It seems time really does fly, listen life can go by in a flash so make the most of it… some lives are sadly cut short and some lives are long, but whatever your thoughts on life my advice is to just take time out, go look at those butterflies that are fluttering amongst the freshly bloomed flowers in the long grassy meadows or within the flower bed so lovingly prepared and nurtured by a fellow human being, listen to the birdsong (even the annoying craws of all the crows!!!), enjoy the spring lambs leaping and playing in the soft grass, watch the birds and the bees enjoying the fresh nectar from the pretty coloured spring and summer flowers, and don’t forget to help and feed the birds in the cold harsh winter time, travel to places outside of your own country if you wish, sometimes take the time to venture outside of your own comfort zone, watch or be part of different cultures and traditions, Love others and try not to get caught up in any hate, make sure you at least take your annual 2 week holiday, enjoy different experiences, go to the coast, swim and let the sunshine wash over and warm your body, enjoy those wide open spaces, watch rabbits from afar before they notice you and hop off, Enjoy the forests and the walks amongst them and if it’s snowy where you are enjoy the snow flakes, experience not only the warm mornings but also the picturesque ice cold and frosty mornings, watch the sunsets and if you get caught in a shower of rain enjoy the raindrops as they fall, and most of all enjoy some cake, after all of that you will have earnt it….
It was my birthday this week and I’m old enough not to get too excited over these things anymore, I think Pete and others find it strange that I don’t really have celebration days or days that other people so commonly celebrate anymore… I just don’t whether due to personal issues, insecurities, personal beliefs or just plain being old and boring, I’m still figuring it all out… and boy am I in what I can only describe as a very emotional and sensitive stage of life…
So yeah moving on… my 45th birthday came and went just like any other day, the main exception being I was treated to my favourite meal, my mobile/tablet pinging endlessly with facebook birthday well wishes (many thanks to all who took the time to wish me well) but poor Peter then had a massive dilemma of what gift to give me, his awkward wife… for what he insists is my “special” day… I am not a possessions girl, so I just have basically what I need to survive, when you’re travelling around so much massive amounts of personal possessions become much less important, unnecessary and just take up so much needed weight allowance, so less in a strange way just becomes more!!!
So anyway the dilemma persisted for Pete who insisted I should have some sort of present/treat but whenever he asked my reply was “I just dont need anything but thanks anyway, save your money”… Well what’s a boy to do??? What a complete “Genius” the guy is, let me explain, we took yet another stroll around Arlington Court where he’d seen the ideal present for a girl who doesn’t want anything… “a Tree” planted especially for her… but not just any tree… but her very own Oak Tree!!!
Hey if you think a tree is a strange present… think on, Pete and I have a strange way of trying to outdo each other on the weirdness of pressies it would seem, I remember on our first wedding anniversary (which is supposed to be a paper gift) much to everyone’s amusement on our very first wedding anniversary I purchased Pete a “Big Issue” magazine off of the homeless guy selling them stood on a street corner downtown… Two birds one stone, as they say…!!! (For those of you not accustomed to what the “big issue” is, it is a magazine that is sold by people who are for whatever reason find themselves down on their luck or homeless etc selling the magazine helps them earn money instead of having to beg)
I must admit when Pete first disclosed my present I was like “oh… ok… but just what type of tree are we talking??” then it was “Please don’t let them plant a birch tree or one of those dreadful monkey puzzle trees they have there in my name”, “please, please, please let it be an Oak tree!!!” Well let me tell you my hopes were not dashed… I now have my own Oak tree planted on the grounds of Arlington Court and we have a map of where abouts it is planted we now plan to walk to the area, its approx 5 miles from the Country house…
I actually can’t think of a better thing to have been gifted, an Oak Tree planted just for me… look it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s something that resonates with me and my enjoyment of the world in which we live, and no I’ve never actually gone around hugging trees before, but hey, never say never, perhaps we should all be thinking about planting a tree and the world could become an even better place, to me it feels like a useful gift, useful not just to me but to all of us and I have hopes it may undo some of the damage my lifetime has unintentionally caused to the earth, imagine if I had had a tree planted for every year of my life that could have been 45 trees that will hopefully thrive, help the environment, clean the air and most likely outlive us all and continue to do good well after I have gone and hopefully for many more future years to come!!!
I may start collecting trees until I have had 1 planted for every yr I have lived, I think that would be awesome… so if any of you folks wish to donate towards that feel free to message for details or perhaps I should start a “go fund me” page (it’s £15 per tree) what do you all think??? I would need to raise approx £645 for 43 more trees to be planted but what an awesome legacy to leave behind for all of us and our world!!! Anyone questioning my maths… I still have our Christmas tree that Pete insisted we buy, yep Its been with us now for nearly 7 months and yes I am a sucker for not wanting to just ditch it in the bin as many others do after their celebrations are over, after all I know it’s a tree but it’s still a living thing right??? but yeah, it now seriously needs to get planted in the ground somewhere otherwise it will become too stunted in growth so if I get it’s health checked and I am able to legally plant it somewhere I guess it’s one less tree we need to purchase!!!
