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Topic: Walking Shoes - Walking and Other Exercise

  1. Shelll
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    15 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth

    I was wondering how you set out your chart for the week. Like what does it look like. Does it have columns. Do you make a new one each week?.I am not that good at making charts, so any suggestions would be good. Sometimes my brain gets very scattered and it is hard to stay focused. So I am thinking a chart my be beneficial for me also.

    Much love

    Shell xx

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    15 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley,

    Hmm... watching ants in public may draw a bit of unhealthy attention, although I did come to the conclusion a long time ago that whatever people think of my antics is none of my business.

    Tracking with dogs is mainly about following a person's trail. Not many are keen to play the role of that missing person in my area, so this service is mostly exchanged with other enthusiasts. More often, I set up a track (without dogs), dragging along dirty old clothing, shoes etc...in a bag with string attached. These are borrowed from a "volunteer". I later return to square 1 with the K9s. It can also be done with guinea pig bedding, another dog's coat etc...as tracker dogs can seek and find whatever has gone missing, from lost bush walkers to someone with Alzheimer who's lost the way, a criminal, a lost pet, a wandering child...anything or anyone who needs to be found. Very useful too if -as I often do- you can't remember where exactly you have forgotten a tool or discarded a jumper somewhere at the other end of the paddock....but where exactly? It is not about hunting animals. This is actually not allowed, (unless you're a hunter of course) or else a dog could easily be distracted from the job...Multi-purpose trackers must be livestock and wildlife proofed to start with.

    Like watching ants, not everyone's cup of tea. It can be quite an adventure. You may  come upon a protective wild sow and her babies, or some indignant lone boar on a narrow wild goat track with nowhere else to go. Wild pigs have poor eyesight and sense of smell. When focused on grubbing, they have no idea what else is going on. Startling them can be unhealthy ! Once we came across an abandoned dingo pup in poor shape, already surrounded by waiting crows. I carried her home and looked after her until she was able to fend for herself.

    You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Sometimes it is a blessing...sometimes it may not be so good for the old blood pressure ! But after all, the same also applies in any "civilized" environment.

    Happy walking to you all beautiful people.

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    15 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Wouldn't it be nice if imagination was available on tap ? But it has a mind of its own, doesn't it ? Sometimes it takes us for a wild ride at the most unexpected time. Other times is is just inaccessible. Its own requirements must be indulged before it comes to play.

    Good to know you could go walking your husband.  Both of you must have enjoyed this rare treat. I hope you all enjoy a break next week-end. We all need a change of head space sometimes.

    Hugs to you.

  4. Missing user
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    15 February 2016 in reply to Starwolf

    Hi Starwolf.  That sounds like such fun with all the tracking stuff that you do with your 'pack'.  I would love that.  Although I suggest I would not be able to keep up with you and your pack very well and left way behind.  

    Unfortunately I did not get out for a proper walk today, I was just too tired this morning to do anything.  Then this afternoon I had a medical appointment which seemed to take up most of the afternoon.  But I finally got home around 5pm and the weather had cooled down a little by then.

    Then at about 6pm the thunder rolls in, a lovely breeze springs up and I decided to take Holly for a walk around out block.  We have only 3 acres, but its nice and quiet with no near neighbours.  And we have lots of gum trees, pines, fruit trees, etc.  So I told Holly that we were going for a walk.  She instantly got all excited thinking we were going rabbiting, but we didnt find any today.  She was dissapointed but happy for our litte explore anyway.  So I wandered around the block and listened to the thunder as it rolls closer, I love that sound.  Listened to the wind in the tops of the trees.  To the excited chatter of the little birds in the trees as we passed them by.  Checked our fruit trees as we passed them by.  I picked 2 mangoes and 2 figs and brought them back to add to our fruit bowl.  Hubby likes mangos, I like figs.  Finally beat the birds to something!  There are not many macadamias on the trees this year as we cut them back quite savagely last year.  They needed it.  Lots of nice citrus on this year though.  But they are still a fair way off being ready.  I picked up all the fallen limbs which have dropped out of the gum trees.  That will save me doing it next time hubby wants to mow!

