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Topic: Walking Shoes - Walking and Other Exercise

  1. Elizabeth CP
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    5 June 2021 in reply to Shelll

    I've been struggling due to the lockdown. Feeling trapped at home is a real trigger for me. I can't be in the house with any doors locked and won't have window locks. My psych encouraged me to get out preferably twice a day even though we are supposed to only go out once. He insisted it is essential for my MH. Last year I was told to carry his contact details in case I was stopped by the police so they could speak to him to verify that I need to be out.

    Today we went to a nearby park within my 1km limit but outside the 5km limit. Walking over the dam wall was shocking as the wind was freezing & so strong but once we got into the bush it stopped the wind. The track around the lake was extremely busy but the bush track was very quiet. Along the was was some relics of an old tramline used to cart rocks. It was interesting reading the information panels. One section I noticed when looking from one direction the trees were in straight lines and all similar age apart from a few saplings. I guess it was planted some time ago. At the high point we sat on a rock to have a snack before heading back via a different route. One track followed the boundary of the parl with forest one side and expensive houses on large blocks on the other. One house had a tennis court. Another had a large cubby and lots of play equipment for kids. I particularly like a white weatherboard house with a big verandah on the west side providing shade in summer and a room on the north with lovely big attractive windows on the north which would give lots of sun in the winter and a lovely view of the park.

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    5 June 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Dear Shell,

    You are an inspiration! I really enjoy reading about your walks, you have a wonderful way of connecting people to your experiences. I greatly appreciate your encouragement, so thank you so much for all your sharing and the care you show people, me included.

    I did feel like I had a mini holiday yesterday. I was pleased with myself that I went for a drive and walk somewhere different. Yes it was a little adventure and like a mini holiday.

    Being in the storm was a little concerning as I had no idea how long the rain was going to last, the bush I was trying to shelter under was only a metre high and sparse. My car was an hour's walk away and the temperature was dropping.

    I did have a laugh to myself though at my predicament and wondered what I looked like huddled under a bush!

    Next time I may take a back pack and a rain jacket.

    I hope to return there some time for a further look along different tracks.

    This morning I did more stretches and gathered up some sticks and branches before work. I found some awful prickly weeds as well and started to pull them up.

    I'm considering new places I can go walking another day.

    Cheers to you Shell and to all reading, from Dools

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    5 June 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Thanks for sharing how you are feeling and also the story about your walk. Our state has not been in lock down for a while now so I have forgotten what it is like. We have a large block, so I had been able to have a decent walk around and around the block in different directions during our lock down.

    It is interesting seeing what people have in their gardens and yards. I like walking around the streets in the bigger towns near us as they all seem to have loads of water for their gardens. Some are very attractive and colourful.

    While walking about in our garden this morning I noticed the sour sobs are starting to grow and there was a little grass about 3 cm high poking out of the dirt in sparse patches.

    Hope you have more freedom soon Elizabeth!

    Cheers form Dools

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  4. Shelll
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    5 June 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi dear Elizabeth, you would have felt extremely alive walking over that dam wall. Invigorating plus plus plus. Icy! Did you have rosy cheeks after the freezing wind?

    I am sorry you seem to be feeling trapped. Wish I could help so you wouldn't feel it.. Hopefully the lock downs will be all over soon. And you can feel more free.

    You noticed quite a lot on your walk. Did that get you out of your other possible thoughts, maybe the trapped feeling? Even if it was for just a little while? Was there water in the dam at all?

    Love beautiful large verandahs. The old fashioned timber plank ones mostly. There have a homey warmth about them. Plus they can look real good.

  5. Shelll
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    5 June 2021

    I walked out on the breakwater path again tonight. Oh my gosh it was icy cold out there. The thick jacket I had on was toasty though. Had to borrow a beanie. My face felt very much awake. I am not sure why I like that sensation so much. Just helps my head be clear or something as well. I also like breathing in deep the chilly air. Which I did.

    It was pretty dark out, so we were walking via torch this time. I could make out the white foamy bits on the waves. When there was a wave that is. The ocean was mostly calm as was the port.

