A Nature Walk:)

By: sandiquiz , 8:41 AM GMT on July 09, 2014

On Sunday morning I decided to go for a walk with my camera.

This was an event for two reasons.....

Firstly, I have been having problems with my knee for the last four or five months so walking any distance was difficult, but the last week it had been feeling better, so I decided to try it out and go for a gentle stroll to the wood.
It is only across the main road, probably less than half a mile away, but it was much further than I have managed to walk lately.

Secondly, I wanted to go to the wood to look for 'fungi', which is this months photographic challenge in one of the Flickr groups I belong to, so took my camera on the walk.

I had a very enjoyable stroll, even walking up the odd slope and over some uneven ground, but the knee held out really well. Unfortunately, not one glimpse of fungi did I see - so I guess the supermarket shelves might have to be the place to look, initially!

I didn't want to waste the walk, nor the fact I took my camera with me, so I turned it into a 'Nature Ramble', just like I used to do with the children when I taught in a village school!

I looked up, I looked down, and all around me, which meant I saw a wide variety of ground cover, hedgerow and climbing plants, plus some interesting trees and wildlife.

I took over 50 photos, but I selected just these as a cross-section of the flora and fauna I saw on my ramble.

Meadow buttercup, conkers - the fruit of the Horse Chestnut, white popular leaves - green on top, white underneath and bird's foot trefoil

Daisy, white clover, cow's parsley and dandelion.

Rose bay willow herb, red clover, selfheal and thistle

Cherry Plum tree, wild honeysuckle, brambles, dog rose.

Finally a very determined crow. I watched him from a distance, after his raucous call alerted me to his presence. He had found a discarded packet of savoury snacks... puffed wheat perhaps? Obviously there was only a couple of pieces in it, and his feathered friends were trying to get in on the act. He had this big piece in his beak and try as they might, he wasn't letting go!

After a few minutes they gave up and he hopped along the grass verge, proudly holding his prize aloft!


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48. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:08 AM GMT on July 18, 2014
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47. Ylee
2:05 AM GMT on July 18, 2014
I guess you were too busy to catch Slovakia's independence day? From what others wrote, you didn't miss much! :' )

Hope things are under control now!
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46. sandiquiz
9:52 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
Hi GG....glad it has cooled down for you, we had the hottest day if the year so far, today.

Hi Ozgalah and Shirley, thanks for your posts. More to say tomorrow :-)

I have been out today/evening, but due to something that happened this evening, I guess it wasn't one of my most successful days!

Tell you more tomorrow :-)
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45. GardenGrrl
9:36 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
Hey, guess what? It was 68f this afternoon with the cold front and rain. So I am making a pot roast. Am kind of thinking about a yorkshire pudding too.
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44. GardenGrrl
9:29 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Okay, dog slobber, yuck, no matter what size. Just sitting here patiently waiting for rain and doing investment research. Got side tracked looking at US made products and found the coolest rose gardening gloves ever. All deer skin leather, in womens size and the cuff goes all the way to the elbow. Definitely need a pair of those. Will let you know after they show up how good they are.
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43. ozgalah
11:23 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Hi Sandi hope you got all your chores done in the garden! Ours is just too wet with more rain forecast for today. Have a gym workout and then grocery shopping for us today then tomorrow shopping for the weekends dog show cooking! Think I have at last finalised the menu!
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42. WeatherWise
10:17 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Hi Sandi, It is fresh vegetable day for me. So lots of fresh produce -Lettuce, lots of tomatoes, zucchini, Lots of cucumbers, and acorn squash, I think. My refrigerator runneth over.

I like your digital thermometer in the blog entry.

We are having a bit of sprinkles here, too. We are under a severe storm watch until 9. Seens none of the storns have brought any rain. I hope the storms move on out of area so I can take my late evening walk. I don't mind walking in the rain but not when there is thunder or lightning type storms on the radar.

