Monday, August 01, 2011

Around The Neighbourhood

I went for a walk this morning *shock horror* all on my own too! In order to prove that I went for a walk I took photos (again) but at least this way you get to see a little bit more of my neighbourhood. Not that I needed to prove I went for a walk but hey it gives me a reason to take photos to share. Something other than what I have been knitting or crocheting.

You can tell spring is on the way. Look at those pretty blossoms!
I needed to get some scripts filled at the chemist so I decided that I could walk there. Wait for the scripts to be filled, that would give me time to rest my hip a bit, and then head home. Just in case you are wondering no I haven't hurt myself recently. My hip has been hurting on and off for a few years now. My anti-inflammatory that I take for my carpel tunnel seems to have helped my hip tremendously. Its only when I do a lot of walking that it flares up a little but resting it for a few minutes makes a huge difference.

Those houses in the distance are a recent thing. There were only a small handful when we first moved into town.
Yes another hill for me to climb up. Thank goodness I turn at the corner here and miss the need to climb back up that hill!! I walked up the Coles hill (I think I mentioned that last time I talked about going for a walk. You can see the photo of the hill in this post here). I don't know why I thought I would walk home that way. It is steep! Oh that's right it takes off an extra 5 minutes walking home that way. I do end up paying for it by being out of breath and it makes my legs find muscles that I had forgotten about.

An unusual plant.
I came across this unusual plant. It looks like it's growing really well. I have no idea what it's called. You don't happen to have any ideas do you? The plant looks kind of harsh but it isn't really.

Here's a close-up of the same plant. It looks like its getting ready to flower.
 I met some lovely people during my walk too. I don't know if its the fact we were all walking or its because we live in the country but they were very friendly. Maybe it was a bit of both.

I know that walking is good for me but I sure do get pooped afterwards. ALL of my healthcare workers want me to do at least 30 minutes exercise a day (I don't do that every day) but at least I am doing some :) I have lost about 5 kilos (around 10 lb) since being diagnosed with diabetes. I'm not sure if I will continue to lose weight. In fact I would be happy to maintain the weight I have and not gain any extra. I even tested my BGL after my walk today and its lower than it normally would be 2 hours after breakfast. So that's a really good thing right?

I'm going to put my feet up and crochet for a bit. I think I have earned that today.


PoetessWug said...

YAY!! Good for you, out enjoying a good walk! What pretty area to walk in too! (Except for the hill!! LOL) Keep up the good work Jo!

Jo-anne *Blossy* said...

Thank you Poetess. It is a pretty area.
When I get a bit fitter I may walk a different way to the shops so that I can show you some more of the town I live in. For now though I'll stick with the shorter route :D

PoetessWug said...

I would love to see that!! I'm almost feeling like I've been to Australia! :-)

Vireya said...

The mystery plant looks like an echium. If it is, the flower spikes will be tall and blue or purple, and bees will love it.

Thanks for dropping by my blog today and commenting on the daffodil song!

Jo-anne *Blossy* said...

Hi Vireya, thanks for visiting and thank you for letting me know what that plant might be. I'll have to make sure I keep watching it to see if it flowers.