Week In Review – Week 2 -8/1/17-14/1/17

This week I have taken a grand total of 33249 steps, less than last weeks step total.  I am still struggling with the darkness of the evenings and getting out and about while being safe.  I also managed to hurt my shoulder which hasn’t helped much – especially with walking Roxy, as I have been worried about doing it any more damage, so have been taking it easy.  I have also been struggling with my energy levels and tiredness, I had blood tests just before Christmas and am awaiting a meeting with my Doctor to discuss my thyroid function.  I have been medicated in the past as I have an under-active thyroid and think I may need to take medication again.  I can’t wait for the meeting with my doctor to find out as at the moment the lack of energy and tiredness that I’m experiencing is getting really frustrating.  Fingers crossed that it will all be solved soon and I will be back to my active self!

We have had some cold weather here and on Friday we finally got the snow that had been threatened!  It started snowing on Thursday after a lot of sleety rain so I wasn’t entirely convinced that anything would stick at all.  What we did have was a fairly light covering which had, mostly, disappeared by the afternoon.  It was worse in work than at home as it was icy under foot and the gritters had not been out there.  I’m quite glad that it didn’t come to much as it can stop you doing so much.

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I am not making too many plans regarding my activity levels this week apart from try to do more steps than last week as I think this is a better, and more achievable goal than aiming for 10000 steps each day and failing.  Lets see what happens!

What are your plans this week?

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Look Out For

Another new addition to the blog!  This will be a monthly series and will outline things that you may find on your walks.  I decided o add this series into my blog as away to make walks more interesting, whether you are walking alone or with friends and family.  There is so much to see, not just on a season to season basis but month to month and week to week too.  There are lots of different things to see, as you will find in this series, whether it be things caused by weather, animals, plant life or anything else that may be of interest.  So, this month I am focusing on things you can “Look Out For” in January.

January may be cold and dark and feel like it stretches on for the longest time but it is also the month where you get to see some amazing things and notice others that hint at the warmer months to come.

First is the frost, not just any frost though, there is a type of frost called Hoar Frost (http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/reports/wxfacts/Hoar-Frost.htm ) which leaves a spiky frost in its wake.  The weather has been perfect for this kind of frost to form, the air is damp with water droplets and we have been experiencing freezing, clear nights which help the frost to form.  It is a really beautiful sight and there are some lovely images that can be captured in photographs.

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Image from https://www.britannica.com/science/hoarfrost

January can also mean rain and mud and soft earth, this is perfect for spotting trails left by animals.  Footprints can be left by all manner of animals, from domesticated pets like dogs and cats, to wild animals such as foxes and badgers and birds.  See if you can spot any prints left by animals, what do you think they were made by? There are some useful identification charts available from HERE.

Walking through woodland or where trees and brambles grow can give really good indications of preparations being made for spring, buds will be forming ever so slowly to start, but if you look you will see signs of life starting to appear all around you!  Keep an eye out for greenery poking through the earth as well!

What have you noticed on your walks this January so far?