Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Spirit Lifting

Trelawnyd in the sun

This summer would easily push a sufferer of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) over the edge! I have never known such a depressing summer, and even my usual brusque  optimism has taken a bit of a battering as day after day I have found water inside my plastic over shoes!
Tonight I am on night shift again, and yesterday's blustery storms have given way to intermittent bright sunshine, which has been more welcomed than a fist full of fivers...I have picked and frozen French beans and Broad beans , shampooed carpets with the windows wide open (an ageing Welsh terrier bitch does have occasional accidents) and aired all of the dampness of the past few days clear of the cottage
The sun really does lift the spirits
I took a few photos...making hay as the sun shines so to speak

It IS a dog! She gets her hair cut tomorrow! The dogs resting in bed before our walk

Looking down the valley towards the Sea

The Village from the base of the Gop

One of the cottages up high street with its hanging baskets

The Village Flower Beds ( all work of volunteers)

Bingley :The New King of the field
I have loads more to do today. but as I am working later,all I am going to do is pick some more veg for freezing and watch the masses of butterflies which have suddenly appeared in the early afternoon sun

28 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous views. Enough to lift anyone's spirits.
    Have a wonderful day, John. ♥

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  2. Wow. That pix looking towards the sea is spectacular. Enjoy!

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  3. Stunning views...
    I kind of relate to the bedhead photo. Maybe I need groomed.

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  4. The more I see of dogs noses the more I appreciate how life-like the ones on toy animals are.

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  5. Lovely photos; I'd say something trite about how you probably need all those rainy days to appreciate the sunny ones but that would be just a bit too much... We've had far too little rain here in Michigan (US), but I'm still busy like you freezing beans and broccoli to squirrel away for the winter months!

    I can relate to the slightly incontinent terrier; we have a ten year old Newfoundland who is having issues (though with a much bigger bladder) as well. :)

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  7. For a moment there I thought all that damp had warped the brain- "thats not sunshine" I thought to myself. But, just as I was losing hope there is that pretty white cottage glistening under actual rays!
    Hoorah!!
    Enjoy it
    S

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  8. Oh blessed, glorious sun.

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  9. So much green! How I miss that color. The view toward the sea takes my breath. i particularly like the stone wall.

    Janet

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  10. I love your photos, especially the one looking toward the sea.

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  11. Yes, John, I do agree that a bit of sunshine lifts the spirits - we do keep getting an odd day or two here and there.
    Your village flower beds are amazing too - and all the work of volunteers.
    It will probably perk up and be gorgeous weather in Wales on the day you set forth for Sitges - sod's law in operation.

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  12. I've been blanching and freezing beans. Tonight is the turn of the shard. I've also found a Courgette and Dolcelatte soup recipe, so that's one way of freezing the squash!

    What storms? They must have missed us!

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  13. The photos are pleasant. Nice to peruse. Did you ever consider keeping your plastic boots inside the back door?

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  14. joanne... they leak!

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  15. John, your area of Wales is quite picturesk. I'm sure it's not that wet every year, but it sure looks nice and green there.

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  16. Get yourself a new pair of boots, for goodness sake! Wet feet reeeeeally dampen the disposition.

    The pics are beautiful. With all the rain you've had, your gardens look much more lush than the parched patches of dirt and weeds we have around here.

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  17. Your views are phenomenal! Yes, the sun can certainly change things around for every one.

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  18. Oooo! How lovely! Now you just need a goat to join you on your walks! Tee hee.

    We've had day after day after day of bright sunshine and blue sky - and we're desperate for rain. My lady is frightened because the water cistern is almost empty and the hay farmer said the hay isn't growing and there may not be enough to feed us for the winter.

    Can you stand on that hill and wave your arms and send that rainy Welsh weather over here? Kiss kiss!

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  19. When the sun is out, Trelawnyd really does look an idyllic place to live. You are very lucky your earlship!

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  20. Beautiful, beautiful photos. Thank you.

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  21. John --- I cannot express to you how wonderful it feels to come over for a visit and getting to see your picturesque shots of life around you. I do understand the seasonal mental link...I'm a native Texan and have lived five years of my life in Europe, which exposed me to a depression I'd never known was possible due to the lack of sunlight that I'd always enjoyed in abundance. Light therapy is what we Southerners were told to get...flourescent lighting back then. I don't know what they do these days. But, it would be so sad to go for three weeks and not see the sun. I think you have inspired me to write about this myself. I sure wish I could go for a walk through your village, as do many others, I'm sure.

    Your have friends worldwide...keep up the wonderful blogging and picture taking!

    Lana

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  22. You know we've had a hot, hot summer with lots of sun and I have welcomed days that were cool and cloudy. But having lived in Alaska for 10 years I know all about how the clouds and weather can affect you--And when the sun comes out, you just want to stand outside and let you inner batteries recharge!!! :-)

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  23. September is usually a wonderful month, so you have that to look forward to. Indian summers are the best.

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  24. Dillon needs a groom he's turning into a blond Rasta !
    Lovely cheerful photos. Jess put her tent from Reading festival out to dry & now it has pools of water in it !

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  25. Glad you've had some sunshine. We have had loads of sunny weather but the temperatures are so high that all one can do is flop / sleep. On a slow down with things, but am impressed with your busyness.

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  26. What a difference a bit of sunshine makes!

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  27. perfect sounding day (except the shampooing the carpet bit). Our sunshine seems to have disappeared and the heavens have opened. Hey ho.

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