Joining in with Su from Zimmerbitch and the rest of the crew for a review of July.
Fair to say it’s been one of those months.
It started with a bang and a hiss and enthusiasm.
Then a winter cold, weather and other commitments put to rest any desire to compete in a half marathon during September.A minor irritation at having to make that decision. On a positive note, I am still exercising when I can and enjoying the socialisation that goes with joining other trampers [hikers], climbing the mount and catching up with a friend for a cycle, ending all excursions with a cafe visit. Overall there’s been a few highlights such as a 100th birthday, Plus, the usual stressful moments and encounters with small creatures.
A Rat, Rainy Days and Politicians
It’s winter and election year with more critters’ venturing out to “play”.
Let’s start with the encounter on my usual walking track—the rodent. We loathe meeting up together, me and that small creature with the more minor of us scattering to the safety of bush while the gigantic creature stands on the path, screaming like a banshee. Commencing my walk with resumed dignity and listening to music playing, calming my nerves, within moments a runner removes any equilibrium I had restored and ignites once again that ear-piercing scream. After much giggling from both of us, we carry on. The little critters must have loved being out in the open during our lockdown. No humans with nasty baits to entice them to an untimely death. Here’s to us both, the rat and myself, keeping our encounters to zilch.
Then there were the days when I wasn’t dodging a resident rat there was the dodging of rain. Glorious for the farmers, gardeners and growers, not so enjoyable for those of us who like to indulge in regular exercise. I can hear you now, what a wimp, get a raincoat on and just out there and do it. Well, we did on occasions. Luckily, for us, we own coats, so when we collided with raindrops, we felt quite smug. Which brings me to express my utter amazement at how many adults and children don’t own raincoats or umbrellas. The bonus of wintry walks are the warm arms of our apartment that always wrapped themselves around us when we arrived home, and it isn’t long before the aroma of freshly made coffee, has us parked in a chair relaxed in the knowledge we got out for fresh air.
The third ‘encounter’, is the necessary evil if wanting to stay informed is to digest dribble from politicians. Similar to the rat encounter, not necessarily a pleasant experience though one that is unavoidable at some stage in our lives. I am finding myself switching off whenever I hear the opposition who has an uncanny personality likeness to a previous Prime Minister, Bob Muldoon, in drag. She continues to downplay the ruling party as most never have an original thought and seem only to know how to “put down”, their competition. It’s fair to say I have seen a more effective play and negotiations in a sandpit full of children than what goes on in Parliament.
A Special Occasion
Over in Devon this month a lovely gentleman we know and admire turned 100. For a few years now, we had planned to be there, that was not to be. Luckily for us, some thoughtful people captured a few moments of his special day to share with us. I think it’s worth slotting his birthday into my month’s highlights. As it certainly made our day to see his smiling face and reminded us of our visits with him and his family. Good memories to be treasured.
Then there are photographs of other moments.
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“The Changing Seasons” – Su from Zimmerbitch