Be that as it may, I have still been neglectful (sorry about that Twitter!), but I hope that you’ll at least allow it’s been for good reasons. Over the space of the last four months, the Boy and I have both secured - and started - new jobs, hunted for and finally (fingers crossed!) found a flat to buy, and planned various things related to our wedding. I’ve also been planning a friend’s hen do. To say it’s been busy is probably something of an understatement, but I can hardly complain as it’s all very exciting!
I have to admit though, that all this activity has somewhat hampered my walking. That’s not to say I’m not doing my walks to and from work, I most certainly am. In fact, I find them a pleasant opportunity to unwind and forget about all the wedding/house buying/new job stuff. The thing is though, that the wedding planning (and until recently the house hunting too) are really eating into my weekends. I realised recently, with a slight sense of dismay, that I don’t have a whole free weekend now until some time in May.
The weather in London over the weekend was glorious, and we managed to fit in a quick stroll around Victoria Park. With the sun shining, the flowers out and the trees in blossom, it really was rather lovely. But while it was enjoyable, it was also a strong reminder to me of how much better it would be to be out in the countryside.
To get out for a proper walk, I feel like I need at least a full day, and these seem to be non-existent at the moment. And I’m really missing the great outdoors. My cravings for the Lake District, in particular, are becoming pretty acute. The problem is that I just have no headspace whatsoever to put effort into planning even a long walk in London or a day trip, let alone a weekend away, and even if I did we don’t really have the money, as it’s all going on the flat buying or the wedding.
I hadn’t quite appreciated before just what a commitment going for long walks can be. The time spent planning them, thinking about the travel, making sure we have the right maps and equipment, checking the weather. As well as taking the time out to make the actual trip. Normally, I enjoy that process, as I do like a good bit of planning, but with work being so hectic and then coming home to what has felt - at times - like a second job with associated to do list about writing to solicitors or choosing and booking menu tastings, the thought of more planning is now making me quail!
I’ve realised that what I would really love is for someone to hand me detailed and minute instructions of exactly what to do and where to go for a really nice walk, that involves me using no brain power whatsoever, but doesn’t involve a group excursion and isn’t going to cost much. I wonder if this is possible? If anyone has any suggestions I’d be very grateful!
Wish me some happy walking!!