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BS: How's your view?

MGM·Lion 02 Oct 11 - 06:52 AM
GUEST,Eliza 02 Oct 11 - 07:36 AM
Newport Boy 02 Oct 11 - 09:33 AM
Rapparee 02 Oct 11 - 10:30 AM
MGM·Lion 02 Oct 11 - 10:39 AM
Will Fly 02 Oct 11 - 10:55 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 02 Oct 11 - 11:45 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 02 Oct 11 - 11:51 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Oct 11 - 11:54 AM
Bonzo3legs 02 Oct 11 - 12:46 PM
GUEST,Eliza 02 Oct 11 - 02:31 PM
Gurney 02 Oct 11 - 02:54 PM
Rapparee 02 Oct 11 - 03:13 PM
Bonzo3legs 02 Oct 11 - 05:10 PM
Joe_F 02 Oct 11 - 08:03 PM
GUEST,ChanteyLass 02 Oct 11 - 09:21 PM
Sandra in Sydney 03 Oct 11 - 05:31 AM
Ebbie 03 Oct 11 - 01:07 PM
VirginiaTam 03 Oct 11 - 03:14 PM
Newport Boy 03 Oct 11 - 04:44 PM
VirginiaTam 04 Oct 11 - 02:26 AM
Keith A of Hertford 04 Oct 11 - 02:55 AM
MGM·Lion 04 Oct 11 - 02:58 AM

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Subject: BS: How's your view?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 06:52 AM

Sitting at my WP in my study with a big picture window in front of me, I can see about 1½ miles across the fen to the next village, Sutton-in-the-Isle (that's the Isle of Ely), such that the church tower is on the left and the straw-burner chimney [doesn't sound it, maybe, but lovely at this distance with the sun on it] on the right: perfectly framed by my cherry tree, the neighbours' sycamore, the line of a hedgerow in the lane about 40 yards away, and a heavy telegraph wire running above. The autumn sunlight sets all this off to a T. I have rarely seen a view so beautiful, and bless my good fortune in having it right here on tap, rather than having had all the hassle I had way back then to see the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall of China.

Can any of you see anything comparable, from right where you are sitting at this moment, reading this?

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 07:36 AM

Sounds heavenly, Michael, and my view can't begin to compete with that, just a smallish garden. But every few minutes, large flocks of braying geese fly overhead in formation, on their way to the chain of large lakes behind our village. They make an enormous din, and are often followed by similar groups of quacking mallards. Not to mention the occasional eight or so beautiful swans, necks extended. And a hot air balloon (yesterday morning)! It's all happening up there!


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Newport Boy
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 09:33 AM

I have my desk facing into the corner of the room, so I have a view of two walls with a tithe map of the parish on one and a collage of a walking holiday in Spain on the other.

If I swivel my chair, I see part of the neighbouring barn, cows in the adjacent field with a glimpse of houses and the tower of the church behind. Higher up in the distance is the tree-lined hill above the town. Right of this are the red tiled roofs of the local farms, beyond which the towers of the Severn Bridge just show above Cowhill church.

If I poke my head out of the window and look right (or is that outside the rules) I can see the hills of the Forest of Dean, about 10 miles away. The whole view is spattered with the green of trees, which have hardly started to turn colour yet.

As you say, Michael - sublime.

Phil


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 10:30 AM

Well, there's this wall....

But, if I go into my bedroom, or in the kitchen, or better still out on the back deck, I can see the Pioneer and the Snowy Mountains out across the Snake River plain, 120 or so miles away. Closer in there is the slash of silver that is American Falls Reservoir and the purple hazes that are Big Southern Butte and Big Butte. Right outside my back gate is a scene of trees and meadows, also known as a golf course -- watching the golfers is the best entertainment in town. After it snows, watching the skiers will also be enjoyable but you can't sit on the deck to do that because it can get cold out there.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 10:39 AM

Newport Boy ~ Valerie, my late first wife, was born in Lower Soudley, near Littledean & Cinderford. Thanks to her, I know the Forest well.

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Will Fly
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 10:55 AM

From the front bedroom I can look out and see the field of West Sussex stretch out into infinity, with part of the South Downs in the background.

From my living room, out through the French windows into the garden - small but filled with flowers, colour, grass, trees, peace and contentment.

I'm very lucky.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 11:45 AM

I can't see anything for all the trees.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 11:51 AM

Normally, I look across to a farmhouse on the other side of the valley to the south, to the West down the valley towards the Atlantic. Today there's just a wall of fog.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 11:54 AM

BWL, I like that kind of view, and that is what I have out the back of my house.

I've worked on the view from my office window on the front of the house, with plantings near and in the distance that compliment the woods across the street. A few weeks ago I was given a small concrete bird bath that I set outside the window. There was already one a few feet away under a multi-stem tree, and this one, as close as it is to the house, gets a fair amount of traffic now that they've discovered it. So I'm looking at some turf, some beds, some small trees and seasonal evergreen shrubs and the woods across the road.

