It could be fair to say that walking was a significant occupation during May, with the sun accompanying us most days. On others, rain clouds and droplets, luckily we were the sensible ones with raincoats. All in all, those walks gave us a sense of achievement and escapism, if just for a short while.
Heading towards the railway bridge which has a walking/cycling path to Matapihi – a well used path by myself and others.
Nothing extraordinary about myself been out and about walking; for the Squire, it takes much more strength, mentally and physically, to get out the door and clock up 5 kms or more. We see it as filling his ‘strength bank account’, the less activity he does, the more he becomes depleted, and if he doesn’t put some strength back in again before his treatment, then he’s going to use up all his bank account. That’s the theory we are clinging on to. We have always had a rainy day account; this challenge is no exception.
The theory of a contribution into a strength bank account, can be applied to all of us, like pennies in a money box, it all adds up relatively fast if done regularly. Before you know it, there’s a substantial amount to sustain you when needing an extra boost of strength.
Autumn’s last hooray
It’s presence has intensified this month with more pretty bursts of colour, more noticeable by myself when I am fully engaged within our neck of the woods, not woods per se, more like leafy neighbouring streets, estuary paths and parks than deeply wooded areas.
Back to Talking about Walking
I’ve always loved walking.
The simplicity and freedom of it.
No tying or troublesome equipment needed, just a serviceable pair of feet.
Planes, trains, ships, cars, bikes, horses and donkeys all limit you in one way or another.
With foot travel, barring walking on air and walking on water, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want.
You don’t have to look at a timetable, you don’t have to wait for a ride, you don’t have to spend much money and you don’t have to buy loads of gear.
All you have to do is point your feet to the north, south, east or west.
Walking creates an intoxicating sense of possibility you don’t experience with any other form of locomotion.
These are some the reasons why I love walking.
Now it’s time to take a Squizzy around our neighbourhood and beyond
This shot was taken from the local jetty before my jaunt up and around the Mount.
McLaren Falls Park – requiring a 20 minute car ride
A frequented walking path and a stones throw from our abode.
Lastly something purple for Jude’s photo challenge – Life in Colour [the focus during May was purple] – A purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) named a Pūkeko in Aotearoa/New Zealand.