Sunday, 6 September 2015

A Sunday Stroll

As part of my new walking regime we went for a Sunday Stroll this morning.  It ended up being over 6,500 steps in fact, so not too shabby for my step count which is continuing to increase each day and is way higher than it has ever been before!  It might not be 100% accurate, I have no idea, but it is increasing and it is encouraging and that is what I wanted.

I have never taken you for a walk around the village where I live because I didn't think it would be that interesting.  However, today I went camera in hand.  With two reasons in mind.  One, stopping to take a photo would be a good excuse if I got puffed out and two, to challenge myself to find something to take pictures of.

Turns out that there was more to take pictures of than I was expecting and that I didn't need to stop for any puffed out breaks.  I only stopped when I saw something interesting to photograph!  You might be seeing more of the village!

Just as we were walking out the end of our road I saw this little clump of cyclamen just coming into flower in a patch of long grass and trees.



The other things that had been flowering have now finished, and the leaves are starting to change colour.  I am still denying that autumn is coming yet though!!!



Then as we rounded the corner, there were even more cyclamen.  A whole host of them in fact!!  It really was a beautiful sight.  We have just bought some more to plant in the garden, but it will be a long time before we have a display like this.


As we walked further, there were other things to spot.  This long row of perennial geraniums which have escaped from someones garden.

 

There were so many beautiful berries of all different kinds.  These are Pyracantha.


We turned down a little lane and were surprised to see that the bracken growing in the wooded area was as tall as us!  It doesn't look nearly this tall when you drive past.  Shows that you have to get out and actually see these things.



We carried on wandering down the lane and then stuck our head into the allotments to admire the sunflowers someone has been growing.




A little further on I spotted a pineapple on this wall.  So of course I had to take a photo of it!  I always photograph stone pineapples when I see them!  Another one of my eccentricities!! 


More berries, this time on a Rowan Tree.  Isn't it fabulous!!!  The birds are going to enjoy eating all of these.


As we arrived back home, the sky was a bright blue - this photo is just as I took it - and there was not a cloud to be seen.  Now there are some white puffy clouds floating by, but they are travelling past and not raining, so that is fine with me!


I stopped in the garden to take a couple of pictures that I have been meaning to share with you.  My yucca which started to have one baby last year is now having another one.  Also, there are more new shoots coming out of the top!  Very exciting!!!!



We have berries at home too.  A lovely Cotoneaster in our garden and another Pyracantha in our neighbours.  The birds will soon strip all of the berries from these, in fact I am sure that one flew out of the Pyracantha when I was photographing it, he was probably having a little snack and I disturbed him!


I hope that you enjoyed my little walk!  We didn't go for miles and miles, but we did do nearly 3 miles and I have already done the most steps I have done in a day since I started monitoring on Tuesday.  The total will be even higher by the end of today.  I wonder if I can hit the magic 10,000?  Probably not, but we will see!

Happy weekending, whatever you are doing!

Amy

46 comments:

  1. Lovely walk and beautiful photos, Amy! Walking benefits the body and the mind and the soul. :)
    My favourite photo is the one of your Cotoneaster. And oh, how I would like to live in a place where cyclamen can naturalize in the woods and shady borders!
    Happy Sunday! xx

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  2. Great to have all that prettiness right on the doorstep, very encouraging for the count too. You now have a tried and tested route towards the big 10,000. x

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  3. It is so beautiful to see the pics of your area.
    Here we see colours changing too.
    But we still have a blue sky and hot weather.
    love the sunflowers!!!!! and the hidden cyclamen!!
    Our planet is so beautiful.
    Miss, xx

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  4. Thank you for sharing! I love cyclamens, wonderful to see them growing wild. Well done for getting out and walking. I have set myself a challenge when at work and that is to walk at lunchtimes as I have a sit down office job. Have a great week Leah xxx

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  5. So lovely to see pics of where you live. You know I'm always banging on about getting outside and taking the time to really look at small things and it is amazing what you notice in places you think you're already really familiar with. SO pleased the step-monitoring is going well too. It is a glorious day today here too- warm sun and blue skies xx

