Sweating over autumn leaves

It’s a fine autumn day, in tone at least though not according to the date, and the leaves are falling. For the first time, with thanks to the Year of Sweat, I actually enjoy sweeping them up. The stride of the broom is longer and stronger, thanks to my new found strength.

I noted that my neighbour has electrified his approach to autumn leaves. Out came the leaf blower, then the lawn mower.

While I swept and scooped and squashed, manually, these crisp goldens into my green bins, he …

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Sweat versus Strength

The Year of Sweat has morphed into the Year of Strength.  It was a surprise to me. The idea behind the Year of Sweat was to increase the amount of physical activity in my life.  I selected Sweat as the signature image because I wanted to change my attitude to this by-product of activity.  It was […]

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Triggers and motivators

There are triggers that get us started and motivators that keep us going.  They are not always the same thing.  My writing this year is often triggered by something I’ve read and so it is today.  That shouldn’t be too surprising when the theme for this year is physical activity and it’s a popular subject. […]

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Skipping lunacy

I’m too old to have taken part in the Jump Rope for Heart campaign that’s celebrating a mighty 30th anniversary this year.  Thirty years ago puts me in my 20s and long past skipping.  But, when my 2013 Year of Sweat began, I rushed out and purchased some equipment; nothing grand or large, just small stuff […]

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Tennis – joining the club

It was the day before my first lesson and I tried on the shoes I’d bought for the occasion.  Have you noticed how joggers present our feet to the world with a new shape?  My old New Balance’s accentuate width.  In contrast, these new Volleys make my feet look longer, leaner.  There is a sensation, […]

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