Back in June or early July I told you I was going to try and lose weight. It creeps on slowly so you don't really notice the extra pounds but once skirts and trousers start to feel tight it's time to do something about it. After all I'm not going to buy a larger size. John and I have always done a lot of walking and it is the perfect way to bring about a calorie deficit and so reduce weight. Plus the walking helps to tone the muscles, gets you out in the fresh air and makes you feel better.So far so good as I have now lost 7 pounds. Not a lot but the skirts are feeling comfortable again and I really enjoy the bird watching and flower spotting as we walk. Here follows a warning that this is a photo heavy post so grab a drink before reading further.
Last Thursday my car needed to have its annual service and the garage is a distance from home. Since neither of us wanted to use public transport we decided to plan a walk around the area near the garage. Here's a map of the walk taken from the Friends of the River Crane Environment web page. You can access it Here and find out more about the route
This walk takes in 3 rivers, The river Crane, the Duke of Northumberland's River and the River Thames. The whole route is 7 miles. The car goes to a garage in Twickenham to be serviced and from the garage we walked through the town to the station. We didn't go into the station but walked over the railway bridge and turned left to follow the river Crane that runs next to the railway line. At the entrance to the walk there was a fountain. It would have been lovely to walk through the water as it was very hot on Thursday.
We left the road behind us and entered a lovely nature area with carved benches and lots of flowers. The train bench was nearest the station.
Sweet peas that had escaped from one of the gardens.
The bird bench. We saw lots of small birds on our walk, including robins, blue tits, sparrows and gold finches.
We didn't see a green woodpecker on this walk, except carved on the bench but we do regularly see two of them when we walk around the cemetery local to us.
A little further on we found this sly fox having a rest on the bench.