Lately after my Doc has declared that I really need to LOOSE tons of weight , the prospect of going for a long walk daily has ”walked ” into my brain and has become so deeply ingrained that I threw myself out of the house quite willingly today , I must say that I really enjoyed the walk ”to” the Common ( the Common is basically a massive public park, it is so called because of The Commons Act 2006,please click on the hyperlink to read more about the term) ,rather than the walk ”back” from the common which used to be the case .Maybe the fact that after my first ever real Winter in the western world the bright sunshine and the arrival of a much awaited ”Late” Spring season spurred my spirits enough.
It was amusing to watch different people walking their dogs , some of them clearly tugging impatiently at the leash and pulling their pets out of hedges and varied bushes on the way , to some being led on by the pet who is invariably looking extremely excited with tongue hanging out smiling almost ,grinning even ,puffing and panting and making their masters obediently run after them ! One rather tiny 7 month old pup called Rudy took a marked dislike to my brisk walk when I was heading back home and if I hadn’t stopped and stayed calm his menacing growl would have ended up in him nipping my ankles real bad grrrrr . I turned and walked over to the aged couple who were walking him as the lady tried to avoid eye contact, by then ”Rude-ehy” was on a tight lease and broke into an uncontrollable mix of growling ,barking and exhibiting a terrible opposition to my nearing presence . I spoke to the couple and the lady thanked me nervously for not trying to run away and causing their pup to chase after me ( am sure she was secretly thanking her stars that I wasn’t telling her off for not having the mutt on a leash in the public walking area ),she said had I started to run, he would certainly had nipped my ankles,imagine that ! Now really(??)!! and she thinks I’d have taken it sitting down , I would have first started running towards the couple and demanded they drive me to the nearest doctor and yes damm well PAY for the Mutt’s wrong doings ! But alas, no such exciting events occurred , turns out Rudy is a nice little fella after all , his master got him to some closer and he actually licked my hand ,ha !
I have decided to henceforth leave my cell phone behind when I go for a walk and drop all paranoia of ”what if I twist my ankle /get attacked by a psychopath/mugged by a villain on the way back/it suddenly starts to rain and there is a thunderstorm” and all other past excuses to carry my phone with me and also at times to not go for the walk at all.
So happy was I, that when I went for a stroll I completely forgot that I had oiled my hair in the morning and there was about half a litre of coconut oil on my tresses , while walking back I felt my head getting heavier only to realise too late that the cold air had turned my oily hair into a wiry nest with each strand feeling like a thick wire which if bent would snap like a dry twig on a hot summer day ! Not to mention that at the hairline along the forehead the oil was starting to collect in a pool of white sticky goo and look rather horrid ( yes I used my phone camera to click a pic of myself and see how stupid I reallywas looking !)
gaaah , I sped up and made a mad dash to get home as fast as my fat feet would take me !
But in spite of this, I cannot deny that the I spent time admiring and noticing beautiful setting Sun like a bright fiery ball of Orange sinking steadily into the horizon,had left a mixture of so many lovely colours onto the evening sky , a light orange like a delicate rush of freshly squeezed orange juice ,a shy pink like a million fresh pink buds had exploded in unison onto the sky and were kissing the birds flying home goodbye .
I really must say that all those who I saw walking back home ,in business suits , headphones stuffed deep into their ears and busy reading their messages or emails on their phones, please do yourself a favour , look up at the sky and feel the beauty of simple everyday life around you , don’t drown yourself in work so much that you miss out on these delights free for all mankind …
With such and other noble thoughts I came home to rest myself with a hot cup of instant soup and a desire to scribble onto my blog ,create a new post …and oh yeah go have a shower with my new rainforest bubble bath cream and coconut scented shampoo ,ah the simple luxuries of life !
Posted below are some pictures I had clicked last year of the common in Summer time , right now the many trees lining the artificial pond on both sides and the mini forest like mass of trees on the common grounds are quite bare still, though some are in full bloom and bursting at their seems with flowers dropping steadily and flying all over in the cold crisp breeze.
the pictures are lovely and your blog hilarious. you have a way with words.
Manjiri Chitnis says
Hi, thanks for the words of encouragement 🙂
Antonia Villaire says
But a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw outstanding design and style .
Manjiri Chitnis says
Thanks a lot Antonia!
Matthew Pajerski says
I like this post, enjoyed this one appreciate it for posting .
Manjiri Chitnis says
Thank you so much, Matthew!