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Walking to everywhere

Walking. Nothing much to it. You need two feet, some sort of covering to protect your tootsies and appropriate clothing. 30 minutes of your time, and according to some doctors, health experts, opinion makers, you have completed your workout for the day. Enough said. Take off those tennies and relax.

But WAIT! What if you made walking a regular part of your life? What if walking became your mode of transportation for most of your day? What if walking were the key to living your healthiest life and walking just five miles a day was all it took?

People who live to be 100 seem to have several things in common, but the most often shared trait is walking at least 5 miles a day. Not as a means of exercise, “oh I have to work out,” but just as means of living, of getting around. (Check out the Blue Zones for more info and read the book!) Even if you have never considered living to be 100, wouldn’t it be nice if you lived healthy until you died? Walking could be just the key to doing exactly that!

Consider taking a walk to work or parking some distance and walking the rest of the way. Walking clears your head. Allows you to think and just makes the day better. I’ve been doing it for some time, but being here in England, I am walking everywhere. I’ll share more about my walking soon, but for now, here’s some lovely shots from the day I walked from Truro, Cornwall, to Threemilestone, Cornwall.

Sounds like a nice walk
Look down, Beauty in unexpected places
Great name for a part of the path
A side lane
It’s not easy being green, but it sure is beautiful!
A peek into the grass
over flowing stream made crossing this part of the road tricky
How green was your valley?
I’m walking, yes indeed I’m walking

Though walking is a treat in a beautiful setting, it can be just as much fun on the streets. Walk on my friends, walk on!!

Hey, and one more thing…

Never take for granted what you have right this moment!

If you enjoyed this post, please share. I love your comments. Tell me about your favorite walk of all times!

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An American in England

An American in England! Our adventure began on February 11, 2014, when our flight, which was to be on the 12th, was canceled. Rescheduled for the 14th, with three layovers instead of two, all went without a hitch and we landed in Bristol, England at 9:40 on the 15th. With five bags between us, 2 backpacks and a tote, we found a cart to haul it around and made our way to the taxi stand where our cabbie managed to cram it all in the back of his wee cab. Since we usually travel Europe, each with a carry-on size suitcase and a backpack, I was rather embarrassed to have so much luggage. We looked so…well…American. I found myself explaining to people how we are staying for three months. We don’t normally have this much luggage, yada, yada, yada…Anyway, here we are and after a day and half settling in to our flat in Bristol, we made our way to Birmingham for a trade show.

The Crown Plaza at the NEC in Birmingham, sits on Pendigo Lake. There are little platforms jutting into the lake on which fishermen sit every day. The lake is lovely, but were it not surrounded by large industrial pavilions and a major construction site for a CASINO, it would be better! Someone, someday, must explain to me the draw of a casino. I just don’t get it.

I walked around the lake this afternoon to capture the sun for the brief period it made itself known, and watched the honkers (what I know as Canadian Geese) feeding along the shore. Then as I rounded the far side, a pair were in hot pursuit of a fisherman finishing up for the day. He had dumped the rest of his bait into the water, and one of the pair was quite keen on scooping it up, while his mate honked along 20 yards behind him. Loved watching them. 

So I am, I believe, almost adjusted to the time difference. I am planning to sleep well tonight. I just wanted to get this page set up on my site and check in with you all. So stay tuned for better posts and pictures. I am without my cord to hook up camera to computer, so will be next week before I can get pictures posted.

Looking forward to much adventure in buying, cooking and eating here in England. I’ll be back to fill you in on how that goes soon! XO