Sunny Sunday at the lake :)

By: sandiquiz , 8:26 PM GMT on February 16, 2014

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After weeks and weeks of rain, wind and grey skies it was wonderful to awaken to sun - and wall to wall blue skies!

I had planned to go down by the lake if the weather was good, as forecasted, so after breakfast and the weekly phone call to his mum, I managed to rope in C, to come to carry the camera bag for me.

The lake was popular - the sun had brought out the walkers, the joggers, the cyclists, the photographers, and just those who wanted to be out in the sunshine after weeks of being ensconced in their homes!

I gave the little Panasonic Fz150 to C and I had the Canon. The Fz150 has a better all round lens, as the zoom lens allows you to get closer to the subject. But I soon realised the Canon has a quicker shutter, and a produces a sharper image. I think I had forgotten that about it after 18 months of using the Panasonic!

The following photos are a mixture of the Canon DSLR and the little Panasonic - there is hardly any difference, unless you look closely at the originals!

I saw resident mallards, a visiting oyster catcher, Canada and Greylag geese, moorhens, coots, a flock of black headed gulls and even a flying cormorant, but I didn't see the Kingfisher which I had been told was there! Never mind, I will have to go again, the next time the sun shines!






The sun shone from a cloudless sky, making the water ripple with sunbeams.





On the far bank there was a yacht race - but not real yachts, all remote controlled! The 'controllers' were having a wonderful time, enjoying the gentle breeze and the sun!





There was plenty of colour on newly emerging growth, alder catkins, mahonia and lots of red berries for the birds on cotoneaster plants that had gone wild around the banks.





I just had to take this image, because, even though the sun shone from a cloudless sky, and the wind was gentle .... this evoked memories of the weeks and weeks of torrential rain and relentless winds we have endured!




And finally - the "lesser-spotted-grinning dodo", alias C, who actually enjoyed himself, especially when I said I would treat him to a "pint" in the pub when we had finished!







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112. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:22 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
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111. GardenGrrl
11:24 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
Good Morning, March has decided to be a Lion and is roaring through with a cold front. Yesterday a balmy 80f.
Have a great day.
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110. GardenGrrl
2:07 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
Oh! Almost missed you today.

White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

(Just got home a bit ago and now off to bed for work tomorrow.)

Your date says March 2nd, but it's still the first here.
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109. Skyepony (Mod)
6:34 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

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108. palmettobug53
4:12 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits!

Again, I'm woefully behind on all the WU doings.

When does the insulating get started? Or has it, already?

Hubby has those photochomatic glasses. I've told him about the tip for making them turn faster and to be darker outside. Not sure if he wants to do it or not.

I wonder if being out in the freezing temps we had the end of January and the first part of February affected them like putting them in the freezer for 10 minutes? He was out in it long enough.
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107. SkyBlue17
3:50 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits :))
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106. JanesVacation
3:34 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
My eye scratch was my own fault...I hate to admit it! I wear contact lenses and one ripped and I left a piece of the ripped one in by mistake. I couldn't seem to get it out! Eventually, it fell out, but not before it did a bit of damage that is now fine. All's well that ends well and no harm done.

I've been meaning to tell you that when Amanda and I were in Disney world we visited the UK part of the World Showcase. The gardens were beautiful and I thought of you while enjoying the topiaries and manicured English gardens. I even took a few pics...
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105. Proserpina
2:37 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
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March brings breezes loud and shrill,
stirs the dancing daffodil.
-Sarah Coleridge

HAPPY MONTH OF MARCH SANDI
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104. Ylee
9:58 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Quoting 95. clearlakemike:
Sandi, apparently, your ark is currently being built in Kentucky.

Source.


