Thursday, 30 April 2015

From Ten Minutes Away To Fifteen Minutes Away.

A ten minute walk from home became a fifteen minute walk from home. The steps outward, tentative.  Each step, delicate, unsure, nervous yet inspired with the knowledge of a further adventure. The pathway beckoned downward.   A beckoning for another day.  Just to the right, a hidden route, obscured by overgrowth.  I headed right,  An eager dog scurried ahead.
An open field of golden grass filled my eyes with hopeful vision.  
Houses in the solitude.  Rolling hills in the background.
We circled around and backtracked to the left, to the west, to view the north.  And to the north, two picture views of The Roaches.  Rocky ridges of such contrast with the surrounding countryside. 
Continuing back westward.  See how the greenery has become more pronounced.

Even more greenery.

A couple more panoramic views as we continue back westward.  Can you see the wind mill on yonder hill? 
We are nearly back to that original pathway.  An adventure that lasted two hours.  Two hours in my progress of getting back out there as I battle with ongoing exhaustion.  
Spot, the dog.  No, not a dog named, Spot.  Spot the dog?  Yep, somewhere in there is Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!  Can you spot the dog?

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  1. Beautiful photos, Gary! And what delightful scenery to enjoy. I'm so glad you were able to get out for awhile, breathe the fresh air, feel the sunshine, and soak up all that natural beauty. Get well, my friend! (Bet Penny was in 7th heaven out there!)

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  2. Hi Kim,

    Thank you for your kind words. I like clicking on my photos to make them even bigger. It was so good to get out there with Penny. She had a great time and we didn't even see any "puparazzi" would just love to hound her.

    Photo wishes, your way,

    Gary :)

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  3. From ten minutes away to fifteen. Good going. It's so easy to get carried away. I often plan a half hour walk only to find I'm home again two hours later. Looks like Penny had fun as well.

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    1. Hi River,

      Thank you and I'm rather pleased I managed to somewhat lose track of time. Then again, Penny insisted we stay out longer. We both had a good time and for a few moments, I almost forgot about the exhaustion.

      Take care, River.

      Gary :)

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  4. Hi Gary - good to read this ... and to know you are improving, albeit understandably slowly .. it'll be lovely when Spring proper is here and then the warmth comes in ... but it's lovely to see the trees bursting forth and to see the hedgerows filling out ... beautiful countryside ... take care and with thoughts - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary,

      I appreciate your thoughtful comment, my kind friend. I do sense a feeling of optimism in the renewal that spring can bring. I knew I had to attempt to get out there and immerse myself in the great outdoors, a sense of klahanie was realised.

      Be well and enjoy the rest of the May Day long weekend.

      Gary :)

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  5. I spotted the dog! And the windmill.
    You live in a stunning location, Gary. You and Penny need to do more walks like that. I bet it did both of you some good.
    And it's the last day of the Challenge - safe for you to move about the blogging world again.

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    1. Hi Alex,

      Aha, it was you going around and putting spots on the dog and the windmill!

      It most certainly is a stunning location. The scenery, I'm hoping, stuns me into getting out of the humdrum feeling. Penny, while avoiding her loyal fans, took me for a nice walk and more are on the way.

      I can come out to play again! The alphabet abyss is ending. Then again, there is your eleven months of reflection posts! HELP!!!

      Cheers, dude and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

      Gary :)

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  6. Beauty in every picture. Last year I would start the day with a short morning walk. My schedule has changed and now I can't seem to fit it in. I miss it. But the good news is.... A-Z is finally OVER! :D

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    1. Hey Elise,

      Welcome back to being one time zone ahead of me!

      There is a magical essence in each photo. I'm sure you will be able to get some walks in, even if it's not the morning. An evening stroll can be very nice.

      Oh no, the alphabet thing is over. Say it aint so! :)

      Thanks and have a lovely Sunday.

      Gary :)

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  7. What pretty countryside! Glad you and Penny had a good time. (Sorry about the Vancouver Canucks being eliminated, eh?)

