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*Passes out sparklers* It's time for another Fiesta Friday celebration!

Altaira
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Jul 1, 4:13pm

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*Passes out sparklers* It's time for another Fiesta Friday celebration! Can't Post

Greetings, one and all!

This is a long weekend for us U.S. TORnfolk, as Monday is our Independence Day/4th of July holiday (thus the sparklers). B.G. and I used to watch the local fireworks display from our loft windows, but they've moved it to another side of town. So, we can't see them up close any longer but can still see quite a few displays between here and the mountains from a distance.

My back has slowly been coming right (emphasis on s-l-o-w-l-y). I still can't sit in a regular chair for any amount of time, so my laptop is now set up on the high counter between our kitchen and dining room and I'm using it standing up, which is probably better all around fitness-wise. I also found some great back exercises online that I've been doing religiously several times a day to hopefully prevent another 'incident.' We'll be having my brother and his family over this weekend to celebrate the holiday and get their help doing some things that require more than one-person, that I'm not up to helping with yet.

So, what are your plans for the weekend? If you're in the U.S., are you going to celebrate the holiday? The buffet is full of hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, trifles, and chocolate brownies, and in addition to the usual vast selection of drinks at the bar, ice cream floats are available upon request!

*puts quarters on juke box* Play us something celebratory!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!! CoolHeartSmile




dernwyn
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Jul 1, 4:41pm

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*waves sparkler* Happy Fourth, Altaira! [In reply to] Can't Post

Glad to know that your back is getting better, but still, what a pain to go through until it gets back to normal!

I'll grab a hot dog, and might I have an ice-cream float of chocolate-chip ice cream in root beer, please? It's been getting into the 80's here - summer weather, but that's still too hot for my liking.

We have our annual town craft show on the town green this weekend. Saturday is supposed to have thunderstorms popping up, but Sunday should be a perfect day to go browse the stalls and pick up some unique Christmas gifts.

And the town will be shooting off its fireworks out over L.I.Sound in a couple weeks after another fair that takes over the town's main street. But on Monday we'll be hearing plenty from surrounding towns! Laugh Have a fantastic time with your family, what perfect timing for getting together with them! Smile


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Annael
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Jul 1, 4:48pm

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My current rural town has a "Loggerodeo" festival, featuring chainsaw carving, a parade, rodeo, and fireworks over the river on the Fourth. I'm a big fan of barrel racing so will make sure to attend that too.

Probably make a slow start on my upcoming trip, by doing laundry & generally cleaning up - I like to leave a clean house to come home to every time I go away. I'm making a bit of a loop trip around north-eastern Washington; my cousins live way up in the NE corner, and I have several other good friends near them; then I will drive back along my favorite road in the state and make a stopover in the Methow Valley where I used to live before driving over the North Cascades and home. Hoping the road to this overlook will be snow-free, although we had a lot more than our usual snowpack this year:

https://www.flickr.com/...anmihai/16232063970/

We continue to have a cool summer (no one is complaining!) so I'll have a London Fog please!

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Altaira
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Jul 1, 4:51pm

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Christmas (shopping) in July! [In reply to] Can't Post

I bet you find some wonderful and unique gifts at the crafts show, plus get some of your Christmas shopping done *way* early. A win-win I'd say.

Yes, one of the projects we need help with is untangling our deck furniture from its usual winter pile-up, washing it off and getting the cushions on the chairs. Afterwards we can all sit outside, relax, and enjoy whatever munchies we feel like having.

Speaking of enjoying, have a fabulous long weekend! Smile


dernwyn
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Jul 1, 4:57pm

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Barrel racing! [In reply to] Can't Post

Is that where you balance atop the barrel and roll it through the water with your feet? That takes skill!

I hope the weather stays nice for your trip. Washington is a beautiful state! How long does the drive to the "other corner" usually take?


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Altaira
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Jul 1, 5:00pm

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Road trip! [In reply to] Can't Post

That sounds like a fun one for sure, and wow, that pass/overlook looks amazing! It's great that you have friends and family to see and stay with along the way. Is this an annual trek, or an occasional one?

