Go outside and walk a bit, long enough to take in and record new surroundings. Enjoy the best-kept secret around – the ordinary, everyday landscape that touches any explorer with magic.
– John R. Stilgoe
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I had been the sort of Easterner whose idea of going for a walk meant a short stroll in the park when the sun wasn’t too intense (early evening). Or a walk in one of the huge malls whilst window shopping. That’s where it began and where it ended really. On the other hand, my hubby here had gone for endless walks in the woods and up the hills as a young adult. My life changed over time after we got married, I finally knew the real meaning of going for walks through him. Back then it was just the two of us, now we have our four children joining us too. They love it every time; I like seeing their flushed faces and red cheeks as they run around exploring the surrounding nature. Mind you, there is always something new to discover!
You can read my earlier posts, Easter Break and Winter Walk to check out our previous walks, and of course our outings to the Cotswolds (Bourton on the Water, Bibury and Lower Slaughter) and city of Bath when my family visited from Malaysia. My 70-year-old mom walked for miles around without even realizing it! She truly enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and fresh air, it certainly did wonders to her health. The photos below were taken from our most recent walk a couple of weeks ago. This time around I went out with my English friends who also home-educate their children. These English women really treasure their walks, they never let the weather get in their way ever. We had such a lovely walk and our group of children certainly had a whale of a time! I love all my walks; be it a walk in the woods, by the river or up the hills. It always clears my head and makes me feel exceptionally good and cheerful for days afterwards, Alhamdulillah! 🙂