I know we've had flood warnings here, but the ark is a little excessive, don't you think? :' )

This month, instead of three white rabbits, I give you three March hares, because the weather's been mad! :' )

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103. whitewabit (Mod)
7:06 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Sandi .. until a few years ago when I had to have the tree cut down due to it rotting in the center .. we had an owl set up her nest in a big hole in it ..

she was quite aggravating then as it was only about 10 feet from our upper story bedroom .. and 2-4 am hooting got on our nerves as they are very loud that close .. especially from a dead sleep .. her and her mate and the 2-3 little ones could make a ruckus !!

when we had to have it cut down we were so afraid we would lose her .. that she would leave and go else where .. but she found a new spot in a group of large pines on my property and has nested there every year since ..
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102. whitewabit (Mod)
6:54 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Oh was so hoping you would have been able to see the aurora's
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101. whitewabit (Mod)
6:52 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
3 x whitewabits for you this Month of March as we watch her come in as a lioness ..

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100. sandiquiz
6:30 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Mike, why on earth would they want to kill barn owls? The only thing they eat is vermin. Rats, mice, shrews etc...

Thanks for the ark, is it a painting or photo? I love it, the light reminds me of Turner's work.

Wabit....I hear owls occasionally, but have never been lucky enough to see one:-(. Having one on your land must be so 'cool'!
I didn't see the aurora - It was cloudy here - but I I have seen some of the photos on the news.....it seems it was magnificent!!

GG - oh, you cruel mum....taking Roxie on a special trip out to buy shampoo, then actually using it in a bath on her return!!! Lol
Hope you have a great day today, before you have to god back to the 'bat cave'!

Briar - oh, I see, you thought they came indoors? I do have to take down any pictures on the inside walls and all breakable items off windowsills, just incase they get shaken off by vibration. I have a feeling both Max and I will have headache by the time they have finished. They drill holes though the bricks to the cavity, then force insulation through the holes until the cavity is full.
And if it means we get a mild winter next year....well, so be it!! Lol

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Wishing everyone a VERY Happy March, with much improved weather conditions than most of us have had for January and February!

WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS!
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99. BriarCraft
4:55 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
I suppose moving a few pieces of garden paraphernalia is worth it to get the Government to pay for the insulation, which, if I had to pay for it would have cost me £1500!! Hence I kept putting it off! Once it is all done, and the dust has settled, so to speak, I shall look forward to next winter!!

I thought you needed to clear the inside walls! Silly me. Yes, you should be all snug and warm next winter. And just wait, I'll bet England sets records for warmest, mildest winter ever.

You are not the first to comment about a decrease or change in the sort of birds you are seeing. I do believe the erratic weather has something to do with it. Gold finches are common, or were. Last year, I saw 4 or 5 times as many as usual. And now this year, I haven't seen a one so far, but I am seeing way more jays and juncos than normal. It might be reasonable to think the birds are going to where the weather is what they want it to be?
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98. GardenGrrl
9:22 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Hi, we have had a beautiful day and so Roxie went to Petsmart for toothpaste and shampoo, then the spoiled thing went to spend the afternoon at the dog park.

She was not real thrilled with her bath when we got back;)

I think Syd and Roxie were being sweet as they expected oatmeal and eggs for breakfast as is the custom here on the morning after a work week. They love that stuff.
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97. whitewabit (Mod)
6:30 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
My owl is building her nest and have been trying to capture a few pictures of her but she is being quiet shy .. seems she's out when I don't take my camera out with me and when I do she is no where in sight ..

we hear her quite often at night when I take Eko out for her last walk of the night ..

she flies to my Ponderosa Pines which are around 70 ft .. and deep into them so haven't found her nest .. don't want to walk under them so as not to scare her ..
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96. whitewabit (Mod)
6:24 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Sandi .. did you happen to see the aurora borealis the last two days ?? I have seen pictures from GB that were outstanding and wondered if you were able to see them also ??
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95. clearlakemike
5:56 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Sandi, apparently, your ark is currently being built in Kentucky.

Source.
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94. clearlakemike
4:14 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Quoting 91. barbamz:
I was looking for your snow, Sandi, and instead came across this barn owl report from today. Hope they achieve it to rescue them in the UK!


Pickford purrs. Pickford flaps, Pickford peers, and jerks his head. Pickford is an owl -- a barn owl -- and his species is in trouble. And we, in large measure, are the cause. Jon Snow reports.