    We walked to the end and back. Once back we heard what sounded like drums. It was echoing over to us. Not stressful sounding drums, but rather a peaceful gentle rhythm. We spotted the person playing it. They were sitting on a picnic table seat. Undercover. I liked what he was playing. Sort of soothing.

  6. Shelll
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    5 June 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Oh gosh Mrs D, that bush you were sheltering under wasn't very high was it?

    You sound a little more cheery perhaps? That is so very good that you had a little laugh to yourself. And yeah.. it was a mini holiday you chose to go on.

    And if you had a back pack you could carry binoculars in it as well. And see if you could see any birds in any trees. And pop your lunch in your back pack too and have another cute little picnic somewhere.

    You do good to do your stretches. Good discipline.

    And awe Mrs D thankyou for the kindness in saying what you said about me. Super sweet of you

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    6 June 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Dear Shell,

    You are so welcome to my words of appreciation and thanks. So many people on this forum have helped and assisted me, I greatly appreciate the support and care from wonderful people such as yourslef and everyone else who reaches out to someone in this community.

    I'm off for a walk this morning along the usual road as I am hoping to attend Church this morning then I have work.

    During the week I will consider another place I can go walking and exploring, like you said Shell I can take drinks and lunch in a back pack. If I head out alone I let my husband know where I am going.

    Stretching is so beneficial for my body. I used to do a lot more stretching and Pilates moves at home. Need to get back into the routine again.

    The sun is trying to come up in a dark grey sky, we may have some much needed rain today...I will take my rain jacket with me! There are no bushes to hide under along the road I will walk this morning. It looks too windy out there for an umbrella unless I want to try to be Mary Poppins!

    Yes, Shell I am feeling more cheerful, thanks. Think I just needed to let everything out on Friday!

    Wishing you and all reading a day where in the evening you have things to be thankful for. Cheers all from Dools

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    6 June 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Mentioning huddling under a bush in the rain reminded me of a walk we did in the UK. Started off fine but then around lunch time it bucketed down and keep raining the rest of the day. We huddled under some massive rocks to eat our lunch. We were already soaked but at least we kept our lunch from being soaked. Several hours later we emerged from the forest soaked to the skin and walked to the nearest town to visit a castle which at least gave some shelter and allowed us to dry off a little before catching the bus home. That was an adventure!!!
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  9. Shelll
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    6 June 2021

    Today I walked in a couple of different areas.

    I headed out to the beach and walked on the breakwater path. Walked to the end and back. Such a beautiful sunny day, with a bluey sky. The port water was glistening in the sun and gentle waves were coming in and even gently crashing into the rocks. I felt so calmed by the movement. Just so gentle.

    The gates of Lighthouse hill were opened, being a Sunday. The hill branches of from the path. So I decided to walk up there as well. I turned around halfway up and looked in the direction of where I just walked on up. So very colourful and pretty. I could see a cargo ship heading back out to sea. The bottom half of it was a rustic red colour. I could see green from the shrubs growing on the side of hill road. And also from the small grassey mountain straight ahead. A sandy colour from the sand dunes and beach. That so bluey sky, with absolutely no clouds. The glistening port water that was a different shade of blue with a bit of grey. And parts of the now thin breakwater path. It just didn't look as wide from up where I was. Plenty of people walking on it too. I took a few photos of it. Wish I could show whoever is reading this. Just so beautiful.
    Anyways I walked up to the top of Lighthouse Hill. Peered into the windows of the small white cottages. They are locked up. Peered over the concrete /stone wall at all the ocean below. And the end of Breakwater Path. I had an extremely good view of the cargo ship coming out as well.

    I walked back down the hill and continued to walk to the end of the path. Once there I perched up against a large rock. Which felt quite comfortable for a rock. I watched for ages the waves coming in and crashing onto the rocks just on the right of me. I was up high some, and knew I wouldn't be splashed.
    I walked on back.

