The Gallery: Walks

As a kid, the words ‘go for a walk’ always filled me with dread. Boring! What could be more boring than A WALK?!

What I didn’t realise, is that my parents had instilled something in me. A love of walks.

Now I’m the one dragging my kids out for walks and they’re the ones moaning. But the moaning soon stops when they get outside. They love being able to run and race each other. They love stopping to look at things – even things they’ve seen 100s of times before. They love the chance to talk about nature, wildlife and the changing seasons. They love chatting to each other and to me about anything and everything.

They even love shouting ‘Mind the dog poo!’

Sometimes they cheat and they cycle or scoot rather than walk, but my younger son usually chooses to just walk along with me chatting. He talks non-stop. If I’m lucky it’s about school and football and his friends, if I’m unlucky it’s his latest computer game obsession. He can do an hour long monolgue and hardly take a breath.

I think we’re unusual in that we don’t ever walk anywhere adventurous. We don’t go on long hikes, we just go out around the local area for a mile or two. We have a country lane that leads to a level crossing. Sometimes we cross over it and walk a bit further, sometimes we just turn around. If we need a bit of shopping, we walk to the retail park, which is a mile and a half round trip. Although part of it is by a scary 60mph road. They even like to do a circuit of the nearby industrial estate.

These pictures were taken yesterday on a VERY cold walk/ scoot. I had a very long monologue conversation about a zombie game on the iPad.

My chatterbox

 

My adrenaline junkies

 

Being brave and not covering her ears

 

Pooh sticks

In the summer, there are a couple of walks across the fields, which feel more exciting. I don’t think we went across those fields once last year. Damn you, British weather!

 We are out just long enough for some fresh air and exercise and to get away from the screens they would happily sit in front of all day. And it makes such a difference to all of us. I feel happier and calmer and so do the kids.

I have to have a walk (or a run) every single day. Otherwise I would go stir crazy. We all would, whether the kids believe it or not.

This post was written in response to a prompt over on The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers. Pop over to see how others have interpreted the theme ‘walks’.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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31 Comments

  1. I think a good head clearing walk does wonders. We aren’t adventurous walkers either but z loves walking. Think he’d walk miles if he could!

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  2. It’s great, isn’t it? Thanks very much for commenting, as ever 🙂

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  3. Walking makes me happier and calmer too.

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  4. I love walking for chatting to the kids, although mine are at that age that they moan at first, although like yours once they are out they enjoy the walk.
    Great photos x

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  5. I can’t clear my head without going for a run. If I can’t run cos of weather I walk instead

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  6. Totally agree with you, there is something about a dose of fresh air which clears the mind and the ability to argue! Mums have obviously been doing it for centuries…

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  7. I like that – you don’t go anywhere adventurous, yet it’s still a really nice walk. That’s quite nice to hear.

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  8. I’m with you, have to have a walk every day. I don’t have the zombie monologue for company, just a couple of heavy breathers 🙂

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  9. I had forgotten all about Pooh Sticks, but now you’ve reminded me I’m going to have to play with my girls!

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  10. I adore a nice long walk – not so easy with a two year old in tow that insists on going her own way! lol

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  11. i don’t think I could live somewhere that didn’t have somewhere pretty to walk nearby. your comment on the zombie monologue made me laugh as it sounds just like my boys 😀

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  12. We have to get out of the house every day else I go stir crazy! Your walk looks very exciting!

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  13. Thanks very much for all your lovely comments, everyone. They are much appreciated! It seems like all of us mums know the power of a good walk

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  14. I love a good walk. It really does help you wake up and clear your head. Looks like a lovely walk where you are.

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  15. It can be so hard getting the kids out the door sometimes, but it’s always worth it! Keeps me sane, especially when OH is away. We usually walk locally too, and things often feel better by the time we get home. A lot to be said for a little fresh air therapy!

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  16. Thanks very much for commenting, ladies, really appreciate it.
    It is a good walk, Laura. Would you believe the day after I posted this (two days after I took the pics) we saw four deer down there?! We were very excited!
    There is definitely a lot to be said for fresh air therapy, Tracey! It certainly keeps me and the kids sane. The hardest bit is dragging them out in the first place!

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  17. Nothing better than a lovely walk with the children, the girls love a good walk especially if it’s a muddy walk

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  18. LOL we always say ‘mind the dog poo!’ my two are sometimes hard to drag out but they enjoy it in the end 🙂

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  19. I love walks, I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can go on more walks! 🙂 x

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  20. Like you I think just being able to get out and have some fresh air is not only good for the body but the mind as well. With out busy lives it’s also a chance to catch up with the children without interruptions. Thanks for linking to Country Kids.

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  21. I know what you mean about needing to get outside every day. My son and I walk to the mailbox, some days that is enough to lift our spirits. He really likes to hike at a nearby nature preserve. Thanks for sharing about your walks.

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  22. I love walking and used to just go out and walk for hours before I had the girls. It’s a bit harder with pushchairs and their little legs get tired but I still love taking them out

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  23. i was the same and now i am also the same as you!!! we wouldn’t go anywhere if it want for me!! x

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  24. Thanks very much for your lovely comments, everyone, really appreciate them. You really can’t beat a good walk!

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  25. We did similar the other day and scooted into town to the library. Just to walk and not get in the car was bliss! Popping in from Country Kids x

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  26. You can’t beat it! Thanks very much for popping over and commenting, I really appreciate it 🙂

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  27. I love walking – my boys generally take their scooters too, but nothing beats just getting out for a walk – and as you say, it doesn’t need to be anywhere special 🙂 #CountryKids

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  28. Definitely not, just a nice bit of fresh air! Thanks very much for commenting, I really appreciate it.

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