I have not had any luck with the deer lately. There is this guy that lives in my neighborhood that has a BIG dog not a gentle dog and he has him on a leash. They walk right against the woods with the dog pulling just as hard as he can and chase the deer so that changes the deer's natural behavior and paths. So no luck! When I see them out, I know my deer op is gone and try not to even worry about it. I wave to them and speak and go on my way.
Hope you had a good week so far.

Today's Little Butterfly:

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41. sandiquiz
11:53 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
Quoting 40. SkyBlue17:

LOL at ants in my pants...or rather trousers! :))))

The Americans call trousers either trews or pants... so everyone else would know what I meant, whereas YOU, knew what I meant!! hehehe

About to send you the notifications, now sitting at computer... it is spitting outside, so I have come in:(

GG - big soppy dogs I don't mind, usually. I had a friend who had a golden retriever...he would rather 'wash' you with friendliness than bite you!
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40. SkyBlue17
10:59 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
LOL at ants in my pants...or rather trousers! :))))

Laundry day here! 'See' you later!

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39. GardenGrrl
10:17 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
LOL Briar about dogs and other peoples children. I am not a big fan of large dogs unless it's one of those big dopey friendly gentle dogs. I took in a newfie once that needed a home until I could find him a home. No one was scared of him, he had that vibe. Quite unusual for a large black dog. Living in an apartment it was not practical to keep him.
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38. sandiquiz
8:03 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
And I can't believe I haven't been to my blog since 12 July! That's 13 comments ago!

So here goes, shortened version to the comments… I have lots to do this morning but want to catch up with everybody!

Poppy - thank you for your kind words about the dog rose. I must admit I liked it, even though it was slightly out of focus due to the wind blowing it about.

Yes, the honeysuckle that grows in the hedgerow beyond my garden is perfuming the whole of the outside deck area with glorious aroma.

Mike - my definition of a transit and a lorry was a very simplified version. There are so many different types of wagons and trailers on a motorway that sometimes you feel as though you're a lorry sandwich!

Hope you got some more rain, but got your laundry dried before it came over!

GG - when I read about country and western songs devoted to driving trucks, the song "Three wheels on my wagon" came to mind!

Hope it's not too hot today for you and the car-washing-rain arrives sooner, than later!

Ylee - many of the big trucks here have sleep, with all modern facilities. I have a friend whose husband is a long-distance lorry driver - he often leaves the house on Monday morning and delivers all over the country not getting home until Friday night.

And yes, that guy is nuts! LOL

Bug- whenever I have to drive long distances I usually try to pick decent weather, as the only way north from here, is straight up the motorway. It will take 3 - 3 1/2 hours, but if I stuck to the country roads it could take me 7 to 8 hours!

SkyBlue - morning to you! As promised I will text you today with instructions on how to stick in notifications :-)
I hear you had "Ants in your pants!" Ha ha ha! Hopefully now we are past the middle of July the flying ants will begin to get less. It is usually the first two weeks in July when they hatch and fly around.

Jane - oh, I am sorry that you got stung by a bee. I have never been stung by a bee, but a few times by a wasp. Hope it's less painful now, and baking soda was probably the best you could use. I did read online that are cold teabag was good for wasps, and actually used it last time and it works! You hold it over the sting for about 15 to 20 minutes but it took out the swelling and the heat!

Briar - like you, I will turn my back on a dog, and I am surrounded by them here! I have four immediate neighbours whose property adjoins mine, and three of them have dogs! One has one, another house has three and the third house has four! When they all bark together, it's like "The hounds of Baskerville"!!

94° is too warm to get out into the garden, and the plants need regular watering at that temperature. Hope it cools down a little for you. We are hovering around the high 70s, and have been for two or three weeks. It is lovely!

Shirley thank you so much for your moon picture and your day lily. Your day lily is very frilly, such a pretty species. Mine is a simple plane orange one, but I like it anyway.

Thank you for the link to the crystal doorknob, yes my grandma had that type of knob on her internal doors too.

And I hate to say this, it IS mid July!


Oh, heavens! If that was the shortened version, I'd hate to see a lengthened version!

Time to get out in the garden - the shrubbery needs dealing with, the grass needs cutting, the plants need watering, the ants need spraying - in fact I just better go and get on!

