Considering we live in the countryside and have fields surrounding us, we don’t go for many walks. Actually we don’t go for any.
It’s a long cry from the days when I was dating the OH, when each weekend he’d take a few hours off work and we’d take the dog out for a walk together. Now the OH works all the time, it’s rare that he takes any time off especially in the day. Our black Labrador mostly roams around the farm all day and only goes in her kennel when she’s tired or wet, the springer spaniel would hunt all day and run off if let out alone all day, so is mostly in her kennel and out at specific times of the day to roam (and mostly follow the OH around the barns). My mother in law, and usually sister in law both go out for daily walks and usually take one or a couple of the dogs out.
When N was in a pushchair sometimes I’d push him the 1.5-2 miles to the next village where the park is, but we’ve not yet been for a walk across the fields. I always think I’d get lost walking in our own fields, or end up getting him cornered by nosy cattle. I also generally find walking the fields a tad boring because it all gets a bit samey and apart from the odd view, there’s not an awful lot to see. Given that we have a wonderful view out of the house, I don’t feel the need to just ramble in order to see that. I mostly prefer walking in towns because there’s a lot more to see, and I feel like I can walk a lot longer exploring.
But the other day I spotted a perfect field of rape seed and wanted to get out there and take some photos. So on the next drive out, I took my camera, packed N up with me, and we parked nearby to go for a bit of a photo shoot.
Even better there was a public footpath alongside so we walked along there some way.
It was lovely just walking out with N and not really something we’ve done before (other than walking round the massive park in town to get to the playground and walk by the canal).
Yes it was samey – just lots of rape seed crops and not a lot else to look at.
But it was great to be able to use that time to chat to N, tell him about the crops (which he seems to have forgotten only a week later), and have the time out to take what photos I wanted.
I’m now thinking that I should find a local map, and when we’re driving out and about, make more of an effort to just stop when we see somewhere to park and a public footpath sign, so get out exploring with N.
Do you go on many walks? How do you choose where to go?