    So although I didnt go for a proper walk, I did do something outside for about 15 mins.  I have to work tomorrow, so may not get the chance to go tomorrow.  So I'm glad I did something today.

    Does my virtual swim at the Cafe swimming pool count as exercise?    ( - :

    Sherie xx

  5. Shelll
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    15 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hey Sherie

    Yes I think the "virtual swim" does count in a way.

    Especially if you use your senses. You may not be physically swimming. But your mind can . Well it does for me. I also just went for a swim in the cafe pool. So I close my eyes and my imagination takes over in a good way. I see an image of a rectangular pool, with refreshing clear water. It is crystal clear. I see myself climbing in down the ladder. I can smell a soft scent of salt. Because in my imagination this is a salted pool. I think about how cool in feels on my skin. I then can swim the length or just float on my back. Staring upwards at the sparkling stars that are seen through the glass roof. My pool was indoors. 

    So I am pretty sure there is some benefits to a" virtual swim", as it can take your mind on a little holiday. A rest from troubling thoughts , a method of distraction or whatever.

    Hugs to you my dear friend

    Shell xx

     

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    15 February 2016 in reply to Shelll
    IHe Sherie, I thought the rules for this thread was to walk the distance, pace & place that suits you at the time so the walk around your block definitely counts. It gave you exercise, a pleasant break from negative thoughts while you listened to the sights & sounds and a feeling of satisfaction from being productive picking fruit & clearing away logs. A win every way. The swim gives a needed break from negative thoughts so it is healthy as well in my opinion so I agree with Shelley.
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  7. Shelll
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    15 February 2016

    Love to us all

    I am just about to leave on a walk around our block. It is so much cooler now, so it should be more pleasant. OK, my shoes are on and I have my torch. It is now just about 8:30pm.

    See you when I return.

    xxx

  8. Shelll
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    15 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

     Hi all

    Just reporting back from my walk tonight. So I decided to go around the block. I tried to use all my senses. So as I set out, I noticed the stars and a few clouds, as I looked up. I couldn't look up for long as you have to keep a lookout for pot holes. I thought I would do a little deep breathing. Inhale......exhale.......Inhale.......exhale. Smelt someones cooking, but I didn't recognize the scent. I also smelt a fishy smell. This aroma was coming out from the open backdoor of a seafood truck. As I was walking, I felt a tiny breeze in my hair and on my skin. I could hear bats, and I have to be honest, I don't like hearing there noise. Nor thinking that they might be peering out at me from the branches in the tall trees. So I walked a bit faster for a bit. I spotted a office chair poking out from someons curb side collection. I shone my torch on it, but no....no good it looked like a doggie had chewed on the leather seat part. You never know, some people do throw out good stuff..... Heard people coughing from inside there house, as there front door was wide open. I could also hear the trains in the distance. So that is about it for my walk.... Thankful I ventured out.

    Much love to everyone

    Shell xx

    Just keep going, just keep going.......

     

  9. Shelll
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    15 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hello Elizabeth

    You are right Elizabeth one of the intentions for this thread is there is complete freedom to choose whatever you are able to manage. So you are free to choose the place you walk, the distance you walk, the pace you walk. And even the type of exercise you chose to do. WE ARE FREE. I think it is all beneficial for us... So Sherie good on you for walking around your block....

    Hugs

    Shell xx

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    16 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hi Sherie,

    Feeling tired yesterday morning means you probably had another restless night. I hope you could relax a bit better last night...

    Thanks for sharing your time out on your acres with Holly.  What matters is the quality of our walks, not the  distance traveled. Your place sounds lovely. You're so lucky to be able to grow mangoes. It gets far too cold here over winter to grow all that lovely sub-tropical stuff. I really miss it at times....Plenty abandonned fig trees dating back to old gold digging settlements but yeah, it's hard to beat the birds to it. They enjoy unripe fruit better than we do ! Wild pigs love fallen figs so the dogs come in handy to fend them off, leaving me free to have a glut and take as many back home as possible. Since the K9s make it clear they're a protective barrier, not a hunting party, pigs usually get the message and trot off, although with much indignant grunting.

