FUTUREHOPE49's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FUTUREHOPE49 FUTUREHOPE49's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Having fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535915 On the day we went to Manor farm we took one of my daughter's friends with us too. Nicholas and our GD had fun in the playground. <BR> <BR> GD in the cowshed pretending to be a chicken <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l872327227.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the playground <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1485296414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sue watching Nicholas and her daughter <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1660807318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 15:08:50 EST Part 2, The Farmhouse at war http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529443 Here are some photos of the farmhouse at war, though I can remember using some of the things we saw and that was long after the 2nd world war. See if you recognize any. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1295116455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The farmhouse <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l730211650.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Dairy <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l520481228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Churn <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:57:21 EST A day at the Farm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525519 We recently spent a day at Manor Farm country park. <BR> The day did not start well with a thunderstorm before we went, so the photos may be a bit dull as it was very cloudy. <BR> The farm has a theme of a world war 2 farm. <BR> <BR> A barn <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19097827.jpg"> <BR> <BR> tractors <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l281930199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> American jeep <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45984366... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:23:07 EST We all need a little support now and then http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514335 Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all the tim... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:07:37 EST Petworth House and Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510784 Just 2 weeks ago on the last day of our holiday we visited Petworth House and deer Park. It lies nestled next to the village in West Sussex. The park is set in 700 acres. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining most of the time . <BR> <BR> We had to walk quite a long way through the gardens to get to the entrance to the house. The grounds of the park were landscaped by "Capability" Brown. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269478103.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Adri... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:10:58 EST A lovely day part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509883 Here is the second half of my blog about the visit to the lake. <BR> We finished about half way around. And here is the view looking East. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1070131378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We think this is a Canada Goose, but not sure <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1567380250.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A beautiful garden beside the Road. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153625949.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Moving round the... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:09:03 EST A lovely day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508142 It was such a beautiful warm day today that we went for a walk to the lake. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915023929.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With temperatures soaring for this time of year, most people were in shirt sleeves and or cardigans. It was very busy. <BR> The birds were taking it easy. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83945696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There were some beautiful Michaelmas daisies <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:48:52 EST I am back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503711 Its already October and 3/4 of the year has gone by. <BR> Its been a hard year so far. <BR> My grand-daughter started school recently and I miss her very much. <BR> I am finding plenty to do though. <BR> I still exercise and knit and have started my art again. Encaustic painting is back on my agenda. <BR> I will add a photo to my photo page tomorrow. <BR> I am preparing to start my bobbin lace spangling ready for a new project. <BR> I will always do my best. <BR> Hi to all my friends, Its goo... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 17:44:20 EST Day 6 Sleep more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277814 I really need to get more sleep I think. My weight is not moving at all and I am feeling very tired tonight. <BR> I will do part 2 of my hiking blog tomorrow with more photos. <BR> Sorry, But I am going to bed earlier tonight. <BR> Hope everbody stays safe in the storms without too much hassle. Take care! <BR> We have snow forecast. LOL! After warm temperatures all week till today, it comes as a shock. I feel so sorry for the birds and animals out in the cold an those already sitting on their... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 18:32:29 EST Day 5 blog Making Hiking a habit again Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276427 Now that my DH is feeling better and able to walk further we are renewing our hiking habit. Its a good and enjoyable habit that we like to do together. His medication is working well. <BR> <BR> It did not rain today as expected and forecast, but, the weather was dull and cloudy although quite warm @ 14 deg Celsius. <BR> <BR> I was very tired after 2 previous days of hard gardening. Also, my DH kept me awake half the night last night. So we decided to recharge our batteries and go for a shor... