a similar selfie to one that I took a couple of months ago. Then I'd struggled to hobble just a few hundred yards from the car, dependent on a leg brace and crutch with the parking area still in sight. The outcrops in the background here are a fair distance away from the road and to reach my viewpoint I tackled quite a substantial gradient with ease. No wonder I'm looking pleased.
My time off work where my mobility has been restricted has taught me quite a lot about myself. I used to think that I was about the most self sufficient person on the planet. Even though I'm an extremely sociable little bunny I normally love my own company. Enforced time at home without daily contact with others has made me realise that I can get lonely if I'm cooped up. It's a state of affairs that I think must be all too common for many. When I was in London I saw an Age UK poster that highlighted the extent of loneliness experienced by over a million older people. Although phone calls and online chats are helpful they don't quite satisfy the need for human contact that came upon me when I was confined to my home. Once I was allowed to drive again and regained my freedom that sense of isolation passed. Being outdoors, even on my own gives me a sense of connection with the wider world and the loneliness passes. Best get out there while I can but think about what I might need as I get older and less able to satisfy my wanderlust.
the one that I can see from my house. What I'd like to do now is offer thanks to everyone who've helped me through this difficult time in my life. It's meant that I now can walk to the other side of the outcrop to take this picture! You'll know who you are if you've given me the moral and practical support that's allowed me take the huge steps that I have over the last couple of months. And the best bit is that they're now nigh on limp free! I'm so appreciative of what everyone has done for me and wouldn't be in the position that I am today without y'all. Maybe now I'm bright eyed and bushy tailed I'll be able to return the favours when they're needed. It will be a privilege.