A two-hour walk

I am so unfit!

Yesterday, a friend took me on a walk from RSPB Fairburn Ings through the countryside and the village of Ledsham, which has a marvellous pub, although of course we weren’t able to whet our whistle there on this occasion.

Instead we got very muddy and took photographs of

sheep, which my friend told me were thought to huddle in this way when they expected it to rain.

I was also intrigued to see a field of maize haulms still standing. I wonder what the farmer is going to do with them?

In addition to the photos, I came home with a bunch of ivy (Hedera helix) to decorate the house for Christmas. In January, I made a headband with Old Sleningford willow for the Wassail and decided that come Christmas it would make a good base for a wreath.

I just need to trim my holly bush and then I can get going with the creation. However, I was exhausted when I got home yesterday afternoon and thus slept for several hours, which meant a late night and then late start to today!

I definitely don’t feel in the festive mood this year. Colleagues have been sharing images of their trees and other decorations; and my neighbours have have their decorations up and out since November. But Brexit and the pandemic have been filling my thoughts.

Come what may, I hope you will all enjoy the next couple of weeks. And that 2021 will be a less lonely and worrying time.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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19 Responses to A two-hour walk

  1. Things will get better…they must! Take care, Helen.

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Sorry you are feeling less than festive. I found that once my decorations were up I started to feel more in the mood so I hope that works for you too. Take care, stay safe and warm and well fed and let’s hope for a better 2021.

    • Helen says:

      I still haven’t got round to putting the decorations up… but tomorrow will be the day. Got sidetracked by compost-making, which I always find very therapeutic.

      Anyway, thank you. We will certainly be well-fed!

      I hope your Christmas will be okay.

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        I had planned to stay home which is just as well as Wales locked down at midnight last night with very little warning! I have food, logs for the fire and plenty of books and crafty projects to keep me occupied. I am actually looking forward to it – no guilt for not being very sociable!

        • Helen says:

          I am pleased you will be comfortable 😊 and can have some guilt-free time.

          There is a man who lends me books in a neighbouring settlement, so I’m taking some back to him this afternoon in case there is a sudden lockdown here as well. And tomorrow I will do a raid of the charity shops again.

  3. We send you similar good wishes, Helen

  4. This will be a strange and lonely holiday season for so many. We just have to hang in there and try to do things we enjoy doing to help keep our minds off what is going on in the world around us. Take care and thanks for sharing.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you! I’m feeling much better since I aired my feelings in the blog post – no doubt, acknowledging it alleviated the discomfort.

      Today, I picked up a load of books from one of my ‘neighbours’. He isn’t a neighbour in as far as he’s about 7 miles away from me but we made contact through Nextdoor. Have you heard of this website/app?

      Anyway, there was a discussion about if and when libraries might be opening again, which led him to offer to lend me some of his books. This is the third lot I’ve borrowed and he’s introduced me to a load of authors I’d never come across before.

      • Sometimes really helps to get our thoughts and feelings out. Much better than keeping them inside to fester. That’s great you met such a good friend. I have not heard of the website.

        • Helen says:

          I’d heard of ‘Nextdoor’ but some people were saying it wasn’t any good and after experiences of similar, I assumed they were right. Then at the start of the pandemic I got a letter inviting me to join.

          I have notifications switched off so that I’m not bombarded by all kinds of stuff I think is irrelevant but it’s useful for communicating with the community in a day an age when there isn’t the locus of the church, or even the pub.

          • I use Facebook for a similar reason. Over 10 years ago I joined a group that had a lot of scammers. I didn’t know any better at the time but I soon learned. When you can’t get out online sites your friends and family are a part of is a good way to keep in touch.

          • Helen says:

            Yes, definitely! Online has been the saviour of many people, particularly at this time.

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