Travel-blog - sea and sky :)

By: sandiquiz , 2:35 PM GMT on August 23, 2014

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It is over three years since I last visited the coast of this small island. The first 30 plus years of my life I lived in Yorkshire, which has almost 50 miles of stunning coastline, from rugged high cliffs to stretches of flat, golden sand. A trip to the coast for sea air, refreshing breezes, and a fish and chip supper, was something we could do on a regular basis.

For the last 25 years I have lived in the centre of England. It is almost equidistant to the west, the east and the south coast, involving a journey, by car, of 2, 3 or 4 hours, depending on the traffic.

Last week I decided it was time for me to visit the sea again.

So come with me, and enjoy the first blog of four, called "Sea and sky."

It was only just after 10 o'clock in the morning when I finally arrived at the coast. I'd headed east and arrived at a small seaside location called "Walton on Naze".




The name Walton is an ancient name meaning 'farmstead or village of the Britons.'

The Naze is an area north of the town and is important for migrating birds. There is also a small nature reserve.


On the cliff top at the Naze is an Hanoverian tower, 112 feet high, more commonly known as the 'Naze Tower', which was built as a sea-mark to assist ships on this otherwise fairly flat and featureless coast.




It was built in 1720-21 to guide ships along the coast and into the port of Harwich. Originally it had a beacon on top, which made it an early form of lighthouse.


Over the years it has had a variety of uses. In the 18th century it was a teahouse, run by a famous actress, Martha Raey. It was used as a lookout during the Napoleonic wars and again during the First World War, 1914 1918. During the Second World War it was used as a radar station. It has been in private ownership since 1986.



The rapidly eroding east coast of Great Britain is threatening the tower and the wildlife reserve.


Over the last 15 years they have put in place a seawall, groynes and millions of tons of sand has been added to the beach to replenish it to try to stop the sandy cliffs from eroding.
However, nature is winning, and the sea is encroaching on the land by about 2 yards a year. Within 50 years the Naze Tower, which has stood for 300 years, will have tumbled into the sea.



one of the many groynes that have been built along the flat coast.


Situated off the coast is the world's largest offshore wind farm. 217 turbines have been positioned 12 miles off the coast, producing enough electricity for three quarters of a million homes.






In the middle of the 19th century, when trains became far more popular,Eastern Union Railway built a track right down to the sea at Harwich. From there, ferries would transport the passengers across to continental Europe.



My thanks to the super-zoom camera for this and the next image. Harwich was five miles further north and the ship a speck on the horizon!



Today the port is used as a docking for cruise ships, and bulk cargoes which arrive from all over the world!



As I stood on the cliff tops looking out across the North Sea towards Europe, I watched several of the Thames sailing barges go past. They are distinctive with their red ochre sails. They were common in the 19th century when they went up and down the Thames. They have a flat bottomed hull, which was perfectly designed for the shallow waters of The Thames.

At the beginning of the 20th century over 2000 of these barges were on the London registry. Today a small number of sailing barges have been converted into pleasurecraft and take tourists on a cruise around the Essex coast.




On my second day I went back to the coast and spent a very pleasurable hour halfway down the cliff at the Naze, watching the starlings.

Right along the coast, hardy shrubs have been planted to help protect the sand cliffs behind. There are hundreds of bramble shrubs, which as I watched, became resting places for the European starlings.

They would arrive from inland and settle on the shrubs looking out to sea. Then slowly, one by one, small flocks would lift up and set out across the North Sea to Europe, where they will overwinter. Their British cousins will stay behind and winter in England. Although they are the same species, the starling population in the UK triples every summer, when huge flocks arrive from the continent.



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Over the next few weeks I will post more photos (but they do take time to edit and post to WU), so I am splitting it into four blogs.

Blog 2 will be will be "John Constable", (oh, I loved this part!), blog 3 "Beth Chatto" gardens, and finally blog 4 will be the left overs, which i am calling "Quaint Britian" :)


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65. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:41 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
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64. GardenGrrl
10:08 AM GMT on September 02, 2014
HI, if you put up a new blog today can I claim LAST! for this one ; )
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63. Proserpina
9:49 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
WHITE RABBITS X3!
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62. sandiquiz
9:36 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
I'm here, I'm here... just never got back!

