Sunday Sevens – 4th February

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

A marginally dryer week this week, where we manged a few good walks without getting wet. Last Sunday we went to Abbeyford woods. I used to walk Hicks there every weekday when he was younger and hadn’t been back since I lost him. Hadn’t bargained on how emotional an experience it would be.



On Tuesday we had a walk on the moor up to Little Nodden.


My final walk of the week was to our local forest with a friend and her dogs. Unfortunately it was closed for felling and the only other walk near enough had recently seen some felling and the paths had all been churned up by the machinery.  It was a hideously muddy walk


It’s been a very cold week too, so along with the rain, we’ve had hailstones. On Wednesday they were so thick it looked as if it was snowing…


Wednesday was also the night of the super blue blood moon. There was definitely a different feel being out in such bright moonlight, but it didn’t look red to us and I’m still unclear why some people were seeing it as red in London, but down in the West Country it wasn’t. Anyone got and explanation?


To counterbalance all the cold wet weather I made one of my favourite recipes: Spiced pumpkin soup…


Thursday was book group where we discussed, The Girl on the Train. We all agreed it was probably what people wanted from a thriller and thought Hawkins initially did a good job of connecting us to the character’s emotions and portraying the behaviour and thinking of an alcoholic. However we also though there was a distinct lack of imagination, the mechanics of the writing very obvious, plot that was unrealistic and that the characters were two dimensional and similar to each other. We also thought the it was pretty obvious from very early on who the murderer was.


On Friday I received a lovely gift from a lady I know…


Hope you’ve had a good week.



30 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens – 4th February

  1. Yukky weather all round at the moment. I saw ‘that’ moon when my dogs were having their final pee before bedtime on Tuesday night but didn’t realise it was supposed to be anything special (I live under a rock) although it did look special and I nearly ran back in for my camera. It wasn’t red though.
    I mostly avoid books ‘everyone is reading’ as I’m usually disappointed (think The DaVinci code) but I picked this up at the dog refuge fundraiser and thought I’d give it a go. I didn’t think it was bad in its genre – quite a page turner – but I mostly agree with your book group. Aren’t we the critics? If I could write any sort of book at all I’d be happy – let alone a ‘global bestseller’.

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    1. You’d have known about it if you lived in a rock under the UK – they just wouldn’t shut up about it on our news programmes.
      I agree, good for it’s genre, but, much as I haven’t written a global best seller, I do think many global best sellers really aren’t that well written – think DaVinci Code.


  2. Apparently Paula Hawkins latest book is lots better than Girl On The Train. Not that I have read it yet…but I possibly will.
    There will always be emotional days I think, especially when you revisit places with memories of Hicks. Aw hope you are ok. I was always blubbing after we lost our Jake. Everything reminded me of him. xx
    Really sick of the mud at the moment. Just swept up downstairs.Dog hairs and dirt. Bet you dont miss that. 😉 x

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    1. That’s good to hear. Let me know what you think if you do read it.
      Thank you, I’m ok, but as you say , everything reminds you of them. I think I’m struggling more now as once I got through the shell shock of him leaving, I was so busy before Christmas and I had to get on with things. It’s much quieter now, so I’m missing him heaps still and thinking more deeply, even if the pain isn’t as raw. Plus I spent so much time looking after him with his health being so up and down in the last six years of his life, I feel I’ve lost a large part of my purpose. But I’ll get there 🙂
      You’re right, the mud is horrendous at the moment and I certainly don’t miss that or the hair. Can’t believe, how little I have to vacuum, or that I can vacuum the whole of downstairs and only have to empty the Dyson once.


      1. I feel for you. It does get better with time I promise. Hopefully you will make the most of all the lovely spare time you have now. You were a very good Dog Mother and deseve to treat yourself. Xx

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  3. So sorry about Hicks. Yes, the memories do flood in when places you’ve been together are revisited. Losing a pet is such a big heartbreak for me because they are so much more than just pets. The moon here wasn’t red. I’m in the US. I didn’t quite understand why it was so special, it just looked like a regular full moon from here. I had the exact same reaction to the Hawkins book. Glad to know others thought the same thing and I am not alone.

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  4. It’s hard isn’t it – those places so alive with memories – but it’s good that we grieve! Big hug dear Bekki ❤ I wonder if the red hue to the moon has anything to do with pollution? I remember being in Rome many years ago and entranced by the colourful redness of the sunsets and then finding out it was thanks to air pollution. 🙂 I had a new reason to be happy with my own less vivid sunsets. Lots of hail and a beautiful gift!

