Friday, 1 April 2016

Five On Friday

Hello!

Welcome to Five On Friday.  It is good to be back with you after the Easter break and my break from blogging this week.  I hope that you had a good Easter and enjoyed yourselves without eating too too much chocolate.  My bunny and the egg I received are intact, but only because I have had cake to eat...  they will soon be gone!!

Thank you for your good wishes this week, it seems as though I had only just got over my cold when this jaw pain thing came along.  I am sorry to have been rather a downer lately, not much fun for either of us.  My face is getting better now - thank you for the support!  It goes away and I know that it will, I just need to bear with it and so I have been hiding away and waiting.  It is much improved from the start of the week so that is all good.

Just to explain the "face" thing, I sometimes get the most dreadful pain on either one side or the other of my face which is in my jaw, top and bottom, spreads round my ear, eye socket and up onto the top of my head.  It is caused by clenching and grinding my teeth and usually comes on after I have finished been stressed about something, or sometimes it just comes on randomly on its own.  It does go away again and causes no lasting effects.  I don't have a gum shield thingy because they make me gag which doesn't do much good for me!!  So I just try not to grind and I bear it!!

The weather has been better too here in my part of England which has been nice.  The sun has been out which is always good.  Yesterday I got out with my best friend - she is always so lovely and cheers me up, I couldn't ask for a better friend and she really is the best one I have ever had.   She reads this so I expect she might be blushing, although I do tell her this regularly in person!!!

So my five things are related to the walk I took yesterday with my friend plus a little extra one just because.

One

Because I haven't been out or done anything of note this week I took my camera along on my walk with my friend yesterday.  I was telling her that I needed to photograph five things for this post, so the first thing I got a picture of was our feet!  Crazy huh!  We did well on the walk though, over 6500 steps and 51 active minutes according to my fitbit.  Not too shabby!


Two

The place we went walking is a nature reserve cum lake cum sailing lake and there are lots of places to explore.  There are also interesting things to see such as this wood carving.  The wings reminded me of a hummingbird at first, but my friend said it might be a kingfisher.  I am sure she is right because she is an RSPB member and I don't really know anything about birds.


Three


I could recognise these birds though thankfully!  Swans, Ducks and Canada Geese.




Four


The water was very calm and clear with no wind and it was sunnier than it appears in these photos.  We didn't see anyone sailing today though.


Five

There is evidence of the boating activities though in these canoes and so on.  Not for us today though!


Six

A bonus, taken earlier in the week just as the sun was setting.  I love sunset pictures and had to share this with you.


So that is my week!  Not the most thrilling but that is OK and a new one will come along and all will be good.

I hope that all is well with you, that you have a great weekend and that you enjoy Five On Friday today.  Please do remember to go and visit other participants, I know they love it when you stop by and take the time to leave a comment.  We are all so busy and our time is precious, and I know it takes time to comment, but that really does make your remarks all the more welcome and precious and I and the others taking part thank you for that!

Amy

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53 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your jaw pain that sidelines you. I can understand not using a gum shield because of the gagging. My daughter and I both have a high gagging reflex. I am glad you were able to get out and about some yesterday. Hope you will be tip top soon! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for hosting. Now I'm headed to bed. I was up later than usual tonight...

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  2. Thank you, Amy, for this beautiful and interesting post and for hosting Five On Friday.
    I'm sorry for your grinding the teeth & headache problem. I'm soon off myself to meet my handsome, young dentist. :) Seriously, he looks very young, I hope he knows what to do...
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  3. Hi Amy, so sorry to hear about your jaw pain. I had that several years ago and luckily it went away. I loved seeing the beautiful photos of the walk with your friend. I wish you well this weekend, Pat xx

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  4. Oh, poor you. Stress is the enemy of us all.
    Amalia
    xo

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  5. I get the same head pain occasionally because I tense and clench my jaw on one side - horrid, isn't it? The answer is to relax, but it's easier said than done. It looks like you had a healthy walk full of fresh air. Being near to water is always good for you, I think. Have a relaxing weekend.
    Cathy x

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  6. Hi Amy, good to see you back. Your walk looks lovely and I love the sunset photo. Hope your jaw recovers soon. xx

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  7. Good morning Amy, what a nice spring walk in pictures...
    I well know this pain and grinding (and don't want to have such a gum shield - ), send you a little sunshine

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  8. Hey Amy,
    So glad that are feeling more like your old self again. Having had neuralgia last month, I empathise with the pain of your jaw; it's shocking, and all you can do is wait for it to go away. How stoic you are. I cussed and moaned the whole way through ;)
    I like you normal and everyday five on Friday. I am missing my weekly walks with a good friend. They tend to go astray during the school holidays. I like walking in step with a like minded person. And sun makes everything better I find.
    Have a great weekend.
    Leanne xx

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  9. That looks like a lovely place to walk. Sorry to hear that you've been feeling so poorly and I hope you are on the mend now.

