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Heart Sighting

I walked with new enthusiasm this afternoon; it really helps to have the proper kit! It’s very cold outside but now that I have a full month of daily walks under my belt, I decided it’s high time to start outfitting myself properly. So thanks to an hour of shopping at our local outdoor store, I’ll be traveling next month with a brand new (and deeply discounted) Jack Murphy waterproof that has enough zippered pockets to carry my gear and no velcro to snag my scarves. (I always like to have my lip gloss, a notebook and pen, a bit of cash, a few tissues, etc. with me when I walk. Doesn’t everybody?)

And while I was at it, I picked up a pair of warm welly boot socks and a pair of touchscreen gloves that will let me use my phone and its camera without freezing my fingers, or dropping my gloves in the mud. Admittedly, they look a little geeky, but I’m hoping that warm fingers will lead to more patient and prolific photography.

Encouraged and inspired by fellow heart collectors and walkers Karin Lonegren and Lisa Moriarty, I am always on the lookout for heart sightings. Today’s was a real delight, an uneven bit of concrete just waiting to be noticed:

Heart

31 Jan 2015

Well and Truly January

Seasonal

Today is exactly why I made my walking resolution and started this blog – or more precisely, today’s weather is why I need public motivation to get me out and walking. The weather was just cold enough to leave icy tracings in hidden corners of the world, the days are still so short that darkness gathers in the early afternoon, and the skies never lost their leaden cast. These are perfect conditions for tempting those of us with reclusive natures to pull back into our  hermit caves to curl up with good books and interesting projects instead of venturing out into the world.

Because of my promise, however, I donned coat, gloves and hat and bravely sallied forth. In the neighbourhoods, Christmas is disappearing even though it is not yet Twelfth Night. Decorations were coming down, and even Mother Nature seemed to be sweeping up and absorbing her seasonal displays. It’s really January.

04 Jan 2015

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