 6/27/2010 2:40PM

    How fun! U get all rolled into one.

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INFLATED 6/27/2010 1:23PM

    Yay! There is nothing like gardening and watching what you have planted growing and producing.

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WALKINGANNIE 6/27/2010 1:18PM

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I hope that you get many years of pleasure - and fresh veg - from the new venture.

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I think my body has got it

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Now as you familiar with me know things have been slow or none existent weight wise for the past few weeks.
Well today we had a family day out, DH packed us up a mixed picnic, I thought to myself I shall eat exactly what I am hungry for.
I had a light brekkie and come lunch time ate exactly what I fancied and stopped when I was full, then an hour or so later had a Cornetto whilst lying on a hill in the sun watching my children mucking about rolling down the hill and admiring the young girls , it was so idyllic very de-stressing emoticon

When I came home I entered my foods onto the diary, including the Cornetto which was 228 I had eaten 674 cals emoticon not bad not bad at all.

  
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MEADSBAY 6/26/2010 8:37PM

    emoticonrespecting your bodily and emotional needs, my friend!
This IS a new lifestyle!
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Glad you had a nice & relaxing day

HUGSxx

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WALKINGANNIE 6/26/2010 4:44PM

    Well done Spiffy!

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CHEVYGALPAULA 6/26/2010 2:10PM

    Way to go! It's amazing how things work out, especially when we don't expect them to.

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GERIKRAGH 6/26/2010 12:32PM

    Isn't it great when we can eat and feel good about it?

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KARRYB1 6/26/2010 12:18PM

    Good going! emoticon

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SJSLIM2B 6/26/2010 12:11PM

  Good job!

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Self pity and illumination

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

So Sunday I had a tantrum at not achieving the weight loss I thought I had earned through good eating and exercise, really mature. NOT emoticon

Then a higher power sets into motion some illumination for me.

Firstly I watch a programme called "the woman with gigantic legs" in a nutshell a woman with a genetic fault that caused her legs to continue growing until they are malformed and weigh about 7stones each, is she sorry for herself? NO, she continues with determination and courage, she takes control of her life never settling for the first answer she is given.

Secondly a programme about a man born with bones missing in his feet which are amputated very early in life, does he sit back and bemoan his fate NO he runs, he plays rugby, in fact there is barely a sport he doesn't take part in, he is more able bodied in his disability than anyone I know.

My sons girlfriend is looking for a dress for a wedding we are both going to, she trys a couple of my dresses on, OMG she is the same size as me, I saw myself as much larger. We go shopping together she doesn't dwell on her imperfections, where as I would be there picking my reflections to piece.

Okay Lord thank you, point made.

  
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TIMETOMOVEON 6/20/2010 4:08AM

    Thanks for your encouragement on my spark page. I sometimes think we don't actually see ourselves as others see us. What I mean is, that when I lost 66 lbs I still felt I looked big. You felt you were larger but in reality you wear the same size. I'm glad that happened to you today and your not as big as you thought. I haven't seen the same shows as you have but similiar ones and I admire the courage and determination to live good lives.

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HARPS57 6/20/2010 2:01AM

    Well honestly, did I not tell you how FAB you were looking - not just size wise my dear Fwendy but the inner you as well - the happiness was shining through you and was blinding LOL

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Glad you have realised that for yourself xxx

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INFLATED 6/17/2010 12:16PM

    Good thoughts, SPIFFYCAT. As I am aging, because of medical problems, my legs are misshapen. When I was younger, I had great looking legs. You are right, there comes a time when we have to accept ourselves. Some things we can change and we are working on weight changes, some things will change like hair color, number of teeth, eyesight, hearing and there is not much we can do about some of those changes, they come with age.
I know I did not have the self view of me that a camera captures. I didn't know I looked as heavy as I do. For one, we don't have a full length mirror in our house. When I look at myself from the front, I do not see how much weight is there that I can see from a side view. It usually makes itself known when I try on clothes and can not get them up over my abdomen/stomach. There is no reason for me to get angry. I let myself go and food was my main comfort in life. I see what over eating has done. Now I have to try to do the best with what I have when it comes to trying to look nice.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 6/16/2010 6:29PM

    Sometimes its so hard to step outside your body and take a look at yourself. We are so programed to beat ourselves up and think the worst that we forget how great we are already. Congrats on being the same size as your soon to be daughter in law!

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BAGGYPANTS5 6/16/2010 5:28PM

    It is frustrating. No harm in the odd tantrum. It's much better than a binge!
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MEADSBAY 6/15/2010 5:13PM

    Self acceptance is such a relief!
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WALKINGANNIE 6/15/2010 4:28PM

    Glad that you had some aha moments to make you feel more positive - although I'm sure that we all have plenty of 'mature NOT' moments too!

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CHEVYGALPAULA 6/15/2010 2:26PM

    It is truly amazing how God chooses to communicate with us.

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Contrary bodies

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I have remained EXACTLY the same this week.

Same weight
Same fat %
Same measurements EXACTLY

I have just sat and worked out my bmr, my calories in, my cals expanded in exercise and according to that I am in deficit by 5,418 cals which equate to 1.548lbs (exactly) down.

Now where is my weight loss, I earned, I worked for it, I sweated for it and I want it and I WANT IT NOW.

  
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WALKINGANNIE 6/14/2010 1:28PM

    It WILL pay off in the end but it would be so good if our bodies weren't quite so independent of the exact scientific estimates!

Keep on keeping on and the weight will come off.

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FITGRL124 6/13/2010 9:02PM

    I definitely understand you! However, sometimes our bodies does whatever it needs to. Hang in there sweetie - I'm sure you'll see progress soon and look at it this way - how do you feel? I bet you're feeling great and looking good in the mirror. Consider that a success in itself and don't give up! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 6/13/2010 9:20AM

    I hear ya, my friend, I hear ya!
Sometimes I think that whole 'calories in-calories out' rule does not apply to some of us- at least not all the time. Who knows what's going on inside our mysterious womanly bodies and why they hold on so desperately to every ounce?
Do you feel better?
Do you look better?
You ARE better!
March on, soldier!
My Dim Sum plans are off due to weather- heading out to Zumba! instead.
Have a beautiful realxing peaceful Sunday!
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BAGGYPANTS5 6/13/2010 8:54AM

    All that stuff you told me, I'm telling you!!
Seriously, I know now how flippin' frustrating it is. Try the "secrets of success". There's a heap of conflicting advice there, but I think you just have to keep pushing and being patient.
Together, we can do it!!
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BABYLOSTBACK 6/13/2010 7:20AM

    Stay calm sweety, you will probably have a bigger loss next week. Sometimes our bodies retain water. Our hard work does pay off in the end. Stay strong you will get it I'm sure.

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IAMANDARAMA 6/13/2010 6:29AM

    You know that tricky one about fluids that we all need and that often have no cals? Well they weigh a hell of a lot. Are you retaining fluid at the mo? Then, perhaps its the building of muscle - of course, in the long run ('scuse the pun) muscle will help you burn more cals. Or perhaps your body hasn't quite caught up with the maths yet.

In all instances, it is still good.

In the meantime, use that angry energy to really 'burn it'

Sock it to 'em, Spiffy.



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HARPS57 6/13/2010 4:37AM

    Unfortunately our bodies do not recognise mathematics or equations.
I am wondering if the calories and exercises you are doing are a maintenance figure for you (we are all different). Have you considered adjusting your daily allowance - drop it gradually by 50 or 100 cals so you wont notice it so much. Have you looked at the pie chart of your daily intake for the past week - is there perhaps an item too high. I am clutching at straws to try and help......


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