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Monday, 25 April 2016

Making the first moves....

     Oh hello my friend, you must excuse my recent absence for I have been preoccupied with a couple of changes hereabouts which are perhaps related to some recent posts found herehere, call it a lifestyle change if you would. Again it boils down to the fact that I am trying to simplify my life, in part to decrease life's pressures on my oft stretched mind but also just to get back to being less material and to be more in contact with the important things in my life such as the love of my woman, simple food, fishing, walking and immersing my self in nature. Of course sometimes the move to leading a simpler life can initially involve some financial outlay to achieve one's goals. For instance I have recently part exchanged my faithful Audi, Bertha, for a proper estate car which will allow my to carry the dogs, walking gear and fishing tackle far more easily. But this came at a cost as the value of the new car was deemed more than the Audi even though it is older and has far more mileage upon the clock.... 


Yet to be named

       .....but she is a beauty and a joy to drive.

      Talking of finances this is another thing I am changing by stopping my impulsive spending that happens when the Black dog threatens to bring me down and being far more disciplined with money management. With this in mind I am once more selling upon 'Flea-bay', at the moment tis stuff that I have either bought impulsively (the Morris being one of these 'impulsive buys' and which is due to be picked up tomorrow) or items that I no longer use. I have been quite ruthless in this and it is just turning the corner and making me a small profit.

       I have also started another blog that I hope has a different 'feel' to this one, something a tad more primitive is what I am aiming for. Please do not look so concerned my friend this blog will still ramble on in its usual disjointed fashion. Speaking of writing I have started something that I have dabbled with and thought about for some years now and that is actually write a book which I intend to self publish upon Kindle, who knows maybe I will become famous? But seriously the writing of this book, or maybe books? is just to explore other avenues of expression and hopefully will prove to be as relaxing as I hope it may be. Although I did have an impulsive moment the other day when offered a small sailing dinghy for the princely sum of £0.00, yep free. Fortunately there is little work required to have her upon the water this year so I gratefully accepted the offer and now I am able to dream of sailing still waters, cruising along flowing rivers and perchance trying my hand at some inshore fishing once more.

Not much to see but adventure lie beneath that cover I tell ye....

     As for the other stuff that has kept me away from taking a seat with you, well mainly it has been work and after careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that working for my present employers is not in the best interest for me and it is time to scour the region for a more suitable employer. Besides work, walking has been the order of the day and my fitness levels are now showing a marked increase. So much so in fact that I am considering training for some long distance walks in the future, walks that take days not hours through the best that the British countryside has to offer. The garden has also taken some of my time, but only to sit and ponder on the plans to bring in more change and simplify my life even more.

      Ah how fleetingly time passes, please feel free to sit and ponder but I must away and prepare tonight's simple fare of baked potatoes covered in tuna. Until we have the time to let pass by together once more take care my friend.

John the Cook

      

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Upping the walking game...

     So, you just could not help yourself and keep away from my rambling words then, well pull up a pew and we'll chew the cud some more.....

      A much lighter post today methinks, more in tune with getting back on track with the simple things and not smothering myself with trying to delve too deeply into life's woes and misfortune. I do believe that I mentioned in the the previous post that walking was coming to the fore in my life once more and over the last couple of weeks or so my feet have been pounding the trails once more. It's quite funny that living here in North Wales a person tends to forget how blessed one is with the wonderful countryside right on the doorstep. In fact several walks have indeed been right on my doorstep, literally I am able to walk out of our back door and in less than a mile I am out of the village and walking in the countryside. It is so easy to ignore what is in your local area and instead head out for perceived better walking further afield. But the truth is the trails in and around the village offer such diverse terrain that they are always of interest although perhaps the views are not as majestic as those further afield on the nearby mountain ranges. Having said that they offer immediate walking and the sense of well being that walking provides myself with....














     I have also been trudging along the river Dee and the canal at Llangollen. Here the walking is far easier but walking along side water is always special....







     ....and a walk in the countryside around Llangollen would not be complete with lunch or tea at the Dee side bistro and a sample of their sumptuous and very reasonably priced fare (the steak pie is particularly nice)


      On the other side of the hills from Llangollen I have returned to wander the once familiar trails in Nercwys forest and the steeper gradients of Moel Fammau....











     My wandering feet have also taken me into the Welsh hills upon a couple of occasions recently to walk in and around the jewels that are Bethgelert and  Llyn Vyrnwy, and it is places such as these that the full joy of walking can be felt...







Finches at the RSPB's hide at Vyrnwy








George taking a breather


Myself (handsome devil I know) guarding Thor's shield...

My favorite sculpture at Vyrnwy, lord knows why....


Nature taking back her own..



  
     So there you have it, over the last few weeks walking has become one of my, if not the main focus and I am reaping the rewards with a clearer mind and now weighing 14lbs lighter. The walking bug has finally bit me after many false starts and it is good to feel my body repairing itself and the dull ache of once forgotten muscles being pushed again. The only thing now is remembering to hold back a tad and, pardon the pun, not run before I can walk. I've reached the level where I now need to start thinking about which kit I need to take and find new routes to push me even further. I tell you something, this is a bloody good feeling my friend.

Til the next time take care,

John