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    1. Hello. Thanks for the sympathy and the hug. I did wonder that too. I’ve heard about that before and it was red in London, which is way more polluted than down here, but I also thought I hear something on TV about it being to do with the eclipse and they were calling it a ‘blood moon’ which suggest to me it was something special to do with the moon.


      1. A real ‘Blood Moon’ is a relatively short lived phenomenon Bekki, more to do with light refraction between sun and earth affecting how we see an eclipsed moon. Of course in mythologies and ancient wisdoms that means so much more …..

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      2. I’m coming to the conclusion that I was asleep at the time, but still not really understood why the eclipse made it red – mine I always was much more of a chemist than a physicist…
        I follow and astrologer but I didn’t read her post last week about what this special moon would bring – better go have a look.


  5. I only got a short glimpse of the super moon but I believe that it would only show red on the horizon or very near it, due to Raleigh scattering (I think) in a similar way to the way sunsets work. Also, it is supposed to be in part due to the lunar eclipse but I believe we didn’t get any (or all) effect from that in the UK.

    I am looking forward to the weather clearing up and not being so wet and windy!

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    1. Your theory sounds good, but I distinctly saw a picture of the moon looking red over London and not on the horizon either. So sick of the rain – so bad for the farmers down here. It did stop today, but it was so cold and windy, it was still far from ideal – but at least better than wet.


      1. lol well I’m not sure why, but possibly a combination of photo editing/incorect white balance and/or increased polution over london creating a red effect as the blood moon shouldn’t have been visible in the UK as we wern’t under the path of the lunar eclipse.

        Yeah we got out for a walk today but it was soo cold.

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      2. Interesting and what I thought in the first place, which is probably why I’ve got so confused. Another blogger has just told me her daughter in Bristol said the moon was red there too!


  6. Glad you got out and about in the mud and woods this week! Though it must be hard without your trusted companion.

    The moon was red at the time of the eclipse, which here was close to dawn. No clue when that was for you! It was very pink here, almost like it was reflecting the sunrise.

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  7. I was disappointed with Girl on a Train as from the blurb on the back I expected it to be more about her imagining the lives of the people she saw in their houses, and about lots of different families, not a straight forward thriller. Typical Hollywood that the film was based in the US.
    The forests near us are always full of felling activities, muddy paths and then afterwards wonderful views with the trees gone. But we have also lost some views as the trees have grown big, some of the seats they put in ten years ago now just look out over rows of conifers. Still that’s how it should be.
    I often think about what my dog did when I walk, usually running off in hot pursuit of a pheasant! But how he would get excited when we drove up a big hill because he would know from the way the road went he was in for a certain walk. He used to sit as still as he could in the car in the footwell of the front passenger seat, so he wasn’t looking out. He choose that space for himself!

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    1. A few of the girls at book group had seen teh film and said it really spoiled the book, because they couldn’t imagine the lovely rural Oxfordshire and the view you see from a British train running along the back of a row of houses, but kept visualising the US 😦
      Sadly the wood I posted of has had so many trees taken that were beautiful indigenous – I’m looking for a better word, but can’t find it – British trees, it looks like the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust in a lot of places 😦
      Bless you dog – he sounds wonderful. Even until he was quite old, Hicks was always chasing off after something and vanishing for half an hour, while I held my nerve and shouted loudly!


  8. Oh, poor you! I can empathise completely – I keep calling Tess ‘Fifi’, and I still glance around looking for her. It’s still not getting any easier, but time is a great healer, as they say. We noticed the huge moon, but it wasn’t red around here. Shame about the disappointing books. I’ve seen both films and really enjoyed them, but the books are always better. Does that mean you don’t rate the films, either? I must have seen The DaVinci Code half a dozen times!

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    1. Thank you. Guess it’s inevitable for you end up calling Tess ‘Fifi’ and expecting her to be there. I looked up from a book I was reading at Christmas and saw Hicks sitting on the floor close by then realised it was my spinning wheel! Our brains don’t let go easily. You’re right, time does heal, but the sadness never really leaves, does it?
      I fell asleep in the first five minutes of Girl on the Train and I couldn’t get into DaVinici code. Mind, I notoriously picky over films and books and you’d probably think what I like rubbish 🙂


  9. Your weather still seems pretty chilly, not to mention all the mud. 🙂 But the soup definitely had to make up for it.
    I can imagine Mr. H somewhere in your pics, having fun the puddles and smiling at us. Such great memories.
    Have a great week and keep warm and dry. Happy crafting and reading.

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