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:48:46 EST Blog Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274732 Looking back to when I first started Spark people diet. I ate vegetables or salad for breakfast with protein. I used to make a big batch of soup in the winter and have mixed salads in the summer. <BR> So my aim is to have vegetables more often for breakfast again. But not every day. <BR> <BR> Today I ate Mediterranean food. I had warm goats cheese salad with bulgar wheat and pesto. <BR> I started with a bed of green lettuce (not iceberg). Added diced soft goats cheese sprinkled on top. Re... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 18:32:56 EST Blog day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273218 I need to get back to the habit of tracking all my food every day. <BR> It worked when I first joined Spark. IT WILL WORK AGAIN! LOL! <BR> <BR> I have stopped doing it properly since Christmas. Although I was writing it down on paper. <BR> I had my rest from it and listened to my body and ate when I was hungry. <BR> Now I am going to track my food every day. Unless I am at my dear daughter's when I will have to guesstimate! LOL! She does not like me counting my calories! <em>234</em> <... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:19:42 EST Day 2 5% challenge blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270750 Renewing habits; <BR> I have been trying to go back to where I started with Spark. One of the things I really enjoyed was fresh lime juice in water in the mornings with my breakfast. Its low in calories and high in Vitamin C and when I squeeze it fresh has some good fibre. I like all the bits added. <BR> <BR> So I am drinking 20ml of bottled lime juice (not sweetened, pure) in water with breakfast instead of a Smoothie. I cannot afford fresh limes at the moment! LOL! But will get them when ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:09:47 EST Back to gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270155 Today I found the first frog spawn of the year on the top pond. <BR> Oh Dear! I was getting ready to clear out some of the native yellow Iris that are taking over the whole pond with just a small patch of water . That is where the spawn is. LOL! <BR> <BR> I had no wellies that I can get in the water with and my garden shoes that I use for heavy digging are so worn that they have no protection when I dig. I was getting lots of pain in my foot underneath. So today I searched for 2 hours on ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 19:19:27 EST Jan 2013 Stash Buster/ It's All About Me Challenge Updated 12th Feb 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237621 I had 2199grams yarn in my stash to knit. <BR> <BR> Here are the photos of the knitting I did for this challenge. <BR> <BR> Snowflake gloves knitted in Paton's Kismet for my GD size 4 yrs <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1309114022.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1359904420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l10413668.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Snowflake gloves in Double Knitting yarn size 4 to 7... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:50:49 EST About my last blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229164 I hope I did not upset anyone with my last blog about the Holocaust Memorial day. <BR> <BR> All children here in UK are taught about the Holocaust at school. Its an important part of history! But its not just about the loss of Jewish people! <BR> <BR> Here is a bit more information for the history group, "History Lovers" and anyone else who may be interested. I have done several hours research on the subject which was very hard and made me very sad. I have not felt like that since I had t... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:31:53 EST 27th January Holocaust Memorial Day in UK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225700 We have a Memorial Day in the UK today for victims of the Holocaust. <BR> Special services were held to commemorate and one was in the Borough of Havant in Hampshire. The Lord Mayor, (Mayoress) attended and also a representative from the gypsy community. Scouts and young people were also attending. <BR> There were readings and silence for the victims. It was not just for WW2, but for all victims throughout history who had suffered Genocides or massacres. <BR> <BR> The day itself, 27th Jan... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:23:43 EST Australia Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223545 Just wanted to say HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere. <em>676</em> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>67</em> <em>410</em> <em>464</em> <em>298</em> <em>283</em> <em>463</em> <em>297</em> <em>261</em> <em>191</em> <em>190</em> <em>496</em> <em>498</em> <em>492</em> <em>274</em> <em>181</em> <BR> <BR> Have a good,, happy day spark friends world-wide... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:38:56 EST Snow update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220609 The snow thawed quite a lot yesterday, then it rained for a while and turned to snow at 3.30pm. It froze and a little more snow today. It will remain cold Adrian says, but I thought they said worse was coming! LOL! <BR> <BR> Keep warm, but not in Australia or Tas. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Ellen Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:27:28 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215889 Had a day of rest and relaxation. <BR> Sparked in the morning on the 5% Fall SUDS team. <BR> Went into the garden and fed the birds. Cooked rice for them and the thrushes and blackbirds were fighting over it. Also shared some of my fruit with them. Redcurrants, strawberry, plum and grapes. At one time there were 8 blackbirds and 4 song thrushes all knocking each other away from the food to try and get to it. Tomorrow I will put it all around the patio so they have to work for it. <BR> The 4 ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:51:13 EST Snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213434 We had a blizzard this morning, we were expecting 10 inches of snow, not that. <BR> <BR> I skyped with Mel in Tasmania, they are having a heatwave so she seemed to like seeing the snow. Boy would I like to see the sun!!! <BR> <BR> The birds were invisible, don't know where the were hiding, but the wind dropped and they came by the dozen all fighting to get on the bird table together. They were landing on top of each other. And fighting each other for the food. It was really fun to watch!... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:55:07 EST 2013 My goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211971 This year I am going to be selfish and do things for me. <BR> Last year I helped 2 friends, one with cleaning and gardening and the other with gardening and shopping. <BR> <BR> I did do some gardening for myself, but not enough! <BR> Its my aim to get my garden up to scratch this year and grow more veggies than last year. I have joined the organic gardening group to get some helpful ideas. I would like to be self sufficient, but one step at a time. <BR> <BR> I will continue to encourage ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:59:40 EST Walk to Rivendell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145650 I started out on my journey to walk to Rivendell on the 23rd September, the birthday of the Hobbits Bilbo and Frodo when I joined the Spark Walk to Rivendell team. The link is at the bottom of the page. <BR> <BR> I have been so very busy since then that I have not been able to see how far I have gone on the map so today with the new link from the team I have tracked my progress. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of my journey, i was not putting my miles for the other cardio that I do. I don't use... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 06:04:05 EST I was in despair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140762 I have 5% of my weight to lose for the 5% Fall challenge and not long left in the challenge. <BR> <BR> I was using my son's scales as mine did not seem to be working properly. But the scale said my weight was going up and up. So the week before last I ate a lot less calories as I was really despairing. When I checked my deficit for the week it was 5000 calories so I expected to lose at least a pound, but the scales went up. <BR> <BR> My friends made some helpful suggestions. I rested for 2... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:27:51 EST Accident and Emergency and my learning curve! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008751 On Tuesday Adrian and I had a lovely time swimming with Tiana. We were in the pool for almost 2 hours. It was a hotel pool, not too big and not many people which was nice. <BR> I only swam for an hour and I ran around in the water carrying Tiana and then pulling her by a float for the other 50 minutes. So I got lots of exercise. <BR> <BR> My accident happened after Tiana had gone home. Adrian had gone to work and I decided to put some Limescale remover in the downstair toilet. We live on a... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:10:58 EST Never Quit Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999891 Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Sunday, April 29, 2012 <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:22:36 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961671 On Saturday we were getting ready to take my youngest son back to Southampton. <BR> <BR> The phone rang and it was Annya ILOVEROSES. She is a Sparkie from Australia who is on holiday. She and her husband had just arrived at Southampton Friday and stayed overnight. <BR> They were going on board ship for their cruise to Iceland and Norway in the afternoon and she wanted to arrange a meeting with me. I was very excited! <BR> <BR> Great! We were going to Southampton anyway so it was perfect... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 07:43:25 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959671 Sorry, but the strawberry picking did not happen! <BR> <BR> Just as we were about to leave, the heavens opened and we had torrential rain as we got to the motorway. We went shopping at the supermarket. The playground was far too wet to go to. <BR> <BR> We ate our picnic lunch in the conservatory. We had bought strawberries at the supermarket, really cheap because of all the rain that is ruining them. Also some really nice raspberries. I think they were just as cheap as if we had done "pick... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 19:51:57 EST Just wanted to say Thank You All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957038 Thank you all so much for your kind words and advice! You are all such good friends. <BR> It was so good to read it all tonight! I did not get time yesterday as I threw myself into work. <BR> It stopped raining at last yesterday for a while and today was a lovely sunny warm day. <BR> Made me feel better. I did do gardening today and a little yesterday, very therapeutic. <BR> I did lots of painting and scrubbing today, it took me hours. Getting the fence posts and panels ready for Adrian to pu... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 20:12:59 EST I am so upset!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954045 Went to Carol's and carried rubbish up driveway to car. Adrian was not much help! <BR> Unloaded at recycling centre with Adrian's help. Peter had a moan at me on the way to Sue's and I was upset. Went to lunch at Sue's. <BR> Big row and I was very upset. She says I don't work even though I am doing a 40hour week plus normal housework. She says it does not count as its not paid work. <BR> She said the other day she thinks I should stop exercising and go back on diabetic tablets! <BR> She ri... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:14:18 EST Duck!!! Its a Springer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893479 Went to Petersfield Lake today for a little bit of R & R. <BR> We were looking for birds and saw this... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419210254.jpg"> <BR> And this.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120094089.jpg"> <BR> Her name was Roxy and she is an English Springer Spaniel. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l955432480.jpg"> <BR> She was having a wonderful time... