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Friday, November 30, 2012

Met my mate Snazzydesigner (SD) for a walk on Hampstead Heath this afternoon.

Owing to the fact I forgot my camera cos I was in a hurry to meet her cos I had been to the gym because I wanted to wash my hair because I wanted her to take some pix of me on my camera which defeated the whole object - oh for heaven's sake KEEP UP! - I only have one photo which she took for me on her iPhone.

She's not called Snazzydesigner for nothing you see. She's got a posh iPhone.

Anyway, we meet, we set off slowly, much gossiping to be done. A cold day in London, about 5C which is er er 41F in other words not so far over freezing that you notice any diffo. SD points out to me that there is ice in them there puddles and my new boots take it upon themselves to go and crack the ice. I love the sound of it. I suggest walking the most direct way to the cafe at Kenwood House, since we didn't meet till 1.15pm and I'm ravenous. This feels like a good idea. Snazzydesigner suggests we might get lost and I say no we won't because I now know the way. She was navigating last time, and we did get lost, but I'm not blaming anyone.

So we get to the bit that was dead muddy last week and it is still dead muddy so SD has to go round a bit but I've got my boots on so I trample across it and observe to SD at the other side that it is not as wet as it might have been owing to being semifreddo. She takes a photo of the freddo bits.

We get to the wooded bit just in front of Kenwood House and there are loads of birds making a racket and I ask SD if they are magpies and she says no they are parakeets.


I've heard of these, there is a flock in sarf London that are considered a nuisance, but I've never seen them. We hang around looking and sure enough there they are, looking green and gorgeous. Owing to lack of camera, I have to send you to a link

So I have smelled my nosebag by now, 2pm and I have been to the gym and walked a couple of miles on one bowl of porridge so I could eat anything, just about. Menu du jour is salmon which falls into my personal category of 'eat only if there's absolutely nothing else available', a nut tart for veggies and pork sausages with sprouts, roast potatoes and beetroot chutney.

That's my baby.

Collect sausages etc and a large piece of carrot cake leaps on to a plate and sends it spinning to my tray, James Bond-style.

Well, what can you do?

Eat sausages etc, drink much water, and ask SD how many calories she thinks were in my lunch. She suggests 700, which is exactly what I thought myself. Split the cake between us.

May I say right now, je ne regrette rien. It was a lovely lunch and we both earned it.

Make our way back the way we came stopping briefly to see more parakeets in a different place this time. How have I missed them before? I think they stay high up and one bird making a squawking sound is much like another to me. SD vetoes going the long way round and this turns out to be wise as it's practically dark by the time we are back at the station.

PS: There is no photo of me. It turned out to be a photo of a troll, not me. SD has taken it away and is going to photoshop it into something I can put on Linked In.

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SERASARA 1/2/2013 9:04PM

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VOLLEYGIRL77 12/7/2012 10:42AM

    Haha great blog!

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CINDYBEL 12/5/2012 10:22AM

    I'm so jealous of the wonderful places you have to walk. Where I am, there are rattle snakes, thorny weeds and bushes, hot sun, and lots of dirt.

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PENOWOK 12/4/2012 8:34AM

    Love it! You kept me giggling!

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LAURIETAIT 12/3/2012 6:20PM

    I couldn't get the bird limk to work at school but I will try again at home. I want to see this. There are no wild flocks of parakeets ruling the Canadain prairies. Any parakeet escapees that expects to create a dynasty here is out of luck. Although it was raining here today. Maybe.....

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FARIS71 12/3/2012 6:46AM


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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/2/2012 11:50PM

    Sounds like fun, with a yummy lunch! :) Glad you enjoyed it.

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PCASEY7 12/2/2012 10:01PM

    Loved the blog!

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DANAPRIME 12/2/2012 7:14PM


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IAMWINNING 12/2/2012 2:30PM

    Sorry you forgot your camera, but you had a good reason. Thank you for taking us along your walk again. Most delightful.

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REGSHAR 12/2/2012 9:59AM


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FALLNTENN 12/2/2012 5:04AM

    I'm glad you and your friend had such a lovely lunch and walk. Enjoy the weekend.

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BLUEJEAN99 12/2/2012 1:58AM


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ROCKYCPA 12/2/2012 12:08AM

    love your blogs!!

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JOANNHUNT 12/1/2012 11:00PM

    Cute. Missed your pics but there will be more I'm sure. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CICELY360 12/1/2012 10:40PM

  good blog

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JAMER123 12/1/2012 10:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Another enjoyable walk with you!

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CHARTHESTAR 12/1/2012 8:07PM

    enjoying time with a friend always makes everything better!

