Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sundays in My City--A Walk on the Wild Side

Join me on my morning walk.

That's the corner of my house that you can see on the right of the photo.
The brick pillars are the gate that I usually come through.

This is quite a hill to warm up on. It's also a little scary for me on the way back because it wasn't graded before and last year I slipped on loose gravel and fell, breaking my coccyx in the process.

At the crest of the first hill. Yet another hill to climb. Whew!

My first landmark. When my teenage daughters lived here 2 years ago, they would drag me out of the house to go walking and this is as far as I would get. Walking to this termite mound would take 15 minutes. Today I did it in 12.

Usually I walk about 30 minutes earlier in the day.
I love the way the morning sun looks at this time of day.

Here is my second landmark. When I first started walk/running, I took Tom's GPS toy gadget very important navigation tool, and it told me this was 2.5 km from the house. It was mistaken. It was only 2.2. Bummer!

Here is my new turnaround point. 2.5 km. (1.55 miles), baby!

I'm nearly home! Just have to get down that treacherous hill.

Home again. 5 K (3.1 mi.) done!
It took me 56 minutes today because of all the photos. 
Normally it's around 50-52 minutes but eventually I hope to get that time to 30 minutes.

And....guess what guys and gals......I've lost 7 pounds now! Yeah!!

Unknown Mami
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  1. That's a pretty neat termite mound! Congrats on 7!!

  2. Yay on the 7 pounds girl. Keep on keeping on, you CAN do it. X.

  3. Well done!

    About the collage, I have downloaded for free Picasa from Google and it is great for collages. Try it. If you have any questions, I will try and answer them the best I can. Take care. Be blessed. xxx


  4. Congrats on the weight loss!!! Im so envious of your surroundings..I would love to come and visit you.

  5. Congratulations on loosing the weight. You have beautiful scenery to walk in... I'm envious. And a termite hill? I would probably stay away from that one too. :)

  6. Congrats on the weight loss!!! It's a hard but rewarding thing to do! These pics make me homesick!

  7. That's quite a hike! And... a huge termite mound. Now I feel like a wimp complaining about a few ant hills. (they're fire ants, but not anywhere nearly that big.)

  8. Congratulations!!! Well done.

  9. You broke your coccyx? All I broke was my tailbone.



  10. Hooray for the weight loss & the improved time. I really enjoyed getting a look at where you live.


  11. That looks like quite a walk, though very pleasant. I like the tree at your turnaround point. Walking for me is my exercise of choice. It's energizing and takes off the pounds and it is so much fun. Thanks for sharing your walk with us.

  12. Thanks so much for sharing your countryside and walk with us! Amazing!

  13. Wow Amy, I can't imagine waking up to that everyday. I think it's great that you have lost weight also. Good for you! Thanks so much for aharing and for stopping by, can't wait to read more!

  14. Eric & MiekeOctober 24, 2010

    Hello Amy,
    Before all: it took some more time than expected, but a first set of photos is finished right now and will be posted tomorrow morning by Mieke. We hope they will reach you very soon.
    As you know, although we do not react regularly, your blog is followed on a nearly daily basis at ours, many times is loudly read to everyone and many times is the subject of our table discussions.
    Your post about Henry's behavior was the subject of a very long and to us interesting discussion in our family.
    First off all, we -the parents- have read the thread with a smile on the face. Indeed I think every parent or educator has to deal with that type of questions sooner or later. We off course remember Henry as a very clever little guy with a lot of potential. I can’t deny that there’s a lot of sympathy for him at ours. In the discussion we had it even was stated that the way he acted was a prove of his intelligence. Off course: basically the behavior indeed is not acceptable and should be discouraged, as you off course did and described.
    Strangely enough, our table discussion with our kids fastly turned into a discussion about property, where even words as “communism” fell.
    Without the slightest intention to moralize or whatever I just want to give you the main idea, one never knows it inspires.
    Off course our kids considered the theft of the kasava as ‘not good’ but immediately they reacted with two ideas:
    First: in most (European?) family houses there is some place (a shelf, a place in the fridge, …) where kids can find and (are allowed to) grab some small snacks for ‘little hungers’ (healthy: fruit or yoghurt, less healthy: a biscuit or a small sweet). They wondered if the kids in the orphanage have such a place or have that possibility.
    Second: (and I remember this was the topic of a discussion at yours) our kids stated that although the orphans are certainly cared for with the greatest love and attentions, since they live in a community they have no private territory or belongings and thus never can get notion of it (learn about it). It was even funny to us to hear our kids plead for the idea that each child has the right of having some own personal belongings and a place to put (hide) them (our 13 years old daughter even claimed it was a “basic human right” ).

    Voila. off course we send you our best regards and our admiration for your daily run.


  15. Wow, your 'city' has some amazing places to explore. The termite hill is amazing. Congratulations on the weight loss.

  16. Good for you!!!! That's a beautiful (but hard) walk. It looks like a fabulous workout. Thanks for the tour.
    Happy SIMC, jj

  17. Walking is my favorite exercise.

  18. I love the rich color of the soil and the halo of the sun over the land.

  19. Amy, thanks for the tour. I need to take some pics of the hills where I work. And I need to lose some pounds, too. I felt like I was right by your side! Sorry about the tailbone.

  20. How cool! All of it. Living in Africa. Running an orphanage. Having six kids. Okay, not sure about the six kids part, as three is more than enough for me. But, losing weight. For sure. Are there people who don't want to lose weight?! Anyway, came by from SITS to say hello. Interesting site!

  21. I was gunna say that I didn't know what a coccyx was, but from reading the comments, I do now.

    Thanks for sharing. Very cool pics!!


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