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6... Tue, 22 May 2012 19:22:17 EST It rained!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874561 It Rained all day on Wednesday. I couldn't do any gardening! <BR> <BR> We took up floorboards in the bathroom in the morning after I cleaned it. Ready for the electrician tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It was gruesome when we took up the floorboards. There was a piece of wood which had burnt where the mouse chewed the wire. We were so lucky we didn't have a major fire. I am so glad we had the earth trip protector and the fuse blew. <BR> <BR> I had been smelling burning wood in the hall near the ki... Wed, 9 May 2012 20:45:50 EST Archaeology Site Meeting Friday 20th January 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695901 On Friday afternoon, Adrian looked after Tiana while I attended an Archaeological Site Meeting. Government rules in UK, mean builders of big housing projects have to enlist an archaeologist to investigate the site now before the build begins. Barrett David Wilson homes have enlisted the help of L-P Archaeology. A large group of interested people met Cornelius Barton BA . He is the one in charge of the dig! <BR> The weather was warm for the time of year, but overcast and cloudy and not that g... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 21:45:18 EST Friday 20th Jan 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693835 The weather was dry, warmer, windy and sunny in the morning when Tiana arrived. We danced to Irish music for half an hour. Tried some skipping. Did 2 jigsaw puzzles, read 2 stories and played with the alphabet letters on her desk. Also did some colouring. After lunch I went to the archaeological dig, site meeting. The weather had clouded over, so photography was not good! <BR> Sorry folks, I am really tired now, so I will put the photos on tomorrow and write a blog about it! Going to have a... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:56:00 EST Thursday 19th Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4691931 Today I got my hula hoop out! I had tried doing the Hula with Tiana, but could not keep it up on my hips! Today, I was amazed! It worked and I managed to do it for 10 minutes, which does not seem much, but I will build on it and more each day! <BR> <BR> I also did some running up and down hill and walked with DH! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to tomorrow as I am going to an Archaeological site meeting! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Ellen Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:20:49 EST Southampton http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689690 It was dark and dismal and raining at 7.45am this morning, but at least it was much warmer. I wish the weather would make its mind up! <BR> We picked my friend Dale up at 11am and went by car to Southampton! She wanted to go to Ikea to look at the kitchen units! We got there at 11.30am and walked around looking for the drawer units she wanted. We eventually found them! I told her it would be a long way to walk! Luckily there were chairs around to sit on! She finds it very difficult to walk!... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:15:03 EST Irish Dancing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687506 Sue brought me back an Irish dance CD. Its Traditional Irish Jig music. Its very fast and furious and goes on for 60 minutes. There is only a few seconds to catch your breath between each tune. Tiana and I kept it up for the whole time today! Boy was it tiring! Didn't think I had the stamina! Afterwards, Tiana put 2 cushions on the floor and made me lie down with her. Then she covered me with a blanket! <BR> We had great fun. We made meatballs together afterwards and cakes to cook in the halo... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:43:00 EST Remembering Lesley! January 16th 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685199 I first met Lesley when I was picking up Matthew from school! Lesley's daughter, Nicola was in the same class. We soon became friends. We both worked in Southsea! Lesley was a Librarian and I was a Solicitor's cashier! She saw me waiting at the bus stop one day as she passed in her Morris Minor. She called her car "Jelly Mould" which tickled me pink! It was a steel grey colour! She offered me a lift and that was the start of a true friendship! <BR> <BR> I met Adrian, Lesley's brother and my... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:22:05 EST My Weight loss journey! How I did it! My aims for this 2012! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682620 It took me over 2 hours to do the first part of this blog! I finished it at 2am this morning! I started it before midnight on Saturday! I was so tired I forgot to say how many calories I ate and what I did for exercise so here goes! <BR> <BR> I am a type 2 diabetic with Hypothyroid and Asthma! I get IBS from time to time! <BR> On my wedding anniversary on July 12th 2009 I was over 13 stone. I tried the Ducan diet which I had read about and bought the book! But the oat bran and protein did no... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:09:26 EST Tiana and my weight loss journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680921 On 21st December it was my granddaughter, Tiana's 3rd birthday. I can't believe she is 3 already! <BR> On the day she was born I was really overweight! Here is a picture! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l737996128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found it difficult to hold her for long as I was so unfit! In this picture you can also see my double chin! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44111645.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She was a beautiful, tiny baby! <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:48:29 EST 17th Dec 2011 My daughter's 40th birthday disco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643875 My daughter Sue's 40th birthday was on the 16th December 2011. The next day which was a Saturday she held her party and disco. We met at her house and took Sue Tim and Tiana in our car to Southsea to a pub. This is the view as we entered the room. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875020041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There was a disco and it was very merry and bright. I danced for the first time in public in about 10 years with Tiana. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:42:22 EST Friday 16th December. Sue's birthday and our Christmas tree. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636043 On Friday 16th December it was our daughter Sue's 40th birthday. She had the day off so she came to lunch with Tiana. Adrian cooked a roast beef lunch while we started putting the artificial Christmas tree together and decorated it in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l630906381.jpg"> <BR> Here is Sue and Tiana after putting the lights on the tree <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l193434140.jpg"> <BR> Tiana looked very p... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 10:23:48 EST We don't have Thanksgiving in UK but we do have Harvest Festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599211 We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in UK like in USA. We do have harvest festival though when we count the blessings of the years harvest and spread a little amongst poor and infirm people. It is not a feast day though! Some folks have harvest suppers incorporating the harvest food. Schools and churches have special services where they collect all manner of fruit, vegetables, bread made from grain etc to distribute. Each child takes an apple or tomatoes or something to school for this occa... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 18:13:33 EST My garden part one: Song thrush singing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241786 Please put the video on and leave it running while you read the blog first. You will hear the bird song while its loading and then when its finished play again. It may take a while!! <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago in April, It was lovely, bright, warm and sunny and I went out in the garden at about 10am and took a video as the song thrush was singing up in our fir tree. He was hidden from view, and in order for you to hear his song I took some shots of the trees in our garden. At the beginn... Wed, 18 May 2011 18:59:58 EST Birds, Flora & Fauna at Petersfield Lake. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4036114 Last week we had 2 lovely sunny days so I took my camera with me to the lake at Petersfield. Here are some of the birds, flora and fauna that we saw. To begin the weather was so lovely I took some photos of the lake as well. <BR> <BR> This is looking towards Butser Hill which you can see in the background <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l277157618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looking towards the houses. I love the cloud formation in this one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:45:11 EST My body shape is changing at last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031659 I weighed in today and have lost a pound this week. Down to 127. I had been fluctuating between 128 and 130 since before Christmas. <BR> <BR> I was quite surprised when I measured myself because my hips and bust measurements have gone up half an inch from last time and my waist measurement has gone down a half inch. Hooray! I am starting to get a waist that will be visible. My thighs had gone up half an inch too! Must be the squats and yoga I have been doing. I think I am starting to lose ... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 05:10:46 EST Winter-1 5% challenge- My commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4030846 I have joined the Winter 1 5% challenge which runs for 8 weeks from today 19th Feb. <BR> My Winter-1 5% challenge commitment: <BR> I will exercise every day for at least 90 minutes- <BR> I will walk every day for at least 30 minutes. <BR> I will do yoga and stretching every day. <BR> I will do strength training 3 times a week. <BR> I will follow a Mediterranean diabetic diet with wholefoods. <BR> I will check in with my team daily <BR> I will Huddle with the team every day. <BR> I will leave... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 18:28:25 EST A walk round the North side of Petersfield Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3945243 Yesterday was a beautiful day, perfect for photography, with a clear blue sky which reflected in the lake. This is my first video with my new camera so I hope you will forgive the imperfections. I am not used to walkng along while taking photos, I have not done it for a long time. There is a lot of camera shake. I hope you enjoy the bird song in the background. It is an ideal place to walk and we try to go there every day and feed the birds. At the beginning I am walking to the spot where I ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:33:10 EST I am an Avocado http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3905700 I weighed in this morning and I have changed from an Apple shape to an Avocado which is apparently quite rare! I think that was what I used to be when I was young because my waist and hip measurements were always the same which sometimes made it difficult buying clothes. My waist to hip ratio has gone down from 0.85 to 0.83 which means I am no longer a high health risk, but a medium one. My bust and hips are now 35.5 inches and my waist is 30.5 inches. I am only 5ft tall so its getting better... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 07:59:20 EST Gunwarf Quays and Spinnaker Tower at night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3901439 On Thursday December 30th we went to the Multiplex cinema at Gunwarf Quays in Portsmouth to see the latest Harry Potter film. I decided to take my camera with me as I knew there was an ice rink for the holiday period. It was dark when we came out of the cinema so I took my first night time shots with my new camera. <BR> The first photo I took was of the Spinnaker tower which is 170 metres high! It looked very pretty, lit up with coloured lights specially for the Christmas and New Year period.... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 19:12:40 EST