Weekend photos from the garden

Been playing with the camera in the garden at the weekend. Here’s a few wee pics to be getting on with.

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Today’s the day

That I find out if I can get my kilt altered enough to fit me again.

I’m heading to the kiltmakers to see if they can alter the buckles so that it fits again!
With losing 2 stone (that frankly needed losing), my kilt is now too big. I know they can alter it up to a point, so hopefully it’s going to be do-able, otherwise, I’ll have to invest in another.

This is the downside to being healthier (JOKE!!)

Culzean

(UPDATE:- looks like it’s good to go. Will still be about 1/4″ too big round the waist, but the belt will take care of that, and at least it won’t end up round my ankles!)

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Ouch, ouch ouch!

With the case of the missing running shoes unresolved, Yesterday was a wee core session in the gym. I went with a work colleague who is wise in the ways of the core strength, and damn if I’m not feeling it today !
My stomach muscles are…… achey. Sneezing hurts my stomach in a way that makes me want to laugh, except of course, that would hurt too.

Tonight I’ve got yoga straight after work, so I’m looking forward to that.

Next week is Wellness at Work week, so I’m using the introduction sessions as a way of going back to Body Pump. I used to go about 3 or 4 years ago, and now don’t actually do any upper body load bearing exercise, to this should be a good opportunity to get back into it.

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I am a numpty

This morning I went into my locker in the gym, and noticed my running shoes weren’t there. I’ve a habit of not picking stuff up, so realised I’d left them in the changing room on Friday after I’d been for a run.
I checked if they’d been handed in, but no joy.
In the changing room, the cleaner was washing the floor, and I asked him if he’d remembered seeing a pair of trainers lying there last week. He said he’d seen a pair of blue New Balance trainers on the Friday morning, lying next to a bench, with no clothes or bags near them, and took me to the front desk and asked the girl there to get them for me. Again she checked and said they weren’t there.
When I asked him if he’d handed them in he said no!
Next question was “How did you expect them to be handed in? Someone has stolen them!”

Yeah it’s my fault and I now need to buy new running shoes, but seriously, he saw them lying on their own and DIDN’T put them in lost property!

I didn’t go running (no shoes), so a wee impromtpu yoga session took place instead.

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Weird dream

So last night I dreamt I was trying to catch a spider in a glass to get it out the bathroom, but the spider was being chased by a small lizard that was trying to eat it, while another small lizard the same as the first was trying to bite the tale of the first lizard.
In the end I had all three in the glass (amazing considering how small the glass was, but hey it’s a dream, it doesn’t have to make sense), and got them all out the front door unscathed.

I know people think dreams are our subconscious telling us things, but I’ll be damned if I know what that was about 😀

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Tour of Ayrshire and yoga by the beach

Had a really good weekend. Friday evening after work we headed to Troon. Weather was fantastic. Had a wander along the beach, did some spontaneous yoga on the sea wall (pic below), had a really nice curry, and finished off with a round of mini golf.

Saturday we headed into town to the GFT to see the new Anne Hathaway movie, Colossal. It’s superb. Really enjoyed it.

Sunday, Karen’s friend Mia came over, and we jumped in the car and headed to the beach again, this time Girvan. After a wander round, which included a visit to the community garden (well worth a visit), where Karen and Mia bought tomato plants, we jumped back in the car, and headed along the coast to Ayr, for another beach, some ice cream, and a look in the shops.

All in all a good (if tiring) weekend.
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Wee afternoon off work

Got £20 of Amazon vouchers for doing surveys, so I (finally) picked up Prometheus on blu ray, which arrived the same day, and I’m just waiting for Preacher Vol4 to drop through the door (replacing my comics with graphic novels, purely as a space saver).

Last night we went to see a performance of Paras Over the Barras, as part of the Southside Fringe. It was being held in the function suite of the bar we go to for the weekly quiz night.
Good laugh, some “dead air”, and a couple of fluffed lines, but it’s put on by amateurs, and they did put on a good show. Nice wee night out.

Today we’re off to Stirling this afternoon for lunch, before heading to the Blair Drummond Safari Park. Unfortunately this means I’m going to miss my yoga class tonight, so I’ll have to do some in the house when we get back.

The weather in Glasgow is a really nice 25 today. Hope it holds out for a few days before reverting to the default setting of dreich.

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Update and Alien movies.

That was a pretty good weekend. Made some chilli, coconut and lime chicken, did some yoga, went to the garden centre and had hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream, and finslly saw Alien Covenant, which I really liked.
I’d heard mixed opinions of the new Alien movie, but the naysayers were mostly people I know who like hard SF in book form, and hold SF media in disdain, so I’m not listening to their opinion. That aside, if it was a franchise I liked, I’d still go, and make my own mind up about a film. For example, I love the Star Wars movies, BUT can’t stand Jar-Jar Binks. A character so irritating, you were praying for him to be taken out the gene pool. If we could get a special edition of Phantom Menace WITHOUT Jar-Jar, I’d gladly put up with the holes in the story.

This morning before work I met up with a colleague and went for a run. Nothing spectacular as it’s been ages since either of us ran, so just a comfortably paced 3k or so to get the legs and the lungs used to running again. Felt great to be out running. I’d forgotten how much I used to love it.

(Dug out my Nostromo baseball cap since it seemed approptiate considering my viewing at the weekend)
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You want me to do what!???! (warning – may contain yoga!)

The universe is conspiring against me. Earlier in the week, I was looking at a yoga website and saw a photo of someone in the tortoise pose, and couldn’t help thinking “How the hell do you even get into that position let alone stay in it???!!”.
Well folks, at last night’s yoga class I found out, and I have to say that once you are there, and relax into it, it’s actually quite a comfortable pose to be in. Who’d have thought?

Anyway, I’m pretty chuffed that at 50 I can get my legs over my shoulders like that. I’m seriously more flexible, and fitter than I was in my 20’s – a misspent youth of gigs, rock pubs, and parties – and that’s a great feeling mentally AND physically.

Kurmasana – tortoise pose

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De-stuffyfing

So I’ve decided. I need to be brutal about clearing out. I need to squirrel away as much spare cash as I can. I don’t need stuff, I need to travel. I’m ultimately preparing for when I can stop work and start to travel, and I don’t need stuff holding me back.

Much as I love cd’s, I can listen to mp3’s. Yes, I’ll miss not being able to hold onto something tangible, but I won’t miss the clutter.

To get the ball rolling I’ve got some dvd’s and cd’s to take to the 2nd hand record store later.

It’ll be good to not be mentally bogged down by physical items.

The holiday to Bali seems like it was years ago, when in reality it was only 2 weeks ago I got back. I need to find the calm I had when I was there. I’m back to work and back to reality, and I don’t particularly like it. So I need to plan for my get away, and make that a priority.
I can’t wait until I’m too old and infirm to get away, I need to do it in the next few years.

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