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Scottish scenery, video

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The National Trust for Scotland writes on this video:

Kintail & Morvich The Five Sisters of Kintail form one of Scotland’s finest and most famous views when seen from Ratagan on the shores of Loch Duich, and have been under the care of the National Trust for Scotland since 1944. Our rangers lead guided walks over the five peaks (which also form one of the country’s finest one day hillwalks) so who better to make this short video showing the unmatched beauty of this unique part of Scotland? Assistance in video editing was provided by Rob Birdsey, a volunteer with the National Trust for Scotland. …

The music for several of the Kintail and West Affric videos has been provided by Sgoil Chi√Ļil na G√†idhealtachd (The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music) located at Plockton High School. The music school is for secondary school aged students, and‚Ķ

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New England

What do girls born and raised in New England do on a warm winter’s day?¬† Well if they own a home and dream of spring days in mid January they go outside!¬† It was in the forty’s yesterday and the sunshine felt good.¬† I dressed warm enough for a little exercise never knowing how much I would actually do as I began.

Now if you are a follower of Living and Lovin you know I love my wild birds.  Last year over 300 pounds of just the black oil  sunflower seeds were devoured.  That is enough for me to use them as dependents on my IRS Tax Form!  We the winter is in full swing and they are once again depending on me to help them through.  So on this gorgeous day it was time to clean up some of the mess they made as the snow was gone in most parts from where I hang their feeders and spread seed on the ground for all who do not fly up to the many feeders here.  What a mess there was of empty shells.  So here it was mid January and I had a rake one used for raking leaves in the fall and a snow shovel and a ice chopper.  Yes we need many tools when you own a home in New England.  I raked the piles up and then picked them up to shovel over the edge where the ducks and ground birds could pick out the corn and unopened shells.
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This is one of the piles I was able to shovel and scatter below in the Lilacs and other small bushes.

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Seasons here often get mixed up.  As you can see by two of the tools I used a lot.

Then it was time to chop ice and do I mean CHOP I hurt so bad after three hours but you see it was going to go back to winter so I had to do all I could.

The yard is so flooded by the beavers downstream my yard ruined once again by the release of a lake in a river that no longer flows downstream.  So I had ducks here, three pairs of Mallards.

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Snow and sun and no cropping of this shot but you see what I mean.  I came in and wrote the State of New Hampshire a note saying to clean the river out of my yard and added lots of pretty photos hope it works.

I grabbed a few wheat thins and a glass of water and some¬†yummy humus for a snack then packed up the cameras and JT and went to the shore.¬† I figured a nice ride after all the work I did and a walk with my best girl at the beach would make me feel better well I hurt real bad on way home but had a beautiful early evening there as her and I walked.¬† I stopped going to Weight Watchers¬†so it is important to stick with the plan and exercise to keep all I have lost OFF even if it KILLS ME ūüôā¬† She found a nasty looking tennis ball for me to throw and I thankfully placed her stick I had been kicking into my back pocket.¬† She always finds treasures just like us.¬† We are a perfect family.
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How is that for a pretty way to end a backbreaking day.  There are huge seals out on those rocks enjoying the day just like us.

There were even surfers who wanted to get out and enjoy a warm January day
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It was nice but not that nice! ūüôā

Now today it is snowing to beat the band as they say in these parts and no matter if I am ready to shovel or not I must.  I will try to remember the beautiful night along the shore and when the storm is but a memory head right back over there.
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Have a great Weekend

GO PATS!!!!!!

 

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Riding Around

Well we took Mom for a ride and lunch to celebrate her upcoming 78th birthday which she will not be home for so we grabbed her while we could and went on in search for some pretty color far away.

We saw a farm with a pretty Maple Tree not quite at full color

 

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As you can see a lot of green some orange and very little Red yet.  Who knew this would be our fate today.

 

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Just a little along a lake we found in western Massachusetts.

