Monday, 28 June 2021
Sunday, 27 June 2021
Sunday, 20 June 2021
Today's walk was to Yester castle near Gifford, The castle was built on the orders of Sir Hugo De Gifford. who was nicknamed ‘The wizard of Yester’ due to the mysterious rituals he carried out in dungeons below the castle. Due to Sir Hugo’s supernatural dabbling, it is rumoured that demonic forces helped with the construction of the building, in particular the vaulted Goblin Ha' which remains pretty much intact and accessible via a dark passageway. There is also a stairwell which heads deeper underground and it nicknamed the "gateway to Hell". Supposedly haunted, definitely fascinating, not sure I'd of been entirely comfortable in there on my own... in the dark!!
So, at some point it was logical to count my milage and steps from summer solstice to summer solstice, the reasoning behind it completely escapes me now though! Anyway, last year I did 1443 miles and 3,330,744 steps outside (riding or walking), this year I worked from home and our only hobby during months of restrictions was the "lockdown walk".
So this year I did 2064 miles which equated to 4,960,345 steps, my biggest day was actually Christmas day where I did 27,440 steps / 11 miles and my biggest month was April 2021 for 505,806 steps and 215 miles. I challenged myself to walk at least ten thousand steps a day on the 1st of May 2020 and since then I have missed two days in January and two days in February.
This has successfully capped the weight gain to the point if I lay on a beach I'd resemble a stranded porpoise, not a Baird's whale (... for the moment)! Now I have an Apple watch so all my steps will be recorded and there is no excuse for not breaking the five million steps mark over the next twelve months.
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Saturday, 12 June 2021
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
Bellini is reserve champion at Elementary level in online dressage and after time off recuperating from injury she went out and competed in her first Medium test with Immy Tolley, gaining 66% and fourth place (she was also second in the elementary with 69%). Milano was out at Cherwell today doing a lovely relaxed test for 67.3% and fourth place.