Enjoy your London Fog, and have a fun time at the festival activities!





Starling
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Jul 1, 8:44pm

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Hanging in for the last week of term [In reply to] Can't Post

We have a lovely Twindemic of Covid and Influenza A, along with RSV and a tummy bug for good measure, all circulating around in a delicious bug soup.

It took me four hours last Sunday to figure out staffing for our unit, and then I had to redo it every day during the week. Between Covid and flu, we are being hit hard and I needed to close our unit for two days and then stagger attendance on the other three days. It's the same in most schools. This wave of illness seems to be hitting adults particularly.

Bring on the holidays!

We are having mostly fine and very frosty weather here, which suits me. Midgey finds it a bit tough though.




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Jul 1, 9:25pm

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Half our team [In reply to] Can't Post

has been home sick this week with Covid, flu or colds. I've also been WFH just so that I'm away from any greeblies that are floating around. (Also, one of the Covid-catchers sits right behind me so I thought it prudent to stay away from others.)

You'll have well-earned the holiday break! Let's hope it's a circuit-breaker and the number of infections has dropped when the next term starts.

As for me, I'm a bit achey after a good bike-ride yesterday. I'll go for a walk this morning to work out the kinks. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Annael
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Jul 1, 9:32pm

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrel_racing

Lots of fun to watch the really good riders.

You were thinking of log rolling. They're not doing that here.

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dernwyn
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Jul 1, 10:52pm

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I've never seen that - those are tight curves the horse and rider have to make!

And now I'm thinking about Smaug wondering if Barrel were the name of Bilbo's pony...Laugh


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Jul 1, 10:57pm

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It's much needed. Thankfully LA is cooling off slightly, so no dreaded 4th of July heatwave. There's something about oppressive heat and firework smoke that don't blend well for me. At least I'll only have to suffer the latter. Angelic

We'll be with my girlfriend's family for the holiday/fireworks, though a roommate's girlfriend is visiting so we'll have some hosting to do too.

Sorry to all the 'sibs being surrounded by Covid at the moment! My mom just got over her first case (it was very mild so all good), and a friend who was visiting town recently ended up getting fairly sick after our hangout was canceled at the last moment. So somehow I've managed to dodge it still. *knocks on wood*

I think I missed what happened to your back, Altaira, but I'm sorry to hear it! Have you been to the doctor or are you just trying to figure it out yourself for now? I've been doing the latter still for my own back problems (girlfriend's cousin is a PT and thinks it's a disc problem), though I should get it checked out soon. Wishing you a painless weekend!

Wishing everyone a happy weekend, and cross your fingers that we don't lose more than one or two palm trees in LA due to them being set on fire by fireworks (yes, this happens every year dozens of times citywide and it's ridiculous/sad). CrazyPirate

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dernwyn
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Jul 1, 10:59pm

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Yep, you need a vacation to keep those germs from spreading. Tongue How long is the break?

Poor Midgey, does he get achey in the cold weather?


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dernwyn
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Jul 1, 11:06pm

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Fireworks are best left to the professionals. [In reply to] Can't Post

The 4th must be every town's fire department's nightmare. Tongue

I'm glad your mom had only a mild case of Covid - and that you keep managing to dodge it!

Have a lot of fun this weekend, and take advantage of the cooler temps!


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dernwyn
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Jul 1, 11:11pm

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That's an interesting term to use to describe those germs, it sounds a bit like "grubbies". Any nasty-sounding moniker fits them well.

How long and where did you go on your bike ride?


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Kimi
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Jul 1, 11:23pm

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Sounds like the holidays will be even more welcome than usual this year. So many bugs, so little time. I hope you manage to avoid them for yourself while doing sterling work keeping things going.


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ElanorTX
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Jul 2, 1:11am

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Distracted again [In reply to] Can't Post

into editing the WP article. I hope someone can update the prices of horses.


Barrel racing is quite popular at the enormous San Antonio, Texas, rodeo, which attracts competitors from all over the US and Canada.

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ElanorTX
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Jul 2, 1:15am

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Good thing the road goes around the peaks, rather than under or over them.