I promise tomorrow to catch up with everyone, and post a new blog, the John Constable one.... and the dentist was fine, no change!
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61. clearlakemike
5:48 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
Happy September, Sandi!! Good luck with the dentist!
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60. JanesVacation
12:48 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
Good luck with your dentist visit today. It is not my favorite place to go. Hopefully it will not require a return trip!

Labor Day here today in the US. Warm and humid and summery air makes it hard to believe it is the first of September already. Last week with my students went well, so I guess it is back to school "for real" this week. Although, Monday off is a treat that we won't have again for awhile. (Yes, I was already looking at the school calendar to scope out our first day off!)

Hope you get that long list accomplished this week. Take time to smell the roses...
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59. GardenGrrl
10:05 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
Oh yeah and good luck with first of the month e-mail flurries.
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58. GardenGrrl
9:41 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits, Happy September!
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57. sandiquiz
7:10 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS AND A VERY HAPPY MONTH TO ALL!!

About to drive to my dentist for "hopefully" just a check up and clean.

He moved to the next county, so I followed him, and will take an hour to get there... will be back later to wish individual happy month greetings to all :)

Oh, and yes, I had a lovely weekend, and travel blog part two needs to go up, the laundry needs doing, the house needs cleaning, the mails need sending for my competition over in Flickr, and, and, and....... phew!
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56. whitewabit (Mod)
5:11 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
White Wabits, White Wabits, White Wabits .. let the harvest month of September share in its bounty !!
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55. WeatherWise
3:28 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
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54. ozgalah
2:04 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
White rabbits!!! The family history book looks impressive well done on all the hard work!
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53. GardenGrrl
9:59 AM GMT on August 31, 2014
Hey you are having another nice day if the weather sticker is correct. We are headed to a balmy 98f again. The nights are getting cooler though and Orion is in the early morning eastern sky so it should start getting back to outdoor weather again.
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52. GardenGrrl
2:29 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Oh your weather sticker looks quite pleasant if there is some blue with the scattered clouds.
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51. BriarCraft
5:47 AM GMT on August 30, 2014
I just finished reading the article you linked in #9. Very informative, especially in view of some viewpoints that wind turbines are a hazard to birds when actually, the turbines are a hazard to their ocean view more than anything else.

I agree with GG, when she said, "Not to worry about being busy outside WUville, I think lately we all have been hit with shrinking time syndrome." In fact, I am relieve to learn that I am not the only one who has been neglecting my friends in WUville. I promise to do better soon -- as soon as it starts raining.

Just that one collage of "The Family Story" and I know Donna and family will treasure it. The page layout looks very professional, complete with scanned images. And I know from some of your previous blogs, that it is well written and very readable. You have been working on this project off and on for a long, long time. Is it truly finished? What will you do next?
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50. sandiquiz
4:36 AM GMT on August 30, 2014
Ylee and Poppy Thank you for yore I kind words. I will let you know what she thinks!

GG thank you, I will pass on your kind wishes:-)

Shirley why is it we never have our cameras when we want them! Hope you got your housework complete. I really I do need to buckle down and do some housework type chores next week. I have been rather preoccupied the last few weeks, but now have no excuse!

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It is 5:30 am, and I am about to head to the shower! Have a great weekend everyone.....if I can I will check in on my phone:-)

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49. WeatherWise
7:42 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Hi Sandi Not sure if you have headed off for the wild blue yonder, yet, or not. I have actually been cleaning house a bit today. I had one of those NOW YOU SEE IT NOW YOU DON"T moments right in the middle of it all - guess what? I had walked outside to hang out a rug that had gotten a bit wet. What to my wondering wundering eyes should appear but two beautiful deer - like reach out and touch them close. I don't know who was the most surprised, them or me. They were right there in front of me. After thinking for a second, the first one took off up the hill and out of sight. Then here came the other one flying for all it was worth up the hill and out of sight. Like what deer? Did I really see deer? Yes, indeed and just for a second we had an exchange of thoughts. Of course, no camera - only a rug in my hand.

This is a photo that I took last Sept. 23 of three deer that appeared to be a reach out and touch. Actually they are across in a little churchyard but I did eventually inch a bit closer and a bit closer,

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48. calpoppy
6:33 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
What a wonderful book!! You should be very proud of yourself, quite a task but it seemed to be done with lots of love and caring about the history of your family. For one who loves a mystery a perfect task!

Have fun being away again!
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47. GardenGrrl
3:19 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Happy Birthday to Thursday Lunch Friend. Have a great weekend.
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46. Ylee
3:09 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Your finished work is indeed "awesome", Sandi! very nicely done, better even than the pictorial history done by our local historical society!

