Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street

Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street
Summer days will surely return.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

(Picture from a late Summer walk ~ through the tunnel of trees towards a patch of light).

Another plus this week ~ I did a half day supply. I haven't worked since October and had had to turn away work. The morning went well and I have two days booked next week. I have been offered more but think two is more than enough for now!

Hopefully, I am back on track.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Never say never....

I didn't walk over last weekend. Totally lazy and unmotivated.

On Monday I felt unfit and worse still, depressed. I have realised I need to exercise to improve my mood. I am always outwardly cheerful but living with a chronic life threatening illness is stressful.

I decided to explore other ways of exercising.

So striking whilst the iron was hot I went to look around a posh spa and gym.

 I felt as if I left a whole lot of stress at the door and could feel my mood lifting. Instead of being home alone I was in a vibrant community of people ~ most probably a bit older than me, all fitter than me ~ all chatty and welcoming.
I signed up on the spot.

I then went to the supermarket and bought cheapie exercise top, trousers and  swimsuit.

Later that day I returned to the gym and had my induction session on the equipment.

I have done 3 sessions this week ~ Mon, Wed and today. They are aware of my health issues and have helped me to make a gentle start. It is hard going but I am loving it.

It feels like I have re-entered the big wide world ~ much better to be out amongst people again.

I said I would never join a gym again ~ never say never.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Comfort food

Dark, cold and back to work January calls for comfort food.

Homemade cheese and broccoli soup ~ tastes wonderful if you can get beyond the colour!

Meals this week have been spicy ~ chilli, piri piri chicken, chinese chicken with cashew nuts, southern pepper curry, spicy seafood thai noodles ~ most of them eaten in front of the fire.

And then I snuggle beneath a throw, drink tea and knit.

Comfort food and hibernation.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Old photo catch up: Crete

    I found old photos still on my camera ~ organised me, eh?
I wanted to record them here before I delete them to remind me of the artwork colour combinations and markings.

              The Bronze Age Palace of  Knossos


We enjoyed a lovely lunch here.....

Happy times (Oct 2015 ~ doesn't seem that long ago).

Friday, 6 January 2017

My week of walking.

Sat 31 Dec
We were late going out so it was a 
 dark walk along the canal.
40 minutes

                           It was good to get home.

                                      Sun 1st Jan
            Happy New Year ~ another late one so dark.
      Nice sky though ~ bare branches against inky skies.
                     Walked for 40 mins. Freezing cold.

                                        Mon 2nd Jan
                               Hurrah a day time walk!

Pools of light and shade made this a walk of contrasts.

                  Icy and cold but the swans loved it.
       45 minutes  and managed a longer route today.

                     Tues 3rd Jan ~ forgot camera!
Walked to local shop ~ walk home was "with weights" ~ a shopping bag ~ lol. 40 minutes in total ~ felt shivery when I got home ~ weather still very cold.

                             Wednesday 4th Jan
        A total flop spent much of the day in bed ~useless.

                  Thursday 5th Jan~ back on the case.
                                      45 minutes.

There were sheets of ice on parts of the canal. Some of the ducks got out of the water and walked with a slip and a slide on the ice. 

In the past 7 days I have managed 5 walks ~ each a minimum of 40 minutes and at least one mile. I am really pleased with myself.

I am not at the point yet where I can say I enjoy it.  Nor am I feeling any benefits ~ quite the contrary in fact ~ I feel exhausted when I get home. But I am pleased that I am walking again and somehow feel compelled to continue.

So far so good.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Before and after

Christmas mantle...

Spring is coming mantle (forever the optimist!)....


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

When I took the photo last Summer I felt sure that this was what he was saying!