I think they are trying to kill them here, Barb. I will try and find the story again. They are considered invasive, I think, the reason was and maybe predator to a native bird. Can't remember the details off the top of my head but will look and see if I can find it.


Source.

Comment Deadline Approaching on Plan to Kill Egrets, Barn Owls
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93. sandiquiz
11:42 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
Good Morning - from a wet, cold and windy UK... again!
It looks like the cold from the Eastern States will finally hit us this weekend. From a temperature high of 54F yesterday down to a high of only 34 for today, and below 30 overnight Saturday!

I have been busy doing "housework-duties" this morning and this is the first time i have sat down at the computer. So, before I get side tracked again, I will deal with my own blog:)

GG - You? Cranky? Never! lol
Yes, thanks, lunch was very pleasant.

Did you get to the bottom of why Roxie and Syd were "cuddly"? Had you been feeding them something new??

My daffies are showing a dreaded X ?.... Darn, Flickr! They have changed the personal settings again!! I will repost it here, when I have finished!

Ylee - it is the ornamental cherry and almond trees that line my street that are beginning to flower, not the fruit bearing ones. Looking at my apple tree it will be a few weeks before we get buds that open into blossoms.

As you can see in the paragraph above.. your cold did send us some more rain, and yet another band is due Monday:(

Oz - I love leeks in soup, potato and leek, chicken and leek, or just pure leeks! Being of the onion family they are good for you!!

Shirley, thank you for your kind words re the photos:)

Time does seem to move quicker when we are older ... It doesn't seen that long since the first of the year and year and here we are at the end of February!

Mike - I love your analogy :) Thanks for the photo.

Briar - I suppose moving a few pieces of garden paraphernalia is worth it to get the Government to pay for the insulation, which, if I had to pay for it would have cost me £1500!! Hence I kept putting it off! Once it is all done, and the dust has settled, so to speak, I shall look forward to next winter!!

Jane
- Hello, I am glad you still have your head up above the snow! You have had it bad this year and Doctor M says that the low bringing rain to California at the weekend could drop more snow in your area, at the beginning of the week:(

I am sorry you hurt yourself... how on earth did you scratch you eye?

Barbara - Many birds are now on the RSPB list as in danger, even the gregarious sparrow and the noisy starlings!

Something must be causing it... farming changes, weather patterns, man!

But on a more cheerful note. Last summer the butterfly population was thought to have been effected by the very wet spring, but according to the results just published, numbers were up by 35% on the previous three years.

Linda - thanks for the link. What a posh place! I had to laugh at the photo of the room, with the window open at the top.... Max would be up and out of there in a blink.... give him something to climb, and he will climb it! He is what I would call, "wiry"... long and thin!

In fact he is the longest cat I have ever had. From the tip of his front paws to the tip of his back paws, at a full stretch, he measures 41 inches!

Right, here we go again, for GG, here is the "Creative Daffodils" photo!

Creative daffies!
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92. Thoughtsteader
2:07 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
A friend has just taken off on a trip, and she left me a link of the Cat-Hotel where she's leaving her baby. It's called Catnip Hill, and it's quite the place. No dogs allowed! Fresh catnip! Private rooms! Shoot - I've stayed in motels that weren't this nice.
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91. barbamz
11:49 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
I was looking for your snow, Sandi, and instead came across this barn owl report from today. Hope they achieve it to rescue them in the UK!


Pickford purrs. Pickford flaps, Pickford peers, and jerks his head. Pickford is an owl -- a barn owl -- and his species is in trouble. And we, in large measure, are the cause. Jon Snow reports.
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90. sandiquiz
10:39 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Quoting Ylee:
Must've been some coffee, lol! I hope my recent cold spell doesn't cause your rains to return!

Oops, sorry, folks ...the day ran away with me!

Back tomorrow!!
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89. JanesVacation
8:57 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Hello...it's been awhile. I'm home today on yet another snow day off from school. We are now on #10. I won't be posting any more snow pictures, it has looked the same for the last 3 months.

