The Walk of Smiles

I’m not a fan of exercise like jogging, going to the gym, or swimming, but I do enjoy my walks with the dog.
Like Sarah over at Travels with Choppy I walk a lot, as I find it relaxing and a way of getting my sometimes jumbled thoughts in order. With or without sticks (over a week now without), Maggie gets taken out by one, if not both of us, for her first walk of the day, which is usually round the Avenue.
It’s not an Avenue at all (though in days gone by anything lined with trees was normally called an Avenue) but for some reason this description stuck and if I’m walking on my own, Hubby knows my route exactly. I can extend it to the ‘figure of 8’ or the ‘extended walk’ which includes another road where I loop back on myself twice.
blossom tree

You’ll find both of these trees on the way, the one on the left being an absolute picture when in full blossom. I took these photographs last year with my old camera.
blossom closeup blossom megga closeI don’t have a pedometer or wrist gizmo to count my steps or calculate my distance, but using an ordnance survey map and a computer programme, Hubby calculated roughly the distances of our various journeys on foot, and if you add it all up, it’s surprising how far we actually walk every day.

Today, I’ve walked at least four miles with Maggie, but obviously not all in one go.
The day started early with a walk to the Avenue for the first business of the day, which is about a mile (I haven’t done the figure of 8 or extended walk lately but you can add another half and three quarters of a mile respectively).
When we got back to the marina, Maggie decided she wasn’t finished, so we did the dog walk here as well. That’s about another quarter of a mile on its own.
Regular as clockwork, two hours or so afterwards, she was pestering to go out again, and as we had some letters to post, including one for the bank, we decided to walk up to town. That is another mile and a half there and back.

Hubby did a little job for MSM this afternoon, so I walked Maggie round the Avenue again, therefore another mile. I have since been up to the car park twice (a quarter mile each time), along the dog walk again and we will be going up shortly for her final wee of the day before we retire.

I read somewhere that each mile should start with an ‘S’ and it’s also a good way for me to keep fit without exhausting myself.
rosy smiley

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to The Walk of Smiles

  1. Thank you for the link! I only wish we had more time to walk – though I am glad I started making the time to do our daily mile. It’s not as much as I would like, but it’s something.

    Also, I love thinking of starting every mile with an ‘s’ – such a fun and happy thought!

  2. That’s a good bit of walking!

  3. scifihammy says:

    I think walking is underestimated as a form of exercise, but really it’s great. I love the things you get to see on your walks – I remember that amazing pink blossom 🙂

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