    Aren't dogs great motivators to get out and about ? They're usually much keener to go exploring than their humans. There are days when only their reproachful glare can penetrate a  lazy mood. Like with everything else, the first few steps are the most difficult, aren't  they ?

    Another scorching day today so the walk will be brief (and the dogs won't give me a hard time). We might aim for a nearby rock pool in one of the creeks and enjoy the relaxing sound of rushing water. Good excuse to sit around a while and listen to night life waking up.

    Have a good day !

     

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    16 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley,

    So glad you didn't regret venturing out last night...thanks for sharing the experience. I was there with you for a while and thoroughly enjoyed the unfamiliar space, smells and sounds. Exoticism doesn't require air travel. Mind travel is free, no visas, no endless airport queues, customs inspections etc...

    Like you, I am not a bat fan. I had a couple caught up in my hair on separate occasions.  Difficult to get the little critters untangled without being bitten, particularly when no one else is around to help and the only way to figure what you're doing is to feel...

    Like you I like investigating other people's rejects when I can get a chance. A much more  exciting way to shop around. Many of those discarded treasures could not be found in a shop anyway.

    And ah!, the magic of clear night skies...

    Well done for getting out and about. The rewards make it all worthwhile.

    Hugs to you.

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    16 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Sorry Shelley for the late reply, I haven't been too good lately. no particular reason except being tired & I was pushing myself hard to finish some things which never seems to work.

    You asked about my chart. I was drawing one up each week in an exercise book but have now done it on the computer using tables so I can just adjust it each week & print it. I have a list of all the regular jobs needing doing which I can tick when I've done them in the week. I then have a table with a list of my daily goals on one side and across the top as the headings for the column are the initials for each day of the week so I can tick each thing off that I do.

    I have another table with the days of the week down the side. The 2nd column is any appointments or things on that particular day. 3rd column I leave blank & fill it each day with things I've done, Last column is the list of jobs or tasks I want to get done. Each evening I review & fill in the printed chart. Ticking things off is helpful to keep on track & filling in the blank column each day helps to remind me what I acheived rather than focusing on what is still to be done.  I hope this makes sense. I guess it is trying things & adjusting it over time to work out what suits you

    I haven't walked today. I have too much on & I didn't sleep well last night worrying about yesterday when things kept going wrong & worrying if Ill cope today. Í thought attempting to walk would add more stress. Tomorrow I'm going to do the 1000 steps in the Dandenongs with my daughter. Don't know how i'll go. Í certainly won't be keeping up with her!!! Tonight I have 18 people for dinner mainly my husbands family & many of them have not visited us since we moved here so I'm worried about getting the house looking OK and getting the food cooked OK. I never feel good enough in these situations. Everyone else is better than me.

  13. Missing user
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    16 February 2016 in reply to Starwolf

    Hi Starwolf. In answer to your first question, no I had hardly any sleep again last night.  Today I have felt just so tired. Had to work today and I didnt get home until around 3pm, so a longer day than normal for me due to a management meeting at 9.30am.  I could barely keep my eyes open at the meeting.  Now there's an option! Take my pillow next time to a meeting - it could be my best chance of getting some sleep. Although I expect it wouldnt go down so well with my boss.  ( - :

    Yes Holly is a great motivator to go walking.  Well usually she is anyway.  If it wasnt for her, I probably just wouldnt even bother trying.  But unfortunately its not going to happen today.  The effort is beyond me.  So I fed her a lamb neck chop for her dinner out on the back lawn a little while ago.  And then I sat watching her gnaw into it and demolish it in no time.  So she's a happy little girl now, and content to sit with me on the lounge for a cuddle.