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    1. Hey Debra,

      How's it goin', eh? The countryside around here sure is tranquil. The hoser dog and I had a good time strolling about. No worries about the Canucks. Always next year as the Edmonton Oiler fans beg Wayne Gretzky to come out of retirement, eh!

      Have a nice rest of your weekend, Debra.

      Gary :)

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  8. That was a lovely walk, Gary. I love the contrasts between the grasses and the hills. That was two hours well spent.

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    1. Hi Arleen,

      It sure was and Penny was like a crazy puppy. There are some extreme contrasts in this part of England as we are near the Peak District National Park.

      Two hours of hope. Thank you, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  9. Green is good, calming is good and good is good... let's go take that walk...

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    1. Hi Jeremy,

      I think I just saw the Jolly Green Giant. Ho, ho, ho and a walking we shall go....

      Thank you, good sir.

      Gary :)

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  10. I most certainly can spot the dog.... The scenery in your area is inspirational. So nice to see you back here blogging.

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    1. Hi Delores,

      I wondered where the spots came from :) The inspirational is helping and getting a new camera has been the perfect reason to try and snap, snap out of my exhaustion.

      Thanks, Delores. I'm still rather inconsistent in my blogging. Trying to get there.


      A lovely rest of your weekend, my dear friend.

      Gary :)

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  11. That does look like a great spot and good to see Penny loved it. If its a nice summer that will be a great walk to do on a regular basis. And the A to Z has finished as well so even better. . . :)

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    1. Hi Rob,

      I'm lucky to be so close to countryside. When I lived in Canada, it took about a thirty minute drive to get to countryside. Penny and I both had a happy time out there. A nice summer and more exploring adventures would be awesome.

      The A to Z had ended? What, say it aint true :) Thanks, Rob and I'm sorry about my lack of visiting your blog. One moment, please..

      Gary

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  12. I can spot the dog! Great to hear you and the lovely Penny are exploring the beautiful area around your home. Those pictures are serene and inspiring.

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    1. Hi Suzanne,

      Yay and nothing like a spotted dog :) Thanks and may the serenity of this inspiring land help me continue on even longer outside adventures.

      A peaceful May Day weekend to you, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  13. Oh my, what a lovely eye candy. A delightful way to end that dreaded challenge. Thank you. And yes, I see Penny, tail up, head down sniffing, going about her doggy business.

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    1. Hi Bish,

      Why thank you! Been ages since anybody called me lovely eye candy :) Oops, you meant the photos! What challenge? Yuck to that.

      Penny is sniffing around in case the pesky "puparazzi" are trying to hound her.

      Thank you, my fine friend.

      Gary :)

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  14. You live in a GORGEOUS area!!!!!! Sweet Penny, I spotted her right away!

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    1. Hi JoJo,

      I'm blessed living so close to such amazing countryside. May it inspire me out of this exhaustion. Penny has so many spots now. LOL

      Thanks, JoJo. Happy Sunday to you and your loved ones.

      Gary :)

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  15. You live in a beautiful place. I hope that you find a restorative quality in nature that helps soothe your soul and gets you back to better health.

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    1. Hi Robin,

      I'm grateful to have had the chance to move to such a beautiful place. I'm doing my utmost to absorb the rejuvenating nature of nature. Thanks and here's to your health, my lovely friend.

      Gary :)

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  16. Awesome photo's Gary, hope all is getting better.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Hi Yvonne,

      Thank you and I'm slowly improving, my kind friend.

      Have a peaceful, hopeful May Day weekend.

      Gary :)

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  17. That is quite the spot to go for a trot and see what you can see. So green and free

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    1. Hey Pat in the Hatt,

      Went for a trot and noticed the spot. The spot on the dog, right near the bog. Green and free, Kermit the frog aint got nothing on me.

      Thank you, my poetic friend.

      Gary :)

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  18. I see her. Who could miss that gorgeous girl?
    I'm so glad to read that things are improving for you, Gary. Here's to many more beautiful and peaceful walks.

