a longer walk than planned – first published 4 January 2013

Weston Shore
Weston Shore

Some days I just don’t feel like going out but, at the beginning of January 2013, my Moonwalk training diary told me I needed to walk ten miles. The walk I’d planned started on a familiar route and then led me into the unknown. Of course, for me, this is a recipe for getting lost. Still, if I wanted to be able to finish twenty-six-point-two Moonwalk miles by May I had to get out there and walk whether I wanted to or not. Continue reading a longer walk than planned – first published 4 January 2013

sales, sails and a spooky tale – first published 27 December 2012

Notice I let Commando go first
Notice I let Commando go first

Sometimes you walk past a place again and again without ever realising the secrets it’s hiding. The day after Boxing Day Commando and I walked down to see Commando Senior and he showed me one of his boyhood haunts. That was when I found out the little church on Peartree Green hid a grizzly secret. Continue reading sales, sails and a spooky tale – first published 27 December 2012

a surprise nine mile walk – first published 21 December 2012

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As Christmas 2012 approached, with bad weather and odd working days, not to mention all the Christmas palaver, I’d got almost two weeks behind with my Moonwalk training schedule. The short walks were easy enough to fit in, the long walks not so much. Still, the whole reason for starting the training so early was so I could have the odd missed long walk when the weather was dreadful, I was ill or life was too busy. Forward planning at its best. Even so, with one missed nine mile walk behind me, it was annoying to wake up on my next walking day to torrential rain. There was also the small problem of picking up the Christmas meat. Continue reading a surprise nine mile walk – first published 21 December 2012

ice fog and a double dose of good news – first published 12 December 2012

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The twelfth of December 2012 was supposed to be the day the world ended. Obviously it didn’t. After a terrible start with freezing fog for the walk to work things actually took a decided turn for the better. There were a few heart stopping moments along the way though and a Christmas tree mystery. Continue reading ice fog and a double dose of good news – first published 12 December 2012

an icy cold eight miles – first published 6 December 2012

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Althought the Moonwalk training was still in the early stages in December 2012 and the long walks were in single figure miles the weather made me reluctant to go out. Frost, ice and a forecast for sleet is never good walking weather. Still, if I was going to complete another walking marathon I had to do the training and I had a plan to cover the required number of miles. The only problem was part of it was new to me and I wasn’t entirely sure of the way… Continue reading an icy cold eight miles – first published 6 December 2012

problems, fudge and an intuitive eating experiment – first published 5 December 2012

Brave rhododendron
Brave rhododendron

Sometimes a day seems to be nothing but problems. This one, in December 2015 had more than its fair share and most of them came in the form of a certain entertainer. Add worrying about what to put on my Christmas list, the threat of snow and a hamper full of goodies I was desperately trying not to eat and you have a busy day. Continue reading problems, fudge and an intuitive eating experiment – first published 5 December 2012

some very scary news – first published 4 December 2012

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Mostly I don’t read the news. In my opinion half of it is scaremongering and the other half over exaggerated. All of it is depressing and there’s enough depression in the world without inviting it into your home. Generally I don’t watch the news on TV either, although I do eat my breakfast to GMTV or whatever they’re calling it these days. This is mostly because I like to know what the weather is likely to be doing before I have to go out in it and they have a handy little clock on the screen. Besides, the show is usually light and fluffy and I’m not really paying attention anyway. On 4 December 2012 though, there was a horrifying news item that almost made me choke on my granola. Continue reading some very scary news – first published 4 December 2012

Ice and the price of progress – first published 2 December 2012

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My first Moonwalk training walk of December 2012 took me on what was to become, more or less, one of my current walks to work. At the time, it was a walk I hadn’t done in years and some things weren’t how I remembered them at all. Sometimes it seems progress isn’t always for the better… Continue reading Ice and the price of progress – first published 2 December 2012

Mini Moonwalk training to Millers Pond – first published 30 November 2012

An icy start
An icy start

For my last Moonwalk training walk of November 2012 the training plan threw in a nice short walk to give me a break from the long walks. Either that or it was lulling me into a false sense of security. As the weather was decidedly cold and icy I can’t say I was disappointed. After a bit of map looking I decided to revist an old haunt from my childhood. In the thirty years or so since I’d last been to Millers Pond things had changed a little.

Continue reading Mini Moonwalk training to Millers Pond – first published 30 November 2012

Trying to find a long way to work – first published 27 November 2012

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Trying to fit in the short Moonwalk training walks was getting more difficult. Especially when, towards of November 2012, they became longer. All this meant trying to find a longer rote to walk to work. In theory this should have been easy enough to accomplish. In practice it turned out to be quite a faff. Hopefully no one was watching… Continue reading Trying to find a long way to work – first published 27 November 2012