Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Where's My Recycling Gone?


We've had to endure Storm Gertrude, Storm Henry and worst of all, Storm Imogen. This last one hit the South West hard and blew my bins over, completely sucking away all my carefully separated waste from the collection box. So I apologise if any of you have my waste on your property. It's no where to be seen in my location and as far as I know, flew out to sea. 
Who names these storms, I wonder?
There were several discarded umbrellas on the High Street that had blown inside out and it was difficult to stand against the wind at times and the rain came down like stair rods (as we say in England).
I braved the storm to go and meet a friend in town. I think we both needed a medal as we could hardly stand up against it, but we both decided that we could be waiting for ever if we waited for the weather to turn.

Anyway, the spring flowers continue to peep out of the snow. These aren't mine, by the way but are just typical of what is to come in a couple of weeks time.
All is peaceful today and we've had sunshine that forced me to put on my new varifocal sunglasses when I went out walking. What a wonderful invention these are.

Today is the first day of Lent. I'm not giving up anything this year but intend to give an extra 15 minutes reflection/prayer time instead and see if that is any better than breaking *no chocolate* intentions.
Does any one give up anything for Lent or maybe try to put something back?


18 comments:

Celia said...

I used to try to give something up at Lent, often it was chocolate as I have an unhealthy relationship with the yummy stuff. Last year though I decided I would give up "judging" people. I'm not normally judgmental (I think) but there are some people in my life, one sister especially who sets my teeth on edge. I don't say much to her about what bothers me but I end up avoiding her. We are getting older and after losing two of my cousins I realized that I could lose a sister just as easy and maybe while I'm hiding out from her. I don't expect she'll change but I do love her and she's alone (lots of people avoid her) and not very well. So I'm giving up being unloving about the whole thing. Spent the morning thinking about her good attributes. She's an excellent and inventive cook. She's very creative. She's actually quite intelligent. If you visit her you will have a delightful room with a snuggly bed and flowers and incredible food to eat. And I do love her. So instead of giving some thing, I am trying to put more love and patience into my interactions with others. Maybe that's giving up the "me first" thing. Wish me luck.

Hope you don't get blown away, such weather.

Marie Smith said...

Your recycling could be across the Atlantic by now. We'll watch for it on the east coast of Canada.

No giving up anything any more for me, rather, try to be more grateful for what I have. Even the little things I usually take for granted. I am bleaased and grateful!

Mary Gilmour said...

We saw reports on your weather! Yikes. I wish I knew what the naming parameters were for storms as well. The worst one we ever had here bore the sweet name of Hazel.

How about giving up giving up. I need to do that.

And you have flower shoots. Sniff. We have -27 degrees C forecast. (I shirked trying to find the symbol for degree.)

Jackie said...

Your weather has been ferocious, hasn't it?
Oh my goodness....
Glad that things are settling now....and looking forward to all of those spring flowers peeking out.
Love you,
Jackie

Eddie Bluelights said...

Amazing where all the rubbish gas been blown to. No evidence of any here as the bin bags put neatly for the bin men were blown all over the place. Those bin men that day could probably fond nothing to put in their lorry.

The rain was lashing down here too and tiles blown off a few roofs and trees blown down . .

Love Eddie x

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

When storm Henry was over, husband and I guessed the next to hit us would be storm Imogen. We have a granddaughter with that name and she is a storm all by herself at times. At least the awful weather and grey, grey days help us to appreciate our few good ones.

For Lent I am giving up eating sweet biscuits at home, a particular downfall of mine and "do-able" I think!

Do hope you are keeping well Maggie.

Wisewebwoman said...

An object a day into the charity donation box. Not that I believe in "Lent" per se but 40 days in the desert does us all a power of good. And reflection and meditation.

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Expat mum said...

I'm not religious any more but I have to give up a substantial amount of food anyway, due to my back rendering me almost inert. Not burning many calories at all at the moment.

dianefaith said...

That sounds like quite a storm! We have new recycling bins in the city where I live, and the process is something called single-stream recycling. That means that everything recycled goes into one bin, all jumbled together. We recycle paper, cans, and plastic, but no glass. It's all separated at a processing plant somewhere and goes its individual ways.

Sally Wessely said...

Wow, what a storm. It is good to see your flowers. We are far from seeing anything pop up around here.

ADDY said...

Everywhere I go lately, there is rubbish swirling around in clumps. The series of storms have wrought havoc with the recycling! Nice to see the spring bulbs coming up.

Leilani Lee said...

Lent was not part of the tradition in the faith community I was raised in but it is in the church we attend now. I would like to respond to "lent" but it is something I need to get used to. We are not being told to "give up something" (unless we want to) but rather to focus on our relationship with God. The crocus are blooming with abandon in the front flower bed, but they will be toast with the plunging temperatures that are forecast. If snow comes and covers them then they will probably be okay.

Wendy said...

I like your idea of "giving" rather than "giving up". Prayer and/or reflection - a good practice for Lent - or anytime!

Sounds like one heck of a storm! And how annoying to have to go chasing your recycling bins. I'm hoping you'll find them sometime soon.

Pretty flowers - brings hope.

Rose said...

I have a friend who used to give up lima beans every Lent--not exactly a sacrifice, since she didn't like lima beans in the first place:) I think your idea of adding prayer/reflection time is a much better idea. Hope all is well with you and that spring comes soon for you!

Shammickite said...

I was taught as a child that it was good and expected to give up something you liked for Lent.... but I haven't done that for some time now. I have been watching all the storms in UK, and hoping that the floods are not too bad.

Secret Agent Woman said...

There's a worldwide organization that names the storms. They sure pick some odd ones!

Joanne Mchale said...

Hello Maggie. Long time no speak. You write as beautifully as ever. This weather does affect us so doesn't it?! I'm said I'd attempt to give up worrying so much for lent - not much chance of that!

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