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  6. beautiful photos -- thank you for the tour around your village, what a lovely spot.

    i imagine you'll be up to the magic 10,000 in no time -- walking really is the absolute best exercise and just as effective as any other. i think the FitBit is a great tool -- both to keep track and to motivate....and it's amazing to know how much walking we do without even thinking about it! i think the perils of most exercise regimes lie in the assumption that if we're not heaving and blowing at the end of it, we haven't done any good...which is off-putting before we even start!

    the sight of all those berries makes me grin quite stupidly -- i just keep thinking how happy the birds must be to see them! xo

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  7. I am pleased that the step counting is going well, such a good idea I may join you with that to get myself a little fitter. Its amazing when you are looking after others how little care you take of yourself. Some beautiful photos, amazing what is on your doorstep.

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  8. A lovely virtual stroll - thank you so much! We have blue sky too, today, here in Torbay!
    Margaret P

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  9. I so enjoyed walking along with you Amy! You must definitely take your camera along with you more often as there seems to be lots of things to photograph and share with us. I love seeing where others live, especially when my blogging friends are in a different country. Congratulations with your continued walking!! You've got me thinking of picking one of these fitbits up just to see how far I walk (I usually judge by time).
    Wendy

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  10. what a lovely walk. I do love nosying into allotments x

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  11. What a great walk isn't it nice to get out and about whilst the sun is still shining? Well done on 6,500 steps - far more than I've done today. I was talking to some friends on friday who use those fitbit wrist band pedometers and love them:)

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  12. Beautiful berries. I love how berries always stand out so brilliantly against miles and miles of green.

    Right now the beautyberry is in form here. I always stop to take a picture of each one, even though they all look the same. LOL

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  13. Don't you find that as soon as you decide to take a camera with you, you see the world differently? You look for beauty, and if you look - you usually find. Great photos.
    Amalia
    xo

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  14. It's lovely getting out and about, even a stroll around the neighbourhood can do wonders, especially when the sun's shining. There's loads of berries on my cotoneaster too, the birds are loving them.

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  15. Nice walk, I didn't realize cyclamens could be wild.

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  16. We do the same thing . I love walking and have also been tracking my steps with a pedometer and I am up to 7000 a day now I take Miggs with me so she does double lol poor dog but she enjoys it as much as I do . I to love taking photos as we are walking of things about our village valley as well . Thanks for taking us with you . Lovely photos keep on steppin girl it is good for the soul.

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  17. Well done on getting out there and having a good walk. There's always something to see isn't there, and always something different as well. I loved the glimpse of the allotments (you knew I would!) and also the stone pineapple, love stone pineapples. CJ xx

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  18. Lovely walk, I enjoyed joining you for it. It's amazing what you see when the pace is slower. I hope that your walking continues to be so enjoyable.

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  19. I find it's amazing how much more you discover and notice in your surroundings when you have a camera in hand! Thanks for taking us along on your lovely walk.

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  20. Surprising what you can see when you really look isn't it. I enjoyed the stroll with you most enjoyable and what wonderful weather we are having today.

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  21. Your walk looks lovely Amy. Our sunflowers in the garden are just starting to open out. The weather here in Cumbria has also been lovely today - bright blue skies. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  22. What a lovely walk it looks. I'll look forward to seeing more of your village as you clock up those steps!

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  23. I did enjoy our walk together!!! i can't believe you have cyclamen growing wild in the yards! So pretty!

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  24. Wow thanks for sharing your lovely walk. Good on ya for walking. We are big walkers and it's a great way to get out, get your body oxygenized and see so many different things you never see driving by. And I get lots of good ideas about gardens ,paint colours , all sorts of stuff. Gosh you live in such a pretty village! And a sunny day makes us all feel good!! I was going to say have a super Sunday but I think it's evening there now . Have a great Monday!