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37. WeatherWise
2:17 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
Hi Sandi, Just saw a news article on WU from London.

Crystal Doorknob Sparks Fire in London Home After Refracting Sun's Rays

You know my childhood homeplace down on the farm had those crystal doorknobs on the interior doors.

That is so great that your knee is so much better that you even took a nice stroll. Sorry you did not find the fungi but you sure found a lot of neat things and have the photos to prove it. I am super proud and happy for you! Gentle walks are nice.

The last of my daylillies - There should have been a few more as you can see there was another bud on this one. However some critters hit them last night ate all blossoms, buds, and seedpods. So that is the end. I am just thankful that they waited until this late to hit them. I have enjoyed a steady blooming of them during the month of June on up to mid July. Can't believe it is mid July.

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36. clearlakemike
5:36 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Briar, we never need an air conditioner up at our elevation. The average daytime temp year round is in the low to mid 70's with an ocassional 80. We had the occasioal 80 yesterday but the humidity stays low because of the trade winds.

GG, washing your car is often a good way to make it rain. Works for me often.
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35. clearlakemike
5:31 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Were you able to finish your laundry before the rain? I got two loads line dried over the weekend before the remnants of Fausto showed up last evening. Very weird little storm we had for awhile. Some of the winds and rains were still present even after Fausto had traveled almost half way across the Pacific from Mexico. Mostly petered out of course but it was like a mini-tropical storm that lasted for most of the evening. Trailing humid conditions may give us thundery weather this afternoon with a chance for more rain, hopefully.
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34. JanesVacation
4:10 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
A bee stung me on my gloved hand while I was working outdoors this morning. I haven't been stung in years, so I guess today was the day.At school, we always pay close attention to children that are stung by a bee in case they have an allergic reaction. I made up some baking soda and water paste and it seems to feel better already!

Hope you have a great week! I'm going off to visit my parents tomorrow.
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33. GardenGrrl
10:12 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
Good Morning. Warm here. They are saying rain in a few days. Not holding my breath but will wash the car.
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32. BriarCraft
10:52 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Even Washingtonians seem to forget how to drive in the rain after a dry spell. We typically have 75-90 days without any rain in summer and when the first fall rain arrives, there are spin-outs and crashes. The paint-and-body shop people love it.

I used to be terrified of dogs. From the time I starte 1st grade and met some neighborhood children, I would often get on my bike and visit after school. About a quarter mile from home was a house where a big dog lived. If it heard me coming, it would chase me and sometimes knock my bicycle down. It never bit me, but I was terrified nonetheless. And I learned to speed up before I got to that house, coast by while holding my breath, and then peddle like crazy as soon as I was spotted. Believe it or not, it was watching Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, on TV that helped me get over my fear and learn how to face down the neighborhood dogs enough that I can now take a walk without trouble. I will never trust them or turn my back on one, but that doesn't stop me from appreciating the cuteness of dogs -- other children for that matter -- as long as I don't have to live with one. ;~}

Yesterday, it was 94°F/34°C here. This afternoon, it is 75°F/24°C, cloudy and humid with a chance of a thunderstorm. Tomorrow it is to be back in the upper 80s. Thank goodness for our window AC to cool us off and lower the humidity indoors.
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31. JanesVacation
7:51 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Happy Sunday to you! I heard yesterday that a high school friend of mine had knee replacement surgery last week and she is up and walking around her yard. This is the second knee replacement for her, the other one was done a couple of years ago. She is a teacher and I am sure that she wants to be as mobile as possible when school begins. It has become a common surgery here.

Yes, my nephew took some lovely pictures while he was on a summer university study program in May. He had many nice nature pics, but flowers are always my favorites!
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30. SkyBlue17
3:46 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Hello, from a very drenched and also muggy C-d. So much rain has fallen in the last couple of days. We've had three nasty thunderstorms with torrential rain too. The one last night about 8.30 pm was really quite bad. Even H woke up. I was out for the evening (hen party) in a pub/nightclub. We heard it over the music and noise! And it was very loud and noisy at the venue...my poor ears!

