Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Love it or Hate it ??

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So asks Tracey at The Vintage Bothy after her surprise buy of a nest of Ercol tables.
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I love it and still have this wonderful sideboard.
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It is now 51 years old and going strong. In daily use.
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What do you think?
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Do you love Ercol or hate it? What have you got that you love?
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Ann x

Friday, 18 February 2011

Visitor Counter

Just a question?
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How do I get a counter on my site to let me know how many lovely visitors I am getting? I note that lots of you have these at the bottom of your blogs.
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I have had a look here and there and cannot seem to find out how to add the necessary gadget.
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If you know how it is done, please let me know?
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Many thanks.
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Ann x
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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Spring Sunshine ...

Spring is sprung at last in our garden!
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A few crocuses under the cherry tree.
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Even the temperature was trying hard this afternoon 58F/13C .
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The rhubarb too is trying hard - (albeit being forced under a plastic bucket!).
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Lovely!
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The first of our helibors to appear. Not quite open yet.
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Hope spring is getting into your garden.
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Ann x

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Canaston Wood

It was a murky day, but there was colour everywhere if you looked .....
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Left over from the autumn.
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Stark monochrome in the pine trees.
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Lined up for viewing!
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"Canaston Wood is classed as an 'ancient woodland' indicating that it has been in existence for at least 300 years. Originally part of the Slebech Estate, the woods have a wealth of history and were once used for hunting deer and wild boar which were introduced into the forest in 1834. There are no deer or wild boar left in the woods, and the only animals you are likely to see are grey squirrels and foxes. The woods are also abundant with birds and insects and wild flowers abound alongside the forest tracks and paths."
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(the above information taken from the Forestry Commission website)
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Ann x

Monday, 14 February 2011

Saturday, 12 February 2011

West Williamston/Carew

This time, although we began our walk at our favourite Carew Castle, the footpath took us across fields and down country lanes and through quite a bid of mud!
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Carew Mill Pool when it has been emptied.
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The first of several stone stiles that we came across.
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It was so wonderful to be walking in the warm sunshine instead of in the mist and rain that we have had recently.
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Spring was definitely springing with loads of these lovely catkins appearing everywhere.
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I just wanted to photograph these interesting tree roots!
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The AA sign on a wall in West Williamston.
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Just the thing to help you get you back on your horse!
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The view up the road into West Williamston.
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After going through the village of Carew Newton we turned right and followed the footpath through a Very Muddy Field and finally came out near the quarries, going past this lorry graveyard on the way.
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Although we knew the Carew Quarries were in the vicinity, we were astonished to have our footpath go directly past the open castings. Everyone was away for the weekend but it was still quite an arresting site to see all these large vehicles awaiting their work beginning again on Monday.
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A beatiful quarry pool, presumably coloured by minerals in the water.
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Ending our walk on the far side of the Carew Cricket field we walked across the 17th Century bridge to the Carew Inn for a very welcome lunch.
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Hope you had a sunny Saturday too. Ann x

Kindle

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I was given a Kindle at Christmas. I love it! I am reading Jane Eyre at present (I never did when I was young) and have nearly finished it. It was longer than I thought and was the first choice for discussion at our Reading Group. Never joinged a reading group before and it was so interesting to hear everyone else's thoughts and impressions. You would sometimes think we were all reading a different book.
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Other books I have loaded on to my K for the future include: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, prompted no doubt by the current tv series; The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson and War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo. All books that I may not necessarily have read otherwise. OH has The Complete Sherlock Holmes loaded for if and when I ever let him have a go at the new technology!
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Still lots to learn about it - making notes, highlighting things but looking up words in its dictionary is brilliant and immediate as soon as you read the rogue word and don't know what it means.
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I may be a silver surfer, but I love this new technology and try to keep up with it all as much as possible. What have you got on your kindle?
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Ann x