Stepping Out

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Season 10 โ€“ Autumn 2021
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Stepping Out Update

I received an email over the weekend from a friend asking if l had stopped the Stepping Out series? I mailed them back and explained yes and no, but l would write a post about it to explain things in more detail.

Have l stopped the series itself? No, l haven’t and Yes because it’s on a break of sorts. Currently, the series is on Season 10 Autumn 2021, and this is now episode 6. The 10th season began 13/08/21, and the previous episode to this one today was 24/10/21.

I decided that the post in October would be the ‘last’ ish of the season until l began a new season this winter because I was busy with various projects. These days l am more active than l ever was, way more engaged than this time last year and way more dynamic than this time two years ago. I am enjoying being busy.

I still walk 7 days a week [weather permitting] and of those morning walks, l am in the reserve where l volunteer, perhaps four times a week, failing that l am walking the route of the ramparts and if the weather is appalling or l have to miss the walk because of other chores, then l hit the treadmill. I probably use the treadmill 3 – 4 times a week with good and bad weather as both a fill-in and an addition to walking exercise..

I plan to start a new Season of the series in the first week of winter 2021, which is for us over here in the UK three weeks or so into December, and that’s still a go-ahead. This break from the series allows me to finalise some of the existing projects that l am currently busy with and stabilise some of the newer ones into more straightforward routines.

These tasks or projects have been gardening, building the worm farming concept up, examining worm feeding methods and balancing, business study, creating the new business blog. The weekly volunteer work l am doing, real-life issues like the dentistry appointments, and working with new cameras and techniques for taking photographs.

The Gardening projects are very much an ongoing activity. There is always a lot of work with the Willow garden with maintenance and planning for the new seasons. The worm farming [hobby or to be money-making activity] went through a lot of work in the last couple of weeks, and l hope to write about that correctly towards the end of this week.

Business study and general studying is daily. I am working with the marketing course that l write of occasionally and work with Suze with the Thrive Programme. I am also just about to restart the Lurn course l purchased last year regarding writing and marketing books.

This course was something l wanted to examine the previous year, and l had spoken to a few of my blogging friends about the marketing side to their books; however, life suddenly turned a new direction, and l had to put that on hold. Plus, l have a wildlife conservation online study course l wish to start, and l am still waiting for the new earthworm course to begin – so a lot of studying and book reading is on the cards.

The Earthly Comforts business blog takes up quite a bit of my time, and l have been working with some archived content for the blog in the form of galleries. I will have two galleried series in the blog itself titled Wild Walks and Natural Encounters. With these galleries in mind and working with the new cameras, l have been trialling different styles for photographs.

This style of imagery will serve the series well l think with the likes of Instagram and maybe Pinterest, which l plan to have accounts with to support the business. [In fact, the images used throughout this post are examples of the images l now look to capture]. You’ll have to let me know in the comments what your thoughts are.

My weekly volunteering work has kept me busy, although l had to miss out last week due to a delivery of goods l had planned to arrive the day before failed to show, and they then rescheduled to deliver on a Wednesday morning. But the reserve is changing and has undergone massive transformations so far.

We have an Open Day this Saturday coming 27th November, which l think is crazy considering it is later autumn, and we now have weather forecasts of ice-cold rain or snow, which might be offputting to some folks looking to visit.

The dentistry appointments are thankfully over for the remainder of this year, and l am this week getting ready to trial wearing the denture, but have a lot of doubts – only because l don’t understand its point. It comprises front teeth only, and l still don’t have back teeth, so my diet is still in a poor state, and my digestion system is not benefiting either at present. But I’ll try the denture as l am lisping a lot because my front three ‘speech teeth aren’t there anymore.

So, there we go, folks – an update for you to the soon to start Season 11 of Stepping Out with the final episode of Season 10. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the photographs, and I’ll catch up with you in the new series next month.

You may recall l mentioned the vandals and the artwork on the reserve to the bird hide – well, you can see it above. The shed is being painted on Wednesday in readiness for the Open Day. The roof has been fixed, and it no longer leaks.

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22 thoughts on “Stepping Out

  1. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have never seen a bridge with so many leaves on it (It looks as though no one had walked on it for quite a long period).

    The graffiti artist is very talented.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day, Rory.

    1. Hey Renard – yes the footbridge does indeed get covered quite a bit. it sits within a tree/bush covered avenue and so comes the Fall, leaves drop from both sides frequently. It’s walked on maybe a couple of dozen times a week as opposed to other areas which are trod upon daily so yeah, this bridge will look forgotten l feel ๐Ÿ™‚

      I agree l think the artist is talented and l wish we knew who it was because l have suggested them coming back and rectifying the design in more natural colours and maybe altering it to reflect the environment – but it is a grafitti artist, they are a hidden lot and not easy to track down.

      Many thanks Renard, wishing you a lovely day ahead also.

    1. Hey Sadje, yes it is arty l agree, l have said as much. The painting of the shed was today and three quaters looks great BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT that silver painted grafitti has caused some serious issues sadly , it’s not going away anytime fast soon l feel.

      i feel fine, a bit conscious of my lisp, people say it’s not as bad as l think it is … but l can hear it on my R’s, S’s and F’s and it is quite pronounced.

  2. The pictures are Lovely! They have wonderful angles and draw your eye in to look further, very well taken and composed. I look forward to more. Best wishes with your โ€˜trying outโ€™ phase. And the Lurn course sounds pretty fascinating as well. โ˜บ๏ธ

  3. I love the photos, Rory, especially the graffiti art! Some graffiti artists are very talented and becoming better known for their work. I’m glad you are getting a break from your dentistry work. ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Hey Eugenia, whoever it is – is quite talented and l agree with you, it’s a pity we can’t find them, because we wanted them to do a piece of artwork on the shed.

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