I think Christobal is headed toward Iceland, so at least you'll be spared that this weekend! Have a nice and safe trip!
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45. sandiquiz
9:00 AM GMT on August 29, 2014
Shirley, thank you for the lovely little bird photo and for your kind words about the booklet I made.

DonnieBwkGA
Thank you so much for the link, I found it very interesting, and I like the way he made it 'human', rather than just factual.


Mike - thank you, and yes, it is very muggy, but also rain is forecast for tomorrow, the day we are heading north! :( I hate driving on three lane motorways when it is raining!


Wabit
- Golly, 2000 photo are more than I would take!! I am glad you had a lovely time, and do hope you can work out how to load them to WU, I would love to see:)

Bug and GG - thank you, and yes, I hope it does become an heirloom.

I have managed to make 'personal' stories right back to the middle of the 1800's, and found family back to the mid 1600's, but how they lived, in the 16th and 17th centuries, or what they did, I cannot find from the meagre records written in those days. Once the censuses began in 1851, there was much more information about individuals. For instance, in the 1861 census I found that my great-great grandma was a widow at 48, with nine living children, seven servants and 400 acres of land to farm! No wonder she died herself at only 57!


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Going to met my Thursday lunch time friend, (yes, I know it is Friday), but it was her birthday last week whilst she was on holiday, so I am meeting her for lunch today and taking her present over.

BBL ...... hopefully, but I am away, without internet access except my Iphone on G4, from 7am Saturday until 7pm Sunday......:)
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44. WeatherWise
3:43 AM GMT on August 29, 2014
Hi Sandi, Just noticed your beautiful book! WOW! I had no idea you were creating a masterpiece! Thank you for sharing. What a treasure!
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43. DonnieBwkGA
12:39 AM GMT on August 29, 2014
I found this and thought you might like it.

The history of British winters
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42. clearlakemike
6:31 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
"The Family Story" looks very, very nice, Sandi. Congratulations! That is nice you did that. Often those stories get lost.

I guess Bug's sauna has moved on to you...how kind of Bug to send it your way, lol.

As for the next batch of rains...50/50? lol
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41. whitewabit (Mod)
3:43 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Morning Sandi .. well afternoon for you .. just back from our vacation which went very smoothly and we had wonderful weather throughout our journey to the Redwoods and then on to Seattle, Washington and back thru Yellowstone National Park .. A very long trip but was well worth the drive !!

Hope to have a blog later on my trip when I have gone through the 2000 some pictures I took if I can figure out how to post some of them !! hoping to get 250 good ones ..
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40. whitewabit (Mod)
3:36 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Morning Sandi .. well afternoon for you .. just back from our vacation which went very smoothly and we had wonderful weather throughout our journey to the Redwoods and then on to Seattle, Washington and back thru Yellowstone National Park .. A very long trip but was well worth the drive !!

Hope to have a blog later on my trip when I have gone through the 2000 pictures I took if I can figure out how to post some of them !!
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39. palmettobug53
3:32 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Oh, that looks marvelous, Sandi!

You've put a lot fo work into that project and it shows.

I know your neice will be astounded and delighted. IF your sister doesn't snatch it for herself! lol
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38. WeatherWise
3:20 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Yes, that is the neat thing about impatiens, they would go all weekend without water in my classroom and be all wilted over. Give thiem a drink and they would pep right up good as new. I think I have used them mostly as a potted plant.

The temp and sun has heated up here. After a mile walk, I am definitely hot and inside chilling again. A friend and I walked and talked the flat mile and not many photos as she did not bring her camera.

Did see baby bluebirds on my way back home.


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37. GardenGrrl
2:38 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Wow, that is the new family heirloom. I think you have made a legacy.
Not to worry about being busy outside WUville, I think lately we all have been hit with shrinking time syndrome.
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36. sandiquiz
2:15 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Hi Shirley - they last all summer as long as I remember to water them. Their other name is "Busy Lizzie" :)

Hi Pros - You and my sister ought to get together... she told me she had been up since 1:30 am the other night, working! I like to get my six - seven hours, or I feel crabby! lol

And you are not Lazy!! :-)

Mike, yes, we were like drowned rats over the weekend, and today, although dry- it is so humid, you get wet through just being outside! :(

GG - Hi there, hope you managed to find a treat or two for Roxie:)
I did conquer the label... eventually!