    Your nearby rock pool along the creek sounds really nice.  And I do love the sound of water.  Very calming.  I hope you enjoy it this evening, with no unwanted visits from snakes, or quolls!

    Hey Shelley, your walk last night sounds good.  And you were utilising all your senses - perfect.  I'm sorry I couldnt bring myself to do anything today.  Its very slack of me, and I feel guilty.  But I just cant today.  Maybe tomorrow.  In the meantime, I will have to rely on reading about Yours, Starwolf's and Elizabeth's walks.

    Elizabeth - You have a couple of very busy days ahead of you.  I hope tonights dinner goes well.  Tackling quite a lot with so many people attending!  I'm sure you will do great.  And tomorrows walk in the Dandenongs with your daughter - wow, I look forward to hearing more about how that goes.  You'll be able to take the rest of us mere mortals on a virtual walk with you!  ( - :   Enjoy.

    Sherie xx

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    16 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi All,

    There have been so many posts here since I included my little story about the virtual walk along the creek. It is great to see.

    Today I did not have time for a longer walk but have managed three shorter ones.

    This morning I had time for a 20 minute walk and wandered around the town we live in. Apparently this used to be a meeting area for Aboriginals, so I tried to imagine whet the countryside may have looked like before the Europeans arrived.

    We have a little creek wandering through our ton. Unfortunately it has been dry for years now. It would have been so pretty when it had water in it.

    Between clients I had time for two 15 minute walks around different parks. I enjoyed them both. In one back I couldn't stop smelling something like pickled onions, so I have no idea where that smell came from!

    I would take you all on another virtual walk now, but I am rather tired and feel like going to sleep instead.

    I'm pleased I decided to go walking today, even if the exercise was staggered, I was still out and about in the fresh air.

    Cheers all from Dools

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    16 February 2016 in reply to Doolhof

    Hey Nice People

    Took my Burmese Mountain Dog/Shep Cross for his/my 30min walk this morning.......omg he cracks me up....

    He saw a cat sunbaking from approx 2meters away...he stopped...stared at it...didnt know what it was and kept walking..lol

    Then the classic....A horse and cart went by...(it really did by the way and stop laughing Shell&Sherie)...he saw the Clydesdale and started to growl at it....Never heard him growl at anything before...and no the horse couldnt care less...anyway...had to be there..

    Sleep.....'to anticipate a good sleep is fine...to try to sleep isnt'

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  16. Shelll
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    16 February 2016 in reply to Doolhof

    Hello Dools

    That pickled onion scent, that you smelt on your walk, do you think it may have been left over cooked onion on a BBQ hot plate or something like that?

    Shell xx

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    16 February 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Sounds like an interesting walk Paul.  Clydesdale and cart, lucky you.  What a big brave dog you have.  I guess that means he is making progress then?  All these exporatory walks are helping him, as well as you.  Good news.

    Sherie xx

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    Hugs to all that would like one.....

     Hey Elizabeth

    Thankyou so much for the instructions about how you do your chart . I pretty much understood what you said. My challenge tomorrow will be to draw one out on some paper. I will just follow along with what you suggested, and see how it looks. Then if it works, I will do it on the computer too.

    I too am interested about you walking up the 1000 steps, in the Dandenongs. I have never been there. So I have no picture of what it looks like. So after I finish this post, I am going to "google" it. For you have got me curious.. ...Well have a special time with your daughter tomorrow. Sending out a hug, in case you would like one.

    Hey Starwolf

    Oh my Gosh, a bat in your hair. You did well to get it out. Truthfully I couldn't handle that at all. I would definitely freak out and it would gross me out completely. But I guess if you are alone with no one to help. You would have to learn to be self sufficient or self reliant pretty quick. Are you going out walking and tracking with the dogs tomorrow? 

    Hey Sherie

    Reading about our walks is a good idea, I think. Also I think we can be a bit hard on ourselves sometimes, and think we have to get it right all the time. But being human.....well I don't think we can get it right all the time. Maybe we have to be more kind to ourselves, or something...... Well those are just my thoughts.

