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Another Great Walk

My third long walk of the week. Big Tick For Me! I wanted to walk vigorously for at least half an hour three times a week and I have (more or less stuck to it) and this week have done some long walks where I’ve done my form of power walking and also stopped to observe small details. Today it was spotting the 3 types of lichen that are growing on the hedge (by the bowling green) that is often alive with sparrows. I didn’t take a photo so maybe next week. My friend M and I walked a long way today and pushed ourselves harder and also got to see lots of extra bits of green space we haven’t walked around for years. In the cemetery which has not been used for years we found a lot of the graves resting against a wall.

A huge Beech tree in the cemetary

Stone heads on either side of the cemetary chapel door

I find it sad but it is typical that once places are not maintained they become too expensive to do anything about.

We also walked in a local park that used to have the most amazing formal gardens including a series of ponds going down the hill. Even though a Friends Of group had started up to restore the gardens they are going to have a huge job keeping back the woodland that has taken over. I must see if I can find some old pictures of the gardens that I’m sure I took in the early 1990’s. If not J&P (old friends that have lived here as long as me) must have some.

Anyway I got back and felt invigorated and energetic. When I first started these walks I got back and had to sit down for hours. Love it. I am so lucky that I can walk in so many bits of open space and really feel in touch with nature. I went to look at the knotweed again. I am keeping an eye on when it will start to regrow. Sorry about the formatting of this post. Can’t make it work. I’ll edit another time.


Walking for Fitness

Walking For Fitness

I have been pretty good so far at sticking to one of my New Year goals; getting fitter by walking more. I love walking. I am a trained walk leader to boot but haven’t done that for a while. Anyway where I live is pretty down at heel part of London but it has amazing amounts and variety of open spaces. These photos are from an area that I am hoping to work on in conjunction with the local conservation group. It is a HUGE area of Japanese Knotweed which the Council does not have the money to do anything about. A former colleague recently told me that the ‘green’ way to deal with knotweed is to cut it back and leave the cut stems on the ground to help block out the light. I can imagine that it will require weekly cutting in the busiest growing period but I hope to rope in enough volunteers.

Japanese Knotweed as far as the eye can see

Knotweed stems - thick and tough

My friends are also looking for somewhere for a community bee hive. That might be more difficult to persuade people to get involve with and protect from vandalism.

Yesterday I walked in the driving snow and was alone apart from one woman walking her dog. It was bleakly beautiful and I wished I’d had my camera. So today when B suggested coffee, cake and a walk I took the camera. Today was a beautiful sunny and very crisp day. So far I have managed to walk at least 3 times a week (my goal) and I really do feel fitter. It lifts my spirits to have that extra contact with nature and after reading a lot of blogs where people take photos of small things I found this today and couldn’t resist.

A holly berry next to tiny bird droppings - is this a robin's dinner table?

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