Sunday, August 09, 2009
Well, it's a couple of weeks since I got back to walking and I'm up to my 10,000 steps a day.
Five miles...Mmmm sounds better that way!
I suppose I do more really as that's just my daily walk, it doesn't count all the housework, shopping, gardening etc.
I treated myself yesterday to some proper walking/hiking sandals. Got a really good bargain by shopping around and finding them on 'sale' at one of the shops....funny that, I did the same when I got my new walking/hiking boots! One good thing to come out of the recession!!
Today my DH and I went walking and bird watching so I probably did more miles than usual. It's great combing the two things I love to do. It doesn't feel like exercise!
We take a pack-up for lunch...made by my own fair hands...so I know it will be healthy and I also drink lots of water too.
We were hoping to see buzzards so I knew we'd be sat high up on a grassy knoll looking down over a lake and a forest of pine trees when we ate lunch....it was wonderful, sunny and warm and sooo quiet, we never saw a soul until on the way back when we passed another couple....and we saw buzzards, two of them soaring majestically on the air currents. We could hear them mewing to each other too.
The heather was blooming as we walked back through the soughing pines listening to bird song and were lucky enough to spot a redpoll. We also found some fly agaric, the quintessential fairytale red toadstool which is very pretty but highly poisonous.
my new walking/hiking sandals...note what's left of the ant bites on my right foot!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Well, after four weeks with almost no exercise I'm back at it....walking that is!
I love to walk and really missed it when I couldn't do it. Now I'm all better I can indulge myself again and wander the lanes with my camera.
I was doing five miles a day but have decided to build it up again after not doing any for a while.
I have a pedometer which links to my computer so I can record my steps, it doesn't need to be fixed to your waistband, you can put it in your pocket or even in a handbag, not sure how it works but it does.
The first time I used it I was wary it wouldn't record properly so I put it in my pocket and then used my other one on my waistband, when I got back home they were matched so ever since then I've never doubted it. The computer builds up a programme so you can follow your progress.
Yesterdays walk was approximately 2 miles done in two short walks, not very speedy and I was so tired when I got back I had to have a sit down!!
Today I did almost 3 miles in one walk, still not too speedy but not so tiring....no sitting down today!!
I really enjoyed it, I feel invigorated. It was good to get some fresh air and feel one with nature again...I didn't realise how much I'd missed it.
the old pump in the village main street.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I don't think I'll ever use the expression 'ants in your pants' in a jocular way ever again.
It's just NOT funny!
I finally managed to get my shoe on today and managed a short walk.
I haven't done much walking for the last three weeks due to an arthritis flare-up in my knee and ankle. It's been pretty swollen and painful and has taken longer than usual to get better.
By last Tuesday my foot was going down nicely and as I could get my shoes on I decided to do a spot of gardening just taking off done foliage and flowers, nothing too strenuous or that involved kneeling.
Soon I was quite happily dead heading, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.
I'd been out quite a time when I felt a burning sensation in my right foot, I couldn't see anything when I pulled my sock down so I gave it a good rub and carried on gardening.
Suddenly my feet and legs were on fire, burning, itching, it was really painful. I pulled up my trouser leg and there were big red lumps all over.
I ran into the back garden.....I was working in the front garden and thought better of taking my clothes off there!....I ripped my trousers off, they were full of red ants and the little blighters were stinging away. I had to pull them off and pick them out of my trousers and socks to squish them.
My husband came home just then wondering what I was doing out in the garden in just my undercrackers!
He counted fifteen lumps to my right leg and two on my left foot.
He 'googled' red ants to see what to do and we followed the advice...it didn't help!
I didn't sleep well and by next morning my right leg had twentythree lumps and my left foot three.
They were huge, like half golfballs and red and itchy and painful.
I felt dizzy and was sick a couple of times so DH took me to the doctor.
He said he didn't think I was allergic to them as that could have caused anaphylactic shock but I'd had so many stings I'd had a reaction.
He gave me antihistimine tablets and cream but by the following day I had thirtyfive lumps on my right leg and five on my left foot.
The burning pain was terrible, even material touching it hurt and it's taken six days to go off. The bumps have flattened now but any touch, however light makes them tingle, it's not pleasant but it's not painful.
Apparently the formic acid injected goes to your nerves and this can tingle for up to a couple of months. Some liken this to the pain from shingles but I've never had them so I don't know...if it feels like this I don't ever want them!!
In America you call the red ant a fire ant...it certainly lives up to it's name...I felt like I was on fire!
DH has found the nest hidden between two of the bricks which border the front path, he's put ant killer down. We think I must have stepped on or near it and they've attacked.
I didn't get too badly stung, it could have been much worse I suppose...
I've told DH the front garden is his domain from now on, I'll stick to the back where I know there isn't any...well I don't think there is!!
Saturday, May 02, 2009
For three weeks now I've been keeping my eye on a pair of Blackbirds building a nest, laying eggs and finally the chicks are hatching.
'Fred' the male of the pair was a chick I raised two years ago after his mother was eaten by a cat. He's still friendly and regards my garden as his territory.
He's found a 'wife' and together they've built a nest in the laurel bush just outside the sitting room window.
Seventeen days ago the first egg was laid with one following every day until there were three. That's unusual as they normally lay five or six.
Today two of the chicks hatched with hopefully the other following suit tomorrow.
They're quite used to me looking in the nest and at this moment the mother is settled in for the night.
It's weird really but l feel like a new mum!! LOL
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