Slow Return to Outdoor Life   18 comments

That nasty bout of flu stuck with me for three weeks and really hit me for six (I still have a nagging cough four weeks on). Last weekend I tentatively ventured out for a day outdoors for the first time since I got back from my ski trip. A short trip that I’ve done may times before but one of my favourite local walks

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A decent weather forecast and the cold weather had been replaced by almost spring-like conditions

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Through Cwmyoy village and my favourite wonky church

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Ysgyryd Fawr as always dominates the view to the south

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Wild ponies on the summit

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And the beautiful Vale of Ewyas to the north

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We found a relatively sheltered spot on the summit for a bite to eat and a chat about TJS impending choice of University. When we set off the fickle British weather delivered a punch. The skies had gone very dark and within minutes it was raining, a cold slanting rain that replaced the spring conditions of earlier with a taste of winter. After a soaking, the skies cleared and all was sunny again

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The late afternoon views were rather fine

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The Sugar Loaf

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And a dark looking Ysgyryd Fawr

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I particularly like the light in this shot

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Only 6 miles but I was completely wiped out when I got back to the car. Hopefully I can recover some of my lost fitness over the coming weeks now I seem to be over the bug. Always good to use an old favourite to start over

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18 responses to “Slow Return to Outdoor Life

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  1. So sorry to read you’ve been laid up so long. Great to be back on trail with you. Lovely vistas.

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  2. Bloody good to see you out and about, Andy.
    And the light in the at picture is gorgeous.
    🙂

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    • Thanks Alan, been a frustrating few weeks but hopefully I can enjoy the rest of the winter, conditions looking good for a weekend away in Scotland next week. One of the benefits of a showery day is some glorious light as the sun starts to go down 😀

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  3. Sorry – typos everywhere – can’t hear myself type – Whistletest on.
    :-)_

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  4. That looks a nice walk. A lot of folk here have been floored by flu recently

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    • Must be one of the worst winters for flu for a while. I know loads of people who’ve had it and everyone seems to have been taking weeks to recover. This is a real favorite walk of mine, stacks of interesting stuff

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  5. Sorry to see you have been laid up so long. Recovery can sometimes take a long time. Good to see you managing to finally get out and about. Fantastic photos.

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    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  6. I’m so glad I got to hike with you. So different from my world here in Florida. (Love your wonky church)

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  7. Love the church and the wild ponies!

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  8. Sorry you were sick. Good to see that you’re feeling well enough to get out hiking again.

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  9. B’s struck down now. Been off since Wednesday, which is not like him.
    This always strikes me as a great walk – looks quite varied and I adore the wonky church (if that isn’t the official name then it should be).

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    beatingthebounds
    • Shame for B, woudln’t wish this virus on anyone.
      I’ve never seen another church quite like this one. I should make the effort to go in one day when I do the walk in summer. One of my favourite walks, probably into double figures now in terms of how many times I’ve done it

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