Barbara - there are two schools of thought for Cristobal... she will hit us with even more rain, or miss us -- lol

Ozgalah! hello, glad you liked the photos, next week I will post the ones from Flatford and Debham:)

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I feel as though I have been neglecting my WUfriends. I was away last week and then this week I have been working on finishing the Ancestry Story for my niece. I know it is a Christmas present for her, but I wanted it complete so I could take it north to show my sister at the weekend... yes, I will be away again on Saturday and Sunday!

But I thought you might like to see...... it is 40 sides of A4, with narrative and photos. I have placed the finished work in a leather folder, with plastic wallets, to keep the pages clean and together.



Just a little sample of the finished work :)
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35. ozgalah
11:41 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Beautiful photos and as usual very informative, its a long time since I was last at Walton on Naze!!!!
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34. barbamz
10:36 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Hurricane Cristobal passing by may mean good news for your weather, Sandi!

UK weather: Summer could make a late comeback thanks to Hurricane Cristobal
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33. GardenGrrl
8:46 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Have to make this quick. Am being head butted by an anxious corgi that wants her kibble. Darn she is demanding.
With all this rain what good fortune to have such great light for your photo safari to the sea. These are great shots.
Good luck with finding the right way to load the images for you labels.
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32. clearlakemike
5:04 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Everyone looked wet as wet dogs in Michelle's photo! Hope you see the sun soon!! We have been in a relatively dry period since the hurricanes. Lots of sunshine and breezy trade winds at times. A few mauka showers here and there but nothing more than less of a tenth of an inch.
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31. Proserpina
7:57 AM GMT on August 27, 2014
Good morning Sandi. Is your book finished and ready for gifting?

I have been lazy as ever, yes I did go food shopping yesterday, and yes I have been doing a tiny bit of painting each day this week, but overall lazy.

You did better than I did in identifying Shirley's Impatient plants. I have three pots of the Guiney variety, one white, one red, one pink. The other variety is the one that was assailed by a disease and has almost disappeared from my area. I did find two tiny plants hidden in my jungle and am babying them in the hope they survive. One of them even has some shocking pink blooms!

As you can see, I am up quite early. Actually I have been awake since one or one thirty and finally gave up and got out of bed. I might see the sunrise this morning from my windows! I would prefer to be in bed sleeping though.

I hope your day is a good one.
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30. WeatherWise
2:17 AM GMT on August 27, 2014
Oooh, yours are prettty and yes the same.. I believe identifying plants might be harder than id for birds. Thanks! I'm going to work on learning more flowers by name.
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29. sandiquiz
10:13 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Shirley ....these are the ones I have beside my front door....they are impatiens, New Guinea, same as your top photo. The bottom photo is impatiens too, but a different strain.

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28. WeatherWise
9:45 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Hi Sandi, I did see the id and I guess the size of the bloom threw me off. All impatiens I have had were much smaller bloom. I took a few more shots this am. The pot right beside of it has entirely different greenery but looks very much like the other bloom in the other pot.

Two Very Different Flowers - Are both impatiens? Could the other pot be Nasturtiums or more impatiens of a different variety? Confused and don't know my flowers that well evidently. The foliage of these two pots are quite diffent and even the way the blooms are bunched in one and the others have single stems all about! Are both pots inpatiens of different varieties? Wish I knew all the different flowers. Guess that could be my winter study, this year.






Yes, the tall shrubs certainly block the view of activity going on at the outer building - I found yours to be amazing and the one in the Arlington House garden as well.
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27. sandiquiz
6:42 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Is it still raining, Sandi?

Don't know, Mike, it is dark now...but it has rained for three days!! I also believe the forecast is for three more days, Thursday Friday and Saturday :-(

Hi Shirley- tall, well trimmed hedges do work as natural barriers and screens:-)

I have just been out to feed the fish, I forgot earlier in the day!! lol
Did you see the identification I gave you in Pros's blog about your red flower?? It is an Impatien.


GG - I don't think I ever wrote a ten page essay whilst at school! Lol But the folder is finished, all but the labelling. I have been out today to buy some small, self adhesive labels, and after about half an hour of messing about I the Avery site, I managed to download the template for Word 2013!! So tomorrow I will type up al the labels, then work out which way up to put the sheet of labels in the printer!! Why is each one different?
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26. clearlakemike
5:43 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Is it still raining, Sandi?
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25. WeatherWise
1:24 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Hi Sandi, Thanks. Yes the fish reminded me of your little pool with fish. Did not see the fish in the pool in butterfly garden on Sat. Sure they were there just in hiding like yours were that time.