    I am not sure what else to say. So I am sending you a hug, because I do know you are struggling and like hugs.

    With much love to you all

    Shell xx

     

  19. Shelll
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    Hey Paul

    I would love to see a horse and cart, like you did on your walk. What was it doing there anyway? Maybe you live in a tourist sort of area. I didn't laugh Paul, but I did smile. So thanks for helping me to smile.

    Well folks..... I ended up walking again this evening , the same way I did yesterday. It was a bit of a struggle for me. And I will tell you why, it is because I ate chocolate, just before. Chocolate makes me feel just yucky actually. But when I feel sad or I am trying to cope with some emotional distress, I run to chocolate. It also gives me a headache as well and my body just feels heavy and lethargic. So it is harder to walk, because I am carrying around this physical yucky heavy feeling.

    But I did go and for about half of the walk, I was thinking about each one of you. You were all in my heart, as well as some other members here on BB. So that is way good....

    It was pretty breezy again, so that was good. I definitely smelt the same seafood truck again. Ah.... I don't think I liked that smell that much. I don't think the owner of the truck does either, as he or she leaves the door on the back of the truck wide open. Ha ha... Oh I did see a black animal dart right across the road, most likely a cat. Well that is about it for my walk. Still thankful I went.

    With thankfulness to you all

    Shell xx

     

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    17 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi, Glad you did your walk Shelley. I can relate to the chocolate, Why do we do things we know makes us worse!!!!Paul Your walk sounds interesting.

    Well I made it 70% up the 1000 steps according to the marker. My daughter was very supportive: encouraging but not pressuring me. It was raining. It was hard work given my level of unfitness. Unfortunately my immobiliser wouldn't work on my car so we couldn't drive home. I am now drenched. About to return in my daughters car with the other set of keys hoping they work otherwise long wait to get RACV to help. I survived last night. I found it really stressful getting everything ready for dinner & wanted the house to look good as most of Dave's family haven't visited since we moved 3 years ago so I didn't want them thinking I was living in a dump.

    Need to go bye

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    17 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth

    How did you feel after walking up all those steps. I am happy for you, that you did it! Way good.........

    It sounds like you had a bit of an adventure getting drenched and all. I  watched a clip on YouTube, about the 1000 steps. A girl was describing about hiking up the steps. It was filmed as she was walking on up, so I now have a a bit more of an image of where you walked. Heaps of tree ferns hey! Did you notice any lyrebirds ?( not sure of the spelling there) I am guessing the air may have smelt moist. Anyway good on you....

    Shell xx

     

     

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    17 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Oh I forgot to say....

    I have no idea why we do things that we know makes us worse! Beats me....

    xxx

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    17 February 2016 in reply to Shelll
    Hi Shell The air smelt fresh & the leaves really clean & green with the rain. I love rainforests with treeferns & moss etc. & nice & shady. I have walked around the Dandenongs numerous times but never seen a lyre bird. They tend to hide from people. My other keys worked so I got my car back. I'm glad my daughter had her car here so she could drive me back to my car. Otherwise I would never make it. I feel very tired & my plans to rest most of the day were messed up by the car problem & extra extra long walk.  
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    17 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    I just lost my post when I was about to send it. The air smelt clean & fresh & the leaves on the ferns & trees were bright green & glistening from the water. I am tired after all the extra walking but the other keys worked so I was able to get my car back. Lyrebirds seem to hide so I've never seen one

    Look after yourself. 

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    17 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth, Hi Shelley.

    Well Elizabeth your walk sounds lovely, if pretty exhausting.  I also love rainforests with everything that they have to offer, including a lovely cool and shady place to go during hot weather.  If you are like me, you would not have minded the rain too much.  Its a shame that the day concluded with the problem with your car.  But a lucky break that your daughter had her car there as well.  Saved a long wait for RACV.

