March 16th, 2012

Bedtime reading

New Alan Garner book!!!

Despite my recent shift to ebooks, I think I am going to have to buy the third part of the Weirdstone trilogy in hardback. I really really hope I won't be disappointed.

I was a huge Garner fan in my teens. I'd never imagined that you could write a fantasy story about the grotty place where I lived, but he did it with Elidor. I lived more or less in the area they were pulling down. Not my actual house, but there were streets and streets of derelict houses within a just a short walk.

For part of my Ranger Guide Challenge, I went to explore as many of the places in Weirdstone and Moon of Gomrath as I could and wrote about them. I keep meaning to go back to Alderley, but haven't got a round tuit yet.

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In which I take Brith for a walk on my own

As regular readers of this LJ will know, I have been seeking ways to ensure that I get enough exercise. I never used to be slothful when it came to physical activity, but advancing age and a job that is now totally computer based -- not to mention the studying -- has turned me into a sedentary person. It's so easy to get sidetracked into spending hours on the computer, which means that nothing much moves apart from my fingers. :(

So, I volunteered to be a dog walker for the Cinnamon Trust. This was over a year ago now and apart from nearly having a cat to look after over Christmas, they hadn't got in touch. Basically it was a chicken and egg situation. No one knew about the charity in my area and so there were no requests for help and as there were no other volunteers for miles around, I was reluctant to start publicising the charity because there would only be me available to do all the walking!

Anyway, I have finally got a dog to walk. Here is Brith. His name means "speckled" in Welsh and even though these are not very good photos taken with my phone, you can see why he got his name. :)

Brith's first walk with me

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If this works out well, it should ensure that I get two long brisk walks very week at least. Plus it's more fun walking with a dog than on my own.

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