My achilles is on the mend! I can walk again, properly walk. Walk through woodlands, by rivers and across fields. I have so missed the fresh air and the smell of the seasons, whether it's the dry scent of summer or the smell of wet leaves and decay.
This week I have been on my first long walk for 7 months. It was bliss. I forgot my camera, but made do with my phone. At the beginning of the walk we passed this hedge, at the bottom of somebody's garden. What a master stroke the boots are.
My (well groomed) friend spotted a slow worm on our path, it did move exceedingly slowly.
It was such a bright Autumn morning. Towards the end of the walk we had to climb one last hill; charmingly nicknamed Heart Attack Hill, it was a big push. But the feeling of having earned a sandwich and a slice of cake was fantastic.
It was a circular route, so we ended up back in the village where we started; Hambledon in the Chilterns. It was being used as a film set that day. A regular occurrence, it has appeared in The Vicar Of Dibley, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Nanny McPhee and North and South amongst others.
It's a very picturesque village, nestled in rolling green hills. I hope it's not ruining the romance by sharing this shot of a 'snowy' cottage. I asked the crew what they were filming; something called Endeavor, a spin off from Inspector Morse.