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ElanorTX
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Jul 2, 1:28am

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school schedule terminology [In reply to] Can't Post

In most of the US, K-12 schools and universities have autumn semesters beginning late August/early September and ending late December/early January. Winter semester starts in January and runs through late May/early June. Semesters last 16 to 18 weeks. Short optional summer school occurs in June and July. A few schools run year-round, usually to alleviate crowding problems: students are divided into four groups, but only three attend at the same time.

Please enlighten me as to scheduling patterns in Oz/NZ and Europe. My online courses from Cambria in Wales never seem to align with my RL.


In any case, enjoy your holidays.

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ElanorTX
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Jul 2, 1:41am

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When I lived near the US/Canadian border [In reply to] Can't Post

(Port Huron/Sarnia), we'd celebrate a four-day weekend beginning with Canada Day July 1 and ending July 4. DH's family lived in the US side on the edge of Lake St. Clair, and we'd have wonderful views of the fireworks both days reflected in the water.

San Antonio is nicknamed Military City, so we have major fireworks in several places. Because of the climate, I stay home to watch the Boston, DC, and San Antonio performances on TV.

Yum, a float is tempting ... have you ever tried making one with cherry vanilla or cherry chocolate ice cream?


Happy and healthy holidays to all!

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Starling
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Jul 2, 4:00am

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Well [In reply to] Can't Post

Considering most of my class attend the same holiday programme (it's the only one for children with disabilities), the likelihood is that the germs will continue to circulate.
Good plan to work from home!




Starling
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Jul 2, 4:02am

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I once watched a barrel racing event [In reply to] Can't Post

at a local A & P show. It was for children under 12. Most competitors took about 10 minutes, if they stayed on. You could definitely call barrel racing a fringe sport in NZ!




Starling
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Jul 2, 4:05am

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Our winter holiday is usually my least favourite, because I can't do much outside, but I am looking forward to it this time!
Yes, Midgey is very stiff in the joints these days. He's also on a lot of medication, and normally surfaces around 1pm most days.




Starling
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Jul 2, 4:07am

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Yes we are all pretty sick of it [In reply to] Can't Post

But of course all workplaces are having to manage.

I did manage to catch Influenza A, which knocked me out for about 5 days. Hooray for the vaccine though - I know how much worse it could have been had I not had that protection.




Starling
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Jul 2, 4:20am

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I don't know about other places [In reply to] Can't Post

Here in NZ, primary schools (Age 5 - 12ish) and secondary schools (Age 13 - 18ish) are roughly the same in their schedules, but it is actually up to each school. As long as we have the correct number of half days per term, we decide our own start and finish dates.
There are four terms of roughly 10 weeks. The first three terms are separated by two weeks of holidays each (or, what us teachers call non-contact time!) We usually start for the year at the beginning of February.
So roughly, Term 1 is from early Feb to mid-April. Term 2 is early May to early July. Term 3 is late July to late September. And Term 4 is mid October to around the 18th December.

Term 4 is the scariest Term of all. It's a hot mess of end of year parties, trips, and events, end of year assessments and reports, transitioning students who are finishing to their new schools for the following year, trying to prepare for your own Christmas and holiday plans, in a delicious soup of absolutely exhausted students and teachers.
I don't recommend it. Laugh




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Jul 2, 2:06pm

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Happy 4th of July Everyone!

I'm so sorry your back is taking so long to behave, but it sounds like you're on the right track :) Having family there will definitely help... and kudos to B.G. for being such a MAHVELLOUS HERO!

I'm in the middle (day 2 of 3) of moving my daughter/g'son into their townhouse rental and doing old apt cleaning (BIG job), so I'm dashing out the door. It figured that my first 1/2 hour there yesterday (Friday) I kicked the front apt bldg metal door to snug in a doorstopper that gave way and I slammed my big toe into the door... sheering the toenail from the bed... so I did some hobbling up and down stairs carrying boxes and furniture for about 10 hrs. It's better today, but it took 2 bandaids to stop the bleeding. AWWWW.... POOR GRAMMA ;) But did get to drive the BIG moving truck! :D All's better today, so off we go!

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!!!!