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NEWCHINELO 12/1/2012 5:57PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/1/2012 5:39PM

  I am so glad to read that you were on this hike with a friend. I am always afraid of you being attacked while hiking alone.........once a mother always a mother I guess. It sounded like a great day. emoticon for sharing again.

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ALIDOSHA 12/1/2012 5:23PM


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LIVELYGIRL2 12/1/2012 2:01PM

  sounds fun. I'm surprised nobody made any remark about your James Bond flying cake, so I will. Hee, HEE I like how it whipped onto your plate.

You do more walking and hiking than most of us, so you guys earned it. And besides that your pretty good at eating less the rest of the day... Am I the right person to blab? We have the same rationale's .

I am really surprised you saw parakeets. I wonder if they are a different kind that people keep in their houses for pets.

Your friend probably knows the difference of these birds and other ones somebody mentioned. ow I'm more curious. Because the domesticated ones can't handle the cold. emoticon

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MOMMY445 12/1/2012 1:40PM

    your lunch sounded delicious! have a terrific day!

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DIANNEMT 12/1/2012 1:19PM

    Glad you got a good hike with a friend! Makes it much more fun!

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NEWMOM20121 12/1/2012 1:02PM

    Always enjoy your blogs. THank you for sharing

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NEWTINK 12/1/2012 12:09PM

    No hiding now lol show us the pic .. you know you want to emoticon

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SHOAPIE 12/1/2012 12:09PM


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STONECOT 12/1/2012 11:46AM

    My garden in south (sorry sarf) London has parakeets visiting regularly, 20-30 at a time. I love them, they're so bright and clever, but there are always some moaning about their noise and droppings! My bird feeders are in squirrel proof and pigeon proof cages, but that doesn't stop the parakeets, they stand on their heads to get at the seed, while others perch in the hawthorn tree and poke fun and give advice. I'd rather have them than squirrels, pigeons or starlings.

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LIS193 12/1/2012 11:31AM

    What a great day!

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PEGGYO 12/1/2012 11:29AM


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MIMIDOT 12/1/2012 10:45AM

    I love going on your treks with you. You're so interesting! Miss your lovely pictures. Next time! Enjoy your day!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/1/2012 10:28AM

    glad you had fun! love the bird link..... and where is that photo of you?? we are all friends here .. so be brave and post a photo. emoticon

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WALLINMW 12/1/2012 10:10AM

  I love your blogs!

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DNRAE1 12/1/2012 9:36AM

    I so enjoyed your walk (albeit without photos) and am looking forward to a photo of you. Parakeets in London, who knew???

Actually, I discovered a few years ago while lying on the front lawn, that there is a flock of parakeets and parrots in my neighborhood also. I think they all started as pets and escaped or were released. They are noisy, but beautiful.

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DJSHIP46 12/1/2012 8:28AM

    Beautiful birds! It all sounds lovely if a bit chilly!!! That darn troll sneeks into my pictures too (imagine... here on the other side of the world). emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 12/1/2012 8:18AM

    We love that you take us with you on your journeys emoticon emoticon

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NCSUE0514 12/1/2012 8:12AM

    Glad you took us along once again.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/1/2012 8:06AM

    I have to reiterate what the others have said. We want pics. Life is good, isn't it.

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NILLAPEPSI 12/1/2012 7:53AM

    We sooooooo want pics!!!!!!

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SAMI199 12/1/2012 7:22AM

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LOSE15YES 12/1/2012 3:28AM

    Exercise, walking, nature, friendship and good food. Life couldn't be better.

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NEW-CAZ 12/1/2012 3:05AM

    My late MIL had a flock of parakeets thats kept visiting her garden in Whitton and from time to time we get some- Heathrow Airport area seems to be a haunt of theirs LOL

Glad you had such a good walk in good company.
Happy December Anne emoticon

Have a good weekend emoticon

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POPSY190 12/1/2012 1:11AM

    Sounds a lovely expedition, especially the lunch!

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ANDYLIN90 12/1/2012 12:48AM

    Glad you had an enjoyable lunch that sounds very lovely.

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JIBBIE49 12/1/2012 12:24AM

    Let's make December a great month. emoticon

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EABL81 12/1/2012 12:00AM

    We want pics! We want pics!

(Great blog, BTW).

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COCK-ROBIN 11/30/2012 10:14PM

    Yes, I'm waiting on pins and needles for the pics.

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MARYJEANSL 11/30/2012 10:02PM

  Definitely want to see pics of the now-well-broken-in boots! And the parakeets. Couldn't do without parakeet pics.

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