Wednesday, 10 April 2013

No time for a walk, then time for a walk.

I've been meaning to do this job for ages. One desk in the office is cluttered with maps and guides, and every time I want to look at something it takes me ages to find the map I need. This morning I had decided to go for a walk, but by the time I had messed about looking for the right map, then a route, it was too late to go. Maybe I could find things more quickly if I had a tidy up.
There are more maps and tourist information leaflets in the living room, so I gathered them all up, and set to, to put them in some sort of order.
I sorted them into areas, labelled the piles up, and put them into plastic sleeves. I had a couple of A4 binders so I used them as well, for the areas less travelled, and the smaller leaflets. The three red boxes stack up on top of each other, so all neat and tidy there.
The big OS maps are a pain to keep tidy, especially as I keep opening them up to read them. After a few times of using them I can never fold them back up neatly again. I take the covers off and throw them away, so it takes a while to find the map I need. A marker pen has remedied that, write the title along several of the edges so whichever way you fold them, it will be seen.
At last the job was done, now perhaps I will be able to find things more quickly. I still had time to go out for a local walk. I decided to make it a power walk, take long strides and walk as fast as I can. I went to Alkborough and back in 1 hour 40 minutes. The daffodils are out at last.
This is a bunch of very small miniture daffs. So cute.
It was lovely and warm this afternoon, but within half an hour of being back indoors, I was beginning to feel cold again. The fluctuation in temperature is so annoying, it's difficult to know what to wear. I seem to be putting more clothes on when I come back inside. I think I would be warmer if I ate my meals outdoors,  pitched a tent in the back garden, and slept in that.

Thank you for your pan suggestions. What with the recomendations from people on the Money Saving Expert forum, and your's, I have quite a list to check out.
Toodle pip.

14 comments:

  1. Good evening Ilona from House fairy.
    What a lot of maps! don't you know how old style that is?
    It is all sat nav's now! can you not pin one to your coat? Do they make one just for walkers?

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    1. Hi House fairy. Yes, they make several different scale maps for walkers. I use Ordnance Survey, but others are available. The big scale ones have quite a lot of detail on them, knowing where the field edges and electricity pylons are is very useful for confirming your location.

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  2. Pretty flowers! Great organisation - I love the feeling of getting that sort of stuff done
    Judy xx

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  3. you can't beat real maps. I love to pour over them, even if I am not planning a trip.

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  4. Flowers are woodland daffs I think :-) we have lots in our wood and they are wonderfully scented - they smell divine if you pick some - but only if you have permission of course as they are protected ( like Bluebells are as well)

    If you would like some bulbs I could send you some to grow? as we have lots in the area we are about to excavate ( and loads elsewhere so not to worry!)

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    1. That would be very nice, thank you. Can I plant them in pots as my ground is very hard, and I would want to take them with me if I move.

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  5. When we go to a new place, my husband puts a sat nav on and I get the map out. No contest, the map wins hands down.

    Isn't it lovely to see the spring flowers, but I wish the weather would catch up. I don't know how to dress from one day to the next. In town today I have seen people in summer clothes, my fleeces will be around until it warms up a bit more.

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  6. I'm intrigued..."Peak district Dark"...What does 'dark' refer to?
    Jane x

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    1. Hi Jane. Here is a little explanation from Wikipedia.

      The Dark Peak is the higher, wilder northern part of the Peak District in England.
      It gets its name because (in contrast to the White Peak), the underlying limestone is covered by a cap of Millstone Grit which means that in winter the soil is almost always saturated with water. The land is thus largely uninhabited moorland plateaux where almost any depression is filled with sphagnum bogs and black peat.

      The Peak District is in Derbyshire, and is made up of two different types of landscapes. The Dark Peak looks black, and the White Peak looks erm, white. The dark is in the north, the white in the south.

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    2. Oh, thanks for that,Ilona!
      Jane x

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  7. I envy you all your walking! I have to stay home quite a lot with my oh who is ill, and cannot get out as much as I would like. Yesterday I bought some daffs for £1.00, it felt decadent but they really cheered me up so worth it!
    It really does feel warmer outside, inside still wearing thick socks and layers to keep warm. But the shops why are they so hot, had to take a friend shopping the other day, she wanted things in four different shops and each one was boiling the heating seemed to be on so high, it does not feel healthy and we just wanted out! Love all your country walking pictures. Ginny x UK

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  8. Reminds me of your precious post... Who needs apps when you have maps? Sorry I couldn't resist the pun... :-)

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  9. Glad you got your maps sorted out...lots more walks in store for us now....YEAH!!!

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  10. That is spooky! I was thinking just that this afternoon. I'd been out for a walk and thought to myself when I got in that it was warmer outside! Maybe our house bricks haven't warmed up yet!!

    Linda xx

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