 

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OMG I found RED, lol

A spot for us to reflect upon life and birthdays and the desire for peace for ALL

 

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No this is not upside down just the reflections of the pretty trees that lined the lake shore.

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We had company too not sure you can pick him out as he hunted the edges and trying to get away from me.

So in the end we had a nice lunch at a very old diner in Gardner and saw a few pretty leaves and a Great Blue Heron as we wished her a very Happy Birthday!

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Hope you have a wonderful long weekend to all of the followers here in the states at we celebrate Columbus Day.¬† It is our biggest influx of tourist’s in search of color I just hope they will not be disappointed in what we have to offer for it¬†is all about getting out and appreciating Columbus and the trip he took to this new land.

 

 

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So Many Left Their Nests

As all the student leaving for college left their families behind to strike it out on their own they left their parents sad and some in tears.

Empty nests happen elsewhere
I now have not one but two in the Lilac out front just outside the kitchen window.

I watched the male Cardinal teaching them how to fly.
Offering chirps of encouragement. Cheering them on.

There was one last baby not wanting to go.
I was also sad to see them out of their warm little spot in front of my window.
Washing dishes would not be the same.
You see they had three clutches of eggs this year but this will be it till next year.

I will add the photos but sorry I could not get too close and the glass with this Nikon was not going to let me get all I wanted to show you but know this the Mom was beside me in a tree and having heard and seen me each and every day speaking to her through the window they stopped their noise and sat silently still as I snapped two quick photos to share with you all.

They will not travel far just to the feeders in our back yard so the Bear will have to go elsewhere

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Isn’t it too little to go I wanted them to stay just a longer

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It was so quiet when I did dishes today.

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THE SUN CAME BACK!

It rained and rained I mean it really rained.  We went weeks without one drop of rain and in one week we more than made up for it.  I had a river here, you all know the one I am talking about, it had maybe two to three feet in it, after the snow melt then no precipitation.  I was not complaining but the fire marshals were. I have used that time wisely getting more of the home painted and yard ready to sit back and enjoy this summer.

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Mowed for the 2nd time.¬† It smells so heavenly here after it is mowed, not sure of all the different kinds of grasses¬†that are in the lower yard.¬†¬† There are all kinds of ¬†Violets, white and purple, Buttercups(do not know the real names)clover lots of clover and grasses are all mixed in, down here along the river.¬† There is always frogs and snakes Chilin¬†here as well as snapping turtles and sun turtles.¬† I heard our Raccoon chattering along the stream as well.¬† I had not one but two Red Tailed Hawks here yesterday afternoon, ¬†which meant most of my backyard birds spent some time hiding.¬† I wonder if they were in their flight drying their beautiful feathers and enjoying the gorgeous day as were the¬†three of us.¬† We did not do a¬†BBQ’s and saw no one it was such ¬†a very nice day in the yard after all the rain.¬†¬†¬† I did a weeks worth of Laundry and hung them all on the line to dry in the sun and breeze they were done in no time and folded and put away.

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Looks different from all the snowy ones you have seen.  Spring and fall are my favorite times to be here in New Hampshire.

 

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Soon I will have roses in full bloom all over this yard, with smells that are just as pretty as the Lilacs,  which have been  gorgeous but are now fading.

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Doing something different above with a shot of a spent Dandelion seed head  just learning to play again.

 

It has been so nice to get back in touch with you and more and more will be added as I find you trust me I am looking !

Have a beautiful week in your yards.

