I have been doing well with my walking, going nearly every weekday since the start of the year unless it has been really pouring down with rain - it isn't going to do my health any good to catch pneumonia is it!
My routine has settled in such that I go out at my nominal lunchtime for a 30 minute walk and then come home eat lunch and start "working" again. This is all great, but I am finding that I am now a little bored of trudging the same paths every day especially as I cannot go off road because it is so wet everywhere.
Today I needed to go to a neighbouring village to collect something, so I was tossing up going for my walk early, then going out to do my errand, or waiting till lunchtime and then going on the errand. In the end I decided that a change of scene would be good, so dressed in my old clothes that I wear for walking - I don't look totally like a bag lady, just nearly - I drove to the other village, went in and got what I needed - to a few looks askance - and then drove to a nearby car park to leave my car before I started on my walk.
Of course I took my camera to capture a few pictures to share. After all, just look what a beautiful day it is! Although it is very cold indeed!!!
I love the bare tree branches against the sky, especially when you can see the great big fat buds that are going to be bursting into life!
This pond is a little messy looking due to what looks like a large quantity of pond weed, I think it needs a clear up.
The bulrushes are spectacular though!!
I headed off around the playing field.
In a recent walk post I showed you some gorse flowers and some of you asked what gorse is. Well, these fluffy shrubby shaped lumps below with the tiny yellow flowers are gorse. It is very prickly!
Although the sky was blue and the clouds and contrails beautiful, underfoot the ground was very squelchy and wet indeed, so I turned to go back to the footpath.
I did have a little laugh though. On one side of the road is the playing field with all sorts of sports facilities such as these tennis courts, and on the other is a pub! A very nice pub with great signs though.
There are several churches in this village. This is just one of them.
A little further along I came across this clutch of foothpath signs. Sadly all going to muddy places. I will try then on a drier day.
This village has a lot more older buildings than the one that I live in. This was an old telephone exchange but is now two houses. There are all sorts of interesting paths and roads in this village to take you to all kinds of places. I need to explore here more!
There was another pub too, I haven't tried this one so I cannot comment on how good it is.
There must have been a windmill in this village years ago, something else to explore sometime.
There were lots of lovely plants growing in peoples front gardens. I tried to take pictures discreetly. This forest of yucca's - below - was amazing and puts my couple to shame!
This big fat magnolia bud is so pretty isn't it with its furry coating. The tree will be beautiful when all of the flowers are out. Another thing that I spotted and loved is this little holly tree sprouting out of a great big holly hedge. I wonder if someone is trying to make it into a topiary.
Any ideas what the ring on the top of this post box is for? I don't know. I assume that it isn't to facilitate thieves pulling it out of the ground with a great big crane....
I am always amazed that nearly every time I go for a walk I will see at least one lost glove. So sad. I guess that it keeps glove makers in business.
Then we were back at the start where I had parked my car. This is the villages war memorial. The poppy wreathes stay in place all year until just before Remembrance Day when new ones are laid.
My change of scene walk was just what I needed! It was good to do something different and I got to share it with you and get my errand done. A win all round!! Hope you enjoyed it and that you are having a good week!