    Later on I walked through my sisters garden. And smelt such a sweet scent coming from the pink roses that grow near the little bridge. There wasn't a lot of roses blooming.
    I leaned over the fence and looked at the chickens rustling around in their large home. Cute..

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  10. Shelll
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    7 June 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP
    Morning Elizabeth.. Love your adventure story.
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    7 June 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Hahaha.. Loved watching Mary Poppins. We saw a live performance of it.

    Do you walk to church then Mrs D?

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    8 June 2021

    Ah a very Good Morning to anyone reading.

    Yesterday I visited an old town. I walked up the main shopping street. Walked into a few op shops that were close together. The salvos being the first one. Noticed a huge collection of dolls sitting on a shelf. They just stood out, because there were so many of them. They were dressed in elegant looking dresses. I was looking for any clothing though that I liked, some kind of basket for our kitty to sleep in. And of course books. I didn't buy anything from that shop or the others.

    Earlier I had walked around the shopping centre that was there

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    8 June 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell and All reading,

    The Church I attend is almost 20 kilometres from where we live. I went for a walk near home and then went off to Church and work after changing.

    Yesterday's walk was along a dirt road, it was extremely windy so I was thankful for a little rain the night before to settled the dirt. In the afternoon we did have a dust storm, so I guess the soil had dried out again.

    During the walk, I stopped to watch some lambs frolicking, they are so cute.

    Not sure I will have time for a walk today. We are having a Cancer Council Morning Tea at work so I am going to join in with that, do some volunteering and then work.

    I'm thinking of going out for a drive on Thursday to a different area for a walk and a picnic lunch. Depends on the weather as to where I go.

    Hope you all have a good day.

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    8 June 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth and All,

    I like your story about being soaked in the UK. We were in an Asian country out walking and we caught in a tropical down pour. The umbrellas were absolutely useless in such a deluge.

    We struggles to find a taxi that would stop for 2 soaked tourists. Eventually one took pity on us and drove us back to our hotel.

    Upon entering the foyer, there was a stand with a huge sign asking people to place their wet umbrellas in the plastic bags provided so water did not drip on the floor.

    We proceeded to do just that, meanwhile creating pools of water around us as we were literally dripping wet. Our umbrellas were the least of our problems as we squelched across the floor to the lifts. It was such a ridiculous situation I couldn't stop laughing.

    Cheers all from Dools

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    8 June 2021 in reply to Doolhof
    Ah that is funny Mrs D
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    8 June 2021 in reply to Doolhof
    Talking about getting soaked. We were in NZ camping near a lake. We noticed a sign warning that the lake could rise quickly in a storm but we thought we were a decent distance away and it was perfect weather. Half way through the night the rain started. Then I heard other campers getting up & cars driving off. It was still pitch black so I tried to ignore the situation until I gave in and put my hand outside the tent to feel a few inches of water. I then got up took my stuff to the car and sat in the car watching the situation. My daughters were still asleep. As soon as it started getting light I woke them up and passed plastic bags to them to put the bedding in to carry it to the car. We threw the wet tent in without attempting to fold it. We stopped near a shelter for breakfast watching massive waves crashing over the rocks and then headed up a mountain pass. There was so much water coming down the cliffs beside the road it felt like driving through a car wash. We stopped to see a waterfall. We dressed in waterproof clothes and started trying to avoid the puddles but after a while gave up as we were soaked to the skin anyway. The waterfall was incredible due to the volume of water. We stooped at a few other places which were also exciting due to the heavy rain. We were so wet it no longer mattered. On returning to the car after one stop we noticed the car in front stopped by the police. After they left back the way we came the police stopped us to say the bridge ahead was washed away. The alternative route involved going back were we'd come days before 500+km out of our way. We stopped near the lake were we'd camp. The tables and chairs we'd camped near were 50-100m from the waters edge. We ended up staying in a cabin. Every single thing in the car was soaked even things that we hadn't taken outside. The water must have been forced into the boot due to the pressure of the water we drove through. My daughter commented that they at least got a chance at a real west coast adventure. Thankfully the bridge was repaired so we could get through the next day safely!!!
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  17. Shelll
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    I am out sitting on comfy rock at the very end of breakwater path. My face is cold, just how I like it, from the chilly air out here.. No one else at the end, nice and quite except for the waves breaking on the rocks below me. I am watching them now.....ah yeah just heard a deep roar then whoosh they crash and that white foam water sort of swirls around. The deeper the roar sound the larger the splash. It is more calmer now. The ocean is a greeny gray colour.