Loved seeing your springtime shots. The green grass looks amazing! I bought some flower seeds and I can't wait to get back to the garden.

I had a cold and then my left contact scratched my eye so I was the "one eyed" teacher for a couple of days. I'm feeling fine now, and hoping to get back tomorrow, weather permitting.
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88. Ylee
8:57 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Must've been some coffee, lol! I hope my recent cold spell doesn't cause your rains to return!
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87. GardenGrrl
2:42 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Good Morning it is a balmy 32f here with bright sunny skies. In Bugs blog I said this is honor of Polar Bear Day.

My daffodils have opened up during in spite of the cold. I think your photo must have prompted them. As your photo is currently showing the dreaded X's of unavailable could the daffodils in my garden perchance yours?

Actually mine are an assortment of "fancy" daffodils that came as a bulb order bonus years ago. The bulbs I paid for have long been gone. The free ones bloom on ;)
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86. sandiquiz
7:41 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Oh, I often turn into a pumpkin, Briar!! Lol
As to getting the dodo to do some work in the garden, it is a 'no brainer'. It is much easier, and quicker, to do it myself than to have to explain, in words of one syllable, how,, what and why!!

Right, need shower then coffee and I will be back to reply to everyone else :-)
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85. BriarCraft
7:33 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Judging from the comment you just left on my blog, it would appear that your free insulation won't be totally free. Perhaps it is time for you to try on the official PMO hat and put "lesser-spotted-grinning dodo" to work.

And no, I am not up past my bedtime. According to my computer's clock there are 27 minutes yet until I turn into a pumpkin.
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84. clearlakemike
1:33 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Then they will not only change faster, but they will go darker. I tried it and am happy at how dark they get, even in the car

Thank you for that tip, Briar, I am going to do that now...I have two pair, a sports pair and a "dress" pair. The latter gets darker already. I am wondering if they got a chill in transport. The eyeglasses are shipped from the mainland.
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83. clearlakemike
1:26 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
"Do not let the behaviour of others disburb your inner peace."
-H.H. The Dalai Lama


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82. clearlakemike
1:04 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Quoting 78. GardenGrrl:
Woke up absolutely cranky today. I have been doing pretty good with my New Years resolution of not taking cheap shots or speaking ill of people who annoy me. About a 50% improvement. Perhaps if I can convince myself that being sweet and cheerful around jerks is a hostile act I will feel better. lol.


I try and visualize a lotus flower sitting in the middle of a tranquil lily pond in my gut before I develop heart burn.
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81. WeatherWise
1:00 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Hi Sandi! Glad the sun finally came out for you - Neat blog entry. I enjoyed looking at your photos! I thought I had posted a comment here but perhaps it was wee hours and I did not linger. Happy rest of the week - After Wednesday just as soon say the week is gone! Time just keeps on flying by. Perhaps I should start racing with time and try to beat it and then maybe it would not fly past so fast.
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80. ozgalah
9:57 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Our damson tree is in flower again, would love another crop but it is way out of season. Positively freezing outside today (well by Adelaide standards anyway) bitterly cold wind coming of the ocean I think!
Cars in for a service today, so helping in coffee shop while I wait for it. Hope the mushroom fest went down well, I'm thinking chicken and leek soup for dinner tonight with a nice home made bread roll or savoury muffin.
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79. Ylee
9:25 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Cherries blooming in February are just asking for an extended cold snap! :( Happened to us a couple of years ago, I believe, with very few apples, peaches, and pears as a result!

Hope I'm wrong!
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78. GardenGrrl
3:03 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Good Morning, it is 33f today. Wasn't it in the 70's a few days ago?

Woke up absolutely cranky today. I have been doing pretty good with my New Years resolution of not taking cheap shots or speaking ill of people who annoy me. About a 50% improvement. Perhaps if I can convince myself that being sweet and cheerful around jerks is a hostile act I will feel better. lol.

