I like walking. I walk several days a week. I have several favourite local routes of around 5k or so. I don’t mind familiar walks as there is always something new and unexpected to find out. One day I might be trying to sort out the wild angelica from the cow parsnip. No. Neither are giant hogweed! Another time I might just admire the profusion of wild garlic and keep hoping for bluebells. If something curious catches my eye, I can always record it on my phone camera for later. I don’t mind hills,;they are good exercise. I don’t mind rain either. Wind can be a bit distracting!
I also like books. It may sound a bit odd, but my walks are when I get to read. Audio books are the best! I can fully concentrate while I am walking, take in so much more than if I were sitting, and, if something curious catches my ear, I can always note down the time frame for later. When I ‘read’ and walk I don’t notice hills or rain. Wind is still a bit distracting.
I like walking. I am not ambling, marching, or hiking. I am just out on a ramble. And when I ramble, I get to find new views to absorb, new paths to follow, new connections to make. Being a storyteller, I also like metaphors. Oh well!
Now the ‘Stories in the Landscape’ conversations are up and running on a monthly basis, I am ready to introduce something new. Each month, look out for a new ‘Chris’ Ramble‘ audio post. Join me as I explore, unexpected story landscapes, with the occasional surprising hill. and plenty of hidden connecting paths.
A good ramble is a great time for sharing conversation. So feel free to join in. Let me know what you think and add your own thoughts and ideas. I am looking forward to hearing from you.