    About to walk back now....

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    This afternoon I walked with my sister in that historical town. Such a beautiful town with cobble stone path store fronts.

    One of the first things we noticed was masses and masses of yellow/light orange leaves covering the path. You could hardly see the path. The tree.. the one losing them was growing in someone's front yard. Their lawn was covered with the same mass. You could harldly see the grass. Incredible. A few leaves even gentle fluttered down to us. Further on we walked through a pile of crunchy leaves from some other type of tree. We bent down too to smell people's roses. Some with scents some not.

    We walked right to the end of this street. Then started hearing bellowing from cows. Then we saw them on a bit of a hill in a paddock. A paddock with an electric fence. We walked around a corner and some kind of water bird with tall skinny legs was casually walking across the road.

    Looking across and they were looking at us too. Were 3 alpacas or llamas. We were not sure which. Such unusual looking animals. One had a fringe of light wavy hair. The fringe was long making him look cute and funny...funny as in the way he was trying to see us through his fringe.

    After talking with them a while we kept walking. A few dogs were barking at us from their yards. And right at the end of our walk, we sat down on the old bathtub seats and chatted a while. It was night time now..... Then Woof Woof woof! A dog with a deep watchdog bark barked at us. He was in the back of a ute. The ute was driving around the corner. We jumped.

    Enjoyed this walk.

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  19. Shelll
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    9 June 2021
    Usual breakwall walk today.
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    9 June 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Today was really heavy rain but my 23mth old grandson wanted to go for a walk so I walked near my son & his youngest sons. Not allowed to walk together in lockdown so I kept at least the legal distance away. Noone else stupid enough to walk!!! We followed the path nr the creek which had turned into a raging torrent. My grandsons merrily splashed through every puddle with their gumboots filling with water. It was impossible to avoid the puddles because they covered the path. We arrived at the spot the kids like to play in the river and we normally cross via some logs. The water poured over the logs in a waterfall. I held the youngest so my son could take a photo of the creek because if my grandson went near the water as he loves to do he could slip in before we could grab him and once in the water the chances of us rescuing him was very low. because the water was too fast. He had plenty of time to splash through puddles so he didn't object to being kept away from the creek. We returned home soaked. I've just had a shower & changed into dry clothes. It was interesting listening to the almost 7 year old talking to his dad asking lots of questions with my son doing his best to answer. He wanted to know about water purification, why do floods occur, How do anesthetics work. That last was very difficult to answer because he wanted the precise details of how they stop the signals to the brain. That was my adventure today
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    10 June 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth and Shell and all reading,

    It is lovely to read your stories and experiences.

    Today I went to the beach. It was cold and windy yet the sea was calm with very small waves, must have been the direction of the wind controlling the waves.

    I was disappointed to see a notice stating there would be sand carting trucks and equipment on the beach! Thankfully the trucks seemed slow to load up, so I could walk some distance before they were driving past. I tried really hard to accept the trucks were there and to concentrate more on the beach and the sky.

    Some dogs were running in the water. One guy waved his hands in the air as if to say "What do you think you are doing?" The dog looked back as if to say " enjoying myself, come and join me!"

    I wandered along the main street in that suburb as well and enjoyed looking in some shops. There was a very posh Op Shop with very high prices. It was very glamorous inside and well set up.

    It was nice to get out for the day again.