My critters are delightfully cuddly today. Roxie has wriggled up to my lap and not hindering typing too much. Syd is chattering away with all his cute words and sounds. The mood should not last long.

Hope your lunch was delicious and company fun.
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77. sandiquiz
7:47 AM GMT on February 26, 2014
Just for you GG - a creative "sunshine on a stem"!




Bug
- I hope you didn't have 'rats' for lunch... although I did have them for dinner! Ratatouille!! lol

Wabit - no, my hair is dead straight, wet or dry! I have to rely on a decent cut to get any shape in it at all!

I am so sorry you are going to be chilly, again, and even though, like you said, we will be colder at the weekend, it will be nothing like you are suffering:(

I have heard Jane say that the school kids have to make up the time at the end of the semester, if they have snow closure days. Here, the most closure I remember was back in 2005, when the school was closed for a total of six days. But the end of the term, (semester), was still at the usual time, and no extensions were ever put in place. I wonder if it is because our kids go to school for more time than yours seem to do. Our summer vacation is only 5-6 weeks, and yours seems to be two to three months!

Briar - I had heard that titbit about photochromatic lenses and the freezer. Haven't tried it though, as I always use my prescription sun glasses in the car.

Funnily enough, I was looking at my roses only yesterday and thinking... they need doing... and soon!

Oz - oh, three of my favourite bakes! Actually having mushroom quiche tonight for dinner with a mushroom risotto.... a mushroom-fest!

Hope your DIL soon feels better, and you can get back to your busy life without added extra duties!!

SkyBlue The 'dodo' says "thanks" :)

I did text back a reply to your message last night, and you didn't wake me, I was still awake... just:)


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Going out to lunch with my Thursday-lunch-friend today.... Yes, I know, it is only Wednesday!! lol
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76. SkyBlue17
10:27 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
I see I missed Max's birthday-many belated birthday greetings and cuddles to him. :)
I will write more later in the week. I'm just off to make the lunches and then bed. It was a LONG day. work the whole day and then the Drama club-which went well.
The photos are lovely! Please tell the "lesser-spotted-grinning dodo" that we send him the best wishes for the 'hunt'. :)
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75. whitewabit (Mod)
10:23 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
Sandi .. weather has been so bad that the number of days kids have missed in school need to be made up and some schools are electing to go an extra hour a day or to make up the time by going on Saturdays ..

some schools have missed over a week above normal allotted days ..
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74. whitewabit (Mod)
10:21 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 73. ozgalah:
Hi Sandi, no scones this time and I took castor sugar with me! Banana bread, pineapple upside down cake and a quiche were all I managed as they were extremely busy so I helped out with the customers.
In my rush yesterday I forgot to say thank you for your good wishes for my DIL, my son doesn't think the cast will last three weeks!!!


Oh Pineapple Upside-Down Cake .. one of my favorites !!
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73. ozgalah
9:37 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
Hi Sandi, no scones this time and I took castor sugar with me! Banana bread, pineapple upside down cake and a quiche were all I managed as they were extremely busy so I helped out with the customers.
In my rush yesterday I forgot to say thank you for your good wishes for my DIL, my son doesn't think the cast will last three weeks!!!
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72. BriarCraft
9:23 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
Sandi: They are varifocals, anti-glare, scratch resistance coated and photochromatic...so actually sunglasses and glasses in one.

Mike: I get the above sunglasses and glasses in one also. The only thing I don't like about them is they don't darken as much as sunglasses inside a car while driving. Good for overcast days.

When I got my latest pair of super-duper eyeglasses in a few months ago, the nice man at LensCrafters told me a secret about the photochomatic lenses: Put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Then they will not only change faster, but they will go darker. I tried it and am happy at how dark they get, even in the car.

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Sandi, you may recall we had a debate about when to prune our roses. I almost did it at the beginning of the month, but held off on you and others' advice. Now I think it is the perfect time. New growth has started and surely there won't be any more deep freezes for either of us. What do you think?
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71. whitewabit (Mod)
6:52 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
A hair appointment in the rain .. going for the wet drippy look ?? hope yours doesn't frizze out like my curly hair does in the rain sometimes ..

going down below zero again tonight .. believe -5 is forecast but wind chill readings will be well below zero in the -20 to -25 degree range .. will be sending it over to you in about a week so enjoy any warmth you have this week !!
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70. palmettobug53
6:11 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
My daffies have opened up overnight.