Really wonderful photos from your walk. How is your knee/-s after all the rain?

I don't like driving in fog either, nor in torrential rain or very strong winds. In snow I don't mind, but just like yourself, it's all the others on the road who don't know how to manoeuvre a vehicle in snow or ice.

I'm making a beef casserole today. I've added some squash, potato and broccoli. I may make some dumplings to go with it.

Wishing you a lovely week. :)
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29. palmettobug53
3:43 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
UGH... I hate driving in the rain. If it was just me on the road, I don't mind it too much. It's all the other drivers that give me the willies.

One thing I always promised Dad, on those drives up and back to see him; if the rain got really bad, I'd pull off the road until the rain slacked up. I did that a couple of times. Luckily, I didn't often run into a lot of heavy rain going up and back.

That secondary road from Orangeburg up to Greenwood during the week was teeming with logging trucks and semis, which could be a nailbiting experience even when it wasn't raining. I could take I26 almost all the way up but the speeds and traffic on it are too nerve wracking for me. It can also be dangerous to pull of the interstate, unless you're lucky enough to find an rest stop or exit ramp and gas station.

I see Max is delighted to have C back home again! lol C's little shadow?

28. Ylee
1:46 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
A lot of local delivery semis don't have sleeper cabs, but all long distance trucks do. Most are equipped like a small RV, with refrigerators, microwaves, and TVs.

I put this video in because this guy's a nut, lol!

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27. GardenGrrl
10:17 AM GMT on July 13, 2014
Good Morning, it was 101.8 here yesterday. Summer has arrived with all it's flaming teeth.
Semi-trucks are like transits. They have a long solid sided cargo area that is towed by a large diesel truck cabin that really has no back side just an indent to which a small front part of the trailer (cargo area) sets on for stable attachment to cab. The cab, is the truck which is basically two front seats, a whole lot of engine and wheels with the hitch on them. Semi's are also called eighteen wheelers because of having double rows wheels in each wheel well on trailer and back of truck. Now I imagine that is clear as a windshield being splashed on by a big truck.
Many country and western songs are devoted to driving semi-trucks.
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26. clearlakemike
5:24 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Thank you for the explanation of lorry vs. transit, Sandi. I didn't know that. Glad you are safe and sound and the weather is nice albeit muggy. Yes, omg, after a long dry summer in California the first rain is a catastrophe on the freeways. So many wrecks. It is as you described, a skating rink with amateurs. After all the oil washes off then it is much better. Unless too much comes down and cars start hydroplaning.

You also have the advantage of your Peugeot that even backs itself out of mud, lol.

Pros, I will take your word for that as I wouldn't know first hand. Madame Gucci's famous quote did come to mind though. "It is better to be crying in your Rolls Royce than to be happy on your bicycle."
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25. WeatherWise
12:19 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Hi Sandi! I got a pic of the moon for you!

It was beautiful and golden as it was rising on my late evening walk.

I too experienced driving through heavy rains with semis or tractor trailers (huge trucks) putting out such a spray that visibility was almost impossible on my drive down to South Boston and Halifax (Virginia) on Thursday. Poured rain all the way down, the whole time I was there and all the way back home. It was not a great travel day for sure.

The weather has cleared and is beautiful and a promise for hot temps today of 91 F today. Happy Saturday!

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24. sandiquiz
10:38 AM GMT on July 12, 2014
Good morning,
It's a lovely morning here, now, after the early morning fog has cleared.
It is, however, very muggy. I wish the humidity would drop somewhat, as every afternoon for a week I have had a flying ants in the conservatory! I don't mind them, but I don't want Max eating them!
I also cannot spray with ants spray inside although the outside of the conservatory has had several liberal spraying is this last week!
I knew the mild winter would causes problems with the insects. What we really need this coming winter is some really keen frosts to kill off all the slugs and bugs and insects! (Not our dear blog, though!)

GG WOW! Over 100° is hot! I can understand why you want to get out and about in the early morning before the heat hits.

