Wednesday Wanderings

Back in the Spring I bought myself a Garmin watch with the aim of getting myself a bit fitter as particularly post wound infection my stamina was pretty low. Rather than set myself an unachievable target of 10,000 steps a day, I started on 5,000 in May and I’ve been increasing it by 1,000 each month. So far it’s working pretty well, I’m also calculating it over the month, rather than daily, so if I have a bad day, I can catch up (hopefully!) in later days.

So on Sunday after a day socialising at a BBQ with friends, I found I had only done about 1300 steps towards my 8.000 target. I didn’t want to be so far behind at the beginning of the month, so I went for a brisk walk round the neighbourhood, taking a few detours to increase my steps.

It was a lovely evening, I walked up the old railway line behind our house and under the old bridge. I noticed probably for the first time it’s actually a pretty substantial bridge with three arches for a path which may at the most have taken a horse and trap, but I wouldn’t have thought ever a car, there’s only a winding footpath on the other side!

I walked round a nearby residential area, through the park and back up on the railway line. The sun was just starting to get low in the sky so it looked lovely through the trees.

The council come round every six weeks or so to mow the verges, trying to keep the nettles at bay. They’ve obviously just been as everything is neatly trimmed again. They do seem to enjoy churning the mud up too but luckily this time the ground was fairly dry. This is a track up to the farmers field. I always glance up here as occasionally we see a deer in the field or a hawk sitting on the fence post.

There’s a lovely bank of rosebay willow herb, just round the corner from our gate. It’s all in flower at the moment and it looks just as nice when autumn colour starts and the seed heads are all white and curly.

So I was back home having walked nearly three miles and back on track for my target. I should get a lot of steps in next week as on Saturday my walking buddy and I are going up to Ravenstonedale for a couple of nights, aiming to tick off another four of the Dales 30 – that’s the plan anyway!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to Wednesday Wanderings

  1. Sian Coggins says:

    Lovely photos Margaret, I really enjoy your wanderings!

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  2. Lynette says:

    Lovely surroundings to walk in. Here’s what I read about the “magic” number of 10,000 steps (actually quite hard to fit into the average day, I find) and it looks like 7,500 might actually be more beneficial. Looks like you’re on target! Here’s the link:

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  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I admire people that walk those 10,000 steps per day but I am also happy to read the above BBC article about 7500 being ok too. Makes me feel less guilty for being not so driven.
    I always admire all your beautiful paths and walks. Wish we had such places where I live.

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  4. Those are some lovely wanderings, I had a nice virtual walk 🙂

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    What a pretty walk,

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  6. Jane M says:

    How lovely you can step out of your garden into such lovely countryside.

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  7. Amanda says:

    I calculate over the month too. As long as some activity takes place I’ve earned my sitting on my bum in the studio time!! (One main reason I took up golf, held accountable by friends then 🙄)

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