Tuesday, April 11, 2017

T Stands For - Walking with Red

Last year, my friend, Red, and I walked a couple of times a week from Spring until Fall. At least we tried to if schedules and weather permitted. This week's weather was predicted to be perfect so I called Red and asked if we could get back to walking.



We walk around Red's development as there is no traffic, Usually, everyone has gone to work when we walk our route. From the development, we walk down Birch St., a main road. Sometimes, a little tricky to navigate as there are no sidewalks and sometimes cars speed down the road even though the speed is a 30 mph zone. We walk to Whitins Reservoir. Check out the dam spilling water into the Mumford River. No matter how hot the weather is, there's always a cool breeze at the reservoir. Back the way we came back through the development to Red's house. The walk at a leisurely pace takes about an hour. According to Red's gadget we walked 7,000 steps or about 3.5 miles.

Some things we saw along our walk. Clockwise from top left: My shoe, cap, and water bottle before I left my house. Yellow and purple crocus at Red's house. The rock that was split and a birch tree growing out of it. I think the rock looks like a whale. A patch of dirty snow in the woods along Birch St. The halfway point, a view of Whitins Reservoir from the top of the hill. Because of the heavy rains, the water was running fast and furious in the Mumford River. Someone lost a pontoon. A view of the reservoir (middle) with some gorgeous homes. The no trespassing, no swimming, no boating, no breathing signs on our side of the reservoir. The picture of the little cove (which I forgot to edit)  where Red used to take her baby daughter (now almost 29 years old!) swimming. A bluejay feather. Another area where swimming was allowed. Swimming was banned because one year it was so blazing hot, people came from all over to swim and cool off. They blocked the road and people's driveways so spoiled a good thing. Signs of Spring, tulip, iris, daylily, vinca and back to Red's and looking at her perennial garden


Can you see the Slinky toy around the bird feeder pole? It's to keep the squirrels from climbing up and raiding the bird feeder. Red is so clever.



Red's Mister was busy over the weekend


After the walk, Red asked if I wanted a cup of tea. I told her I was dying for a cup. Godzilla was dying for a cup of tea, too.


She had lots of fancy tea choices, but I decided I just wanted a plain, ol' cuppa tea.


Ah, perfect. And one of Red's too pretty to use napkins. She loves lighthouses.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.


39 comments:

  1. Love the idea of the slinky to keep the squirrels away! Yay for Spring, flowers and walking.

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  2. Hmmm... CJ i might have to use that slinky toy idea...lol Thank you so much for sharing your walk with us for T today...Hugs! deb

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    1. I don't think Red would mind if you used her idea to keep the squirrels away

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  3. Always super to walk! I feed our squirrels extra, I love them as well as the birdies. But a clever idea of your friend!Happy T - Day!

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  4. Walking with a bud is always fun.

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    1. And walking with a partner doesn't feel like exercise

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  5. So much nicer to have a friend to walk with-I think you tend to go much further too:) Nice shots along the way. Brilliant idea to use the slinky. I will remember that. Must be a riot to see the squirrels try to get up to the feeder. Love that napkin. Happy T day!

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    1. Walking with someone makes the distance seem shorter. Red always has napkins that are too pretty to use

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  6. Love that gorgeous napkin. Walking is so beneficial, good that you have company on your walks, thanks for sharing the photos. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Walking is good exercise, no extra equipment needed, and doesn't cost anything except time

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  7. Your walk looks fun and I loved reading the commentary to the photos you'd taken along the way - so many smiles and memories :-) . Happy T Day! J :-)

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  8. Extra nice to have a friend to get out and enjoy nature with. Looked like fun.
    I saw a slinky and squirrel video on FB and did find it amusing. Those cute rascals can really make a mess not leaving anything for the birds.
    Happy T Day (and who could resist that pretty napkin!)
    oxo

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    1. I usually scatter seed on the ground. Seems the squirrels are content to forage, and they don't climb up to the feeder. Course the feeder hatch is weighted so once a squirrel tries to step on the perch, his weight will close the hatch. Doesn't work for the chipmunk

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  9. I love having someone to walk with. It looks like a nice place to walk and enjoy some outside sunshine. We have to enjoy these couple of days before it rains or gets cold again. Which of course, it will:) Have a great T day. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Doesn't be such a Gretchen Sunshine! :-D

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  10. Lovely walk! Was it really 80°? :-/
    (Very clever use of a Slinky!)

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  11. Wonderful, wonderful, CJ. Loved the mosaic from the walk. And Godzilla is adorable.

    I don't have to worry about squirrels on my feeder, but if I did, I would consider finding a slinky. Clever idea.

    Your tea looked wonderful, and I had to agree that napkin is too pretty to use, unless it's in an art project.

    Here's what Scott wrote when he e-mailed me it was fixed:
    "OK, it's mostly back. I finally traced it down to a post that had stray html in it. It was the last post on the page, I think, so it would have fallen off pretty soon and suddenly have been better."

    After that we talked and he explained what he did, but I was so tired, I only half listened.

    Thanks for sharing your walk and your tea with us for T this Tuesday. And thanks for sticking by me through this nightmare.

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    1. I found the collage maker template at: https://www.befunky.com/features/collage-maker/ Very easy to use.

      Glad your blog is back up and running.

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  12. Wonderful to go out walking with a friend. I'm always up for a good old cuppa!

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    1. Fancy teas are fun, but sometimes you just want a plain, ol' tea. Thanks for dropping by

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  13. It was good to read your information and see the photos. Its looks a beautiful area to take a walk in.
    I liked the slinky idea.
    Happy T Day.
    Yvonne xx

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    1. It's really a lovely area to walk. Especially during the hot weather because there's always a delicious breeze from the reservoir

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  14. Love that you have a walking buddy - always makes the miles seem shorter! It's a lovely route you took! I only have jackdaws and mice muscling in on the bird feeders - they would probably use the slinky to play on! Happy Easter and Happy T day! Chrisx

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    1. At the feeder, I have cardinals, mourning doves, golden finches, nuthatches, sparrows, squirrels, and the chipmunks

      It probably won't take long for the squirrel to figure out how to get around the slinky.

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  15. Good evening I enjoyed the walk and I love that slinky idea too-pretty clever
    Happy T Day
    Kathy

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  16. ha ha, I laughed out loud when I read 'no trespassing...no breathing!' too funny. so glad godzilla joined you for tea, he made my day...well, and also the terrific photos of your walk! happy t day!

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    1. There were so many No signs posted on the fence it felt like No Breathing should be included :-D. Red needs to be careful because the little Godzilla might be going into CJ's Relocation Program. He's so cute.

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  17. Happy T Day.

    Beautiful collage of all the nice places.

    Lots to read and enjoy in your post this week.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  18. 3.5 miles and 7000 steps - you and Red put me to shame! I'm struggling to get 4000 steps a day.

    The photo montage of your walk is fscinating. Yes that rock does look like a whale is eating the tree, but I don't think the sign says "no breathing." lol. What a shame that people can't swim there anymore.

    Happy T-day, C.J.! Hugs, Eileen

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  19. What a gorgeous walk!! I love the slinky idea! Cute Godzilla! LOL! Happy Easter!

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    1. It's a very pretty walk. I love Red's Godzilla. I should say, I covet Red's Godzilla. :-D Happy Easter!

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