Please enlighten me - what is semi-truck?
We have lorries and transits. Transits have solid sides and an opening at the back, where the lorry is usually a soft sided vehicle with fabric covering the load.

Pros. I was going out of the door to meet an ex colleague for lunch. We usually meet once every three months but I will see her next week at the retirement party of one of our ex-colleagues. It is seven years since I have seen some of the people at this party, I wonder how much they have changed? I also wonder how much they think I have changed! Lol

Mike. You are so right! Driving on tarmac roads after a lengthy dry spell is like driving on ice! So many drivers do not realise that when it rains it mixes with the spilled oil droplets and petrol droplets and makes a slick surface.
There are always more accidents on the roads when it begins to rain after a lengthy dry spell, than if it is been raining for a week!

I don't mind driving in snow, I feel fairly confident doing it but it is the other idiots on the road that are not confident who cause the problems.

The one weather type I really do dislike driving in is fog. I am a 'control freak' person according to C, and when driving in fog I cannot see , therefore I am not in control! lol

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23. clearlakemike
11:35 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
I don't like driving in the rain either, Sandi, especially on the "freeways" with lots of trucks/lorries. Very stressful. Living in California for so long it took me awhile to get used to driving in rain again. We would go months on end there without a drop. And when it did rain the pavement oil and water mix was not good. And snow, forget it, lol. I let G drive us in the snow up in the mountains in the winter...I didn't have the patience for it much less rain!

Safe travels.
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22. Proserpina
11:14 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
clearlakemike, there are undesirable people no matter the neighborhood, money doesn't buy kindness, class, caring, etc. Horrible about the syringe, please be careful.

Sandi, I hope you are having fun no matter what you are doing. I did not read all of the posts, I just know that you had 15 minutes to get out of your door!
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21. GardenGrrl
1:00 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Oh driving with semi-trucks (lories) in the rain, always an adventure. We got a surprise one and one quarter inches last week and we are dry again as it heads into the triple digits. We had 100f yesterday.

It is time to become an early morning person again on my weekends so I can go on nature walks like you do. There are still many pretty things to see around here. This morning my yard is full of bluejays and cardinals, a very pretty red and blue mix.

Hope you have a good time with your friend and the journey is merely interesting, not "exciting".
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20. sandiquiz
8:34 AM GMT on July 11, 2014
Happy Friday ..... it is wet here, but due to dry up later, which will be good for me as I am meeting an ex-colleague for lunch. I have to travel down the M1 towards London, and when it is wet the spray from the large lorries can be really horrid!

An example, not my photo.

Thanks to Poppy, Mike, Pros, and Bug for your inputs on the current blog topic:)
It fascinates me how one person posting a thought can trigger replies from others, in agreement, or not, as the case may be.

Must dash, I have to get ready to be out of the door in 15 minutes!


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19. clearlakemike
4:14 AM GMT on July 11, 2014
Pros, got your email. Sent you back a reply.

Yes, that would be frustrating to live in a nice upscale neighborhood and have to deal with that. I know that I live in a low rent 'hood and that it just comes with the territory. Still, not fun to have to deal with it. That and other undesirables are a constant here. The other day I found a syringe/needle laying in the grass along the road. Probably someone shooting heroin on their way to work or something. And then tossing it out the window. I picked it up carefully and disposed of it properly as I didn't want the cats messing with it.
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18. Proserpina
7:46 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
ClearlakeMike, email coming.

I was bitten when I was 19 by a German Shepard. I was walking from the bus stop to my house as was returning from my day at College. I commuted the first three years of College, and lived at the dorm the last year. My younger son was bitten by a huge dog when he was about 3! We were taking a little walk to the playground when the dog started to maul him, the owner, a big bosomed idiot, stood by and did nothing. My dear son is afraid of big dogs as a result, fortunately he loves cats! And he fell in love with Mimi when she was 4 months old! Sorry that you also had unpleasant dog experiences.
By the way, even if I had not been bitten nor my son, I still would detested Pit Bulls!