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dernwyn
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Jul 2, 2:14pm

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BIG ouch! And no time to rest for it to heal right away! Pirate

Best of luck for the rest of the move and cleaning, make sure you get a big root beer float afterwards! Cool


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Kimi
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Jul 3, 12:33am

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You poor thing. Toes are inclined to make a big fuss even when it's a minor knock, let alone a nasty like that one. Please do keep an eye on it - Mr Kimi had a similar injury a few years back, and it got infected, which was Not Nice.

You've been doing sterling work! Hope you can take it easy (by Gramma standards, anyway) soon.


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Kimi
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Happy Long Weekend to those celebrating. [In reply to] Can't Post

We were just enjoying homemade pizza in some lovely winter sunshine when a mass of rain clouds came over and drove us indoors. Very changeable just now. But a good excuse to visit Fiesta :)

Our Seville orange tree is bearing more generously than usual, so (inspired by Paddington Bear and Her Majesty) I made a batch of marmalade this morning. It took a lot of oranges for a small batch, but they do make delicious, intensely flavoured marmalade. I also made some cereal, and Mr Kimi made a cake (as well as the pizza), so it's been a morning of pleasant indulgence. We bought some fruit trees this week to replace a couple we lost last year - two pears and a nectarine - and will plant them this afternoon once the rain goes off.

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend, with healing and rest for those in need of them.


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Annael
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Jul 3, 3:35pm

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I had a brief marmalade-making frenzy last winter here - it is a burst of sunshine on toast! Very rewarding - must be all that much more so when it is your own oranges. We grow pears and apples very well here but not citrus, and the peaches and nectarines prefer the less-soggy climate on the dry side of the Cascades.

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Greenwood Hobbit
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Jul 3, 4:57pm

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Late to the party this weekend - [In reply to] Can't Post

my friend and I went on a tiring but very enjoyable day trip to London on Friday (first time out of our comfort zone in ages!) to see 'The World of Stonehenge' exhibition at the British Museum. It was wonderful and well worth seeing, but sadly at some point during the day we both picked up covid. Grrr! I blame the train down - it was very crowded due to other trains being cancelled, a thing that's happening quite a lot at present. We returned to London Euston in good enough time to find out about OUR planned train home being cancelled <meep> and to jump onto an earlier one, mercifully! Funnily enough that wasn't crowded at all. I can only assume most people didn't get there in time to make use of it when they found the 20.07 wasn't running. How about 'Last Train to Clarksville' for a fiesta juke box moment?!
Sorry to hear about various ailments from which people are suffering (that toe, gramma - OW!) and I hope you all find yourselves in more comfortable places very soon. I coughed a lot yesterday and my ribs are sore, but just feel like I have a cold now - am hoping it doesn't get any worse. I have to self-isolate for five days (daughter has dropped off essential shopping and cake) and stay away from anyone vulnerable for another five, to be on the safe side. At this time of year with good weather forecast that's no hardship, actually.
Stay safe, people, enjoy 4th July if you celebrate it and make the most of whatever wonders nature surrounds you with! Sitting on my patio I can hear baby blackbirds cheeping in the depths of the tangled jasmine, while the parents fly to and fro tending to them. In the absence of a hazel thicket (I only have one hazel at the end of the garden) that will have to be my uplifting Sam Gamgee moment! Cheers, folks.


ElanorTX
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Jul 4, 2:48am

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Like Tom kicking the troll, [In reply to] Can't Post

though we hope you heal much sooner. Glad you could still enjoy driving the BIG truck!


Have you given daughter a lifetime quota of moves with your assistance?


Best wishes for the holiday itself.

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ElanorTX
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Jul 4, 2:58am

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Your Secret Garden [In reply to] Can't Post

Perhaps a robin will show you a key.

DH and I went on a small after-hours tour of Stonehenge in 2018; we were allowed to get right up to the stones, though the park authorities were watchful that nobody touched anything.

Best wishes for a full recovery, and cheers to you, too!

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Jul 4, 3:01pm

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Fresh-made marmalade! [In reply to] Can't Post

Wonderful stuff! Will you be making scones for them? And I'm curious: what kind of cake did Mr Kimi make?

