[Image by Joanna Dubaj]
Kettlercise Classes confirmed
Subsequent to our recent notice advertising the possibility of setting up a Kettlercise Fitness Class, we’re excited to say that we have been able to add this class to our Breamish Hall Regular Activities, as follows:
[Image by Joanna Dubaj]
Now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing…
are you ready to get fit?
Seeing again what we saw only yesterday
Still having that Groundhog Day feeling, still feel like I’m rather going round and round the mulberry bush – but at least with a new perspective.
Just taking one step to the left or standing on my tip-toes, just a slight inclination of my head to the right, or even lying down on the grass – they all give a slightly different perspective. Just letting me see the same thing just that bit differently. And, all-in-all, it’s not too onerous moving a bit this way and a bit that way – although getting up off the grass when I’m down there isn’t quite so easy!
Valley ride along the Breamish
Got to keep going – got to keep exercising – but so much easier when we have such beautiful surroundings – – –
Yellow Hedgeley Lakes
So, what’s the colour of Spring for you? As a resident of the Breamish Valley I can’t help but think that you’ll say it’s ‘yellow’. I mean, just about everywhere along the Breamish Valley is yellow right now. The whole valley is smothered in flowering gorse, giving a wonderful scent of coconut drifting on the Spring air.
How to clear your head out exercising
Work-related stress, worries about loved ones, or broader existential crises associated with the uncertainty that’s accompanied the coronavirus pandemic are contributing to heightened emotionality.Wired (12 Apr 2020)
Your once-a-day outdoor exercise regime (walking, cycling, jogging, whatever), as well as improving our physical well-being, could also be an opportunity to clear your head. This clever Pixar animated short film caught my attention recently:
Around the Lake at Hedgeley
If you’re lucky enough o be able to get out for your once-a-day exercise, and lucky enough the be able to walk on a bit of rough ground, then a walk around the lake at Hedgeley is just what the doctor ordered.
Green Dene – Crawley Dene
Too windy to ride my bike for my once-a-day exercise yesterday, so off I went to the Crawley Dene out from Powburn, heading south and loosely following the Shawdon Burn. The day before, I’d concentrated on looking up and saw a Breamish buzzard. Yesterday, however, I focused on looking down – and what a sight! Crawley Dene becoming green so quickly after the vernal equinox:
Empty spaces in the valley
It can’t go unnoticed that the spaces around us are predominantly empty of people at the moment. While it’s somewhat strange, it is heartening to see that the majority of people are heading the UK Government’s stay at home policy.
For my daily exercise yesterday (Saturday 28 March 2020), I walked around the Hedgeley Lakes and back home following the path along the A697. In the seven-and-a-half years that I’ve lived in Powburn, I’ve never seen the A697 without a single vehicle on it on a Saturday: extraordinary times!