Calpoppy, I know that you are a dog lover and have given me some wise suggestions on how to deal with Mimi. And I understand and support your ideas on the matter of PB! In nearby areas , there have been children truly mauled by PB, adults too. Yet, they are not outlawed nor restricted to certain rules such as having to wear a muzzle when out. , In the case with my neighbor, there have been times when they let the PB roam the street at 5 AM! My next door neighbor apologized for her Beagles barking and she explained that the neighbors in question had let their dog loose and was in her yard. Stupid me, I thought that she was talking about the other old dog that they have. I had no idea that son and PB were now living across the street with mommy and daddy! These are good people, educated people, have great jobs, and NO Sense apparently! The neighborhood is a nice one, there are some megamansions that have been sold for over a million (not mine!), so it is not the neighborhood either. Just stupidity!

Thank you Sandi and for all of the comments as a result of my post. You are all precious to me!
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17. palmettobug53
5:11 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
Sandi, they don't let kids play much of anything these days, for fear of them getting hurt physically or some poor child getting their feelings hurt.

While I feel some of the restrictions do make sense, I still feel sorry for those kids in that they don't have the freedom to do all the things we did growing up.

I know pits are only as bad as their owners and training but I still don't trust them.

On the other hand every time I have been bit, it's been by someone's little lap dog.
16. clearlakemike
5:10 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
How good a rock thrower or pepper sprayerer are you, Pros? Or better yet, are you a gun woman? I just lost my second amendment rights for three years so I am like a Palestinian in Gaza now with just rocks for weapons. Or the West Bank as Hamas has rockets in Gaza. Anyway, not to belittle the situation in Israel/Palestine as it is very serious, I do feel like I am living in a conflict zone often.
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15. clearlakemike
5:05 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
Sounds like a plan, Stan...tell the opposition Councillors about the settee, LOL. There is a couch sitting out in front of one of the 201k shacks that I see on my walk (trying to avoid pit bulls.) I have so badly wanted to photograph it but I don't usually have my camera with zoom and I also probably should not as it would be sort of like a Google car peering onto the property and then displaying it for all the world. You wouldn't believe (or maybe you would now that I know your neighbors discard their settees out in the wood,) some of the stuff I see on the properties around me.
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14. clearlakemike
4:54 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
LOL, calpoppy...I am surrounded by them here. They are everywhere!!! Even my own "Poi" has a little in her and it shows at times. She is not a shy dog. Seriously, I have heard that some localities are banning pit bulls. I don't think all of them are bad but I am wary of them, none the less.
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13. calpoppy
3:20 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
Nice that you can go for a walk again. Not sure what I would do if I couldn't get out and hike! I have been doing that since I was a youngster, so it has become part of my life.

The dog rose is wonderful! I have always had a love for single petaled roses. They fit in the perennial garden so well!

You and Ylee have native honeysuckles, how lucky you both are!!!

Briar, the white poplar is a beautiful tree, especially when the wind blows. But it is a poplar, so it has its many bad habits!

Pros, I totally agree with you on pit bulls, and I am a huge dog lover. I wish they would outlaw them and some cities are doing just that. They are making the owners spay and neuter pit bulls and pit bull mixes. They are the most unattractive dogs so it must be the 'macho' owners who want such a homely animal, LOL! They remind me of rattlesnakes, they have the same shaped heads.
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12. sandiquiz
9:33 AM GMT on July 10, 2014
Morning from sunny but soon to be wet Milton Keynes. The finger of rain that is coming down the map in my header is moving across to me. There has been a weather warning for flash flooding! Gee! Something new to look forward to!

Bug hi - yes the game of conkers has been around for hundreds of years. The trouble is the health and safety lobby group have got hold of children's playground games, and now they cannot play conkers unless they wear safety goggles! How ridiculous!

Mike. No not yet, I'm not actually sure what to do. It's an election month, so many counsellors will be coming knocking on the door. It might be something I might say to one of the 'opposition' councillors! LOL

Pros. Of course we are still friends :-)
Actually I am not a dog lover even small cute friendly, face licking dogs. Sorry Mimi :-)
I have a dislike, no, probably been afraid of is a better description, all dogs since I was five years old. I was bitten by a sheep dog that had previously been my friend. He turned rogue for some unknown reason.. It's made me have a life long apprehension around dogs.