I have one more photo that reminded me of you. Remember your photo of the major trimming of your really tall hedge. I saw one similar at the Arlington House - it was used to kind of hide from view one of the outer buildings that was behind the vegetable garden.


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24. GardenGrrl
10:07 AM GMT on August 26, 2014
Good Morning, oh it's only Tuesday evening for you, plenty of time (lol). Funny how we could write a ten page school paper after an afternoon at the library and an all nighter. Now that we have grown it takes so much longer.
Now why are you reading blogs ;)
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23. LakeWorthFinn
9:56 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
Gosh girlfriend, you take some mean awesome pics.... Thanks for sharing them :)
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22. sandiquiz
7:11 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
Quoting 21. SkyBlue17:

Tree stumps gone. :) Ditto last bit of shrub stump.

How wonderful that you got the photos in the AC gallery too!


Way to go my Yorkshire Terrier and his army of helpers!

But as you said, wet days and lazy men do not go together well!! :(
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21. SkyBlue17
6:21 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
Tree stumps gone. :) Ditto last bit of shrub stump.

How wonderful that you got the photos in the AC gallery too!
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20. sandiquiz
4:21 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
Hi Mike, Karen, GG, Ylee, SkyBlue and Poppy:)

I have been up to my armpits in word processing documents today. I have to complete the "Family Story" by Thursday, and get all the photos into an album, as I am out all day Friday and heading north to show it to my sister, early Saturday!

Where has the time gone? Last time I looked I had weeks left to complete it!!

Another entry into Explore today... it is the one of the yacht in front of the wind turbines that went into WU AC gallery! Do you know, I nearly didn't include this photo, either! lol

About to begin dinner, so will be back later, on my Ipad, whilst I relax after dinner in front of the FIRE!! Yes, it is that cold!! Any heat you have to spare Ylee I will gladly take!!
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19. calpoppy
1:14 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
Congratulations on the 100th picture on Explore!!! And an Ac!! It is a beautiful shot! But my favorite of what you have up on your blog is the second from the top. I love the vanishing point!!

You may have to do summer pics indoors for this weeks challenge ;)
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18. SkyBlue17
11:44 AM GMT on August 25, 2014
Good afternoon Sandi et al. Very, very rainy here (the terrier says to tell you it's tipping it down-lol) and we are supposed to get rid of a tree stump in this weather! Hahahaha!!
Love your blog and congrats on your photo in Explore. :) Very well deserved.

I read in the news this morning that there are many hardened souls out on the beaches. Crazy, never mind hardened souls!
Yesterday and Saturday we worked on getting rid of the shrubs and their roots, which we did. The big axe came in handy. :) Do you recall seeing all the weeds from next door's that had grown through the broken fence on to our side? I got rid of all coming over our side and it looks nice and neat. Of course, it's now supposed to rain the WHOLE week...so when chappie-chap is supposed to do the fence, I don't know. N and I could put it up ourselves actually AND do a better job out of it!
Well, we are off out to purchase a new steam iron. Wishing you a good Bank Holiday!
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17. GardenGrrl
10:07 AM GMT on August 25, 2014
Just think how many people have looked at your explore photo without clicking on it. As I have a large screen I rarely click on photos. Pretty neat to think your view of the world has been seen by so many others.
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16. Ylee
2:20 AM GMT on August 25, 2014
I wonder how many people that have over 4000 photos on Flickr have one tenth that many on Explore! You should be proud!
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15. SBKaren
12:16 AM GMT on August 25, 2014
I'll have to come back and read up on your travels! As I was quickly scrolling down, I have to admit quite a few photos caught my eye....so I will be back!

I just wanted to come by and thank you for the birthday greeting! Had a good day today (and yesterday too!). Girls took me for a pedicure and lunch yesterday and then today we (R and M and her family - boys) headed to Disneyland early, right when they opened (8AM), and only stayed until lunch time but got on all the rides we wanted. They were also the most popular and crowded rides and we hardly waited at all. It was a good plan. When we left at lunch time my other daughter and her boyfriend joined us for lunch.

Now for a nice quiet evening as it's back to work tomorrow. I'll catch up next weekend (or earlier, if possible). I hope you don't take this down!!!
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