Rats.... I've overstayed my lunch break!
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69. GardenGrrl
10:51 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Good Morning, only a slight drizzle here.
I shall let Ylee make any comments about styling ones hair with a rainy natural look ;)

Your garden blooming is a bonus against the gloom. Daffodils are sunshine on a stem.
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68. sandiquiz
8:56 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Morning all, it is absolutely 'chucking it down' here at the moment, which is not pleasing me as I am about to head out of the door to a hair appointment!


Ylee - high 80's is about what we get in a normal year. In a cold, wet summer, like 2012, it was averaging out at med to high 60's but last year we made it up to 100 on several occasions. I know which it prefer - the heat and sun, not the cold and wet!

Oz - well done to your little friend! Her parents have every right to be chuffed for her. What are you baking for the cafe this time? More scones with icing sugar?

I am amazed at how far forward our growth is....I even noticed the cherry trees are opening their blossoms and it is still FEBRUARY!
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67. ozgalah
10:15 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
Hi Sandi, you sound as if you have more flowering in your winter garden than we have in our summer garden, thanks to our heat!! Like you since we had our glorious rain last week lots of things are sprouting after being badly burnt, particularly my honeysuckle which I thought was toast. We cut it right back and it is a mass of new shoots and I think it may stay where we moved it too to nurse it back to health. P has been growing annuals from seeds and they are ready to go out if all the hollyhocks and wallflowers survive the garden will be a riot of colour!
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66. Ylee
9:18 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
High 80s in the summertime would be most appreciated, as 90s are the norm here during July and August! :P

There is no green, whatsoever; even the grass is a pale brown. But, I guess that's better than the white landscape of wab, and points north!
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65. sandiquiz
11:51 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
Morning All

Ylee, like you, I would happily get used to warm, blue sky days! But come the summer when we are suffering in the high 80's, we will be wishing for the cold of February!!

Bug - don't worry, I know you have been busy, and other things take precedent.
I have daffies in the ground that are about to open their buds, and those in the basket by the window have been flowering for six weeks now. I have celandines, primualas and jasmine flowering, with roses, honeysuckle, any many more shrubs and bushes now covered in green growth. Certain things, like the hebe never stopped flowering all winter!

All we need now is for winter, proper, to arrive in March and kill everything off!!

Pros - thank you... the rest of my day when you posted that comment was spent in sleep...in fact, I was already asleep when you posted it:)
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64. Proserpina
11:17 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
I just came by to say hello and wish you a good rest of the day.
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63. palmettobug53
2:26 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Hi, Sandi.

I am woefully behind on all the conversations and activities everyone has been involved in and I'm not going to try to go back and catch up with everything.

How lovely that you've been having SUN! Even if it was only for two days.

We have warmed up a good bit but may have another cold snap this coming week. I'll have to keep my eye on the forecast, as I may need to pull my potted plants back inside for a night or two.

My yard is showing all sorts of signs that Spring is arriving. My forsythia has been blooming since January, if you can believe it. Even all the ice we had earlier didn't faze it.

My asparagus fern got burned back but is now sending up new shoots. They do look like asparagus!

I've some daffodils that have sent up their leaves but they don't have buds yet.

The cold killed back my geranium but I see some new leaves at the base, so it did survive.

My Lone Mocker has been joined by two others. I'm assuming that one of them is a female. They've been squabbling over the dried mealworms I put out every day.

I spotted a a half dozen robins in a yard nearby, as I was coming home Thursday. There has been one in our yard yesterday and this morning.
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62. Ylee
12:43 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
We had our second warm day yesterday in the past eight weeks, it seems! I'd like to get used to those, too! But like you, it's supposed to turn colder today! :(
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