So after liberally applying sun cream, we set off through the town and down to the river. First field we came across was full of cows; I wasn’t impressed but thankfully they were a long way away so I was quite brave and didn’t actually start running at any point.
The sheep field held no such fear and my heart rate returned to normal as we enjoyed the sun on our backs and the sound of the water as it meandered its way downstream.
We saw several people out walking with dogs or children or both, as it was half term. Not one walked by without speaking. Several thought we were doing the Coast-to-Coast so explained each time we lived locally. This inevitably led to more questions when it became abundantly clear that we didn’t ‘sound’ local.
We bought lunch in the village and devoured it at 10:30am as we’d been walking since 7. We enjoyed the sound of birdsong and saw tree blossom and wild flowers. Also a rusting piece of machinery which I thought had been dumped until I saw a plaque advising that it was an industrial artifact.
We wandered back leisurely, again stopping and chatting every few minutes it seemed, arriving home early afternoon and after making a pot of tea, sat in the garden to read and relax.
What a wonderful thing to be fit and healthy and able to enjoy the simple things in life. The cost of our day was £3.00 for our lunch but the feel-good factor was priceless. Definitely one to store in the archives.
Will be in touch again soon and as ever, thank you for reading.