Friday, 8 January 2016

January-A Break in the Wet Weather

At last we've had a few days of sunshine in Torbay so I took my camera out on a couple of walks.


A beautiful evening sky

A few of the ships in the bay awaiting orders

Eseniya general cargo ship-destination Egypt
MTS Viscount Tug (bottom right) destination Italy
Fanfare (bottom left) general cargo ship- no destination


A little bit of birdwatching



A lovely old Hawthorn in the middle of the golf course


Although not native, these cedar trees look lovely and give the birds somewhere to land


The wind has shaped them despite their size


Hubby with Harry amongst the cedars

Looks like we're all in for a cold spell of weather although we rarely see frost or snow in Torbay. Just a little bit inland the weather changes dramatically, with areas like Totnes getting severe frosts and on Dartmoor plenty of snow. So if we need a 'snow fix' we don't have far to travel.

I've been laid up recently with a painful rib condition which is called costochondritis. I've had it for several years now and it can flare up at any time. Unfortunately trying to teach Harry to walk to heel is aggravating it and I'm not getting the rest I need for it to clear up completely. Then again I'm not good at resting. Keep fit and pilates classes start next week and I'm hopeful I'll be able to attend as I'm really stiffening up. Ever optimistic these classes will also help my numb feet, as they do improve my achy joints.

We've just had the kitchen lights fitted under the cupboards now that all the decorating is finished and we're delighted. Ribbon LED strips in soft white really lift the kitchen on these dark winter evenings.


We also had new outside lights fitted so we can see much better in the back garden. This will reduce the risk of stepping in something horrible like dead mice heads, cat vomit, and slugs and snails in our slippers!

Wrap up warm and stay safe
Until next time
SeagullSuzie

24 comments:

  1. Lovely photos. The cold, bright skies in recent days do seem to be more wintery than the constant rain of December.
    I love the oyster catcher, caught in mid catch!

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    1. It wasn't until I enlarged the oyster catcher image that I noticed it had found a tasty morsel. Let's hope we have more bright days this month as we are all fed up with the rain.

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  2. Your kitchen looks fabulous! Stay inside in the warm and dry and look after yourself. I hope that you are feeling well again soon. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, I'm keeping warm and snug to help my ribs heal by wearing my thermals indoors! The kitchen lights are a great addition and I can highly recommend them for that soft light effect.

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  3. After so much dismal weather you can easily forget how lovely it is when the sun shines. My hubby had a wonderful walk on the beach during the week while I was sitting in an office with the blinds shut,as the sun was so bright! Those trees are lovely and add an extra element to the landscape. I sorry th hear you are suffering with achy joints, hope the exercise helps. Your kitchen looks lovely with the new lighting. Take care. Sarah x

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    1. Me too Sarah, I had to close the blinds so I could see the computer, it seemed such a shame to block out the sun. Yes I'm very achy in general and the rib thing on top just makes me miserable as I am forced to rest.

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  4. The kitchen's looking good - love the underlighting. I hope your rib problem soon clears up and you can get back to Pilates etc. Walking here has been an across town and between shops sort of walking as EVERY day has brought rain at some point - ever since 3rd November! Roll on spring.

    Lovely photos and interesting to know where the ships are going. Was that a Siskin in your photo? Noticed we had one visiting our Damson Tree feeders this week.

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    1. It's a Greenfinch, and there were plenty of them about as well as Goldcrests and Goldfinches, but they were harden to catch on camera. It's getting very muddy here so everyone is trying to get a walk on the beaches and promenades with their dogs. I've met loads of people I know from Brixham recently.

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  5. So sorry to hear you are suffering from costochondritis, I sincerely hope it improves as soon as possible as nagging pains can be so physically and mentally draining cant't they :-(

    However at least you have enjoyed some nice walks and it was interesting to see the ships and the birds. With all those Black-headed gulls it would be worth checking them out for the odd Mediterranean Gull amongst them, especially down there on the south coast.

    The kitchen is looking good and maybe one day our kitchen up at the cottage will look just as welcoming.

    Kindest regards and best wishes to all :-)

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    1. Thank you David, you are right it does get you down after a while and this time I've had it for over two months, all over the holidays, but I'm wrapped up warm and resting (a little more) and I'm sure it'll clear soon.
      There have been some interesting reports of a Mediterranean gull crossed with a black headed gull from Mike Langman (ex RSPB guy and local birder).
      I highly recommend the led ribbon lights-easy to install, very cost effective and energy saving and they look so nice.

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  6. Lovely photos Suzie and your kitchen is looking great and I do like the lighting :)

    Hope your rib condition clears up soon - it sounds very painful.

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    1. Many thanks, it is very painful and a sneeze or a cough is agony. I've discovered those stick on head pads work very well and I'm wrapped up in thermals to keep my ribs warm which really helps.
      I love the kitchen lights-my electrician is great and suggested them right at the beginning of the work so we were able to get the electrics ready for when the flooring and tiling was completed so that they could go in-they just stick on.

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  7. Sorry to learn that you have been laid up Suzie with costochondritis - it does sound to be painful. I have a chesty cold that I am having difficulty shaking off too.
    Love your kitchen, if I was having mine done I would choose lovely grey tiles like yours and similar units - very smart, you must be pleased.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary. I hope you get rid of that cough, lots of people here with nasty viruses, just hope I don't pick anything up with my ribs like this or I'll be in real trouble.
      I love the kitchen and the lights are wonderful-I thought I'd put it in the blog as they are so easy and relatively cheap to install and run and the effect is great.

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  8. I'm so sorry to read about the costochondritis. I was once told that the soreness I get in my lower chest, back and at bottom of the breastbone and ribs, often caused by sitting in a certain way at the computer, might be that. It seems to flare up two or three times a year but I've had it twice quite recently so am spending less and less time on the computer. Your photos of your walks are lovely and your kitchen is looking good:)

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    1. Many thanks Rosie. I first got it several years ago after a nasty flu virus and it's never left my body. For me it starts when I lift something heavy or twist badly (like when training my dog not to pull) I feel them 'go' and just know I'm in for a painful time. It's one of the reasons I do pilates and keep fit (and aqua aerobics when I can fit it in) to help keep me moving and build up my strength-just one of those annoying conditions, but it wont kill me!

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  9. Yay oystercatcher!!! Peep-peep! Remember going through Brixham on the way to HOpe's Nose to fish near Torquay when I was at University. My dlatmate was from there.

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    1. Oh the oystercatchers are lovely, they are regularly at Broadsands and Brixham and you are right they make that lovely sound as they fly about-I always know when they are coming into land.

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  10. You know I have looked at your kitchen lighting a few times trying to make up my mind about how it effects me. I think it would make me feel very relaxed and perhaps put me into an almost dream state, where I would end up making cocoa and drifting off to bed.

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    1. Ha ha Mel-there may be something in that as I accidentally put cat milk into my tea the other evening! The lighting is very soothing especially on these dark mornings when getting ready for work. I always prefer lamps to overhead lighting.

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  11. Gorgeous pics of sea and sky. Sorry you're under the weather at the mo. Hope it improves soon. Kitchen looks great xx

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    1. Many thanks CT, I'm trying to take more care of myself this weekend to see if I can ease it. Plenty of tea and M&S chocolate biscuits are helping me along and no alcohol.

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  12. Lovely evening sky Suzie and the kitchen looks really nice.

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    1. Many thanks Roy, we've had some great weather and some terrible weather recently.

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