 

 

 

 

 

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New England In Winter Wraps

Hi everyone.¬† No I am not lost but usually I shovel then¬†suffer in pain but it is the workouts that have me seeing consistent success now at the scale on Tuesdays and is getting me closer to goal which will be a HEALTY¬†weight never scrawny .¬† I need my strength to make it through my meditation as well as that new English Garden I will be working on if winter ever let’s go¬†of her death grip up here.¬† No don’t worry just hard on old broken bodies but my sense of humor such as it is will get me to spring¬† oh and the rains!¬† Today NH is under the spell of another huge storm and why I am getting rains when others are getting twelve more, heavy wet inches of snow¬† I have no idea but you know I am so grateful for each and every drop for it is melting our snowpack and snow on the roofs is shrinking too he said it was too slippery to climb up yesterday which worried me with the weight of heavy wet snow ruining so many homes and businesses elsewhere.¬† Well I sold my conversion van and made another friend.¬† She too is an author with all of you here I follow and follow me I can surely get my three written!¬† I sold the van to get cash to fix my pick-up the one with the PLOW kind of late now as the birds are already singing their hearts out looking for the prettiest girls in town.¬† I will scrub hummingbird feeders again to make sure no dust has gotten into the bags I store them in and get the seeds started for my garden even if I have to grow in 5 gal. buckets or a pallet have you seen that on Pinterest?¬† I think this year I will even start Sunflowers in egg cartons or yogurt cups as I have plenty of empties and this way after the diet of black oil sunflower seeds I have been going through with my wildlife so far almost 400 lbs. of seed, they will not be able to dig up the ones I hide to line my yard with.¬† Hard to outsmart wildlife though I am sure something hungry will come for the green growth like us and our salad greens!

 

So how have you all been?¬† Life good or hard right now?¬† I love hearing from you all and that some of you are regular visitors to my Portfolio Blog¬† please me.¬† You can comment on any blog.¬† Tell me if you like certain photo or what you don’t like remember the only thing I have ever been a professional at is a driver, a big rig driver so you can help by chiming in .¬† Some of you know I have been selling my photos on FAA under¬† Eunice Miller¬† and that I even set up a Facebook page that will link my photographs I have placed for sale right to their site in most cases.¬† If you are artists that have begun to follow my blog thank you.¬† Blogging has made me a better photographer still not anything to write home about but me and my little Kodak Easy Share once in a while¬†capture something pretty and moving to some besides me for which I am thankful for isn’t that why we decide to step out of our nice comfy spot at home and reach out to the world at large with art and words.¬† I would not have gotten to know you all had I not taken that very first step last Memorial Day weekend.¬† I am blessed by each and every one of you and I think you already know that by what we have shared.

 

Now it wouldn’t be a Living and Lovin ¬†blog without a photo or two so this is what I have been thinking of

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My Lilacs in full bloom calling out to all the insects and pretty butterflies that adore them as much as I do even Ron loves them  JT loves to smell them she is a girl you know and all girls love pretty flowers.

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For the bees to arrive so my fruit trees will bless us and the wildlife who also love fruit.

 

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Now the Forsythia that are all over this place we call home are sure signs of SPRING arriving.

 

Now for this year along with the new English Garden area Ron will make me a sculpture as he was a welder for 35 years before retiring early with injuries.  I am thinking something in pretty copper but maybe a mix if they can be put together with the arc from his welding rod.  He is the pro so I will let him do his thing and praise the heck out of him because he is a good man to put up with me and so much sadness though it has gotten so much better since I have stopped hiding.  So look for a blog on his artist work in the future here.

I will also divide my Hostas  for an upcoming Garden Club Plant Sale in early May and take some new Lilacs and move them to my berm on the eastern side of my property  I will add some  shoots of Forsythia on berm as well because they will look beautiful as they grow and drape along this area with the Lilacs up above with a few little pretty shaped Pines.  It will provide me with Privacy yes but mostly block the Orange Fence(plastic snow fence) from my view while I sit and tend to my garden since I do not see her as ever taking it down,  even though it sits on the towns right a way.

So for now I will look and deal with the CRUD of Winter with visions of a beautiful spring!

 

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We will hang out by the sea a lot till them even on a lousy weather¬†day we can always find a ray of hope here along the water’s edge.

 

Take care everyone and again stop in at anyone of my places here on the world-wide web, you are more than welcome.