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    1. Hi Julie,

      Indeed, how could Penny be missed in that photo :)

      Thanks and I'm slowly improving. It's take a lot of determination and battling against the exhaustion. More beautiful and peaceful works are on there way.

      Thank you, dear Julie.

      Gary :)

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  19. I spotted the dog. The windmill was a little harder.

    Beautiful countryside, Gary, and a tonic to both your body and your soul.

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    1. Hi rwp,

      The dog just doesn't look the same with polka dots. The windmill looks very interesting with spots. Forgive me and my pedantic nature. Of course, one can always make the photos bigger and bigger and....

      Ah yes, the beautiful countryside inspires. A marvellous tonic. Thank you, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  20. Baby steps'll get you there.

    Found the dog, but not the windmill. LOVE the picture you're using for your banner. :-)

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    1. Hi Misha,

      A few baby step stumbles along the way and yet, we do get there.

      An enlarged version of the photo does show a windmill :) The dog is searching for hidden cameras. Delighted you love the header photo. Thank you, Misha.

      Gary :)

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  21. I see the modest internet superstar!

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hi Janie,

      I'm glad and I assume you meant the dog and not me. LOL

      All the best to you, lovely Janie.

      Gary :)

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  22. Yes I can spot the dog! And what an amazingly beautiful place you live in. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Hi Jenny,

      And Penny ;thanks you for spotting her! :) We are blessed to live in such a green and pleasant land, Jenny.

      Enjoy the rest of the May Day weekend, dear lady.

      Gary :)

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  23. Thank you for such an inspirational post. Lovely pictures and refreshing grass , who will not get lost and forget about time.
    I most certainly can see Penny there. Again beautiful photography !

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    1. Hi Munir,

      And thank you for viewing my post. Time rushed by in a standstill of thoughts. Wonderful to be out there on such a sunny day.

      Penny is delighted you could see her. She says, "Arf!"

      Thank you, dear lady.

      Gary :)

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  24. I see her smack dab in the middle!! What gorgeous, gorgeous scenery!!!!!!! So peaceful and beautiful!

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    1. Hi Caren,

      That's her smack dabbing in the middle :) Such a tranquil location to wander about. Thank you, dear Caren.

      Gary :)

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  25. I see Penny. Such beautiful pictures. I also walk longer than intended and take plenty of pictures.

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    1. Hi Medeia,

      And Penny sees you! :) Thanks for liking the photos. Walking longer than intended and taking plenty of photos is such a pleasant moment in time.

      Thank you, dear Medeia.

      Gary :)

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  26. Does this mean you're winning the battle with exhaustion? Or at least taking the battle to it? The photos are great, I hope this means you're able to get out there more, if for no other reason than I selfishly want to see more beautiful pictures.

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    1. Hi Pickleope Von Pickleope,

      This battle with exhaustion is ongoing. Indeed, my kind friend, I'm battling against it because I cannot give the fatigue permission to control my life. The photos are my way of being defiant and sharing the vision that goes beyond the photos. Your comment is thoughtful and more photos for you shall be duly presented.

      Thank you.

      Gary :)

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  27. Hi Penny!! I spotted you in your dad's amazing photos!

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    1. Hi Eve,

      Penny says "Arf!" back to you :)

      Penny's pawtend human,

      Gary :)

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  28. While autumn is still my favorite time of year, I can't deny that I am quite cheered by the return of green. And these pictures are perfect!

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    1. Hi Al,

      I like the splendour of the autumn colours. A bit of green and I'm living the dream. Delighted you like the pictures, good sir.

      Gary :)

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  29. Yes, of course I saw Penny! God, sorry you are also getting spammed by the uber bitch.

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    1. Hey Riot Kitty,

      Penny is delighted you saw her! :) Got rid of that uber bitch, twice. Does my head in.

      Gary :)

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  30. Your words are always uplifting and poetic, Dear Gary.