    I also had a walk today.  Only a short one though.  I took Holly to one of the sports grounds in our local village and took her for a walk there this morning.  Then I took her with me to visit the Nursing Home where I visit my old lady friend each week.  They had a musician there today to play for the oldies, which was nice.  Holly enjoyed her little visit as well.  The old folk all love her, and she is so good with them.

    So although it was only a short 15 minute walk we did enjoy it.  The oval was deserted, so we had it all to ourselves.  It is alongside a primary school and there are a couple of adjoining sports grounds where we can walk.  So we had the sounds of all the birds, and came across a couple of little lizards scuttling for cover as they heard us coming.  In the distance we could hear all the kids in their classrooms and out and about in the school grounds.  The sports ground have some beautiful huge old trees around the perimeter which provides lovely shade and lots of interest and scents and smells for Holly to check out.  We also had a little bit of rain, but only a few drops really.  Not enough to get wet.  But it has been a much cooler, and nice day today.  Much better than the previous few hot days.

    Tomorrow afternoon if it isnt too hot, I may take Holly for another walk.  I'll see.  If I wasnt working tomorrow morning I would probably go to Pilates Classes, but work has to take precedence.  So Holly may be the beneficiary of the deal.  ha ha.

    Happy walking,

    Sherie xx

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    17 February 2016 in reply to Missing user
    Glad you had a nice if short walk through nice surroundings
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    Hello Sherie

    How did you go physically with your walk, were you OK? Like I know you have been struggling from lack of sleep. But I think I read somewhere that going walking and such, helps you sleep better anyway, not sure if it is true ??

    Yeah I know the sound of children at a school , it is sort of a whole lot of chatter, and sometimes you really are unable to distinguish different voices or sentences. It is just sort of all mixed up. But every now and then, a loud voice may ring out.

    Like yourself and Elizabeth, I too enjoy rainforests. I haven't been walking in one for a while though. 

    Hugs to you my friend Sherie...

    Shell xx

     

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    17 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell :-)

    Thankyou for having a giggle with me on that one....This area used to be farm land and was developed for housing in 1990...Its definitely not a tourist area...but thankyou for caring :-)

    There is still still some acreage nearby and this older couple get in their seats and the Clydesdale just plonks along....Click..Clunk....and to see me trying to wrangle my 65kilo Burmese Mountain dog who was scared to death of the horse was a sight to behold :-) It was magical to see my BIG Woofer barking out of fear......(he never barks) The horse just ignored him ....clip clop.....couldnt care less

    Hoping you are well Shell xx

    WOOF!

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    17 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley,

    I went okay with my walk today.  Pretty casual though.  I just let Holly off her leash and away she goes investigating everything.  And I just stroll along at my own slow pace.  She keeps coming back to me and then heading off ahead again. Much as to say - "come on, keep up, there's so much to see and smell here".  She's funny.

    No it didnt take too much out of me, in fact the fresh air probably woke me up a bit.  My appointment with the osteo/chiro on Monday seems to have settled the sciatica a little bit too, which meant I was able to move a little bit freer today than I have for a while.  So that was very welcome.

    Have you been out for your usual evening walk today?  Hopefully without the burden of chocolate this time!         I hope you have not felt the need to turn to chocolate today to ward off sadness and/or emotional stress.

    Thinking of you Shell, and hoping you're okay.  I have been somewhat engrossed in myself the past week, but that doesnt mean I'm not still thinking of you too.  I care very much for you.  Stay well Shelley.

    Hi to all the other walkers.  Stay active.

    Sherie xx

     

  30. Shelll
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    7364 posts
    17 February 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Yes Paul,

    I am not in that dark place, so I would say I am well in that regard. Thankyou for thinking of me, and sort of checking up on me. That is kind of you.

     That is so cute about the older couple, like they are living back in time or something. So your woofer dog must be quite strong then I am guessing. Why is he scared of the horse? That is your work isn't it, to train the dogs so they are no longer fearful? 

    Gosh, my mind has gone blank.

    Hugs

    Shell xx

     

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