Walking for Health

First of all some beautiful spring flowers
just because they're so joyful!

Then on the homefront, a new crochet project which goes by the name of
Granny Rose Heart Pillow.
Please visit the Astri's lovely blog for this latest pattern

Isn't it beautiful?
I'm waiting for my heart-shaped pillow to arrive so that I can continue this exciting project.

Now about the walking.
Three years' ago, I bought some really comfortable walking shoes
when I did the Lausanne Walking Event
and the Quarter Marathon.
That was a good experience and my daughter came with me too
even though she normally prefers running!

Studies have been done to show that walking briskly for 30 minutes
every day is one of the most beneficial things we can do for our bodies
and our morale.
It has been found that this type of exercise lowers blood pressure, 
reduces cholesterol and helps maintain a healthy weight.
I took my pocket camera with me to take this photo in a door with a mirror incorporated.
I rather liked the fact that the Christmas decorations were still up!

Regular brisk walking strengthens bones and muscles
improves balance and coordination
helps prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

A beautiful and very colourful sunrise which I captured from the end of my balcony.

My Amaryllis blooms have been beautiful this year. This is the last plant of the year.
I love watching the different stages of opening.

Each day a little more

Until all four buds opened up.

A single tiny leaf in the late afternoon sunshine.

Seedpods blowing in the wind

Fluffy 'Old Man's Beard'

I love passing the railings on my walking circuit
especially in the late afternoon when all these cheerful little lights come on.
All these scenes from my walking outings.

I'm progressing with my January Sunrise blanket.
One square a day and there are currently 21 squares with three more
ready to join.
I'm really enjoying this project.

There will be others to show in my next blog entry.
These cold winter's days are perfect for doing crochet or any other kind of handiwork.

My tiny indoor window box of miniature daffodils is nearly over.

Somehow, the month of January needs the cheerful colours of flowers
that are made available to us.

Are you filling this long month of January with all the things you love?

I'm adding an extra photograph as part of a 2020 Project 
for crocheting a flower a week for the whole year.

Look at Anabelia Craft Design
if you feel like joining in.
These two patterns are for the first two weeks of January.
I will be adding the others as they are generously given to us!

The Colours of January

The illuminated Lausanne Cathedral
as the bells rang out to celebrate the New Year!
The crowds were dense, but we found a bench to sip our mulled wine
which I had made at home and put into thermos mugs!

The tower was bathed in a deep blue light afterwards
and the crowds dispersed to continue their celebration
or to go home
I'm not a night owl, so I did the latter!

A delicate sunrise taken from my balcony with the cock on the church steeple.

I enjoy my daily walks and loved these tiny oval red berries
hanging on the branches like Christmas lights.

The centre of a beautiful Amaryllis bloom which opened up on Christmas morning.

A late afternoon walk with sun-kissed branches and a waxing moon
rising higher in the sky.

I decided to crochet a Temperature Blanket for the very first time.
These are the colours that represent the temperatures in the first seven days of January.
Cool colours, which are my favourites.
The average daytime temperature has been around 6-7 Celsius.
The dominating colours so far are Wisteria and Sherbet.

The middle round of the small squares is the coolest temperature of the day 
and the second round is the warmest.
I'm using white to join all the squares.

I couldn't resist getting a small pot of sunshine in the shape of these yellow Primula.

My daughter and I went to see the new film version of the musical 'Cats'.
It was very good. The costumes and settings were wonderful!
We had already seen it in London some years ago on the stage.

The Magnolia buds look very promising against the Winter's sky.

A small perfect rosebud was still blooming in one of the neighbourhood gardens.

Tightly encased catkins still know that they have to wait a little longer
before stretching their limbs!
I have used this image for my January header.
It's a subtle reminder that Spring follows Winter.

More catkins in the park nearby against a gorgeous limpid blue sky.

Another beautiful sunrise in shades of pink, blue, lilac and purple.

This one inspired me to take out my coloured yarns to start a separate crochet project

Here are all the colours.
Seven squares already joined in a row.
I'm considering adding single coloured squares to frame the others.
I've chosen Bluebell to do this.

This month of January is full of new energy
and we're already gaining an extra minute every day.

We are getting some grey days but a generous amount of sunshine and clear blue skies as well.
January doesn't need to be dull
it can be whatever we want it to be!
We just need to seek out the colour and beauty around us
and if we can't see any ...
well, let's just create it!