    Penny might be trying to hide, but she's not too hard to spot. Were she spotted, it'd be easier to spot the dog.

    We love you, despite the lunatic above. WTF. Sorry about that.
    Keep seeing the daylight.

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    1. Hi Robyn,

      You are most kind, dear lady :)

      Penny is considering becoming an honorary Dalmatian!

      The love is mutual. The lunatic above is no longer above. What's wrong with those idiots!

      The daylight is getting brighter, my lovely friend.

      Gary :)

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  31. As I said, you have an artists eye, have you tried watercolour painting? Would love to know. And do let me know what you think about the poems, some of them are fun, but all my thoughts and feelings.

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    1. Hi Carole,

      Thanks for that. I did quite a lot of watercolour painting when I was a very small child. I was told I was good at it. I shall let you know what I think about your poems, dear Carole.

      Gary :)

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  32. Fantastic photos. How great to have such gorgeous countryside on your doorstep. I'm equally as lucky :-)

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    1. Hi Annalisa,

      Glad you likes the photos. Yes, we both share the wonders of the British countryside. They are lucky to have you live where you live :)

      Gary :)

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  33. I love the photos, Gary!
    I spotted the dog and the windmill too.
    ... and the greenery is so refreshing!
    Take care of yourself.

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    1. Hi Michelle Wallace,

      You are most kind, thank you :)
      The dog and the windmill look excellent with those pink polka dots. Nicely done, Michelle!

      Absorbing the calmness of the green.

      And you take care of YOU, my lovely friend.

      Gary :)

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  34. Yay, Penny the Pawesome!
    Gary, your countryside is beautiful! You take care!

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    1. Hi Vidya,

      Pawsitively pawesome :)

      A wondrous countryside to sense a positive tonic.

      Thank you, dear Vidya.

      Gary :)

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  35. Gorgeous pictures Gary! Love them, and the fact you are getting out with Penny and seeing the beauty around you. :D x

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for that and it's such gorgeous scenery around here as you will relate to. Being out there with the superstar dog has been of some help. Still struggling but I'm determined to get better.

      Hugs,

      Gary :)

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  36. I see Penny! Beautiful photos, Gary, as beautiful as your prose.

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    1. Hi Joylene,

      And Penny sees you! Glad you liked the photos and my prose. Wow, that last sentenced rhymed.

      Gary :)

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  37. Thanks for sharing your magnificent surroundings with us, Gary! One photo is more breathtaking than the next. Of course, seeing Penny in all her glory is an added bonus. Please take care of yourself, Gary. I hope your exhaustion fades with each passing day.

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,

      It's my pleasure to share the joys of such tranquil surroundings, my kind friend. I didn't even realise Penny was in the photo until after I checked them out. Thanks and I shall duly take of myself. Small steps. Here's to you, Julie.

      Gary :)

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    1. Hi blogoratti,

      Delighted you like them, my friend.

      Gary :)

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  39. One step at a time. And no one there to take pictures of you two, right?

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    1. Hey Blue,

      One small step for me, one giant "leak" for dogkind....:) Nobody to take our pictures. You would be correct.

      Thank you, Blue, this be true.

      Gary :)

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    2. One giant leak... You're the first one to make me laugh out loud today. Thank you for that. You hang in there, you hear? And, yes, I do see that wind mill. Now, all you need to do is get a cable from that thing to your house, and you'll be able to light up the entire house free of charge. How's that for a plan?

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    3. Howdy Blue,

      I'm heartened that I was the first one to make you laugh out loud today :) Thank you for that. I'm hanging in there. Yes, I hooked myself up to the windmill and seem to be hanging around in various angles. Your plan is shocking :)

      Thanks, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  40. You have a great eye for photography, Gary! Those are great photos!! Hope you're still springing with those steps :)

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    1. Hi Jemi,

      How's it goin', eh! :)

      I appreciate what you said. Getting out there and taking photos has helped me with my springing steps. Thank you, my marvellous friend.

