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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Making Days Count with the help of Harry!

Yesterday, the last day of 2010, was crisp and clear and prompted me to venture out to take some photos. I thought I'd drop in to see how the Trumpeter Swans were celebrating New Year's eve day, but the party must have been held elsewhere because there were none to be seen. In fact, the sea looked like smooth sailing, but only some mallards seemed to be taking advantage of it. Sea birds seem to be more abundant when the tide is coming in, churning up delectable and succulent goodies.

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With time noticeably passing too quickly to count, it seems a good idea to me to make each day count. This includes a lot of healthy walking! Therefore, I have started off the new year with a brisk walk to the beach and back, breathing in the bright new year's morning. It was uplifting to greet and be greeted by other walkers with a "Happy New Year!", rather than the usual "Hello, lovely day!" It was a bit of a nippy morning at 1C, however I was dressed for the day. I especially like my gloves that fold back to let my finger ends out to take photos!


A few photos from today:

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Also Flighty mentioned that he was going to keep his eye on a hawthorn over time (an explanation on his link), and I thought that sounded like a great idea. I have decided to keep watch over this 'Harry Lauder's Walking Stick tree/bush' that stands on the top of the hill on the track down to the beach. They are fascinating looking things, and this will encourage me (I hope) to walk more often to the beach to check on Harry.


Meet Harry on the first day of 2011:
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Hope you have a great year, and find your own "Harry" or some other motivator to help make it a happy and healthy one!

6 comments:

  1. Nice to meet ya, Harry! And looking forward to seeing more of you in 2011 :-)

    I love the photos of the ice crystals on the stems, Glo. Just magical.

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  2. Lots of blue sky photos there, unlike here which has been dull all week. I like the slide show ones with the snowman family.
    Thanks for the mention! I like your tree which on googling I see is a corkscrew hazel
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/225.shtml
    which I look forward to seeing through the year.
    Flighty xx

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  3. Happy New Year Glo and happy walking. I need some of those mittens!!

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  4. Hi Nikki ~ Well, here's hoping Harry will put on a good showing ;) It's really neat to see the crystals on grasses and leaves, as you've shown on your site as well. I found more magic today :)

    Hi Flighty ~ Sorry to hear you are drizzly as so far our New Year has been clear and bright. Good job I took that Snowman family yesterday, because today they're gone ... either melted or put away for next year.

    Interesting to know that Harry may be a girl! Corkscrew Hazel sounds like a character herself! Thanks for the info and link.

    Hi UHDD ~ Thanks and Happy New Year to you too. I'll keep my eye out for a pair of 'photo' friendly mittens for you :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing your story with Harry the Corkscrew Hazel. And thanks for participating in the Tree Year project. Looking forward to seeing more!

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  6. I like your strategy to Make Each Day Count. I shall set out with best intentions to do the same. I must pop over to Flighty's blog, to check out the tree thing! Happy New Year to you and yours Glo. x

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