I hope the trees are happily planted now! Had you lost the old ones in a storm?


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Jul 4, 3:17pm

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I'm glad you had the chance to see it. But what a bother with getting Covid - I wouldn't doubt it was the crowded train. Here's hoping the symptoms stay very mild!

Here you go - what a trip down the memory train-tracks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcXpKiY2MXE

What a delight that is, to sit on your "new" patio and enjoy the blackbirds! Our baby hummingbirds are constantly draining the nectar, and the baby cardinals and finches have begun swarming the feeders. There are times one could simply watch and listen to birds for hours!


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Jul 4, 8:59pm

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It would have to be a robin - or a sparrow - [In reply to] Can't Post

in my garden there's nowhere the thrush knocks, sadly! They prefer a more open area. Years ago I was a member of the Pagan Federation for a while and we had a gathering after hours with full access to Stonehenge; it was a very special experience.


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Jul 4, 9:07pm

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1966. Ye Gods, now I feel really OLD... [In reply to] Can't Post

But not as old as all the great stuff I saw at the exhibition! Just one example - Google 'Shropshire Sun Pendant' and marvel at the workmanship in something only 4.7cm long. How the creator achieved such a precise effect I can't imagine.
Hummingbirds? Wow! They are such remarkable little creatures, like jewels. I've only ever seen them on tv and online.


Altaira
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Jul 5, 4:23am

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Fun times! [In reply to] Can't Post

Sounds like a proper good weekend you had planned there.

I had a virtual doctor appt about 10 days ago to get more muscle relaxers, but the back's back, so to speak. I thought I was making good progress, then over the weekend I ended up bed-bound again with no real reason to point to as to why. Pirate So, yes, when I can walk a medium distance again we're getting me to the doctor!
I'm sorry to hear you have back problems too. I fully appreciate now how our back muscles contribute to pretty much every movement we make, so I hope you get it sorted and get good tips for future prevention. Heart

Cheers!


Altaira
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Owie! [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope the toe is healing ok. You're such a trooper to keep on going, but with such a big job I can understand why. I hope you're snug at home now relaxing and recuperating from the move!

*gives gentle hugs while pouring relaxing chamomile and honey tea* Heart


Altaira
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Jul 5, 4:32am

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Cake, marmalade, pizza? Sounds like a good foundation for the basic food groups needed to survive to me. Laugh

Hope the tree planting went well - always easier to plant in soft, moist soil than the rock-hard clay we have in parts of Colorado.

Cheers!


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Jul 5, 5:16am

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to learn not to plant things with little chance of success - in fact it's a lesson I'm still learning, to some extent :) We don't have sufficient winter chill for some crops (e.g. cherries), peaches sulk in our humid climate, and it's marginal for apricots and nectarines, all of which grow brilliantly in suitable parts of the country. We're in a great area for citrus, though, and apples and pears do very well, too. The Seville (bitter) oranges are not much use for eating, but they do make superb marmalade, and yes, it is very satisfying!


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Kimi
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Jul 5, 5:21am

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scones will be in our future :) Mr Kimi is a keen scone-maker.

The cake is (was - all gone now) one he makes quite often: a crunchy base, a cakey top, and very nutmeggy - we always grate whole nutmeg for use, and the flavour is quite intense.

The trees: a mix of old age and an accumulation of damage, I think. Those ones had been bearing well for decades now, so I can't complain. Pears do take a while to start bearing, but we've a couple of others doing well, so can afford to be patient.


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Jul 5, 5:25am

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Plenty of soil moisture at the moment, so definitely a good time for planting. We even got on and staked them right away instead of waiting "till we get a moment", which is practically an invitation for storms.

Ugh, rock-hard clay is more or less what we had when we first got this property. Our soil has improved vastly over the years, with large amounts of compost, but I still remember those early struggles, broken spades and trowels and all.


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to the artists of ages ago, do we - what an amazing skill that pendant's crafter had!

The hummingbirds are so tiny and delicate-looking! We have a tall thick bush against our house which they seem to appreciate for building their nests in. I'm thinking we may need to put up a second nectar feeder, the goldfinches and newly-arrived Baltimore orioles have been taking sips from it as well.


