How was your weekend?
Recently, my Sundays have been spent walking and it’s been absolutely lovely. We’re lucky enough to live in an area of outstanding natural beauty: ‘The Chilterns’ (Buckinghamshire, England) where there are lots of beautiful walks and scenery to keep you busy. Each Sunday we’ve decided that we want to go for a walk, and then spent the next 30 minutes trying to decide where we actually we want to go. There are so many trails, we end up a little bit like kids in a sweet shop.
Each weekend I’m amazed at the things we find, and the obvious effort that has been put into maintaining the trails we walk. A few months ago I attempted to go for a walk along a sculpture trail that I used to regularly visit with my Mum as a child, but was incredibly disappointed to see it wasn’t there any more. Due to Vandalism, and not enough money to upkeep it, they’d taken all the sculptures away.
Yesterday, however, we came across a ‘Talking Sculpture’ trail, where artists had made sculptures out of wood and installed a small wind up stereo unit which played out information on the trail, poetry, songs and other audio that had been recorded with the help of local schools. I mean, what a lovely idea! We had no idea it existed, just stumbled upon it and decided to change out route and walk the whole thing. It definitely made up for the old trail’s extinction. I just hope no one decides to vandalise this one.
This kind of thing is an amazing reminder of how good people can be. I mean, nobody had to make that, but it’s great to see people putting the effort in to making something great for the community. Especially if it means more people might find their way outdoors and get active.
I’m not sure where we’ll walk next weekend, but hopefully we’ll stumble across something else. You never know what you can find!
I know it’s only Monday and I’m kind of rubbing it in, but now you’ve got 5 whole days to plan something good to do with your weekend. You don’t always have to go far to find something extraordinary, and it won’t be long until Winter gets in the way.