Strollings, Pootlings and Musings

Strollings, Pootlings and Musings
Season 7 – Spring 2021
Series 7 – Inevitable Changes
Wednesday 21st April 2021
‘Splash of Pretty and Slice of Reality Walk

You may have noticed over the last two weeks that some of my series have merged together to form one series as opposed to two – a classic example would be Mixitup, Playme & Blast It Too! – #11 – this used to be two separate series notably Mixitup and Playme Now and Blast from the Past. Another series to have merged was Theme Times and Find Me a Film and also to join that now is Afternoon Strollings and Morning Musings – why have 6 series mostly the same when you can have three? So Afternoon Strollings and Morning Musings are now one main series dealing with my walks and thoughts of a day – be this morning or afternoon and are now to be known as Strollings, Pootlings and Musings.

So now you know what this post is and what it belongs to. Also, some of my series that were sitting here waiting to be launched for the business side have now moved to the sister blog either as same concept or similar but with different features or maybe a new title.

There have been tweaks to many of the designs over the last week which was the removal of the strong ‘branding’ of my blog name and now there is a more subtle approach to things and l am overall pleased with everything so far. In addition – there are a few new features set to arrive here as well.

I have had a busy week since last Saturday, with blogs and changes on the administration side, introducing the new writing schedule which l am also very pleased with and has brought back some renewed enthusiasm that l felt was ‘whilst not waning’ per se, but l felt a level of tedium was rising with my blogging and l was allowing myself to become controlled by my OCD and want for routines with my writing.

You know l look back to 2018 when l was posting up to 13 posts a day with astonishment at times ‘ mostly how and why?’. By 2019 l was already starting to cut back and l have whittled down the post creation daily gradually from then to now to a mere 2 with a third once every three days and mostly one with an occasional second on both a Saturday and Sunday. Now my maximum weekly quantity will only be 14 posts with a minimum of 10 -12 as opposed to 21 per week. Way more manageable and enjoyable and cutting back allows me more time to read other blogs as well that l am working with less time in my own blog.

These changes in scheduling had to occur for many reasons – but also so that l could establish a new writing schedule for publishing on the new blog which will be producing a daily post like our Universal Greetings here but called the Daily Bounce Monday to Sunday and a topical post four days a week – Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and although that is to be a gradual build up from next month to full capacity by December this year, it’s good to be able to have the knowledge that you can achieve that properly without having to worry about becoming overwhelmed managing two blogs and everything else in so far as demands and life.

I have also been busy with the gardens … mostly mine, but yesterday l was over at Suze’s and we were discussing her garden projects for this summer and identifying what needed to be done and that’s a huge project by itself. I am very lucky with my garden, it was established – but hers wasn’t and the original plans we had had to be halted due to the arrival of her cancer. The last time l was at Suze’s house l was shocked to discover was actually last September when l worked on her front ornamental beds, and whilst l have seen her from February – yesterday was the first day back looking at the garden itself. Funny how time flies so quickly in some areas and so slowly in others.

My own garden which l shall write about later this week also had some major jobs to take to hand such as resolving an issue l had with a runnaway worm farm and a complex cold compost heap, but they were rectified last weekend to a much improved and satisfying efficiency as well as a new direction. l have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather we have had so far this week – although it is a little bit hazy in comparison to yesterday’s beautiful blue skies and refreshing warmth. But it is supposed to clear up later this afternoon so all should be well [which it has now done].

So this week, instead of walking further afield, l have restricted myself to combo walking the Ramparts and enjoying thoroughly the serenity of the Gazen Salts Nature Reserve only five minutes away from the house which still surprises me with its tranquil environment and so close to the town how so few people actually visit it? Don’t get me wrong, l am sooooooooo not bothered by the complete lack of people in the Reserve!!

Sandwich Town has become a hub of activity and at times very frustrating. Today was the first time in fact that l walked into my favourite shop here – Rose and Basil – since everything opened up on the 12th and bought myself a lovely bargain table which l shall show in due course for the Livenden here. I have not bothered with anything else shop wise, because there are simply too many people in town.

