START TIME: 13:09 FINISH TIME: 17:44 DISTANCE: 17.33 miles / 27.9km
So, I had convinced myself that I wouldn’t be going out today as I really had too much work to do around the flat, but by 12:30, I had cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed the carpets and polished lots of stuff to within an inch of their lives. There was nothing on the telly-me-box, it was hot and sunny and I fancied a pint. The only thing is, my pub of choice, The Viper at Mill Green, was 12 miles away. On the plus side it makes a cool name for a walk!
It was on paths I used last week so I didn’t need to concentrate too much, except when I wandered in to a field looking for the exit for hours (well, minutes) only to realise it wasn’t the field I thought it was. I am sure there is a lesson there around concentrating on navigation and knowing where I am at all times that I won’t bother to learn!
It was amazing how much stuff had grown in the last week. Just enough for the wildlife to hide itself away and then spring up unexpectedly. I was confronted my many rabbits, a few foxes (which, as we all know from the educational video, Watership Down, is the enemy of the rabbit), squirrels and a pheasant which I startled from its resting place in the long grass, which in turn startled me as it flew off. I also swallowed a fly, but the queue of animals lining up to jump in after it was far too worrisome so I spat it out immediately. Of course there was a Viper, but that was a pub, so technically doesn’t count. It sold a beer called VIPA, but still that doesn’t count!
Equipment wise, my toe finger socks aren’t that durable and I seem to be putting a hole in the thumb toe of the left sock. Who knew that this would also become a beauty blog, but I must keep my nails in better order otherwise I will get through socks quicker than a, erm, thing that eats socks really quickly.
In other kit news, the button fell off my Graghopper trousers before I went out so I am going to have to find needle and thread: Great British Sewing Bee, here I come!