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  10. Thanks for hosting again Amy. It seemed strange last week without Five on Friday. Hope your jaw thing gets better. That lake looks lovely with all the fabulous wildlife. Take it easy. B x

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  11. Hi Amy, so happy that you are back and feeling better. So nice to spend the day with a good friend - it really does lift the spirits! Looks like a beautiful place to walk. Love seeing all the ducks and geese and those gorgeous swans. Hope your weekend is filled with things that make you happy! Hugs xo Karen

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  12. I hope your jaw pain clears up soon. The nature reserve looks a lovely place to walk to, especially Sally when you have such good company. Have a good weekend.

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  13. Thank goodness your jaw is on the mend. What a lovely walk and yes that is probably a kingfisher, which are related to our kookaburras and have the same sort of beak. Have a lovely weekend and take care.

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  14. So sorry you have been feeling under the weather for so long Amy and I hope your painful jaw clears up soon. How lovely to walk with a friend in such a lovely place. The sunset is wonderful, have a lovely weekend:)

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  15. You took some interesting photos out on your walk. Thank goodness for goo friends, we all need them. Hope your jaw is on the mend and not affecting you any more.
    Enjoy the weekend.

    Diana

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  16. Hi Amy, I'm just catching up on all my blog reading, sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well lately, I do hope that April brings sunshine and get well wishes your way. Time spent with family and friends is always a good pick me up and it looks like you had a lovely walk yesterday. I've been thinking about buying a fitbit to get me motivated to walk and exercise a bit more and I think I shall have to bite the bullet. I really need to to get back into blogging regularly so I think I shall start by joining in your Five on Friday. x

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  17. It looks like you have had a most enjoyable work. I can empathise with the jaw thing, many years ago I had quite a stressful job and I used to suffer with the jaw clenching/teeth grinding thing in the night.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Angela

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  18. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. x

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  19. Hope you are feeling better. You certainly took us on a beautiful stroll, it was nice to see the lake I bet that is a great place to visit in the warmer months when its full of boats. Take care and have a great weekend.

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  20. Lovely photos. I know you say that the gum shields make you gag, but what sort did you try? Did you see your dentist or did you use a home-made kit? I have a dentist-made one that I hardly know is there. It's very thin (but tough) plastic. Long story but I invested several thousand pounds in dental work five years ago to avoid having to have dentures. The shield is essential if I don't want to spend several more thousands!

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  21. Of course, being an avid birder, I especially enjoyed the kingfisher 'totem' and the wonderful, beautiful swans.

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  22. Glad to be back this week Amy. Thank you for hosting.
    I hope you can get some relief from your stresses and jaw pain.
    I don't blame you not having a paddle in the canoes. That water looks cold and no matter how one tries, you always seem to get wet when you go out in those kinds of boats. Hope you have a lovely weekend. xo

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  23. Glad you're feeling a little better. What a lovely place for a walk, we've had some decent weather just lately so that we can get out and about, it's makes a huge difference when we can go walking and not be trapped indoors because of the rain.

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  24. Glad to hear the pain is subsiding, Amy and that you were out and about enjoying some better spring weather! Looks like a lovely park for a walk or sailing when the temps are better!

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  25. Saw your linky on Mascha's blog and decided to participate. Love the swan and duck photos. Thank you for hosting! xo

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  26. Ouch ouch ouch ... just thinking about your jaw makes me ouch ouch ouch! Get better! Love your walk and all the birds. Great sculpture!

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  27. I so love the swans, Amy. Such a nice walk with a friend.

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  28. glad to be back in the swing of things for five on friday, missed doing it last week

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  29. Pleased that you are feeling a bit better and that you had a good day out with your friend. Days out certainly raise your spirits don't they. xx

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  30. Who doesn't love swans? I have a question though. I'm confused about swans in England. Do they all belong to the Queen or just those in a certain area?

    By the way, kudos to you and your friend for the walking exercise - inspiration for all of us.

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  31. I'm glad you're feeling better. That type of pain can really bring you down. A lovely walk. We got out ourselves yesterday to make the most of the beautiful weather. X

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  32. Hi Amy! That looks like a nice walk. Don't you love it when you get 6000+ steps all in one go? Have a happy weekend, friend.

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  33. Oh I know about that jaw ache thingy, when I'm really stressed I grind my teeth at night and wake up with a headache and jaw ache. A good friend is often better than a good doctor.

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  34. Hi Amy, I hope you feel better soon, and I love the photos of the calm waters and the swans and yes the weather is getting better. Have a nice weekendxx

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  35. What a lovely walk! Thank you for the link - and have a restful weekend.

