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Topic: Walking Shoes - Walking and Other Exercise

  1. Elizabeth CP
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    13 October 2021 in reply to Doolhof
    We live too far away from the beach to go there under the current restrictions. On Saturday we went to a park to meet up with my son's family for a picnic lunch. We were going to go for a decent walk after but my hsb has been unwell so it wasn't appropriate
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    14 October 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth and All,

    Sorry to read your husband is unwell at present. It is wonderful you were all able to meet in the park. Did the children have a fun time there?

    I walked along our road yesterday which turns into a dirt farmer's access road. I saw some magpies, galahs, parrots and crows.

    It was really breezy, so the wind was creating wave like action in the crops, it was beautiful o watch, like seeing a green ocean of motion.

    Part of the sky was filled with dark rain clouds, if I turned back the other way I saw blue sky, sunshine and fluffy white clouds! It really was 2 quite distinctive skies.

    For those of you with restrictions, I hope you are soon able to move more freely and with safety.

    Cheers to yo all from Dools

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    14 October 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Sorry my post uploaded before I finished. I took too long as I was quite distracted. My hsb is getting better. Still tired but GP said his chest is sounding much better but he is still very tired so we need to be careful as it is often at this point that we let out guard down and things go horribly wrong resulting in long serious hospital admissions which we need to avoid. The kids enjoyed themselves. I was able to give Mr 2 his birthday present. only 3 months late. It was a book which his dad said he's been insisting on reading repeatedly. It was one of the smaller less popular/ well known parks as the others are too crowded at the moment.

    Dools your description of the sky sounds like our place. One minute blue sky the next you turn around to see grey rain clouds approaching. Thw weather can't make its mind up!!!

    On Sunday we walked to the park/ playground near us and met my son and grandkids. It is fun to watch kids enjoying themselves. Mr 7 and Mr 2 were on the swings with the 2 year old saying higher and higher trying to keep up with his brother who was swinging very high. The 2 yr old was kicking his legs trying to copy his brother but didn't understand how to use his legs to help rather than hinder the swing. The result was a funny uncoordinated flailing of legs achieving nothing except my amusement.

    Two families were there meeting up for a picnic. (Our restrictions allow up to 5 fully vaxxed adults and their dependents to meet up for a picnic) Clearly they'd chosen the quieter local park to avoid crowds. One father was playing a very boisterous version of poison ball with the kids on the play equipment. Lots of screams and yells as the kids tried to avoid him and the ball. In the meantime the mothers were talking quietly and supervising the youngest kids. It was nice to see such happy kids. The dad was clearly enjoying himself and the mothers seemed to appreciate some quiet time to relax with their friend or relative. All adults were wearing masks so complying with all the rules while making the most of what was allowed.

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  4. Shelll
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    14 October 2021

    Today I went walking twice. Once out on the Breakwall Path/beach and in the afternoon, I went walking with my sister.

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    15 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell, Elizabeth and All,

    I hope to go walking with my sister this afternoon. The sky is almost black out the kitchen window so don't know what the weather will be like later.

    It is my day off work so I am catching up with some friends for a coffee we are so fortunate we can do that here in S.A.

    I might do a little gardening as well if the rain holds off.

    Wishing you all a good day!

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  6. Shelll
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    18 October 2021 in reply to Doolhof
    Hello Mrs D
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    18 October 2021

    Hi beautiful peoples

    Been feeling physically tired the last 2 days or so. More then normal. So I haven't done much exercise.

    Today though I walked out on the Breakwall Path. It felt so nice on me the sunshine. And breathing in the ocean air.

  8. Shelll
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    20 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi beautiful and awesome people

    ok my exercise over the last 2 days as been bending, stretching, squatting, lifting and sweeping. And I guess a bit of walking now that I am thinking about it. Walking inside our super large garage.

    I have been lifting boxes some with things in them. Stretching up as high as I could to sweep down the colourbond walls... to free it from dust and cobwebs. And sweeping the garage doors to also free them from dust. Squatting down to sweep up the piles of dirt etc into the dust pan. Then standing up again, walking out to the bins and tipping the contents of the dust pan into them.