So, you see, I understand where you're coming from with the pitbull living opposite.

Ozgalah yes, hedgerows are covered in honeysuckle at the moment , it is beautiful. Even my own garden version is full of flowers, much more so than last year. They must have liked the very wet winter!

Oh, I am glad the Christmas in July is next weekend and not the one just gone. It's certainly would've been a rush to get ready, even with lots of preparation already in the freezer!

Talking of freezers, I emptied mine yesterday of a few bits and pieces left in it and switched it off. I have two freezers - small one inside and a big upright outside. When there's not much in it I switch off the big freezer to save electricity!

I think you and Pros should to go for walks together, you would be company for each other. You could then fight off the unwanted dogs together!

Briar I had to know all the wild flowers growing out in the countryside for when I was teaching. Take a class of 6 to 7 year olds out on a walk, and they will see everything. If I had a pound for every time a small child said to me "What's this, Miss?" or "What do you call that, Miss?" I would be rich and would have given up teaching years ago! LOL

The white poplar does have a much paler, almost white, underside to the leaves. But I think it was the early morning sunshine that showed it more white against a dark background.

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11. BriarCraft
6:50 AM GMT on July 10, 2014
There is a tricky balance to strike between getting some exercise and aggravating bad joints. Do too much and pay for it. Do not enough and pay for that, too. Rather like Goldy Locks and the Three Bears. I am glad that your knee has decided to behave for a change. Without your camera, you would have had a nice walk, but I'll wager you wouldn't have seen the half of what you photographed, which makes cameras wonderful for more than just the pictures they capture.

When I saw the white poplar, I thought you had done some fancy photo editing. Now you have me curious what an entire tree looks like. Poplar and a few other deciduous trees will turn their leaves over when rain is coming, but the underside of their leaves is only a paler shade of green -- nothing so dramatic as a white underside.

I commend you for knowing the names of the flora you saw. I know the names of so few native plants, you and Calpoppy shame me. Well, not shame, but I can't think of a better word at the moment.

Thanks for letting me tag along on your walk, and now I must toddle off to bed.
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10. whitewabit
3:13 AM GMT on July 10, 2014
Sandi .. with the abundant rain we have had fungi has been growing even in my yard .. I have probably seen 6-7 different kinds growing where old tree roots would have been .. you don't have to go nto the woods here to find some !
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9. clearlakemike
12:42 AM GMT on July 10, 2014
Pros, I have carried rocks in my hand and pepper spray in my pocket for years now for the same reason. The pit bulls and the garbage strewn all about are c'est la vie for me. Sometimes the dogs are loose also. I have to be very careful where I walk. Pit bulls in themselves are not all "bad dogs". It is often how they are trained and handled. The ones here are often chained up and never walked so as to make them very edgy and mean. Not trying to give you a litany as I am empathetic...believe me! Oy! Pit bulls are still very aggressive dogs and frightening even when trained well. It is just in their "DNA".
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8. ozgalah
12:08 AM GMT on July 10, 2014
Great photos as usual Sandi, I was surprised how much honeysuckle there was growing wild, we walked every day when we were in Lowestoft and there were lots of hedges with honeysuckle and it is a great favourite of mine and it is hard to grow here! Christmas in July is this weekend and I still can't decide what I am putting on the table but it will all be fine on the day I am sure!
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7. Proserpina
10:44 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
Sorry about your knees. Your knees and my back ought to meet and commiserate!

Enjoyed your photo expedition, beautiful photos.

Stormy in my area but we are having a respite for this moment. Mimi is unhappy that it is wet outside and just like Koko she has developed an aversion to rain!