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There's so much going on for you to get gifts, entertained or inspired :D I'm with you on the hot temps; and we are desperate for some rain in my area.


So you made it home from your Island Adventure :D Have you got your next time figured out already? I hope the rest of your holiday weekend was restful and internal battery charging!



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Oh how wonderful that mountain road is! I can see why it's one of your favourites. I'll bet it looks different driving in both directions :D

That festival sounds so great! So maybe your shoulder will be healed enough for you to join in on the axe-throwing contest ;)

I hope your trip is a wonderful respite... and I'm so glad you're feeling well enough to make this great escape! ENJOY!



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So much illness of so many different types makes it almost impossible to avoid catching something. *warm hug* The scrambling and inconvenience is bad enough, but to try and maneuver through all of it when you're sick is punishment! I hope you're feeling better and this momentum is stopped short. My Mom caught the flu and norovirus that was plaguing the hospital she stayed at overnight to make sure her a-fib was under control, which she didn't need to do... especially since they knew that had 2 contagious illnesses running rampant through the hospital. At 94yo she was otherwise very healthy/strong, but she just couldn't gather the strength to fight them both.


I hope you're okay and that everyone comes through this plague and nuisance safely :)



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Sort out the furniture, then relax from your labors in it! Laugh

I hope you had a great Fourth! Smile


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Our ferry to R.I. was scheduled for Tuesday morning. On Monday we got the message: the ferry is having mechanical issues, they've re-booked all of us for the Yarmouth (Mass.) ferry instead, then a tour bus would transport us all from there over the Cape Cod bridge to the R.I. ferry to pick up our cars. So in the end it took a couple hours longer to get back, but we sat in the front seats of the bus and had a nice time chatting with the driver (a retired Boston metro driver).

In a couple weeks we'll be heading down to N.C. to visit some old friends, including the silneldors! Cool Then we'll return home in time for a weekend family reunion in N.H., which has been planned by our umpteen nieces and nephews. Heart

A busy end to the month!


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Fireworks in LA are so chaotic, but I think it was a smidge less chaotic than last year's, so it's a win in my book. Sly

Oof, keeping my fingers crossed and hope you have a steady stream of fun things to read/watch in the meantime! Totally agree with you - I pinched *something* in my back a few years ago, and couldn't believe how immobile my body was as a result. Even basic tasks were both painful and nearly impossible to accomplish. But thank you!

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I can see why that road's a favourite, with such lavish beauty on display.


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Covid is going to be around for a long time, it seems. Much like what was the typical flu. It hits everyone differently, so I'm glad your Mom was able to fight off the worst of it.

I hope you had a great weekend with your girlfriend's family and the addl company. :D Good Times, fersher!



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Marmalade and trees will keep the citrus flowing! Orange Marmalade was my Mom's favourite :D

I'm glad the weather is giving you some flexibility to get some things done... except for the wet pizza! NOT NICE!!! ;) I'm sure you dodged it successfully, but how great to have a little pizza party this far into the season.

I hope the rest of your weekend went flawlessly and your trees were planted successfully :)



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Doesn't it figure that the first big outing you had left you with Covid. DARN! I'm so sorry that you're sick, but glad that you haven't had the very harsh illness, but sad that now you'll be (rightfully) concerned about going on anymore outings for a while. *big hug*

My toe is doing better! It's still very tender and I'm waiting to see if the nail falls off, but I'm so grateful the toe wasn't broken! There were 2 more days of moving and cleaning after that, but it was manageable :)

I'm glad you made it to the Stonehenge exhibit. That has always fascinated me... so taking the time to immerse yourself in the presentation must have been great!

Feel better FAST! Good excuse to stay home and enjoy some quiet time :)



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the train down was crowded, London itself was as busy as ever and there were a lot of people visiting the exhibition too. Still, my residual immunity will help me for the next couple of weeks at least - just as well, as my daughter and I are going to visit a big garden show (RHS Tatton Park) on 21st! She has it too, but we'll both be well clear by then. Hope your poor toe heals up quickly; it must be very sore.

 
 

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