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? 


10 December 2010 – A happy funeral


This morning I got up late. Although I set the alarm for seven o’clock I forgot to turn it on. Doh. Commando had his work Christmas breakfast this morning so only got in at 7.45 so right away I was running. The long walk I planned was out of the question because I had a funeral to go to later in the day. 

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8 December 2010 – A scam


Good morning. It’s still very cold here today again and there is still snow in my garden although the roads and pavements are now more or less clear. Finally the freezing fog seems to have cleared too. 

This afternoon I had a call from Commando to tell me he had nearly given his bank account details out to a scammer. We are both pretty worldy wise about these things and not easily conned, but he nearly fell for it. Continue reading

6 December 2010 – Finally a positive weigh in


After all my hard work shovelling the snow from our front path and decking it poured with rain overnight and washed most of the snow away. Typical! If it wasn’t for the calories burned I’d be annoyed that all that hard work went to waste. Even after the rain, we could hear huge chunks of snow moving about on the gym roof, and there was still snow on the ground although it was a lot more patchy than it was. Most of the snow has melted now though although it is still bitterly cold. Continue reading

3 December 2010 – calories burnt shovelling snow


It was minus 5 Here this morning but looking very pretty outside if trecherous under foot. It is also trying to snow again. 

I had a little lie in necause I knew I wouldn’t be able to do my 13 miles this morning. The plan was to go out and see how it went, if, like yesterday, I spent more time on my bum than my feet I would come home and give up on the idea. 

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2 December 2010 – Walking on snow


There were six inches of snow over night in Southampton! Looking out of the window I was worried I wouldn’t be able to make it to work and if I did would I be able to get home again? Another eight inches are forecast. Yikes. 

There was no grit on our roads either. Yesterday we were the only Mad House call centre open in the country so it was manic with so many calls coming through. Continue reading