Talking about dogs, two days ago I discovered that the neighbor of 3 or so years (directly across the street) has in her house a pit bull! I knew about her big but old mutt but I did not know that when her son recently moved back home he brought with him his pit bull! Now I am terrified to leave my house, even to go to my backyard. Walking Mimi is an excruciating mental affair as I visualize the darn thing to get out and attack Mimi and me. Mimi would be just a mouthful for the pitbull (I saw him two days ago), I would be about three mouthful! Truly, I am petrified. I have been researching on line on various methods to defend myself and Mimi, tonight I am putting an order for a stun baton, and Bear Spray. I really do plan to walk Mimi with these items strapped to me and at the ready. By the way, when I saw the pit bull being walked by the neighbor, he lunged at Mimi who was being walked by my husband. I was in my front yard waiting for my two lovies, Mimi and hubby. Oh, I do have a taser that I have carried since my discovery! Yes, I am furious! They have the right to any dog they want, I know. But these dogs are nasty as hell! And please, if anybody reads this and likes pit bulls, do not give me the litany about how this breed of dogs is as nice as the owner who trains them...

Oh Sandi, I really have importuned your blog with my rave and rant. Sorry. I hope that I am still your friend and vice versa!
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6. clearlakemike
6:19 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
Did you call the council about the settee yet, Sandi? lol...lovely flowers. Glad to hear your out enjoying the nice weather.
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5. palmettobug53
4:31 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
What gorgeous flowers. I don't think I'd have known which way to look.

As soon as I saw the conkers, I thought of that episode of 'Larkrise to Candleford'! lol

I tried to grab the nanners but missed. :-(
4. sandiquiz
10:46 AM GMT on July 09, 2014
LOL - GG. It is not the outer case they use to play the game called 'Conkers' but the inner nut. It is a bright, glossy, brown fruit, which when strung on a string, they use to try to "conk" out their opponents conker.

I see what you mean about the dandelion, it does look like a cacti flower:)

Ylee - The wild honeysuckle is usually a pale to deeper pink, and has the most wonderful aroma. Perhaps this variety survives our winter better than the yellow variety.

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3. Ylee
10:15 AM GMT on July 09, 2014
1st! Thanks for fixing the photos for me! It's odd with as much rain you've had that you couldn't find the first mushroom! Glad your knee held up!

I've never seen a pink honeysuckle before; were there a lot of them? Neat!

Ack! GG beat me! :' )
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2. GardenGrrl
10:13 AM GMT on July 09, 2014
Good Morning and happy first week :)
What a cool walk. You have so many things in bloom right now. After looking at the chestnuts I have now figured out why you all call them "conkers". I imagine many a child has conked another in the head with those.
The dandelion threw me for a second. With the broad green leaf behind and under it the dandelion had transformed to an exotic cacti.
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1. sandiquiz
8:43 AM GMT on July 09, 2014
From my last blog :)

Good morning everybody
It is time to put up a new blog, I am now 64 and one week!

Skyblue glad I could help with the posting of the pictures, hope you can make it work. We never got the thunder and lightning, but did get the very heavy rain. Green thumb had just been to fertilise the lawn, so the rain really helped to wash it in!

GG - so you got a thunderstorm too? Looks like everyone is getting thunder except me :-)
But I am glad you got the rain, you definitely needed it :-)

Shirley, how did the lemonade turn out. I hope you enjoyed it.
The moon was shining in the sky last night for me, but it was behind the haze so wasn't clear, so I didn't bother trying to take a picture of it!

Bug - hi and bye to you too! :-)
Did you catch the bananas that Ylee threw at you? LOL

Ozgalah - that doesn't sound like a welcome home that you would expect, not to have work needed doing the minute you arrived home from a long journey. Glad it fell while the dogs were not in the runs.
Yes, the views of the Dales whilst the Tour de France was going through Yorkshire were spectacular.

I bet Geddy missed you if he covered you in cuddles :-) if he has a show next weekend you better get him to the barbers! I do hope your Christmas in July went well %u2013 glad you had most of it prepared in the freezer, as removing tree boughs was not on the agenda when you got home.

Yes, the garden centre dry sandwich we enjoyed was for P 's sake, so he could look at the plants! LOL
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