I have had lots of Random Moments of Delight!

Gosh what a weekend, I had so many Random Moments of Delight!

Perhaps you will come and join in with my moments?

We had such a lovely sunny few days, it was a must to go for a walk, my two boys took their bikes and we headed down to Richmond Park by the river.

Of course one nearly ended up in the river and I discovered the monstrous fungi which I posted on my Macro Monday this week which if you missed is here = Macro Monday ~ A ‘fun guy’ meets us as at the park.


150When lying on the grass the sky was like a cotton candy filled space, one of which of course I had to ‘photographically’ play with!






One boy managed to sneak up on me and take a picture of dozing person, evidence that the nose piercing is still in tact and I rather like the reflection in the glasses.  Oh yes, Mara, my big old sunnies you so admired broke boohoo!



My boys climbed and made funky shapes in the tree, directed by ‘mama’, which is to date one of my favorite ‘duded’ up pictures 🙂  (whatever that means).

009When I got home I was presented with the most delightful picture drawn by my youngest as you will see here, it always makes a mothers heart warm when these offerings are given.

The next day was full of a morning of idle chatting to lovely friends.  Followed by yes another walk, this time however it ended up in trouble.  My youngest thought it a good idea to kneel on his skateboard and go at full speed.

Suffice to say he came off, head first, well face first, removed half his cheek.  The thing is when someone is bleeding it doesn’t to me look as bad, I cleaned it up and put on some savlon, there was no way he was letting me put salt water on it.

This morning however, it was like something out of a Freddy Kruger movie, so down to minor injuries he goes.

However, before he got picked up, yes you got it right, we had another adventure down to Richmond Park.

The thing is with my ‘chronic pain’ I have to remain active, if I have a day not going out the pain increases by about 40% which isn’t great.

However with this ‘outside need’ I have developed my love for photography, an appreciation for mother nature I never quite had before and the kids love it of course.

I also discovered something else fun which I would like to share with you about walking.

I cannot fly anymore, so I don’t get to see half the places I would love to.

But…tadah..I know it is not quite the same, but through Haiku Plate Special (fellow blogger) I read up on an online walk she does, called Walking4Fun.

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This is where you create a profile & can chose a variety of walks from all over the world.  I picked a short one to start with (Crater Lake Trail).  As I complete certain mileage in the UK where I ‘actually’ walk, the mileage of which is monitored by an iPhone App I have, but you can use any pedometer, you can either link it up, or enter it manually on to the Walk4Fun Walk stage by stage.

It then updates your profile, shows you where you are on your chosen walk with photos at each place.  I think this is really fun and gives incentive to keep fit. You can also online buddy up with other walkers! 😉

(links are in this post highlighted and I have a badge on the side which directly links to my profile and walk)

So moving on…..We have our special area we go to up in the Park where I call it ‘Tree Kingdom’.  There is as the children call it the dark trees and the light ‘King Tree’, this is borne by their actual colour.

So off we traipse, me on foot, youngest on the bike as he is on an inset day we must while away a few hours.


You can see in the distance where we need to get to.

Bordered either side of the track up yonder are some ‘dark’ trees.  They stole the ‘pale’ Kings Crown and are the ‘baddies’.   In order to get past the ‘baddy trees’ my son has to

  •  protect me (haha) and
  •  defeat the ‘baddie’ tree as he goes past.

You will see here, he has defeated one ‘baddie’ tree by throwing a small stick at the branch, this makes it safe for us to pass.

I must say the ‘baddie’ trees were so stunning I had to take photographs to share, of course I was putting myself in grave danger and getting shouted at by my youngest to get a move on out of the way of getting ‘caught’ by the baddies.

 We are safe now!

We find the ‘pale’ King and our mission is to find his crown.  Who has it, where could it be?

Here is the ‘pale’ goodie King Tree ~ as you can see he looks very deserted and folorn!


Did we find his crown?

036Oh yes my youngest did, so it is safe and sound now back with the ‘pale’ King.  Life is good and off home we head!


Thank you for reading my Random Moments of Delight, I always consider these lovely indulgent moments that I can share on my blog whimsically for whoever might like to see.

 © Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com    xxx

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  43 comments for “I have had lots of Random Moments of Delight!

  1. June 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    What a beautiful adventure you had and how beautifully presented. I love someone was holding your boy from falling in the water. I love how adventurous they are! The giant tree is amazing as well. I love it. Beautiful post sweet friend! Happy Monday! 🙂


    • June 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      hehe thank you so much was a joy to share and you are a FAST reader wow….I hope you had a lovely weekend and great week to come 🙂 That was his older brother holding on to him hehe x


      • June 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Yes that’s what I do for a living! I read a lot and just happened to be looking at my email when you email post alert came. I will admit I do need to slow down and take my time! 😀


        • June 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

          Yes reading leisurely is a luxury hehe x


          • June 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

            It is and I rarely do it and I need to! I have 5 books I need to read and it’s hard to find time to stop and do this! 😀 I didn’t get to read many blogs over the weekend so I’m making up for it this morning! 😀


            • June 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM

              ah yes i get that issue too i co hosted a challenge this weekend and made is nih on impossible to catch up on others blogs xx


  2. June 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    What a lovely post! Loved the story and your son protecting you from the ‘baddies’ 🙂


  3. Sinfully Tempting
    June 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Wow, looks like a terrific weekend! Beautiful pics! How is your youngest doing by the way, after his nasty scrape?


    • June 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      He’s back and apparently just Vaseline to put on as the skin tightens but it looks very bad and swollen it will be interesting when he goes to school! Boys and battle woinds


      • Sinfully Tempting
        June 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Glad he’s ok, and yes, boys will be boys! My son has had his fair share of wounds, too! Thankfully nothing too serious!


