Another Sunday Strolls On….

Well, yesterday was Sunday and as you know on a Sunday I like to walk Archie the Dog on new and exciting walks with new smells for him and new sights for me.

So with this Sunday being no different to other Sunday’s, we found ourselves parked in a small carpark in a place called Lockinge, which as I may have said before is where they train many successful racehorses including the very famous three times winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Best Mate:


Next to the car park is small horse badminton field where the stars of tomorrow come to practise their stuff…


This weeks walk was situated on the community woodland of Ardington and Lockinge (a couple of small villages located next to Wantage)


We then followed a well walked path and headed out into the woods starting with one they call Christopher’s. I don’t know if this is a play on Hundred Acre Wood (which as we know is related to Christopher Robin) but it certainly does have a simple niceness about it.


The route we took up the hill through the wood was sometimes a bit tighter than above:


And sometimes a bit more relaxed as below:


But then it is worth the scratches from the thorns and the stings from the nettles when you arrive at a view like this:


And as I was taking in the view Archie was doing his favourite thing on our quick breaks in our walks, sitting amongst the daisies:


We followed this path along until we hit the edge of the woods which was denoted by the big log sitting in the corner to stop you from walking into the main road:


Helping  to keep a boundary on the woods through which we kept on walking:


And walking:


And walking:


Eventually we made it into another wood with a peculiar name because I didn’t see any and I am fairly sure Archie was searching for some:


As we walked deeper:


And deeper into the woods:


Eventually though the woods came to an end and we had to hit the road back through the village of Ardington where we passed the small Church and Cemetery with some posh tombstones:


Which led us to a very beautiful mini nature reserve where ducks fished, trout swam (biggun’s and all!) and Moor Hens took their offspring for a swim.


And it wasn’t long before we headed up the lane and started making our way up to the start, passing some beautiful conservation along the way:


And of course cows on the hillside:


Before we got to a beautiful babbling brook (well, not really, it was more of a mini waterfall) and of course Archie and I HAD to get in!:


Cooling off Archie style…:20150614_163421

When Archie was stuck and couldn’t get back out so I went in to rescue him!:20150614_163440-1

At which point I was then stuck!:20150614_163522

But we made it out and back to beat the well trodden path to this very odd cart, hidden away in some kind of shed. As it is painted red, I would assume that it is some kind of old horse drawn fire engine but could not be sure. Unfortunately the picture we have of it is not that good so if there is anyone out there who knows what it is, I would love to know!:


And that landmark was pretty much the end of the walk. We managed just over 6 kms but at a sensible pace, waiting for Archie to swim, fighting our way through the brambles and of course, getting lost as ever but then that is only because it was a new walk and now definitely one for the future!

And there is another story of another Sunday Stroll.

So how did the food do over the weekend with the increase in complex Low G.I carbs to help supply my energy for the gym sessions?

FOOD DIARY: Saturday June 13th 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  70gms Six Seeded Brown Batch Loaf  137  8  20  6
 1 Large Eggs  Scrambled Eggs 164  15.6  0  11.4
Total (gr)
Lunch  4 Mini Mufins Egg, Cottage Cheese and Ham Muffins  260  36  8  8
 1  175mls  Phd Diet Whey Protein  91  17  2.75  1.4
Total (gr)
Dinner  1  200gms  Chicken Breast  230  47.3  1.6  17
Total (gr)
Snacks  1  22gms  Walkers French Fries  92  1.1  13.8  3.3
 1  25gms  Apple Biscuits  115  2  17  3.8
Total (gr)  1089  127  63.15  50.9
Water 3  500mls  Mineral Water 0  0  0  0

I honestly don’t think the intake was too excessive and if you consider that I busted a gut in the gym and took the dog on a good walk on the day this diary was written, I was probably heading towards a deficit on my calorie intake/burn.

The day’s gym session started as usual with the 15 minutes on the exercise bike where I found I was still able to complete it without issue and then move onto the stepping machine for 5 minutes and then 6 minutes of cross trainer for the final parts of the cardio workout.

The weight section followed the new regime of longer reps with lighter weights and I must say I am beginning to enjoy this much more than I thought I would. I was always one to go to the gym and then get out as quickly as possible but since restarting I am only too happy to let the session take as long as it it needs to, putting myself first for once. I timed myself to one hour and twenty minutes of exercise which is quite a jump on from the twenty five minutes I could manage when I first started there about eight weeks ago so it just goes to show that even a fat and out of shape guy like me can turn things around guys…!

The weights section of the gym session looked like this:

  1. 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Abductor machine
  2. 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Adductor machine
  3. 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Abdominal Crunch machine
  4. 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Lower Back machine
  5. 3 x 20 Reps 25kg Cable Row
  6. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Chest Press
  7. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Pec Deck
  8. 3 x 20 Reps 20kg Tricep Pull Down
  9. 2 x 25 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  10. 1 x 30 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  11. 3 x 20 Standing Oblique Bar Twists.
  12. 3 x 20 Standing Russian Oblique Weighted Bar Twists (10 each side)

The Map My Walk screen shot of the walk we followed is shown below along with the calorie burn and distances covered etc:


This would have given the day a final Jawbone reading but unfortunately I went out of the house and left it sitting by the sink so I’m afraid today we will have to forgo that little snippet of information I am afraid, but then I can tell you aren’t that bothered…. 😉

So a nice enjoyable day that included a relaxing dinner at mothers with some close family friends, a trip to the gym and a decent stroll with that dog of mine allowing us to photograph the scenery for my lovely readers in Cyberland.

If only we had more days like this…..

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

12 thoughts on “Another Sunday Strolls On….

  1. Osyth says:

    I love that walk. As you know it is my mum’s backyard. Christophers Wood was named, I think for one of the Lloyd Linsey boys when young. Sawdust, I have forgotten the reason but it might be something to do with a wood yard long gone, from memory. And I love that churchyard. My dad was cremated and we scattered him somewhere quite else but the funeral was held at Ardington and it is still a place that I find peace and solace when I need it. My mother two though she no longer does the flowers. Lovely piece of writing and great pictures too 🙂


    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Thank you Fiona, very kind and glad you like the pictures even though they were taken with the camera phone! I went on a nice little trek this morning out of Denchworth which was very picturesque (see smelly;-) ) in the countryside with Humphrey the beautiful pup! Hope the weather is treating you and the Bean well over there and you are taming those mountains on your daily trek!

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