Friday, 6 May 2016

A productive week!


I am joining with Amy from Love Made My Home again for Five On Friday.


This has been a wonderful week with the weather improving so much from what we have been used to of late. Unfortunately I have had to work three days this week so time has been limited to get out and about. How I coped with full-time (and more) work I just don't know! It does frustrate me now when we have beautiful sunny weather and I am stuck inside, however I made the most of the time I have been able to get out and have been for a walk in the evenings on my work days.


1.  As you can see I have managed to keep up with my 10,000+ steps a day throughout the week and am now on a 13 day streak, hopefully today will make it 14 days. My poor DH - I have been dragging him out during the evening if I am short of my 10,000 steps, sometimes he will oblige, other times I am going out on my own for a boring walk around the local streets.







2.  One evening we went for a walk around our local nature reserve - Rooksbury Mill. We go here fairly often but the scene changes all the time. Lots of signs of Spring this time around.







This is the second year we have seen swans nesting here, hopefully a successful brood will be hatched.



Lovely cowslips with the evening sun on them.



We stood and listened to this thrush sing for ages, such a beautiful sound.


3.  I paid a visit to the Garden Centre on Sunday to buy some more pots and plants to add to the ones I purchased on my last visit and then had a busy time potting them up. I planted the seedlings I showed you last week but as yet nothing is showing, I keep inspecting them daily hoping for signs of growth.
















4.  On Bank Holiday Monday we visited my Mum and went out for a walk around my home village - always a pleasure as it brings back so many memories of my childhood. Unfortunately, it did turn out to be the one gloomy day of the week and as we walked rain was threatening all the time and we just got back to my Mum's before it poured down.




One of my favourite spots, it is always so peaceful here down by the stream.



I love this old barn.



A view of my beloved downs with the racehorse gallops in the foreground.



Hollowshot Lane, I have walked along this path many many times over the years.



A view of the far end of the downs from Three Corner Firs



You can see that rain is not far away now.



Couldn't resist taking these beautiful bluebells growing on the edge of a garden.


5.  And finally, some indoor relaxation time, I hosted our craft group meet up on Saturday and we spent the day crocheting, laughing and eating! I completed week 2 of the crochet-along that I am taking part in as well as working on my next charity blanket.




Week 2 CAL, all four squares now on my blocking board



Charity blanket in progress, this one is taking me longer than usual as I am busy with the CAL as well.



I have just started Week 3 of the CAL


I hope you have all had a wonderful week. Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all again next Friday. Please go and visit Amy's blog where you will find links to more Five On Friday posts.

16 comments:

  1. Once more well done with the walking! You've potted up a lovely lot of plants and you have a good eye for colour with your arrangement just as you do with your craftwork. That area by the stream does look peaceful. The water is so clear. I hope you have a good weekend.

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  2. Your scenery is beautiful. I love to listen to the thrush early in the morning and again in the evening. It's absolutely amazing that something so small can open it's mouth and share a song so lovely.

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    1. Isn't it just, I just love to hear thrushes and blackbirds singing.

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  3. What a beautiful part of the world you spent your childhood in. No wonder you have such happy memories. Thank heavens you got home from your walk before the rain set in. Your garden plants are all looking very healthy and what wonderful signs of Spring you saw at the aature reserve:)

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  4. Your comment about time made me smile, I am often saying I don't know how I managed the time to go to work. The bluebells are a real delight such a beautiful photo. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Your cal blanket is looking good, once I've finished my cardigan I may start one. Well done on the steps, you are inspiring me to keep up. I've managed 5 days of over 10000 steps! Beautiful pictures of the downs, you certainly live in a lovely part of the country Jan. Have a good weekend. B x

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    1. Well done on your steps Barbara. xx

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  6. 5 lovely things. I'd never heard of Rookbury Nature Reserve but Googling it I found that it's not too far from us - we'll definitely pay them a visit during the holidays. Your pots are looking great, as is your crochet. The weather looks set for the weekend, so have a good one. xx

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  7. Great spring flowers & views! The bluebells are fabulous.

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  8. It's wonderful what you see when you're out walking. I love to walk. There are a couple of places close enough to walk to here in Michigan. One is a lovely nature preserve about a mile and a half away. People here in the states don't seem to walk much and look at your kind of strangely when you are. A lot of drivers aren't too walker-friendly either. You can turn right on a red light here (as long as nothing is coming)unfortunately this is usually when the 'walk' light is flashing for pedestrians and drivers are usually too busy watching for cars rather than walkers! I've almost got hit a couple of times that way. Can't wait for my trip home - lots of walks around Ipswich!

    Have a great week!

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  9. All that walking is wonderful. I love to walk by water, it's always soothing. Where did you get your blocking block?

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    1. I purchased my block from Daisyboo Creations. I love it, they are extremely well made and are really effective at blocking out your squares. xx

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  10. You are really doing well with your steps. I've only managed a few really good scores and then some dreadful ones! Ha ha I used to walk round and round the car park at M&S when I was a few steps short when I was much more studious! x

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  11. You are doing so well with your walking!! Well done you!! Your crochet is so pretty, I am amazed at the speed that you manage to work at! Thank you for joining Five On Friday this week, hope you have an enjoyable weekend!

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  12. I wouldn't feel sorry for your hubby, you are keeping him fit! Wish I lived nearer so I could come to your crochet group. Xx

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  13. Your stream is beautiful! I think I'd manage to do 10,000 steps if I could walk next to that.

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