Sunday, 15 February 2009

Ermmm...Merry Christmas, Happy New Year & probably a few Happy Birthdays!!

Well doesn't time fly when you're enjoying yourself!....and I have been enjoying my time at Uni soooo much....and then when there was a holiday it was Christmas, New Year, essays to write, an exam to revise for.....then reading, and reading and reading! And to be honest if I am on the computer I just want to research, research & research!!! So apologies everyone for the belated Christmas, New Year & Birthday wishes.......and truth be told I may well miss Easter...so Happy Easter to you all too!

I don't know why I suddenly had the urge to do a blog post....I think it was a mixture of having an email from a special blogpal mixed in with the desire to take a few photos. I went for a walk by the river...first time this year!...and found myself composing a blog post in my head as I took a few photos...so here goes.....

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR: rather scarce photowise....must have been enjoying myself too much.......Mandy, Chris, Nicole & Chris's mum Edith came for Christmas dinner......I really enjoyed cooking it and their company. The only photo I can find is this one of Manda bringing in the Christmas Pudding (alight).....I love the look on her face!

NEW YEAR'S EVE: we all went to Leanne's......had such fun and a great buffet! Melissa has a Wii and I really enjoyed trying to play the bells.....Leanne is hooked on it and I managed to get a sneaky video of her & her friend Kim playing (please excuse the odd profanity)... a bit of trepidation here as this is the first time I've tried loading a video direct via blogger!


video

UNIVERSITY: all going well...I've surprised myself by getting grades ranging from 2.1+'s to a couple of 1='s. I was convinced that I'd failed my exam and was so suprised that I'd passed! When I reread my essay I thought...'I didn't even know I knew all this!'..lol

We had a couple of lectures called off because Uni was closed due to the snow...so have been playing catch up. It's already reading week/half term although we don't seem to have been back long! I would be finishing an essay about Poe's The Tell-tale Heart if I wasn't writing this post. The financial situation is terrible as a 'single' student without any children at home. My grant doesn't even cover my rent and council tax (yes I do still have to pay council tax)...but SOMEHOW I intend to get through the next few years & get my degree...not sure how yet.

We've had snow both before Christmas.....


and after......though not as much as many parts of the UK.

(that video still hasn't loaded....wonder if it's supposed to take this long!....think I'll go and have a cuppa)

Time for that walk by the river now........................one small step for mankind, one muddy trainer for Ruth.......
The ducks are out to play.....and these 'ugly ducklings' are starting to turn into......
.....swans...............

and some people are 'messing about on the river'....

or enjoying the tranquility.......

Time to 'paws' and enjoy the view....


you can see that the meadows had flooded......
My pet hate....LITTER.......part of a shopping trolley in the river...

and look how close the rubbish bin is to this litter by the bench!!!...it would have only taken seconds to use the bin!
A remnant of Summer frisbee playing....................

a remnant of Winter snow....

I remember when Mick & I used to collect molehill soil to fill our tubs....sweet memories....Back home in the garden now.......the snowdrops are beginning to bloom...
and the Iris.....
the daffodils started blooming three weeks later than last year!...
Well I must leave you and get back to my essay....I mustn't let my studies SLIDE!...
Till next time....whenever that may be....Be Happy, Stay Healthy & Keep Smiling.

20 comments:

Gledwood said...

I think fish really like submerged shopping trollies: they like having something to negotiate through and try not to get stuck in...

Glad things are going OK for you! ;->...

xx

Mauigirl said...

Glad to see your new post and catch up on your activities! I like this Facebook thing, now I knew right away that you'd posted!

Akelamalu said...

Great to see you Ruth!

I'm so pleased your studies are going well and you're enjoying it. I can't understand why it's made so hard for you to 'live' whilst you're studying, I thought the government wanted to encourage people to study. :(

CG said...

Lovely as always to hear from you and catch up on your life. Congrats on being such a great student - I knew you would be!

Audrey said...

Great to read your blog again Ruth and to hear your doing so well in your exams.............we knew you would xx Great photos and some great captions to go with them....Gosh doesnt Christmas seem so long ago now and as for the Wii inst it addictive lol not that Im any good on it but lots of fun anyway

xxx Auds

david santos said...

Great Ruth!
Good luck. God bless.

Libby said...

So glad you are enjoying your time at Uni, I admire you greatly.
Thank you for doing a post to let us know all is well, all the best

Libby

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Sheila said...

It took me a while but I found your post. What a clever lady you are, I'm proud of you. I'm sure you are enjoying school more the second time around too, I think would.

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Glad your studies are going well Ruth.

I've finally got an allotment and also created a blog.

Looking forward to an update.

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