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  • Birthday 71

    Published Date: 
    Monday, 18 February, 2019

    The 18th February comes around again and after 71 of them I getting a bit fed up with birthdays! Despite people's best wishes and "enjoy your day" it really is pretty much business as usual. Despite my negative attitude it did provide a reason to go to the Pines for lunch although we are quite happy to do that at any time. 

    It was a dreary day outside with not much going on in the bay other than the oil drilling rig out in the open sea off Bournemouth to look at and apart from a couple of wood pigeons no birds to watch either, I don't think we saw a gull today which is very unusual. 

    Recent visits to the Pines had been a little disappointing but I have to say today's meal was excellent. Whilst Ann had salmon I had beef fillet medallions and they were superb and there was plenty of it. Although we had a sweet we certainly did not need it. 

    Otherwise we had a very quiet day and at least it is all over for another year ...


     

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  • Jigsaw: Fish and Chips

    Published Date: 
    Wednesday, 13 February, 2019
    Title Fish and Chips
    Manufacturer House of Puzzles
    No of Pieces 1000
    Time 5 Days
    Difficulty Moderate

    Although we raced through this one in five days it was more a reflection on the weather outside than the puzzle being easy. In fact it proved quite tricky especially across the middle where there are lots of boats in the harbour. Once again, being a mass of colours and a busy picture, Ann struggled and I did most of it. 


     

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  • Whitesheet Plantation

    Published Date: 
    Tuesday, 12 February, 2019

    A slight improvement in the weather today so we decided on a walk before lunch and as I was wanting to visit the Old Inn at Holt it seemed a good opportunity to check out Whitesheet Plantation. Just as it says on the label it is a plantation and with plantations you don't get much. Corsican pine, plenty of birch and some mosses underneath and so I have to say that it is likely I will not return! I know it is the middle of winter but just one bird, a singing robin, although there were a few unidentified tweets as well, possibly coal tit. The plantation is not that big and is in the southern corner of Holt Heath and that is overdue another visit in summer so that will be another chance to visit the Old Inn which we liked very much. 


     

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  • Winter Wonderland

    Published Date: 
    Friday, 1 February, 2019

    It snowed overnight and whilst things were quite difficult elsewhere we got away lightly again with just a light covering; just enough to make it look pretty outside. Fortunately it was soon gone although it remain cold for a couple of days. 


     

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  • Jigsaw: End of Day

    Published Date: 
    Thursday, 31 January, 2019
    Title End of Day
    Manufacturer House of Puzzles
    No of Pieces 1000
    Time 10 Days
    Difficulty Moderate

    Another lovely picture of the 'olden days' down on the farm when all was wonderful! I do not think that it truly reflects the hard work that had been done that day and I am sure it was not as idyllic as portrayed but it was a nice jigsaw just the same. It was a bit more difficult than it looked, but then they often are!


     

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  • Close to home ...

    Published Date: 
    Wednesday, 30 January, 2019

    Five waxwing in an oak tree on the corner of Carey Road and Wessex Oval this afternoon and I actually saw them! Better than that, I got a reasonable photo ...


     

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  • Jigsaw: Corner Shop

    Published Date: 
    Thursday, 24 January, 2019
    Title Corner Shop
    Manufacturer House of Puzzles
    No of Pieces 1000
    Time 8 Days
    Difficulty Fair

    Enjoyed this one. An interesting puzzle with a touch of nostalgia thrown in. It reminded me of Ralph's in Dibden Purlieu when I was just a nipper ...


     

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  • Facebook message today ...

    Published Date: 
    Saturday, 12 January, 2019

    Hi Peter, just a quick message. I recently went on to your NOD site to have a browse. I normally have very little time to look at too many sites as I am usually kept busy. I have a bit of time on my hands at present so I looked at a couple of Nature sites of Dorset. Although I have looked briefly at your site I have never sat down and had a serious look until now. I have to say Peter I have been absolutely blown away by it. Such a wealth of information it's not true. You must have put years of work into it and some.The detail I have seen is amazing and I have only just scratched the Surface. I thought I new a fair bit about local sites but realise now I know very little and the depth of information on each site just blew me away. I'm within striking distance of 70 yrs old now and think I probably haven't got enough time left to come anywhere near learning a fraction of what you have on this site. Can't wait to see the rest of the site and even more, looking forward to visiting as many of these sites as possible You have even put really clear directions for each site. By now you have probably gathered I'm impressed. Areal big thanks for sharing what must have been half a lifetimes work to make it so much easier for others, Cheers Peter, I'm eternally grateful.


     

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  • Jigsaw: Fresh Pastures

    Published Date: 
    Friday, 11 January, 2019
    Title Fresh Pastures
    Manufacturer House of Puzzles
    No of Pieces 1000
    Time 8 Days
    Difficulty Not as easy as it looks

    Another one down. It looked as if it would be stright forward but it proved to be more difficult that expected. This picture reminds me of the area around Kingcombe.


     

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  • Out with the old ...

    Published Date: 
    Tuesday, 1 January, 2019

    Another year passes by and, as usual, the human brain reflects on the year gone and makes plans for a fresh start in the new year coming. Looking back at my diary for 2018 does not make for inspiring reading! There are few posts and they are dominated by health issues, jigsaw puzzles and other people nature news. What an exciting life I lead! The problem is that Ann's health severely restricts what we can do; holidays and trips away from home like other people do are just not possible. We also have to be very wary about where we go walking as we have to remain safe. As a result, apart from our dining out a couple of times a week, Ann's afternoon out with her friend Anne and me and my bowls not much else happens.

    For 2019 it is likely to be more of the same with a petty fixed routine following the established pattern but I am hoping we can free up Mondays to give us two days, Monday and Thursday, for leisure time together walking and dining. Tuesday tends to be appointments and shopping and Wednesday we go our separate ways; Ann with Anne and me on my own somewhere. Friday is shopping for the weekend and bowls in the afternoon leaving the weekend when everywhere down here is busy for us to do the washing/ironing, housework and gardening. Routine is important when you have someone with no short term memory to contend with.


     

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