Walking in the New Year
Ah, a new year has begun. It’s such a wonderful feeling—especially when you’re boring like I am and don’t imbibe in booze the night before. (I like to start the New Year sans hangover!)
I quite like to get out into the fresh air on the first day of the year so that I can feel a bit energized—and that’s just what I managed to do today. After all, I believe the first day of the year sets the tone for all the days to follow.
Of course, I’ve been battling a cold for a few days so wasn’t quite up for a long and hilly hike, so my friend-and-housemate, Adrian, took me to a local country park instead for a short (5K, maybe?) walk instead of the longer one we’d originally spoke about doing. (And I skipped the 3-mile morning run, too. I don’t want to push myself too far until I’m feeling better!)
Our walk was through part of the Roslin Glen Country Park and the ruins of the old Roslin Gunpowder Mill. The mill operated from around 1804 to 1954 and was at one time the largest mill in Scotland. (You can learn more here.) There was also an old carpet factory in the area, making this seemingly peaceful glen a highly industrialised area!
We were out for about two hours and finished up just before the weather turned a bit wet. I’m hoping that this cold continues to improve and maybe tomorrow I’ll be up for another scenic walk.
I’ll leave you with some photos of my day now, whilst I go and enjoy some nice healthy vegetables—and maybe some left-over holiday cheeses!
Happy 2014 to you!