Not wanting to get stuck in a rut and coast into middle age, I decided to try at least fifty new things in 12 months – it was such good fun that I am going to keep going and say Yes to more new experiences !


Friday, 16 June 2017

Smelling the Roses

Another good reason to to enjoy urban walking at this time of the year is the beautiful smell of roses that waft from front gardens as you walk past!
They are still a popular plant in many  gardens and I love to stop and smell a rose as I walk past. Its often the less showy roses that smell the nicest!

Despite many attempts, I've never come across a bottle of perfume that can match the aroma of a real rose!

Friday, 14 April 2017

In Praise of Urban Walking

I know that many people love walking in the countryside, but I want to put a vote in for pleasures of walking in towns!

Today I went for a 45 minute walk around some quiet suburban roads in my home town. This included 3 roads that I am pretty sure I have never been down before, despite me living here for 40 years!

It is so interesting looking at the different styles of houses, spotting some stunning front gardens ( plus some absolute heaps!). I heard birdsong, saw beautiful spring flowers and felt safe and secure.


Most streets were empty, despite it being mid morning, with just the odd resident washing their cars or doing a bit of weeding. The only time I was stared at, was by a few cats who were mooching around. It was a real pleasure and made me feel good, whilst boosting my daily step count by 5,000!