A late afternoon walk and a happy birthday wish

December 26, 2013

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This has been a wonderfully lazy day. We read about the queues waiting to get into London or Oxford stores for the Boxing Day sales and we laughed about it all. There’s no way, that’s not our style. We went for a walk instead. Oxfordshire has a ton of lakes around; remnants of gravel extraction. These lakes make great habitats for birds and water fowl. Most of the lakes have public footpaths thru them and this is one such walk we found.

This walk goes to and over the Windrush River. That’s the river which flows around our next door village and joins the Thames five fields away. There are holiday lets (rentals) all along one side of one of the lakes. We were thinking that this must be a lovely place to spend a couple of summer weeks swimming and boating around; especially for city people.

We stopped on the bridge across the Windrush for several minutes and looked at the sky.

And on the way home, a promise of spring. Pussy willows starting to open.
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I spoke to my mom this evening, (morning in Vancouver) and wished her a very happy birthday. She’s making roasted ducks for a few friends who will gather at her home. Love you mom, and I hope you have the best day. 😀
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Merry Christmas everyone!

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  • Reply Christie December 26, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I’m with you – no crazy crowds and shopping today – I started my day with a walk on the beach and am now puttering at home. It sounds like you are having a wonderful holiday! Happy Birthday to mom!

    • Reply Veronica December 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Oh, when I’m here inland I miss the ocean so much Christie, and then when I;m at the ocean I miss the fields and rivers! 🙂 I’m glad you got out for a lovely walk today. Thank you for the greetings for mom, she sometimes reads my blog so she’ll be very happy. 🙂 Hugs dear friend.

  • Reply Sara v December 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Veronica, wise woman! Walk among the fields and streams, forget the crowds. I love all those water pics. And that name “Windrush River” sounds like a song, or a poem 🙂 As always enjoying the wonderful photos, thank you!

    • Reply Veronica December 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      I think so too. Windrush. I wonder how many poems or songs have been written about the river. It’s mentioned in the Doomsday. Maybe I should find out. 🙂

  • Reply Laura DogsMom December 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I would be far more happy to wander fields and pathways than to fight crowds for things I really don’t need.
    Your day looks more relaxing and inspiring to me. I will admit I did a little shopping on Amazon today, but with friends by my side and in my lap.
    I think it will be a while before we see buds of any sort on trees here.

    • Reply Veronica December 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      That’s so well put Laura. Things we don’t need is exactly right. I was very surprised to see the pussy willows. I bet they’re still a good month away in Vancouver. 🙂

  • Reply Joanne December 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I’m glad you got out for a lovely walk!
    I didn’t quite make mine – once the fog lifted the rain and howling wind began.
    Not much better news for tomorrow either – so I enjoyed your lovely walk instead 🙂

    (and thanks for the lovely comment earlier – you have wonderful friends!)

    • Reply Veronica December 27, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Our howling wind picked up over night. This may be a stone cottage but it does rattle something rotten in the wind. 😀

  • Reply Karen December 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Vernonica,
    Your scenic photos are just beautiful! It looks amazing there at your English Cottage. Thank you for visiting me! Have a wonderful holiday. Karen

    • Reply Veronica December 27, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Thank you so much Karen. 🙂

  • Reply Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow December 28, 2013 at 3:32 am

    It looks beautiful, cold, and serene….

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