    Carting stuff outside to clean off. Stuff like an unused push bike, whipper snipper, 3 very dusty green plastic chairs, a car rack for bikes, spades and other large tools, some kind of piping for a pump, a long coiled up garden hose. And a fold up white tressel table. Which is also quite dusty.

    There is a lot of other things in the garage. Stuff I cannot lift or move much. Gym equipment mostly. So I just swept around all that.

    I did get a bit of sunshine and fresh air from being outside walking to the bins and back. The fresh air was really welcoming compared to the dust.

    The garage does look much better. I still have a bit more to do in there. I feels like I have achieved a lot though.

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  9. Shelll
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    20 October 2021 in reply to Shelll
    I ended up walking on the breakwall path this evening. Just at dusk. The air out there felt amazing on me. And I breathed in deeply. I really enjoyed this walk, and as I was finishing up the old clock tower donged a few times. I could easily imagine myself living in some other period of time. It is such a beautiful noise ringing out.
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  10. Shelll
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    21 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Today I caught up with my sister for a walk,over in the next suburb.

    We chatted like we normally do as we walk. Just near the train station was this grassy hill. Parts of the hill was covered in clover. It just looked so soft to rest on. So that is what my sister did. She just got down and layed amongst the clover. I sat it in. All around us were masses of tiny light cream flowers poking up on their thin stems. We chatted for quite some time there. I shall call it "Clover Hill" When we stood up and looked down, you could see where we rested as the clover was flattened.

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  11. Doolhof
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    22 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell,

    You certainly have been busy in the garage! When I am doing dusty work, I now wear one of the masks I have floating around the house. I need them in the garden as well as the spoil is so dry and flies around everywhere.

    I'm going for a walk this afternoon with my sister. Not sure how far I will get. I have a painful bull ant bite on one ankle, it is very red and swollen. It seems I have damaged the other ankle, not sure if I have twisted it, feels more like ligament damage again. Painful but still operational!

    This morning I have been doing a lot of weeding and trying not to think too much!

    Cheers to you and all reading.

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  12. Shelll
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    22 October 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Hello Mrs D,

    Yeah there was definitely a lot going on in that garage. I will likely do more work in there soon. It will be nice to see the windows sparkly and clean. I have not done those yet.

    Poor thing with the bull ant bite. I have been biten by green ants a lot. And that stings. I am thinking bull ants may be worse. Are they at your place then? And did you put ice on the bite area or anything?

    Maybe you had a real nice visit with your sister anyway... despite perhaps you not able to walk too far. ( is that proper grammar , hope you get my meaning anyway)

    And yeah I am practicing not to overthink so very much as well. It seems to muddle me up or issues just seem to grow in my mind.

    Did you find it helpful not to think for a while. Weeding can be relaxing.

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  13. Elizabeth CP
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    22 October 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Hi Shell &Dools and anyone else reading. I cleaned and sorted my garage and shed a couple of months ago. Really satisfying when done. Much easier to find things and looks and feels so much better. But the process is really hard work physically and mentally. Trying to work out where to put things whilevsorting out us really stressful. So well done Shell. I hope your ankles are better Dools. Bull ant bites are painful!!! Today I walked with a friend. We went up a really steep rough track. A few times I nearly slipped on the steep slope. At the top we stopped to rest and enjoy the view over the valley. We then walked back past a friends old house and then our old house. It was interesting to see the changes made since we lived there. We walked back past my son's house which is having extensive renovations so I could see the new slab and other changes. (They're renting while the house is uninhabitable.) We walked back uphill along a ridge and finally back home. I was exhausted when I got home and had to rest too tired to do anything else.
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  14. Shelll
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    22 October 2021
    Tonight I walked out on Breakwall Path again. It was mostly peaceful out there.
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  15. Doolhof
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    23 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell, Elizabeth and all reading,

    Enjoyed reading about your walk Elizabeth, and can picture in my mind what the Breakwall Path is like from your previous descriptions Shell.

    My sister was a bit bushed from a tough week so we decided to wander around a beautiful garden that is open to the public. They had a lot of roses and varieties of Geraniums we had never seen before. There were parts of the garden full of weeds, which made me feel more relaxed about our place! Ha.Ha.

    Sections of the garden are used for weddings. There were tall trees, green lawns and beautiful roses in this section. We took lots of photos on our phones, sat under trees on benches and just had a very relaxing time.