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  25. It's sunny here today too - doesn't it make a difference?! Well done on the step count and your walk looks lovely - not sure I've ever noticed cyclamen growing in the wild. Wishing you many happy autumnal walks. xx

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  26. Oh I did this in the spring in our village, it's amazing what you see when you walk and take notice of your surrounding isn't it? Some fabulous late summer pictures ;) there Amy. Great news about your step count too! X

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  27. I enjoyed walking your village walk with you Amy - lots to see!
    Oh those sunflowers - they are so worth waiting for - maybe you could ask the person at the allotment if you could have a few seeds!?
    Great photos and good on you for making 6500 steps!
    Hugs

    Shane x

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  28. How funny that we are on opposite sides of the world, but we both have cyclamen flowering outside.
    I usually walk around my local streets, always something to see in the gardens - especially if you are curious like me.

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  29. A lovely walk - very pretty. And well done you for counting your steps. :) x

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  30. Those sunflowers look really healthy. Ours are not that big - in height or in head size - this year. I blame the cold and the rain we've had this "summer".

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  31. Lovely Amy and thanks for taking us along, although I've definitley not done any steps just looking at it on the laptop.(giggle). We took a walk on Saturday along a path we'd no done before, but I forgot to take my camera, so we'll have to do that again. My comment on your last post disappeared so I must email some time this week and talk. The berries look great for you this autumn so all the birds should have full tummies. Take care.

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  32. This is just my kind of post! I love taking walks and noticing plants and flowers and little things (and big things).

    Have seen you around forever in bloggy friends' comment sections ... ought to have stopped by sooner! :)

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  33. Things are looking lovely in your land, Amy! Go, go, go! Let's keep walking. I didn't go to the park at all today, just the grocery store so not as many steps.

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  34. Looks like a nice day for a lovely walk and so many nice things to see. :-) We had one big nice sunflower that was Kathleen's (my youngest) and the birds destroyed it! I love birds a lot and we do a lot in the yard to attract them but it's sad when they destroy certain flowers etc. But such is the cycle of life, lol. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  35. Hi Amy :)

    You live in such a lovely area! I wish you luck with your walking. And it was lovely to learn more about your work. I can't imagine a more interesting job :)

    xo,
    rue


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  36. Good for you for all those steps! You should be proud of yourself.
    Those cyclamen are quite amazing. I can't keep them alive in my house and you have them growing in the wild!

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  37. There's a lot of lovely things to see in your village. All the berries will make the birds fat and happy. Isn't an autumn blue sky just the prettiest thing?

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  38. Going for a walk not only is good for your health, it's also good for learning to see how much beautiful things are to be seen everywhere !
    Ps : the photo with the blue sky and just the top of the tree - great !

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  39. What a lovely walk from your front door. I love carpets of cyclamen too and the photos of the berries are just wonderful.

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  40. I so enjoyed the stroll from the comfort of my armchair!!'lovely pictures. Xx

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  41. It looks like you had a lovely walk, we went out yesterday morning with the dog blackberry & sloe picking, forgot to take the camera though xx

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  42. Aren't those cyclamen lovely? And to see them growing wild as well, that's quite a treat! Good for you on your 6,500 steps - definitely not shabby at all! I think it's easy to get out and walk when you've got a dog (even if you don't want to sometimes!) so you get extra points for getting up and going out when it would be much easier not to! xx

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  43. Good for you taking all those steps and in such a beautiful place. I loved your walk and I would love to see more of where you live, it looks really beautiful and peaceful.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  44. Well done on increasing your steps, Amy! What a pretty walk, it's amazing what you notice when you slow down and look rather than zooming past in the car isn't it? I don't have any berries on my cotoneaster, I wonder what that means? xx

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  45. Good for you my Girlie! Keep up that walking - great job!!
    I love all the beautiful photos and especially the signs of Fall. Blessings to you as you continue on your journey of many steps! ;)
    xoxo

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  46. I love these types of walks which turn into nature walks! At the end of these walks I always feel spiritually alive. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. I love the cyclamen and the Rowan tree. I miss my pyracantha.

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