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Onwards and Upwards!

Monday, November 18, 2013

First, a big thank you to all that commented on my previous post. I've survived the day - and I'm still under my calories at the end of my day. Once I recognised what was happening I was able to rein in, but also to focus on why I was fearful and deal with that. I had no control over the meeting that I had to attend on my mother's behalf, and had to be very sure that her needs weren't ignored or misinterpreted. My brother should have been there to help, but he is on holiday. Hopefully the outcome will be positive - we'll hear sometime in the future!

Anyway, let's move on.

I said that I'd show you some photographs from yesterday. We walked again, to another little nature reserve that is close to where our son and family are living. Our grandson visits it regularly from school. They have a nature lesson each week which is called 'Forest School'.

The terrain is similar to this. Full of beech trees. Grandson knew the way so was our trailblazer

He wanted to show us some of the areas they investigate during their school time.

We stood still and listened in the copse. We saw squirrels and several different birds. He was teaching us what they are told to do - it was magical.

But there was time for fun too!

Today I walked in the park near to where my mother is. I used the time to clear my head and to get everything into perspective.

It is a very typical Victorian park. It has the usual wide open grassy area and a fairly large pond inhabited by swans, moorhens, coots and mallards. Today there were also a couple of Aylesbury ducks in residence.

Areas of trees suitably planted abound too.

All in all it's a very pleasant open space. I just regretted that my mother isn't well enough to visit with me.

Onwards and Upwards, though. No time to dwell on the negative. The only way through is to stay positive and press on to the rest of the week. I have another busy day tomorrow - including meeting grandson from school. I may not be around much, as the day starts early and is fully booked until late in the evening.

See you soon, Sparkeroonies. See you soon!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHAKESALOT 11/19/2013 5:18PM

    Great pics! Their little faces beam love! emoticon Sorry about your mom. emoticon Onwards & upwards shows your strength. Glad you have your walks. I find peace on mine.

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SWEETNEEY 11/19/2013 8:06AM

    It's inspirational to have a variety of places to walk.

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TREV1964 11/19/2013 7:49AM

    That park looks stunning by the way.

That grandson of yours really seems to keep you busy.



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    Sometimes being a good daughter is really tough on the emotions. Hope this day goes well. The park looks like such a great place to relax and let the stress of life ebb away.
emoticon and emoticon Audra

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SETTIMIA 11/19/2013 3:20AM

    Sorry that you had to deal with the situation alone.

Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos, and you used the opportunity to get moving with your wonderful family

Have a blessed day


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COCK-ROBIN 11/18/2013 11:54PM

    Everything about this is positive! The pictures make me feel great.

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PGHP31CK 11/18/2013 10:34PM

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NORASPAT 11/18/2013 9:30PM

    I am pleased it is now behind you, well done.!
Now you are finding your own strength and determination. Once we try and succeed we grow a little braver.
As you said Onwards and Upwards~~~~Right ON!! my friend. emoticon

Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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MONTANAWALKER 11/18/2013 7:26PM

    You are a strong and amazing woman and you'll get through all this with flying colors and the prayers of those who love you!! Keep a stiff upper British lip, my love!!

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JUST-ELIZ 11/18/2013 6:27PM

    I'm sorry your mom couldn't visit too. (((HUG)))

What a lovely area for your grandson to play at school. Kids in the US have stark playground equipment on open land if they are lucky. We've become such a litigious society here that children aren't allowed to do much for fear that they'll get hurt.

Thank You for describing what a Victorian park looks like! I thought maybe it would look like the lawns of the Queen! Very manicured and pristine!

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MADEIT3 11/18/2013 6:15PM

    Love your grandkids. They seem full of energy and fun! I wish your mom could walk with you too. Enjoy your day!

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AKELAZ 11/18/2013 5:29PM

    Beautiful photos as always - love going on your walks with you. Thank you.

I'm sure you did a good job on your Mother's behalf and I can only hope, for both of you. that things turn out as well as they can. Tough times, I know.

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GEORGE815 11/18/2013 5:29PM

    Sorry about your Mom's immobility. Great photos!

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