Storm Doris was due to hit most of the UK today but luckily we got off very lightly in Nottinghamshire. I went out early afternoon and it was a bit windy and a couple of gusts stopped me dead but not as bad as it could have been.
Abbie and Jess spent a lot of the day just watching the trees in the woods behind our house and it sparked discussions about storms and the power of mother nature. The rest of the day was spent doing word searches and drawing.
Well, we did it. We got to the end of January and we walked everyday. If the weather was really bad we just walked to the local shops, the long way round, which can be as much as a 2 1/2 mile round trip. We’ve been out in the rain, high winds and temperatures of -2 but I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every walk.
The walks also act as a replacement for the school PE sessions the children miss from being home educated. A 3 miles walk and 30 minutes on the play equipment in the park more than make up for a couple of 30 minutes sessions they would have at school. Abbie has mild asthma and used to get out of breath regularly when we walked and also got ‘stitches’ in her side quite often. All that seems to be changing after such a short time, no more stitches and she can walk a lot further without stopping.
The walks are also very useful as topic starters. We have spoken about so many things over the last 4 weeks ranging from evergreen trees through to the hole in the ozone layer and so many things in between. In seems that almost everyday we see something that sparks a conversation and quite often a project to do at home.
Now the important information, the mileage:
I managed 113.62 miles
Abbie did 104.46 miles
Jessie did 105.36 miles
I should point out that these are ‘boots on’ miles, we only count the mileage where we have purposely gone out for a walk. Miles around the house aren’t taken into account. it is amazing how many you do. Just in case anyone is interested my total mileage for the month was 228.14 miles WOW!!! This is just me, I just keep track of all my fitbit miles. I make sure I do a minimum of 5 (fitbit) miles a day, even if that means that I end up jogging around the kitchen at 10pm to make sure I get to my target (and yes I’ve done this several times).
I’ve taken so many photographs and it was so hard to choose but here are a few of my favourite photo’s from January:
We went out walking everyday this week, only local walks though. Jess managed to go for a walk everyday which made her happy as she didn’t think she could o it. We saw a couple of interesting birds but the weather was wet and miserable most days so not many scenic shots.
Blackbird with partial albinism
The 1000 miles sounds very daunting but it works out at just 2.74 miles a day. The weekly total we are aiming for is 19.18 miles a week. Of course if we do more we will be finished earlier. Our total miles for the first week were; me 29.11 miles; Abbie 27.11 miles & Jess 28.29 miles.
I think we did brilliantly for the first week!
I’ll be updating on a monthly basis from now on. Back with an update at the end of January.
On friday we went to our local country park to feed the ducks.
I identified some trees and we had two go’s in the park.
And we were lucky and quiet enough to even see a squirrel up close!
We also saw some ducklings and goslings , sooooo cute!!
They came so close that i could touch them! But i don’t think mummy duck would be very impressed!
We spent half the day in the woods and in the country park today. It’s only a short (10 minute walk) from the house to the park. Lots of cute little creatures around. But, I’m not allowed to tell you about them as Abbie is writing a blog post tomorrow with photos!!!!
I’m looking forward to going to my first HE meeting on Monday (evening meet for adults only). And on Wednesday morning we will be attending a group meet. Hopefully lots of children there and things to do.