But walking the Ramparts and the Nature Reserve combined most mornings takes me roughly an hour and awards me 2.5 miles of relaxing walk and speed cardio walking too which l now call my ‘Splash of Pretty and Slice of Reality Walk‘.

Below are some of the best images from the combo walks of this last few days – thanks for reading folks and l’ll catch up with you again.

24 thoughts on “Strollings, Pootlings and Musings

  1. You must be relieved that the reorganization of the blog is done.
    The pictures are indeed wonderful. The ducks at the end are so pretty.

    1. Hey Sadje – yes very much so – not much left to do now in the Guy blog. The new blog is mostly done, just awaiting imagery and some tweaking πŸ™‚

      The ducks in the reserve are a very sedate duck in comparison to the Ramparts duck. Perhaps because the latter ducks see more people whilst the Reserve ducks do not.

    1. Hey Rebecca – thank you – yes, it is remarkably tranquil and relaxing in there – the sort of place that if you had spare time to read in a natural environment you could do so and in fact that is something the Wildlife Trust would encourage judging by the number of seating benches in there.

  2. WOW!! If I had a place like that in walking distance, I’d definitely take advantage of it! Stunning! We have a big nature reserve nearby, but I have to drive to it.

    I’m very happy to read that things all slotting in and that you’re feeling good about it. Hopefully the mad rush of folks in town will relax as people become accustomed to having “freedom”, and you can enjoy your town again.
    πŸ’Œ

    1. Hey Grand,ma, walking the reserve and the route around town combined is really a lovely walk in the mornings and equally as lovely in the afternoon.

      I wasn’t able to walk the reserve so freely during the winter months on account of it being so wet and you may recall at the start of the year the wildlife volunteers were working within clearing it out and cleaning it up.

      I walk between 5-7 miles a day with extra’s around the house and the treadmill, but those 2.5 miles being outside are the best.

      I needed to be able to walk somewhere relaxing within range of the house without having to walk miles every day to get there which is what l was doing and if l want and wish to walk longer then l now have some nice minihikes close by too. But with everything going on l need to really knuckle down and get on with it and walking for three hours a day alone wasn’t achieving that.

      Yes the town will come good again, l am not that worried that much, it is busier during certain times of the day.

      Things are slotting together quite nicely πŸ™‚

      How are you?

      1. I’m good. Almost always good. I’m either in complete denial and headed for a crash, or I’ve “leveled up” and crusin’. My time management is a mess at the moment, but it will sort out. I’m crossing things off the huge list titled “When Ben Is Back In School”… next is new glassesπŸ€“ the tape holding my old pair together isn’t working well, plus my eyesight has gotten worse. Pretty much anything 6 inches from my face is blurry πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
        I’m still walking daily, and I found out my phone has been counting my steps & my walks😲 I’m doing well over 6000 steps every day. I do a couple thousand without leaving my propertyπŸ€ͺπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚
        Still no weight gain, but my primary care doctor doesn’t seem concerned about it. I guess 163 pounds at 6′ is perfectly okayπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Maybe I just need to readjust my thinking about what I *should* weigh because I’m healthy. So far anyway. I’m in the middle of all the tests for a complete physical. πŸ€ͺ
        Gotta get in excellent shape so I can run away in 9 years or soπŸ˜‰

  3. So happy to hear everything is working out satisfactorily for you! I do enjoy very much hearing about your gardening and you walks. It’s almost like being there with you. 😊 The lovely pictures are always an added treat! Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Wait what?? What are you doing to my music one?? Or β€œyour” music one …that I love?? lol

    What exactly are you doing to it?

    You are cutting back?? To garden? Lol

    I am not a gardener – I am the grim reaper of plants lol

    Wish I was kidding but I am not.

    I have kept ONE plant alive – it happens to be aloe which I am allergic to lol πŸ˜„βœŒοΈ(yes I am Irish person who burns and is allergic to aloe)

    Beautiful photos – my favorites are the ones with a path in forest ❀️ your area looks so English fairy tale ❀️✌️😘

    Keep making the music one good ❀️ I find that one fun and exciting!! ✌️

  5. You’ve been busy, Rory! I love the pics, especially the ducks! I am looking forward to your new blog. Make it a great day!

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