Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Playing the game.....


I'd like to say I've spent the last two days lying on the sofa watching the Olympics but as it turned out I didn't even get a chance to watch the opening ceremony. We decided to tackle a huge project in the back garden, three big trees and a 20 year old vine that felt it had every right to be there and fought for it's life with a passion. To cut a long and gruesome story short after a two day battle we won the fight but not without injury! I'm lucky I have the best physio ever and after she worked her magic on my knee it was time to restore my equilibrium with a walk (limp) around the marina..you might not think it but it is still winter here in Australia, it was 23C today. As for the opening ceremony, I'm not devastated about missing it, I'm going to be brave and put it out there, I love watching the pride of the athletes as they parade into the stadium, I love watching the games but as for the hoopla, call me crazy, I'm of the mind that the money spent on trying to impress (that includes Australia) could be well better spent, when did it all become about the big show instead of playing the games! Hope you had a super weekend and good start to the new week, take care.....p.s these winter swimmers/sunbathers have got to be tourists haha!

38 comments:

  1. I love that beautiful blue water and yes the tourists do that here too in the winter!

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  2. If it's 23°C there today then your winter is warmer than our current 16° summer! And walking around a marina is always therapeutic.

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  3. I missed the opening ceremony ...
    the weather was stunning today, spent some time out amongst it and even got a bit pink!! Beautiful weather but hope the rain comes soon ... lovely pics

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  4. Beautiful place and I do agree with you concerning the Olympics. I got more than my share back in the 60s when my late husband was a silver medalist in Tokyo. Although I have to admit it wasn't as "gaudy" back then as it is today!! Hope your week is off to a great start!

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  5. Das blaue Wasser schaut so toll aus, so mystisch, man möchte sofort da eintauchen...

    Lieben Gruß
    CL

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  6. You seem to have a nice winter!
    About the ceremony , try at least to see the "Daniel Craig "moment on youtube, it deserves it!

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  7. Often when you see people in shorts in Florida in winter you know they are Canadians!

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  8. It may still be winter there but it sure does look beautiful!

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  9. belles photos d'ete, il a l'air de faire chaud

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  10. One must be careful when one decides to skip the Olympics opening ceremonials because one might do something not too smart like wrestle with trees and vines which might also lead one to need the services of a medical professional. But it sounds like you know that! Hope the limp will resolve itself soon.

    Love photos. We have the same thing in Florida. People come down here in the winter time when us "natives" are wearing coats and their flitting about in bikinis in the ocean. We think they're nuts!

    Re your question on The Villages: The building is a hotel - The Waterfront Inn - very nice if a bit pricey for my tastes. People stay there for a lot of reasons but many take a room so they can check out The Villages and see if they want to move there.

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  11. Hope you're feeling better! I was injured similarly earlier this year and it was not fun, for sure. These lovely photos make it hard to believe it's winter, but I'll take your word for it ;-) I do love the Olympics for the amazing athletes, not so much for the (unchecked) commercialism, but the Opening Ceremonies this year did produce a few big chuckles. I agree with the 007/Queen tip, if you can find it on YouTube, it's worth a spin!

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  12. We have also 25C here... and we have summer...
    Wonderful blue water, Grace, have a nice week!

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  13. That's how we recognised them during
    the winter in Cyprus: people in the water in december= brits.
    Shame you missed the opening ceremony, was a great show!

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  14. I am so with you about the money spent Grace. Hope you feel better.

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  15. «Louis», having recently had a knee replacement, empathizes with your knee trouble!

    That first image is quite nice, Grace...

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  16. Is it warm enough for sunbathing?? They must be from England getting away from the crazy Olympic crowds. Your winter is probably like their summer:) I'm with you on the Olympics. I'll catch them when I catch them. As for garden projects....can you come here and get this bamboo part done for me?:) It's hot and mugyy I should add:)

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  17. Groan, that looks like summer! Glad you're back up! You know what, the Olympics (and the rugby games) are the only times I wish I had TV!

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  18. Lovely photo, I mean photos.

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  19. I love the last photo! I'm with you, the money spent on opening ceremonies is over the top. My favoarite part is just watching the athletes come in. Money could go to good use elsewhere!

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  20. The blue of your water and skies is simply amazing, Grace.

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  21. Awesome shots. I would love to walk around there. Even limp.

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  22. nice pics. So you missed the Queen's jump?



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  23. I only got the chance to see a few clips from the Olympics opening ceremony. It’s good that you did something more productive during the weekend. Good shots, by the way.

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  24. I did watch the ceremonies but only because plans changed and I ended up with the free time to do it. Not because I planned it that way. Sounds like you worked really hard this last weekend. Wow, I'm feeling kind of lazy now. All I did was wash some dishes and sweep a the floors. Have a great week.

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  25. Nice photos!Everything looks so great! Looks like the kids had so much fun in the blue water! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Lovely captures!
    Agree with you about the unnecessary hoopla of the ceremonies

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  27. Blue skies, naked women sunbathing, 23% and she says it's winter!
    12% and pouring rain her - that's summer! bah!

    Love the top pic, sooooo blue!

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  28. Such glorious sunshine. I can well understand the preference to be outdoors rather than om the couch watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony. I watched my recorded version last night. The recording stopped just as they were about to light the Olympic Flame! Don't you just hate it when that happens?

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  29. Your beautiful winter images, look warm and joyful! You're right about the ceremony, just panem et circenses.

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  30. Sure looks like a typical Swedish summer.

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  31. I think you nailed it with your comments about the Olympics. This seems to be an age where everything is designed to impress, tantalize, or entertain - less about the skill and dedication! I just haven't gotten into watching. Love the shot with the boats and the blue sky! Glad you are walking around again - yard work is not for sissies!

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  32. Hope you are better soon Grace. Yes, those can only be tourists! We have some friends from the UK at our place at the moment, and they are just so amazed at the sunshine and warm weather during the day. "Just like their summer, they say"

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  33. I'm with you .. this big who-ha over opening ceremonies is sort of insane given that the entire world is feeling the economic pinch .. and am I confused or what .. I thought you could only compete in the Olympics if you were an amateur athlete .. meaning you've not been paid for winning at some sport ... like say tennis .. how is it that Serena or is it Venus Williams who is competing in the Olympics ..

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  34. Great daytime at sea! Arianna

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  35. Winter??? :-) Lucky you!

    Thank you so much for your comment on Floyd, I really appreciated it.

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  36. The guy in the second photo looks like a giant lying above the people on the beach! I can relate to the knee issues. Take care!
    V

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  37. That's some mighty fine looking winter weather, Grace. Crazy tourists or not. Indeed, too much "entertainment" today in that great athletic event.

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  38. Which Marina was that? It was warm that day. Got quite warm in the classroom too. Hope your injury heals quickly. Fiona

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