    We had packed a picnic tea, so my sister drove me to a nearby lookout where we piled all the food on the dashboard and had a buffet! It had become cold and windy so we could enjoy the view from inside the car.

    It was a wonderful way to spend Friday.

    My ant bite ankle is very swollen, both itchy and sore and has a raised red welt about the size of a 50 cent piece. I am aware now where those ants live in the garden so will try to avoid them!

    Cheers all from Dools

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  16. Shelll
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    23 October 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi dear Elizabeth.. Thankyou for sharing about your walk with your friend. I like to look at the previous houses I use to live in as well.

    I found cleaning out our garage... yes it was physically challenging. But I found it some what mentally and emotionally calming. I was so focused on that particular task that my thoughts forgot about troubling issues for a good while. I had no time pressure, no other pressing responsibilities awaiting me. So yeah just nice and calming

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  17. Shelll
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    24 October 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Hi dear Mrs D,

    You are sounding a little less stressed maybe??

    Your walk around the garden with your sister sounds beautiful and calming. Roses are so pretty and some with such heavenly scents. You would like my sisters garden I think. She has lots of roses. And is also a garden that people get married in.

    I could easily imagine a picnic in a car with food out on the dashboard. What were you looking out to? Like bush below or a clear valley?

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  18. Shelll
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    24 October 2021

    Hi

    Today I came across a exercise bike for sale on Facebook Marketplace. It was $20. So I bought it. This one has handlebars that move backwards and forwards.

    It is now in the now cleaned out garage. Facing the front, so when the garage door is open... well I can see the green trees that lined the driveway, the wine barrel with flowers in it and feel the air coming in (if it happens to be breezy)

    I already had a go on it, for about 20mins or so. I feel good after it. As it got my heart rate up.. so good for a cardio workout. I could listen and sing to music while pedalling away. I so much got into the music that once I finished on the bike, I ended up dancing. All that helped me so much as I was feeling discouraged, lonely and a bit fearful. I can still hear the some of the words to one of the songs in my head as I write this post.

    In Christ alone, my hope is found...

    This version was sung by some guys from Scotland. I really like there accents. I believe I will learn this song word for word.

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    24 October 2021 in reply to Doolhof
    I love walking and it's something i do at least 3 times a week. I enjoy walking at parks that are far away from cars or at hiking trails. I think walking makes me grounded. I love the fresh air and listening to the sound of birds, watching the different colours of trees and flowers, it makes me feel centred and happy.
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    25 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell and All,

    The garden really was lovely to wander around in. There is a motel there as well as a winery, so quite a large complex. It would be delightful to stay there and wake up to the garden.

    Your sister's place sounds wonderful too. I wish I had the energy and also the money for the upkeep of our garden.

    We had asked our farmer friends for some sheep again this year, but that has not happened. In about 3 weeks the back block has turned into wild grasses about 1 metre high. The ride on is not able to tackle that, it had needed repairs and now we will have to pay to get it slashed. Money we don't have. I'm trying not to be overwhelmed...it isn't working too well.

    The look out was half way up some hills, so huge hills either side blocked the side views, we had a view in front of the valley below, sheep were grazing on the hills and we saw a few kangaroos as well. The birds were coming in to roost in the gum trees.

    I may drive to the beach today for a walk.

    The exercise bike sounds good. Where and how do you source your Christion music? I have a couple of CDs from about the 1990's!

    Cheers from Dools

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    25 October 2021 in reply to Mk2692

    Hi Mk2692 ,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about how walking benefits you. While I am out walking, I like to take photos on my phone. Due to Covid rules at work, I end up having a separate lunch break from everyone else and feel quite lonely, so looking back at my photos helps to pass the time.

    I try to walk most days. I too like to find a place to walk away from human made noises. I'm fortunate enough to live close to an old dirt farmer's track that leads away from the highway and most days is reasonably quiet.

    Sometime I hope to stay close to a beach that is not in the city zone, so I can hear the ocean and not the traffic.

    Cheers to you from Dools

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  22. Shelll
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    27 October 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Hello Mrs D, how much would it cost to buy your own sheep, goats or a cow to put in amongst the long grass. I am not sure about your area, but around here people pay to keep their horse on other people's property. I wonder if that would work at your place.

