Lifestyle: Hello November – Surprise Me!

I’m certainly making an effort to get outdoors more often – in fact twice a day every day. Over on Instagram, I’ve been on a 2 week  walking challenge  – 2.5 miles a day .  Yesterday, on the third week, I’ve upped my limit to 5 miles a day (split in to two walks).


The weather and the environment has been kind to me so far apart from the occasional few days of fog.  I laughed when my neighbour told me we had our own micro-climate up here in the Welsh hills but she’s right!

Autumn is in full swing. Burnt oranges, russets, leaf mould, naked trees.  Early mornings with golden sun rises, darker evenings with thick fog. I’ve seen more birds in the past month than I have all summer. The nearby forest is teaming full of squawks, screeches and ‘twit-awhoos.’  The Kites and Buzzards circle in the sky during dusk – calling out to others across the valleys.   The land looks like a patch work quilt, it’s recovered from harvesting season and no longer looks like a sandy colour.  It’s rich in a variety of greens and textures.


The lanes are rugged around here…

I feel good – I haven’t felt this good in a long time. My legs seem willing to walk longer and often and I hope  come rain or shine, it’ll continue.   My mind’s clear – happy, apparently all of this fresh air is good for you! It certainly feels that way.


Alton – after throwing me off last month, he’s warmed to me!

It can be a struggle during A/W for most people to make an effort to get outside. I’m one of those so I have to make an extra effort.  I’ve therefore been indulging in a hot bowl of porridge with plum or strawberry jam which sets me up for my early morning walks.  Rik and I, talked about how starting the day how you mean to go on is important especially in those  gloomier months – it’s been really nice to have breakfast with him and dog  (she likes porridge too) before we go our separate ways.


Bananas are our walking snack…

My lungs and legs are welcoming November.

How about you – how do you stay motivated around this time of year?



7 thoughts on “Lifestyle: Hello November – Surprise Me!

  1. Have a look at Mountain weather infomation service or MWIS. This is a brilliant resource for mountain weather. All that fog you have been talking about has a top layer, meaning you can walk uphill through it and come out the top. over this last week I’ve had post after post on FB from people in Snowdonia and The Lakes, standing at around 600m and higher, above the clouds. Looking at white fluffy cotton wool balls with mountains poking through and the sun beating down. Do it early in the morning and the fog does the same thing. Its called a temperature inversion and they tend to gather in valleys or over lakes. If you’re brave you can walk up through the clouds to gain a vista like no other. Autumn is classic temp inversion time and my motivation and MWIS will tell you if its the right weather for it, what height the top of the clouds are likely to be, where there is a cloud free summit on a cloudy day tend to mean temperature inversion!!

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  2. This is a great post and the pictures are absolutely stunning. It’s hard for me to feel motivated at the moment as I can’t get out and about due to having a torn meniscus, but maybe I’ll just venture out anywhere I can instead of on some big hikes! Looks like you’re in a beautiful part of the country!

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    • Hi Katie, thank you! Oh no I’m so sorry about that – I was laid up with an ankle thing for 3 months and it wasn’t until 6 months in, I could actually do anything properly outdoorsy – so I know exactly where you’re coming from. I used the time to plan the stuff that I wanted to do – it motivated me to heal faster I think. And yes, micro adventures are the best. You know sometimes, just sitting on a park bench or even in your back garden has therapeutic effects.

      It’s stunning around here – I’m in North Wales.

      Thanks for stopping by.



  3. What a lovely post, I feel quite inspired 🙂
    Its nice to hear your lungs and legs feels good, it shows how something even as simple as walking everyday can have a positive impact on your health and fitness. I’m so lazy, I really struggle to get out of bed in the morning and out of the house in enough time to give my dog barely a 15min leg stretch around the block, but I should really make more effort to get out for longer morning walks to benefit both of us. Thanks for writing this 😊

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    • Aww thank you! I know right, and walking of often dismissed as not real exercise. In two weeks I’ve lost 7lbs (without changing anything I’m eating) I’m not even bothered about my physical appearance it’s how I feel which is most important.

      Hey 15 minutess is better than none – try build up 5 more minutes at a time. Steady steps and all. 🙂

      You’re welcome – good luck walking more.


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