      Gary :)

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  41. Breathtaking pictures, Gary! I bet Penny loves her walks with you. :)

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    1. Hi Mina,

      Photos taken in a breathtaking area. Penny was like a crazed puppy during that walk. Thank you, dear Mina.

      Gary :)

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  42. What a great walk you two had! I'm very envious. Beautiful scenery and open spaces--you've captured it so well.

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    1. Hi Lee,

      I think we both needed that great walk. Me to try and clear my head. Penny because nature called her, big time. The abundance of beauty so close to my home is something I enjoyed trying to capture the ambience of.

      Thank you, my amazing friend.

      Gary :)

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  43. Lovely surroundings for a walk! I have to say, I've been battling chronic fatigue for four years now, in addition to a permanent migraine, and I'm impressed at the length of your walk. I get fits and spurts where I can get myself out on a nice long walk/hike or to do a good amount of exercise, but it's hard much of the time. I'm glad you're getting out there and fighting it. I wish I had some magic cure, but I don't. Just keep moving forward and doing what you can.

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    1. Hi Shannon

      The surroundings are a tonic that quench my thirst for adventure. Shannon, I have huge respect for you, what with your own chronic fatigue issues. I think a sense of sharing can help inspire. Keep getting out there as best you can, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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    2. I'm heartened to read that, dear Shannon :)

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  44. Because we met due to your fairy/gnome wedding, I decided to go all "Klahanie" this year and make a gnome garden. No plants beyond what returned this year. No flowers beyond what returned this year. Just lots of houses full of light and hopefully some toads to call it home. Yes. I did think of YOU while putting the plans together.

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    1. Hey Dana,

      Would you believe me that I have a list of blog sites I've been trying to get to? I ended up putting your blog site in capital letters so I wouldn't forget. Yes, the dude with the wee folks, fondly remembers you attending the wedding of the century.

      I'm heartened you thought of me during the construction of the homes for gnomes. Gnome is where the heart is, my lovely friend.

      Gary :)

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  45. Just beautiful! I hope to one day come and see them....

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    1. Hi Sharon,

      I'm glad you liked the photos. You will be here and the wonder of that little girl will be enhanced by the beauty of the countryside.

      Thank you, dear Sharon.

      Gary :)

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  46. i wanted to comment on the last slew of pretty photos! glad you turned it on for this set!
    you're so lucky to have such beautiful surroundings! must be very therapeutic. thanks for sharing the photos and thanks to you and Penny for cheering my blog during the a to z =)

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    1. Hi Tara,

      Oops and sorry about the comments being switched off on the previous photo post. I did that because I knew so many of you were involved with that alphabet thing. Thought my photo post could be a bit of escapism from the alphabet obsession :)

      I'm really lucky to live where I live. The therapy and being with such a loving dog, has helped me find a bit of energy.

      Well done and an extra cheer to you for completing the dreaded A to Z! :)

      Gary :)

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  47. Absolutely stunning views! I am so glad you shared these with us Walking in such a beautiful setting is a good way to think positive thoughts. Happy day to you! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Hey Jess,

      The views are stunning and I'm just stunned :) The great outdoors does help immerse oneself in positive thoughts. And a happy day to you, my lovely friend.

      Gary :)

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  48. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love the view. And it's always so nice to see you posting.

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    1. Hi Martha,

      Why thank and I hope you liked the photos also :) Been very challenging to post the last few months. Thanks for your kind, thoughtful words, dear Martha.

      Gary :)

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  49. Thank you as always for your kind encouragement, Gary, yes, and I use Paul McKenna's tapes, listen on my ipod, wonderfully helpful x

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    1. Hi Carole,

      The encouragement is mutual, dear friend. I glad those tapes are a positive resource for you, Carole. I have tons of respect for you.

      Hugs,

      Gary x

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  50. I'm very sorry about the results of the election, Gary. Things don't look better in Wisconsin.
    Take care,
    Hope and peace,
    Julia

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    1. Hi Julia,

      Firstly, delighted to see you. I also read your latest post after your absence. The evil of the extreme right seems to be a worldwide, horrible reality. When will the world wake up to this....