    Looking out to a valley sounds pretty lovely. And very peaceful hearing all the sounds from birds. Nice fresh air too.

    Did you walk on "old Farmers track" today?

    I listen to songs on ytube and if I really like the song I may buy it from iTunes. I download the song onto this little ipod I have. And I also have Spotify on my phone.

    Also I have bought music from the Christian store called koorong. Like the physical CD. They have a store in Adelaide I believe. They have an online store as well.

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  23. Shelll
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    27 October 2021 in reply to Mk2692

    Hi Mk2692,

    Yes thankyou for sharing about your walking. I too love the fresh air. Just breathing it in is so good isnt it? And there is something calming about walking amongst trees and hearing the gentle noises of birds and other wildlife.

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  24. Shelll
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    27 October 2021

    Hi

    I walked out on Breakwall Path again. So nice to feel the sunshine on my skin and breathe in the fresh ocean air. The water in the port was a deep looking blue. I really like that colour blue. Feeling physically tired today, but thankful I walked on put there.

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  25. Doolhof
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    28 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Everyone,

    Shell, I had thought about buying some kind of creatures for the back block or trying to borrow some from other people. In the summer we are down to bare dirt here so it would mean buying in a lot of food for months. I will have to do a bit more enquiring.

    I had a walk along the farmer's track yesterday and today. It was very foggy this morning, so that added a whole different dimension to the view.

    Yesterday I saw a kangaroos head pop up out of the crop. The roo started to hop through the crop, seemed to find that a bit difficult, so stopped and ducked down again, so all I could see where the tops of the roos ears. It was quite comical.

    Sorry to hear you are feeling so tired Shell.

    I have started listing to a white noise app my husband put on my phone for me. Last night I was listening to a cat's purr. We do have a Koorong store in Adelaide, I have not been there for ages. I forget about using modern technology, so will do that and find some songs I like.

    Wishing you all a day with moments of peace and happiness. Cheers.

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  26. Shelll
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    28 October 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Ah that's so cute... seeing only the ears of a kangaroo bobbing along. Would make a good video if you could get close enough to take it.

    And yeah seeing fog while walking on Farmers Track would add a different perspective . Fog often seems mysterious to me, not sure exactly why.

    And ah yeah I see about the dry ground and all.

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  27. Shelll
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    28 October 2021

    Hi awesome peoples

    Today I didn't do any exercise. Just feels like I need to rest. Which is important too. I met up with my sister. I guess we did walk about 25 metres from the car to "Clover Hill" except there was hardly any clover. The grass had been mowed. But we still sat on the hill and chatted. And we laughed. It felt so so good to laugh. Sometimes I can just get so deep in thoughts, so hung up on things. It gets too much and then I feel such a heaviness of my soul. So the laughter helped heaps. Things seemed so much lighter. So good.

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  28. Shelll
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    30 October 2021

    Just got back from a walk along near the main road. I feel pretty physically tired. Still glad I walked though. It started to sprinkle rain, I quite liked that. It was about a 20 minute walk.

    Also did more cleaning today so that was a bit more movement... bending, scrubbing and walking around with the vacuum.

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  29. Shelll
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    1 November 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Went for a walk on Breakwall Path
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  30. Elizabeth CP
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    2 November 2021 in reply to Shelll

    I haven't been for a walk for a few days. It is hot so I'm uncomfortable outside. I did some gardening in the morning and yesterday after it cooled down. I'm tired and unsure where it is safe to walk at the moment. With lockdown finishing, parks and gardens are likely to be crowded particularly popular ones. We also had bad storms Thursday to Friday so roads were unsafe. I need to build up confidence to go out without worrying about heat & crowds.

    On Sunday my son came around with his son's, Mr 9 asked me to play cricket. A small paved area & the concrete around the clothes hoist became the pitch. I was hopeless trying to get him out but I got some exercise. He liked being able to beat grandma and we had a laugh mainly at my pathetic attempts. It was nice to have some fun together and he enjoyed playing with me instead of getting frustrated by my poor attempts.

    I hope we can all get back our energy and motivation to do walks or other enjoyable exercise Sorry my posts are not very frequent. I'm struggling and sometimes feel unable to express myself properly

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