Star Wars Day Walk

Queensberry; Lowther Hills                                              697 metres

Earn Craig Hill                                                                      611 metres

9 miles

I pulled back the curtains this morning, and saw a blue blue sky, a hint of a glorious day for walking, but the grass had a hint of frost. It should have meant something to me, but it was lost on me, and so I set off with no head covering on my person, other than a hood on a jacket.

18 or so of us drove down to the most southerly of the Lowther Hills, Queensberry, in Dumfries and Galloway. On getting out of the car, I realised how grateful I was that I had packed as many layers as I had. At one point I had everything that I brought with me on, and wished that I had brought a hat, or even a buf, to keep my hair from blowing in my face.

It was almost 2 weeks since I was last out for a good long uphill walk, on Easter Monday. It was good to be out walking again, but I have to be honest, I do prefer to walk on my own. I am just being honest here. Most of the crowd were extremely supportive and encouraging, but just 2 people were so discouraging, I call them energy vampires.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I tried to not let these 2 people, out of 17, spoil the walk for me. I like to think of them as “pearl people” or “diamond makers” Pearls are created by a tiny irritation getting into the shell, and diamonds are created under huge pressure.

I got to see inside my very first bothy today. They might not be the cleanest of places, but it was a relief just to get out of the wind today, and I am sure if the mist was closing in, then I would be grateful to see a Bothy where I could hole up and wait for the mist to lift.

Kilimanjaro is creeping ever closer. 4 days and 4 months, the team will be heading off to Tanzania. I hope you are enjoying reading my training posts. I am trekking up Kilimanjaro for a local charity, Whiteleys Retreat, which offers free holidays for the families of children who have a life threatening illness. The retreat is just 5 miles down the road from my home, and I have been involved since the beginning.

If you would like to donate to my fundraising, then please do so via this Just Giving page or click on the logo, to be taken to my page.
JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

Thank you, Blessings Joy

8 Mile Walk, 2 hours of Silence

No words today, just pictures from an 8 mile walk right outside my backdoor. Home to all creatures great and small. Silence is Golden Let me be your Tour Guide

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you have enjoyed these pictures and would like to sponsor my trek to Kilimanjaro, raising money to build a children’s home for children suffering with life threatening illness’, then please sponsor via the Just Giving button.
JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

Namaste Joy

Only Positive Thoughts Allowed

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Just under a week ago, I woke with a thought in my mind, it was a thought that wouldn’t go away.

“Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Climb Kilimanjaro”.

Now I have some reservations about my abilty to do this, but it is not as random as it might seem at first, to you my reader, because someone had suggested I do it, a few months back. It just so happened that on this morning in question, the thought kept going over and over in my head. A local charity is trying to raise money to build a purpose-built home for children affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, a holiday home, where they can spend time, by the sea. I consider myself lucky in not having been personally affected in my family, but at a local prayer group, we seem to be regularly asked to pray for a young child with one form or another.

So for the past week, I have been telling myself, that come September 2019, I will be off to Tanzania to climb Mout Kilimanjaro. Do I have any reservations about it? You bet I do!

But I am only a week into the realisation that I am going to do this climb, and I am trying to remain positive and focussed about all the trials and challenges that are going to make this climb an epic event in my life. This time last year I set myself a challenge to transform this jelly baby of a body. Did I suceed? No! However I did manage to run my very 1st 10k run, and raise £600 in doing so, I also climbed a 874m mountain, another first, so lets keep those reservations to a minimum, and think more along the lines of “It’s just another 5,00 odd metres” more.

Thanks for reading and please keep coming back to read more on my progress as training takes place. I am making plans to train for this event, with 5 k fun runs, more 10 k runs and maybe even a half marathon or so. The slideshow of photos is my New Year’s Day 4 mile walk, all done from my backdoor. I am so blessed to live with such beauty on my doorstep.

Have you set yourself a challenge to achieve this year. Do you have reservations about being able to achieve it? Let’s boost each other on our challenges.

Namaste Joy

Every Journey Single Step

A is for April Fools

Having signed up for the AtoZChallenge I have done absolutely nothing to get organsied for it. I have done as much as I have towards transforming this Jelly Baby into something a bit more firm and shapely. With my body shape, that is likely to be a pear drop. (Sorry to my American readers who have probably no idea what I am talking about)

Instead this morning I was out at 9 am helping my local Rotary club to clean the beach of litter, in preparation for the Summer season. Here’s a little youtube video that I put together as part of my Couch Potato identity.

Tomorrow is Sunday, a rest day from the AtoZChallenge so a day to get my act together. See you on Monday for B.

My Vision for the Future

This is a work in progress, as we probably all are. None of us are the finished article, we are constantly learning and striving to improve ourselves. Well maybe some are not, maybe I think we all should be but some may be content to be where there are, doing the same things week in, week out, and not wanting to better themselves. However I am constantly wanting to learn new skills. But 1 of the things that I do not do is have a vision of where I see myself in years to come. Some people have very clear Visions, like Dylan over at Earth Pilgrim

I believe in positive thinking and that our thoughts become our words, and our words become our actions, so I try to be careful with them, but to actually sit down and see a vision of what I would like to happen, is something that I don’t do. if someone stuck a microphone under my face and said “Give me your vision” my kneejerk response would probably be something along the lines of “I see a world where we all get along in peace and harmony, where man is happy to respect the views of all other men”, and by that I am talking species man, homo sapien. We don’t have to agree, just respect.

For many years now I have subscribed to the Vision Alignment Project which sends me emails on Visions which people have suggested for people to align with. As a Chiropractor, alignment is my thing.  I align with the vision of Heaven on Earth, if you say the Lord’s Prayer at all, you too will have said the words, “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done, On Earth as it is in Heaven” That is a vision that I align with. Heaven on Earth. What would that look like for you?

Do you have a Vision? I would love to hear about them


One of my Favourite Places in my Visions

.Blessings Joy