      Hugs and peaceful wishes, your way. I hope all is well with you. Julia.

      Gary

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  51. I do spot Penny! And a lot of beautiful scenery, too :)

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    1. Hi Carol,

      Penny is now covered in spots! :) Gorgeous scenery, for sure. Thank you, Carol.

      Gary :)

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  52. What a beautiful place to take a walk! Thanks for taking us along for the view. (So to speak.) I hope you're starting to feel better. Walks like this have got to help. Take care of yourself.

    Cheers!

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    1. Hi Susan,

      I'm thankful to be within gentle strolling distance of such a peaceful setting. Thanks for strolling along through the photos, Susan. I'm a bit better, thank you. A frustrating time, indeed. Time for another stroll.

      Gary :)

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  53. (I'm sure I was here before and the comments were closed, but apparently, it was just my dumb browzer refusing to display things.)

    I LOVE your pictures! Living there would be like heaven for me. It's so beautiful, peaceful, and there's no one around. Yup, heaven. :) Feel better, Gary!

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    1. Hi Lexa,

      The comments are closed on the post before this post. Being such a nice guy, I switched off comments on that so people might just have a view while they stayed obsessed with the alphabet :)

      I'm loving that you love the pictures. I think of where I live as a bit of heaven as hell has been elected in the UK. Thank you for your supportive words, Lexa. I'm getting there.

      Gary :)

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  54. How peaceful it must be to open your window and feel the fresh breeze blowing into your house.
    The pictures seem to beckon me there.

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    1. Hi Manzanita,

      The fresh breeze and a gentle creek meanders below me. Dance your way into the pictures, my dear friend.

      Gary :)

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  55. Into the highland my soul does call
    where the path leads no one knows..
    taking life one step at at time..

    peace and love Gary

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    1. Hi Truedessa,

      Ah yes and the highland pathway has the occasional pothole. Yet, we climb out and continue on with a smile in our hearts, one step at a time.

      In peace and love, your way,

      Gary :)

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  56. Absolutely gorgeous countryside. I'd go for long walks, too.

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    1. Hi Diane,

      The countryside just a gentle stroll from my home, is calling my name.

      Thank you, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  57. Beautiful photos of a place where I wouldn't mind being right now as I listen to the traffic passing outside my window. That first photo of the pathway is especially to my liking--so inviting. That would make for an attractive poster size print.

    And yes, I spotted Penny in the center of the photo. And also the lone windmill on the hill. Not like the wind farms between where I live and Palm Springs where there must be hundreds of those windmills.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi Lee,

      I'm glad you like the photos. It's so nice that I can just go outside and be right there amongst the enticing English countryside. I hardly ever hear traffic outside my window. Mostly the rustling of breeze through the trees and the gentle roar of a creek.

      Penny is happy you spotted her. Nice going noticing the windmill. We also have loads of wind farms. They seem to be all over the place these days.

      Cheers, Lee.

      Gary :)

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  58. What a wonderful place to rediscover your inspiration. So glad to hear you are doing better, thank you for always being my cheerleader. It's meant the world to me!

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    1. Hey Yolanda,

      It most certainly is. I'm trying my best to focus on all that is good. I think part of my fatigue is an underlying psychological issue.

      My honour to be your cheerleader, my lovely friend. Give us a "Y!"......

      Gary :)

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    2. And I'll give you "G!"......

      Hugs, hugs, and more hugs!

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    3. Hi Yolanda,

      "G" whiz and thank you :)

      Hugs and happy dances to you, my amazing friend.

      Gary :)

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  59. I can spot the dog and she looks really happy being there. Those are beautiful sights indeed, my friend. Sight of landscapes and nature always makes me relax and feel life is just as beautiful. I do hope it does the same to you. Lots of Dragon Hugs!!

