12 December 2010 – Christmas shopping and a different walk


This morning I had a pretty unfruitful shopping trip. Some present were ticked off the list but Commando wanted a handheld Dyson and they are completely sold out everywhere so I’ve had to get him something else instead. The plan had been to get all the Christmas shopping done but I will have to go again on Friday now. 

At least I managed to get the food and drinks in for the girls night though. Lots of cranberry juice and orange juice to go with the vodka plus tons of diet coke, a bottle of rum and several bottles of wine. That should do it. I also got some snacks but with an eye on the good foods, lots of olives and dried fruit and nuts. I also got some mini blinis and various things to put on them (goats cheese, smoked salmon etc). I will be making filo pastry mince pies on Wednesday night and melon balls. 

Commando, Commando Junior and Bard are off to Amsterdam on Tuesday and not coming back until Thursday so it will be quiet around here this week. Then on Thursday night all hell will break loose with the girls and my boys all back at once.

Because I missed my Riverside walk yesterday I decided to do a shortened version today. Because I had a parcel to drop off at the Post Office I began by going up the Big Hill and then took a different route to the riverside. 

From the top of the hill I wlaked up towards the Estate Agents I worked in when I was working part time after I was made redundant. It’s a familiar walk because I did it every day for six months. Then I went down the hill at Moushole Lane (don’t the roads sound quaint round here?) and at the bottom I walked up Vale Drive towards The Castle Pub. This route only added about half a mile onto my normal walk but walking up the Big Hill and then walking up to the Castle, which is the highest point on this side of the river certainly added to the calorie burn. It also warmed me up on a cold afternoon. 

From the Castle there is a wonderful view right over to the airport where you can actually see planes coming in and taking off. It’s a very long hill down to Woodmill joining my normal riversiade walk about half way to the White Swan. 

There was still snow on the ground on this part of the river, although the paths were mostly clear.

A thick layer of ice covered the marshy bit of land down by the Swan and the little bridge was frozen solid. I don’t think I’d have been able to cross it to go off towards Eastleigh even if I’d had time. I did see my swans and one cygnet, whose feathers are almost all white now. 

Walking back I noticed that on the town side of the park there was no snow left on the grass at all. I wonder if it is warmer in the town because of heat radiating from all the houses nearby? 

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