We met up again with Karen and Graham for lunch at the Weir cafe again and took that walk we had discussed last time and yes I would recommend the cafe, the food and the canal walks to everyone of all abilities… Graham did have to stop and rest while we took a quick look around the bend further down in the canal, he was having continued difficulties with his leg, the damned thing seems to have a mind of its own!!! I have a lot of time for Karen and Graham they are both such lovely people… Stay strong Gray, next time we’ll take it turns to give you a piggyback when your leg starts to play up!!! Oh and loving the new car Karen!!! Hope you all enjoyed your holidays, the pictures looked great!!!
How are my allergies and hay fever I hear you all ask… Yes, allergies still here scratching away like a dog full of fleas(please note: I do not actually have fleas!!!)… and yep… the hay fever too although not so much the sneezing part of it at this time… but my eyes, boy are my eyes stinging!!! in fact they feel like they may have been sandblasted, they are red rimmed, swollen, sore and watering like no ones business… just so we are clear there’s no chance of me wearing eye makeup this season!!! Which I guess on the plus side allows me to continue being lazy on the make up side of things!!! This just leaves me to report that the grass on the site is still almost immaculate even before the mowing commences (apart from a few patches where Toffi has peeped on it!!!), but despite this it is still mowed pretty much almost daily to within a millimetre of its existence… you couldn’t accuse the warden that mows the grass here of being neglectful or lazy that’s for sure!!! the other staff members have just moved the children’s playground here, to be honest I may wait till it’s quiet and go play on it myself, it does looks great!!!
We had a youngish couple pitch their tent on the camp pitch next to our caravan for the last couple of days, this is not a strange occurrence by all means due to it being a campsite, but I mention this only because I just couldn’t help amusingly entertaining myself, see these campers had insisted on coming back to the campsite at 2am raging drunk and giggling hilariously (which in itself was quite funny… on the first night) but they also made a fair bit of a racket which woke me up 2 nights on a trot at around 2am… so this morning I thought I would treat them instead… Luckily for me but kind of unluckily for their sore hung over heads we were the only campers in the nearby vicinity and the Internet allows us access to all sorts of lovely loud music, which in turn gave me the opportunity of waking them this time at a pretty reasonable 8.30am to the likes of some Black Sabbath, Muse and a little Def Leppard may have come into play at some point, I just wanted them to know how special and privileged it was to have been camped so near to us and for them to experience just how lovely the early mornings are!!! Oh, if you are those campers and are reading this… Yep you’re very welcome!!!
I had planned a girls only hike this week for just me and Toffi to enjoy, I’d carefully filled a flask of sweet coffee for myself and one of ice cold water for Toffi, prepared a lovely picnic of fruit, sandwiches and a packet of crisps for myself and packed some of Toffi’s favourite doggy treats for her, all carefully wrapped and placed into a backpack for us to enjoy on our wander, I had planned a 6+ mile hike which should have taken us a few hours at a leisurely pace…
However it seemed Toffi had other ideas… yes after just 1 mile into this hike she point blank refused to continue and kept insisting on turning around and returning home!!! (I think she was afraid my bad sense of direction would get us lost!!!) After 10 minutes of arguing (leash pulling both ways!!!) we headed back down the hill and found ourselves a comfy place to sit and drink coffee/water and watch the world go by instead!!! I must say I was rather disappointed in Toffi’s behaviour, I was hoping she would help with my exercising regime rather than hinder it, but not one to hold grudges against a furry friend… she still got to enjoy the doggy treats…!!!
Now I love walking around lakes with Toffi however lately she has had a taste for the long grass growing right at the water’s edge… Pete and I were only joking about her possibly falling in while pursuing this habit… when “splash” in she went luckily at a shallow point in the lake that she could jump straight back out of… but then a few days later she did it again this time into the deeper end of the lake… I had to run back and quickly grab her by the collar and haul her out of the lake, you see Toffi just cannot swim she’s so heavy that in deeper water she just starts to sink no matter how much she tries to swim!!! however when she was in the water and until she was safe the look on her poor face was hilarious…
Once on solid ground looking humbled, grateful to have be saved, after doing fast zoomies and shaking the water from her fur and ears… she returned and started checking out the spot she fell into, possibly and hopefully for all our sakes taking note of where not to stand next time!!! Apologies to the fisherman who was sat quietly trying to fish not only for the disturbance Toffi’s splashing about had caused in the waters, but also for my continued and constant laughter at the whole situation when recalling the poor dogs face while she was in the water, I pretty much looked like some half baked nut job laughing hilariously out loud to myself on the rest of the walk!!!
We got a little bored and I got a little listless so I entered the local charity shop and picked up a couple of jigsaw puzzles for a couple of pound each… we spent a whole afternoon outside in the bright sunshine and there we stayed well into the colder evening air working on this puzzle we actually felt freezing before we’d finished but we were determined to finish that puzzle before we went back inside here’s proof we actually finished the thing!!!
Well that’s all the writing I can do for now… so until next time…