    • June 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Ps thank you for asking 🙂


  4. June 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Wow, what a post! I’m mourning the death of my favourite sunshades 😦 But I love your close-up and the reflection in the glasses! Also, the Tarzan-like poses that your boys did in the trees, whew! Lots of fun 😀


    • June 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Haha I know mammoth post but so much to share and yes I was so upset re the glasses they literally just fell apart there was no fixing them xx


    • June 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      I am really struggling now for days on my computer to get on Meghan’s site to post my linky I can’t even get her site up on two viewers are you having issues? X


      • June 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        Oh? My only issues with Meghan’s site is that new posts don’t usually appear in my Reader, but the site itself and the linky work well for me. I’m using Chrome. Hope you’ll sort that out!


        • June 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

          ive never been able to see her site using chrome, well i can see it but a grey sheer page comes over and stops me commenting so its useless. I can comment from my phone but its a pain. I used to be able to use internet explorer to view and comment on her page but now i cant even do that :9 I wasnt sure if it was her end or mine, no idea what I can do to change it it literally locks up the whole computer every time and I have to re start it and its only her website that does this, very odd x


          • June 2, 2014 at 5:55 PM

            Ah, that’s terrible! Try telling Meghan about it, but it looks like it could be on your end after all 😦 I’ve never had any one the problems you describe. Too bad…


            • June 2, 2014 at 5:58 PM

              Yes perhaps just odd it’s only with Meghan my compjter obviously doesn’t agree with something on her site I think I hope I can sort it xx


          • June 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

            I’ll do some internet searches about this… see if I can figure out what’s wrong. I did add something that says my site uses cookies and asks if that is ok with you and you click yes. It’s supposed to be up at the top when you first get to the page.
            It’s possible other people are having a problem and just don’t say… maybe I need to ask. Blah! You are one of my biggest fans, I have to fix it! I’ll go post your RMoD in a sec.


            • June 3, 2014 at 7:35 AM

              just tried it and both viewers worked yay, but does this mean you can’t have something important on your blog for me to get on to it?


              • June 3, 2014 at 3:16 PM

                No worries! It’s nothing critical at all. I’d much rather have you be able to read it. Besides if you had trouble I’m guessing others did too but never said anything. I’m glad we solved it!


                • June 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

                  awe but i must admit it will be so nice just to be able to comment easily and bring your blog up xx thankies


        • June 2, 2014 at 6:08 PM

          I do not know which blog your are referring to.I do know that most beginner bloggers tend to assign far too many Categories and Tags to their posts and they don’t use only relevant ones.

          When published posts do not appear in the WordPress.com Reader there are reasons for that. All reasons for non-appearance of posts on Topics pages can be found here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/topics/#missing-posts

          Excessive tagging and irrelevant tagging is referred to as spamdexing an/or tag spamming by search engines.it’s a dreadful habit that can cripple a blog’s ability to earn a pagerank at all. Why? Because that’s exactly what spammers do.

          If a blogger assigns a combined total that exceeds 15 Categories/Tags to any of their posts, they need to edit and delete the excess. After removal of the excess categories and/or tags note it may take several days for the posts to begin displaying in the Reader.


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          • June 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

            It’s my blog that Mara is referring to. I’ll check to see if I have too many categories/tags but I don’t think so. However, mine is a self-hosted WP blog. Is this contributing to the problem?


            • June 3, 2014 at 7:35 AM

              do self hosted blogs go on the reader? I usually see yours via your email x


              • June 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

                Yes, they do. Just not as “completely” as WP.com. You can’t comment from the reader or like it from there. You have to come to my blog for that.


          • June 2, 2014 at 6:20 PM

            Thanks for tuning in with the helpful comment! I’m referring to http://www.firebonnet.com. Excessive tagging and/or categorising doesn’t seem to be the case here, neither any of the other causes listed. I’ve grown used to it that some posts from there do appear in my Reader and some don’t, it’s not really a big issue for me, so I didn’t even seek help in the support forums or elsewhere.

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          • June 2, 2014 at 7:07 PM

            I think if it’s self hosted it doesn’t go in the reader anyway? X


  5. June 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Justine, I LOVED this post. All sorts of great adventures… Love the sunglasses shot with the great reflection. And the shot of your boys goofing back-lit in front of the trees. That one rocks.
    I also love the fairytale story you and your son had going with the bad tree and the good tree and the crown. Very fun! And it makes the walk so magical.
    I’m going to look at that online walk thing, what a blast! I didn’t realize that moving was important for you for pain control. It was the opposite with my arthritic hip. But what a great excuse to get in some walk time out in nature!
    I’m heading off now to enter your linky.


    • June 3, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      hah you know I thought you would appreciate this post a lot hehe, enough magic for you and that tree one with my boys they are actually standing on a branch up in the tree, unfortunately I didn’t shoot it well enough to capture that bit but its fun anyway isn’t it, its going to be my screen saver hehe, I love my RMod’s xx


    • June 3, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      ps my log in name/profile name for walking for fun is jussers ify ou want to link up, I am doing Crater Lake to start with 🙂


      • June 3, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        cool! I’ll see if I can figure out how to link up even if we’re doing different trails.


  6. June 2, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    These are some of my favorite posts of yours Justine! They always make me smile… thanks for sharing! 🙂


    • June 3, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      awe thank you they are actually something I look forward to each week so your commentmakes me me smile a lot xx


  7. June 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Thanks for linking. I did Crater Lake first, too. It was really pretty, and it makes you feel good to progress so quickly!


  8. June 2, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    p.s. I just added you as my friend on there. My trail name (site name) is RainWorshipper


  9. June 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    This is a true story for a movie..wow


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