Birds regularly make a fuss at the bird bath and I have my mini-blinds adjusted so I can look down to the bath but they don't usually see me inside watching them.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 12:46 PM

No but I can frommy place of work. The hideous oiks living in the next road "below" us have 4 leylandi trees which completely block our view over nearby woods, as they are now in excess of 100 feet high........one day!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 02:31 PM

Bonzo, I sympathise. But leylandii 100ft high have most probably quite shallow root systems, and at that height become unstable. A good gale or two and down they will come. (Hopefully not on your property though!)


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Gurney
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 02:54 PM

Bonzo, but can you frommy like your sister Kate.... :-)

Just fences and houses, now.
We used to be able to see a small volcanic cone about 3/4 of a mile away, but my neighbour's trees block the view, now.
It is extinct, we hope. But the vulcanologists say probably not.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 03:13 PM

If I use a telescope I can see Craters of the Moon National Monument, where 1500 years or so ago lava flowed out of the earth without and eruption. Or I can drive northeast 2.5 hours and see Yellowstone, which everyone agrees is an active volcano site.

For great fun we go 20 miles southeast to Lava Hot Springs and lounge in the 100F pool during winter. The steam turns to icicles on your hair and you can watch the snow fall relaxing in the pool. Even the sidewalks are heated by the flow of hot water from Ma Earth.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 05:10 PM

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16874284@N05/6204705505/in/photostream

At the right time, in the right direction we have a reasonable view!


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Joe_F
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 08:03 PM

Out my window is Pleasant St., a residential street with trees, which is also Rt 60, the chief local east-west thorofare and a veritable museum of trucks. The people who have to *drive* on it (I don't) are remarkably patient; probably they do so regularly & are worn down. Rewarding the virtue of patience, within half a mile on either side of me, are a fire station, an elementary school, an old folks' home with a raised crosswalk & stoplight, and a funeral home.

My house is at the foot of a smaller street. 120 years ago, when this house was some magnate's mansion, it probably made the magnate feel grand to live in a house on a hill with an avenue leading to it. It has since been clapboarded with white plastic & divided into six small apartments.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: GUEST,ChanteyLass
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 09:21 PM

Because it is dark outside now, I can't see anything except closed curtains when I turn my head toward my window.

I live in a small condo after having lived for years on wooded rural acreage. I thought when I moved here that I would be living in a goldfish bowl, but outside my bedroom window is a few feet of grass and then a wooded area that separates the condo property from the suburban houses on the next street. At this time of year there is enough foliage to block the sight of houses. Even when the leaves have fallen I will be able to see only trees unless I walk to my window and look to the left or right.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 05:31 AM

my computer faces the wall! - a very well decorated wall with a few postcards from 'Catters, lotsa' CDs, decorations & toys.

My bedroom window faces north (plants love it!) & the back of a small apartment block, the other 3 windows face east & the next apartment block. One apartment has a lovely tabby who stares at me when she sees me near the window.

This album shows places I see on my afternoon walk.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Ebbie
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 01:07 PM

Six weeks ago I moved into this apartment from another, larger, one on the other side of the building. That one had absolutely no 'view' at all, only a concrete block wall eight feet away.

Ah, but the view from this one is lovely. Four windows look out upon a backyard hillside covered in maple and alder trees and berry bushes. It is leafy and green and gold, alive with this year's large crop of small red squirrel chasing each other from tree to tree and from branch to branch. Later, the foliage will die down and the tree bones will poke starkly into the sky. Later still there will be the hush of a billowy white blanket tucked over all.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 03:14 PM

Leylandi out the lounge window of our 1st floor flat. Rather largish dead brown section neatly centered in the window frame. God I miss Virginia.


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Newport Boy
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 04:44 PM

Just remembered a verse from a song by Spike Woods:

"Through my window I can see all the splendour of a tree,
With a metal lattice tower by its side.
As the pylon stalks the land, bringing power to every man,
There's apart of living freedom that has died."

I know the window he was looking through.

Phil


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 02:26 AM

rather than dwelling on the scene I do have i'd rather remember a scene I used to have.

EBB TIDE COTTAGE

A restless fourteen year old
An early summer morning
Before the house wakes.
Paddling the jon boat
Across the Chickahominy River
Wraith steams and mists
Waltz over dull grey water

Sitting solitary 'neath cypress trees
Boat bumping 'gainst cypress knees
Watching the ball, wisps float, mingle, fade
Waiting for the sun another kind of ball
To rise, chase the dancers away

A glint off the kitchen window
A reluctant row back
Across now sparkling water
Catch the aroma of coffee and bacon
The surprising jolt of hunger
And the drudge up to the house
In dew sodden sneakers.

(written August 2009 for my Aunt Dot)


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 02:55 AM

We have had a unprecedented combination of exceptional autumn colour and summer heat for a whole week.
I look at lovely trees and foliage lit by bright sun under blue sky.

Michael, the founder of our folk club, Carole , moved to Chateris a couple of years ago.
I sung at a Help For Heroes benefit she organised there last year.
Have you come across her?


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Subject: RE: BS: How's your view?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 02:58 AM

No, can't say I have, Keith. Chatteris indeed not far from here.

~M~


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