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    1. Greetings, my favourite dragon friend,

      Penny loved it and she loves being spotted :) As we both embrace the countryside beyond our front doors, we both know that the countryside shall immerse our souls with a positive renaissance. Bless you, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  60. You are loved, dear Gary (and Penny). You are loved!

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    1. Hi Robyn,

      And so be you, so be you. Chico is all the better for having somebody as caring and compassionate as you.

      Hugs, your way,

      Penny and her alleged human,

      Gary ;)
      x

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  61. I spotted the dog and the windmill.

    Beautiful shots. It's good to slow down and look around us every now and then.

    I hope you start to feel energized soon. Hugs, Gary! You're one of the good ones.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      Nicely spotted, my dear friend. Nothing like a bunch of polka dots :)

      Glad you liked the photos. Indeed, time to reflect and take in the great outdoors.

      The energy levels are getting better. Not exactly the Eveready bunny, but I'm getting there. You are very kind and your goodness comes across, dear Elizabeth.

      Gary :)

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  62. Penny love the walk. Glad you got out there. It's a feast for eyes and the senses. I love the look of the roaches--rich purple set in all that lovely green. Thanksfor taking me with you on your walk.

    Glad you got out there. Places like this...the scents, sounds, and visuals are a feast for the senses. They recharge you and bring peace. Something we all need in these days. I have problems with crowds of people--not severe--but there are times going anywhere is...hard. Getting out my front door is hard. I live in the country so these sort of walks help me tremendously. Restores my peace and I love the solitude. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. Hi Sia,

      Lovely to see you here, my kind friend. Penny and I loved the walk. We are both delighted you could stroll along and see the contrast in the local scenery. Seeing The Roaches for the first time is quite the eye-opener.

      Bless you, kind friend. The ideals of being alone and yet, not alone amongst the wonders of nature can rejuvenate the heart, the mind, the soul, the overall well being. You do well in challenging yourself. The duvet or doorway dilemma. Yet, you are drawn to being out there and that's a cause for celebration. Kudos and respect to you, Sia.

      Gary :)

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  63. Did I miss this post?!!

    PAWWWWWWWWSOME!! xxx

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    1. Hi Kimmie,

      You haven't missed it now :)

      Thanks and Penny says, "Arf!"

      Hugs,

      Gary xx

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  64. It looks like such a beautiful, tranquil place!

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    1. Hi Sherry,

      It is indeed. Somewhere I need to get out to more often. Thank you, Sherry.

      Gary :)

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  65. Hello Gary, I read your previous post and was worried about you, so I’m really happy to see you are getting out and about. Your photos make me want to walk along those paths. I want to go around the next corner and down the next hill (not sure about getting back up again!) but I want to see all there is to see. I was given a short, sharp shock a few weeks ago – walk now or risk not walking at all. It was the kick I needed, and now I'm passing that kick on to you - keep on keeping on Gary; it's all we can do.

    Yes, I can see the windmill on yonder hill but would not have spotted it had you not pointed it out. Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar, on the other hand, is easy to spot. Hugs Barbara

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    1. Hi Barbara,

      Thank you for your concern, my thoughtful friend. The journey along that pathway and challenging myself to get out there, will pay positive dividends. I have to make it so. You most certainly have had the incentive, the catalyst to keep on moving on. Thanks for that kick. I need a few good kicks and maybe one up my butt :)

      The yonder solitary windmill standing upon that hill. Penny is most assuredly, a spot the dog, kind of dog.

      Hugs, to you, Barbara.

      Gary :)

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  66. Hey mannnn it's me i haven't read one of these in a while, it is nice to see you and Penny are still enjoying writing Blogs together keep it up Dad see you soon x

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    1. Hi son!

      How cool of you to visit my blog, um Penny's blog :) See you on Thursday afternoon, maaannnn!!!!

      Dad x

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    1. Howdy Mrs. Whisk,

      Thank you for that!

      Gary :)

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I do try to comment back to each commenter individually. However, I might have to shorten my replies or give a group thank you. That way, I can spend more time commenting on your blogs. Thank you and peace, my friend.