Friday, 7 March 2008

Guess I'd better do an update....

Well haven't done all that much as usual this week, but seem to have been busy all the same.

Can't remember what order these things occurred or what day, but still.

Okay, the old lady from next door came round to see me, to thank me for filling her peanut feeders. I've been doing these for a while, they are hanging in her front porch, alongside mine, and it makes no difference to me whether the birds eat from hers or mine. Anyway, she gave me a beautiful brooch (pic below) to thank me, I didn't want to accept it but she insisted, said she'd nobody to leave it to when she's dead and gone! Well I have no idea if it's real, if so, it will be very valuable, maybe her son won't be best pleased if he finds out, but anyway, what a lovely thing to do, she gave me a big hug and a kiss, and I now feel terrible that I was always a bit distant with her. I think she genuinely has a heart of gold.

Erm, what else? Oh yeah, I joined a few online make friends/dating sites just to see if I can find some new people and get a bit of a social life going. One of the sites seems very popular, and as soon as my profile went live, I got inundated with messages from guys! Spent all evening replying to them, one guy is in Sydney, Australia and wants to meet me when he comes to the UK at the end of March. Erm, not sure about that lol! I sent a couple of messages to two blokes I thought looked ok, one lives very near, and he wants to meet for a coffee sometimes, so am thinking on that one, would rather chat a while first I think, although not much can happen in Marks & Sparks coffee shop I guess, but want to make sure we have enough to chat about first really, I am a bit shy and awkward when I first meet people unless I feel comfortable with them. I mean I've been going to that Windfarm Group thing for almost a year now, and I still go bright red if I speak up about something. Tsk.

Talking of which, last night's meeting was very interesting, the longest one for ages too, we had a woman come along who has recently been victorious in leading a group fight against a wind farm planned near them, and the council have pulled the plug and refused, they fought for 4 years. It was to be very near where I used to live too, a couple of villages along, but in a different county, maybe their council is a bit more sympathetic. I received an email from one of our group this week containing a link to a video showing a wind turbine in Denmark shattering only a couple of weeks ago, it was horrendous to watch. You will have to copy and paste this if you want to watch it too, I can't remember how else to do it now!

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cdd_1203701257

Diet wise, a bit pissed off this week, I ate the cake that Kate made me, it was only a small chocolate cake, about the size of a muffin I guess, and the next day I bought a small ring donut. That's the only cheats I've done all week, still drinking loads of water, and I haven't lost anything at all this week. Sigh. It saddens me to think that maybe I have got to eat less than 1000 calories a day for the rest of my life if I'm not to put on any weight. Which means if I want to eat healthily, ie with two proper meals a day, I can never, ever eat a cake or a choccie bar again.

Today went and spent a fortune as usual in Wilkinsons on pet and wild bird food, I love that place, it's the cheapest for lots of stuff I used to buy elsewhere. I then took Emma to Llansteffan on the beach, but boy, was it a bit blowy, we had a fair walk though, and then sat in the car and had our tuna light-lunch and an apple. I threw the core to a Jackdaw, and it was so amusing to see him with it, he was so proud walking along with this huge core in his beak!

We have bad weather forecast for the whole of the UK for next week. Hope it doesn't happen, really strong winds which are such a worry to me with the aviary, and snow and sleet. Great. Just when spring appeared to be settling in nicely. Oh well hope they will be wrong, today we were supposed to have sleet too, and it's been beautiful, blue skies and sunshine all day.



7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Honestly, what are the objections of having a "wind farm" around where you live? The video was a bit sensational. Are you basically afraid that one of the propellers will shatter and kill you? or are there other valid objections?

Jan said...
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oldcrow61 said...

I've also heard of the amount of birds that get killed with these wind mills. It's tragic. The brooch is beautiful Jan. How nice of that woman to give it to you. Might be fun to meet that guy from Sydney.

leazwell said...

My husband is in the power business. They are highly overrated, absolutely not worth the time and money to set them up and when there is no wind...duh...

Well, if you have the Antiques Road Show nearby take the pin in. If it's a genuine emerald, you have got quite the nest egg. It would go a long way in assuaging your frustration about 1,000 cal. a day!

And I empathize about the caloric intake. I'm so there with you. I can't exercise enough to counter what I like to eat. It's depressing but don't beat yourself up about faltering this week. A treat now and then keeps you sane.

Best of luck with the guys.

Anonymous said...

Ok. Now I understand about the objections to a wind farm. Its mainly about the noise and wild birds. I dont know how many people realize it, but brightly illumininated skyscrapers also kills many many birds especially during migration. Its very puzzling and sad to see their bodies on the sidewalks in the mornings on the way to work especially the warblers. All dead for the vanity of illuminated skyscrapers and no one makes a fuss about it.

Jan said...

I deleted my previous comment because I did a couple of typos, you've all read it anyway I expect, but will put it again after this. Anon, that's terrible about the birds over your way. What a disgusting waste of life. :(

Jan said...

yes, theres loads of other reasons. If you do a search online you will find them. The main one is the noise, there is a constant whine/drum/hum noise that is there 24/7. There is also flicker effect, lots and lots of people have become very ill because of this, can give terrible migraine. The thing for me is that it is proven to have killed thousands and thousands of birds who get killed by the blades, which rotate at 150mph at the tip when they are in full flow Birds don't stand a chance in hell, especially birds of prey who are chasing birds or migratory birds which fly at night, or in fog.... This particular development will rip apart the countryside, and will ruin many peoples lives. I won't go on any more, it's something that I could get very animated about.