Explorations and Views

The pedometer is such a boon – when it works. There were a couple of days last week when I couldn’t understand how I could have walked so little, when I’d been quite active. Then I realised the pedometer doesn’t tick over if it’s wrapped tightly in my waistband. So, now that’s been sorted, I am happy to report that my first two days of the Walk In Her Shoes Challenge – to walk 10,000 steps a day for a week – have resulted in 11,430 (yesterday) and 10,320 (today – so far). Yesterday I walked through the housing estates behind us, some newly built, more in the process of being built. Most of them are little boxes with high windows and a view of nothing, backing onto glorious bushland.

Today I walked down Beams Road to check out how far it is to the nearest shops. Twenty minutes, or 3,200 steps!

Five days to go.

Here we have two grandmas, enjoying a trip to Central Park Zoo in April this year with our grand-daughter, Natalie. Adele, my co-grandma and dear friend insisted on buying this pic for me, and I just love it to bits.

I’m now staying in a nice little bungalow in Carseldine – Fitzgibbon really – with Wokkie the Chihuahua, and Mao-Mao the cat. We rock along together quite happily.

I’ve also acquired a desk of my own at Long Pocket, where the School of English, Media Studies and Art History has been relocated while renovations are under way in St Lucia. It’s so exciting to have somewhere to go to, just to work on my thesis. I have bookshelves, so I’ve managed to get some books out of storage. I also have a view of trees, and it’s so lovely to walk out into the peace and quiet.
So, there will be more walking, and there will also be movement on the thesis writing project, I promise you. And I promise me.

Quietly Stepping Out for CARE

22 May 11 14:00 PM

This morning I returned to the walkway along the Brisbane River for the first time since I’ve been back in the country. I was delighted to find it practically deserted, hardly another person at all as I walked from Auchenflower towards the city, and only a few manic speeding cyclists on the walk back.

Quite Walking by the Brisbane River

Isn’t it interesting, how cyclists who complain bitterly about being hounded off the roads by speeding, thoughtless motorists will team up to speed along the walkways with absolutely no thought for the pedestrians they are supposed to be sharing the space with. Ok, enough whinging. It was a beautiful walk, cool and a little bit drizzly, calm and quiet. I am very lucky to be able to walk just for my health and pleasure, unlike millions of women who walk to survive.

Also, I discovered that if I place the pedometer too tightly on my waistband, it only counts every second or third step, so I’ve actually been walking more than I thought I had! Today, I’m up to 9,692, and it’s only 2 pm. My fundraising total is creeping up slowly, thanks to very kind and generous friends. I hope you will join them, if you haven’t already – here’s the link: www.everydayhero.com.au/Flloyd_Kennedy.  If you have, thank you so much!

with love Flloyd

Walk In Her Shoes – a challenge

Back in Brisbane Tuesday morning, after 3 weeks in Seattle. The weather is similar, although apparently it had been raining heavily in Brisbane before I arrived, it’s been crisp and sunny since I got here, cooling down towards winter. In Seattle, it was mostly rain in the morning and clean and clear and bright in the afternoons and evenings, heading through spring towards summer.

I’ve signed up for the Walk In Her Shoes Challenge, set up by CARE Australia to raise funds to help women and girls living in poverty to fulfil their potential. The idea is that such women walk many thousands of steps each day just to fetch water or run errands in order to survive, missing out on opportunities to attend school, or earn an income in a way that allows them to spend more time with their families and communities. So I’ve agreed to walk 10,000 steps a day for a week (30th May to 5th June). You can sponsor me from my Everyday Hero website, just a few dollars makes a tremendous difference.

My goal is to raise $500.  I have my pedometer attached to my trousers, and I’ve begun the process of preparation for the main event.  On Thursday I drove up to Bribie Island to visit my mother, took her out to lunch to celebrate her 97th birthday, then headed for the beach to begin my training.

I had a wonderful visit with Iain, Jessie, Owen, Natalie and Annie in Seattle, and I miss them terribly already. As well, I managed to catch up with the delightful Gin Hammond and her partner Jeff, although I didn’t get to meet baby Max in person, I got the full iPhone experience

It was the start of the Baseball season, and I had the joy of watching Owen join his first T-Ball team. The first game was hysterical, I overheard someone remarking that the coaches must train for this job by herding cats. I missed the second game, being struck down with strep throat. The third game was a revelation. The kids were still wild and woolly, but relatively much more disciplined than they had been on the first day, remembering to run to first base as soon as they hit the ball into the field, and only run further when the next batter hit the ball likewise.  Owen is totally ace as a fielder, remembering to get the ball to first base no matter what – even if it means running all the way there and handing it over himself. Batting skills are improving by the minute.

Here’s the movie, from Opening Ceremony to game 3.