    Cheers to you all from Dools

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  22. Shelll
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    10 June 2021 in reply to Doolhof
    Ah that's great Mrs D, that you could get out and walk on the beach. Dogs are like that hey, they often like the simple things in life and can find enjoyment in them.
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    10 June 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP
    No not stupid... Some people miss out in the frolicking in the rain. Don't know what they are missing out on. Can feel adventurous and fun. And invigorating. Even fun splashing around in gum boots. For some reason the warm shower often feels extra good after being soaked by the rain. Good on you Elizabeth
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    10 June 2021
    No walk or exercise for me today
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    11 June 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell,

    No walk or exercise for you. Are you okay today? Thinking of you.

    I'm heading off for a walk a bit later, just deciding which road I will travel on.

    Cheers all, hope your day is okay. Dools.

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    11 June 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Hope you enjoyed your walk Mrs D, where ever it was you went.

    No don't think I am ok. Can feel that darkness right at my door of myself. I don't want to go there. I know I am bitter towards someone. Someone that keeps hurting me. This bitteenes does not help in regards to the darkness being there. But now thinking Jesus took this sin upon himself on the cross , so I do not have to experience it. I can be free of it. Think I need to cry out to God and then thank Him for doing this for me. Thankyou so much Mrs D for asking after me. I think it made me see more clearly or something.

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    11 June 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Dear Shell,

    Having that darkness come knocking is horrible. I hope you have been able to reach out to God and you have been able to feel His loving arms around you. I know in my horrible moments I sometimes can't feel God. Good thing my mind still believes...usually.

    My prayers are that you have found some sense of peace with how you are feeling. Fighting it can make it worse. Maybe surrendering it to God helps.

    I did go out for a walk today Shell, I was trying to find God while I was out there, or at least to be out in nature as much as is possible walking along a busy road!

    I did try to take notice of the different colours around me, the rich brown of the dirt in the paddocks, the few blades of crop that are trying to come up, the sparse green of new grass in another paddock. The colours of the gum tree trunks in the drizzling rain, the various greys in the sky, I listened for bird song.

    As people remind me Shell, it is okay to not feel okay. I just don't like feeling not okay!

    Hope you have had some comfort today. Virtual hugs to you if you want them, from Dools

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    Hi Shell and all,

    I had a walk this morning along a dirt road. At long last we have had some rain, so there were puddles of water. I thought about jumping in a couple but didn't as I was running out of time to get ready for work and the water looked very muddy.

    Along the way I listened to some crows, heard some lambs in the distance and saw a few kangaroos in the paddock. I also saw a hot air balloon! As the clouds were low, I wondered how much the people on the balloon were actually able to see as I presume they had to stay low and not rise up higher for a better view.

    It was lovely to go for a walk before work. I tried to look around me to be more aware of what was there.

    Thinking of you Shell! Hugs to you if you want virtual ones!

    Cheers all from Dools

  29. Shelll
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    14 June 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Well that's a bit different seeing a hot air balloon up above, or is that common in your area Mrs D?

    You seemed to see and hear a lot of things. I often like hearing the bird noise of a crow or is it a raven, I am never sure if they are the same bird. A large black one, pretty much all black. Anyways they have such a faraway sounding song, ah, ah, ah, ah aaah. And the last aaah appears to be lower a note and can fade away sometimes. Beautiful.

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    14 June 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Hello Everyone,

    No walk for me today. I twisted my knee yesterday at work and could hardly walk on it. Today it is still quite sore so I will see how I get on at work.

    If I was able to go anywhere for a walk today it might be in a Japanese garden. I can imagine the beautifully crafted pathways, the sculptured trees, zen like sand or tiny stones raked into calming designs, water features, ponds full of fish, bridges over gently gurgling streams of water, a walk way wandering through bamboo leading to another nature gallery of perfection.

    Or maybe a walk along a rugged coastline, high up on a cliff with the wind blowing my hair in every direction, the smell of salt water in the air and the sound of waves crashing on the rocks below. Climbing down from the cliff top, I follow a narrow path way to the secluded cove below. An out crop of rocks helps to protect the beach from the mighty waves. I can wander along the minuscule beach, surrounded by cliffs echoing the sound of the ocean.

    Any where special you would like to walk Shell, Elizabeth and all reading?

    Cheers from Dools

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