Sunday, 13 January 2019

Two Weeks into the New Year

Winter Walk, 6th January 2019  - Maria A Smith

Almost two weeks into the new year, and I've come to grinding halt. I've caught the dreaded lurgy that's doing the rounds, a really nasty cold virus which has left me literally speechless! And laid low.

And, to top that, this morning, I broke yet another tooth! I tell you I'm keeping my dentist in business, I reckon I must own a share of the practice the amount of times I've been in and out of there in the last few years. Never mind, worse things happen, and everything was going well up until the 7th of January,  and I've accomplished some of what I set out to do this month. It's merely a set back.

I kicked my #Walk1000miles challenge off, on the first day of the year, and managed to get out daily. On the first weekend, I enjoyed a lovely walk on a beautiful January afternoon. It really was a delight to breath in the fresh air and see the bare trees and the empty fields. I was quite surprised to see early blossom though, as I've been past that spot before and it's been March before I've seen any blossom on the branches.

I also did the  King Richard III Walking Trail last weekend, which is a tour around the city visiting sites Richard would be familiar with back in his day, the churches he would of attended, bridges he would of crossed  and all that sort of thing. You buy a booklet with the trail  map in it and you set off on your own, at your own pace. I  didn't have time to  go into the Visitors Centre, or the Cathedral as it was just closing it's doors when I  got back off the trail walk.  As I'm local, I can do it on another day.

Leicester  - January 2019  - Maria A Smith

Writing wise, I've done very little other than some edits on my novel, a flash fiction piece, and the beginnings of a non fiction chapter.

There isn't much else to report, other than I've had my hair cut shorter as you can see in the images above, well perhaps not the one with the hat.

As for finding calm, I have been resting, but that has been forced rest due to the virus. To tell you the truth, I've not had much energy, it's sort of took my legs from under me, so the next week will be all about recovery.

What have you been up to?


  1. Get well soon Maria- these winter bugs are horrible and tiring.

    The King R3 walking trail sounds very good and a fun way to get lots of exercise at your own pace.

  2. You encourage me to get the hikers on. :)

  3. Lovely hair, but I'm sorry about the lurgy and the tooth. I hope you're all better soon. Be kind to yourself while you're on the mend, viruses can be very draining for a while. Good to hear you've still managed to do some editing and non-fiction writing though. I've had a bit of a slow start to the year. I have high hopes for this week though! I hope it's a good week for you. CJ xx

  4. Just been for a walk on a sunny morning. London suburbs still have plenty of nature left in spite of the paving over of front gardens and felling of trees in gardens. There are 60 different species of tree in my local park and lots of birdsong. Wish I'd taken my camera. Next time. Was pleased to see a thrush which I've not seen for years around here, although I used to see them often in my (wild) garden. Now for some writing!

  5. After a rather low mile count in week one, I upped the ante this week and went for a decent walk yesterday on the Northants/Camgridgeshire border. I'm starting to colour in those counties!

  6. Well done Maria - I do hope you can get your health back and move forward as the year progresses. I'd love to do the Richard III walk sometime and see the Cathedral. I'm settling in having got back from Canada earlier than I expected - but am now just about on the road to being able to get on ... cheers Hilary

  7. Sorry about the lurgy – hope you're starting to feel better now.

  8. I love it when folks get together and share ideas.
    Great website, keep it up!


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