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  36. I am so sorry about your jaw pain! Is there something you could insert into your mouth as you sleep to keep you from teeth grinding? It must be just awful when it flares up! Loved the lake and the swans and geese! What a lovely place to spend an afternoon in warmer weather!

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  37. Looks like a nice place to have a walk with a good friend :) I didn't know you had Canada geese there. Happy Weekend!
    Wendy

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  38. It sounds like a lovely walk Amy it's always better and you always go further when you have a friend to share it with, lovely photo's, I hope that your jaw pain is soon completely gone it must be awful for you. have a great weekend and thank you for hosting. :) xxx

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  39. Stress can cause some very strange symptoms. Hope you're on the mend now. Deep breathing exercises are good at restoring calm. Love the last sunset pic in particular xx

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  40. I like the fact you took a photo of your feet showing you both went on a walk together. I wonder whether it was a joint decision to choose those particular five things to photograph. Sorry to hear about the jaw ache it sounds like a right pain.

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  41. Looks like an enjoyable walk with your friend.

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  42. The swan in your 3rd photo is synonymous with Swan Lake, the ballet! Sp elegant.
    A great day for a long walk beside the lake with plenty of interesting birds to photograph!
    Thank you for hosting.
    Shane

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  43. Amy, please grab a cup of tea and read my story on my blog. It just happened this week and I was debating not posting about it, but your jaw pain story spurred me on to post it. There are different kinds of mouth guards you can get now and I highly recommend trying one of them. They are small and just fit on a portion of your back teeth to keep you from clenching. I've clenched and ground my teeth my entire life. I feel your pain. You will see how much I feel it if you read my story!

    Thank you for the five on friday. I have to get dressed to go out right now, but my plan tomorrow is to get on here and find some new blogger friends and leave some comments!

    Cindy Bee

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  44. I always love all of the photos you share Amy! ;) Such a bummer about the jaw thing and too bad you can't wear a mouth guard...as that's what made all the difference for me when I had that problem. Maybe soothing meditation before bed time. Lol

    Looks like it was a lovely walk - and so happy that you're keeping up with your fitbit!!That a Girl!! I've been working hard yet on mine too. If only you weren't a giant pond away - it'd be so fun to walk together too.

    Have a wonderful weekend sweet Gal and thanks for hosting as always! xoxo

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  45. Hi Amy,

    Good for you for walking to get fit!! We're trying to do that here at our house, too. I'm sorry to hear about your jaw pain. Almost every one in my family has been through that and the teeth-grinding business. It really is tiresome and painful. I do wear one of those night guards to keep from doing more damage to my teeth, but it was hard to get adjusted to wearing it.

    Your pictures are so pretty; you caught the sky and clouds reflected in the water! I loved all the swans I saw when we were in England -- the most beautiful birds ever. Thank you for hosting the party and have a wonderful weekend. :)

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  46. Hello Amy,
    Thanks for taking us along on your walk - the swan are such lovely, graceful creatures to watch in the water. The reflections are pretty, too.
    Sorry about the jaw pain. I get a tense jaw, too and have learned some massage techniques to give me a little relief. Oh, these bodies of ours that deal with stress in various ways!
    Hope your weekend is restful and restorative.

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  47. Hi Amy,

    Lovely to see where you went out walking - isn't the fitbit a great thing. I have one also and it is a good way of keeping you motivated. The swans and ducks on the water are beautiful. Sorry to hear that you have been having trouble with jaw pain - do hope you feel better and enjoy the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  48. Glad you are feeling a bit better, although that jaw pain can be horrible I know. I do wear a mouth guard at night but still find myself clenching.
    Hugs to you Amy, take good care of yourself,
    Meredith

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  49. Hello Amy, what lovely water and swans. Wow you 5 on Friday is really growing and getting bigger. I will have to try and find time to write up a blog post and visit. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Julie xo

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  50. Hope you are feeling better.
    A lovely sunset is always such a treat to see.
    I do like the carving, pieces of art like this always add to the natural beauty on a good walk.
    Lisa x

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  51. I'm glad you are doing better. I have the same kind of jaw pain that you do and I too grind my teeth. CDo your jawas ever lock? Mine do.

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  52. That sunset is just fab - and a worth bonus entry. Glad that you're doing better, there is nothing worse than jaw pain - thanks for hosting and hope you've had a lovely weekend xx

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  53. Ooh, that jaw pain sounds very painful! Do you do yoga or any other relaxing/centreing type of activity? Just a thought, it might help you ease up a bit on yourself. You always strike me as someone who spends her life trying to do the right thing by everyone else, but a little self care is important too. Take care Amy XxX

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