 

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Another Storm Brewing

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I took this photo yesterday along the river but facing out to sea.  It was beautiful over here, less wind then when JT and I tried to join her daddy on the ocean side, man was it cold and a very brisk wind.  Cold we can take but that constant wind is not good and I am bundled up, well  all but my weather-beaten face and to protect her from the harsh elements I have gone through my whole life,  we walked over here to take shelter from the storm that was brewing.

What a deceiving day.  It was so pretty to look at.  Made me what to shower and get dressed and head out with him.  I was down another two pounds on Tuesday weigh-in so I wanted to keep up the hard work.  Funny you see something working even if it causes pain I am the type that has always been tough and just pushed through it.  I am not saying it is smart , just saying more about who I am.

I have one month left before I leave and want to take in all my world has to offer.¬† I want to walk and spend time with them.¬† I will miss the three of them, ¬†who share this home with me.¬† My son said he missed his pup but knowing she was with friends allowed him to take on the challenge himself so I will let go and trust.¬† JT loves me as much as Mike’s dog adores him but Mike does spend time during the day without his girl and JT is always beside me lol I am her person.¬† She watches over me and protects me even when I am not in danger so maybe after she gets over missing me for first few days she will become a dog again.¬†¬† Something tells me we will be like that commercial that runs here, ¬†of the lady coming back from war with her huge dog greeting her on the ground covering her with kisses, will also be played out here, ¬†hell being on the floor meditating for 10 days 14 hours a day will have the ground being normal for me.¬† Wish me luck!¬† lol

 

OK back to the REAL STORM BREWING this morning I woke to a weather report saying maybe we would miss a big snowstorm Thank You for listening to my prayers this time now they say just three to four inches but wet snow this time.  JT loves catching snowballs she will be so happy.  Now I will show you a few photos from the river as the sea.  They are not my best and I am sorry I was freezing and will blame them on the wind!

Now look at the next pictures don’t them make it seem like it is just a beautiful day to SUNTAN

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Not a care in the world.

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A Loner lol no room for anyone else on this ones beach.

 

OK want to see some more again sorry shaking too much for really pretty ones but I am sure you will love them.

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Now the mighty Atlantic Ocean was really churning and so frothy.  The storm was still a twelve-hour ride away down in Virginia.   So I really thought we would be getting another NEMO like storm.  Looks can be deceiving right beautiful blue sky pretty colorful sea. BRRRRRRR

 

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Wind blown JT waits for me to throw a hefty stick to her.  No FRISBEE in these winds.

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Well you can see she is tiring of me and my photos time to go for a walk

 

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Have a nice weekend
 

 

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Blues and Greens

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No matter the weather

Sun or Clouds

I love this place so much

Wave after wave

Right on the heels of another

Crashing

Curling

Spraying water  all around

I guess maybe I am drawn to the sea for her POWER

As it is so plain to see

Waves roll onto the shore after making their display

I really could just sit here with the camera

The dog too

All day

Photo after photo,  all the same but really just a little different

Can you see

How I love the Sea

 

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In Port

 

Pretty boats  all in a row

 

 

Tucked here and there on their moorings .

 

 

Such a beautiful day to be worried about rain or do they want  privacy?

 

 

Laying wait for their owners to take then out,  on the open water.

 

 

Pirates? I want to be on this one!

 

 

Can’t wait to take her¬†for a boat ride!

 

 

I love finding punches of  COLOR!

 

 

Sailors have always lived a Colorful life

which I have always seen as ROMANTIC.

 

I know it is hard work keeping their boats

clean,fueled up and running good.  The men who fish here

for a living in (MA,USA) are a strong bunch.

Looking for fish, getting what they are worth, fighting storms, loosing traps.

I love fish and appreciate all the hard work , as well as the sacrifices, for us to have a wonderful fish dinner.

 

 

Keep up the good work!